The First 100 Days
Accomplishments of Vice President Al Gore
"Season of America's Renewal"
January 20 - April 30, 1993
1 JANUARY 20, 1993
Inaugurated as the 45th Vice President of the United States
2 JANUARY 21, 1993
The Council on Competitiveness is abolished. "Today we send a clear message to the special interests who used the Council on Competitiveness as a back door to avoid the law. That back door is closed."
3 JANUARY 21, 1993
First Cabinet Meeting
6 JANUARY 25, 1993
The Vice President joins The President in a meeting with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
7 JANUARY 26, 1993
The Vice President joins The President in a meeting with bipartisan Congressional Leadership.
9 JANUARY 28, 1993
In Baltimore, the Vice President calls for new cooperation to break gridlock at the National Legislative Education Foundation Issues Conference. Speaking to members and leaders of the Democratic House Caucus, Vice President Gore called on Congress and the Administration to forge a new relationship of cooperation to confront the country's major challenges, starting with reviving the economy, creating new jobs, and controlling skyrocketing health care costs. Statement on Anniversary of Space Shuttle Disaster Mrs. Gore is asked by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to serve as Mental Health Advisor to the President's Task Force on National Health Reform
10 JANUARY 29, 1993
Teleconference with the President with citizens concerned about the Family and Medical Leave Act
11 JANUARY 30, 1993
Camp David Retreat Weekend working meeting at Camp David with President Clinton, the Cabinet and Senior White House staff.
15 FEBRUARY 3, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Congressional leaders on campaign finance and lobbying reform.
16 FEBRUARY 4, 1993
Addresses National Prayer Breakfast
Joins key sponsors of the Lobbying Reform Law at its introduction to urge Congressional action. This new legislation will strengthen and streamline lobbyists' disclosures.
17 FEBRUARY 5, 1993
The signing of the Family Medical Leave Act
20 FEBRUARY 8, 1993
White House Office on Environmental Policy established. The President and the Vice President announce the creation of a new office in the White House to deal directly with environmental policy. The White House Office on Environmental Policy is established to more effectively and efficiently coordinate environmental policy making across the federal government. Reaffirmed support of legislation to make the EPA part of the Cabinet.
22 FEBRUARY 10, 1993
Second Cabinet Meeting
The Vice President conducts first Town Hall Meeting with citizens on jobs and the economy in Ontario, California.
23 FEBRUARY 11, 1993
Mrs. Gore accompanies First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on a tour of a medical center and joins in a conversation with Pennsylvania citizens about health care reform.
24 FEBRUARY 12, 1993
Commemorates President Lincoln's 184th Birthday. This event, at the Lincoln Memorial, has been held every year since 1923.
26 FEBRUARY 14, 1993
The Vice President and Mrs. Gore join the President in a 2- mile run sponsored by the American Heart Association.
28 FEBRUARY 16, 1993
Meeting with Environmental Leaders
The Vice President meets with members of the Alliance for
Collaborative Research, a group of CEOs from R&D consortium such as the microelectronics and computer technology consortium and the Electric Power Research Institute. Address to the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council annual conference.
29 FEBRUARY 17, 1993
The Vice President joins the President in meeting with bipartisan Congressional Leaders.
31 FEBRUARY 19, 1993
Address To North Carolina State Legislature The Vice President carries The President's economic message of investment, opportunity and hope to North Carolina in an address to a joint session of the North Carolina State Legislature. "President Clinton is right. We can do better. We must do better. And President Clinton is offering America a new direction, a plan, first of all, to jump start our economic growth now and keep it running strong into the future -- investing in our people, their jobs and their incomes." "President Clinton is right. Instead of asking 'What's in it for me?' we must ask each other, 'What's in it for us, for our children, for our future, for North Carolina, for the United States of America?'" Remarks to a Joint Session of the North Carolina General Assembly FEBRUARY 19, 1993 Tours GTE in Atlanta, Georgia The Vice President tours the GTE mobile communications facility in Atlanta, GA and meets with workers there at a town meeting on the President's economic plan. Mrs. Gore meets with mental health experts to gather information and talk about ideas for health care reform. Mrs. Gore is the featured speaker in Washington, D.C. at the celebration of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's 206th Founder's Day. "Your Church's mission to help the helpless, house the homeless and minister to the needs of the disadvantaged is a beacon of hope for many in this country."
