[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)]
[June 5, 1998]
[Pages 901-902]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Statement on the House of Representatives Republican Budget Proposal
June 5, 1998

    Over the past 5 years, we have followed an economic strategy of 
fiscal discipline coupled with smart investments in education, health 
care, and the environment. That strategy has eliminated the deficit and 
helped spur economic growth and the creation of more than 16 million new 
jobs. The House Republican budget is an unfortunate step backwards that 
would mean severe and unnecessary cuts in education, the environment, 
and health care. At a time when

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Washington is seeing its first surplus in almost 30 years and spending 
as a share of the economy is at its lowest level in a quarter century, 
this budget is not the right approach. As Congress readies its final 
budget, I urge Members to continue our strategy of fiscal discipline and 
strategic investments to prepare our country for the 21st century.