the past seven years, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have been
guided by three core values: building a community of all Americans;
creating opportunity for all Americans; and demanding responsibility from
all Americans. Pursuing policies based on these values has resulted in
tremendous progress for our nation, and a strong America at the dawn of
the 21st Century. The President and Vice President are committed to a
"New Opportunity Agenda" to build on our progress and expand our
prosperity until it reaches every corner of the nation.
Economy: the Strongest Economy
in a Generation
Economic Expansion in U.S. History. In February 2000, the United
States entered the 107th consecutive month of economic expansion -- the
longest economic expansion in history.
From Record Deficits to Record Surplus. In 1992, the deficit was $290
billion, a record dollar high. In 2000, we have a projected budget surplus
of $167 billion -- the largest dollar surplus on record (even after
adjusting for inflation) and the largest as a share of our economy since
1951. This is the first time we have had three surpluses in a row in more
than a half century.
Off the National Debt. We are on track to pay down $297 billion of
debt over three years. In 1998 and 1999, we paid down $140 billion in
debt. This year, we are on track to pay down $157 billion of debt -
bringing the three-year total to $297 billion. Public debt is $2.4
trillion lower in 2000 than was projected in 1993. Debt reduction brings
real benefits for the American people -- a family with a home mortgage of
$100,000 might expect to save roughly $2,000 per year in mortgage
payments. Reduced debt also means lower interest rates and reduced
payments on car loans and student loans. With the President's plan, we are
now on track to eliminate the nation's publicly held debt by 2013.
21 Million New Jobs. 21.2 million new jobs have been created since
1993, the most jobs ever created under a single Administration -- and more
new jobs than Presidents Reagan and Bush created during their three terms.
92 percent (19.4 million) of the new jobs have been created in the private
sector, the highest percentage in 50 years. Under President Clinton and
Vice President Gore, the economy has added an average of 248,000 jobs per
month, the highest under any President. This compares to 52,000 per month
under President Bush and 167,000 per month under President Reagan.
and Longest Real Wage Growth in Over Three Decades. In the last 12
months, average hourly earnings have increased 3.7 percent -- faster than
the rate of inflation. The United States has had five consecutive years of
real wage growth -- the longest consecutive increase since the 1960s.
Since 1993, real wages are up 6.8 percent, after declining 4.3 percent
during the Reagan and Bush years.
Is Nearly the Lowest in Three Decades. Unemployment is down from 7.5
percent in 1992 to 4.1 percent in March 2000 -- nearly the lowest
unemployment rate in thirty years. The unemployment rate has fallen for
seven years in a row, and has remained below 5 percent for 33 months in a
row. African-American unemployment has fallen from 14.2 percent in 1992 to
7.3 percent in March 2000 -- the lowest rate on record. The unemployment
rate for Hispanics has fallen from 11.6 percent in 1992 to 6.3 percent in
March 2000 -- and in the last year has been at the lowest rate on record.
For women the unemployment rate was 4.3 percent in March -- nearly the
lowest since 1953.
Highest Homeownership Rate in
History. In 1999, the homeownership rate was 66.8 percent -- the
highest ever recorded. Minority homeownership rates were also the highest
Poverty Rate in Two Decades. The poverty rate has fallen from 15.1
percent in 1993 to 12.7 percent in 1998. That's the lowest poverty rate
since 1979 and the largest five-year drop in poverty in nearly 30 years
(1965-1970). The African-American poverty rate has dropped from 33.1
percent in 1993 to 26.1 percent in 1998 -- the lowest level ever recorded
and the largest five-year drop in African-American poverty in more than a
quarter century (1967-1972). The poverty rate for Hispanics is at the
lowest level since 1979, and dropped to 25.6 percent in 1998.
Five-Year Drop in Child Poverty Rate Since the ‘60s. Under President
Clinton and Vice President Gore, child poverty has declined from 22.7
percent in 1993 to 18.9 percent in 1998 -- the biggest five-year drop in
nearly 30 years. The poverty rate for African-American children has fallen
from 46.1 percent in 1993 to 36.7 percent in 1998 -- a level that is still
too high, but is the lowest level in 20 years and the biggest five-year
drop on record. The rate also fell for Hispanic children, from 36.8
percent to 34.4 percent - and is now 6.5 percentage points lower than it
was in 1993.
Families and Communities:
Strengthening America’s Working Families
Cuts for Working Families. 15 million additional working families
received additional tax relief because of the President’s expansion of
the Earned Income Tax Credit. In 1998, the EITC lifted 4.3 million people
out of poverty - double the number lifted out of poverty by the EITC in
1993. This year, the President proposed expanding the EITC to provide tax
relief to an additional 6.8 million hard-pressed working families.
