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A Nation Transformed
Clinton-Gore Administration Accomplishments: 1993 - 1999

American Families Are Better Off Today
Than They Were Six and a Half Years Ago

ECONOMY: The Best American Economy In A Generation
Nearly 19 Million New Jobs…8 million more than were created under the Reagan Administration in the same amount of time (6 years, 6 months).

Largest Budget Surplus in History… from a $290 billion deficit in 1992, to a projected $99 billion surplus in 1999 - the largest in history. For the first time in 40 years, the budget will be in surplus for two years in a row.

Lowest Unemployment in 29 Years...down from 7.5% in 1992 to 4.3% today -- its lowest level in 29 years.

Fastest Real-Wage Growth in More than Two Decades...after adjusting for inflation, wages increased almost 2.7% in 1998
-- the fastest real-wage growth in more than two decades. And wages have increased three years in a row.

CHILDREN AND EDUCATION: Greatest Investment in Children's Health & Education in 30 Years
Protecting Families… by allowing workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for family members without fear of losing their jobs. Approximately 91 million workers are protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Enacted Single Largest Investment in Health Care for Children since 1965…the $24 billion Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will provide health care coverage for up to five million children.

$500 Child Tax Credit For 27 Million Families with 45 Million Children...included in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.

More than 200,000 Additional Kids in Head Start Since 1992... reaching more children with early learning than ever before.

Smaller Classes With Well-Prepared Teachers…won a down payment on the President's new initiative to hire an additional 100,000 well-prepared teachers to reduce class size in the early grades, when children learn to read and master the basics.

Providing Safe After-School Opportunities…for nearly 400,000 school-age children each year.

Increasing Charter Schools from One to More than 1,000...offering parents choice within the public school system.

Making College More increasing Pell Grants from $2,300 in 1993 to $3,125 in 1999, the largest maximum award ever, and offering flexible repayment options and better service through the Direct Lending Program.

The Biggest Single Increase in Higher Education since the G.I. Bill…was enacted in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. The law included the HOPE Scholarship and other tax deductions, putting college within reach for millions -- the largest overall higher education investment in 30 years.

CRIME: Crime Rates Are Down To The Lowest Levels In A Generation
Violent Crime Down 7 Years in a Row... and the murder rate is down more than 25% since 1993, its lowest point in 30 years.

Putting 100,000 More Police on Our Streets… this year, ahead of schedule and under budget, the Administration has met its commitment of funding 100,000 police officers for our communities.

400,000 Felons, Fugitives and Stalkers Denied Guns...since the President signed the Brady Bill into law.

Developed Comprehensive Anti-Drug Strategy...including a $195 Million National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. And appointed four-star General Barry McCaffrey as the nation's Drug Czar.

WELFARE: Largest Drop In Welfare Rolls In History
6.5 Million People Have Left over 46% decrease from January 1993 and the largest decline in history. The President signed landmark welfare reform legislation in 1996 requiring work, imposing time limits and dramatically expanding child care spending. And in both 1997 and 1998, the President fought successfully to restore fairness for legal immigrants.

80% Increase in Child Support Collections... as a result of the toughest child support crackdown in history.

ENVIRONMENT: Protecting Our Environment For Future Generations
Cleaned up Nearly Three Times as Many Superfund Sites in Six Years as Previous Administrations Did in 12.

Our Food and Drinking Water Is Safer...because the President fought for and signed the Food Quality Protection Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Last Updated July 1999

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