January 26, 2000 |
President Clinton said Tuesday that the budget he will send Congress on Feb. 7 will propose paying off the entire $3.6-trillion national debt by 2013--two years earlier than had been expected even a few months ago. At a news conference, the president attributed the opportunity for a speedup to an economy that is even stronger than had been forecast, resulting in higher tax revenue and lower expenses, and to his own austere budget policies.
May 5, 1994 |
Three former presidents endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban the future manufacture, sale and possession of combat-style assault weapons as a closely divided House neared a showdown today on the hotly controversial issue. Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan sent a letter to all House members expressing their support for the measure, effectively joining President Clinton in urging approval of the ban.
August 21, 1996 |
President Clinton signed minimum wage legislation Tuesday that will give the lowest-paid 11% of the American work force a raise of 90 cents an hour. In the first of three bill signings in his pre-convention week, Clinton called the measure "pro-work, pro-business and pro-family." Evoking a venerable Democratic tradition, he fixed his signature in a South Lawn ceremony on the desk used by Frances Perkins, President Franklin D. Roosevelt's labor secretary.
August 10, 1989 |
Howard and Connie Clery were delighted when their only daughter, Jeanne, told them of her decision to enroll at Lehigh, a small private co-educational university in Bethlehem, Pa., little more than an hour from home. Had she chosen to follow in the footsteps of her two brothers, Jeanne might have gone off to New Orleans, to Tulane, which was so far away. Yes, the Clerys agreed, Lehigh was perfect. "The minute she saw Lehigh she fell in love with it," Connie Clery remembers.
December 18, 1998 |
It took some searching, but Richard Swain found the coat he was looking for last month at a store in Greenbelt, Md. The black, fur-trimmed parka resembled others on the racks, but the tag was unsettling. It said the trim was "Mongolia Dog Fur." The find was a coup for Swain, chief investigator for the Humane Society of the United States, which is wrapping up an 18-month undercover probe into what it says is an extensive worldwide trade in the pelts of domesticated dogs.
November 18, 1993 |
A painfully divided House of Representatives approved the North American Free Trade Agreement by an unexpectedly large margin Wednesday night, ending a hard-fought battle that grew into a referendum on the fundamental changes sweeping the American economy. The vote was 234 to 200, 16 more than the 218 needed for passage. The Senate is expected to act on the measure within days. Passage there is not in doubt.