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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, January 1, 2001 Volume 36--Number 52 Pages 3163-3215 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation Christmas greetings--3178, 3179 Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Appointments and Nominations Budget--3204 Global Food for Education, initiative--3201 Radio address--3174 Appointments and Nominations U.S. Court of Appeals, judge, remarks on recess appointment--3180 Bill Signings Assistance for International Malaria Control Act, statement--3185 Consolidated Appropriations Act, FY 2001, statement--3167 Education Department appropriations legislation, remarks--3163 Health and Human Services Department appropriations legislation, remarks--3163 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, statement--3184 Labor Department appropriations legislation, remarks--3163 National Moment of Remembrance Act, statement--3210 Omnibus Indian Advancement Act, statement--3185 Shark Finning Prohibition Act, statement--3179 Communications to Congress Japanese whaling practices, letter--3212 Communications to Federal Agencies International financial institutions and other international organizations and programs, memorandum on funding--3201 Puerto Rico, memorandum on resolution of status--3177 Executive Orders Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay--3176 Establishment of the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status--3176 Revocation of Executive Order 12834--3210 To Strengthen the Federal Government-University Research Partnership--3211 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Briefing Room--3204 Oval Office--3180 Interview with the New York Times--3185 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Census 2000--3209 Death of Jason Robards--3184 North Korea, efforts to improve relations--3209 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--3215 Checklist of White House press releases--3214 Digest of other White House announcements--3213 Nominations submitted to the Senate--3214 Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. 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[Laughter] First, I'd like to thank the very large delegation from the United States Congress and both parties who are here: Senator Specter, Senator Conrad, Senator Dorgan; from the House, Chairman Goodling, Representative Obey, Representative Kildee, Representative Kelly, Representative Talent, Representative Porter, Lowey, and Clement. Did I get everybody? [Laughter] I'd like to thank the mayor of Philadelphia, John Street, for joining us; and our neighbor, the Prince George's County Executive, Wayne Curry; and the members of the Cabinet who are here: Secretaries Riley, Shalala, Summers, Herman, Slater; EPA Director Browner; SBA Director Alvarez. Did I leave anybody out? Chief of Staff Podesta and my Economic Adviser Gene Sperling. And I'd like to thank Jack Lew and Sylvia Mathews and all the people on the budget team who worked so hard at OMB for this. This is a good day for our country. For 8 years now, we have worked in this administration to prepare our country for the new century and a whole new era of human affairs by building a nation in which there is opportunity for every responsible citizen, a community of all Americans, and a nation that leads the world toward greater peace and freedom and prosperity. Today we have two more examples of that in implementing our strategy of trying to make the right, real choices for America and not be trapped in the old, false choices. Earlier today, this morning, we announced new steps to preserve our environment by cleaning our air, steps that will protect the health of all Americans by dramatically reducing pollution from trucks and buses powered by diesel fuel, building on the announcements last year to reduce pollution from cars and sports utility vehicles. Together, these measures will preserve our environment and protect thousands of children from the agony of asthma and other respiratory diseases. By the end of the decade, because of these steps, every new vehicle sold in the United States will be up to 95 percent cleaner than those rolling off the assembly line today. Again, this was the right, real choice, proving once again that we can grow the economy and improve the environment at the same time. And I want to thank Carol Browner for her work on this. She's here. Thank you. Now, in a few moments it will be my honor to sign the very last budget bill I will sign as President. And in so many ways, it could truly be said, we saved the best for last. This bill is called the Labor-HHS appropriation bill. But more than anything else, it's a bill about these children behind me today, about their hopes, their dreams, their capacity to learn, and their need to learn about their future and the future of our country. Again, it is further proof, as the evidence of these distinguished Members of Congress from both parties prove, that when we put progress ahead of partisanship, there's no limit to what we can do for America and our future. We are now in the longest economic expansion in our history. A critical part of our strategy to get there was to put our fiscal house in order, to replace record deficits with record surpluses. With this budget, in spite of the investments--and I would argue because, in part, of past investments--we are going to be able to pay off another $200 billion of our national debt, on track to paying down $560 billion of the national debt over the last 4 years and this year. And