August 4, 1999 |
In its heyday, the Inter-American Foundation was a pint-sized government pioneer, a tiny federal development agency with a staff of former Peace Corps volunteers that harnessed 1960s-era idealism to the then-visionary goal of helping the poor of Latin America help themselves. But today, the maverick aid agency is in decline, and its survival is in jeopardy. Since 1994, the IAF's budget has been cut by a third, its staff by almost half and the number of countries it serves by a quarter.
November 22, 1999 |
President Clinton, who has sought to have every American classroom hooked up to the Internet by the end of next year, proposed on Sunday a vast increase in the developing world's access to computers, cellular telephones and the World Wide Web to help jump-start struggling economies. Citing what he said is the need to eliminate the "digital divide" between rich and poor, Clinton said: "The people in Africa are no different from the people in America.
November 15, 1999 |
White House budget negotiators, all but resolving the thorniest issue holding up enactment of major spending bills for the new fiscal year, agreed Sunday to accept some limits on the use of U.S. contributions to international institutions in support of abortion activities abroad. In return, congressional Republicans approved giving President Clinton some of the money he had sought to make overdue U.S. payments to the United Nations.
November 20, 1999
Here are key elements of the federal budget for fiscal 2000: * Boosts defense spending by $17.3 billion over last year, to $267.7 billion; provisions include a 4.8% pay hike for active-duty military personnel on Jan. 1. * Provides $1.3 billion to continue President Clinton's centerpiece proposal to hire 100,000 more teachers for the nation's schools. * Authorizes $595 million for the first installment of Clinton's proposal to hire up to 50,000 more police officers. * Provides $27.
November 5, 1999 |
The Clinton administration and congressional Republicans struck a deal Thursday night on a $15.3-billion foreign aid bill in a breakthrough both sides think will help speed agreement on their remaining budget disputes. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said that though some details were still being worked out, he planned for the House to vote on the package today. "This is the key that opens us up to negotiate" the rest of the pending battles, Hastert said.
October 6, 1999 |
The House narrowly passed a $12.6-billion fiscal 2000 foreign aid bill Tuesday that the White House has threatened to veto on grounds that it shortchanges vital international programs. The bill was approved, 214 to 211, all but ensuring that a veto would be sustained. The Senate has yet to take up the bill, which is a compromise version of legislation passed earlier by both chambers.