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Monday, November 1, 1999
Volume 35--Number 43
Pages 2125-2198

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Addresses and Remarks

    Birthday celebration for the First Lady--2137
    Blue Ribbon Schools, awards ceremony--2168
    Congressional Gold Medal to Former President Gerald R. Ford and 
        Former First Lady Betty Ford, presenting--2162
    Death of Senator John H. Chafee--2142
    Debt reduction--2160
    Emergency agricultural assistance, radio remarks--2188
    Federal budget--2146
    Medical records, action to preserve privacy--2188
    Medicare prescription drug coverage--2142
    New York City
        ``Broadway for Hillary'' celebration--2150
    Oprah Winfrey Show, telephone remarks--2159
    Pennsylvania, supporters of John Street for mayor in Philadelphia--
    Radio address--2136
    Representative David Bonior, reception--2166
    VH1's Concert of the Century--2139
    Virginia, Kennedy/King dinner in Alexandria--2129
    Vogue magazine, reception--2157

Bill Signings

    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, statement--2126
    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge 
        National Conservation Area Act of 1999, statement--2125
    Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999, statement--

Bill Vetoes

    ``Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000,'' message to the 

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Ireland-U.S. tax convention and documentation, message 
    ``Strengthen Social Security and Medicare Act of 1999,'' message 
        transmitting proposed legislation--2155
    Sudan, message on continuation of the national emergency--2194
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Atlanta, GA, on October 29, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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Communications to Federal Agencies

    Australia-U.S. agreement on technology for the separation of 
        isotopes of uranium by laser excitation, memorandum--2152
    Interagency Task Force on Nonprofits and Government, memorandum--
    Iraqi National Congress, memorandum on assistance--2195
    Labor-Management Partnerships, memorandum--2186
    Pakistan and India, memorandum--2166
    Report to the Congress Regarding Conditions in Burma and U.S. Policy 
        Toward Burma, memorandum--2165

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--2188
        South Lawn--2146
        South Grounds--2160
    News conference with President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, October 
        28 (No. 183)--2177

Joint Statements

    Joint declaration with European Commission President Romano Prodi--

Letters and Messages

    Make A Difference Day, message--2140

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    European Commission, President Prodi--2164
    Nigeria, President Obasanjo--2177


    Continuation of Sudanese Emergency--2194


    National Adoption Month--2186
    United Nations Day--2141

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Argentina, election of Fernando de la Rua as President--2150
    Armenian Parliament, attack--2164
    Chinese-American veterans of World War II--2149
    Emergency agricultural assistance--2194
    Navy Blue Angels, crash--2185
    Senate action on the proposed ``African Growth and Opportunity 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2197
    Checklist of White House press releases--2197
    Digest of other White House announcements--2195
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2196

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Monday, November 1, 1999
Volume 35--Number 43
Pages 2125-2198
Week Ending Friday, October 29, 1999
Statement on Signing the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and 
Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Act of 1999

October 21, 1999

    Today I have signed into law S. 323, the ``Black Canyon of the 
Gunnison National Park and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area Act 
of 1999.''
    This Act represents more than a decade of hard work by the people of 
the Western Slope of Colorado to bring to the Black Canyon of the 
Gunnison the recognition it deserves. Bipartisan support from the 
Colorado delegation and both Houses of Congress led this effort to 
establish the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park--our 55th 
National Park--and the adjacent Gunnison Gorge National Conservation 
Area. I would like to commend Representatives Mark Udall, Scott McInnis, 
and Diana DeGette for their leadership on this legislation in the House 
of Representatives, and I would particularly like to commend and 
congratulate Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who has worked for over a 
decade on this effort.
    In the 1930s, President Herbert Hoover established and President 
Franklin D. 
Roosevelt expanded the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument 
under the authority provided by the Antiquities Act. S. 323 redesignates 
the Monument as a National Park and expands its size. These actions add 
geographical and recreational diversity and protect the rural scenic 
backdrop of this spectacular gorge. The expansion will also enhance 
existing park resources and provide greater opportunities for visitor 
use and enjoyment.
    Like other National Parks, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison belongs 
to all Americans, an heirloom to be passed on from generation to 
generation. As such, it deserve the highest level of protection to 
ensure that the outstanding characteristics and qualities that make it 
worthy for National Park status will never be degraded.
    In the words of geologist Wallace Hansen, ``[n]o other canyon in 
North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness, and somber 
countenance of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.'' Through this Act, we 
recognize for all future generations the unique combination of geologic 
and biologic features that make the canyon such an awe-inspiring place.
    The Act represents a continuing commitment to the protection of our 
Nation's wilderness resources, by expanding the existing Black Canyon of 
the Gunnison Wilderness by over 4,400 acres and by establishing the 
17,700-acre Gunnison Gorge Wilderness that will be managed by the Bureau 
of Land Management.
    The Act also creates the 57,725-acre Gunnison Gorge National 
Conservation Area, which includes the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness. This 
recognition is deserved for an area that offers a variety of natural and 
geologic features and unsurpassed recreational opportunities. The Bureau 
of Land Management will be responsible for managing these lands, and as 
directed by the Act, will develop a management plan to ensure the long-
range protection of the conservation area.
    Finally, S. 323 calls for a land study for Curecanti National 
Recreation Area. This study will seek solutions to protect Curecanti's 
scenic, natural, and cultural resource values and determine the best 
management strategies for this popular recreation area.
    This Act will protect unique natural resources that will continue to 
be enjoyed by all Americans for many years. We can be proud of the 
legacy of park, public land, and

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wilderness protection that we are leaving for the generations to come.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
October 21, 1999.

Note: S. 323, approved October 21, was assigned Public Law No. 106-76. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

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Pages 2125-2198
Week Ending Friday, October 29, 1999
Statement on Signing the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000

October 22, 1999

    Today I have signed into law H.R. 1906, the ``Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2000.''
    The Act provides $14.1 billion in discretionary budget authority for 
programs of the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug 
Administration, including the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for 
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); food safety programs; and various 
programs to protect and support rural communities.
    The Act also provides $8.6 billion in emergency funds to assist our 
Nation's farmers and ranchers who are suffering through the second year 
in a row of low commodity prices and, for many, crop and livestock 

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