32 FEBRUARY 20, 1993
Visit to Alabama Head Start Program The Vice President visits with children and their parents at a Head Start classroom in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit to Tampa Housing Project in Florida The Vice President tours and works at a Tampa housing construction site, part of an innovative housing development and restoration program that would benefit from the President's economic package and continue to provide affordable housing to Tampa residents. The Vice President also meets with community leaders to discuss the President's economic package.
33 FEBRUARY 21, 1993
Dinner with High Tech Business Executives in California Joins the President in California on the eve of the announcement of the President's technology initiative to discuss the initiative with the leaders of high technology businesses. 34 FEBRUARY 22, 1993 Technology Initiative Announcement The President and the Vice President unveil a comprehensive, and ground-breaking technology policy: "Technology for America's Economic Growth--A New Direction to Build Economic Strength." In a meeting with employees of Silicon Graphics in Mountain, View California. The Technology Initiative provides a new framework for Federal technology programs built around three goals: (1) Long term economic growth that creates jobs and protects the environment, (2) A government that is more productive and more responsive to the needs of its citizens, and (3) World leadership in basic science, mathematics, and engineering. The Vice President plays a critical role in this effort, working with Dr. Jack Gibbons, the President's Science and Technology Advisor. "We face new challenges, from our competitors around the world and from the people we serve here at home, that demand new solutions and creative thinking. Technology offers new opportunities for jobs, for a cleaner environment, for better schools, for high-quality health care and for scores of other advances. We must move to seize these opportunities." Town Hall Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri The Vice President meets with students and local residents for a town meeting at Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Missouri to discuss the President's economic package. Mrs. Gore accompanies First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton on a visit to Boston-area small businesses and in a discussion with Massachusetts health care professionals.
35 FEBRUARY 23, 1993
Meeting with Environmental Ministers The Vice President meets with Environmental Ministers from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to discuss the environmental crisis in Eastern Europe.
36 FEBRUARY 24, 1993
Mrs. Gore meets with child mental health experts to gather information and talk about ideas for health care reform. 41 MARCH 1, 1993 Address to Veterans of Foreign Wars Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. National Service Day -- Summer of Service In Madison Wisconsin, the Vice President tours the University of Wisconsin's Arboretum, built with the help of a youth conservation corps working in much the same way as those who will take part in the President's new National Service Initiative, praising the Wisconsin Conservation Corps as a model for the nation. He also conducts a Town Hall Meeting at the University of Wisconsin to discuss National Service. Mrs. Gore travels to Richmond, Virginia to tour a transitional housing facility and talk to area youth about the Summer of Service and the President's National Service Program.
42 MARCH 2, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Democratic Leadership
Joins the President in meeting with Republican House Leadership Joins the President in lunch meeting With Senate Republicans Joins the President in meeting with NATO Secretary General Woerner Meets with British Secretary of State for the Environment
43 MARCH 3, 1993
Reinventing Government: National Performance Review The President asks the Vice President to head a new initiative on government reform, demonstrating his commitment to streamlining the government to improve efficiency and productivity. "Mark this date: President Clinton is starting a revolution in government. It won't happen overnight, and it won't be easy, but it will fundamentally change the way our government works -- for the people it serves and the people it employs." "Today, we are starting what will be a continuous and vigilant process to make government work better -- to use every tax dollar wisely, to weed out dead ideas and encourage new, creative ways, and -- to borrow a phrase I've heard once or twice before -- to put people first." Statement on "A Revolution in Government"
44 MARCH 4, 1993
Criticizes Iran's Mistreatment of Bahais Reaffirming his support of the oppressed Iranian Bahais, the Vice President expresses concern over Tehran's human rights violations outlined in a recently released United Nations Report, and praises the work of the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Joins the President in meeting with former President Jimmy Carter
48 MARCH 8, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Members of the House Budget Committee Joins the President in meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus Mrs. Gore delivers the keynote speech before the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. "It has been truly inspirational to witness so many different interest groups contributing to the creation of a plan to ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable health care."
