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Gilmore: Bush Has Changed Tone

Sunday, 29 April 2001 12:00 AM

Governor Gilmore pointed also to the record number of donations the RNC received, a direct result of the President’s popularity.

"By any standard, President Bush is off to a remarkably successful start. The President knows what he wants to accomplish and has brought new leadership to Washington by working with others to get results for the American people. In the challenges that he has faced, from China to the economy to energy and education, President Bush has proven a skilled and focused leader," said Governor Gilmore.

"In his first 100 days, President Bush has followed through on bringing a respectful, bipartisan change in tone to Washington that hasn’t been seen here in many years. Americans support President Bush by solid margins because he provides plainspoken, honest leadership and works with both sides of the aisle in Congress to improve education, lower taxes, strengthen Medicare and protect the environment," said RNC Co-Chair Ann Wagner.

Governor Gilmore also announced recently that due to President Bush’s widespread support among Americans, the RNC is enjoying unprecedented grassroots support from all across the country. Since the beginning of the year, the RNC has received a record 484,000 contributions, which surpasses the total from last year’s first quarter, a presidential election year when donations typically run higher. The average donation for the 2001 first quarter was just $48.94.

Highlights of the President’s First 100 Days:

President Makes Education Reform the Cornerstone of his Administration. Two days into his term, President Bush sets a national policy agenda by sending Congress a bold education reform plan to help ensure no child is left behind by holding schools more accountable and focusing on results.

Prescription Drugs. On January 29, the President sent Congress his Immediate Helping Hand prescription drug proposal to help seniors with the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

Faith-based Initiative. On January 30, he sent Congress his proposal to help our most needy by supporting faith and community-based organizations.

Reforming the Military. The President directed Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to conduct a comprehensive review of our military and make recommendations to ensure that our armed forces stay generations ahead of any potential opponent on the battlefield.

National Energy Policy. The President directed Vice President Dick Cheney to make recommendations on a comprehensive national energy strategy to address America’s growing energy crisis.

The President Fosters a New Constructive Spirit of Bipartisan Respect and Results. From day one the President kept his word to change the tone in Washington by undertaking one of the most aggressive bipartisan congressional outreach programs ever. President Bush met with elder Democrat statesmen and more Members of Congress from the opposing party in the first week of his Administration than any modern President (29 in the first week alone). The President put bipartisanship into action by inviting Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) with him on a school visit to highlight accountability. And the President’s outreach began to show bipartisan results as Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) announced his support for the President’s tax relief plan.

President Bush Sends his Tax Relief Plan to Congress. On February 8, President Bush sent Congress his fair and responsible tax relief plan that will help tear down the barriers to the middle class for low-income Americans and remove 1 in 5 low-income families with children from the tax rolls.

First Lady Laura Bush Launches Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Initiative. The First Lady launched her signature initiative, beginning her drive to help recruit more teachers and ensure that all young children are ready to read when they enter the classroom.

President Sends His Budget to Congress. On February 28, the President sent his "Blueprint for New Beginnings" to Congress, a budget that funds important priorities, pays down historic levels of government debt, and provides fair and responsible tax relief.

House Passes the First of Many Presidential Initiatives on Tax Relief. The House acted swiftly and responsibly on the President’s proposals to help jump-start our economy and put money back in the pockets of families. On March 8 the House passed the President’s marginal tax rate reduction proposal. On March 29 the House passed marriage penalty tax relief and child tax credit expansion proposals. And on April 4 the House voted to abolish the dreaded death tax.

On March 28, House Passes the President’s Budget.

Senate Marches Forward on the President’s Bipartisan Education Reform Proposal. Momentum continued to grow behind the President’s bipartisan education reform package to leave no child behind as the Senate reported the President’s proposal out of committee unanimously. The President and Congress are nearing an agreement on a comprehensive bipartisan education reform bill and the Senate plans to take up the legislation as its first order of business when Senators return from recess.

Senate Passes President’s Budget Framework. 15 Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the basic framework of the President’s budget, including $1.2 trillion in tax relief. The bipartisan vote was evidence that the President’s emphasis on teamwork is yielding bipartisan accomplishments. The vote was also proof that President Bush has led a seismic shift in the tax debate from a rancorous, partisan debate over if there will be tax relief, to a bipartisan discussion of how much tax relief Americans will have.

President Bush Announces Release of American Flight Crew From China. On April 11, following an unfortunate accident between an American air crew and a Chinese pilot, the President’s decisive, measured and realistic leadership led to the American crew’s release from China and their return to an emotional heroes welcome in Hawaii and Washington.

On foreign policy, the President has been decisive, measured and realistic. He operates with a clear understanding of American interests and a commitment to work with our friends and allies to advance our common security in the world.

During his first 100 days, the President traveled to Mexico and worked to strengthen alliances in our hemisphere at the Summit of the Americas in Canada, guided diplomacy that brought home our crew after an accident in China, and personally met with more than 20 world leaders to build relationships and discuss common interests and concerns.

President Hosts Bipartisan Congressional Lunch at the White House. The President ended his first 100 days in office the same way he began his first days in office – he brought Republicans and Democrats together to break bread and renew the spirit of bipartisan cooperation, respect and results.

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Governor Gilmore pointed also to the record number of donations the RNC received, a direct result of the President's popularity. By any standard, President Bush is off to a remarkably successful start. The President knows what he wants to accomplish and has brought new...
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