Updated 8-21-97

full story Sealing The Deal

The Spending Side

The Tax Side


The Balanced Budget Amendment


Key Terms

Appendix: Clinton's Feb. 6 Budget

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Balancing The Budget

Appendix: Clinton's Feb. 6 Budget

Required by law to submit a budget, Clinton sent Congress on Feb. 6 a $1.69 trillion plan for fiscal 1998 and a blueprint for balancing the budget by 2002. The document projected a small surplus by 2002, though nearly two-thirds of $388 billion in deficit savings were scheduled to occur in 2001 and 2002.

The '98 Budget
Outlays, Receipts & Deficits
Economic Assumptions
The Agencies
Tax Receipts
Budget History


Medicare Clinton's budget contained the growth of Medicare, the health care program for the aged, by $100 billion over five years, $138 billion over six years.

Medicaid -- Clinton's budget called for saving $22 billion by tying Medicaid's spending to the nation's per capita economic output before inflation. He also wanted $13 billion for other Medicaid services, however, resulting in net proposed savings of $9 billion.

Welfare -- Clinton proposed restoring $18 billion to welfare, mostly for benefits to legal immigrants and increased funding for food stamps. He included $3 billion in grants to states and municipalities for job training and about $400 million in tax incentives to employers that hire workers off the welfare rolls.

Defense -- $260 billion for defense for fiscal 1998, about $6 billion less than for this year.

Tax Cuts -- $98 billion in cuts over five years offset by $76 billion in hikes. Cuts included a $500 per child tax credit, tuition tax credits, a modest capital gains tax cut for the sale of a house, and expanded Individual Retirement Accounts. Hikes included a 10 percent airline ticket tax and new taxes on businesses. Taken together, the net tax cut was closer to $22 billion.

Education -- $51 billion in new spending for school infrastructure, expanded tax credits for college, a literacy campaign, an expansion of Head Start, an expansion of so-called Pell grants (or scholarships for needy college students), a big funding increase for so-called charter schools and seed money for schools to invest in technology, including computers. (See Taxes, above, for Clinton's education tax credit).


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