Clinton's 100 Days On The Political Scene

January 23, 1993|By Nelson Schwartz | Nelson Schwartz,Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON -- President Clinton has created high expections for the first 100 days of his administration, a period that in previous presidencies has been marked at the beginning by the high hopes of Inauguration Day but that often ends in frustration.

What he has said he will do

"I think it's important to elect a president . . . who will send programs [to] the Congress in the first hundred days to deal with the critical issues that America is crying out for leadership on: jobs, incomes, the health care crisis, the need to control the economy. Those things deserve to be dealt with from day one. . . ." -- Mr. Clinton at the third presidential debate, East Lansing, Mich., on Oct. 20, 1992.

"I intend to have a legislative program ready on the desk of Congress on the day after I'm inaugurated. I intend to have an explosive 100-day action period." -- Mr. Clinton on ABC's "Good Morning America," June 23, 1992.

What he has done

Abortion: Mr. Clinton issued executive orders yesterday overturning prohibitions on abortion counseling at federally supported family planning centers, fetal tissue research and abortions at military hospitals. The order also restores funding to population-control programs in foreign countries that include abortion as an option. The president also pledged to review the ban on importation of RU-486, the French "morning-after" abortion pill.

Ethics: The new president's first act Wednesday was to sign into law ethics rules aimed at ending Washington's revolving door. The order prohibits senior federal officials from lobbying their old offices for five years after leaving government and imposes a lifetime ban on representing foreign interests.

Hillary Clinton: In sharp break with tradition, Mr. Clinton gave his wife an office in the West Wing of the White House, the section of the building occupied by top professional staffers, and put her in charge of plans for health care reform.

Deficit: Mr. Clinton said Thursday he would not set fixed targets for deficit reduction, avoiding the sharp cuts that would automatically follow under current law. The move gave the president more maneuvering room on the economy but angered some Republicans.

Fellowship and hope: Mr. Clinton declared yesterday "a National Day of Fellowship and Hope."

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