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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, June 5, 2000 Volume 36--Number 22 Pages 1241-1269 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Germany, International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen--1262, 1267 National Nutrition Summit, videotape remarks--1241 Portugal American Embassy community in Lisbon--1258 Arrival ceremony in Lisbon--1246 Scientific community in Lisbon--1247 State dinner in Lisbon--1248 Radio address--1242 Virginia, Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington--1244 Bill Signings Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act of 2000, statement--1242 Communications to Congress Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, letter reporting on sanctions--1262 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance for peacekeeping in Sierra Leone, memorandum--1258 Interviews With the News Media News conference with European Union leaders in Lisbon, May 31 (No. 190)--1249 Joint Statements U.S.-EU Summit Statement on a New World Trade Organization Round-- 1257 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Czech Republic, President Havel--1262 Meetings With Foreign Leaders--Continued European Union European Commission President Prodi--1249 European Council President Guterres--1249 Finland, President Halonen--1262 Germany Chancellor Schroeder--1261, 1262 President Rau--1262, 1267 Portugal Minister of Science and Technology Gago--1247 President Sampaio--1246, 1248 Prime Minister Guterres--1246, 1247, 1248, 1249 Spain, King Juan Carlos I--1262 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the Elian Gonzalez case--1261 Deaths Governor Robert P. Casey--1257 Tito Puente--1261 Meat and poultry inspection system--1242 National monuments, Interior Secretary's recommendation--1257 Northern Ireland, Ulster Unionist Council vote--1243 Welfare reform--1260 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1269 Checklist of White House press releases--1268 Digest of other White House announcements--1268 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1268 Editor's Note: The President was in Berlin, Germany, on June 5, 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 1241]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1241] Monday, June 5, 2000 Volume 36--Number 22 Pages 1241-1269 Week Ending Friday, June 2, 2000 Videotape Remarks to the National Nutrition Summit May 26, 2000 I'm delighted to welcome you to the 2000 National Nutrition Summit and to thank you for promoting the need for good nutrition, physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle in preventing diet-related diseases. I also want to thank Secretary Shalala and Secretary Glickman for their work on this summit. And I want to recognize Ambassador McGovern and Senator Dole, two of the leaders who played a pioneering role in the first White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, back in 1969. At that time, malnutrition, hunger, and obesity were too often an accepted part of our society, and we didn't have the right resources in place to address them. Our foods weren't labeled with nutritional information. Our national school lunch program wasn't administered properly, and we didn't even have the means to measure the levels of hunger and malnutrition in our own country. The 1969 White House Conference changed all that by encouraging the Federal Government to expand and strengthen its programs to reduce hunger and promote good nutrition. As President Nixon said then, the moment is at hand to put an end to hunger. Today, more than 30 years later, we have made great strides in understanding and promoting the link between nutrition and personal health. Our national investment in nutrition assistance has increased more than thirtyfold since the first conference. In 1999 alone, we delivered more than $33 billion in nutrition assistance to our children and our hardest pressed families. Thanks in large part to your efforts, these programs play a key role in promoting the health of our entire Nation. The Women, Infants, and Children's program has given millions of young families, more than 7 million Americans, both the wise advise and the nutritious foods they need to grow healthy and strong. Children enrolled in WIC programs are immunized earlier, perform better in school, and spend less time in the doctor's office. Our national school lunch program now provides nutritious lunches to more than 26 million children in 95,000 schools across our land. Our food stamp program brings nourishment to millions of Americans every day, and our improved and expanded Head Start program reaches even younger children and more families than ever. But while we've come a long way in promoting good nutrition and health, too many Americans still are malnourished, without food, or living unhealthy lifestyles. Nearly 55 percent of our population is overweight or obese, including one in five children. And today, four of the leading causes of death in the United States are nutrition-related. That's why we must continue to help more Americans live healthier lives. For 7 years now, our administration has tried to do that, with substantial increases in funding for WIC, Head Start, and child nutrition programs. This year our budget builds on that progress. I want to thank all of you for leading the way to a healthier America. If we keep working together, we can ensure that in the 21st century, our people and our Nation are in the best shape ever. Note: The President's remarks were videotaped at approximately 5:30 p.m. on May 11 in the Map Room for later broadcast. The transcript was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 26. In his remarks, he referred to Ambassador George McGovern, U.S. Representative, U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture; and former Senator Bob Dole. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks. [[Page 1242]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1242] Monday, June 5, 2000 Volume 36--Number 22 Pages 1241-1269 Week Ending Friday, June 2, 2000 Statement on Signing the Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act of 2000 May 26, 2000 Today I signed H.R. 371, the Hmong Veterans Naturalization Act of 2000. This legislation is a tribute to the service, courage, and sacrifice of the Hmong people who were our allies in Laos during the Vietnam war. After the Vietnam war, many Hmong soldiers and their families came to the * United States and have become part of the social fabric of American society. They work, pay taxes, and have raised families and made America their home. However, some Hmongs seeking to become American citizens have faced great difficulty meeting the requirements for naturalization for reasons associated with the unique circumstances of the Hmong culture. Until recently, the Hmong people had no written language. Without this experience, learning English, a requirement of naturalization, has been much more difficult for some Hmongs. This requirement has prevented many Hmongs from becoming full participants in American society. This new law will waive the English language requirement and provide special consideration for the civics requirement for Hmong veterans and their families. This law is a small step but an important one in honoring the immense sacrifices that the Hmong people made in supporting our efforts in Southeast Asia. I would like to recognize Representative Bruce Vento and Senator Wellstone, sponsors of the legislation, for their leadership on this issue. * White House correction. Note: H.R. 371, approved May 26, was assigned Public Law No. 106-207. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1242] Monday, June 5, 2000 Volume 36--Number 22 Pages 1241-1269 Week Ending Friday, June 2, 2000 Statement on the Meat and Poultry Inspection System May 26, 2000 When this administration came into office, meat and poultry were inspected by the same old method used for 90 years. In 1996, we began a comprehensive, science-based system that, for the first time, requires plants to reduce bacterial contamination in meat and poultry. This system has been a tremendous success. In just 2 years, the presence of dangerous salmonella on meat and poultry has been reduced by up to 50 percent, and illnesses caused by salmonella are also down. Unfortunately, a small minority of meat plants are acting against the best interests of the American people. They threaten to undermine an inspection system that is clearly effective in reducing food poisoning, jeopardizing the confidence that consumers have in the safety of the food they eat. The Justice Department has vigorously defended this vital program and will decide on an expedited basis what further legal action to take. I am also calling on the food industry to use its vast resources to help ensure that all meat processing plants maintain the strictest possible safety standards. This administration will continue to use every available tool to
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