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Monday, September 1, 1997
Volume 33--Number 35
Pages 1267-1272

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Addresses and Remarks

    Radio address--1267

Communications to Congress

    Federal civilian employee pay adjustments, letter transmitting 
        alternative plan--1269

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Law enforcement in Indian Country, memorandum--1268

Letters and Messages

    Labor Day, message--1268

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1272
    Checklist of White House press releases--1271
    Digest of other White House announcements--1270
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1271

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the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
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Monday, September 1, 1997
Volume 33--Number 35
Pages 1267-1272
Week Ending Friday, August 29, 1997
The President's Radio Address

August 23, 1997

    Good morning. Today I want to talk about the tools we need to keep 
our economy growing in a way that helps all our people to prosper and 
advances America's leadership in the world as we move into the 21st 
century. For nearly 5 years now, we have pursued a new economic course 
for America, with three parts: eliminate the deficit, invest in 
education and training, and open new markets abroad for America's 
products and services. It is working. The American people are enjoying 
the longest period of sustained economic growth in a generation, with 12 
million new jobs, unemployment below 5 percent, core inflation at a 30-
year low. Once again, America is the world's number one exporter, the 
world's largest producer of semiconductors, the world's largest producer 
of automobiles. Our Nation has been ranked the world's most competitive 
economy for the last 5 years.
    With a strong and prosperous America moving into the 21st century, 
we must continue our successful economic strategy. In 1993, we passed an 
economic plan that cut the deficit 75 percent in 4 years. And now we 
have a balanced budget with an historic focus on education and 
incentives to bring jobs to people and places that still don't have 
    But to keep America growing, to keep America leading, we have to 
continue to create high-wage jobs, and to do that, we must continue to 
expand American exports. After all, 95 percent of the world's consumers 
live beyond our borders. Already, over the last 4 years, more than 25 
percent of our economic growth has come from overseas trade. Now, that's 
a big reason more than half our new jobs in the last 2 years have paid 
above average wages, because export-related jobs pay, on average, about 
15 percent more than nonexport jobs. And today, our exports support more 
than 11 million good, high-paying American jobs, including one in five 
of our manufacturing jobs.
    To keep our economy growing and to create these good jobs, we must 
keep tearing down foreign barriers to American goods and services. 
That's why next month I will ask Congress to renew Presidential fast-
track authority to negotiate tough new trade agreements. This is 
authority that every President from both parties has had since 1974. I 
will use it to negotiate trade agreements that will keep us competitive, 
boost our exports, create more good jobs, and raise our standard of 
    This fast-track authority will do three things. First, it gives the 
President the flexibility I need to forge strong agreements in sectors 
where our Nation is most competitive, such as agriculture, information 
technology, medical equipment, and environmental technology. Second, it 
will strengthen my ability to get worldwide agreements, especially for 
our Nation's farmers, tearing down barriers in the world agricultural 
market. It will also help to ensure that American companies and workers 
compete in the global economy in a contest that is open, with a level 
playing field, with rules that are fair and enforced. Third, it will 
help me to negotiate more open markets with specific countries, 
especially in Latin America and Asia. In the coming century, these 
emerging markets in Latin America and Asia are expected to grow 3 times 
as fast as our own, and their demand for United States goods and 
services is already taking off. If we don't seize these new 
opportunities, our competitors surely will. Already, since 1992, in 
Latin America and Asia alone, our competitors have negotiated 20 trade 
agreements that do not include the United States.
    To make sure all our people share the fruits of increased prosperity 
and commerce, I also will continue to promote worker rights and 
responsible environmental policies with

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out trading partners. And I'll keeping working to strengthen retraining 
and educational opportunities for workers here. We have to pull 
together, not apart, to compete and win in the global economy.
    For more than two decades now, on a bipartisan basis, Congress has 
consistently supported initiatives to open markets and create jobs, 
including the President's authority to break down trade barriers around 
the world. Our workers and our businesses are the best in the world, but 
they can't compete in the slow lane. I look forward to working closely 
with Congress to keep American prosperity on the fast track.

Note: The address was recorded at 7 p.m. on August 22 at a private 
residence in Martha's Vineyard, MA, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on 
August 23.

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Monday, September 1, 1997
Volume 33--Number 35
Pages 1267-1272
Week Ending Friday, August 29, 1997
Memorandum on Law Enforcement in Indian Country

August 25, 1997

Memorandum for the Attorney General, the Secretary of the Interior

Subject: Law Enforcement in Indian Country

    I am proud of my Administration's progress in reducing violent crime 
and improving public safety for our Nation's citizens. Our efforts are 
making an important difference. Nationwide, the violent crime rate has 
dropped approximately 17 percent since 1992, and the homicide rate has 
declined about 22 percent.
    Unfortunately, during the same time period life has become more 
violent for the 1.2 million Indian citizens who live on or near 
reservations. Homicide rates, for example, have increased to levels that 
often surpass those in large American cities. Numbers alone, however, 
cannot convey the tragic impact of such violence on Indian families and 
their communities.
    This and other information you have provided to me make clear that 
we need to refocus on this growing problem. While some tribal 
governments have developed strong law enforcement programs, many others 
have encountered significant difficulty in doing so. Many Indian 
citizens receive police, investigative, and detention services that lag 
far behind even this country's poorest jurisdictions.
    The Federal Government has taken steps to address this problem. My 
Administration has sought increased Department of the Interior funding 
and tribal control of law enforcement programs on Indian lands. This 
year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) established an Office of 
Indian Country Investigations in its Violent Crimes Section, allocating 
additional agents to Indian Country. The FBI also initiated a nationwide 
outreach training program for Indian Country law enforcement officers. 
We have created additional tribal liaison positions in the United States 
Attorney's Offices in Indian Country, intended to improve our ability to 
bring offenders to justice. Through our Community Oriented Policing 
Services Program, we have assisted tribal law enforcement agencies in 
hiring officers in Indian Country.
    Yet, law enforcement in Indian Country remains a serious problem. 
For these reasons, consistent with the spirit of my 1994 memorandum on 
government-to-government relations and tribal self governance, I hereby 
request that you work with tribal leaders to analyze law enforcement 
problems on Indian lands. By December 31, 1997, you should provide 
options to me for improving public safety and criminal justice in Indian 
Country. To the extent that these options might affect the Departments' 
budgets, they should be included in your fiscal year 1999 budget 
submissions and should be consistent with the funding targets of the 
Bipartisan Balanced Budget Agreement.
                                            William J. Clinton

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Monday, September 1, 1997
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Week Ending Friday, August 29, 1997
Message on the Observance of Labor Day, 1997

August 29, 1997

    Warm greetings to all Americans as we commemorate our nation's 103rd 
Labor Day holiday.
    This year, we have cause to celebrate on behalf of the men and women 
who toil to help secure our country's economic well-being, because on 
this Labor Day the minimum wage increases to $5.15 per hour. This

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raise will help nearly 10 million hard-working Americans build a better 
future. Thomas Jefferson once said, ``In matters of principle, stand 
like a rock.'' This increase in the minimum wage affirms our commitment 
to ``stand like a rock'' for our working families and their right to 
jobs that provide fair compensation.

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