Challenging Congress to Act Now on America's Priorities

Tuesday, September 5, 2000

"We are committed to breaking the legislative logjam. But we have to move forward with fiscal responsibility, with responsible tax cuts, and with public investments that give all our people a chance and fuel our prosperity."

Today, at the White House, President Clinton and Democratic leaders challenged Congress to put progress before partisanship and get back to work for the American people. The President called on Republican leaders to move forward on raising the minimum wage, an affordable prescription drug benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries, a meaningful Patients' Bill of Rights, and expanded health care coverage for low-income families. He highlighted the release of two new studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of the Administration's targeted approach to expanding health coverage. The President also urged Congress to pass a fiscally responsible budget that maintains America's prosperity by paying down the debt, provides targeted middle-class tax cuts, and makes key investments in improving education, protecting the environment, and fighting crime.

URGING CONGRESS TO MAINTAIN AND EXPAND ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. President Clinton called on Congress to take actions that will maintain and expand our prosperity for future generations, including:

HIGHLIGHTING NEW STUDIES ON EXPANDING HEALTH INSURANCE. The President has proposed a new state option to cover millions of uninsured Americans, including families in CHIP Family Care, workers in-between jobs, 55 to 65 year olds, young adults between 19 and 20, and legal immigrants. Two new studies were released today which support the President's approach:

CHALLENGING CONGRESS TO COMPLETE WORK ON AMERICA'S KEY PRIORITIES. The President called on Congress to move forward on key priorities, including:

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