Parents Balance Work and Family. The Family and Medical Leave Act
allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for
seriously ill family members, new born or adoptive children, or their own
serious health problems without fear of losing their jobs. Nearly 91
million workers (71% of the labor force) are covered by the Family and
Medical Leave Act and millions of workers have benefited from FMLA since
its enactment. President Clinton has proposed expanding FMLA to allow
workers to take up to 24 unpaid hours off each year for school and early
childhood education activities, routine family medical care, and caring
for an elderly relative.
Access to Affordable, Quality Child Care and Early Childhood Programs.
Under the Clinton-Gore Administration, federal funding for child care has
more than doubled, helping parents pay for the care of about 1.5 million
children in 1998, and the1996 welfare reform law increased child care
funding by $4 billion over six years to provide child care assistance to
families moving from welfare to work. Since 1993, the Clinton-Gore
Administration has increased funding for the Head Start program by 90
percent, and in FY 2000, the program will serve approximately 880,000
children - over 160,000 more children than in 1993.
the Minimum Wage. The minimum wage has risen from $4.25 to $5.15 per
hour, increasing wages for 10 million workers. The President and Vice
President have called for an additional increase to $6.15.
the Workforce Investment Act. The Workforce Investment Act reformed
the nation’s employment and training system so that it works better for
today's workers. The WIA empowered individuals by giving adults more
control and choice over their training or retraining and providing
universal access to core labor market services; streamlined job training
services by consolidating a tangle of individual programs into a simple
system and creating a nationwide network of One-Stop Career Centers;
enhanced accountability through tough performance standards for states,
localities, and training providers; and increased flexibility so that
states can innovate and experiment with new ways to train America's
the Landmark Work Incentives Improvement Act. Americans with
disabilities often become ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare if they
work, forcing a choice between health care and employment. The Work
Incentives Improvement Act keeps people with disabilities from losing
their Medicare or Medicaid health coverage when they go to work. It also
includes a $250 million demonstration, which the President insisted on
fully funding, that allows people with disabilities who are still working
and are not yet sufficiently disabled to qualify for Medicaid to buy into
the Adoption and Safe Families Act. The Adoption and Safe Families
Act, which was based in large part on the recommendations of the
Clinton-Gore Administration's Adoption 2002 report, made sweeping changes
in adoption law so that thousands of children in foster care move more
quickly into safe and permanent homes. In 1998, 36,000 children in foster
care were adopted, up from 28,000 in 1996. This is the first significant
increase in adoption since the national foster care program was
established nearly 20 years ago.
the Foster Care Independence Act. Nearly 20,000 young people leave
foster care each year when they reach age 18 without an adoptive family or
other guardian. The Foster Care Independence Act will ensure that those
young people will get the tools they need to make the most of their lives
by providing them better educational opportunities, access to health care,
training, housing assistance, counseling, and other services.
Families First. The President and Vice President developed and
implemented first-ever plan to protect our children from tobacco and end
tobacco marketing targeted to young people. They also required the
installation of V-chips in all new televisions, and encouraged schools to
adopt school uniform policies to deter school violence and promote
Community Service. In just five years, AmeriCorps has allowed 150,000
young people to serve in their communities while earning money for college
or skills training.
One America Initiative. President Clinton has led the nation in an
effort to become One America: a place where we respect others’
differences and embrace the common values that unite us. The President has
been actively involved in public outreach efforts to engage Americans in
this historic effort, and followed up on the work of the Initiative on
Race by appointing Robert B. (Ben) Johnson as Assistant to the President
and Director of the new White House Office on the President’s Initiative
for One America. The office is working to ensure that we have a
coordinated strategy to close the opportunity gaps that exist for
minorities and the underserved in this country, and build the One America
we want for all of our nation’s children. The President’s FY 2001
budget includes $5 million for One America dialogues to promote and
facilitate discussions on racial diversity and understanding. President
Clinton has appointed the most diverse Cabinet and White House staff in
history, presiding over an Administration that looks like America.
Welcoming New Americans. Since 1993, the United States has welcomed 4.4
million new American citizens. Faced with this unprecedented number of
applications, the Administration undertook an initiative that has
significantly reduced the backlog of citizenship applications and is
restoring timely processing. Furthermore, the Administration’s English
as a Second Language/Civics Education Initiative will provide limited
English speaking adults with instruction in both English literacy and
critical life skills necessary for effective citizenship and civic
Fairness for Legal Immigrants. The President believes that legal
immigrants should have the same economic opportunity and bear the same
responsibility as other members of society. In 1997 and 1998, the
President fought for and succeeded in restoring disability, health and
nutritional benefits for certain legal immigrants, and he will continue to
press for additional restorations.
