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House Republicans are expected to
propose similar legislation after the first
100 days of this Congress, said an aide
to Rep. Dick Chrysler (R-Brighton).
Chrysler is expected to be a significant
player; he made education deductions a
central campaign issue.
Joe McMonigle, press secretary
for Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Au-
burn Hills) called the Clinton pro-
posal "an admirable effort."
However, Abraham opposes the
specifics in Clinton's proposal because
it does not cover all middle-class fami-
lies, McMonigle asserted. "What Sen.
Abraham believes is that a tax cut for all
Americans would be beneficial, espe-
cially the working class families of
Michigan," McMonigle said.
Abraham supports a $500 tax cut
per child, raising the personal exemp-
tion, and a capital-gains tax cut.
However, Education advisor
McLaughlin called this a weak argu-
ment. She asserted that all middle-
class families would be helped by
increasing the tax-deductible contri-
bution to Individual Retirement Ac-
counts up to $100,000.
Mark Fletcher, president of the
College Republicans, said the Clinton
proposal's principles sound good. "I
think the Republican Party will con-
sider that. It definitely should be con-
sidered in debate," he said. "The Re-
publican Party definitely stands for
The College Democrats support
Clinton's proposal, said co-chair Mike
Pokrywka. "We support any programs
that help middle-class families afford
education," he said.
"Any attempt by the Republicans
to destroy the current student loan
process or dismantle the President's
AmeriCorps program - we'll re-
spond to that and fight to save those
programs," Pokrywka added.
Republicans have criticized the
President for waiting two years to
propose his tax cuts. McLaughlin de-
fended Clinton's decision, saying the
first two years were about "heavy
emphasis on deficit reduction first."
Aides to the President told The New
York Times the tax cuts would cost
about $60 billion over the next five
years. It would be paid by cost-cutting
measures in five federal departments,
and by continuing the cap of discretion-
ary programs through 2000.
Govs. compromise on welfare plan
WASHINGTON - Wrapping up a four-day meeting,
the National Governors' Association adopted a policy
statement demanding wide latitude over welfare pro-
But governors could not agree on whether welfare
should remain an individual entitlement or be converted
into a giant block grant program under which the states
would decide who gets benefits.
Most Republicans favor block grants, but they could
not get the three-fourths support needed to put the associa-
tion on record as unequivocably in favor of block grants. Engler
In a bow to Democrats, the policy also included recommendations for
Congress if welfare remains an individual entitlement. In this scenario, the
federal government would set general standards and let states experiment.
Several Republicans said they agreed to that language only because they
considered it irrelevant.
"We're in a block grant world," said Michigan Gov. John Engler.
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"punish Russia" by restricting U.S.
The unusually strong warning by
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman
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bill introduced last month in the House
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