CONTRACT WITH AMERICA
The Republicans pledged that by the 100th day of the 104th Congress (today), the following legislation would be brought to the House floor for debate and a vote. In fact, it took only 93 days.
m=Going backward ,=Going forward r=No action .=Passed
Fiscal Responsibility Act
Balanced-budget amendment (HJR1) m Defeated in Senate.1
Line-item veto (HR2, S4, S14) , Passed both Houses. In conference.2
Taking Back Our Streets Act (HR3)
Truth in sentencing ,
Exclusionary rule exemptions (HR666) ,
Death-penalty provisions (HR729) ,
Increased prison construction (HR667) ,
Additional law enforcement (HR728) ,
Personal Responsibility Act (HR4)
Welfare spending cuts ,
Welfare to minor mothers stopped ,
AFDC for additional children denied ,
Welfare limited to two years ,
Welfare work requirements ,
Family Reinforcement Act (HR11)
Child-support enforcement ,
Tax incentives for adoption ,
Parental rights in education ,
Stronger child-pornography laws ,
Elderly dependent-care tax credit ,
American Dream Restoration Act (HR6)
$500 per-child tax credit ,
Marriage tax repealed ,
''American Dream IRA Accounts'' ,
National Security Revitalization Act (HR7)
Limit UN peacekeeping role ,
Stronger national defense ,
Senior Citizens Fairness Act (HR8)
Higher Social Security earning limit ,
Repeal 1993 SS benefits tax hike ,
Tax break for home care for elderly ,
Job Creation/Wage Enhancement Act
Small-business incentives ,
Capital-gains tax cut (HR9) ,
Larger depreciation deductions ,
Risk assessment/cost-benefit analysis ,
Stronger Regulatory Flexibility Act ,
Unfunded-mandate reform (S1) . Signed into law.
Common Sense Legal Reform Act (HR10)
''Loser pays'' laws (HR988) ,
Limits on punitive damages ,
Reform product-liability laws (HR956) ,
Citizen Legislature Act
Term limits (HJR2, HJR3, SJR21) m Failed in House: 227 for, 204 against.
(two-thirds majority required)
Note: Some bills have been subdivided and their numbers may have changed.
1 Senator Dole has promised second vote.
2 White House has voiced support.
3 Gives families earning under $60,000 a $5,000 tax credit if they adopt. Gives those who care for an elderly relative at home a $500 tax credit annually.
4 Married couples could get tax credit up to $145. Gives families with adjusted gross incomes under $200,000 a $500 tax credit for each child under 18.
5 House-Senate negotiators agreed on a $3.1 billion supplemental defense spending bill. Missile-defense plan defeated.
6 Cuts capital-gains tax from 35 percent to 25 percent. Paperwork Reduction Act sent to President Clinton for signature.