Education: Largest Investment
in Education in 30 Years
the Doors of College to All Americans. In 1997, President Clinton
proposed and passed the HOPE Scholarships and Lifetime Learning tax
credits to provide tax relief to nearly 13 million Americans each year who
are struggling to pay for college. The Hope Scholarship helps make the
first two years of college universally available to about 5.6 million
students annually by providing a tax credit of up to $1,500 for tuition
and fees for the first two years of college. The Lifetime Learning tax
credit provides a 20 percent tax credit on the first $5,000 of tuition and
fees for students beyond the first two years of college, or those taking
classes part-time (in 2003, this increases to $10,000 of tuition and
fees). In his FY01 budget, the President has proposed to expand the
Lifetime Learning tax credit with a 10-year, $30 billion College
Opportunity tax cut, which will give families the option of taking a tax
deduction or claiming a 28 percent credit for the first $5,000 of college
tuition and fees until 2002, and $10,000 thereafter.
Work Study and Pell Grants. One million students will be able to work
their way through college because of the President's expansion of the Work
Study Program, and nearly four million students will receive a Pell Grant
of up to $3,300, the largest maximum award ever. The maximum award has
increased 43 percent under the Clinton-Gore Administration. This year
President Clinton proposed a $77 million increase in Work Study to
continue to support one million awards, and a $200 increase in the Pell
Grant maximum award, to raise it to $3,500.
College More Affordable. The Clinton-Gore Administration has cut
student fees and interest rates on all loans, expanded repayment options
including income contingent repayment, and improved service through the
Direct Loan Program. Students have saved $8.7 billion since 1993 through
the reduction in loan fees and interest rates.
High-Quality Teachers with Smaller Class Sizes. The Clinton-Gore
Administration won a second installment of $1.3 billion for the
President’s plan to hire an additional 100,000 well-prepared teachers to
reduce class size in the early grades, when children learn to read and
master the basic skills. Already, 29,000 teachers have been hired through
this initiative. This year's budget provides $1.75 billion, a $450 million
increase -- enough to fund nearly 49,000 teachers.
Around Failing Schools. 11 million low-income students in 13,000
school districts now benefit from higher expectations and a challenging
curriculum geared to higher standards through Title I-Aid to Disadvantaged
Students. The FY 2000 budget provides a $134 million accountability fund
to help turn around the worst performing schools and hold them accountable
for results through such measures as overhauling curriculum, improving
staffing, or even closing schools and reopening them as charter schools.
This year, the President is proposing to double funding for this fund to
turn around the nation's failing schools to ensure all children receive a
Providing Safe After-School Opportunities for 850,000 Students Each Year.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program will provide enriching
after-school and summer school opportunities for 850,000 school-age
children in rural and urban communities in FY 2000. Extended learning time
has not only been shown to increase achievement in reading and math, but
to decrease youth violence and drug use. Funding for this program more
than doubled from FY 1999 to FY 2000. For FY 2001, the President's budget
calls on Congress to invest $1 billion in the 21st Century Program and to
ensure that all children in failing schools have access to quality
after-school and summer school opportunities. This proposal will double
funding and triple the number of students served to 2.5 million.
Choice and Accountability in Public Schools. The Clinton-Gore
Administration has worked to expand public school choice and support the
growth of public charter schools, which have increased from one public
charter school in the nation when the President was first elected to more
than 1,700. More than 250,000 students nationwide are now enrolled in
charter schools in 30 states and the District of Columbia. The President
won $145 million in FY 2000 -- and has proposed $175 million in his FY
2001 budget -- to continue working toward his goal of establishing 3,000
quality charter schools by 2002.
Every Child to Read by the 3rd Grade. The President challenged
Americans to unite to be sure that every child can read well and
independently by the third grade -- 1,400 colleges and universities took
up his challenge, and 26,700 college work-study students now serve as
reading tutors to help every child to read well and independently by the
Access to Technology. With the Vice President's leadership, the
Clinton-Gore Administration has made increasing access to technology a top
priority. The President and Vice President created the Technology Literacy
Challenge Fund to help connect every school to the Internet, increase the
number of multimedia computers in the classroom and provide technology
training for teachers. They increased overall investments in educational
technology from $23 million in 1993 to $769 million in FY 2000, and
tripled funding for Community Technology Centers to reach at least 120
low-income communities. Through the E-rate program, they secured low-cost
connections to the Internet for schools, libraries, rural health clinics
and hospitals, benefiting more than 80 percent of America's public
schools. They also increased investment in education research to ensure
all children benefit from educational technology. In 1999, 95 percent of
public schools were connected to the Internet -- up from just 35 percent
Local Education Reform Efforts. The President signed the Education
Flexibility Partnership Act of 1999 (Ed-Flex) into law in April 1999,
giving all states greater flexibility in the use of federal education
funds in exchange for greater accountability for helping all students
reach high academic standards.
the GEAR-UP Mentoring Program for Middle School Children. President
Clinton and Vice President Gore created and expanded GEAR-UP, a nationwide
mentoring initiative, to help over 750,000 low-income middle school
children finish school and prepare for college. The President's FY 2001
budget would expand services to 1.4 million students.
