The United States Senate on Wednesday (June 16) refused to impose any deadline for an end to the United States war effort in Vietnam.
The United States Senate on Wednesday (June 16) refused to impose any deadline for an end to the United States war effort in Vietnam. The controversial McGovern-Hatfield amendment that would have established the deadline for American withdrawal from the warzone at December 31, this year, was defeated by 55 votes to 42.
The defeat was taken as a firm policy victory for the Administration. But, at the same time, the votes uncovered new strength for a Congressionally imposed deadline for withdrawal from the area, regardless of the consequences for the South Vietnamese Government.
Minutes earlier, a compromise proposal from Senator Lawton Chiles to set a June first, 1972, date for withdrawal was narrowly defeated by 52 votes to 44.
After the vote, one of the Amendment's original co-sponsors, Senator Hatfield and one of those opposed to the move, Republican Senator Robert Dole, attended a press conference. The conference was filmed by Visnews staff cameraman, Leo Waller.