AllPolitics E-Wire -- April 28, 1997
A weekly briefing on U.S. politics:
The Philadelphia Summit
President Bill Clinton and predecessors George Bush, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter helped kick off the formal opening of the "Presidents' Summit for America's Future" today. "Yes, we're a great volunteering country, but we can do more," Clinton said.
Pundits are watching what kind of forum it may be for Vice President Al Gore and retired Gen. Colin Powell, who could contend for the presidency in 2000. The morning drizzle couldn't wash away the event's determinedly upbeat feel.
This Week In Congress
Budget decisions will take center stage again this week. Republican lawmakers are still talking about a window of opportunity for a budget deal with the White House, and there are short-term decisions to be made on disaster relief efforts.
Congressional Quarterly reports that negotiators from the Clinton Administration and Congress "were on the verge of either making a deal on a plan to balance the federal budget in fiscal 2002 or going their separate ways." Republicans are pressing for the House Budget Committee to mark up a fiscal 1998 budget resolution on Wednesday, with or without a deal with the White House.
On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee will mark up GOP legislation to overhaul the laws governing product liability lawsuits.
Ex-Secretary Robert Reich, on a book tour to promote his "Locked in the Cabinet," had this to say to us last week about Bill Clinton's role in history. "Hopefully he will be remembered as the nation's great conciliator, our preacher-in-chief, the man who improved race relations and began to overcome the great gaps in income and wealth haunting the nation in the last decade of the 20th century. That's my hope, and I expect it's his hope as well."
For the review of Reich's book, including sound clips of him reading from it, go to:
Quotes of the Week
"He (Franklin Roosevelt) would want this to be a living memorial, if you will, that would be part of America's thrust into the future, not just a musing on the past. That's what I believe, and I read a lot about Roosevelt. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to him instead of Hillary talking to Eleanor." -- Bill Clinton on the controversy over the new F.D.R. Memorial, due to be dedicated on Friday, May 2.
Joke of the Week
This week's E-Wire wouldn't be complete with at least one joke from Saturday's bash at the Washington Hilton, which included White House correspondents and 2,500 of their closest friends. So here it is:
"The bad news is our only child is going off to college," Clinton told the crowd. "The good news is, it opens up another bedroom."
In our latest e-mail, Archit Shah writes about Bob Dole's loan to Newt Gingrich: "Dole's loan can be played as an act of friendship, but I doubt the extent of Gingrich's friendship with Dole. The best explanation I have heard is that Dole is building up even more favors. He could then cash them in if Elizabeth Dole runs for office."
Transcript of the Week
Friday's Clinton-Hashimoto news conference at:
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