Early Education to Nearly 900,000 Children with Head Start. The
President and Vice President have expanded Head Start funding by 90
percent since 1993. Head Start will reach approximately 880,000 low-income
children in FY 2000 and, with the President's proposed increase for the
program, will be on the way to reaching the President's goal of serving 1
million children and their families by the year 2002. The Administration
also created Early Head Start, bringing Head Start's successful
comprehensive services to families with children ages zero to three, and
set high quality standards for both programs.
Crime and Drugs: Lowest Crime
Rates in 25 Years
Overall Crime Rate in 25 Years. Under the Clinton-Gore Administration,
America has experienced the longest continuous drop in crime on record.
Violent crime rate fell 7 percent in 1998 and 27 percent since 1993. The
murder rate is down more than 25 percent since 1993, its lowest point
since 1967. The overall crime rate is the lowest in 25 years.
100,000 More Police on the Streets. In 1999, ahead of schedule and
under budget, the Clinton-Gore Administration met its commitment to fund
an additional 100,000 police officers for our communities. As a part of
the COPS Program, the President announced new grants to increase community
policing in high-crime and underserved neighborhoods. To help keep crime
at record lows, the President won funding for the first installment toward
his goal to hire up to 50,000 more officers by 2005. This year, the
Clinton-Gore budget includes over $1 billion to continue the successful
COPS initiative to hire more officers, hire new community prosecutors,
give police the tools they need to fight crime, and to fund community-wide
crime fighting efforts.
More Than Half a Million Felons,
Fugitives and Domestic Abusers Denied Guns. Since the President signed
the Brady Bill into law, more than 500,000 felons, fugitives and domestic
abusers have been prevented from purchasing guns. And the historic 1994
Crime Bill banned 19 of the deadliest assault weapons and their copies,
keeping assault weapons off our streets. The homicide rate dropped 7
percent in 1998 - almost entirely due to a decrease in homicides committed
with guns. Since 1993, there has been a more than 35 percent drop in
gun-related crime and a 57 percent decrease in juvenile gun homicide
Police the Tools They Need to Fight Crime. President Clinton won $230
million in FY 2000 to provide law enforcement with the latest
crime-fighting and crime-solving technology. This funding will help make
crime mapping technology -- which enables police agencies to track crime
hot spots and target their resources to where they are most needed -- more
widely available, to improve compatibility among law enforcement
communications systems, and aid development and expansion of innovative
tools to help law enforcement fight crime.
Developed Comprehensive Anti-Drug
Strategy Including a $195 Million National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
The President appointed Barry McCaffrey, a four-star general, to lead the
Clinton-Gore Administration's anti-drug strategy as the nation’s Drug
Czar. Illicit drug use among young people age 12-17 declined from 1997 to
1998, and the average age of first-time use went up. Overall drug use is
down since its peak in the 1970's, drug-related murders have fallen by 40
percent since 1992, and youth drug use is on the decline for the third
Campaign Against Youth Violence. In August 1999, President Clinton
announced the formation of an independent, national campaign to address
the problem of youth violence. The Campaign plans to launch anti-violence
activities including a major media campaign, concerts, town hall meetings,
in- and after-school programs. The Campaign will also highlight effective
youth violence initiatives in cities across the country.
Hate Crimes. The President enacted the Hate Crimes Sentencing
Enhancement Act in 1994. He held the historic White House Conference on
Hate Crimes, where he called for passage of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act
-- bipartisan legislation which would strengthen hate crimes laws and make
it clear that America will not tolerate acts of violence based on race,
color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or
Children from Sex Offenders. President Clinton signed Megan’s Law
and the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent
Offender Registration Act, requiring states to set up sex offender
registration systems and require community notification when sex offenders
are released from prison.
Welfare Reform and Community Empowerment:
Moving Millions of Americans from Welfare to Work
Number of People on Welfare Since 1969 as More Recipients Go to Work.
President Clinton has kept his promise to reform the welfare system and
move more Americans from welfare to work. The number of Americans on
welfare is at its lowest level since 1969 as record numbers of people move
from welfare to work. Since January 1993, the welfare rolls have fallen by
more than half, from 14.1 million to 6.9 million. More than 1.3 million
welfare recipients went to work in 1998 alone, and the percentage of
adults still on welfare who were working reached 27 percent in 1998,
compared to just 7 percent in 1992 -- nearly a fourfold increase. Through
the Welfare to Work Partnership launched by the President, 12,000
businesses have hired 650,000 former welfare recipients since 1997.
