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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 3, 1995
Volume 31--Number 13
Pages 477-520

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

        Community in Tallahassee--496
        Florida State Legislature in Tallahassee--498
        Hillsborough Community College in Tampa--507
        Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in Atlanta--485
        Emory University students in Atlanta--491
        Southern Regional Economic Conference in Atlanta--487
        Arrival ceremony in Port-au-Prince--517
        U.S. troops in Port-au-Prince--515
    National Performance Review--481
    Radio address--477

Communications to Congress

    Angola, message reporting--483
    Native Hawaiian health care, message transmitting report--485
    Science and technology, message reporting--513

Interviews With the News Media

    Interview with Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson of ESPN Radio--478

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Haiti, President Aristide--517

Statements by the President

    Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman, Senate approval--513
    District of Columbia, legislation for financial oversight--496
    Major League Baseball strike--513
    Regulatory moratorium, Senate rejection--496
    Senator Howell T. Heflin's decision not to seek reelection--496

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--520
    Checklist of White House press releases--519
    Digest of other White House announcements--518
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--519

Editor's Note: The President was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 31, 
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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Monday, April 3, 1995
Volume 31--Number 13
Pages 477-520
Week Ending Friday, March 31, 1995
The President's Radio Address

March 25, 1995

    Good morning. This morning I want to talk about how much we can 
accomplish when we work in a spirit of cooperation. Once again this week 
demonstrated that Democrats and Republicans can come together to break 
gridlock when they put the American people first.
    Our mission here is to keep the American dream alive for all our 
people; to grow the middle class and shrink the under class; to promote 
the mainstream values of work and family, community, and looking out for 
the future of our children; to reform Government to meet the challenges 
we face. There's a great debate here about how to change Government. On 
one side is the old view that big, one-size-fits-all Government can fix 
all our big problems. On the other is the view that Government is the 
source of all our problems. In the real world that's a false choice.
    We must go beyond the old way of big Government and the new rage of 
no Government to the idea of Government as a partner, a partner that 
works to expand opportunity while shrinking bureaucracy, to empower 
people to make the most of their own lives through education and 
training, and to enhance our security on our streets and around the 
world. That's what I believe. And I believe most Americans feel that 
way, too.
    In short, I believe that Federal Government must be a savior--or 
cannot be a savior, but must not sit on the sidelines. For our future we 
need a Government that helps us to create more opportunity but demands 
more responsibility from all our citizens. That's what I mean by the New 
Covenant: opportunity and responsibility.
    Despite real differences between Republicans and Democrats, we see 
progress on three proposals I have supported for many years, proposals 
that I advocated when I ran for President. All of them impose more 
responsibility on the Federal Government. And it's high time.
    First, Congress passed a bill, which I was proud to sign, requiring 
Congress to live by the laws it imposes on the private sector. Second, 
last week in the Rose Garden right outside the Oval Office where I'm 
speaking now, I was pleased to sign another bill which for the first 
time limits the ability of Congress to pass laws which impose unfunded 
mandates on State and local Governments. As a former Governor, I know 
this bill will make a big difference in the ability of State and local 
governments to improve the lives of our people without having Washington 
tell them how to spend the tax dollars you send them. Third, last week 
the Senate passed a line-item veto. I have favored this power for 
Presidents, no matter what their party, for a long time. It will bring 
more discipline to our spending process by enabling Presidents to veto 
particular projects which are unjustified but which today can be hidden 
in comprehensive bills the President has to sign. Now that the line-item 
veto in some version has passed both Houses of Congress, I urge Members 
from both parties to resolve their differences, pass a unified bill, and 
send it to me. Then the line-item veto can put our people ahead of pork.
    Last week, we saw some progress on another crucial issue, welfare 
reform. We saw that we can find common ground but we are not all the way 
there yet. In my radio address last week, I talked about the need to 
have tougher child support enforcement, to demand that parents take 
responsibility for their own children and not let parents off the hook 
or make the taxpayers pick up the tab for their neglect. If all the 
child support in America that is owed was paid, we could move 800,000 
families off the welfare roll.
    I'm pleased that Members of the House in both parties responded to 
my position on tougher child support enforcement. They

