July 28, 1998


For 60 years, Social Security has meant more than an ID number on a tax form, more than even a monthly check in the mail. It reflects our deepest values, the duties we owe to our parents, to each other, to our children and grandchildren, to those who misfortune strikes, to our ideals as one America.

President Bill Clinton
July 28, 1998

Today, President Clinton addresses the National Council of Senior Citizens dinner in Washington, D.C. The President will renew his call to Congress that every penny of any budget surplus be used to save Social Security.

Saving Social Security First. President Clinton firmly believes that every penny of any budget surplus be put aside to save Social Security first. Under the President's leadership, our nation has turned persistent budget deficits into surpluses, but just as the budget has been balanced, some want to squander this fiscal legacy by passing tax cuts paid for by these surpluses. Fiscal responsibility gave us this strong economy, and the President is calling on leaders of both parties to join the bipartisan call to save Social Security first.

The President Is Working To Protect Social Security. The President believes that any changes or reforms to the Social Security system should be measured against the following five objectives:

President Clinton Has Stood With Seniors On Medicare reform. President Clinton has fought for important reforms in Medicare, including:

New Administrative Actions To Improve The Quality Of Nursing Homes. Last week, the President instructed the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to implement new penalties, inspections, and tougher oversight of nursing home providers, including:

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