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The State of the Union: 1993-2000

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President Clinton's State of the Union addresses:
2000: 'Great goals, worthy of a great nation'
1999: 'A stronger 21st Century America'
1998: 'Save Social Security first'
1997: 'National crusade for education'
1996: 'The era of big government is over'
1995: 'We must forge a new social compact'
1994: 'Reforming the health care system'
1993: 'Our nation needs a new direction'

Updated: January 27, 2000

President Clinton delivered his final State of the Union address under far less dramatic circumstances than he did in 1999 and 1998. Two years ago, Clinton's speech to Congress and the nation came during the first news reports about Monica S. Lewinsky. A year later, Clinton was on trial in the Senate, impeached by the House for lying under oath about his relationship with the former White House intern.

Clinton's 2000 State of the Union address marked a return to the activist agenda he outlined in his first speeches to Congress, before the GOP took over Congress in the 1994 elections and the president declared in his 1996 State of the Union that the "era of big government is over."

Major Topic Index
Compare President Clinton's statements in each year's major address to Congress by clicking on the year beside each topic in the table below.

Budget 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Campaign Finance 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Crime 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Defense 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Deficit Reduction 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Education 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Environment 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Foreign Policy 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Health Care 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Medicare 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Role of Government 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Social Security 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Taxes 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Welfare 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Workplace/Wages 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000

Note: Years that are not linked mean President Clinton did not make significant comments on the listed subject.


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