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Clinton criticizes GOP plan to cut budget

President Clinton denounced GOP budget cuts at a newly renovated low-income apartment complex Sunday, calling it the kind of practical partnership Republicans want to dismantle.

Wrapping up a three-day visit to his home state, Clinton praised the 45-unit Mahlon Martin Apartments in downtown Little Rock as "a concrete, specific example of what I have been trying to say to the American people now for two and a half years."

Clinton was leaving Arkansas later Sunday for San Francisco, where he was to participate in a ceremony today marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

The 45-unit, $2.7-million apartment renovation was a joint effort of local, private and federal funds, including a $655,000 loan from the community development block grant program.

Complaining that Republicans are seeking to eliminate the program, Clinton said: "It's threatened today in Washington. I hope we can save it. We can cut a lot of spending back, but we're going to have to invest some money in our people and their future."

"You don't have to be a genius to understand that if people are working for a living and trying to raise their children, they ought to have a decent place to live. . . . The best way to do it is to roll up your sleeves, have a practical partnership and empower people . . . to make the most of their own lives."