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1996 State of the Union Address

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1996 State of the Union Address
Full video of the speech as published by the White House
DateJanuary 23, 1996 (1996-01-23)
Time9:00 p.m. EST
Duration1 hour, 6 minutes
VenueHouse Chamber, United States Capitol
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°53′23″N 77°00′32″W / 38.88972°N 77.00889°W / 38.88972; -77.00889
TypeState of the Union Address
ParticipantsBill Clinton

The 1996 State of the Union Address was given by the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, on Tuesday, January 23, 1996, at 9 p.m. EST, in the chamber of the United States House of Representatives to the 104th United States Congress. It was Clinton's third State of the Union Address and his fourth speech to a joint session of the United States Congress. Presiding over this joint session was the House Speaker, Newt Gingrich, accompanied by Al Gore, the Vice President of the United States.

This speech occurred shortly after the federal government shutdown of 1995 and 1996 which had resulted from disagreements on the 1996 United States federal budget.

President Clinton discussed the economy and declared that "the era of big government is over," and continued, "but we cannot go back to the time when our citizens were left to fend for themselves. We must go forward as one America, one nation working together, to meet the challenges we face together. Self-reliance and teamwork are not opposing virtues -- we must have both."[1] The president discussed welfare reform, the V-chip, education, community policing, crime and the environment. The president also discussed foreign relations and the federal budget.

The Republican Party response was delivered by Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. He stated that "[President Clinton] is the chief obstacle to a balanced budget and the balanced budget amendment.... While the President's words speak of change, his deeds are a contradiction. President Clinton claims to embrace the future while clinging to the policies of the past."[1][2]

Donna Shalala, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, served as the designated survivor.[3]

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See also


  1. ^ a b Mitchell, Alison (24 January 1996). "Clinton Offers Challenge To Nation, Declaring 'The Era of Big Government is Over'". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
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  3. ^ USA Today, Page A12. Feb 5, 1997

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Preceded by
1995 State of the Union Address
State of the Union addresses
Succeeded by
1997 State of the Union Address
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