The Accomplishments of the Clinton Administration


 .Under President Clinton's leadership, almost 6 million
new jobs were created in the first two years of his
Administration -- an average of 250,000 new jobs every

.In 1994, the economy had the lowest combination of
unemployment and inflation in 25 years. 

.As part of the 1993 Economic Plan, President Clinton cut
taxes on 15 million low-income families and made tax cuts
available to 90 percent of small businesses, while raising
taxes on just 1.2 percent of the wealthiest taxpayers. 

.President Clinton signed into law the largest deficit
reduction plan in history, resulting in over $600 billion
in deficit reduction. The deficit is going down for 3 years
in a row for the first time since Harry Truman was
.Signed the Economic Package, August 10, 1993. 

.The economy created 7.7 million new jobs in the first 34
months of this Administration. 

.Passed the largest deficit-cutting plan in history --
saving more than $1 trillion over seven years. 

.On track for three consecutive years of deficit reduction
-- for the first time since Harry Truman. 

.Cut federal spending by $255 billion over 5 years.
.Made new tax cuts available to over 90% of small
.Unemployment has fallen from 7% when President Clinton
took office to its current rate of 5.6% 

.Lowest combined rate of unemployment and inflation since

.1994 real GDP growth was the highest in a decade. 

.Proposed a plan to balance the budget while protecting
critical investments in education. 

.The Clinton Administration forged a bipartisan coalition
to pass NAFTA, after concluding tough negotiations on side
agreements covering workers' rights, the environment, and
import surges. Exports to Mexico rose 23 percent in the
first 11 months of 1994. 

.President Clinton led the fight to pass GATT, which lowers
tariffs worldwide by $744 billion over ten years -- the
largest international tax cut in history. GATT cuts tariffs
on manufactured goods by more than one-third overall and
eliminates tariffs in major markets in a number of sectors
in which the U.S. is particularly competitive. 
Crime Fighting Restoring Our Communities
.The President signed into law the Brady Bill, which
imposes a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases so
that background checks can be done to help keep handguns
away from criminals. 

.The President's Crime Bill will put 100,000 new police
officers on the street. More than 1,200 communities have
already received grants to hire 27,000 additional officers. 

.The Crime Bill also punishes criminals by expanding the
number of offenses eligible for the death penalty and
implementing the "three-strikes-and-you're-out" provision. 

.And, the Bill banned the manufacture of 19 specific types
of deadly assault weapons, while simultaneously protecting
hunters' rights by exempting over 650 hunting rifles. 

.Passed the toughest most comprehensive Crime Bill ever,
September 13, 1994 .Signed the Brady Bill, November 30,

.Enacted the Assault Weapons Ban as part of the Crime Bill.
.Put 100,000 new police on the street -- nearly 31,000 more
officers have been funded. 

.Signed the Violence Against Women Act as part of the Crime

.Signed the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act, October 20,
.Issued Presidential Directive enforcing a "Zero Tolerance"
gun policy in schools, October 22, 1994 

.Submitted and fought for the most comprehensive Drug
Control budget ever. 
Strengthening Our Families: Security and Opportunity
.President Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act.
The law, which covers over 42 million Americans, offers
workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-guaranteed leave for
child birth, adoption, or personal or family illness. 

.President Clinton expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit to
cut the taxes of 15 million working families with incomes
of $27,000 or less. 

.President Clinton granted waivers to 25 states -- half the
nation -- providing for comprehensive welfare reform

.President Clinton ordered the U.S. Justice Department to
conduct the first-ever crackdown on deadbeat parents who
refuse to accept financial responsibility for their own

.Signed an Executive Order cracking down on federal
employees who owe child support. 

.Increased Head Start funding by almost $760 million. 

.Passed the Student Loan Reform Act, August 10, 1993. 

.Implemented the National Service Act, September 21, 1993. 

.Signed the Goals 2000: Educate America Act, March 31,

.Enacted the School-to-Work Opportunities Act on May 4,

.Signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

.Expanded the Earned Income Tax Credit providing tax relief
for 15 million working families. 

.Introduced the Work and Responsibility Act - comprehensive
welfare reform. 

