LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — President Clinton on Saturday promoted a support system to help youngsters graduate from "the playground to the college classroom," announcing $120 million in grants intended to put higher education within their reach.
Even as "Operation Gear Up" gets under way, Clinton said in his weekly radio address, it is threatened by the Republicans' $792-billion tax-cut package.
"I don't think we should decide on this big tax cut and just hope there's enough left over to pay for education and to save Social Security and Medicare and pay off our national debt," he said.
Clinton said he will ask the Republican-controlled Congress to double the financial commitment to the program "so that we can reach more of our children than ever."