58. Memorandum From the Executive Director of the Council on International Economic Policy (Eberle) to the President’s Assistant for Legislative Affairs (Timmons) and the President’s Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs (Scowcroft)1
Attached is a resolution to the procedural problem in Jackson/Vanik which is acceptable to the Senators involved—provided that it is acceptable to the President. If it is not acceptable to the President this is a non-paper.
If it is acceptable, the Senators would like to resolve this with the President Friday morning2 (Jackson leaves town for the recess at 2 PM). To resolve this it will be necessary to:
1. Sign and exchange the letters
2. Issue a public statement that the principles of agreement on procedures are as outlined herein.
We need to promptly get a Presidential decision on this matter.3[Page 162]
- Source: National Archives, RG 59, Lot File 81D286, Records of the Office of the Counselor, Box 8, Trade Bill, Sept–Dec 1974. No classification marking. According to an attached note, Scowcroft forwarded this copy of the memorandum to Sonnenfeldt on October 17 “per our telephone conversation at 7:15 p.m.” The President’s copy of the attached paper, as revised during his meeting with Jackson, Javits, and Ribicoff on October 18, is in Ford Library, White House Central Files, Subject File, 1974–1977, TA Executive. Ford returned his copy to Scowcroft after the meeting. Ford’s revisions to the paper are noted in the footnotes below.↩
- October 18. See Document 59.↩
- In a memorandum to the President on October 17, Cheney reported: “Per your approval yesterday, Timmons is prepared to set up a meeting for you with Senators Jackson, Javits and Ribicoff on a possible compromise on the Trade Bill. Prior to that meeting, Secretary Kissinger needs to brief you on the substantive compromise proposal. If you approve the proposal, the meeting can be held Friday morning. If you disapprove the proposal there is no need for a meeting at this time. The pressure for a meeting is due in part to Senator Javits’ desire to reach an agreement prior to the election and also to the pressure from Senator Jackson for a quick agreement.” (National Archives, RG 59, Lot File 81D286, Records of the Office of the Counselor, Box 8, Trade Bill, Sept–Dec 1974)↩
- “90” was crossed out here on Ford’s copy of the paper and changed to “45.”↩
- “90” was crossed out here on Ford’s copy of the paper and changed to “60.”↩