- Reduces Backlog and Expands Alternative Dispute Resolution at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Presidents FY99 budget included $279 million -- a $37 million increase over the previous year -- to significantly expand EEOCs alternative dispute resolution program and reduce the backlog of private sector discrimination complaints. The final budget fully funds the Presidents request -- providing the first real increase for EEOC in several years.
- President Clintons Food Safety Initiative. The final budget provided approximately $79 million in new funds for the Presidents Food Safety Initiative to help implement a far- ranging plan to improve surveillance of food borne illnesses, education about proper food handling, research, and inspection of imported and domestic foods. The new funds are part of an Administration-wide effort, led by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services, to create a seamless, science-based food safety system.
- More Police on the Streets. In 1994, President Clinton fought for and won a commitment to put 100,000 police officers on the street. The final budget includes funds for 17,000 additional Community Oriented Police Services (COPS) Program police officers toward the Presidents goal of 100,000 cops on the beat by 2000.
- Increasing Law Enforcement in Indian Country. The final bill includes $20 million in FY99 for more police officers and public safety initiatives in the approximately 56 million acres of Indian lands serving more than 1.4 million residents.
- Brings Financial Stability to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The final budget includes $50 million that will allow TVA to better provide for the citizens of the seven states -- Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia -- that it serves. The agreement will let TVA refinance part of its debt to compensate for the loss of Federal funds for its non-power programs. The final budget also prevents TVA from losing the Land Between the Lakes Recreation Area.
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