.Passed the Family Support and Preservation Program.
.Passed major funding increases for homeless programs in
both Houses. 

.Approved 35 waivers to states permitting comprehensive
welfare reform demonstrations. 

.Collected a record $10 billion in child support through
enforcement in 1994. 

.Signed the Social Security Independent Agency Act. 

.Increased adoption and foster care funds by almost $600
million from 1994-1995. 
Community and Housing
.Created nine Economic Empowerment Zones and 95 Enterprise

.Signed the Community Development Banking Financial
Institutions Act, Sept. 23, 1994. 

.Signed the Interstate Banking Bill, September 29, 1994. 

.Instituted the Defense Reinvestment and Conversion

.Reformed the Community Reinvestment Act to focus on
performance rather than paperwork. 

.Made the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Mortgage
Revenue Bond Program permanent. 
Cutting Bureaucracy
.President Clinton has already cut the federal bureaucracy
by more than 100,000 positions. Under the recommendations
of the National Performance Review, the federal bureaucracy
will be reduced by 272,000 -- its lowest level since the
Kennedy Administration. 

.And, he reduced the White House staff by 25 percent. 

.Already cut the Federal Workforce by over 200,000 -- on
the way to lowest level in 30 years. 

.Abolishing 16,000 pages of obsolete regulations and
rewriting 31,000 more pages. 

.$58 billion in savings are already in the bank. $46
billion in savings are still to come.
.Over 180 new recommendations will save $70 billion.
Eliminated 284 federal advisory committees. .Developed
government-wide Customer Service Standards for Cabinet and
Administration in history. 

.Signed the most important federal procurement act ever to
streamline government purchasing. 

.Reformed Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation to protect
8.5 million pensions. 

.Signed the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, March 22, 1995. 
Making Education A Priority
.Under the President's Direct Student Loan program,
students can borrow money directly from the government at a
lower interest rate and with many flexible repayment
options, including the option to repay with a percentage of
their after-graduation salary. Taxpayers will save at least
$4.3 billion over five years. 

.In 1994, over 20,000 AmeriCorps members tutored students,
immunized children, reclaimed urban parks, and patrolled
neighborhoods. In return, they earned $4,725 per year of
service towards college tuition or job training. 

.President Clinton signed into law Goals 2000, a national
standard of excellence for our public schools. Already, 41
states and territories have received federal grants to
raise academic standards and improve schools. 

.President Clinton's Safe and Drug Free Schools and
Community Act and the Safe Schools Act provide funding to
schools to fight violence and drug abuse. Schools can use
up to 25 percent of their funds to purchase metal
detectors, develop safe zones, and hire school security

.The President's School-to-Work program provides venture
capital to spark a nationwide system for moving America's
young people from high school to a job with a future. In
1994, all states received planning funds for their
school-to-work program. 
.Charter School legislation signed by President Clinton
encourages states and localities to set up public school
Trust in Government
.Signed the National Voter Registration Act (Motor-Voter),
May 20, 1993. 

.Eliminated the tax deduction for lobbying expenses. 

.Imposed strictest Administration ethics guidelines in
.Barred top officials from becoming foreign lobbyists after
leaving government. 

.Signed the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 -- the first
overhaul of lobbying rules in 50 years. 

.Fought for passage of and signed into law the
Congressional Accountability Act, January 22, 1995.
.Fought for passage of line-item veto and campaign finance. 
Protecting Our Environment
.Under President Clinton, the EPA launched its "Common
Sense Initiative" to make health protection cheaper and
smarter by focusing on results rather than
one-size-fits-all regulations. 

.The President's Northwest Forest Plan is putting
communities in the Northwest back to work, while conserving
ancient forests. 

.After decades of conflict, the Clinton Administration
negotiated a consensus plan to protect California's most
valuable natural resource -- its water. The San Francisco
and Delta estuary supplies dr inking water to two-thirds of
the state's people, provides irrigation for 45 percent of
the nation's fruits and vegetables, and sustains 300
aquatic species. 

.Issued a new executive order to require polluters to
disclose information to the public and expanded the
public's right-to-know about toxic releases. 

.Launched "reinventing environmental regulation" to cut red
tape and better protect public health. .Issued a new
standard to cut pollution from chemical plants 90% by 1997. 

