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Monday, January 5, 1998
Volume 34--Number 1
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Addresses and Remarks

    Radio address--1

Communications to Congress

    Chemical Weapons Convention, letter--3
    Emigration policies of certain former Eastern Bloc states, letter 
        transmitting report--4

Executive Orders

    Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay--2

Letters and Messages

    Ramadan, message--3

Statements by the President

    Health Care Task Force civil case--1
    Presidential Legal Expense Trust--3
    Vandalism of the Islamic star and crescent on the Ellipse--2

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--5
    Checklist of White House press releases--4
    Digest of other White House announcements--4
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--4

Editor's Note: The President was in St. Thomas, VI, on January 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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Week Ending Friday, January 2, 1998
The President's Radio Address

December 27, 1997

    Good morning. The holidays are a time when families come together to 
celebrate the season with love. And they remind us of our bonds of duty 
to care for one another. Today I'd like to talk to you about how we're 
expanding the shield of Medicare protection to honor our parents and 
grandparents in important new ways in the new year.
    Looking back over 1997, it's clear that we achieved major reforms of 
the Medicare system that will help Americans live healthier, happier, 
longer lives. This year's bipartisan balanced budget agreement 
reaffirmed our commitment to preserving and strengthening Medicare. We 
extended the life of the Medicare Trust Fund until at least 2010. We 
made Medicare protection more affordable for low-income Americans. We 
modernized the Medicare system by expanding choice, opening up 
competition, and controlling costs. And we created a blue ribbon 
commission to examine ways to ensure that Medicare will serve baby 
boomers and our children as well as it has served our parents.
    Now, as part of the balanced budget agreement, we're also 
implementing expanded Medicare benefits to provide greater protection to 
Americans in the fight against cancer. On New Year's Day, we'll 
introduce a series of changes in Medicare that will make screening, 
prevention, and detection of cancer more affordable and frequent. We're 
ringing in the new year resolved to take new steps in our battle against 
cancer, one of mankind's oldest foes.
    First, we will guarantee the option of annual mammograms for every 
woman over 40 and, by waiving the deductible, we'll make annual breast 
cancer screenings more affordable. Right now, nearly half of older women 
do not get regular mammograms. By making mammograms more accessible and 
detecting cancer earlier, we can significantly increase the likelihood 
of successful treatment for this disease. Hillary has conducted a 
longstanding campaign to encourage older women to get these crucial 
tests, and these new changes will bring us closer to success in those 
    Second, we're expanding coverage for the early detection of cervical 
cancer. We have sophisticated tests to pick up early signs of cervical 
cancer and, from now on, Medicare will pay for regular access to this 
lifesaving technology.
    And third, for the first time we'll now cover regular examinations 
for colon/rectal cancer. Most Americans don't receive this important 
preventive test, but when we catch this cancer early, we can beat it 
more than 90 percent of the time.
    Nearly every American family has been touched by the shadow of 
cancer. My own mother passed away just about 4 years ago from cancer, 
and especially at this time of year, I miss her a lot. So many other 
families have the same story. That's why these actions are so important. 
By detecting cancer early on we offer our loved ones one of the greatest 
gifts of all, the gifts of life, health, and many holidays to come.
    Thanks for listening. Happy holidays, and have a happy and healthy 
new year.

Note: The address was recorded at 5:16 p.m. on December 24 in the Map 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on December 27.

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Statement on the Health Care Task Force Civil Case

December 29, 1997

    While the Department of Justice is still reviewing whether to appeal 
Judge Lamberth's ruling, I am quite confident that Mr. Magaziner acted 
appropriately. Any suggestion to the contrary is unfair and unsupported

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by the facts and the findings of the U.S. Attorney's Office in its 1995 
investigation of this matter.
    The U.S. Attorney's Office concluded that ``there is no basis to 
conclude that Mr. Magaziner committed a criminal offense in this matter. 
There is no significant evidence that his declaration was factually 
false, much less that it was willfully and intentionally so.''
    Mr. Magaziner is, and will remain, a valued member of my 

Note: In the statement, the President referred to U.S. District Judge 
Royce C. Lamberth.

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Statement on the Vandalism of the Islamic Star and Crescent on the 

December 29, 1997

    I strongly condemn the vandalism of the Islamic star and crescent 
displayed on the Ellipse in front of the White House. This year for the 
first time, an Islamic symbol was displayed along with the National 
Christmas Tree and the menorah. The desecration of that symbol is the 
embodiment of intolerance that strikes at the heart of what it means to 
be an American.
    It is especially hurtful that such an act would occur at a time when 
so many communities are coming together to celebrate their respective 
religions. The holiday season holds special meaning for us in America, 
where freedom of religion is one of the cornerstones of our democracy.
    This administration will continue to fight against such acts of 
desecration and hate crimes that tear at the fabric of community life in 
America. Desecration of a religious symbol motivated by prejudice and 
hatred hurts us all.

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Executive Order 13071--Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

December 29, 1997

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, including the laws cited 
herein, it is hereby ordered as follows:
    Section 1. Statutory Pay Systems. The rates of basic pay or salaries 
of the statutory pay systems (as defined in 5 U.S.C. 5302(1)), as 
adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 5303(b), are set forth on the schedules attached 
hereto and made a part hereof:
    (a) The General Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5332(a)) at Schedule 1;
    (b) The Foreign Service Schedule (22 U.S.C. 3963) at Schedule 2; and
    (c) The schedules for the Veterans Health Administration of the 
Department of Veterans Affairs (38 U.S.C. 7306, 7404; section 301(a) of 
Public Law 102-40) at Schedule 3.
    Sec. 2. Senior Executive Service. The rates of basic pay for senior 
executives in the Senior Executive Service, as adjusted under 5 U.S.C. 
5382, are set forth on Schedule 4 attached hereto and made a part 
    Sec. 3. Executive Salaries. The rates of basic pay or salaries for 
the following offices and positions are set forth on the schedules 
attached hereto and made a part hereof:
    (a) The Executive Schedule (5 U.S.C. 5312-5318) at Schedule 5;
    (b) The Vice President (3 U.S.C. 104) and the Congress (2 U.S.C. 31) 
at Schedule 6; and
    (c) Justices and judges (28 U.S.C. 5, 44(d), 135, 252, and 461(a)) 
at Schedule 7.
    Sec. 4. Uniformed Services. Pursuant to sections 601 and 604 of 
Public Law 105-85, the rates of monthly basic pay (37 U.S.C. 203(a)) for 
members of the uniformed services and the rate of monthly cadet or 
midshipman pay (37 U.S.C. 203(c)) are set forth on Schedule 8 attached 
hereto and made a part hereof.
    Sec. 5. Locality-Based Comparability Payments. (a) Pursuant to 
sections 5304 and 5304a of title 5, United States Code, locality-based 
comparability payments shall be paid in accordance with Schedule 9 
attached hereto and made a part hereof.

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