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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release May 2, 1995
                  President Requests Emergency Funds
                           For Oklahoma City

President Clinton has asked the Congress to provide $142 million in emergency funding to meet urgent needs created by last month's bombing in Oklahoma City and to implement his new anti-terrorism initiative.

"The magnitude of the tragedy in Oklahoma demands that we provide these emergency funds as quickly as possible," the President said.

The President asked that the $142 million be allocated to five major agencies -- the Departments of Justice, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- and the Judiciary.

Specifically, the President requested:

The President designated the $142 million in fiscal year 1995 spending as an emergency under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended. Although the emergency designation frees the President and the Congress of the requirement to offset the costs of these funds, the President proposed to offset this spending fully through cuts in other programs.

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