State of the Union Address
January 27, 2000
President Clinton delivered his eighth and final State of the Union Address to a Joint Session of Congress last night at 9:00 pm ET.
Highlights of proposed new laws and programs from the Address included:
- A a law requiring Americans to obtain a license prior to buying a handgun.
- A tax cut package totaling $350 billion over ten years.
- Reduction of the "marriage penalty" clauses in the Tax Code.
- Spending $110 billion over ten years to provide cheaper and more accessible health insurance.
- Spending $28 billion over ten years for tax credits to people needing long term health care.
- Spending an additional $1.6 billion to combat drug production in Columbia.
- Increasing Medicare funding by about $100 billion to insure affordable prescription drugs to Senior Citizens.
- Encourage Russia and China to move toward creating stable democracies.
- Asked Congress to support the trade proposal allowing China to enter the WTO.
George Washington's First State of the
"I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity which now presents itself of congratulating you on the present favorable prospects of our public affairs." January 8, 1790.
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