October 14, 1998


The budget Congress must now finalize will be the last complete budget of the 20th century. We cannot pass up this golden opportunity to invest wisely now to help all our children seize the promise of the century to come.

-- President Bill Clinton

President Clinton Is Standing With America's Families. As budget negotiations continue, President Clinton remains committed to putting progress over partisanship and supporting budget initiatives that invest in our people to help ensure America moves strongly into the 21st Century. The President is standing firm on critical investments in education, reserving the budget surplus so Social Security can be reformed and put on solid fiscal ground for the 21st Century, ensuring a fair and accurate census in 2000, and protecting our natural resources.

An Education Agenda For The 21st Century. Eight months ago, the President sent his education agenda to Congress, an agenda that demands accountability and responsibility from students, parents, teachers, and administrators -- yet Congress has not passed this legislation. The President is calling for:

Saving Social Security First. President Clinton's three part economic strategy of fiscal discipline, investment in our people, and opening foreign markets to American goods helped turn 29 years of federal budget deficits into a budget surplus. To ensure that opportunity is extended to all, and that the economic conditions that led to this expansion continue, we must maintain our fiscal discipline, beginning with setting aside every penny of any surplus until we save Social Security The President has proposed targeted tax cuts that are fully paid for, but opposes plans to drain the surplus through broader tax cuts that are not paid for under the balanced budget.

A Fair And Accurate Census In 2000. The President has been working to ensure the most accurate census in 2000 that uses the best, most-up-to-date methods at the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. The House passed Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill contains severe restrictions on Census Bureau funding and caps the Bureau's funding at six months, risking a Census Bureau shutdown and seriously increasing the potential for significant disruptions to the 2000 census preparations.

Protecting The Environment And Public Health. President Clinton is fighting for new investments to curb water pollution, protect precious lands and combat global warming and against Congressional attempts to attach riders to legislation that would roll back protections already in place. The President is calling for:

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