49 MARCH 9, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Senate Budget Committee
Meeting with Inspectors General The Vice President meets with the Inspectors General who are required to promote efficiency in the administration and prevent fraud and abuse throughout the different agencies and departments. 50 MARCH 10, 1993 Omaha, Nebraska Town Hall Meeting on Economic Recovery. The Vice President meets with University of Nebraska students and local residents at a Town Hall Meeting in Omaha to discuss The President's economic initiative and the National Performance Review the Vice President is directing to make government more efficient, effective and responsive.
51 MARCH 11, 1993
Town Hall Meeting and visit to SouthWest Airlines, Dallas, Texas The Vice President and Senator Bob Krueger of Texas participate in a town hall meeting with SouthWest Airlines employees to discuss the total quality management practices and other innovations that have made this company one of the industry's most successful. Visit to Austin, Texas and Tour of Motorola The Vice President visits Austin with Sen. Krueger to discuss with Motorola workers the President's technology initiative and the new effort the Vice President is leading to make government more efficient, effective and responsive. Visits Houston Head Start Classroom The Vice President joins Sen. Krueger in spreading the President's message of economic recovery and investment visiting with children and their parents at a Head Start Classroom in Houston, TX.
52 March 12, 1993
Mrs. Gore accompanies First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to Tampa, Florida to serve as a panelist during discussions with Floridians about health care reform.
55 MARCH 15, 1993
Joins the President in his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 56 MARCH 16, 1993 Joins the President in meeting with bipartisan Congressional Leaders Joins the President in meeting with Ireland's Prime Minister Albert Reynolds. Joins the President in meeting with House Hispanic Caucus Joins the President in meeting with the Exiled Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide
58 MARCH 18, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with the National Newspaper Publishers Association Joins the President in meeting with Commission of European Communities President Jacques Delors.
59 MARCH 19, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Members of the House of Representatives to discuss the economic plan.
60 MARCH 20, 1993
Meets with Saud Nassir A-Sabah, Minister of Information and former Ambassador of Kuwait. Mrs. Gore is the keynote speaker at the renaming of the Mental Health Law Project to the Bazelon Center. "The President understands. He understands that mental illness had biological roots and should be treated equally with so- called physical illness."
62 MARCH 22, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Democratic Governors Association MARCH 22, 1993 Access to Government Information The Government Printing Office Electronic Access bill, based on legislation Vice President Gore introduced last year, passes the Senate. The bill authorizes the Government Printing Office to make more Federal information such as the Congressional Record) available on-line. Mrs. Gore travels to Detroit, Michigan to serve as a panelist during discussions with Michigan citizens about health care reform. HHS Secretary Donna Shalala joins Mrs. Gore.
64 MARCH 24, 1993
The Vice President addresses the American Medical Association in Washington, D.C. "Fixing this system ... will not be easy. But the American people have demanded that we fundamentally reform a system that costs too much and wastes too much and serves too few; and, that we make the system work better for real people with real problems." "Last year, the American people proved that they have the courage to change. Now it is time for us to prove ours, by enacting real health care reform." Joins the President in meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Kozyrev Meets with British Foreign Minister Sir Douglas Hurd
65 MARCH 25, 1993
Joins the President in working Dinner with Members of the House of Representatives.
