Deadlock Breaker

Family leave is finally law under Clinton and a Democratic Congress

EVERY PRESIDENT RELISHES A SUN-DRENCHED ROSE Garden ceremony, but Bill Clinton's signing last Friday of the family-leave bill must have been especially welcome at the White House. After losing his first nominee for Attorney General and scrapping with Congress and the Pentagon over gays in the military, Clinton finally brought home a winner: the family-leave bill, which had endured eight years of Capitol Hill lobbying and two vetoes by George Bush. Said Clinton: "The first bill I am to sign as President truly puts people first. I am very appreciative that the Congress has moved so rapidly."

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