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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, February 5, 1996
Volume 32--Number 5
Pages 119-157

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Addresses and Remarks

    Budget negotiations and the debt ceiling--132
    Gore-Chernomyrdin commission--130
    National Association of Hispanic Publications convention--120
    National Campaign To Reduce Teen Pregnancy, announcement--127
    National Prayer Breakfast--134
    New Hampshire, community in Concord--147
    President Jacques Chirac of France, visit
        Welcoming ceremony--137
    Radio address--125

Bill Signings

    Ninth continuing resolution, statement--119

Communications to Congress

    Air Force's operating location near Groom Lake, NV, letter--134
    Bulgaria, message on trade--129

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 12964--134

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--132
        Oval Office--130

Interview With the News Media--Continued

    News conference with President Chirac of France, February 1 (No. 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    France, President Chirac--137, 138, 146
    Russia, Prime Minister Chernomyrdin--130


    American Heart Month--145
    National African American History Month--133

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Senate ratification of the START II nuclear arms reduction treaty 
        with Russia--119
    Telecommunications Reform Act of 1995, passage--144

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--157
    Checklist of White House press releases--156
    Digest of other White House announcements--154
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--155

Editor's Note: The President was in New Hampshire on February 2, 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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Monday, February 5, 1996
Volume 32--Number 5
Pages 119-157
Week Ending Friday, February 2, 1996
Statement on Signing the Ninth Continuing Resolution

January 26, 1996

    Today I have signed H.R. 2880, the ninth continuing resolution for 
fiscal year 1996 that I have signed into law.
    This bill ensures that the normal operations of Government continue 
for departments and agencies for which no full-year appropriations bill 
has been enacted. It provides funds for certain Federal activities 
through March 15, and other activities through September 30, 1996.
    Specifically, H.R. 2880 provides funds, through March 15, for 
activities that are normally funded in the Commerce, Justice, State, and 
Related Agencies bill; the Department of the Interior and Related 
Agencies bill; the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bill; 
and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban 
Development, and Independent Agencies bill. It also provides full-year 
funding (i.e., through September 30) for programs in the Foreign 
Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs bill, ensuring 
adequate funds to implement an effective foreign policy that protects 
vital U.S. economic and strategic interests abroad.
    I am pleased that the Congress avoided another partial government 
shutdown, and I appreciate its bipartisan approach toward this bill. 
Nevertheless, I regret that the Congress has not sent me acceptable 1996 
appropriations bills for agencies that received funding only through 
March 15. Governing by continuing resolution is not the appropriate way 
for the Congress to perform its work. Once again, I urge the Congress to 
work with me so that we can reach agreement on the remaining fiscal year 
1996 appropriations bills.
    I also urge the Congress to send me a straightforward, full-year 
extension of the debt limit. If the Congress does not raise the debt 
limit, we would not be able to meet all of our financial obligations on 
February 29 or March 1, and would risk not being able to make timely 
payment of $30 billion of Social Security benefits and other 
obligations. A default could raise interest rates and impose serious, 
long-term harm on the economy. The Congress must act without delay.
    Finally, I urge congressional leaders to return to our negotiations 
to seek an agreement on a balanced budget. We should not give up on that 
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
January 26, 1996.

Note: H.R. 2880, approved January 26, was assigned Public Law No. 104-
99. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, February 5, 1996
Volume 32--Number 5
Pages 119-157
Week Ending Friday, February 2, 1996
Statement on Senate Ratification of the START II Nuclear Arms Reduction 
Treaty With Russia

January 26, 1996

    Today, Senate Democrats and Republicans, working together, have 
increased the security of the American people by ratifying the START II 
nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. I applaud this historic step. 
As I stated in my State of the Union Address this week, it will make 
every American, every Russian, and people all over the world more 
    START II requires dramatic cuts in the nuclear arsenals of our two 
countries. Together with the START I treaty, which we put into force in 
December 1994, it will eliminate submarine, bomber, and land-based 
missile launchers that carried more than 14,000 warheads--two-thirds of 
the nuclear arsenal the United States and the former Soviet Union 
maintained at the height of the cold war. START II will also eliminate 
the most destabilizing type of nu- 

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clear weapon--the multiple warhead ICBM. Starting with President Nixon, 
six American Presidents from both parties have worked to control and 
reduce the number of nuclear weapons. President Bush negotiated START II 
and submitted it to the Senate in January 1993. I am proud that we have 
seized the opportunity presented by the end of the cold war to take this 
big step back from the nuclear precipice.
    As President, my most basic duty is to protect the security of the 
American people. That's why I have made reducing the nuclear threat one 
of my highest priorities.
    As a result, for the first time since the dawn of the nuclear age, 
there are no Russian missiles pointed at our people. We convinced 
Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan to give up the nuclear weapons left on 
their land when the Soviet Union broke up. We persuaded North Korea to 
freeze its dangerous nuclear weapons program under international 
monitoring. We're working with countries around the world to safeguard 
and destroy nuclear weapons and materials--so that they don't fall into 
the hands of terrorists or criminals. We led global efforts to win the 
indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which bans 
the spread of nuclear weapons to states that do not have them.
    Now, as I urged in the State of the Union, we must do even more to 
give the American people real, lasting security. We can end the race to 
create new nuclear weapons by signing a truly comprehensive nuclear test 
ban treaty this year. We can outlaw forever poison gas if the Senate 
ratifies the Chemical Weapons Convention this year. We can take the 
fight to terrorists, who would acquire terrible weapons of mass 
destruction, if Congress finally passes legislation I proposed after 
Oklahoma City to give American law enforcement an even stronger arsenal.
    Working together, I believe we can and we will take all these 
important steps to increase the security of the American people.

Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Monday, February 5, 1996
Volume 32--Number 5
Pages 119-157
Week Ending Friday, February 2, 1996
Remarks to the National Association of Hispanic Publications Convention

January 26, 1996

    The President. Thank you very much. I feel a lot better than I did 
when I got here. [Laughter] Thank you so much. Thank you, Andres Tobar. 
Thank you, Louis Rossi. Thank you, Federico Pena.
    Secretary Pena gave me a beautiful introduction, and it illustrates 
Clinton's first law of politics. Whenever possible, be introduced by 
someone you have appointed to high office. [Laughter] I thank him for 
the outstanding job he has done at the Transportation Department, and 
for being our friend and leader.
    I want to congratulate you on your 10th annual convention, on the 
opening of your office here in Washington under Executive Director 
Marlene Romero. There are so many Hispanic-Americans I want to thank, 
but I want to say a special word of thanks to Raul Yzaguirre for his 
leadership and his guidance and his advice. I know that you have leaders 
of several Hispanic organizations here with you tonight, Commander Jake 
Alarid and the members of the G.I. Forum. I think the Chairman of the 
EEOC is here, Gil Casellas; he's done a terrific job.
    I wanted to tell you that--I know Secretary Cisneros spoke 

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