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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 5, 2000
Volume 36--Number 22
Pages 1241-1269

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Addresses and Remarks

    Germany, International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen--1262, 1267
    National Nutrition Summit, videotape remarks--1241
        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 

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. 

Joint Statements

    U.S.-EU Summit Statement on a New World Trade Organization Round--

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
        Chancellor Schroeder--1261, 1262
        President Rau--1262, 1267
        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
        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.


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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 
    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 
    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 
    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 

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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. 
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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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