Clinton's Commitments From A to Z

November 05, 1992|By Peter Honey | Peter Honey,Washington Bureau

A list of President-elect Bill Clinton's commitments in yesterday's Sun should have stated that a Clinton administration would redirect more than $60 billion from defense cuts over four years.

The Sun regrets the errors.

President-elect Bill Clinton made many commitments to voters en route to his election Tuesday. Here - from A to Z - are some of the policies Mr. Clinton has said he plans to implement in his administration after he becomes the nation's 42nd chief executive on Jan. 20.

ABORTION: Promises to sign a Freedom of Choice Act. Would repeal "gag" rule barring federally financed clinics from counselling pregnant women about abortion. Would seek pro-choice nominees for Supreme Court (see Women, Health Care).


AGRICULTURE: Would strive to open new markets abroad, especially Eastern Europe and former Soviet Bloc. Would negotiate to open closed markets and level competition with countries that subsidize exports. Would modernize domestic farm programs, expand agricultural research and development. Cut red tape (see Trade, Foreign Aid).

AIDS: Wants more funds for research, prevention and treatment. Would appoint AIDS policy director to cut red tape and implement recommendations of National Commission on AIDS. Plans to speed up drug approval process. Seeks to improve cooperation between HIV-affected communities and federal authorities. Promotes national AIDS education and prevention. Would forbid health insurers from denying coverage to HIV-positive applicants. Would lift ban on HIV-positive foreigners traveling or immigrating to the U.S. (see Health care.)

ARMS CONTROL: Ratify the START treaty and subsequent agreement of June 1992. Seek a comprehensive test ban treaty. Would maintain "stable nuclear deterrent." Focus research and development on a limited strategic missile defense system in accord with the ABM treaty. Supports research on limited missile defense system against long-range missiles but spurns massive space-based defense like Brilliant Pebbles. Plans to bolster International Atomic Energy Agency's capacity to carry out surprise inspections in member countries. Would use sanctions against countries and companies spreading dangerous weapons. Demands all nations tighten arms export laws and strengthen enforcement of nuclear weapons policies. Ensure agricultural and non-military loans are used as intended and keep key technology and equipment out of reach of dictators (see Defense, China, Russia, Israel/Middle East, Yugoslavia).

ARTS: Would continue federal funding of the arts (see X-ratings).

BUREAUCRACY: Will cut the White House staff by 25 percent. Phase out 100,000 federal positions through attrition. Will require 3 percent across-the-board federal administrative savings (see Government Spending).

CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Place voluntary spending caps on House and Senate campaigns. Limit political action committee contributions to $1,000 per individual; lower cost of television air time.

CHILDREN: Fully fund Head Start and other pre-school and development programs. Increase legal deterrents of domestic violence. Give federal assistance to schools needing metal detectors and security personnel to crack down on playground shootings and violence. Establish school-based clinics and drug education (see Education, Families, Health Care, Youth, Urban Development, Disabled, Industry, Crime, Drugs).

CHINA: Make China's most-favored nation trade status contingent on human rights reforms and cutbacks in arms proliferation, plus opening market to U.S. goods. (see Trade, Arms Control).

CIVIL RIGHTS: Supports strong enforcement of 1991 Civil Rights Act. Opposes racial quotas. Would sign the Violence Against Women Act to toughen penalties and deter domestic violence. Pledged to sign the "Motor Voter Bill" to ease voter registration. Increase tribal authority in Native American tribal governments. Supports statehood for Washington, D.C. (See Veterans, Women, Labor, Education, Children, Families, Jobs).

CRIME: Wants a "federal police corps" in which college graduates could serve as law enforcement officers to repay student loans. Federal assistance for crime-control. Favors death penalty (see Guns, Drugs, Urban Development).

DEFENSE: Cut spending by $60 billion, 4 percent less than President Bush's plan, by end of 1997. Redirect funds to rebuilding nation's infrastructure and reducing the deficit. Reduce aircraft carrier task forces from 12 to 10. Build the C-17 transport plane, V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and up to three Seawolf submarines. Reform defense procurement system (see Arms control, Military Abroad, Economic strategy).

DEFICIT: Expects to more than halve the deficit by 1996, to $141 billion, on the assumption that the economy will improve under Clinton policies and injection of funds from federal savings (see Defense, Economic Strategy, Industry, Taxes, Urban Development).

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