Statement by the President: Marriage Tax Vote (9/13/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                                   September 13, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Through seven years of tough choices and fiscal discipline, we have
changed record deficits to surpluses, paid down the debt for three years in
a row, and put America on course to be debt-free by 2012.   As today?s vote
demonstrates, the majority in Congress still seems to be determined to
knock America off this path of fiscal discipline with a ten year tax plan
that will drain nearly $2 trillion from the surplus and drive us back into

     I urge Congress to work with me on a middle class tax cut to help
Americans send their children to college, provide long-term care for
elderly or disabled relatives, make child care more affordable, and provide
targeted marriage penalty tax relief.  If the majority in Congress is
serious about paying down the debt, they should abandon the failed tax plan
they continue to advocate and work with me to pass tax cuts targeted to
America?s families, strengthen Social Security and Medicare, create a
voluntary Medicare prescription drug benefit, invest in education, and keep
America on course to be debt-free by 2012. This is the best approach for


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