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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, July 5, 1999 Volume 35--Number 26 Pages 1189-1273 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders American bald eagle, steps to remove from endangered species list-- 1266 Charters of Freedom project--1245 Connecticut Democratic National Committee luncheon in Westport--1210 Departure for--1206 Federal budget, midsession review--1206 ``Foster Care Independence Act of 1999,'' radio remarks on House action--1205 Illinois Democratic National Committee dinner in Chicago--1230 Medicare, remarks in Chicago--1222 Independence Day, radio remarks on observance--1269 Medicare, modernization plan announcement--1217 New York City Democratic National Committee Majority 2000 dinner--1217 Production of ``The Iceman Cometh''--1215 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Northern Ireland peace process--1208, 1268 Radio address--1205 Communications to Congress Corporation for Public Broadcasting, message transmitting report-- 1221 Generalized System of Preferences, message on amendment--1229 Venezuela-U.S. tax agreement, message transmitting--1221 Yugoslavia, message transmitting report on national emergency--1221 Communications to Federal Agencies Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, memorandum-- 1235 Tunisia, memorandum on military drawdown--1265 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Illinois, Wrigley Field in Chicago--1227 Oval Office--1268 South Lawn--1206 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media--Continued Interviews Mark Devenport of the British Broadcasting Corporation--1208 Rick Dunham of BusinessWeek--1250 Susan Page of USA Today--1257 News conferences June 25 (No. 176)--1189 July 1 (No. 177) with President Mubarak of Egypt--1235 Letters and Messages Independence Day, message--1249 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Egypt, President Mubarak--1235 South Korea, President Kim--1268 Proclamations To Extend Nondiscriminatory Treatment (Normal Trade Relations Treatment) to Proclamations--Continued Products of Mongolia and To Implement an Agreement To Eliminate Tariffs on Certain Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Intermediates-- 1248 To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes--1227 Statements by the President Death of Michael Hooker--1221 Export controls on high-performance computers and semiconductors-- 1247 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1273 Checklist of White House press releases--1272 Digest of other White House announcements--1269 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1270 [[Page 1189]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1189-1205] Monday, July 5, 1999 Volume 35--Number 26 Pages 1189-1273 Week Ending Friday, July 2, 1999 The President's News Conference June 25, 1999 The President. Earlier today, in a speech at Georgetown University, I discussed the opportunities now before our Nation. Before I take your questions, let me just take a moment to recap what I believe is America's agenda in the coming months. Our trip to Europe advanced America's ideals and interests. Working with our partners, we won an agreement to ban abusive child labor everywhere in the world, took new steps to strengthen the global economy, agreed to triple the debt relief provided for many of the poorest nations, and to strengthen democracy and reform in Russia. We also worked to put together, to put in place the building blocks of peace in Kosovo and to put the Balkans on a shared path to a prosperous, united future. I will meet with the region's leaders later this summer to give the process further momentum. I met with Kosovar refugees in Macedonia who are planning to return home. They thanked America and our Allies for giving them a chance to reclaim their lives on their native lands. I also met with and thanked some of the American air men and women who achieved the success and with some of our and other NATO troops who are going into Kosovo now to make sure we win the peace. They know that they're doing the right thing, and I am very proud of all of them. While America is enjoying success abroad, it is important that we keep pushing forward on our challenges here at home. This is a time of great hope for our Nation. Just today we learned that the American economy grew at a 4.3 percent in the first 3 months of this year. America plainly is on the right track. But we will be judged by what we do with this opportunity, whether we seize it or squander it in petty bickering and partisan animosity. There will be plenty of time for politics in the months to come. This summer should be a season of progress. We should start by acting quickly on issues where most lawmakers, Democratic and Republican, agree: legislation to let disabled Americans keep their Medicaid health insurance when they go to work; an increase in the minimum wage; campaign finance reform; a strong and enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights. I was heartened that earlier today the House overwhelmingly passed legislation making sure that foster children are not cast out in the cold when their time in foster care ends. This is a vital issue, one that Hillary has championed for many years. And I am very pleased by the House action. Then we must turn to broader ways and, in some ways, more difficult challenges facing our Nation. First, we have a duty to maintain the fiscal discipline that has produced our prosperity and use it to strengthen Social Security and Medicare for the 21st century and to pay down our national debt. On Tuesday I will propose the detailed plan to modernize Medicare-- cutting costs, improving service, and helping senior citizens with their greatest growing need, affordable prescription drugs. Second, we must widen the circle of opportunity by investing in education while demanding accountability and insisting that the Congress keep our commitment of last year to finish hiring 100,000 more teachers to lower class size in the early grades. Third, in 2 weeks I will be joined by corporate, civic, and political leaders of both parties on a 4-day tour of America's new markets--the places in our country which have not yet felt the surge of our prosperity--to mobilize the private sector to bring jobs and growth to our poorest neighborhoods, and to build support for our new markets initiative to give tax credits and loan guarantees to those who invest in America on the same [[Page 1190]] terms we give to those who invest in developing economies overseas. And fourth, in the wake of the tragedy at Littleton, we must continue to meet the challenge of youth violence. Hillary and I are developing a national campaign on youth violence, working with parents, educators, the entertainment industry, and others. But we also must take sensible steps to take guns out of the hands of criminals and away from children. We can't expect young people to stand up to violence if Congress won't stand up to the gun lobby. I proposed--and with a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Gore, the Senate passed--the measure to close the gun show loophole. The Senate also passed legislation to require child safety locks, to ban large ammunition clips for assault weapons, to ban violent juveniles from owning handguns as adults. Two weeks ago the Republicans in the House blocked that measure. They would even weaken the current law by letting criminals store their guns at pawnshops. Now, there is still time for Congress to act. Republican leaders could appoint legislators as negotiators to craft a bill that includes the tough Senate provisions. I hope they will do that and send me a strong bill. Plainly, the country wants that. Again I say, this is sort of like the Patients' Bill of Rights; it's really not a partisan issue anywhere but Washington, DC. I hope they will send me a strong bill. If they send me one that weakens current law, I will send it back to them and keep working until we get the job done right. Now, this is, admittedly, an ambitious agenda, but it can all be done in the coming months. I will use all the powers available to me as President, working with Congress and with my executive authority. I will summon the citizens of our country to help us to solve these problems. This is a good time for America, but we will be judged by whether we make the most of it. I look forward to making the effort. Thank you very much. Terry [Terence Hunt, Associated Press]. Kosovo Q. Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, despite the end of the war, there is still a new wave of violence and terror in Kosovo; only this time it's Serb homes that are being burned, Serb stores that are being looted, and Serb civilians who are being killed. Are you alarmed by what's going on there? And why is NATO letting this happen? Can't NATO do more to stop it? The President. Well, first of all, NATO is not letting it happen. We're doing what we can to stop it. And I am concerned about it. I'm not particularly surprised after what they've been through. But we signed an agreement with the KLA in which they agreed to demilitarize. The leader even asked the Serbs to come home. And we are deploying our people as quickly as we can. Obviously, if we can get all of our people in completely and then get them properly dispersed around the country, we'll be able to provide a far higher level of protection. And I think it's very important. And for those people who lose their homes, they're entitled to have them rebuilt, along with everybody else, and I intend to do that. President's Initiative on Race
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