[AllPolitics - State Of The Union]

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CLINTON: And we must work together. The people of this nation elected us all. They want us to be partners, not partisans. They put us all right here in the same boat, they gave us all oars, and they told us to row. Now here is the direction I believe we should take.

First, we must move quickly to complete the unfinished business of our country, to balance the budget, renew our democracy and finish the job of welfare reform. Over the last four years, we have brought new economic growth by investing our people, expanding our exports, cutting our deficits -- creating over 11 million new jobs, a four-year record.

(APPLAUSE)

Now we must keep our economy the strongest in the world. We here tonight have an historic opportunity. Let this Congress be the Congress that finally balances the budget.

(APPLAUSE)

Thank you. In two days, I will propose a detailed plan to balance the budget by 2002. This plan will balance the budget and invest in our people while protecting Medicare, Medicaid, education, and the environment.

CLINTON: It will balance the budget and build on the vice president's efforts to make our government to work better, even if it costs less. It will balance the budget and provide middle-class tax relief to pay for education and health care, to help to raise a child, to buy and sell a home.

Balancing the budget requires only your vote and my signature. It does not require us to rewrite our Constitution.

(APPLAUSE)

I believe it is both unnecessary, unwise to adopt a balanced budget amendment that could cripple our country in time of economic crisis and force unwanted results, such as judges halting Social Security checks or increasing taxes.

Let us at least agree we should not pass any measure, no measure should be passed that threatens Social Security. We don't need...

(APPLAUSE)

... whatever your view on that, we all must concede we don't need a constitutional amendment, we need action.

(APPLAUSE)

Whatever our differences, we should balance the budget now.

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