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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, October 2, 2000
Volume 36--Number 39
Pages 2171-2268

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Budget negotiations--2246
        Congressional candidate Mike Honda, barbecue in San Jose--2184
         Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in 
         Democratic National Committee
             Dinner in Hidden Hills--2200
             Luncheon in Palo Alto--2179
         Departure for Palo Alto--2176
         League of Conservation Voters in Bel Air--2197
         Representative Lois Capps, reception in Pacific Palisades--2193
    Children's Health Insurance Program--2254
    Democratic National Committee/Democratic Business Council luncheon--
    Georgetown University Law School--2218
    Internet address--2171
    National economy--2216, 2222
    New Mexico
         Coordinated Campaign Victory 2000 reception in Santa Fe--2208
         Violence Against Women Act, need for reauthorization of, in 
            Santa Fe--2205
    Radio address--2178
    ``Remember the Titans,'' premiere--2222
    Representative Richard E. Neal, reception--2250

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    Strategic Petroleum Reserve--2176
         Departure for Dallas--2222
         Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council luncheon in Dallas--2225
        Representative Max Sandlin, reception in Houston--2232
         ``Texas Tribute for President Clinton'' in Houston--2237
    Tobacco lawsuit--2246

 Communications to Congress

    Chemical Weapons Convention, letter transmitting report on 
    Iran, message transmitting report on the national emergency--2215
    ``Medicine Equity and Drug Safety Act of 2000,'' letter on proposed 
    Partnership For Peace, letter transmitting report--2215
    UNITA, national emergency, messages--2176, 2215
    Violence Against Women Act, letter on need for reauthorization--2231

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, memorandum on 
        transfer of funds--2250
    Liberians in the United States, memorandum--2249
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 Executive Orders

    President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in 
        Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting 
        Public Health--2172

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Cabinet Room--2246
         Rose Garden--2222, 2244
         South Lawn--2176

Letters and Messages

    Rosh Hashana, message--2231

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    The Netherlands, Prime Minister Kok--2244


    UNITA, Continuation of Emergency With Respect to--2175


    Gold Star Mother's Day--2173
    National Older Workers Employment Week--2174

Statements by the President

    Circuit court decision on affirmative action in Federal 
        transportation construction contracting--2248

Statements by the President--Continued


         Carl Rowan--2187

         Pierre Trudeau--2249

         U.N. refugee workers in Indonesia and Guinea--2213

    Health insurance coverage, progress in providing--2248

    House of Representatives action on the Violence Against Women Act--

    Liberian refugees, deferring deportation--2249

    President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in 
        Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting 
        Public Health--2171

    Russia, Jewish High Holidays--2263

    Yugoslavia, election--2248

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2267
     Checklist of White House press releases--2267
     Digest of other White House announcements--2263
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2264

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Volume 36--Number 39
Pages 2171-2268
Week Ending Friday, September 29, 2000
The President's Internet Address

September 22, 2000

    Good afternoon. We Americans are truly fortunate to be living at 
such an exciting time. Computers and the Internet are revolutionizing 
the way we work, live, relate to each other and the rest of the world. 
They also have the potential to fundamentally transform and improve the 
way Government serves the American people. Today I want to talk about a 
major step we're taking toward that goal.
    When I became President, there were only 50 websites on the entire 
World Wide Web. Today, there are almost 20 million. Under the leadership 
of Vice President Gore, we've made great progress bringing Government 
into the digital age. Instead of waiting in line, citizens can go on-
line, to file their taxes, compare their Medicare options, and find good 
jobs. They can tap into the latest health research, change their address 
at the post office, and follow along with NASA's missions in outer 
space. And they can do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    But with 27 million web pages of Government information now on-line 
and more added every day, finding the information or service you need 
can be frustrating. That's why I'm pleased to announce that today we're 
launching a new, one-stop website for Federal on-line information: 
firstgov.gov. It allows you, for the first time, to link to the Federal 
Information Service, or service you are looking for, without having to 
know the name of the agency or the program that offers it.
    So, go to www.firstgov.gov, and you're just a few mouse clicks away 
from websites where you can apply for student loans or reserve a 
campground in a national park.
    Now, when I first announced in June we would be creating 
firstgov.gov, I promised we would do so in 90 days. That was exactly 90 
days ago. I am very proud of the Federal employees who made this happen 
in Internet time. And I'm thankful to Dr. Eric Brewer of Inktomi. He's 
the entrepreneur who, with the help of Federal grants, created one of 
the private sector's most successful search engine technologies. Out of 
gratitude and patriotism, he developed and donated the search engine for 
    Now this website belongs to the American people. We've included a 
place for you to suggest improvements, and we're going to keep working 
on this site and on all of our Government websites. Firstgov symbolizes, 
I think, the kind of Government we need in the 21st century, one that 
empowers citizens to make the most of their own lives.
    At the dawn of our Republic, Thomas Jefferson said, ``America's 
institutions must move forward hand in hand with the progress of the 
human mind.'' Well, today, as the progress of the human mind races 
ahead, it's vital that we make sure our democratic institutions keep 
pace. And if we do, we can create a more perfect, more responsive 
democracy for the information age.
    Thanks for logging on.

Note: The President spoke at 5:10 p.m. from the Roosevelt Room at the 
White House. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Pages 2171-2268
Week Ending Friday, September 29, 2000
Statement on the President's Commission on Improving Economic 
Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While 
Protecting Public Health

September 22, 2000

    Today I am pleased to sign an Executive order establishing a new 
Commission to improve opportunities for tobacco farmers and their 
communities while continuing to protect public health. This action 
builds on the longstanding commitment Vice President Gore and I share to 
protect our children from

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the dangers of tobacco use and protect individual tobacco farmers. 
Tobacco growers, like many other farmers, have confronted difficult 
economic circumstances these last few years as tobacco companies 
increasingly turn to foreign tobacco. We have supported several efforts 
over the years to protect tobacco farmers and to develop new 
opportunities for these growers and their communities. The Commission, 
which will make recommendations on ways to continue this work while 
protecting public health, is an important next step.

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