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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 6, 1999
Volume 35--Number 48
Pages 2453-2515

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
        Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee luncheon in San 
        Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project reception in 
            Beverly Hills--2481
        ``Stop the Violence'' benefit in Beverly Hills--2474
    Economic growth--2508
    Northern Ireland peace process--2500
    Parental leave--2466
    Pennsylvania, dinner for Mayor Rendell in Philadelphia--2506
    Radio address--2453
        International Labor Organization convention on the prohibition 
            and elimination of the worst forms of child labor in 
            Seattle, signing--2500
        Washington State trade community in Seattle--2489
        World Trade Organization luncheon in Seattle--2494
    World AIDS Day, radio remarks--2499

Bill Signings

    Consolidated appropriations legislation for FY 2000
    Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000, statement--2512
    Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 1999, 
    Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act, statement--2473

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Facilitating the Growth of Electronic Commerce, memorandum--2457
    International Family Planning Waiver, memorandum--2465

Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order 10173, as Amended, Prescribing Regulations 
        Relating to the Safeguarding of Vessels, Harbors, Ports, and 
        Waterfront Facilities of the United States--2500
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Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--2466
        Seattle, WA--2493
        Mark Little of RTE and Steve Grimason of BBC from Seattle--2503
        Michael Paulson of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer from San 
            Francisco, CA--2485

Letters and Messages

    Hanukkah, message--2474
    Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, letter on review of space 
        launch failures--2483


    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--2484
    World AIDS Day--2456

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Brady Handgun and Violence Prevention Act--2472
    Northern Ireland peace process, Ulster Unionist Council action--2454
    Vieques Island, U.S. military training--2511

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2514
    Checklist of White House press releases--2514
    Digest of other White House announcements--2513
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2514

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 1999
The President's Radio Address

November 27, 1999

    Good morning. On this holiday weekend, when we count our many 
blessings, Americans are also busy buying gifts for the next holidays, 
right around the corner. Today I'd like to speak with you about the 
remarkable rise of the Internet as a destination for holiday shopping 
and about how we can ensure that on-line commerce will live up to its 
enormous promise.
    On Thanksgiving, beyond our family's personal blessings, my family 
and I gave thanks for the enormous prosperity America is carrying 
forward into the 21st century. One of the key reasons our economy 
continues to thrive, with the longest peacetime expansion in history, is 
that we're making the most of new technologies. Especially, the Internet 
and other information technologies are revolutionizing our economy, 
powering one-third of our economic growth.
    As the Vice President will make clear in a report he'll soon 
release, few applications of information technology have more potential 
than electronic commerce. During the holiday season alone, on-line 
shopping could exceed $9 billion, doubling or even tripling the on-line 
totals for the same period last year.
    About 4 million American families will buy some of their gifts on-
line for the first time this holiday season. I intend to join them, 
because on-line shopping has significant benefits--not just for 
consumers and large established retailers. On-line commerce also opens a 
world of opportunity for local artisans and small entrepreneurs.
    As with shopping in stores, when consumers shop on the Internet, 
they must take basic precautions to ensure that what they see is what 
they get. To help familiarize on-line consumers with these precautions, 
the Federal Trade Commission has prepared a useful check list. You can 
find the complete checklist at www.consumer.gov.
    But today I'd like to emphasize at least some of the essentials. 
First, in the on-line world, you must pay close attention to details. 
Carefully check for shipping and delivery dates, for extra fees, 
warranties, return policies, and phone numbers to call if you run into a 
problem. Second, always buy with a credit card. With credit cards you 
are protected by Federal law against unauthorized charges. Third, guard 
your privacy at all times. Look for the unbroken key or padlock symbols 
on the order page to ensure that your credit card information will be 
transmitted securely. Don't share passwords with anyone and be sure to 
read the merchant's privacy policy to see what information is being 
collected about you and how it will be used.
    I'm pleased to announce that, thanks to the leadership of Vice 
President Gore, many leading companies and organizations, including the 
Better Business Bureau's OnLine, American Express, MasterCard, Dell, Get 
Netwise, eBay, America OnLine, and Amazon.com--all are joining with us 
to protect and educate consumers this holiday season. Many are 
distributing guides to help people shop on-line safely and wisely. Some 
are offering financial guarantees that go above and beyond Federal law. 
If we want Internet commerce to continue to grow, we all must work 
together to make sure that shopping on-line is just as safe as shopping 
in a mall.
    I'd like to close today by asking all of you to think not only about 
using the Internet to buy gifts for friends and family but also to give 
more lasting gifts to our community and our future. As I discovered 
during the philanthropy conference we held at the White House last 
month, charitable websites, like Helping.org, have made signing up to 
contribute time or money in your community as easy as checking on the 
weather. So this

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holiday season, let's use every avenue possible, including the Internet, 
to give something back to our communities.
    Enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving weekend, and thanks for 

Note: The address was recorded at 6:17 p.m. on November 26 at Camp 
David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 27. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 26 
but was embargoed for release until the broadcast.

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Statement on Ulster Unionist Council Action in the Northern Ireland 
Peace Process

November 27, 1999

    I welcome this historic step toward lasting peace in Northern 
Ireland and congratulate David Trimble on his leadership in bringing 
about a successful vote in the Ulster Unionist Council. The Ulster 
Unionist decision today, which follows critical decisions by all the 
pro-Agreement parties over the past several weeks, is an important move 
forward to full implementation of the Good Friday accord in all its 
aspects. Beginning next week, government in Northern Ireland is being 
put back directly in the hands of all the people. I welcome this 
progress and urge all parties to continue working together on building 
the foundations for lasting peace. I pledge the support of the United 
States to all those who are helping to make possible a brighter future 
for Northern Ireland.

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Week Ending Friday, December 3, 1999
Remarks on Signing Consolidated Appropriations Legislation for Fiscal 
Year 2000

November 29, 1999

    Thank you. Good afternoon. Please be seated. I want to welcome the 
Members of Congress who are here, members of the Cabinet, the police 
officers and teachers who are shielding me from the cold wind--
[laughter]--and who represent the big winners in this year's budget. I 
would like to say a special word of thanks to Jack Lew, Sylvia Mathews, 
Larry Stein, and Martha Foley for the work that they did on this budget. 
And I know that many Members of the Senate and the House who are here 

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