Clinton Warns Students of GOP Spending Plans

<i> Times Staff Writer</i>

Launching a week of events designed to highlight the differences between the Administration and Republicans on education spending, President Clinton told students at Southern Illinois University that the GOP majority in Congress wants to rob them of their futures.

Clinton cited proposed reductions in the rate of spending on student loans, grants and work-study programs as evidence that the Republican majority in Congress is “shortcutting the future” in its efforts to balance the budget.

“Do not be fooled by the smoke screen of balancing the budget,” Clinton said at an outdoor rally.


He said that the Republican budget would cut $36 billion over seven years from spending on education and training, eliminate the Americorps volunteer program and raise the cost of student loans.

Republicans immediately responded, branding Clinton’s assertions “a big lie” and “cheap politics” designed to scare students.

Top Administration officials left Washington for appearances around the country this week to try to bolster Clinton’s education message in a “back to school week” blitz.