New Tools to Help Families Move from Welfare to Work. The 1997
Balanced Budget Act signed by President Clinton included $3 billion to
move long-term welfare recipients and low-income non-custodial fathers
into jobs. The President’s Access to Jobs initiative helps communities
design innovative transportation solutions, such as van services, to help
former welfare recipients and other low-income workers get to work.
President Clinton has secured 110,000 new housing vouchers in the last two
years to help welfare recipients and hard-pressed working families move
closer to job opportunities, and this year he is proposing $690 million
for 120,000 new housing vouchers. And the Welfare-to-Work Tax Credit
provides tax incentives to encourage businesses to hire long-term welfare
Doubled Child Support Collections. President Clinton signed into law
the toughest child support crackdown in history. Federal and state child
support programs broke new records in 1999, collecting $15.5 billion --
nearly double the amount collected in 1992. The number of paternities
established rose to nearly 1.5 million in 1998 - more than triple the
number from 516,000 in 1992. The number of child support cases with
collections rose 59 percent, from 2.8 million 1992 to 4.5 million in 1998.
the Cycle of Dependency. The teen birth rate has fallen seven years in
a row, by 18 percent from 1991 to 1998. The teen pregnancy rate is now the
lowest rate on record.
Abuse Declines for Five Years in a Row. In a trend which began five
years ago, the number of children abused and neglected has decreased
approximately 11 percent from a record 1,018,692 in 1993. While this
represents progress, President Clinton and Vice President Gore continue to
work to protect the health and well-being of America's children, and
ending child abuse.
Investment in Urban and Rural Areas. The Clinton-Gore Administration
created 31 rural and urban Empowerment Zones and more than 100 Enterprise
Communities that have created new jobs, new opportunities and stronger
Investment in Underserved Communities with the New Markets Initiative.
President Clinton's New Markets Initiative is helping to bring economic
development and renewal to communities that have not benefited from the
soaring economy. The President's New Markets Tour of underserved
communities generated nearly $1 billion in private sector investment
commitments. On his second New Markets trip, the President highlighted the
role that universities, professional sports franchises, and agricultural
cooperatives can play in bringing jobs and economic development to
underserved communities. During the trip the President announced
partnerships worth a total of nearly $200 million of dollars to
Incentives to Save. President Clinton signed legislation creating
Individual Development Accounts, providing incentives for low-income
families to save for a first home, higher education, or to start a new
business, a key part of his 1992 community empowerment agenda. In FY 1999,
$10 million was awarded to establish savings accounts for over 10,000
low-income workers in 40 communities, and an additional $10 million will
be awarded in FY 2000. The President’s budget provides $25 million for
IDAs in FY 2001 and proposes to allow low-income working families to use
IDAs to save for a car that will allow them to get or keep a job.
Health Care: Increasing Access
and Improving the Nation's Health
Most Comprehensive Medicare Reforms in History.
In the 1997 Balanced Budget, the Clinton-Gore Administration protected,
modernized and extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund while offering
new options for patient choice and preventive care. New preventive
benefits passed include coverage of annual mammograms, coverage of
screening tests for both colorectal and cervical cancer, and a diabetes
self-management benefit. The President proposed a plan to reform and
modernize Medicare’s benefits, including an optional prescription drug
benefit that is affordable and available to all beneficiaries. The
President has also proposed a reserve fund to help Medicare beneficiaries
with extremely high prescription drug costs.
the Life of the Medicare Trust Fund. When President Clinton and Vice
President Gore took office, Medicare was expected to run out of money in
1999. Now, the life of the Trust Fund has been extended until 2023.
Medicare is now in the soundest shape it has been since 1975.
Single Largest Investment in Health Care for Children since 1965. The
five year, $24 billion State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
will provide health care coverage for up to five million children. Two
million children have already been enrolled, and in October 1999 President
Clinton announced new outreach initiatives to enroll millions more
uninsured, eligible children. Last year, the President launched a
nationwide “Insure Kids Now” campaign that will bring together major
TV and radio networks, healthcare organizations, religious groups and
other community-based organizations to help enroll more children in the
Children's Health Insurance Program, with the goal of enrolling 5 million
of the estimated 10 million children eligible for health insurance under
CHIP within 5 years. This year, the budget includes several of Vice
President Gore's proposals to accelerate enrollment of children in CHIP.
The President is also proposing a new FamilyCare program, which would give
States the option to cover parents in the same plan as their children.
Meaningful Health Insurance Reform. The President signed into law the
Kennedy-Kassebaum Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,
which helps individuals keep health insurance when they change jobs,
guarantees renewability of coverage, and ensures access to health
insurance for small businesses. As many as 25 million people will benefit
from this law. The bill also eliminated the discriminatory tax treatment
the of the approximately 10 million Americans who are self-employed;
strengthened efforts to combat health care fraud, waste and abuse by
creating a stable source of funding; and provided consumer protections and
tax incentives for private long-term care insurance.
