January 5, 1996 – five days into the new year and all was not quiet, at least on Capitol Hill.
The almost never-ending threats to shut the government down over budgets and partisan bickering surfaced again on this day. Hardline Republicans engaging in skirmishes with House Speaker Newt Gingrich over what gets compromised and what doesn’t; rejecting one budget proposal and forcing everyone back to the drawing board to come up with something else. Once again, Washington prepares for shut-downs, layoffs and closures.
And House Republicans were also discussing the possibilities of impeachment for Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. They claim he ignored the will of Congress by “juggling the books” in order to keep the government operating. And on and on it goes.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the world – Japan’s Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama announced a surprise resignation. Murayama, telling a stunned press conference that he had accomplished all he set out to do and was quitting as Prime Minister. He gave no specific reasons, except to say the new year needed new leadership. Murayama’s popularity had plummeted in the previous year and he was expected to quit, but not before Spring. Only the timing was a surprise. Still, the announcement caused a scramble for a replacement, and a shakeup in the coalition government was expected as a result.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev announced his resignation in order to take a seat in Parliament. The move was seen as adding pressure to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, as Kozyrev was viewed as the most pro-Washington of Yeltsin’s cabinet. Many insiders felt that the policy being put forward by Kozyrev was just not sustainable under the current climate in Moscow.
And the NFL’s Winningest Coach, Don Shula announced his sudden resignation as coach of the Miami Dolphins. Insiders claimed it was a case of Super Bowl Blues, that not winning the “big one” was a reason to go. Team members expressed sadness, while other coaches expressed envy.
And that’s a small slice of what went on, this 5th day of January in 1996, as presented by The CBS World News Roundup.