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AGENDA ITEM: GOVERNMENT REFORM
There will be lots of agitation for an early vote on term limits and line-item veto authority for the President. The GOP will be pushing a "Big Swap" plan that shifts responsibility for many government programs to the states. Newt Gingrich also will urge deep cuts in congressional staff, internal reforms that make it easier for controversial measures to reach the floor, and a requirement that Congress abide by the same statutes it imposes on business.
The President may try to co-opt the conservative agenda by embracing a Democratic reform package. Elements include a line-item veto, lobbying restrictions, and limited campaign reforms meant to curb the role of political-action committees. Al Gore's "Reinventing Government" drive will be given more visibility, with a new emphasis on trimming the federal payroll. Clinton opposes term limits but likely will accept other GOP congressional reforms.