Historic Comprehensive FDA Reform that Expedited the Review and Approval
of New Drug Products. The President signed into law the 1997 FDA
Modernization Act that includes important measures to modernize and
streamline the regulation of biological products; increase patient access
to experimental drugs and medical devices; and accelerate review of
important new medications. This reform builds on the administrative
initiatives implemented under the Vice President’s reinventing
government effort which have led U.S. drug approvals to be as fast or
faster than any other industrialized nation. Average drug approval times
have dropped since the beginning of the Administration from almost three
years to just over one year.
Mental Health Parity Provisions into Law. To help eliminate
discrimination against individuals with mental illnesses, the President
signed into law mental health parity provisions to prohibit health plans
from establishing separate lifetime and annual limits for mental health
coverage. In 1999, the White House held the landmark, first-ever
Conference on Mental Health and released the Surgeon General’s first
Report on Mental Health. This year, the President's budget includes an
investment of $100 million for mental health services, an increase of 16
percent over last year’s funding level and a 90 percent increase since
Legislation to End Drive-Through Deliveries. President Clinton signed
into law common sense legislation that requires health plans to allow new
mothers to remain in the hospital for at least 48 hours following most
normal deliveries and 96 hours after a Cesarean section.
Strong, Enforceable Patient Protections for Millions of Americans.
Leading by example, the President directed all federal agencies to ensure
that their employees and beneficiaries have the benefits and rights
guaranteed under the proposed Patients’ Bill of Rights. 85 million
Americans covered by federal health plans have the security of knowing
they will have fair access to health care thanks to the President's work.
The President and Vice President have called for passage of the bipartisan
Patients Bill of Rights Act, to ensure that all Americans have essential
protections, such as guaranteed access to needed health care specialists;
access to emergency room services when and where the need arises;
continuity of care protections to assure patient care if a patient’s
health care provider is dropped; access to a timely internal and
independent external appeals process with a medical necessity standard;
assurance that doctors and patients can openly discuss treatment options;
and an enforcement mechanism that ensures recourse for patients who have
been harmed as a result of health plan actions.
Medicare Fraud and Waste. Since 1993, the Clinton-Gore Administration
has assigned more federal prosecutors and FBI agents to fight health care
fraud than ever before. As a result, convictions have gone up a full 410
percent, saving more than $50 billion in health care claims. The Balanced
Budget Act gave an array of new weapons in our fight to keep scam artists
and fly-by-night health care out of Medicare and Medicaid.
Strong New Protections for the Privacy of Electronic Medical Records.
The Clinton-Gore Administration released a new regulation to protect the
privacy of electronic medical records held by health plans, health care
clearinghouses, and health care providers. This rule would limit the use
and release of private health information without consent; restrict the
disclosure of protected health information to the minimum amount of
information necessary; establish new requirements for disclosure of
information to researchers and others seeking access to health records;
and establish new administrative and criminal sanctions for the improper
use or disclosure of private information.
Comprehensive Nursing Home Quality Initiative. The Clinton-Gore
Administration has issued the toughest nursing home regulations in the
history of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including increased
monitoring of nursing homes to ensure that they are in compliance;
requiring states to crack down on nursing homes that repeatedly violate
health and safety requirements; and changing the inspection process to
increase the focus on preventing bedsores, malnutrition and resident
abuse. Won $43.5 million increase in FY 2000 to fund more rigorous
inspections of nursing facilities and improved federal oversight and
enforcement of nursing home quality.
Safe Food for America’s Families. President Clinton created the
President’s Council on Food Safety to develop a comprehensive food
safety strategic plan for federal agencies. The Clinton-Gore
Administration has implemented a new science-based inspection system --
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points -- and reduced the prevalence
of salmonella in raw meat and poultry by as much as 50 percent. The
Administration formed national computer network of public health
laboratories, called PulseNet, to help rapidly identify and stop outbreaks
of foodborne illness by performing DNA "fingerprinting" on
foodborne pathogens. The President signed the Food Quality Protection Act,
which included special safeguards for kids and strengthened laws governing
pesticides and food safety. The Administration also issued new rules to
prevent foodborne illness caused by pathogens such as E. coli.
Child Immunization Rates to All Time High. Childhood immunization
coverage rates in 1998 were the highest ever recorded. 90 percent of
toddlers in 1996, 1997 and 1998 received the most critical doses of each
of the routinely recommended vaccines, surpassing the President’s 1993
goal. Because childhood vaccination levels in the United States are at an
all-time high, disease and death from diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus,
measles, mumps, rubella and Hib are at or near record lows. There was only
one reported case of diphtheria, 100 reported cases of measles, and no
reported cases of wild poliovirus for 1998.
