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    I support the reauthorization of a number of Small Business 
Administration programs in the bill, including my proposal to increase 
the number of small loans below $150,000, reduce borrower fees, and 
improve technical assistance programs available to microentrepreneurs. 
The bill would also extend the authority for a number of expiring 
programs such as the Small Business Innovation Research and Small 
Disadvantaged Business programs. Finally, the bill authorizes the New 
Markets Venture Capital, New Markets Technical Assistance, and 
BusinessLINC programs, which provide authority for $250 million in 
public and private capital for rural and urban small business 
investments, technical assistance, and mentoring services for aspiring 
entrepreneurs. The bill also authorizes establishment of a set-aside 
program for women-owned small businesses that are classified as 
economically disadvantaged or in an industry in which women owned 
businesses are substantially underrepresented.
    I am pleased that this legislation amends immigration provisions 
included in the Commerce/Justice/State Appropriations Act thereby easing 
immigration restrictions on an estimated 700,000 immigrant families 
living in the United States. The provisions would extend section 245(i) 
until April 30, 2001, to allow aliens (and their spouses and children) 
who apply for an adjustment of status or a labor certification to remain 
in the United States until such petition is approved. Additionally, the 
provisions would create a new, temporary non-immigrant visa for spouses 
and children of spouses of legal permanent residents and U.S. citizens 
seeking to enter the United States to await approval of legal permanent 
resident status for themselves (the ``V'' visa). The provisions would 
also allow certain individuals who were not granted amnesty under the 
Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 who are currently seeking 
such relief through the courts to apply for permanent residency. While I 
am disappointed that the legislation fails to

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eliminate the disparate treatment under our immigration laws sought for 
Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Haitians, and Liberians and does 
not provide any relief for deserving individuals affected by changes in 
the 1996 immigration law, it is the best compromise that could be 
reached after several rounds of intense negotiations.
    H.R. 4577 also includes authorization for the Delta Regional 
Authority (DRA), a newly created agency that will focus $20 million for 
area development and technical assistance on distressed counties in the 
Mississippi Delta Region. The authorization will permit the 
establishment of the DRA which will work to improve the economic status 
of some of our Nation's most impoverished communities.
    There are provisions in the Act that purport to condition my 
authority or that of certain officers to use funds appropriated by the 
Act on the approval of congressional committees. My Administration will 
interpret such provisions to require notification only, since any other 
interpretation would contradict the Supreme Court ruling in INS v. 
    Section 620 of the Treasury/General Government Appropriations 
section of the Act prohibits the use of appropriations to pay the salary 
of any Federal Government officer or employee who interferes with 
certain communications between Federal employees and Members of 
Congress. I do not interpret this provision to detract from my 
constitutional authority and that of my appointed heads of departments 
to supervise and control the operations and communications of the 
executive branch, including the control of privileged and national 
security information.
    Another provision of the Act raises Appointments Clause concerns. 
Subsection 111(b) of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 2000 
portion of the bill provides joint grant-making authority to the 
Administrator of the Small Business Administration, who is a 
constitutional officer, and to two other officials, who are not. In 
order to avoid an Appointments Clause problem raised by this provision, 
I will interpret that subsection as giving the Administrator the final 
say concerning selection of grant recipients after consultation with the 
other designated officials.
    Section 313 of the Legislative Branch Appropriations portion of the 
Act would establish in the legislative branch a ``Center for Russian 
Leadership Development.'' The principal function of the Center would be 
to administer a grant program to support visits to this country by 
Russian nationals. I fully support the goals of this grant program. The 
Department of Justice advises me, however, that because the program is 
not administered by the executive branch, it is unconstitutional. I urge 
the Congress to enact new legislation reassigning the Center to an 
executive branch agency.
    Several provisions of the Act also raise concerns under the 
Recommendations Clause. These provisions purport to require a Cabinet 
Secretary or other Administration official to make recommendations to 
Congress on changes in law. To the extent that those provisions would 
require Administration officials to provide Congress with policy 
recommendations or draft legislation, I direct these officials to treat 
any such requirements as precatory.
    In addition, I hereby designate the following amounts as emergency 
requirements for the Department of Defense, pursuant to section 
251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control act of 
1985, as amended: $100,000,000 provided to the Overseas Contingency 
Operations Transfer account and $150,000,000 provided to the Operations 
and Maintenance, Navy account in H.R. 5666, as enacted by H.R. 4577.
                                            William J. Clinton
 The White House,
 December 21, 2000.

Note: H.R. 4577, approved December 21, was assigned Public Law No. 106-
554. This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
December 22. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, January 1, 2001
Volume 36--Number 52
Pages 3163-3215
Week Ending Friday, December 29, 2000
The President's Radio Address

December 23, 2000

    Good morning. This weekend we not only celebrate the first Christmas 
of the new millennium; we also celebrate an America

