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Monday, June 1, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 22
Pages 957-1002
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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Addresses and Remarks

    COPS pilot project--997
    Death of Barry M. Goldwater--997
    Federal budget--961
    Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies dinner--971
    Northern Ireland Peace Accord referendum, radio remarks--958
    Pakistan, detonation of nuclear device--991
    Patients' Bill of Rights--991
    Radio address--957
    Virginia, Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington--959
    Welfare to Work Partnership Board--969

Communications to Congress

    Burma, letter reporting--967
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--966
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and the 
        Bosnian Serbs, letter on continuation of emergency--996

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Improving financial management, memorandum--966
    Russian Federation, memorandum on assistance--961

Executive Orders

    Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States, 1998--
        973
    Establishment of the Enrichment Oversight Committee--963
    Further Amendment to Executive Order 11478, Equal Employment 
        Opportunity in the Federal Government--994

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--961

Notices

    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and the Bosnian Serbs--995

Proclamations

    Death of Barry M. Goldwater--999
    National Alternative Fuels Week--1000

Statements by the President

    Equal employment opportunity in the Federal Government, Executive 
        order signing--994
    House of Representatives action on agriculture legislation--957
    Northern Ireland Peace Accord referendum, passage--958
    Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, IL, withdrawal of Medicare funding--
        999
    Russia's economic situation--998

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1002
    Checklist of White House press releases--1001
    Digest of other White House announcements--1000
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1001
  

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Monday, June 1, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 22
Pages 957-1002
 
Week Ending Friday, May 29, 1998
 
Statement on House of Representatives Action on Agriculture Legislation


May 22, 1998

    I am deeply disappointed that today the House did not approve the 
conference report on the agricultural research bill. This carefully 
crafted legislation balances a broad range of agricultural and nutrition 
concerns including: crop insurance, agriculture research, rural 
development, and food stamps for legal immigrants in need. It provides 
critical funding to ensure the viability of the crop insurance program 
as the basis of the farm income safety net; to improve food safety and 
the competitiveness of our farmers through better research; to restore 
needed food stamps to children, the elderly, and disabled, and refugees 
among our legal immigrants; and to improve the quality of life in rural 
areas.
    I am grateful that the House today overwhelmingly defeated a rule 
that would have stripped the food stamp immigrant provisions from the 
bill and destroyed the delicate compromise in the conference report. 
Support across the country for these programs and this bill is wide and 
deep. Today's vote in the House and the Senate's overwhelming vote of 
92-8 in passing the conference report is a reflection of the strong 
backing by farm groups, universities, church organizations, and 
advocates for the poor.
    The House leadership today let down farmers, let down consumers, and 
let down the children, elderly, and disabled who need the food 
assistance contained in this bill. I urge the House of Representatives 
to complete its work and move expeditiously to pass the conference 
report without change, upon return from the Memorial Day recess.

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Monday, June 1, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 22
Pages 957-1002
 
Week Ending Friday, May 29, 1998
 
The President's Radio Address

May 23, 1998

    Good morning. This weekend marks the time when we honor the brave 
men and women who gave their lives to serve our country, and we thank 
the hundreds of thousands of Americans in uniform who protect and defend 
us every day all around the world. But this Memorial Day weekend, 
Americans are also praying for the people who lost their lives and for 
those who were wounded when a 15-year-old boy with semiautomatic weapons 
opened fire in Springfield, Oregon, this Thursday.
    Like all Americans, I am deeply shocked and saddened by this 
tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their 
families. Like all Americans, I am struggling to make sense of the 
senseless and to understand what could drive a teenager to commit such a 
terrible act. And like all Americans, I am profoundly troubled by the 
startling similarity of this crime to the other tragic incidents that 
have stunned America in less than a year's time: in Paducah, Kentucky; 
Jonesboro, Arkansas; Pearl, Mississippi; and Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
    We must face up to the fact that these are more than isolated 
incidents. They are symptoms of a changing culture that desensitizes our 
children to violence; where most teenagers have seen hundreds or even 
thousands of murders on television, in movies, and in video games before 
they graduate from high school; where too many young people seem unable 
or unwilling to take responsibility for their actions; and where all too 
often, everyday conflicts are resolved not with words but with weapons, 
which, even when illegal to possess by children, are all too easy to 
get.
    We cannot afford to ignore these conditions. Whether it's gang 
members taking their deadly quarrels into our schools, or inexplicable 
eruptions of violence in otherwise

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peaceful communities, when our children's safety is at stake we must 
take action, and each of us must do our part.
    For more than 5 years, we have worked hard here in our 
administration to give parents and communities the tools they need to 
protect our children and to make our schools safe, from tighter security 
to more police to better prevention. To promote discipline and maintain 
order, we are encouraging and have worked hard to spread curfews, school 
uniforms, tough truancy policies. We instituted a zero tolerance for 
guns in schools policy. It is now the law in all our 50 States. And 
we'll work hard to make it a reality in all our communities to keep 
deadly weapons out of the hands of our children and out of our schools. 
And we will continue to demand responsibility from our young people with 
strong punishments when they break the law.
    This year Congress has an opportunity to protect children in our 
schools and on our streets by passing my juvenile crime bill, which will 
ban violent juveniles from buying guns for life, and take other 
important steps. We shouldn't let this chance pass us by.
    But protecting our children and preventing youth violence is not a 
job that Government can, or should, do alone. We must all do more as 
parents, as teachers, as community leaders, to teach our children the 
unblinking distinction between right and wrong, to teach them to turn 
away from violence, to shield them from violent images that warp their 
perceptions of the consequences of violence.
    We must all do more to show our children, by the power of our own 
example, how to resolve conflicts peacefully. And we must all do more to 
recognize and look for the early warning signals that deeply troubled 
young people send before they explode into violence. Surely, more of 
them can be saved and more tragedies avoided if we work at it in an 
organized way with sensitivity and firm discipline.
    This weekend we grieve with the families of Springfield, Oregon. We 
may never understand the dark forces that drive young people to commit 
such terrible crimes, but we must honor the memories of the victims by 
doing everything we possibly can to prevent such tragedies from 
occurring in the future and to build a stronger, safer future for all of 
our children.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 3:30 p.m. on May 22 in the Roosevelt 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 23.


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Monday, June 1, 1998
 
Volume 34--Number 22
Pages 957-1002
 
Week Ending Friday, May 29, 1998
 
Radio Remarks on the Passage of the Northern Ireland Peace Accord 
Referendum

May 23, 1998

    Today we are rejoicing at the news from across the Atlantic. The 
people of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have decisively 
approved the April 10th peace accord. It is the culmination of a 
springtime of peace, and it must be the beginning of a long season of 
happiness and prosperity.
    I salute the leaders who stood for hope against fear, the future 
against the past, unity against division. Most of all, I congratulate 
the Irish people for having the courage and wisdom to vote for a 
brighter future for their children.

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