GOP Governors: Devolve to Us

November 25, 1996

GOP Governors: Devolve to Us

The nation's Republican governors, meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., are claiming that that President Clinton won reelection by campaigning on the Republican notion of smaller government. They asked that the incoming Congress continue the conservative agenda of cutting the size of government and shifting power to the states.

According to a report in The Washington Post, most of the governors believe that the President's victory was not evidence of voter discomfort with their agenda.

"President Clinton only won because he made the people think he thought like a Republican," said Michigan Gov. John Engler.

The governors are using their current meeting to try and assert their agenda with the Republican Congress, which includes a balanced budget amendment, more devolution of federal programs to the states, resistance to changing the recently enacted welfare reform law, and job training program reform.

They are meeting with major Republican Congressional leaders, such as House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott R-Miss., in an effort to get their message across.

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