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4._Bill_Clinton - William Bill Clinton 1993-2001 A Election...

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3/19/09 1 William “Bill” Clinton 1993-2001 A. Election of 1992 • Democrats – Bill Clinton & Al Gore • Republicans – George Bush, Sr. & Dan Quayle • Independent Candidate • America We Stand Party • H.Ross Perot & Admiral Stockdale • The Recession and a health care system that needed reform hurt Bush in the election • Voters were ready for change from the Conservative years • Clinton was able to win even with womanizing accusations and a draft evasion in Vietnam • Democrats also won the Senate and House Election of 1996 • Democrats – Bill Clinton & Al Gore
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3/19/09 2 • Republicans – Bob Dole & Jack Kemp • Reform Party – H. Ross Perot B. Domestic Affairs 1. Economic Reform Clinton wanted to reduce the budget deficit, which meant cutting spending and raising taxes The public did not receive this well The tax increase fell most heavily on the wealthiest Americans, but still did not sit well with middle class Americans either 2. Health Care Reform • 1993 - estimated 37 million Americans had no health care insurance • Medical care is extremely expensive • Clinton wanted to fix this “broken” system • Bill Clinton appointed his wife Hillary to head a task force to analyze health care and propose reform • 11 months of reviewing the problem and Hillary was ready to propose some changes to Congress • The Clinton’s proposed a gov’t- supervised health insurance program that would guarantee affordable coverage to every American • Congressional Republicans said the program would be too expensive and would create “big gov’t”
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3 • Many Americans also didn’t like that Hillary took a political role in the White House… they didn’t want her making any kind of policies even if she was very bright • The health care debate went on for over a year – The plan failed to pass Congress – But… – The Family Medical Leave Bill did pass which gives up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for family and medical emergencies 3. The Republicans’ Contract with America • In the 1994 mid-term elections, GA representative Newt Gingrich called on Republican candidates to endorse what he called a “Contract with America” – Scale back the role of gov’t – Eliminate bothersome regulations – Cut taxes – Balance the budget • Gingrich helped his party win back both the House of Representatives and the Senate • Gingrich is selected by his peers in the House to become the next Speaker of the House • From that point on, it was a battle between the President and Congress • The Republicans acted quickly to undo many democratic reform, shrink gov’t , and balance the budget 4. The Budget and Welfare Reform • The Federal Budget was a huge battle between the Republicans in Congress and Bill Clinton • While the budget wasn’t finalized, gov’t offices and operations temporarily shut down, disrupting services to millions of Americans • It was Congress that looked uncompromising, helping Clinton in his1996 reelection bid
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2010 for the course HIST 2882 taught by Professor Stark during the Spring '10 term at Oregon Tech.

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4._Bill_Clinton - William Bill Clinton 1993-2001 A Election...

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