The Nation: The House Sinks The Cargo Bill

A rare coalition votes no

Not often do Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader and the liberal lobbying group Common Cause find themselves on the same side of an issue with the major oil companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the leadership of the Republican Party. But last week just such a formidable, if unlikely coalition sank the Energy Transportation Security Act of 1977, better known as the cargo preference bill. In a confused and acrimonious vote, the House of Representatives defeated the bill, 257 to 165. In so doing, the legislators rejected both Jimmy...

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