President Clinton and Vice President Gore: A Remarkable Moment of Progress and Prosperity

President Clinton and Vice President Gore: A Remarkable Moment of Progress and Prosperity

In his speech to the 2000 Democratic Convention, President Clinton will discuss the remarkable progress America has made during the Clinton-Gore Administration. Eight years ago, President Clinton and Vice President Gore put in place an agenda to get America back on its economic feet while restoring the values of opportunity, responsibility and community that made this country great. As a result of the hard work of the American people and the tough choices of the last eight years, America has made remarkable progress. A sea of red ink has been turned into the largest surplus in history, with the nation on track to pay off the debt by 2012 while strengthening Social Security and Medicare, expanding retirement savings and increasing college opportunity. Eight years ago, unemployment, crime and poverty were all high, now they are at the lowest levels in a generation. Today, more Americans are working, children are receiving a better education with high academic standards, our communities are cleaner and safer, and government now reinforces our national values of work, family, service and community.

Reversing the Deficit and Creating the Best Economy in a Generation President Clinton and Vice President Gore launched a new economic strategy of fiscal discipline, strategic investments in the American people and opening foreign markets so that American workers can compete abroad. Their 1993 Economic Plan put us on a path of fiscal discipline that created the conditions for the longest economic expansion in history:

Ending Welfare the Right Way President Clinton and Vice President Gore have transformed the welfare system to one that moves families from welfare to work, but they refused to do so in a way that punished children. They rejected two punitive welfare reform bills before signing the bipartisan 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, which removed barriers that keep people trapped in the welfare system and provided incentives like job training, expanded child care and increased child support enforcement to help them go to work. Because of these efforts:

Giving Every Child a Quality Education President Clinton and Vice President Gore launched a revolution in public education with standards and accountability at the core. Their Goals 2000 initiative gave states assistance and encouragement to adopt high standards and require accountability. Clinton-Gore budgets have doubled investment in education and training by focusing on things that work, like charter schools, teacher quality, smaller class size, after-school and Head Start. And they launched the largest expansion of college opportunity since the GI Bill. Their strategy has delivered results:

Tough and Smart Anti-Crime Policy is Reducing Crime Rates President Clinton and Vice President Gore implemented a crime strategy that emphasized both tough anti-crime laws and smart prevention measures. Their 1994 Crime Bill enacted "three strikes and you're out," mandatory minimum penalties, and more money for prisons and prosecutors as well as a ban on assault weapons, a commitment to fund 100,000 community police officers and a historic response to violence against women. They fought for and signed the Brady Bill, and they have worked with states and local governments to increase total gun crime prosecutions by 22 percent since 1992. As a result of their tough and smart strategy:

Better Health Care for All Americans President Clinton and Vice President Gore have taken historic steps to improve access to quality health care. They have cracked down on waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare while expanding the program to include important preventive services like mammograms, cancer screenings and diabetes management. They proposed and signed the Children's Health Insurance Program, the largest expansion children's health insurance in 35 years, and took meaningful steps that allow workers keep their health insurance when changing jobs, ended drive-through deliveries, and protect the health care coverage of disabled Americans moving into the workforce. They also paved the way for new medical breakthroughs by increasing funding for biomedical research by 73 percent over the last eight years. As a result of these steps:

Improving the Environment and the Economy President Clinton and Vice President Gore set out to prove that America could have a strong economy and a cleaner environment. Since 1993, they have invested in a sensible approach of new technologies, tougher enforcement of environmental laws and protecting our irreplaceable national treasures. They proposed and signed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1996 to ensure that families have safe, clean tap water and proposed the strongest clean air standards in history to reduce smog and soot. As a result of their efforts:

Helping Families Succeed on the Job and at Home President Clinton and Vice President Gore came to office at a time when many middle class families were struggling to balance the pressures of work and family. While the previous administration vetoed the Family and Medical Leave Act twice, the Clinton-Gore Administration made the Family and Medical Leave Act the first law it signed in 1993. The Clinton-Gore Administration also worked to pass common-sense health care reforms to guarantee coverage for workers who change jobs. And they have won important victories for children and families including signing a $500 child tax credit, a $1 per hour increase in the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, enacting the largest expansion of health insurance for children ever, and creating incentives for adoption and foster care. As a result of these victories:

Strengthening the Value of Service President Clinton and Vice President Gore promised to return America to the values of responsibility and community that made it great. In 1993, the President signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, which created AmeriCorps. Since then:

Leading the Quest for Peace and Democracy President Clinton and Vice President Gore have made America a force for world peace and global democracy. Our troops remain the best-trained, best-equipped and most effective fighting force, and the United States has succeeded in opening foreign markets to American good throughout the world. The global leadership of the Clinton-Gore Administration has resulted in:


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