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voted by 426 to 5 to adopt a provision from my welfare reform bill that 
calls upon States to deny driver's licenses and professional licenses to 
deadbeat parents, people who owe child support and can pay it but don't. 
The House has now adopted every major child support element in my 
welfare reform bill. If the Senate will follow suit, we'll mount the 
toughest crackdown on deadbeat parents ever and will help more children, 
    But we have to do more to promote responsible parenting. Other 
provisions of the House bill would actually make it harder for many 
people to get off and stay off welfare. And the bill doesn't really do 
anything to promote work; indeed, it removes any real responsibility for 
States to help people gain the training and skills they need to get and 
keep jobs. It even cuts child care for working people struggling to hold 
down jobs and stay off welfare.
    I commend the Democrats in the House for voting unanimously for an 
alternative bill sponsored by Congressman Nathan Deal of Georgia because 
it was tougher on work requirements, better for children, and did more 
to promote responsible parenting. I'm looking forward to working with 
Republicans and Democrats to really end welfare as we know it; making 
sure people earn a paycheck, not a welfare check; that they move from 
dependence to independence.
    I also want to caution the Members of the House to try to tone down 
the rhetoric. It got a little rough last week and a little too personal 
and partisan. After all, all Americans want to change the welfare 
system; no American wants to continue a system that doesn't promote work 
and responsible parenting.
    In everything we do we must be working to expand the middle class, 
to shrink the under class, and to promote these values of family and 
work, community, and looking out for the future of our kids. I hope 
we'll be back in the Rose Garden while it's still spring to sign even 
more bills into law that help us to do those things. Guided by the 
values that have always kept us strong, we can work together to help all 
our people earn a fair shot at the American dream.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Monday, April 3, 1995
Volume 31--Number 13
Pages 477-520
Week Ending Friday, March 31, 1995
Interview With Tony Bruno and Chuck Wilson of ESPN Radio

March 25, 1995

    Tony Bruno. As we continue on ESPN Radio, Tony Bruno and Chuck 
Wilson with you. And I've always wanted to do this, Chuck, when 
introducing a guest, but we've never had the opportunity so far.
    Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Mr. Bill 
    Mr. President, thanks for joining us on ESPN Radio. This is not a 
joke. People will think because I like to clown around that we're 
pulling a fast one on the American public, but we are not. And we 
appreciate you joining us.
    The President. I'm glad to do it. And I'm glad to be in a 
conversation where the American people think someone else is pulling a 
fast one on them instead of the President. [Laughter]

NCAA Basketball Tournament

    Chuck Wilson Mr. President, we have had an opportunity to see an 
outstanding NCAA tournament. I know you're a big basketball fan, and 
your Arkansas Razorbacks, they're still alive.
    The President. They're an amazing team. You know, everybody they've 
played this year it seems has played their very best game against them, 
and in every game it seems they have a few minutes of mental lapse where 
they let the other team get back in. But they've got enormous heart. I'm 
really proud of them, just to keep coming back. They never give up, and 
I respect that. I respect that in life, and I certainly respect it on 
the basketball court.
    Mr. Wilson They've kept you on the edge of your chair, haven't they? 
The one-point game with Texas Southern, two overtime games, thirteen 
times this year they've had a game decided by 5 points or less, and they 
win 12 of the 13.
    The President. It's amazing. They find a way to win. They keep 
getting themselves in trouble, but they find a way to win. Last night we 
had a watch party here at the White

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House, and we had a lot of folks from home there. And we had a 
cardiologist there--we were all glad he was there. We thought he was 
going to have to jumpstart half the crowd to get us through the end of 
the game. [Laughter]
    Mr. Bruno. They also keep you up very late also because of these 
overtime games. Can't you control CBS and have them put them on earlier? 
    The President. No, I don't have any--you know, that's the first 
amendment; the President, more than anybody else in the country, has no 
control over the media.
    Mr. Bruno. President Bill Clinton is joining us from the Oval 
    Let's talk about--now the Arkansas Razorbacks are one more step--
actually, they're one step away from the Final Four. You've got the 
Sunday game. Is this team going to all the way? I want the Presidential 
prediction here now.
    The President. Well, I think they have the ability to do it and they 
have the heart to do it. They've got to find the right combinations and 
maintain their concentration. I think they tend to up their play. You 

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