66 MARCH 26, 1993
Reinventing Government -- Town Hall Meeting The Vice President, committed to personally meeting with employees from federal agencies and departments, started his series of visits at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In a Town Hall Meeting with Secretary Cisneros and HUD employees, The Vice President listens to suggestions for improving operations at HUD and across the government. MARCH 26, 1993 The Vice President joins the President in meeting with German Chancellor Helmut Kohl Meeting With President Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia- Hercegovina The Vice President meets with President Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia-Hercegovina to underscore United States support for his decision to sign all of the principal documents of the Bosnian Peace Plan. The Vice President praises the Bosnian leader for his statesmanship and courage for taking this critical step to move his country closer to peace and expresses his hope for full and rapid agreement among all of the parties on the terms of the Peace Plan. The Vice President joins the President in working dinner with Senators Mrs. Gore serves as a panelist during Robert Wood Johnson's health care discussions in Washington, D.C. HHS Secretary Donna Shalala joins Mrs. Gore. The Vice President announces the leadership team organizing and implementing the National Performance Review.
67 MARCH 27, 1993
Addresses Gannett Pre-Gridiron Luncheon
69 MARCH 29, 1993
Chairs Official Hearing of The President's Task Force on Health Care Reform. Mrs. Gore joins the Vice President at this meeting.
70 MARCH 30, 1993
Meets with Hungarian Foreign Minister Jeszneszky.
71 MARCH 31, 1993
Cabinet Meeting (3) MARCH 31, 1993 Vice President meets with Ambassadors Aurel Dragos-Manteanu of Romania, and Ognian Pishev of Bulgaria to deliver letters to President Ion Iliescu of Romania and President Zhelyu Zhelev of Bulgaria expressing the appreciation of the United States for their governments' determined efforts to enforce the United Nations sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro. Mrs. Gore attends Congressional Breakfast and Briefing of National Coalition for the Mentally Ill in the Criminal Justice System.
72 APRIL 1, 1993
Address to the American College of Physicians
Joins with the President in meeting with bipartisan Congressional leadership
73 APRIL 2, 1993
Forest Conference, Portland, Oregon Joins the President at the Forest Conference, in Portland, which provides a comprehensive forum for a broad and diverse range of views on the issues associated with the management of federal forest lands in the Northwest and Northern California. "For far too long, bitter fighting and confused policy- making have scarred this debate. As each side fought for advantage, no one won and many lost their jobs, their way of life, the wilderness they grew up to love, and even their plans for their families and their future. It is time we moved beyond argument and confusion to a new approach that replaces fear with hope and stalemate with progress." "The days when this debate was defined by either-or choices are over. This isn't about saving jobs or saving the environment, it's about saving jobs and saving the environment, because we can't do one without the other, certainly not in the long term. A healthy forest economy demands healthy forests." Remarks at Forest Conference 75 APRIL 4, 1993 Commission on Russian Technological Improvements The President announces the Vice President will co-chair, along with Russian Prime Minister Chernomyrdin, a commission on Technological Improvements on Russian energy and space sectors.
77 APRIL 6, 1993
The Vice President joins the President meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Meets with Australian Foreign Minister and Senator, Gareth Evans
78 APRIL 7, 1993
Reinventing Government Town Hall Meeting -- Department of Agriculture In the second of his visits to federal agencies and departments, the Vice President meets with more than 300 employees at the United States Department of Agriculture to hear their suggestions for improving efficiency and effectiveness at USDA and across the government. Recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award The Vice President is named the recipient of the 13th Annual Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for his book Earth In The Balance. Each year this Award honors the literary work that most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purpose.
79 APRIL 8, 1993
Reinventing Government Town Hall Meeting -- Atlanta, Georgia The Vice President hosts a Town Hall meeting in Atlanta, with federal employees from a variety of agencies with regional offices there to hear their suggestions for improving government efficiency and effectiveness. The Vice President throws out the first pitch at the Atlanta Braves opening game baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 83 APRIL 12, 1993 Economic Roundtable in Toledo, Ohio The Vice President participates in an economic conference hosted by Senator John Glenn.
85 APRIL 14, 1993
Meeting With Malawi's Ambassador The Vice President meets with Malawi's Ambassador Robert Mbaya urging democracy in Malawi and an end to human rights abuses. They also discuss the country's upcoming referendum on multi-party democracy. Mrs. Gore joins First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in a meeting with members of the Latino community to discuss specific health care concerns related to the Latino community.
