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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Clinton Unveils '97 Budget Outline

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Bill Clinton sent Congress on Monday a $1.64 trillion budget for 1997 that outlined in minimal detail how he would balance the budget over the next seven years.


Republicans have already rejected the outline.


Clinton, renewing his push for a negotiated deal after months of talks, called on Republican leaders to find common ground.


"I hope we can set aside bipartisanship and divisions ... and provide a balanced budget plan to the American people in the near future,'' Clinton said to the National Governors Association.


As he presented the budget for the 1997 fiscal year, he and the Republican Congress still are arguing about the 1996 spending plan.


The 20-page outline was virtually identical to the offer Clinton put on the table in January in his now abandoned face-to-face budget talks with Republican Congressional leaders.


The Republicans objected that Clinton's plan did not make sizable enough savings in Medicare and other fast-growing government benefit programs and contained tax cuts that were too small.


As part of a compromise to end 21 days of government shutdown, Clinton agreed to produce a budget that would be in balance by the year 2002.


The administration issued the bare bones outline Monday to meet a legal requirement that a president give Congress a spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 by the first Monday in February each year.


However, in contrast to the normal budget document that runs to more than 2,000 pages, this document provided only a broad-brushed look at how Clinton would allocate resources.


For example, it provides no detail on how much money would be provided to the Defense Department and says almost nothing about where savings would be achieved during his budget balancing effort.