Agendas: Clinton vs. GOP Congress
A comparison of the legislative agendas of President Clinton and congressional Republicans.
_Increase spending for schools.
_Overhaul Social Security, though he has unveiled no specific proposal.
_Revamp Medicare and create a new prescription drug benefit, which he is expected to unveil next week.
_Cut taxes focused on specific needs, such as helping people afford child care and long-term health care.
_Enact modest gun control measures.
_Increase the minimum wage.
_Expand rights for patients of managed care organizations, including allowing people to sue insurers who deny certain care.
_Retool campaign finance laws.
_Increase some defense spending.
_Give local education officials more discretion in how to use federal aid; provide tax breaks on special savings accounts that people can use for education expenses, including private schools.
_Revamp Social Security. They have produced no definitive plan, but many Republicans favor letting Americans invest some of their benefits privately.
_Cut taxes, deeper and broader than Clinton would. Legislation expected next month may put more people in the lowest 15 percent income-tax bracket; reduce taxes for the many married couples who would owe less if they were single; and reduce or eliminate the tax paid on large inheritances.
_Support a minimum wage increase if only to prevent Democrats from using it as a campaign issue.
_Enact a package of patients’ rights expanding access and affordability, but covering fewer people than Democrats, excluding the right to sue and letting insurers retain power to decide what care is necessary.
_Oppose campaign finance law overhaul.
_Increase defense spending more than Clinton would, press for deployment of an anti-missile defense system.