December 2, 1998


Thirty days ago, the American people gave all of us in Washington our marching orders: They want us to get to work on their behalf -- and on their business. We have heard them loud and clear. And we look forward to working with colleagues across party lines to create a new season of achievement for the American people.

President Bill Clinton
December 2, 1998

Today, President Clinton and Vice President Gore meet with the Senate Democratic leadership to discuss next year's legislative agenda for the incoming Congress.

President Clinton Is Working To Ensure Basic Patient Protections. When the next Congress meets in January, one of its most important priorities should be passage of a strong, enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights. The Patients' Bill of Rights is one of the President's top domestic priorities, he has called on Congress for over a year to pass legislation that includes the following provisions:

The President Has Secured Important Funding For Our Children's Education, But Work Remains. During the budget negotiations, President Clinton fought for and won key agreements from Congress to help ensure our country continues to prosper as we move into the 21st Century. The President won key agreements, including:

Although the President was able to secure funding for these important programs, the next Congress should support the President's call to build or modernize 5,000 schools nationwide through targeted, fully paid for tax credits.

The Next Congress Should Put Progress Ahead Of Partisanship. President Clinton has a strong agenda to help move our country into the 21st Century. The last Congress failed to act on a number of issues that the President is committed to. The President is calling on the next Congress to work with him and:

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