86 APRIL 15, 1993
National Performance Review Training Session The Vice President opens an all-day training session for the National Performance Review staff in a speech presenting the team's vision, goals and agenda.
87 APRIL 16, 1993
Joins the President in meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa
88 APRIL 17, 1993
First Childrens' Earth Summit and Town Hall Meeting The Vice President joins students from across the United States and around the world for the first ever Kids Earth Summit in Orlando, FL. He tours a display of student environmental projects and then participates in a Town Hall Meeting with Linda Ellerbee later broadcast on "Nickelodeon" where he discusses with student delegates their concerns about the environment and their plans for an environmentally sound future.
New York Commemoration of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising At the Paramount Theatre in Madison Square Garden, the Vice President participates in a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising . Mrs. Gore travels to New Orleans, Louisiana to tour an innovative community-based mental health program and learn more about the area's mobile crisis transportation unit.
90 APRIL 19, 1993
The Vice President travels to Poland to participate in ceremony marking the 50th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Meets with Poland's President Lech Walesa at Belweder. Meets with members of Poland's Jewish Community, Jewish Historical Institute Meets with Poland's Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka, Council of Ministers Building. Meets with Poland's Foreign Minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski,
Council of Ministers Building.
Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at Parkowa.
APRIL 19, 1993 IN POLAND -- Participates in a ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Upraising at the Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Vice President speaks at the ceremony along with two survivors of the ghetto uprising, President Walesa, Prime Minister Rabin, and World Jewish Congress President Edgar Bronfman. "How could the human race have allowed such a calamity as the Holocaust to fall upon us? What terrible darkness lies coiled in the human soul that might account for this barbarism? The sorrow rising from such questions is deeper than all tragedy and leaves us mute before a mystery the human mind cannot penetrate. And yet the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto shines in our consciousness like a pole star of the human spirit. "The story of the Warsaw Ghetto is sacred text for our time. It warns us of the unfathomable power of evil, the pestilence of the human soul that for a time can dissolve nations and devastate civilization. But the uprising in the Ghetto also warns tyrannts wherever they rule that a fierce, bright light blazes eternal in the human breast, that the darkness can never be put out." Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in Warsaw, Poland.
91 APRIL 20, 1993
POLAND -- Address Polish Officials in speech at Parliament
"Every nation must find its own way to freedom. Every nation must create its own institutions to preserve democracy and find its own solutions to its internal problems. The strength and endurance of the Polish people have been tested in recent times; they will be tested again. We believe with all our hearts that you will prevail. And we will stand by you in the testing time that lies ahead." Statement in Warsaw, Poland at the Seym (Polish
(Returns to Washington, D.C. April 20)
92 APRIL 21, 1993
Joins the President in commemorating Earth Day. President Clinton announces the U.S will sign international treaty to protect biodiversity; commits U.S. to specific targets and timetables to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases; outlines long-term strategy to protect the environment while promoting economic growth and creating millions of new high- skill, high wage-jobs. Joins The President in meeting with President Walesa. Mrs. Gore travels to Piscataway, New Jersey to participate in a public hearing on national health care with Governor Florio and the people of New Jersey.
93 APRIL 22, 1993
Meets with President Zhelyu Zhelev of Bulgaria
The Vice President and Mrs. Gore join the President in dedication of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Meets with Romania's President Ion Iliescu Meets with Croatian President Franjo Tudjman Meets with Czechoslovakia's President Vaclav Havel Mrs. Gore is the featured Speaker at the Picture of the Year Awards presenting slides of her photographs from the campaign.
94 APRIL 23, 1993
Meets with Hungarian President Arpad Goncz
Meets with Slovenia's President Milan Kucan
95 APRIL 24, 1993
Joins the President meeting with Democratic Senators in Jamestown, Virginia. Mrs. Gore travels to Raleigh, North Carolina to talk to area graduate students about child mental health.