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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 4, 2000
Volume 36--Number 48
Pages 2931-2959

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Addresses and Remarks

    Brady Handgun and Violence Prevention Act, anniversary--2943
    Cabinet accomplishments--2932
    ``Invitation to the White House'' reception--2939
    Metropolitan law enforcement leaders, meeting--2934
    New York, G&P Foundation Angel Ball 2000 in New York City--2949
    Olympic and Paralympic teams, reception--2941
    Presidential transition--2932
    Radio address--2931
    White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy--2934
    World AIDS Day--2953

Communications to Congress

    Federal employee locality-based comparability payments, letter 
        transmitting an alternative plan--2950

Executive Orders

    Facilitation of a Presidential Transition--2933

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--2932


    World AIDS Day--2948

Statements by the President

    Chile, negotiations on a comprehensive bilateral free trade 
         Henry B. Gonzalez--2943
         Robert G. Damus--2948
    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, anniversary--2942
    Tobacco use and lung and bronchial cancer rates, study--2956

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2958
    Checklist of White House press releases--2957
    Digest of other White House announcements--2957
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2957

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Monday, December 4, 2000
Volume 36--Number 48
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The President's Radio Address

November 25, 2000

    Good morning. All across America, friends and families are still 
savoring the joys--and the leftovers--of a bountiful Thanksgiving. This 
weekend also marks the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. 
But even as many of us head out to buy that perfect gift for those we 
love, millions of Americans are also extending their generosity to 
people they've never met.
    Last year Americans gave a record $190 billion to charitable causes: 
to feed the hungry, immunize children, build homes, tutor immigrants, 
restore parks, and send disaster relief to hard-hit people all around 
the world. Working with America's extensive network of nonprofit and 
faith-based organizations, we're making a difference, but we still have 
more to do.
    Today I'm releasing a report from the Council of Economic Advisers 
that examines this resurgence of charitable giving and outlines 
proposals to further cultivate public generosity. I'm also announcing 
the launch of a new $2 million privately funded initiative designed to 
introduce more young Americans to the rewards of charitable giving.
    Both of these efforts emerged from last year's White House 
Conference on Philanthropy, which Hillary and I organized to showcase 
America's great tradition of giving. To keep the momentum going, we also 
formed a task force on nonprofits and governments which will soon issue 
a roadmap for creating innovative partnerships between nonprofit 
organizations and Federal agencies. We're tackling America's toughest 
challenges together and making the most of the American people's 
enduring spirit of generosity.
    Now, according to the Council of Economic Advisers, charitable gifts 
now exceed 2 percent of our gross domestic product, the highest level of 
giving in nearly three decades. Sustained by a strong economy and rising 
incomes, charitable giving has jumped more than 40 percent since 1995. 
At the same time, both donors and charities have become much more 
sophisticated, often using the Internet for research, education, and, 
increasingly, to make contributions.
    Overall, 70 percent of America's households made charitable 
contributions last year, even those who didn't have much extra to spare. 
In fact, half of all Americans with incomes of less than $10,000 made a 
charitable contribution. And as a percentage of their net wealth, 
families with the lowest incomes gave much more than the wealthiest. 
That's both humbling and inspiring, and suggests a tremendous potential 
for growth in charitable giving by well-to-do Americans.
    This new report also reveals that people over the age of 65 are much 
more likely to make charitable contributions than younger people, even 
after accounting for differences in income and wealth. Perhaps, having 
earned the wisdom of a lifetime, seniors understand that the 
satisfaction of charitable giving cannot be measured in dollars and 
cents. And they know that personal generosity is an essential ingredient 
in the mortar that binds our entire community together.
    Given this truth, how can we do a better job of engaging younger 
Americans in giving? We know already that they care about their 
communities, because so many are volunteering for local causes. Nearly 
150,000 of them have joined AmeriCorps over the past 8 years, dedicating 
at least a year of their lives to public service.
    According to one recent study, this youthful spirit of community can 
be translated into a lifetime of financial support for worthy causes but 
only if we engage people early and teach them the importance of 
philanthropy. With the help and guidance of several major philanthropic 
organizations, we developed a national blueprint to do just that, the 
Youth Giving Project.
    Building on the success of a program in Michigan, this grassroots 
initiative will train young people to identify charitable needs in their 
own communities, teach them how to raise and distribute money to address 
those needs, and build leadership skills along the

