1999 State of the Union Address

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The 1999 State of the Union address was given by President Bill Clinton to a joint session of the 106th United States Congress on Tuesday, January 19, 1999. The speech was the third State of the Union address of President Clinton's second term. This was the first State of the Union address with Dennis Hastert as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

President Clinton discussed the economy, the federal budget, taxes and focused on the budget surplus, then at $70 billion. The president also discussed the future of Social Security, education, foreign relations and "solving the so-called Y2K computer problem". The president did not mention the then-occurring impeachment trial in the Senate.

The speech lasted 1:18:40 and consisted of 7,514 words.[1] In the speech, the president acknowledged the widows of the officers killed in the United States Capitol shooting incident of 1998.

The Republican Party response was delivered by Representatives Jennifer Dunn and Steve Largent in Washington, D.C..[2]

Andrew Cuomo, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, served as the designated survivor.[3]


  1. ^ http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou_minutes.php
  2. ^ http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou_response.php
  3. ^ New York Times, "Not Being Invited Was the Honor." Page B2. Jan 21, 1999

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Preceded by
1998 State of the Union Address
State of the Union addresses
Succeeded by
2000 State of the Union Address