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Clinton appeals to GOP to avert shutdown

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November 11, 1995
Web posted at: 10:10 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Congressional Republicans and President Bill Clinton used their respective radio addresses Saturday to bolster their position on the budget impasse currently threatening to force a government shutdown.

Clinton, speaking live from the White House, framed the debate as "two very different futures for America, about whether the country goes forward in unity or chooses to become a more divided society." (133K AIFF sound or 133K WAV sound)

The president has threatened vetoes of two measures that would prevent the shutdown and extend the government's borrowing authority temporarily. He objects to Republican-sponsored attachments on the measures that affect Medicare, education, and the environment.

The Republicans, in their weekly address, accused the president of avoiding the balanced budget debate and instead focusing on the 1996 presidential election.

Boehner

"The president has talked about balancing the budget; in fact he has promised to balance the budget," said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio. "But so far the president has offered no leadership and no plan." (138K AIFF sound or 138K WAV sound)

Boehner was joined by Sen. Don Nickles, R-Oklahoma, who said that Clinton's "only reaction to our plan for balancing the budget are scare tactics."

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