President Clinton Has Delivered on His PromisesMaking Iowa a Better Place to Live and Work. President Clinton has been a leader on the issues the people of Iowa care about. President Clinton has delivered:
A Growing Economy: Unemployment in Iowa has dropped from 4.2% to 3.0%. Our nation has the lowest combined rate of unemployment, inflation, and mortgage rates since 1968. Consumer confidence is at its highest level in six years, real wages are rising for the first time in a decade, and homeownership is at a 15-year high. New Jobs, Better Wages: 119,000 new jobs have been created in Iowa in 43 months under President Clintonmore than during the previous four years; 10.5 million jobs created nationally. 41,000 minimum wage workers received a pay raise when President Clinton signed the minimum wage increase. Over the next two years, an additional 122,000 Iowans will benefit from the minimum wage increase. Stronger Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act protects 446,000 workers in Iowaallowing them to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child or to take care of a sick family member without fear of losing their jobs. Teen pregnancy is falling, the poverty rate is decreasing, and the number of people on welfare is declining. In Iowa alone 14,443 fewer people are on welfare and 12,081 fewer people are on food stamps. Tougher child support enforcement collects nearly $50 million more -- an increase of 40% since FY 1992. Increased Access to Education: 358,000 students in Iowa can benefit from the Presidents reformed student loan program. 6,199 students benefited from Head Start funding and the state will receive $7 million for the Goals 2000 academic achievement program. Cut the Deficit in Half: Reducing the burden of national debt for every Iowa family of four by $15,000. A Tax Cut: By expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, the President cut taxes for 118,600 working families in Iowa and 15 million working families nationwide. President Clinton provided over 15,440 Iowa small businesses with a tax cut this year by expanding the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. In addition, 1,132 small businesses received a total of $132.5 million in loan guarantees -- 292 went to women-owned businesses -- which will create nearly 5,565 jobs over the next four years. Safer Streets and Communities: The Presidents Crime Bill adds 307 police officers to Iowas streets. Three Strikes and Youre Out, the Brady Bill, the Assault Weapons Ban, and community policing are working. Our nations crime rate is down. The number of murders reported has dropped 8%one of the largest drops in three decades. Iowa received over $1.4 million to combat domestic violence and sexual assault. Pension and Health Care Coverage: Because President Clinton signed the Retirement Savings and Security Act, 149,000 workers in Iowa for small businesses will be offered expanded opportunity for pension coverage. In Iowa, as many as 196,000 citizens in families with a worker who changed, lost or left a job with health insurance will be guaranteed continued access to health insurance under the Kassebaum-Kennedy Health Insurance Bill which President Clinton fought for and signed into law. Renewed Growth in Key Industries: After a decade of enormous job losses in construction, manufacturing, and autos, these industries have made a remarkable recoverymore than one million new jobs created under this Administration.
Fighting for a Balanced Budget That Reflects Our Values: Now we are fighting for a balanced budget that will lift the burden of debt off our children and reflect American valuesa balanced budget that:
Honors our commitment to give Americas seniors the health care they deserve. Protects investment in our young peoples futuresHead Start, access to college. Protects Americas clean water and air, national parks, and our public health. Preserves tax fairness for Americas working families.
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