Unable to persuade House Republicans to help the International Monetary Fund, President Clinton will sign an emergency bill anyway that provides $6 billion to victims of winter storms and to U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf and Bosnia.
The House and Senate both approved the measure late Thursday, sending it to Clinton without the $18 billion he wanted for the IMF and the $900 million he sought for unpaid dues to the United Nations. Rather than cast a veto, as White House aides had said he would, administration officials said the measure would become law.Clinton, however, reminded lawmakers of the unfinished business.
"I call on Congress to step up to its responsibility and renew our commitment to the International Monetary Fund and to pay our United Nations dues," he said at a White House news conference earlier Thursday. "I am confident we can do this in a bipartisan fashion."