THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                           (New York, New York)

For Immediate Release                                       September 7,

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I commend the House of Representatives for its broad bipartisan
approval today of the Child Support Distribution Act.  Vice President Gore
and I are committed to promoting responsible fatherhood and making sure
more child support goes directly to children, and this bill is an important
step toward achieving these goals.

     This legislation, which is similar in many ways to my Administration's
child support budget proposals, allows states to pass through more child
support payments directly to families and simplifies child support
distribution rules.  Like our "Fathers Work/Families Win" initiative, this
bill also provides grants to help low-income fathers and families work, pay
child support, and reconnect with their children.  These initiatives build
on our long-standing commitment to strengthen the role of fathers in their
children's lives.

     I encourage the Senate to take up this important legislation this
year, and I look forward to working with the Congress across party lines to
ensure that more fathers can honor their responsibilities and more children
can receive both the emotional and financial support they need.


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