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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, November 3, 1997
Volume 33--Number 44
Pages 1657-1696

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Addresses and Remarks

    China, visit of President Jiang
        State dinner--1685
        Welcoming ceremony--1672
    Democratic Leadership Council--1661
        Lighthouse Elementary School in Jupiter--1693
        Tropical Shipping Co. warehouse in Palm Beach--1690
        Birthday party for the First Lady in Chicago--1667
        Oscar Mayer Elementary School in Chicago--1668
    National Italian-American Foundation--1659
    NCAA basketball champions, remarks honoring--1660
    Radio address--1658
    Starbright World on-line computer network, unveiling--1686

Bill Signings

    Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations 
        Act, 1998, statement--1667
    Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, 
        and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998, statement--

Bill Signings--Continued

    Legislation conferring honorary veteran status on Bob Hope, 

Communications to Congress

    Aeronautics and space activities, message transmitting report--1684
    Brazil-U.S. agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy and 
        documentation, message transmitting--1689

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Low-performing public schools, memorandum--1671

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 13037, Commission To Study Capital 

Interviews With the News Media

    News conference with President Jiang of China, October 29 (No. 

Joint Statements

    Joint U.S.-China statement--1680

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    China, President Jiang--1672, 1673, 1680, 1685
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Boca Raton, FL, on October 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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    National Consumers Week--1657
    National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week--1688

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Campaign finance reform--1687
        John N. Sturdivant--1683
        Representative Walter H. Capps--1672

Statements by the President--Continued

    House of Representatives action on fast-track trade legislation--

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1696
    Checklist of White House press releases--1695
    Digest of other White House announcements--1694
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1695

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Monday, November 3, 1997
Volume 33--Number 44
Pages 1657-1696
Week Ending Friday, October 31, 1997
Proclamation 7045--National Consumers Week, 1997

October 24, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Americans have always had a passion for fairness. It imbues the 
great charters on which our Nation is founded, and it is the cornerstone 
of our legal system. Fairness must also form the foundation of the 
American economy, an economy in which consumers rightly expect a ``fair 
shake'': honest transactions and safe, dependable goods and services.
    Our economy has changed enormously during the past 200 years, 
developing from the agrarian system of the 18th century through the 
Industrial Revolution of the 19th century to the information revolution 
of our own era. Today, technological innovation is rapidly transforming 
our relationships with the marketplace and the goods and services we 
buy. However, despite these dramatic changes, basic consumer values 
remain the same. Consumers still expect quality and service for their 
money; they still place great importance on the safety and reliability 
of the products they buy; and they still want to know that businesses 
will meet these expectations.
    In the days of Adam Smith, when products were less complicated and 
their quality more easily discerned, caveat emptor was the ruling 
principle of the marketplace. In today's economy, where the microchip 
has dramatically altered what we buy and how and where we buy it, 
products and services are much more complex, and consumers need better 
information and greater protection to ensure that the marketplace 
continues to treat them fairly.
    The Consumer Bill of Rights, first articulated in President 
Kennedy's 1962 Special Message to Congress on Protecting the Consumer 
Interest, has evolved with our economy to meet the changing needs of the 
American people. Consumers today have the right to safety, the right to 
information, the right to choice, the right to be heard, the right to 
consumer education, and the right to service. They also deserve security 
for any personal information provided during the conduct of a 
transaction, whether in person or on the Internet. As we observe 
National Consumer Week, I urge the American people to learn more about 
their rights as responsible consumers and to reward those businesses 
that continue to give them a fair shake.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 
25 through October 31, 1997, as National Consumers Week. I call upon 
government officials, industry leaders, and the American people to 
recognize the vital relationship between our economy and our citizenry, 
and to join me in reaffirming our commitment to fairness in the 
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fourth 
day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-
seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two 
hundred and twenty-second.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:25 a.m., October 27, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on October 
28. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, November 3, 1997
Volume 33--Number 44
Pages 1657-1696
Week Ending Friday, October 31, 1997
The President's Radio Address

October 25, 1997

    The President. Good morning. I want to talk to you today about the 
vital importance of mammography in our fight against breast cancer. The 
tragedy of breast cancer has touched the lives of nearly every American 
family, including my own. This year alone, 180,000 women will be newly 
diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 women will die from 
the devastating disease.
    Since I took office, fighting breast cancer has been one of my top 
priorities. We've nearly doubled funding for breast cancer research, 
prevention, and treatment. The recent discovery of two breast cancer 
genes by NIH scientists holds out great promise for new prevention 
strategies, and we continue to work to find a cure.
    Until that day, we know that early detection is the most potent 
weapon we possess in our battle against breast cancer, and we know that 
mammography is the best way to detect breast cancer so that it can be 
treated before it's too late.
    The First Lady and I have worked hard to make mammograms available 
to more women and to encourage more women to get mammograms. The 
historic balanced budget I signed into law last summer makes annual 
mammograms far more affordable for women on Medicare and extends this 
potentially life-saving benefit to all Medicare beneficiaries over the 
age of 40.
    Hillary has led our national campaign to educate women about the 
vital importance of mammography, and I'd like to ask her to say a few 
words about it.
    The First Lady. Mammography can mean the difference between life and 
death for millions of women. Yet I know from my conversations with women 
around the country, particularly older women, that far too many think 
they don't need mammograms because they are past their childbearing 
years. Others are afraid of mammograms. Still others don't know that 
their health insurance covers the test.
    The National Mammography Campaign was launched to dispel myths and 
fears about mammography and to increase public awareness about Medicare 
coverage of mammograms. In the last 3 years, through community outreach, 
public service announcements, and partnerships with an energized 
business community, we have made a lot of progress. Now we must work 
even harder to reach women who, because of income, language, or cultural 
barriers, are the least likely to get mammograms.

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