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Monday, December 5, 1994
 
Volume 30--Number 48
Pages 2435-2457
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

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Addresses and Remarks

    Defense readiness--2443
    General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade--2437, 2450
    National League of Cities--2452
    Radio address--2435
    Special Adviser for Economic Initiatives in Ireland, appointment of 
        George Mitchell--2442
    State dinner for President Kuchma of Ukraine--2435

Appointments and Nominations

    See Addresses and Remarks

Communications to Congress

    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter--2446
    Seismic safety of existing federally owned or leased buildings, 
        letter--2446

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance to the independent states of the former Soviet Union, 
        memorandum--2442
    Drug interdiction assistance to the Government of Colombia, 
        memorandum--2452

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Civil Service Rule VI--2439
    Seismic Safety of Existing Federally Owned or Leased Buildings--2445

Interview with the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--2443

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Ukraine, President Kuchma--2435

Proclamations

    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2439
    World AIDS Day--2441

Statements by the President

    Action in the House of Representatives on the General Agreement on 
        Tariffs and Trade--2440
    Student loan program--2440

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2457
    Checklist of White House press releases--2457
    Digest of other White House announcements--2456
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2457


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Monday, December 5, 1994
 
Volume 30--Number 48
Pages 2435-2457
 
Week Ending Friday, December 2, 1994
 
Remarks at the State Dinner for President Leonid Kuchma of Ukraine


November 22, 1994

    Ladies and gentlemen, President Kuchma, Mrs. Kuchma, members of the 
Ukrainian delegation, diplomatic corps, Ukrainian-Americans, and 
distinguished guests, tonight we meet to celebrate a new friendship 
between our two nations and a new freedom for the people of the Ukraine. 
We also celebrate our peoples' devotion to the shared values that 
produce peace and prosperity. In a time when it is tempting to take the 
easy way out, Ukraine has set for itself the highest goals.
    Mr. President, people around the world admire you for your wisdom in 
leading your country toward a non-nuclear future, a move now heralded 
around the world. And we applaud your courage on embarking on the 
difficult path of economic reform, a path that holds the promise of 
turning the vast resources of your country into real prosperity. As you 
strive to build a peaceful and prosperous Ukraine, we will stand by you 
and work with you.
    The Slavic root of the name Ukraine means ``borderland,'' but the 
independent Ukraine of today is at the very heart of Europe. It occupies 
a central place in our world. Our freedom and your freedom are bound 
together. We share the same desire to build a safer and better world for 
our children.
    Mr. President, you are renowned as the man who ran Pivdenmash, the 
largest aerospace plant in the world. Just as you brought that vast 
operation to the pinnacle of technical excellence, we know you will be 
able to bring the hard work of reform down to Earth and that you will 
deploy all your engineering skill to the construction of a new 
democratic nation. I might also add that a democratic Ukraine supports 
the idea of a democratic Russia, which is best for Russia, Ukraine, and 
the United States.
    Let me close with a story. More than a century ago in the winter of 
1858, the great Ukrainian national poet, Taras Shevchenko, had just 
returned to St. Petersburg from internal exile in the Russian Far East. 
There he met the acclaimed American black actor, Ira Aldridge, who was 
in the city performing Shakespeare. The son of Ukrainian serfs and the 
son of American slaves became fast friends. Theirs was a friendship born 
of shared ideals, above all the dream of freedom for all peoples. It was 
that dream that led Shevchenko to condemn despotism with the line, 
``Freedom knows no dying.'' Ira Aldridge was so impressed by his friend 
Shevchenko that it was said of him that forever after he carried Ukraine 
in his heart.
    The steadfast devotion to freedom that brought Shevchenko and 
Aldridge together has also brought us together tonight. So I ask all of 
you to join me in a toast to President and Mrs. Kuchma, to the growing 
friendship of our peoples, and the bright future of a prosperous and 
free Ukraine.

