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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 2, 2001
Volume 37--Number 26
Pages 963-997

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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Black Music Month celebration--990
    Energy Department employees--985
    Michigan, U.S. Conference of Mayors in Detroit--963
    NCAA 2001 women's hockey champion University of Minnesota Duluth 
    Patients' Bill of Rights--980
    Presidential Scholars, ceremony honoring--967
    President's Dinner--981
    Radio address--963
    Swearing-in ceremony for Howard H. Baker, Jr., as Ambassador to 

 Communications to Congress

    Climate change programs and activities, letter transmitting Federal 
        expenditures account--994
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting, message transmitting report--
    Federal Labor Relations Authority, message transmitting report--985
    Georgia, Republic of, Generalized System of Preferences benefits, 
    National Energy Policy Development Group, message transmitting 
    Weapons of mass destruction, message transmitting report on 
    Western Balkans, message on national emergency--978

 Executive Orders

    Blocking Property of Persons Who Threaten International 
        Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans--976

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--980
        Oval Office--969, 973

Joint Statements

    Joint Statement with President Mbeki--971
    Joint Statement with Presidents John Agyekum Kufuor, Abdoulaye Wade, 
        and Alpha Oumar Konare--989

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Ghana, President Kufuor--989
    Israel, Prime Minister Sharon--973
    Mali, President Konare--989
    Senegal, President Wade--989
    South Africa, President Mbeki--969, 971


    Black Music Month--991
    Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons 
        Responsible for Actions That Threaten International 
        Stabilization Efforts in the Western Balkans, and Persons 
        Responsible for Wartime Atrocities in That Region--975
    To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of 

(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on June 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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Statements by the President

    House of Representatives action on the proposed ``Community 
        Solutions Act of 2001''--989
    Patients' Bill of Rights legislation--981, 992
    Senate action on Patients' Bill of Rights legislation--992
    War Crimes Tribunal, transfer of Slobodan Milosevic--988

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--997
     Checklist of White House press releases--997
     Digest of other White House announcements--995
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--995

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Monday, July 2, 2001
Volume 37--Number 26
Pages 963-997
Week Ending Friday, June 29, 2001
The President's Radio Address

June 23, 2001

    Good morning. Here in Washington, we are nearing some important 
decisions on the health of Americans. Congress will soon vote on a 
Patients' Bill of Rights to help patients get the treatment they deserve 
without delay or legal haggling. I want that bill to be strong and 
effective. A woman should be able to visit her gynecologist, and 
parents, their children's pediatrician, without going through a 
gatekeeper. A person should be able to see a specialist when he or she 
needs one and to get emergency treatment at the nearest emergency room.
    If an HMO denies the treatment you need, then you should have the 
right to an immediate, impartial appeal to a panel of doctors. If the 
panel rules in your favor, you should receive your treatment, period. If 
the HMO ignores the findings, you should be able to go to court. The 
system should not favor HMOs, and it should not favor trial lawyers; it 
should favor patients with quick action to make sure they get the 
treatment they need.
    Today I want to address another kind of protection that is needed in 
these times of accelerating medical progress. Just a few months ago 
scientists completed the mapping of the human genome. With this 
information comes enormous possibilities for doing good. Through a 
better understanding of the genetic codes, scientists might one day be 
able to cure and prevent countless diseases.
    As with any other power, however, this knowledge of the code of life 
has the potential to be abused. Employers could be tempted to deny a job 
based on a person's genetic profile. Insurance companies might use that 
information to deny an application for coverage or charge excessive 
    Genetic discrimination is unfair to workers and their families. It 
is unjustified, among other reasons, because it involves little more 
than medical speculation. A genetic predisposition toward cancer or 
heart disease does not mean the condition will develop. To deny 
employment or insurance to a healthy person based only on a 
predisposition violates our country's belief in equal treatment and 
individual merit.
    In the past, other forms of discrimination have been used to 
withhold rights and opportunities that belong to all Americans. Just as 
we have addressed discrimination based on race, gender, and age, we must 
now prevent discrimination based on genetic information. My 
administration is working now to shape the legislation that will make 
genetic discrimination illegal.
    I look forward to working with Members of Congress to pass a law 
that is fair, reasonable, and consistent with existing discrimination 
statutes. We will all gain much from the continuing advances of genetic 
science. But those advances should never come at the cost of basic 
fairness and equality under law.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9 a.m. on June 21 in the Cabinet Room 
at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on June 23. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
June 22 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of 
the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of the 

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Monday, July 2, 2001
Volume 37--Number 26
Pages 963-997
Week Ending Friday, June 29, 2001
 Remarks to the United States Conference of Mayors in Detroit, Michigan

 June 25, 2001

     Well, thank you all very much. Thanks. Please be seated. Well, 
Victor, thank you very much. I appreciate your kind remarks.
     Before I begin, I'd like to introduce the First Lady. She and I are 
coming up from

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Crawford, Texas, on our way back to the Nation's Capital, and we're so 
honored that you all would welcome us here: Laura Bush.
     Traveling with me, as well, is the Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, 
the FEMA Director, Joe Allbaugh. I hope you don't have to call him. 
[Laughter] But if you do, I can assure you, he'll be responsive.
     I'm honored to be here with my friend the Governor of Michigan and 
Michelle Engler. I appreciate, Brent, so much, seeing you again, and I 
thank all the mayors for your hospitality.
     Traveling with me, as well, are members of the United States 
congressional delegation: Tony Hall, J.C. Watts, Joe Knollenberg, Jim 
Ramstad, and right here from her own district, Carolyn Kilpatrick. I 
also had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with the newest mayor on 
the block, Mayor Jim Hahn of Los Angeles.
     It's good to see the mayors from the great State of Texas. I see 
the mayor from Fort Worth and the mayor from Dallas. I suspect the mayor 
from Houston is somewhere around here--oh, there he is. Hi, Lee. Thank 
you all very much. There's another mayor--thank you, Mayor. I remember 
you. I hope you remember me. [Laughter] It's good to see you all.
     I also want to thank the mayor of Detroit for his hospitality. I'm 
reminded of what President Kennedy said about Columbus, Ohio. He said, 
``There's no city in America where I get a warmer welcome and receive 
less votes.'' [Laughter] I think because of that, the mayor likes me--
and in spite of that, I like the mayor. [Laughter]
     Detroit was the site of this organization's birth, 69 years ago, 
when Mayor Frank Murphy and 29 of his colleagues met here in this city. 
In that year, in 1932, one-third of Americans were unemployed; foodlines 
stretched for blocks; nearly 40 percent of America's banks had failed. 
Today, the story is very different. American cities are once again a 
magnet for ambition and culture and enterprise. The welfare rolls are 
down. In some places, crime rates have fallen to what they were in the 
mid-1960s. Problems that once seemed hopeless have yielded to reform and 
good sense. And the mayors of America deserve much of the credit.
     Yet, as we all know, tremendous challenges still remain. Too many 
children, through no fault of their own, are in families without fathers 
and neighborhoods without opportunity. Too many young people drop out of 
school, drop out of the labor force, and end up in prisons. Too many men 
and women wander alone in the twilight of addiction, illiteracy, and 
mental illness.
     These problems seem immune to our affluence. We're not in a post-
poverty America. The challenges we face are different than they were in 
the 1930s, and we must recognize new challenges demand new approaches. I 

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