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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Volume 34--Number 31
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Addresses and Remarks

    Capitol shootings--1483, 1503

    Colorado, Democratic National Committee

        Brunch in Aspen--1502

        Dinner in Aspen--1489

        Reception and question-and-answer session in Aspen--1493

    Congressional tribute honoring Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and 
        Detective John M. Gibson--1519

    Education International World Congress--1532

    Maryland, departure for Norfolk, VA, at Andrews Air Force Base--1483

    National economy--1546

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    National Council of Senior Citizens--1523
    New Mexico
        National Social Security Forum in
            Teleconference remarks to Regional Social Security Forums--
            Townhall meeting--1510
        Reception for gubernatorial candidate Martin Chavez in 
    North Carolina
        American Heritage Rivers designation, proclamation signing 
            ceremony in Ashe County--1538
        Reception for senatorial candidate John Edwards in Raleigh--
            1543, 1545
    Radio address--1484
    Virginia, U.S.S. Harry S. Truman commissioning in Norfolk--1487
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in East Hampton, NY, on July 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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Bill Signings

    Homeowners Protection Act of 1998, statement--1536
    National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 1998, statement--

Communications to Congress

    Arab League boycott of Israel, message transmitting report--1546
    Bosnia-Herzegovina, message reporting--1530
    Corporation for Public Broadcasting, message transmitting report--
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--1542
    District of Columbia budget request, message transmitting--1531
    Iraqi emergency continuation, message transmitting notice--1530
    Weapons of mass destruction proliferation, message transmitting 
        Executive order--1522

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Cutting greenhouse gases through energy saving performance 
        contracts, memorandum--1485
    Outreach actions to increase employment of adults with disabilities, 

Executive Orders

    American Heritage Rivers, Amending Executive Orders 13061 and 
    Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction--1520

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--1546


    Continuation of Iraqi Emergency--1530


    Designation of American Heritage Rivers--1542
    To Implement an Accelerated Schedule of Duty Elimination Under the 
        North American Free Trade Agreement--1548

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Capitol shootings--1483
        Jacob J. Chestnut--1483
        John M. Gibson--1483
        David J. McCloud--1503
        Jerome Robbins--1537
    Senate action on job training reform legislation--1548
    United Auto Workers strike at General Motors, resolution--1519
    Weapons of mass destruction, expanding Executive order on 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1552
    Checklist of White House press releases--1551
    Digest of other White House announcements--1549
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1550

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Statement on the Shootings at the Capitol

July 24, 1998

    Hillary and I were deeply disturbed to hear of the shootings this 
afternoon at the United States Capitol. Like all Americans, we extend 
our thoughts and prayers to the families of the slain officers, Jacob 
Chestnut and John Gibson, as well as to the injured victim and her 
family. The Capitol is the people's house, a place where visitors and 
workers should not have to fear violence. Every American appreciates the 
bravery of the Capitol Police who prevented further injury through their 
courageous actions.

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Week Ending Friday, July 31, 1998
Remarks on Departure for Norfolk, Virginia, at Andrews Air Force Base, 

July 25, 1998

Shootings at the Capitol

    Good morning. The shooting at the United States Capitol yesterday 
was a moment of savagery at the front door of American civilization. 
Federal law enforcement agencies and the United States Attorney's Office 
are working closely with the DC police and the Capitol Police to ensure 
that justice is pursued.
    Meanwhile, I would ask all Americans to reflect for a moment on the 
human elements of yesterday's tragedy. The scripture says, ``Greater 
love hath no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.'' 
Officer Jacob ``J.J.'' Chestnut and Detective John Gibson laid down 
their lives for their friends, their co-workers, and their fellow 
citizens, those whom they were sworn to protect. In so doing, they saved 
many others from exposure to lethal violence.
    Every day, a special breed of men and women pin on their badges, put 
on their uniforms, kiss their families goodbye, knowing full well they 
may be called on to lay down their lives. This year alone, 79 other law 
enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice. Every American 
should be grateful to them for the freedom and the security they guard 
with their lives, and every American should stand up for them and stand 
against violence.
    Officer Chestnut was a Vietnam veteran, a member of the Capitol 
Police for 18 years, just months away from retirement. Detective Gibson 
was a deeply religious man, beloved by his co-workers and, being from 
Massachusetts, devoted to the Red Sox and the Bruins. Both leave behind 
loving wives and children, the affection of neighbors, friends, and co-
workers, and the deep gratitude of those who are alive today because of 
their bravery.
    In this one heartless act, there were many acts of heroism, by 
strangers who shielded children with their bodies, by officers who 
fanned across the Capitol, by Dr. Bill Frist, a renowned heart surgeon 
before his election to the Senate from Tennessee, who had just put down 
his gavel when he rushed to tend the injured. To all these and others 
who stood for our common humanity, we extend the thanks of our Nation.
    To the families of Officer Chestnut and Detective Gibson, nothing we 
say can bring them back. But all Americans pray that the power of a 
loving God and the comfort of family and friends will, with time, ease 
your sorrow and swell your pride for loved ones and the sacrifice they 
made for their fellow citizens.
    To Angela Dickerson, the young woman who was injured in the 
shooting, we extend our prayers and hope for your speedy recovery.
    To every American who has been shaken by this violent act, to the 
millions of parents who have taken your children through those

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very same doors, I ask you to think about what our Capitol means. All 
around the world, that majestic marble building is the symbol of our 
democracy and the embodiment of our Nation. We must keep it a place 
where people can freely and proudly walk the halls of their Government. 
And we must never, ever take for granted the values for which it stands 
or the price of preserving them.
    Thank you very much.

Note: The President spoke at 9:10 a.m. at the Air Force One departure 

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