.Signed executive orders to increase recycling and cut
pollution in federal buildings. 

.Signed the California Desert Protection Act, October 31,

.Issued a new standard to cut pollution from incinerators

.Introduced comprehensive Safe Drinking Water and Superfund

.Developed a plan to restore Florida's Everglades.
.Ended decades of conflict over the allocation of
California Bay-Delta water. 
Health Care
.Passed the Family and Medical Leave Act, February 5, 1993. 

.Signed a comprehensive Child Immunization Plan. 

.Revoked the Reagan/Bush restrictions on abortion
counseling ("the gag rule"), abortions in military
hospitals, "Mexico City" policy and RU-486 imports. 

.Increased Ryan White CARE Act funding for outpatient AIDS
care over 100% in first 3 budgets. 

.Put the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) on a
full-funding path. 

.Increased funding 65% for breast cancer research. 

.As part of the balanced budget plan, introduced health
care reform initiative which strengthens Medicare and
expands coverage. 

.Proposed a $1.3 billion increase in veterans' benefits --
of which $1 billion will be directed to the VA health
system to provide treatment for 43,000 more veterans. 
Foreign Policy
.Signed NAFTA into law, December 8, 1993, which will create
hundreds of thousands of US jobs. 

.Signed GATT into law, December 8, 1994, the largest trade
agreement in history. 

.Secured free-trade commitments from Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) leaders. 

.Hosted Summit of the Americas and agreed to negotiate a
Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005 .Developed National
Export Strategy, eliminating outdated export controls on
$35 billion in exports. .Opened 15 different market sectors
in Japan ranging from telecommunications procurement to
rice. .Reached historic agreement with Japan on opening its
automotive market to billions of dollars worth of American
cars and parts. 

.Reached agreement with China to provide intellectual
property rights protection for billions of dollars worth of
U.S. exports. 
Promoting Security and Freedom Abroad
.President Clinton hosted the signing of the
Israeli-Palestinian Declaration of Principles in September,
1993, and the signing of the Israeli-Jordan Washington
Principles in July, 1994 -- historic agreements between the
leaders of Israel and her Arab neighbors to settle
differences by peaceful means. 

.To enhance European security and stability, the Clinton
Administration proposed the Partnership for Peace program,
offering former Soviet republics and Central/East European
states closer ties with NATO. Already, 22 nations have
signed on, since NATO's adoption of the program in January,

.As of May, 1994, nuclear missiles in Russia and the United
States are no longer targeted against any country. And, as
a result of other Clinton Administration efforts, the
Ukraine is ahead of schedule in reaching the goal of
transferring 1,500 nuclear warheads to Russia for

.President Clinton peacefully restored democracy to Haiti,
curbing the violence that threatened tens of thousands of
Haitians, securing our borders, and upholding our
commitments and the commitments made to us in the process. 

.Helped Israel and Jordan achieve an historic peace treaty
and Israel and the Palestinians fulfill their historic

.Contributed to an historic cease-fire in Northern Ireland. 

.d Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan to give up the nuclear
weapons left on their land when the Soviet Union collapsed. 

.Agreed to framework with North Korea that freezes and
leads to the eventual elimination of North Korea s
dangerous nuclear program. 

.Led the international effort to secure the indefinite and
unconditional extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty (NPT) further reducing the danger of nuclear
proliferation around the world.
.Working to prevent nuclear weapons from ending up in the
hands of terrorists or international criminals. 

.Air-lifted more than half a ton of vulnerable, highly
enriched uranium, enough to make dozens of nuclear bombs,
from Kazakhstan to safe storage. 

.Assisted South Africa's transition to democracy, providing
support for elections and development. .Bringing the
nations of Europe closer:
-- Modernizing NATO;
-- Working with Russia;
-- Reforming the former Soviet Union economies
.Waging a tough counter-terrorism campaign with stronger
laws and more training for law enforcement. .Maintaining
strong sanctions against states that sponsor terrorism and
defy the rule of rule, such as Iran, Iraq, Libya and Sudan.
.Sent our planes, ships and troops to turn back a new Iraqi
threat to the Persian Gulf. 

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