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Clinton To Sign Spending Bill

November 15, 2000

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) _ President Clinton is not giving up on the lame-duck Congress and wants to see action on immigration and the minimum wage, a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

Press secretary Jake Siewert said Clinton will sign a resolution authorizing government spending to continue through Dec. 5, the day the 106th Congress expects to return. The lawmakers decided it would be unfruitful to try to legislate until the presidential election is settled.

``Congress just didn’t get the job done, they left a lot of unfinished business,″ so Clinton decided to accept the continuing resolution, Siewert said.

``We want to see what we can do to get back to business when they return,″ Siewert told a briefing at an economic summit meeting here. ``We think Congress could easily finish up the work ... they’d agreed to on education.

``We need to resolve differences on immigration and other matters,″ he said. ``They also could raise the minimum wage. ... That would not require a great deal of heavy lifting.″

Siewert said a White House staff member, whom he declined to identify, is carrying the continuing resolution to Brunei for Clinton’s signature, using commercial airline flights.

``Someone who’s young enough to handle a lot of air travel in a short period of time,″ he said.

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