Radio Address to the Nation on the Federal Budget
My fellow Americans:
the past few weeks, you and I and all Americans have won some major victories
One of the most important has to do with the Federal budget. Only once since 1948 has all of the budgeting of the United States Government been approved by Congress and signed by the President on or before the beginning of the fiscal year. And too often, when the budget process has reached an impasse, appropriations have been dumped into massive continuing resolutions. The worst of these came along last year. Congress poured all of the Government's appropriations into a single bill. The bill was 1,057 pages long, weighed 14 pounds, and arrived over 2 months after the fiscal year began. Not even Congress knew what was in it. I said in January that the next time Congress pulled such a stunt -- well, never again.
I'm happy to report that today, October 1st, marks the beginning of the fiscal
year. And at this hour, for the first time in years, all the Government's
budgetary work is done. The last of the Government's 13 appropriations bills
have been delivered to me, and I have signed them. It was touch and go for a
while whether we would actually meet the deadline. The appropriations bill for
Defense appropriations bill was also a close call. As you know, many liberals
are opposed to our Strategic Defense Initiative. Why they would want to deny
hope the last 24 hours prove historic and mark the end of the ``Perils of
Pauline'' budget games Congress played for so long. Another recent historic
accomplishment is passage of a bill implementing the U.S.-Canada Free Trade
Agreement. When similar legislation is enacted in
This week we won one other major victory in Congress, and took a giant step toward reforming a welfare system that is a trap for too many of our fellow citizens. I've often said that genuine welfare reform must be geared to making people independent of welfare; and that means, among other things, that those who receive welfare must be required to work. Too many liberals have fought this idea every step of the way. But yesterday we prevailed, and the welfare reform legislation that will arrive on my desk shortly includes a work requirement.
as we can take pride in these great victories, a couple of other legislative
battles continue to rage over the textile bill -- which I vetoed this week --
and the drug bill. On the textile bill, the problem is that the bill is
protectionist and would draw foreign retaliation against American products.
time the liberals realized that the fight against drugs is not ``Pee Wee's Big Adventure'' but a serious and dangerous business.
And our law enforcement officers should have all the tools they need to do
their job. I urge the Senate to follow the House's lead and give
Until next week, thanks for listening and God bless you.
Note: The President spoke at from the Oval Office at the White House.