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blessed with the gift of unprecedented prosperity and progress.
    We're in the midst of the longest economic expansion in our Nation's 
history, with record surpluses, more than 22 million new jobs, the 
lowest unemployment in history, and the lowest Hispanic- and African-
American unemployment ever recorded.
    We have strengthened the cornerstone of the American dream along the 
way: the chance to own a home. Today, we have the highest homeownership 
in our Nation's history with record levels of minority homeownership. 
And more Americans than ever are celebrating that gift this holiday 
    Over the last 8 years, Vice President Gore and I have worked hard to 
give nearly 10 million more families the opportunity to own their own 
homes by cutting redtape, speeding up loans, making financing available 
for families who were too often locked out of the market, creating more 
opportunity and choice for families who live in assisted housing.
    In the last 3 years, our administration has secured nearly 200,000 
new housing vouchers to help hard-pressed families find decent and 
affordable housing. I want to especially thank our HUD Secretary, Andrew 
Cuomo, for his extraordinary commitment to making affordable housing 
accessible to citizens who need it most.
    Today we're introducing new measures to more fully integrate public 
housing, so families from different social and economic walks of life 
have the chance to live in diverse communities. In addition to expanding 
opportunity for more Americans, this will also help to break down 
destructive barriers of race and class.
    We're also taking action to increase loan limits from the Federal 
Housing Administration by nearly 9 percent to help more working families 
to own their first home. Since 1993, the FHA program has given more than 
4 million Americans that chance. We have made real progress.
    But too many Americans still will be spending this Christmas without 
a roof over their heads. That's why we've helped to move thousands of 
families off the street. Yet, there still are more than a half million 
men, women, and children whose only home every night is a neighborhood 
shelter or a park bench.
    In this time of unparalleled prosperity, we must do more to help 
them. Today I'm pleased to announce $1 billion in new grants to help 
more than 200,000 homeless people along the path to self-sufficiency. 
This is the largest amount ever dedicated to helping homeless Americans 
rebuild their lives.
    The grants will fund proven successful programs like Continuum of 
Care, which helps homeless families with transitional and permanent 
housing, drug treatment and medication, job training, and child care. It 
also funds efforts like the Emergency Shelter Grants program, which 
provides for transitional housing and helps communities maintain 
emergency shelters.
    Taken together, these grants are a gift that will give back to us in 
many ways. They will empower communities to employ innovative solutions 
to helping homeless adults and their children, people like Juanita 
Price, a recovering drug addict who once spent her nights in abandoned 
buildings and hollowed-out cars. Thanks to the Continuum of Care 
program, Juanita found the support she needed and turned her life 
around. Today, she's got a steady job, an apartment, and she's studying 
to be a nurse at Howard University here in Washington, DC.
    There are lots and lots of people like Juanita who could use a 
helping hand. Today we're lending that hand by giving more homeless 
Americans the tools they need to succeed, so that this Christmas they 
can find warmth inside a home, not from the top of a steam grate.
    It is said in the Scripture: ``I will appoint a place for my people 
so they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more.'' Today, in 
this season of hope and giving, we should redouble our efforts to ensure 
that every American can have a place of his or her own.
    The steps we're taking now will create new opportunity for the 
homeless, for hard-pressed working families, and for those struggling to 
buy their first home. I can't think of any better way to celebrate this 
holiday season.
    Thanks for listening.

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 Note:  The address was recorded at 4:40 p.m. on December 22 in the Oval 
Office at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on December 23. 
The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary 
on December 22 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast.

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Monday, January 1, 2001
Volume 36--Number 52
Pages 3163-3215
Week Ending Friday, December 29, 2000
Executive Order 13182--Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

December 23, 2000

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, including the laws cited 
herein, it is hereby ordered as follows:
    Section 1. Statutory Pay Systems. The rates of basic pay or salaries 
of the statutory pay systems (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5302(1)), as 
adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 5303(a), are set forth on the schedules attached 
hereto and made a part hereof:
(a)          The General Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5332(a)) at Schedule 1;
(b)          The Foreign Service Schedule (22 U.S.C. 3963) at Schedule 
            2; and
(c)          The schedules for the Veterans Health Administration of the 
            Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 7306, 7404; 
            section 301(a) of Public Law 102-40) at Schedule 3.
    Sec. 2. Senior Executive Service. The rates of basic pay for senior 
executives in the Senior Executive Service, as adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 
5382, are set forth on Schedule 4 attached hereto and made a part 
    Sec. 3. Executive Salaries. The rates of basic pay or salaries for 
the following offices and positions are set forth on the schedules 
attached hereto and made a part hereof:
(a)          The Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5312-5318) at Schedule 5;
(b)          The Vice President (3 U.S.C. 104) and the Congress (2 
            U.S.C. 31) at Schedule 6; and
(c)          Justices and judges (28 U.S.C. 5, 44(d), 135, 252, and 
            461(a)) at Schedule 7.
    Sec. 4. Uniformed Services. Pursuant to section 601 of Public Law 
106-398, the rates of monthly basic pay (37 U.S.C. 203(a)) for members 
of the uniformed services and the rate of monthly cadet or midshipman 
pay (37 U.S.C. 203(c)) are set forth on Schedule 8 attached hereto and 
made a part hereof.
    Sec. 5. Locality-Based Comparability Payments. (a) Pursuant to 
sections 5304 and 5304a of title 5, United States Code, locality-based 
comparability payments shall be paid in accordance with Schedule 9 
attached hereto and made a part hereof.
(b)          The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall 
            take such actions as may be necessary to implement these 
            payments and to publish appropriate notice of such payments 
            in the Federal Register.
    Sec. 6. Administrative Law Judges. The rates of basic pay for 
administrative law judges, as adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 5372(b)(4), are 
set forth on Schedule 10 attached hereto and made a part hereof.
    Sec. 7. Effective Dates. Schedule 8 is effective on January 1, 2001. 
The other schedules contained herein are effective on the first day of 
the first applicable pay period beginning on or after January 1, 2001.
    Sec. 8. Prior Order Superseded. Executive Order 13144 of December 
21, 1999, is superseded.
                                            William J. Clinton
 The White House,
 December 23, 2000.

 [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 28, 

 Note:  This Executive order was published in the  Federal Register  on 
December 29.

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Monday, January 1, 2001
Volume 36--Number 52
Pages 3163-3215
Week Ending Friday, December 29, 2000
Executive Order 13183--Establishment of the President's Task Force on 
Puerto Rico's Status

December 23, 2000

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, including Public Law 106-346, 
it is hereby ordered as follows:
    Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the executive branch of the 
Government of the United States of America to help answer the questions 
that the people of Puerto Rico have asked for years regarding the 
options for the

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