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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, July 2, 2001 Volume 37--Number 26 Pages 963-997 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 Bulldogs--968 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 Japan--971 Communications to Congress Climate change programs and activities, letter transmitting Federal expenditures account--994 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, message transmitting report-- 989 Federal Labor Relations Authority, message transmitting report--985 Georgia, Republic of, Generalized System of Preferences benefits, letter--994 National Energy Policy Development Group, message transmitting report--988 Weapons of mass destruction, message transmitting report on proliferation--990 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 Proclamations 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 Preferences--992 (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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 [[Page 963]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 963] 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 premiums. 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 address. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 963-967] 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 [[Page 964]] 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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