Note: The President spoke at 8:28 p.m. in the State Dining Room at the 
White House. A tape was not available for verification of the content of 
these remarks. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Monday, December 5, 1994
 
Volume 30--Number 48
Pages 2435-2457
 
Week Ending Friday, December 2, 1994
 
The President's Radio Address

November 26, 1994

    Good morning, and a happy Thanksgiving weekend to all of you. To the 
millions of Americans who have traveled to be with loved ones during 
this special time of year, I wish you a safe and peaceful journey home. 
We Americans have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
    On behalf of all of our citizens, I want to begin by thanking our 
brave service men and women who are so many miles from home

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this Thanksgiving, serving our country with honor overseas, in every 
corner of the world and especially those who are working at restoring 
democracy in Haiti and keeping the peace in the Persian Gulf.
    This is the first Thanksgiving since the dawn of the nuclear age 
when parents can tuck their children into bed at night knowing that no 
Russian missiles are pointed at the children of the United States. The 
third largest nuclear power, Ukraine, has just agreed to eliminate all 
of its nuclear weapons, and they're being dismantled with our 
assistance. Just this week, the United States removed a major nuclear 
stockpile, enough for 20 nuclear devices from the former Soviet republic 
of Kazakhstan. And finally, we have concluded an agreement with North 
Korea to freeze and dismantle that country's ability to build nuclear 
weapons.
    Over the past year, we've also been privileged to see the American 
dreams of freedom, democracy, and peace advanced with our support in the 
Middle East, in Northern Ireland, in South Africa, in Haiti, and Eastern 
and Central Europe, full of people who are making courageous efforts to 
escape the shackles of the past and realize their own dreams for 
tomorrow.
    For America to remain strong, however, around the world we know we 
have to be strong at home. Therefore, we must keep striving to keep our 
Government working again for ordinary Americans, to improve our economy, 
to give our people the chance to build a more prosperous and secure 
future in the 21st century.
    We're in the process of great changes, but we have more to do. We 
have 5 million more jobs than we had 22 months ago but still too many 
people who never get a pay raise and who are losing their health 
benefits. We have more loans for middle class college students. But 
still there are too many who need more education all throughout their 
lives, including working people. We have a tough new crime bill, but 
there's a lot to do to make our streets safer.
    We've done things for working families like the family leave law and 
tax cuts for 15 million families who live on modest incomes. But there's 
still too much family break-up. There are too many children born where 
there were never families in the first place. There's a lot to be done 
here.
    We're making great changes in our Government. It's smaller, it's 
more effective, but there is still more to be done before we liberate 
our National Government from the stranglehold of special interests.
    We must be thankful with all of our challenges for what's right with 
America. And we have to remember that the real strength of our country 
is still in the work of our citizens. They're the ones who keep our 
country strong, who keep us together, who keep us moving forward. 
They're what America is all about, people who take responsibility to 
improve their own lives and to make a difference in the lives of others.
    I'm committed to make your Government work for ordinary Americans 
again. Nobody wants Government on our backs, but we do need a strong, if 
limited Government by our side. Everything we do in Washington should be 
as relevant and responsive to your lives as the work of those just 
around you.
    Consider the Americans who are fighting crime. Just last month, 
several strangers in New York City came to the rescue of a man who was 
being mugged and stabbed as he tried to use a bank teller machine. These 
brave heroes helped the victim to safety and then held the assailant 
down until police could come to make an arrest. Our new crime bill puts 
100,000 more police on the streets and takes military assault weapons 
off the streets, but we still need citizens like this to make our 
streets safe.
    Remember the Americans who are doing so much to help others. Every 
day thousands of members of our new domestic peace corps, AmeriCorps, 
are working to make our people smarter, safer, and healthier. Out in 
rural Kansas, Nanci Ridge has been trained by AmeriCorps to give 
emergency medical assistance. Now every day she helps police or fire 
departments or teaches school kids safety. But she spent Thanksgiving 
fielding emergencies at the local county hospital, giving some of the 
regular staff the holiday off, and keeping the country protected. That's 
what AmeriCorps is about; that's what America's about.
    And finally, let's think about the Americans who are doing so much 
to help our chil- 

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dren live up to their God-given potential. Five years ago in Buffalo, 
New York, Lloyd Hargrave helped start a parent resource center to get 
parents more involved in the education of their children. Today the 
center offers nightly tutoring programs to help parents do a better job 
at helping their children learn. And the center lends computers to 
families that otherwise wouldn't have them in their homes.
    Working with children in that way is one of the most important 
things any of us can do to keep our country strong. Our Government can 
help, and we are. We're expanding Head Start, promoting programs in our 
schools like character education. But in the end, children need to know 

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