full text File Size: 354 K bytes | Add this to my bookbag

Subseries 9. Domestic Policy Council, Economic Policy Council, and Council on Competitiveness Files

Scope and Content Notes:

During the Bush Administration, Attorney General Thornburgh was a member of four sub-cabinet groups established by the President: the Domestic Policy Council (DPC), of which Thornburgh was Chairman, the Economic Policy Council (EPC), the National Security Council (NSC), and the Council on Competitiveness (CC). Files reflecting the Attorney General's participation in three of these groups are here.

The primary function of the Domestic Policy Council was, as President George H.W. Bush said, "to serve the primary channel for advising me on the formulation, coordination, and implementation of domestic and social policy" ( Evidence, p.272). While Thornburgh's interest in the DPC, EPC and the CC related to the types of issues he was familiar with from his years as Governor of Pennsylvania, he soon discovered that "domestic policy was a relatively low priority for this administration," especially in light of the end of the Cold War and the "containment" of Saddam Hussein ( Evidence, p.273). Unfortunately, Thornburgh says, the unwillingness of White House decision makers to take the DPC, EPC, NSC, and CC seriously resulted in these groups having little impact both on the administration and on the nature of domestic policy ( Evidence, p.274), despite the fact that decision memoranda to the president presented meaningful options for actions on a wide variety of issues.

These files are arranged in chronological order and contain a mixture of DPC, EPC and CC files. By far, however, the majority of files relate to the DPC, due mostly to the tendency of overlap between the organizations' primary objectives. Files not labeled specifically as EPC or CC are DPC files.


Box 826
Folder 1 Final report on working group on federalism January 13, 1989
Folder 2 Meeting with Yale and Bates February 2, 1989
Folder 3 Structure and Organization February 14, 1989
Folder 4 Meeting regarding transboundry shipment of hazardous waste and Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC's) March 2, 1989
Folder 5 Clean Air Act April 20, 1989
Folder 6 EPC deliberations on steel trade policy April 27, 1989
Folder 7 Acid Rain May 5, 1989
Folder 8 Acid Rain May 15, 1989
Folder 9 Air Toxics May 17, 1989
Folder 10 Air Quality Standards May 24, 1989
Folder 11 Meeting with Roger Porter May 26, 1989
Folder 12 Air Quality Standards June 5, 1989
Folder 13 Meeting with Roger Porter June 30, 1989
Folder 14 Adoption and Welfare Reform July 6, 1989
Folder 15 Adoption and Welfare Reform July 25, 1989
Folder 16 National Drug Policy August 4, 1989
Folder 17 National Drug Policy August 10, 1989
Folder 18 National Drug Policy August 15, 1989
Folder 19 Food Safety Regulations September 14, 1989
Folder 20-21 Education Summit, Charlottesville, VA September 27, 1989
Folder 22 Meeting with Bill Myers November 8, 1989
Folder 23 Working Group on Volunteerism November 15, 1989
Folder 24 Anti-Poverty Agenda November 16, 1989
Folder 25 Meetings for December November 27, 1989
Folder 26 Low Income Opportunity and Infant Mortality November 30, 1989
Folder 27 Volunteer and Medical Professional Liability December 21, 1989
Folder 28 Meeting with Roger Porter December 23, 1989
Folder 29 Briefing on Second National Drug Control Strategy January 5, 1990
Folder 30 Second National Drug Control Strategy January 9, 1990

