Nation: How the Treaty Was Saved

"We are in the ninth inning"

The first Panama Canal treaty turned on a handful of votes, and so it seemed would the second as the critical vote loomed last week. South Dakota Democrat James Abourezk, for example, was miffed at being cut out of White House-Congress meetings trying to resolve the question of deregulating natural gas prices. California Republican Sam Hayakawa had fired off a letter to Carter complaining about a wide variety of Administration foreign policy moves. Nevada Democrat Howard Cannon wanted to tack onto the Panama treaty a relatively minor reservation....

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