April 17, 95

Vol. 10 , No. 10   


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The First 100 Days of the 104th Congress and the Republican Contract with America
JAY KIM
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 1995 12:00 Noon

Ever since Franklin Roosevelt introduced the New Deal during the depths of the Depression, Americans have been obsessed with the first 100 days of a term in office. For the first time in 40 years, the Republicans have regained control of the House of Representatives. What makes the changing of the guard interesting is that no Republican representative in the 104th Congress has ever served under a Republican speaker of the House. Newt Gingrich has announced a public mandate to introduce The Contract With America in hopes of enacting radical change within the first 100 days under Republican rule. Whether this reflects a mandate straight from the public and if the original goal can be achieved are hotly debated topics. The Contract raises intriguing questions concerning the direction of this country. Representative Jay Kim will discuss The Contract With America as well as the first hundred days.

Kim, born in Korea, came to the United States as a young man and settled in the west end of San Bernardino County. Educated in Southern California, Kim founded JAYKIM Engineers which was recognized as one of the top 500 design firms in the country. He began his public service as mayor of Diamond Bar and as a member of the city council. In 1992 Kim was elected to the United States Congress, where he serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House International Relations Committee. His Athenaeum appearance is sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.