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Text of Proposed Censure Resolution

The Associated Press
Friday, February 12, 1999

The text of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's censure resolution:

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate employee in the White House, which was shameful, reckless and indefensible;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, deliberately misled and deceived the American people, and people in all branches of the United States government;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, gave false or misleading testimony and his actions have had the effect of impeding discovery of evidence in judicial proceedings;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton's conduct in this matter is unacceptable for a president of the United States, does demean the office of the president as well as the president himself, and creates disrespect for laws of the land;

Whereas President Clinton fully deserves censure for engaging in such behavior;

Whereas future generations of Americans must know that such behavior is not only unacceptable but also bears grave consequences, including loss of integrity, trust and respect;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton remains subject to criminal actions in a court of law like any other citizen;

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton's conduct in this matter has brought shame and dishonor to himself and to the office of the president; and

Whereas William Jefferson Clinton through his conduct in this matter has violated the trust of the American people;

Now therefore be it resolved that:

The United States Senate does hereby censure William Jefferson Clinton, president of the United States, and does condemn his wrongful conduct in the strongest terms; and

Now be it further resolved that:

The United States Senate recognizes the historic gravity of this bipartisan resolution, and trusts and urges that future congresses will recognize the importance of allowing this bipartisan statement of censure and condemnation to remain intact for all time; and

Be it further resolved that:

The Senate now move on to other matters of significance to our people, to reconcile differences between and within the branches of government, and to work together -- across party lines -- for the benefit of the American people.


© Copyright 1999 The Associated Press

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