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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, January 3, 2000 Volume 35--Number 52 Pages 2669-2680 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Radio address--2669 Communications to Congress Venezuela-U.S. tax convention, letter reporting--2678 Communications to Federal Agencies Venezuela, memorandum on providing disaster assistance--2669 Interviews With the News Media Interview with Charlie Rose of CBS' ``60 Minutes II''--2670 Letters and Messages Millennium, message--2678 Statements by the President Housing vouchers, fiscal year 2001--2678 Prescription drug Internet sites harmful to patient safety and health, zero tolerance--2677 Venezuela, disaster assistance--2669 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2680 Checklist of White House press releases--2680 Digest of other White House announcements--2679 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2679 Editor's Note: In order to meet publication and distribution deadlines during the New Year's holiday weekend, the cutoff time for this issue has been advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 30, 1999. Documents released after that time will appear in the next issue. 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). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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This assistance, to be drawn from existing Department of Defense inventories, will augment the $5.5 million we have already committed to Venezuela. These funds will support continued search and rescue operations by U.S. military helicopters now on the scene, airlift of food, shelter, and medicines, water purification systems, and other critical needs. As I told President Chavez when I spoke to him by telephone on Tuesday, we are deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation that has taken place in Venezuela. The heroic response of the Venezuelan people to this calamity has left a profound impression on all of us. Through the efforts of our military and USAID, we will continue to do everything possible to help the people of Venezuela. Providing this assistance is not only the right thing to do; it also promotes our interest in ensuring stability in a nation that is a key partner in the hemisphere. At this holiday season, the people of Venezuela are in our thoughts and prayers. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2669] Monday, January 3, 2000 Volume 35--Number 52 Pages 2669-2680 Week Ending Friday, December 31, 1999 Memorandum on Providing Disaster Assistance to Venezuela December 23, 1999 Presidential Determination No. 2000-09 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense Subject: Drawdown Under Section 506(a)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended, to Provide Emergency Disaster Relief Assistance to Venezuela Pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 506(a)(2) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2318(a)(2) (``the Act''), I hereby determine that it is in the national interest of the United States to draw down articles and services from the inventory and resources of the Department of Defense, for the purpose of providing international disaster relief assistance to Venezuela. I therefore direct the drawdown of up to $20 million of articles and services from the inventory and resources of the Department of Defense for the Government of Venezuela for the purposes and under the authorities of chapter 9 of part I of the Act. The Secretary of State is authorized and directed to report this determination to the Congress immediately and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register. William J. Clinton Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2669-2670] Monday, January 3, 2000 Volume 35--Number 52 Pages 2669-2680 Week Ending Friday, December 31, 1999 The President's Radio Address December 25, 1999 Good morning. Hillary, Chelsea, and I join millions of American families celebrating Christmas today. For Americans of many faiths, this is a season of renewal, of light [[Page 2670]] returned from darkness, and despair transformed to hope. And as the year ends, and this millennium draws to a close, we all have a chance and a responsibility to reflect on our lives and rejoice in our blessings. On this holiday morning, I know many of us are thankful for the love of family and friends and the richness of the world around us. We're grateful for the advances in science and medicine that are letting us live longer, healthier lives. We enjoy freedom and prosperity at home and peace with our neighbors. And we are privileged to be a leader for peace and liberty around the world, from Bosnia to Kosovo to Northern Ireland and the Middle East. And we're very thankful for the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, especially those who can't be with their families as they stand on the frontlines of freedom far from home. Most of all, we're blessed by the millions of Americans who take time out from the holiday season, and all year round, to remember those in need, those who are sick, those who are troubled. In the spirit of the season, Americans are reaching out to victims of disaster, like our neighbors in Venezuela, where floods and landslides have killed thousands and left tens of thousands homeless this Christmas. I'm proud that the United States is leading the international relief effort there and that so many Americans are donating food, clothes, and medicine for the survivors. Here at home, we're reaching out to the poorest among us, to those who do not yet share in America's growing prosperity. We're making new efforts to reach out to the homeless, to help them find housing, medical care, and jobs. Today I am glad to announce that we will be providing nearly $1 billion in new Federal grants for housing and social services to help the homeless in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Those grants will fund proven, successful programs that help homeless families, veterans, and children, and people looking for work. They are a Christmas gift all of us can all be proud of. I want to end my talk today with a Christmas story. A few days ago, I helped prepare holiday meals at the D.C. Central Kitchen, a community kitchen that prepares 3,000 meals a day for the homeless and hungry and trains people to work in food services, to hold down jobs, to turn their lives around. I worked with a man named Steve Pritchett. As a young man, Steve had a scholarship for college, and his future looked bright. But he made some mistakes, and as a result, he's been homeless for much of his adult life. At Christmastime, he might go see his mother for a day, but if it was cold, you'd most likely find Steve spending Christmas under a bus shelter or beside a steam grate. But this year, Steve found the D.C. Central Kitchen and discovered it's never too late to change. He's been in their training program for 2 months now, and already he's been offered a job. He's clean and off the streets. Best of all, his mother--who never gave up on her son--is so proud. She told him, ``Steve, you don't have to be a doctor or a lawyer. I just want to know that when I close my eyes, you'll be able to stand on your own two feet.'' They're together today celebrating Christmas. D.C. Central Kitchen had the help of 5,000 volunteers this year; each one of them deserves a little credit for the success of Steve and so many others like him. That's America at its best--when neighbor helps to lift up neighbor, and together we shine a light in the darkness. That is also the true spirit of Christmas. So let us all resolve to take this spirit with us into the new millennium. We'll be better people and a stronger nation for doing so. Happy holidays, and thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 5:43 p.m. on December 23 in the Map Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on December 25. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on December 23 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2670-2677] Monday, January 3, 2000 Volume 35--Number 52 Pages 2669-2680 Week Ending Friday, December 31, 1999 Interview With Charlie Rose of CBS' ``60 Minutes II''
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