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Monday, January 6, 1997
Volume 33--Number 1
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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


    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.


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Monday, January 6, 1997
Volume 33--Number 1
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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 
    Of course, air bags have always been just part of the solutions. In 
rear or side collisions,

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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 
    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.

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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.

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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

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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, 

Note: This notice was published in the Federal Register on January 3.

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