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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, May 4, 1998
Volume 34--Number 18
Pages 711-754

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Addresses and Remarks

    Democratic National Committee dinner--717
    Israel, 50th anniversary reception--720
    New York, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in New 
        York City--729
    Olympic and Paralympic teams, reception--732
    Radio address--711
    ``Ragtime,'' premiere--716
    Social Security and Medicare Trustees' report--725
    Tobacco use among minority groups, Surgeon General's report--723
    White House Correspondents' Association dinner--713

Communications to Congress

    Brazil-U.S. treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters 
        and documentation, message transmitting--728
    Bribery of foreign public officials in international business 
        transactions, message transmitting convention combating--751
    Chemical Weapons Convention, message--734
    Narcotic traffickers of the Cali Cartel, message reporting--718

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Supplemental appropriations conference, letter on funding 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Agency use of alternate means of dispute resolution and negotiated 
        rulemaking, memorandum--749
    Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, memorandum--
    Prison inmates inappropriately receiving Federal benefits, 
        memorandum on prevention--712
    Ukraine-U.S. cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, 

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order No. 13038, Advisory Committee on Public 
        Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters--748

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--725
    News conference, April 30 (No. 157)--735
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in San Jose, CA, on May 1, 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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Letters and Messages

    Armenian Remembrance Day, message--711


    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--748
    Law Day, U.S.A.--750
    Loyalty Day--751
    National Day of Prayer--734

Statements by the President

    Drug use by prison inmates--716

Statements by the President--Continued

    Patients' Bill of Rights, bipartisan support--733
    Senate approval of NATO enlargement--748

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--754
    Checklist of White House press releases--754
    Digest of other White House announcements--752
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--753

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Week Ending Friday, May 1, 1998
Message on the Observance of Armenian Remembrance Day, 1998

April 24, 1998

    This year, as in the past, we join with Armenian-Americans 
throughout the nation in commemorating one of the saddest chapters in 
the history of this century, the deportations and massacres of a million 
and a half Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the years 1915-1923.
    This painful event from the past also serves as a powerful lesson 
for the future: that man's inhumanity to man must not be tolerated, and 
that evil cannot conquer. The Armenian people have endured, surviving 
the ravages of two World Wars and seven decades of Soviet rule. 
Throughout the world, and especially in this country, Armenians have 
contributed to the material, intellectual and spiritual lives of their 
adopted homes. Today's Armenians are building a free and independent 
nation that stands as a living tribute to all those who died.
    The United States will continue working to preserve a free Armenia 
in a peaceful, stable and prosperous Caucasus region. In that spirit, I 
extend to all Armenians my best wishes on Remembrance Day in the fervent 
hope that those who died will never be forgotten.
                                            William J. Clinton

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Week Ending Friday, May 1, 1998
The President's Radio Address

April 25, 1998

    Good morning. This morning I'd like to talk to you about one way we 
are working to restore Americans' faith in our National Government, in 
our efforts to shore up Social Security and other vital benefits by 
cracking down on fraud and abuse.
    For 60 years, Social Security has meant more than just an ID number 
on a tax form, even more than a monthly check in the mail. It has 
reflected our deepest values, the duties we owe to our parents, to each 
other, to our children and grandchildren, to those whom misfortune 
strikes, to those who deserve a decent old age, to our ideal of one 
    That's why I was so disturbed some time ago to discover that many 
prisoners who are, by law, barred from receiving most of these Federal 
benefits, were actually collecting Social Security checks while locked 
up behind bars. Inmates were, in effect, under our law, getting away 
with fraud, primarily because it was so difficult to gather up-to-date 
information on criminals in our Nation's more than 3,500 jails. But 
thanks to an unprecedented Federal, State, and local cooperation, as 
well as new, innovative incentive programs, we're now finishing the job.
    The Social Security Administration has produced a continually 
updated database that now covers more than 99 percent of all prisoners, 
the most comprehensive list of our inmate population in history. And 
more important, the Social Security Administration is using the list to 
great effect. By the end of last year we had suspended benefits to more 
than 70,000 prisoners. That means that over the next 5 years we will 
save taxpayers $2.5 billion--that's $2.5 billion--that will go toward 
serving our hard-working families.
    Now we're going to build on the Social Security Administration's 
success in saving taxpayers from inmate fraud. In just a few moments I 
will sign an executive memorandum that directs the Departments of Labor, 
Veterans Affairs, Justice, Education, and Agriculture to use the Social 
Security Administration's expertise and high-tech tools to enhance their 
own efforts to weed out any inmate who is receiving veteran's benefits, 

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stamps, or any other form of Federal benefit denied by law.
    We expect that these comprehensive sweeps by our agencies will save 
taxpayers millions upon millions of more dollars, in addition to the 
billions already saved from our crackdown on Social Security fraud. We 
will ensure that those who have committed crimes against society will 
not have an opportunity to commit crimes against taxpayers as well.
    The American people have a right to expect that their National 
Government is always on guard against every type of waste, fraud, and 
abuse. It is our duty to use every power and every tool to eliminate 
that kind of fraud. We owe it to the American people to ensure that 
their Social Security contributions and other tax dollars are benefiting 
only those who worked hard, played by the rules, and are, by law, 
eligible to receive them. That's exactly what we're trying to do.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Memorandum on Prevention of Prison Inmates Inappropriately Receiving 
Federal Benefits

April 25, 1998

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Use of the Social Security Administration's Prisoner Database 
to Prevent Prison Inmates from Inappropriately Receiving Federal 

    The Social Security Administration (``SSA'') is required by law to 
suspend Old Age and Survivors and Disability Insurance or Supplemental 
Security Income benefits to certain persons who are incarcerated. To 

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