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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, February 5, 1996 Volume 32--Number 5 Pages 119-157 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 Dinner--146 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. 114)--138 Meetings With Foreign Leaders France, President Chirac--137, 138, 146 Russia, Prime Minister Chernomyrdin--130 Proclamations 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 119]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 119] 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 goal. 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 119-120] 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 secure. 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- [[Page 120]] 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 appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 120-125] 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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