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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, January 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 1 Pages 1-5 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Radio address--1 Communications to Congress Libyan emergency continuation, letter transmitting notice--3 Cuban Liberty and Democracy Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, letter on title III--4 Notices Continuation of Libyan Emergency--2 Statements by the President Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, title III--3 Korean Peninsula submarine incident, resolution--2 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--5 Checklist of White House press releases--5 Digest of other White House announcements--5 Nominations submitted to the Senate--5 Editor's Note: The President was in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, on January 6, 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 1]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1i-2i] Monday, January 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 1 Pages 1-5 Week Ending Friday, January 3, 1997 The President's Radio Address December 28, 1996 As we approach the New Year, I hope all Americans will think about the blessings we share and our obligation to use those blessings wisely. The New Year is about opportunity, about renewed chances to make the most of our God-given potential. But as always, with opportunity comes responsibility; that is America's basic bargain. Today I want to talk about one of our greatest responsibilities: taking care to protect ourselves and our children. One of the most important places to do that is on the road. Especially at this time of year, too many people pose a threat to themselves and to others by drinking and driving. That's why I fought to make it illegal for all people under 21 to drive with any alcohol in their blood, and that is now the law in 34 of our States. We should use the privilege of a driver's license to demand responsibility when it comes to drugs by insisting that teens pass a drug test as a condition of getting a driver's license. Let's send a simple message to our children, our families, and our friends: Driving under the influence of drug or alcohol is wrong; it's illegal; it can kill. There's more we must do to meet the fundamental rules of safety. We must all wear seatbelts, which are the first line of defense against injuries and fatalities, saving 10,000 lives last year alone. We must use child safety seats for small children and always keep children 12 and under buckled up in the back seat, where they are safest. And we must all learn about the proper use of air bags, one of our most important safety tools. In recent months, some concerns have been raised about air bags. But this much is clear: Air bags do save lives, almost 1,700 since their introduction. At the same time, air bags inflate with considerable force and can pose risks to children sitting unbuckled in the front passenger seat, instead of buckled up in the back seat where they belong. That's why our Department of Transportation is working with auto and insurance companies, safety groups, and parents and families to make air bags safer for children, so that together with seatbelts and other safety measures, they do provide the full protection our families need. Researchers are now developing a new generation of ``smart'' air bags, which will determine the size of the passenger and inflate just enough to protect them without hurting them. But while we wait for this new technology, there are steps we can take now to protect our children. This November our administration's Department of Transportation announced we would soon propose a series of short-term steps to make air bags safer for kids. Right away, we required better and more visible warning labels in cars and on child safety seats, so that no one forgets to keep small children buckled up in the back seat. Today I am pleased to announce we are sending forward three additional proposals to protect our children, as outlined last month by the Department of Transportation. First, under these new rules, auto manufacturers will be able to install less powerful air bags, to reduce the risk to children and to smaller and older adults. Second, car dealers will be able to deactivate the air bags of any owner who requests it, as long as the owner understands the risk of doing so. For both of these measures, we will begin taking public comment next week, and they could take effect as early as this spring. Finally, effective immediately, we are extending a rule that lets manufacturers install cut-off switches in cars that don't have back seats or room for child safety seats. Those who cannot buckle a child safely in the back seat will be able to switch-off the air bag while the child rides in the front. Of course, air bags have always been just part of the solutions. In rear or side collisions, [[Page 2]] air bags are not even meant to inflate. That's why we must always wear our seatbelts: it protects us in all kinds of collisions. If there is one thing we can do to save thousands of American lives, it is to increase seatbelt use nationwide. Today I am directing the Secretary of Transportation to work with the Congress, the States, and other concerned Americans to report back to me with a plan to do just that. The steps we are taking will make our roads safer and our children more secure. We are making air bags safer for our children. We are working to increase the use of seatbelts nationwide. And we are demanding the responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving. That's the way to ensure that families go for a drive with safety, security, and peace of mind. If we'll all just take that responsibility, both on and off the road, if we all do our share to protect our children and our families and meet our obligations to each other, we will be able to seize the remarkable opportunities that this New Year will bring. In this season of renewal, let us resolve to seize that opportunity and to rise to that responsibility, to make the most of 1997. Hillary and I are very grateful we've had the chance to serve in this last year; we're very grateful for all the American people have done for our family in this past year. We wish you and your families a happy New Year, and we look forward to working with you in the years ahead to meet our challenges and make our Nation a stronger, safer place for all Americans. Thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 10:41 a.m. on December 27 in the Roosevelt Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on December 28. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2i] Monday, January 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 1 Pages 1-5 Week Ending Friday, January 3, 1997 Statement on the Resolution of the Korean Peninsula Submarine Incident December 29, 1996 I welcome today's official statement by North Korea conveying its deep regret for the submarine incident in South Korea last September. I am pleased that P'yongyang has pledged to prevent the recurrence of such an incident and has expressed its willingness to work with others for durable peace and stability on the Peninsula. This is a significant development, which I hope will contribute to the reduction of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. I extend my appreciation to President Kim Yong-sam for his personal efforts to resolve the submarine incursion in a way that opens the door for future South-North dialog. The United States and South Korea have cooperated closely as firm allies to resolve this issue. I hope discussions can now begin to move forward on the four-party peace talks which President Kim Yong-sam and I offered last April. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2i-3i] Monday, January 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 1 Pages 1-5 Week Ending Friday, January 3, 1997 Notice--Continuation of Libyan Emergency January 2, 1997 On January 7, 1986, by Executive Order No. 12543, President Reagan declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Libya. On January 8, 1986, by Executive Order No. 12544, the President took additional measures to block Libyan assets in the United States. The President has transmitted a notice continuing this emergency to the Congress and the Federal Register every year since 1986. The most recent notice appeared in the Federal Register on January 5, 1996. The crisis between the United States and Libya that led to the declaration of a national emergency on January 7, 1986, has not been resolved. The Government of Libya has continued its actions and policies in support of terrorism, despite the calls by the United Nations Security Council, in Resolutions 731 (1992), 748 (1992), and 883 (1993), that it demonstrate by concrete actions its renunciation of such terrorism. Such Libyan actions and policies pose a continuing unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and vital foreign policy interests of the United States. For these reasons, the national emergency declared on January 7, 1986, and [[Page 3]] the measures adopted on January 7 and January 8, 1986, to deal with that emergency, must continue in effect beyond January 7, 1997. Therefore, in accordance with Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing the national emergency with respect to Libya. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register and transmitted to the Congress. William J. Clinton The White House, January 2, 1997. [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:53 a.m., January 2, 1997] Note: This notice was published in the Federal Register on January 3. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 3i] Monday, January 6, 1997 Volume 33--Number 1
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