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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Volume 36--Number 17
Pages 889-941

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Addresses and Remarks

        Memorial service for Daisy Bates in Little Rock--928
        William H. Bowen Law School dedication ceremony in Little Rock--
    Gonzalez, Elian--906, 920
    Gun buyback initiative--936
    Hate crimes, proposed legislation--920
    Medicare prescription drug coverage--923
    New York City
        Democratic National Committee dinner--916
        Luncheon for Representative Michael P. Forbes--913
    Nordic leaders, luncheon--935
    North Carolina
        Community in Whiteville--925
        Departure for Whiteville--923
    Radio address--890
    White House Easter egg roll--912

Bill Signings

    Peru, legislation to encourage free and fair elections, statement--

Bill Vetoes

    ``Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2000,'' message--922

Communications to Congress

    See Bill Vetoes

Executive Orders

    Federal Workforce Transportation--905
    Global Disaster Information Network--933
    Greening the Government Through Federal Fleet and Transportation 
    Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters on the South Lawn--906
    Interview with Leonardo DiCaprio for ABC News' ``Planet Earth 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Norway, King Harald V--935


    Bicentennial of the Library of Congress--889

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, commemorating deportation and 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--941
    Checklist of White House press releases--940
    Digest of other White House announcements--939
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--939

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Proclamation 7296--Bicentennial of the Library of Congress

April 21, 2000

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    The Library of Congress is truly America's library. Established on 
April 24, 1800, as the Congress prepared to transfer the Federal 
Government from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., it is our country's 
oldest Federal cultural institution. With Thomas Jefferson's private 
library--acquired in 1815--as its core, the Library of Congress has 
reflected from its earliest days the breadth and variety of Jefferson's 
interests and his love of democracy, expanding the store of human 
knowledge, and helping ensure the free flow of ideas.
    Two centuries later, the Library's collections remain diverse and 
expansive, containing materials on virtually every subject, in virtually 
every medium. The Library houses approximately 120 million items, 
including more than 18 million books and some of the world's largest 
collections of maps, manuscripts, photographs, prints, newspapers, sound 
recordings, motion pictures, and other research materials. The Library 
also offers wide-ranging services to the Government and the public, 
serving simultaneously as a legislative library and the major research 
arm of the United States Congress; the copyright agency of the United 
States; the world's largest law library; and a major center for 
preserving research materials and for digitizing documents, manuscripts, 
maps, motion pictures, and other specialized materials for use on the 
    Today, America's library is also the world's library. An 
international resource of unparalleled reach, the Library of Congress 
provides services through its 21 reading rooms in 3 buildings on Capitol 
Hill as well as electronically through its web site, which registers 
more than 4 million transactions each workday from people around the 
globe. With its remarkable collections and resources, the Library has 
truly fulfilled its stated mission to make ``available and useful . . . 
and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and 
creativity for future generations.''
    Libraries have always enabled people, in the words of James Madison, 
to ``arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.'' These words, 
inscribed at the entrance of the James Madison Memorial Building of the 
Library of Congress, are a tribute to the Library's past and a 
sustaining goal as it embarks on its third century.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton,  President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 24, 
2000, as a time to commemorate the Bicentennial of the Library of 
Congress. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this 
occasion with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that 
celebrate the many contributions the Library of Congress has made to 
strengthening our democracy and our national culture.
    In Witness Whereof,  I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first 
day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., April 24, 

 Note:  This proclamation was published in the  Federal Register  on 
April 25. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, May 1, 2000
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Pages 889-941
Week Ending Friday, April 28, 2000
The President's Radio Address

April 22, 2000

    Good morning, and happy Earth Day. I've always thought it 
appropriate that Earth Day falls in this season of renewal and hope, as 
millions of Americans celebrate Easter and Passover. As we celebrate the 
first Earth Day of the 21st century, I want to challenge all of us to 
renew our commitment to protect and preserve God's precious gift to us, 
our earthly home.
    Last weekend in California I stood beneath a magnificent sequoia 
tree, more than 1,000 years old, to announce permanent protection for 
more than 30 giant sequoia groves. And I was grateful for every 
opportunity the Vice President and I have had to act as stewards of our 
environment over the last 7 years.
    All Americans can be proud of the tremendous progress we've made 
since the first Earth Day 30 years ago. Our air, water, and land are 
cleaner, and we've protected millions of acres of America's green 
places. But today I want to focus on the most critical environmental 
challenge we face in this new century, global warming.
    The 1990's were the hottest decade on record, and the first 3 months 
of 2000 were the hottest here in 100 years. Scientists say that the 
temperature rise is at least partly due to human activity, and that if 
left unchecked, climate change will result in more violent storms, more 
economic disruptions, and more permanent flooding of coastal areas.
    If we value our coastlines, our farm lands, and our vital 
biodiversity, we must build a national consensus to reduce our emissions 
of greenhouse gases and to help others around the world do the same. Our 
Government must lead by example.
    Today I'm announcing two Federal initiatives that point the way to a 
cleaner environment and a stronger economy. First, I'm issuing an 
Executive order requiring that Federal agencies reduce the amount of 
petroleum their vehicle fleets use by 20 percent in 5 years. We can do 
this with technology we already have. For example, the Postal Service 
has purchased 500 electric trucks and may purchase more than 5,000. Here 
in Washington, DC, 2,600 Federal and local government vehicles are 
running on clean natural gas or ethanol. Next month we'll open the first 
of seven gas stations offering those fuels here, and I'll order every 
White House vehicle that can use these fuels to make the switch. This 
Executive order will cut oil consumption by 45 million gallons a year, 
help stop global warming, and ease pressure on gas prices.
    Second, I'm also announcing new incentives to cut pollution and 
greenhouse gases while we help Federal workers across the country reduce 
the growing hassle of commuting. All Federal workers now will be able to 
set aside up to $65 tax-free every month to pay for public 
transportation. And in the Washington area, every Federal agency will 
actually fund some or all of its employees' public transportation costs.
    It is clear citizens and businesses across America are building 
support for a strong response to global warming. But one voice is still 
missing, the United States Congress. While the science on climate change 
has grown stronger and the need for American leadership has grown 
greater, some in Congress have buried their heads even deeper in the 
sand. I urge them to recognize that reversing global warming will 
strengthen our economy while safeguarding our future.
    In the next 20 years, the international energy market will reach $5 
trillion, and consumers everywhere increasingly will demand clean 
energy. We're the world leader in those technologies. We should be 
promoting them, not denying their need. Instead, for the past 7 years, 
Congress has blocked our initiatives to fight climate change and cut 
America's fuel bills.
    I'm deeply disappointed the Republican budget resolution just 
adopted fails again to support America's environmental priorities. And 
again I call on Congress to reverse its opposition and work with us to 
pass my $4-billion package of tax credits for energy-efficient homes, 

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