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way. It will be coordinated by a nonprofit coalition of experts on youth 
programs that can provide local groups with training materials, access 
to a comprehensive web site, and expert advice.
    This is just a small investment with a potentially great dividend. 
The baby boom generation stands poised to inherit $12 trillion from the 
World War II generation. And it's likely their children will inherit 
even more. With that in mind, we need to help younger people recognize 
their own capacity to do good and help them discover the rewards of 
    In this time of prosperity and season of sharing, let's remember: 
When we give what we can and give it with joy, we don't just renew the 
American tradition of giving; we also renew ourselves.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:15 a.m. on November 24 in the 
Laurel Conference Room at Camp David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on 
November 25. The transcript was made available by the Office of the 
Press Secretary on November 24 but was embargoed for release until the 

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Remarks Prior to a Cabinet Meeting and an Exchange With Reporters

November 27, 2000

Cabinet Accomplishments/Presidential Transition

    The President. Let me say, first of all, I called this Cabinet 
meeting in part just to thank publicly the members of this Cabinet for 8 
extraordinary years of service. A number of them have been with me the 
whole way. And for all of them, I am very grateful.
    The policies we have worked on together have been very good for 
America. They have sparked the longest economic expansion in history. 
Our welfare rolls were cut in half. We have crime at a 28-year low. And 
more land has been protected in the lower 48 States than at any time 
since Theodore Roosevelt's administration almost a century ago. This is 
a record that all of them can be proud of, and only a small fraction of 
the record that they established.
    Our country is now moving forward. And in the final weeks of this 
administration, we are committed to maintaining a steady course. That 
means providing a smooth transition to the next President, whether it is 
Vice President Gore or Governor Bush. As you know, an appropriate legal 
process is now underway. That process will take a few more days to play 
itself out. Our job is to do what we've done for 8 years now, to focus 
on the business at hand.
    That is why I'm signing today an Executive order creating a 
transition coordinating council. The council will provide the President-
elect's team with coordinated services, especially regarding personnel 
matters. This action and other efforts by the Cabinet will well ensure 
that we are as prepared as we can possibly be for an orderly transition 
to the new administration. Meanwhile, we will be doing what we can to 
get ready when Congress comes back to town in a few days.
    Thank you very much.

2000 Presidential Election

    Q. Mr. President, do you think Governor Bush was presumptuous in 
declaring victory last night?
    The President. Well, I don't think I should comment on what he or 
the Vice President says. There is an election challenge. Both of them 
have litigation involved. At least one case involves the U.S. Supreme 
Court, and the election challenge will play itself out.
    I will say what I have said from the first day. In all this 
interplay, it is easy to lose what is really important, which is the 
integrity of the voter--every single vote. On election day every person 
who voted had a vote that counted just as much as mine. So they have to 
sort that out in Florida--whose vote should be counted; can every vote 
be counted; if every vote can't be counted, is there a good reason why 
you're not counting that vote?
    And I think those are the things that will be resolved in this 
election challenge, and I think we just have to let--both sides are very 
well represented, and they all both have litigation, and we'll just 
watch it play itself out.

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    Q. Mr. President, so you don't accept Florida's certification of 
George Bush as the winner?
    The President. It's not up for me to accept or reject. There is a 
legal process here. Both of them have filed lawsuits, and the Supreme 
Court of Florida, when they issued their opinion a couple of days ago, 
or a few days ago, actually anticipated a challenge. And if you read the 
opinion, they explicitly acknowledged that it was almost a certainty. So 
let's just watch this happen. It will be over soon, and we will be ready 
for the transition.

Funding for Presidential Transition

    Q. Mr. President, to what extent were you, or was anyone in the 
White House staff, involved in the decision by the General Services 
Administration to withhold transition funding from the Bush/Cheney team?

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