because together we made the right, real choices, we [[Page 3164]] were able to increase investment in the things that matter most. That's what this budget bill does today. And let me just begin with education. Under Secretary Riley's leadership, we have worked hard to make the right, real choice--to have more investment and higher standards, more accountability, and spend the money on the things that the educators tell us work best. Test scores are up today, with some of the greatest gains coming in some of the most disadvantaged communities. Two-thirds of our high school graduates are going on to college; that's up 10 percent from 1993. In the last few years, there has been a 300-percent increase in the number of Hispanic students taking advanced placement courses and a 500-percent increase in the number of African-American students doing so. With the largest student enrollment in our entire history, and the most diverse student body in our entire history, education must be priority number one for any administration. With this budget, while turning the largest deficits in history into the largest surpluses, we also will have more than doubled funding for education during the life of this administration. This clearly is the biggest and best education budget in our Nation's history, and it will make a difference in the lives of millions of young people. Let me just give a couple of examples. Our first-ever initiative to renovate classrooms will mean that, over time, millions of children will attend more modern, more dignified, more functional schools. This is about moving out of housetrailers, and it's about going to school in old buildings that provide modern education. With $1.6 billion on its way to help communities with smaller classrooms, we will help roughly 2 million children learn in smaller classes, with more individualized attention in the early grades. With nearly $1 billion more for Head Start, the largest increase in history, we'll have more than doubled the program, adding 60,000 more kids to this quality preschool program this year alone. There is a dramatic increase in child care in this budget that, along with the child care funds provided in welfare reform, will help more than 2.2 million kids next year, an increase in nearly a million just since 1997. By over doubling funding for after-school programs, we are providing 650,000 more students with a safe place to learn, bringing to 1.3 million the number of young people benefiting from this after- school initiative, something that did not even exist 4 years ago. With another major increase in the GEAR UP program, 1.2 million disadvantaged children will now be preparing for college as early as the sixth grade. Together with one of the largest increases in the TRIO program ever, we are building greater pathways to college for economically disadvantaged young people. This bill has the largest increase ever in Pell grants. We've now increased the maximum grant by nearly $1,500 since 1993, for 4 million young people every year from low and moderate income families. This significant expansion of Pell grants is part of the biggest expansion in college aid since the GI bill, including the direct student loan program, which has saved students $8 billion already in loan repayment costs, and the HOPE scholarship tax cut, which 10 million families are benefiting from this year. I want to say to all of you who worked on this--to Chairman Goodling and Mr. Kildee, Mr. Obey, all the other Members of the House; and to you, Senator Specter, and the other Senators who are here; and most of all to you, Secretary Riley, who is now the longest serving and, I believe, clearly the finest Education Secretary our country ever had--I thank you all very much. Thank you. This education budget is a real tribute to the bipartisan work of this Congress, and I am very grateful. The budget also makes good on our commitment to help every community share in our Nation's prosperity. This is a big deal to me, and also to America's future. About 18 months ago, I began the first of what I called new markets tours, to shine a spotlight on people and places that had been left behind in this long and remarkable recovery. I wanted every American investor to see the potential of these communities and the promise of the people who live there. I knew that government couldn't do it alone and that, in fact, we would have to find [[Page 3165]] a way to get more private investment into these communities. But I also knew that business could not be expected to go it alone, that we had to find some way to bring hope and opportunity home to these communities. Now, at the same time, to be fair, there were people in the Congress who were interested in this who were struggling for some bipartisan consensus to bring free enterprise to parts of America that have been left behind. Among them, in the House, were Representative Talent, who is here, and J.C. Watts and Danny Davis, who represents Chicago but, like me, was born in Arkansas. And there were other groups that were looking at this. So we all worked together to give you a budget that delivers something that I believe is truly unique and significant. It includes the landmark new markets and community renewal initiative. It's the most significant effort ever to help hard-pressed areas, both rural and urban, to lift themselves up through private investment and entrepreneurship. It is a triumph of bipartisanship. And again, I want to thank those whom I just mentioned--especially you, Mr. Talent--and I
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