President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Putting America's Interests Before Special Interests (9/28/00)

President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Putting America's Interests Before Special Interests

September 28, 2000

Today, President Clinton will meet with the members of his Cabinet to outline his priorities for the remainder of this Congress. Last February, the President proposed a fiscally responsible budget that maintains America's prosperity by paying down the debt, providing targeted middle-class tax cuts and making key investments in improving education, promoting national security, protecting the environment, and fighting crime. With just two days remaining in the fiscal year, the Republican Congress has completed only two of 13 spending bills and is now rejecting America's priorities and loading spending bills with election-year, earmarked projects for special interests. In the Cabinet meeting, President Clinton will call on Congress to reduce wasteful spending and focus on maintaining our prosperity by passing a fiscally responsible budget that invests in America's key priorities. The President will also note the lack of accomplishments of the latest do-nothing Congress and call on Congressional leaders to stop blocking passage of priorities such as an affordable prescription drug benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries, a meaningful Patients' Bill of Rights, a minimum wage increase and hate crimes legislation.

CONGRESS SHOULD COMPLETE WORK ON AMERICA'S PRIORITIES. Even though Republican Congressional leaders promised two weeks ago to make progress on America's priorities, they have failed to pass an affordable prescription drug benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries, a meaningful Patients' Bill of Rights, or hate crimes legislation. Congress also has made virtually no progress over the last month toward passing a minimum wage, despite a commitment from Speaker Hastert to do so. President Clinton promised to do his part to avoid a government shutdown by signing the continuing resolution passed by Congress this week, but will call on Congress to complete work on major priorities during the remaining weeks of the session, including:


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