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Week Ending Friday, December 31, 1999
Statement on Providing Disaster Assistance to Venezuela

December 23, 1999

    Today I authorized a $20 million drawdown of emergency disaster 
assistance to support relief operations in Venezuela. 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 
    At this holiday season, the people of Venezuela are in our thoughts 
and prayers.

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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 

    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

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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

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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.

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