Regulation that Drug Companies Provide Adequate Testing for Children.
President Clinton directed an important Food and Drug Administration
regulation requiring manufacturers to do studies on pediatric populations
for new prescription drugs -- and those currently on the market -- to
ensure that prescription drugs have been adequately tested for the unique
needs of children.
Efforts to Help Consumers Understand Important Information on Over the
Counter Drug Labels. The President unveiled a historic new FDA
regulation that, for the first time, requires over-the-counter drug
products to use a new product label with larger print and clearer
language, making it easier for consumers to understand product warnings
and comply with dosage guidance. The new regulation provides Americans
with essential information about their medications in a user friendly way
and takes a critical first step towards preventing the tens of thousands
of unnecessary hospitalizations caused by misuse of over-the-counter
medications each year.
Reproductive Health. The Clinton-Gore Administration has taken strong
steps to protect a woman’s right to choose and to promote safe
reproductive health services for women. The President has provided
contraceptive coverage to more than a million women covered by federal
health plans; provided family planning services to low income women
through the Medicaid program; stood up against attempts to prohibit the
FDA from approving RU-486; and continues to fight restrictions on
international family planning.
Environment: Growing the
Economy And Improving the Environment
Our National Treasures. The Clinton-Gore
Administration has protected tens of millions of acres, from the red rock
canyons of Utah to the Florida Everglades. The Administration reached
agreements to protect Yellowstone from mining and save the ancient
redwoods of California’s Headwaters Forest. In the FY 2000 budget, the
President and Vice President won $651 million (a 42 percent increase) for
Lands Legacy, a historic initiative to strengthen federal efforts to
preserve national treasures and provides communities with new resources to
protect local green spaces. This year, the President's budget includes a
record $1.4 billion for Lands Legacy -- a 93 percent increase and the
largest one-year investment ever requested for conserving America’s
Four New National Monuments. The Clinton-Gore Administration has
created four new national monuments: Grand Staircase-Escalante, protecting
spectacular red rock canyonlands in Utah; Grand Canyon-Parashant,
protecting deep canyons, mountains and buttes on the north rim of the
Grand Canyon; Agua Fria, protecting extensive prehistoric ruins in
Arizona; the California Coastal monument, protecting thousands of islands,
rocks and reefs along the California coast. The Administration also
expanded Pinnacles National Monument in California to better protect the
area's unusual rock formations.
Our National Forests. The President directed the National Forest
Service to develop and propose regulations to provide long-term protection
for 40 million acres of “roadless” areas within national forests and
ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the pristine
wilderness. The proposed regulations would ban road building in these
areas and could also prohibit logging or other activities that harm their
unique ecological value.
Toxic Cleanups and Brownfields Redevelopment. The Clinton-Gore
Administration has completed clean up at 525 Superfund sites, more than
three times as many as completed in the previous twelve years. Clean up of
more than 91 percent of all sites is either completed or in progress. The
Administration has leveraged nearly $1 billion in private sector
investment for brownfields redevelopment.
Our Drinking Water Safe. The President proposed and signed legislation
to strengthen the Safe Drinking Water Act to ensure that our families have
healthy, clean tap water. The Clinton-Gore Administration has required
America’s 55,000 water utilities to provide regular reports to their
customers on the quality of their drinking water. The Administration also
proposed new rule to reduce dirty runoff and strengthen protections for
20,000 rivers, lakes and other waterways too polluted for swimming and
fishing. Ninety-one percent of America’s tap water from community
drinking water systems now meets all federal standards.
the Air of Unhealthy Pollution. The President and Vice President have
adopted the toughest standards ever on soot and smog. They proposed
significant reductions in tailpipe emissions from cars, light trucks and
SUVs, and launched long-term effort to restore pristine skies over our
national parks and wilderness areas. Since 1993, the number of Americans
living in communities that meet federal air quality standards has grown by
the Threat of Global Warming. The Clinton-Gore Administration
negotiated an international treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in
an environmentally strong and economically sound way. The President and
Vice President secured $1.1 billion in FY 2000 for research and
development of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, and set a
goal of tripling U.S. use of bio-energy and bio-products by 2010. The
President issued an Executive Order directing agencies to dramatically
improve energy efficiency in federal buildings, saving taxpayers over $750
million a year when fully implemented.
and Technology: A Strong Research and Development Agenda
Investment in Biomedical Research. Two years ago, the President called
for an increase of almost 50 percent over 5 years in the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) budget as part of his Research for America
Fund. Since that time, the NIH budget has increased by over $4.3 billion
and with the funding proposed by the President this year, the
Administration will be one year ahead of schedule in reaching the 50
percent goal. As a result, NIH now supports the highest levels of research
ever on nearly all types of disease and health conditions, making new
breakthroughs possible in vaccine development and use, the treatment of
chronic disease, and prevention and treatment of diseases such as
diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, and neurological diseases
like Alzheimers and Parkinsons.
