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Bridge to the 21st Centu20 - over.” That summer, on the...

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Bridge to the 21st Century The Clinton and Bush II years The new Republican leadership in the House of Representatives, by contrast, pressed  hard to achieve its policy objectives, a sharp contrast with the administration’s new  moderate tone. When right-wing extremists bombed an Oklahoma City federal building  in April 1995, Clinton responded with a tone of moderation and healing that heightened  his stature and implicitly left some doubts about his conservative opponents. At the end  of the year, he vetoed a Republican budget bill, shutting down the government for  weeks. Most of the public seemed to blame the Republicans. The president also co-opted part of the Republican program. In his State of the Union  address of January 1996, he ostentatiously declared, “The era of big government is 
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Unformatted text preview: over.” That summer, on the eve of the presidential campaign, he signed a major welfare reform bill that was essentially a Republican product. Designed to end permanent support for most welfare recipients and move them to work, it was opposed by many in his own party. By and large, it would prove successful in operation over the next decade. THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IN THE 1990s By the mid-1990s, the country had not simply recovered from the brief, but sharp, recession of the Bush presidency. It was entering an era of booming prosperity, and doing so despite the decline of its traditional industrial base. Probably the major force behind this new growth was the blossoming of the personal computer (PC)....
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