Box 827
Folder 1 Second National Drug Control Strategy January 11, 1990
Folder 2 Immigration and Medical Malpractice Liability January 17, 1990
Folder 3 Joint Production Ventures (EPC) January 19, 1990
Folder 4 Outer Continental Task Force January 22, 1990
Folder 5 Legal Immigration Reform February 9, 1990
Folder 6 Educational Issues February 20, 1990
Folder 7 Meeting with Roger Porter April 27, 1990
Folder 8 Medical Malpractice May 14, 1990
Folder 9 Low Income Opportunity Strategy May 21, 1990
Folder 10 Low Income Opportunity Strategy June 20, 1990
Folder 11 Meeting with Ede Holiday June 20, 1990
Folder 12 Violent Crime and Savings and Loan June 22, 1990
Folder 13 Meeting with Ede Holiday July 5, 1990
Folder 14 Medical Professional Liability Reform July 12, 1990
Folder 15 Meeting with Ede Holiday July 18, 1990
Folder 16 Letter to the Council on Competitiveness regarding Business-Higher Education Forum report July 18, 1990
Folder 17 Letter to the White House regarding Business-Higher Education Forum report July 19, 1990
Folder 18 Low Income Opportunity Strategy July 25, 1990
Folder 19 Hispanic Education August 1, 1990
Folder 20 Breakfast with Ede Holiday August 1, 1990
Folder 21 Meeting with Ede Holiday September 19, 1990
Folder 22 Meeting with Sununu on Health Care Reform October 16, 1990

Box 828
Folder 1 Breakfast with Ede Holiday November 1, 1990
Folder 2 Meeting with Richard Porter November 5, 1990
Folder 3 Breakfast with Roger Porter November 7, 1990
Folder 4 Utilization of the DPC in a more pro-active role in federal government November 15, 1990
Folder 5 Infant Mortality November 16, 1990
Folder 6 National Energy Strategy (EPC) November 19, 1990
Folder 7 Medical Professional Liability Reform November 21, 1990
Folder 8 Economic Empowerment November 28, 1990
Folder 9 National Energy Strategy (EPC) November 28, 1990
Folder 10 Breakfast with Ede Holiday November 29, 1990
Folder 11 National Energy Strategy (EPC) December 12, 1990
Folder 12 Volunteer Liability Reform Announcement with President Bush December 13, 1990
Folder 13 Health Policy Meeting with Governor Sununu December 14, 1990
Folder 14 Civil Justice Reform Meeting with Vice President Quayle December 14, 1990
Folder 15 Meeting with Vice President Quayle (CC) December 17, 1990
Folder 16 Infant health and care December 19, 1990
Folder 17-18 Medical Professional Liability Reform December 21, 1990
Folder 19 Meeting with Richard Porter December 27, 1990
Folder 20 Medical Professional Liability Reform January 2, 1991
Folder 21 National Education Goals--Second report January 9, 1991
Folder 22 Medical Professional Liability January 10, 1991
Folder 23 Third National Drug Control Strategy January 10, 1991
Folder 24 Economic Empowerment January 22, 1991
Folder 25 Meeting with Ede Holiday January 23, 1991
Folder 26 Breakfast with Ede Holiday February 12, 1991
Folder 27 Math and science education February 26, 1991
Folder 28 Opportunity Action Plan Announcement February 27, 1991
Folder 29 Balanced Budget Amendment March 15, 1991
Folder 30 Meeting with Lamar Alexander March 27, 1991
Folder 31 Briefing for Presidential Appointees March 28, 1991
Folder 32 Border security April 1, 1991
Folder 33 Job Training Charter April 1, 1991
Folder 34 Comprehensive Violent Crime Control Act and related legislation April 4, 1991
Folder 35 Job Training Charter April 10, 1991
Folder 36 Meeting with Governor Martinez April 25, 1991
Folder 37 Education Strategy May 9, 1991
Folder 38 Commendation letter for Navy Captain Dave McMunn May 31, 1991
Folder 39 Wetlands and Economic Empowerment June 13, 1991
Folder 40 Economic Empowerment (DPC and EPC) June 20, 1991
Folder 41 Wetlands July 2, 1991
Folder 42 Domestic Policy Breakfast July 26, 1991
Folder 43 Meeting with Ede Holiday July 30, 1991
Folder 44 Exit Memo (DPC, EPC, and CC) August 2, 1991