FW: DNC News: Democratic News - February 3, 1998

Maher, Steve (SD-MS) SMAHER at GI.COM
Wed Feb 4 15:17:00 MST 1998


Welcome to DEMOCRATIC NEWS! An online publication of the Democratic National
Committee.  www.democrats.org

Tuesday, February 3, 1998

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   o  On the Web
   o  Democratic and Presidential Leadership
   o  Republican Agenda
   o  Republican Campaign Finance and Ethics Abuses
   o  Quotes


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ON THE WEB

The President's Budget:
Copies of President Clinton's budget can be viewed and downloaded at
the web site of the GPO (United States Government Printing Office).  Also
located at this web site is an informative publication called "A Citizen's
Guide to the Federal Budget." To get to these documents, please go to URL:

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/budget/index.html

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DEMOCRATIC AND PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP

PRESIDENT PROPOSES FIRST BALANCED BUDGET IN A GENERATION; INCLUDES TAX CUTS
FOR WORKING FAMILIES
Yesterday, President Clinton proposed the first balanced budget in a
generation. The plan -- which projects a $9.5 billion surplus this year --
will provide $24.2 billion in tax cuts over five years, increase the minimum
wage, and expand Medicare to early retirees.  When President Clinton took
office in January, 1993, the federal deficit stood at $290 billion.  [Los
Angeles Times, 2/2/98, 2/3/98; Wall Street Journal, 2/3/98]

PRESIDENT'S BUDGET INCREASES FUNDS FOR SCIENCE, RESEARCH; INCREASES AIDS
TREATMENTS BY $100 MILLION
President Clinton's budget proposal increases funding for the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  In
addition, treatments for patients suffering from AIDS will increase by $100
million.  Under the President's budget the NIH would receive an additional
$1.15 billion to accommodate new initiatives in cancer, diabetes, brain
disorders, and genetic medicine.  Over the next five years, NIH funding
would rise nearly 50 percent.  NSF funding would go up 10 percent to pay for
research on computers, information technology, and education. [Washington
Post, 2/3/98]

PRESIDENT CLINTON ANNOUNCES HISPANIC EDUCATION ACTION PLAN
President Clinton's fiscal year 1999 budget includes the Hispanic Education
Action Plan, a targeted education plan which would devote $618 million in
new funds for reading, mathematics, English instruction, and other programs
tailored especially for disadvantaged Latino students.  "The President's
Hispanic education initiative will offer Latino students a better chance to
develop their full academic potential so they can contribute the full force
of their talent to the success of America in the 21st century," remarked
Vice President Gore.  A study in December by the Education Department found
that just 63 percent of Latino adults had completed high school, compared
with 91.5 percent of whites and 83 percent of blacks. [Los Angeles Times,
2/2/98]

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REPUBLICAN AGENDA

CONSERVATIVE ACTIVISTS LABEL AIDS A LIBERAL PLAGUE
Conservative activists at January's Conservative Political Action Conference
(CPAC) in Virginia proudly displayed merchandise that labeled AIDS a liberal
disease, just as they did at last year's conference.  Activists attending
CPAC this year heard from many of the GOP's 2000 Presidential hopefuls
including Lamar Alexander, Dan Quayle, John Ashcroft, Steve Forbes, and Phil
Gramm. [AP, 1/29/98]

GOP LEADERS PREPARE TO DIP INTO "SLUSH FUND" TO CONTINUE PARTISAN LABOR
INVESTIGATION
Last week GOP Representative Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) requested another
$750,000 for his partisan investigation of the Teamsters union.  Hoekstra,
who chairs the Education and Workforce subcommittee on oversight and
investigations, asked the House Oversight Committee to give him the extra
money from the panel's $7.9 million "slush fund" in order to hire 11 more
staffers.  Hoekstra has already been given $1.4 million from GOP leaders,
ostensibly to review current labor laws.  Hoekstra has since steered some of
that money to the Teamsters investigation. [Roll Call, 2/2/98]

GOP HAS YET TO SELL BUILDING DECLARED SYMBOL OF "REVOLUTION"
House Republicans -- three years after vowing to sell a Congressional
building as a dramatic sign of their "revolution" -- have yet to close the
sale.  When the GOP took control of the House after the 1994 election, the
sale of a two-story building at 501 First Street, SE was considered by GOP
leaders to be a sign of their commitment to shrinking government and a
defining moment in the Republican revolution.  The building, which houses
the House Child Care Center, has not only not been sold, but a broker still
has not been hired to sell it.  The GOP's explanation for removing the
building's sale from the forefront of their agenda?  The legislative agenda.
[Roll Call, 2/2/98]

PATAKI LEASES SECOND CAR AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE; SHUNS RULES HE WANTS TO APPLY
TO STATE AUTOMAKERS
 Despite New York Governor George Pataki's latest zero-emissions mandate to
automakers to sell thousands of electric cars in an effort to reduce
pollution, Pataki drives one of the largest, gas-guzzling cars on the road
today.  Pataki recently leased a second vehicle for state use -- a
$500-a-month 1998 Lincoln Navigator, which only gets about 12 to 16 miles
per gallon.  In addition to the Lincoln, Pataki also leases a 1997 Chevrolet
Suburban.  Both vehicles are leased at taxpayer expense. [Albany Times
Union, 2/1/98; 1/31/98]

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REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICAL ABUSES

FORMER REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR RECEIVES PRISON SENTENCE, PROBATION
Former Arizona Governor Fife Symington was sentenced yesterday to
two-and-a-half-years in federal prison and five years' probation.  Symington
was forced to resign last September after being convicted of six felony
counts of defrauding lenders in his commercial real estate dealings.  U.S.
District Judge Roger Strand rejected Symington's plea for probation, and
cited his "pattern of criminal conduct over a long period of time," in
imposing the sentence.  After his sentencing, Symington said, "If you steal
a dime, you do the time." [Dallas Morning News, 2/3/98]

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QUOTES

"A balanced budget next year, as proposed by President Clinton yesterday,
would stop America's 30-year spree of writing IOUs for future generations to
pay.  This shapes up as a proud achievement for the President, congressional
Democrats and the Republicans who belatedly helped them the last three
years." -- Philadelphia Inquirer editorial. [Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/3/98]

"Now, with momentum on our side and our economy thriving, this is no time to
go back to Washington, D.C.'s bad old days.  Already some of the same voices
who were so wrong in opposing our '93 plan, and opposing our '97 agreement,
have been urging us to start spending again like there's no tomorrow, or
giving away the store in huge budget-busting tax breaks." -- Vice President
Gore. [Washington Post, 2/3/98]

"I thank God that most Republicans are not given to the wild, crazy notions
of the Bob Barrs of the world." -- Gingrich ally Rep. Ray LaHood (IL) on the
Georgia Republican Barr. [New Republic, 2/16/98]

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