University Research, Training the Next Generation of Scientists and
Engineers. The FY00 budget contained a 6.6 percent increase in the
National Science Foundation research budget to support science and
engineering research across all fields and disciplines. This includes $126
million for the Administration's "Information Technology for the 21st
U.S. Leadership in Space Science and Exploration. The Clinton-Gore
Administration won increased investment of $13.65 billion for NASA in FY
2000. This investment offers the potential of new scientific breakthroughs
through an aggressive robotic series of exploration missions into the
solar system, as well as enhancing our ability to monitor important
changes in the earth's climate systems, and strengthening aviation safety
for the traveling public.
the Economy and National Security with Information Technology. The
Administration continued our investment to help ensure that America leads
the world in information technologies that predict tornadoes, design
life-saving drugs, and make air travel safer and more efficient, and
maintain our nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing.
Changing the Way Government Does Business:
Doing More for Less
Red Tape. 16,000 pages of Federal regulations
have been eliminated by President Clinton and Vice President Gore as part
of the Vice President’s National Performance Review.
Government Workforce Since the 1960's. There are 375,000 fewer
employees in the Federal government workforce than in 1993 -- giving us
the smallest Federal workforce since the Kennedy Administration.
Government Spending Since 1974. At 18.7 percent, Federal Government
spending as a share of the Gross Domestic Product is at its lowest level
Participation in Our Democracy with the Motor Voter Law. President
Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act during his first year
in office -- making voting easier for millions more Americans, and leading
to the registration of more than 28 million new voters.
Policy: World’s Strongest Force for Peace, Freedom and Prosperity
Promoting Peace and Strengthening Democracy
a decade of repression and reversed ethnic cleansing in Kosovo by
leading the NATO alliance to victory in a 79-day air war against Serb
forces, forcing their withdrawal and ushering in international
the Middle East peace process by brokering peace agreements between
Israel and its neighbors; negotiating the Wye River Accords; and
supporting the launch of final settlement negotiations between the
Israelis and Palestinians.
Israel-Syria track of Middle East peace process by holding first
high-level meeting between the two former adversaries in Washington after
months of behind-the-scenes Presidential diplomacy, and following that
meeting with formal talks in January.
the Good Friday Peace Accord in Northern Ireland, ending decades of
a self-sustaining peace in Bosnia by leading diplomatic efforts to end
civil war and foster multi-ethnic democracy.
democracy in Haiti, ending military dictatorship and stopping refugee
transition to democracy in Nigeria and mediating peace efforts in
Sierra Leone and Ethiopia-Eritrea.
violence and protected democracy in East Timor by leading diplomatic
efforts and supporting international peacekeeping mission.
settle Peru-Ecuador border dispute and end civil war in Guatemala.
for human rights and religious freedom worldwide, including in China,
for human rights, core labor standards, religious freedom, and the elimination
of child labor worldwide.
Americans from weapons of mass destruction by reducing Russian nuclear
arsenals, easing nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan and ratifying
the Chemical Weapons Convention.
terrorism by developing a national counterterrorism strategy and
striking terrorist targets in Afghanistan and Sudan.
North Korea threat through deterrence, diplomacy, and
Saddam Hussein through diplomacy, economic sanctions and military
new threats by protecting America’s critical infrastructure from
cyber-terrorism and biological and chemical weapons.
limited national missile defense to protect against attacks from rogue
states while preserving nuclear stability with Russia.
military readiness through increased defense spending, with the first
long-term sustained increase in defense funding in 15 years
Alliances and Building Partnerships
Fulfilling vision of an undivided, democratic and peaceful Europe by
enlarging NATO, integrating Southeast Europe, and reaching out to Russia.
more constructive relationship with China through engagement and frank
dialogue on human rights, security and trade.
security alliances with Japan and South Korea.
landmark agreement to develop secure oil and gas pipelines from the
Caspian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, strengthening ties in the region
and ensuring Americans have access to vital resources.
trade and strengthening democracy in Asia and Latin America through
APEC and the Summit of the Americas.
partnerships with Africa and pushing for passage of the African Growth
and Opportunity Act.
markets for U.S. exports abroad and creating American jobs through
NAFTA, GATT and more than 270 other free and fair trade agreements.
China into the world economy through landmark trade agreement that
opens markets to U.S. exports, slashes Chinese tariffs, and protects
American workers from dumping.
World Trade Organization to reduce tariffs, settle trade disputes, and
Asian financial crisis from undermining America’s prosperity by
promoting sound monetary policies, urging banking reforms and fighting
Stimulating worldwide growth through
support for the IMF and G-8 global economic strategy.
Mexico from currency crisis by providing financial relief.