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In accepting the Chairmanship of the Advisory Commission on
Intergovernmental Relations on October 20, 1993, Governor William F.
Winter stated his "conviction that the Commission has an important, indeed,
a unique role in making our system of government work better. . . . I regard
it as a vital element in our political process." In addition to the chairman,
the President appointed ten other members of the Commission, and the
Speaker of the House of Representatives filled the vacant congressional
President Bill Clinton met with the Commission on December 1 and
personally expressed his support. He said, "I very much believe in the
potential of [ACIR], both because of all the individuals on it and because of
the way it's constituted, with representatives from the federal, state, and
local governments, and with both Democrats and Republicans here."
The President continued:
One of the biggest problems . . . in this country today is that
everybody knows that there are a lot of things that the
government has to be involved in at some level. But there is a
great skepticism about the ability of government to do its job,
particularly here in Washington-a skepticism not without
foundation, I might add....
Because I served a dozen years as a governor and worked
on these federalism issues from another perspective . I think
I've got a pretty good sense about . . the potential . . . of
[ACIR] to try to help us in our efforts to redefine what we
should be doing here in Washington, and how we can be
working with [state and local governments] better. . .. I'm very
serious about these issues, and . . . I want to pursue them
vigorously, thoroughly, and consistently, and with the
appropriate level of visibility.
In closing, President Clinton said, "I want to work with you. I want to
help to make sure that you have both consistent support and the appropriate
level of visibility. So please send a message out to the country that we are
trying to work through these things and give the American people a
government that they can not only believe in, but also trust."
Governor Winter assured the President that "We accept your
challenge, and we shall do our very best to live up to your expectations.
We'll be calling on you to continue to lend your support to our efforts and
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