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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, March 6, 2000 Volume 36--Number 9 Pages 393-451 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Biotechnology, foundation, and international leaders, meeting--434 California, Aspen Institute in San Jose--443 Democratic Governors' Association dinner--401 Florida Democratic National Committee luncheon in West Palm Beach--408 Departure for West Palm Beach--405 Reception for Elaine Bloom in Miami--418 Gun control legislation--443 Medicare--405 National Governors' Association Dinner--397 Roundtable discussion--398 1999 NCAA football champion Florida State Seminoles--438 Patients' Bill of Rights legislation--432 Radio address--396 Read Across America Day, radio remarks--427 Shootings Theo J. Buell Elementary School in Michigan--412, 422, 435 Wilkinsburg, PA--422, 435 Tobacco--405 Virginia, UUNET and MCI WorldCom employees in Ashburn--422 Bill Signings Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act, statement--393 Communications to Congress Cuba, letter transmitting report on continuation of national emergency--394 East Timor, letter on further deployment of U.S. forces--394 International agreements, letter transmitting report--428 Iraq, message transmitting report on national emergency--428 Social Security reform legislation, letter--417 2000 Trade Policy Agenda and 1999 Report on the Trade Agreements Program, message transmitting--428 Communications to Federal Agencies Action by Federal Agencies To Safeguard Against Internet Attacks, memorandum--449 Africa, memorandum on emergency disaster assistance in southern--438 Major Illicit Drug Producing and Drug Transit Countries, memorandum--421 Executive Orders President's Council on the Future of Princeville, North Carolina-- 414 (Continued on the inside of the back cover) Editor's Note: The President was in San Jose, CA, on March 3, the closing date of this issue. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--434 South Lawn--405 West Palm Beach, FL--412 Interviews Dan Rather of the CBS Evening News--439 Katie Couric of NBC's Today Show--429 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency Relating to Cuba and of the Emergency Authority Relating to the Regulation of the Anchorage and Movement of Vessels--394 Proclamations American Red Cross Month--416 Irish-American Heritage Month--427 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month--415 Women's History Month--415 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Africa, southern flooding--401 Amtrak funding--400 E-commerce retail sales, first estimate--437 Fishing communities, emergency assistance--393 Hurricane Floyd, additional assistance to communities struck--393 Mozambique, assistance--427 President's Council on the Future of Princeville, North Carolina, establishment--413 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--451 Checklist of White House press releases--451 Digest of other White House announcements--450 Nominations submitted to the Senate--450 [[Page 393]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 393] Monday, March 6, 2000 Volume 36--Number 9 Pages 393-451 Week Ending Friday, March 3, 2000 Statement on Assistance to Communities Struck by Hurricane Floyd February 25, 2000 When Hurricane Floyd hit communities on the eastern seaboard nearly 6 months ago, it left many thousands homeless, destroyed countless businesses, and caused severe loss of crops. While this storm took a terrible toll, hard-hit communities have shown determination and courage as they have made great efforts to rebuild. It is our job to help them, and today I am asking Congress to provide an additional $347 million to do so. These funds include essential assistance to farmers who have suffered crop loss, to help to construct low income rural housing, and to provide some 2,000 housing vouchers for families displaced from their homes. I am also asking Congress to fund a feasibility study for the historic Princeville, North Carolina, to best determine options to protect this culturally significant town from future flooding. We have already made $2.6 billion available in grants and loans to help the victims of Hurricane Floyd. I urge Congress to approve my request today for additional funding in order to support the efforts of hard-pressed communities as they continue to rebuild and to bring to nearly $3 billion total funds available to them. Note: A portion of the President's statement was also made available on the White House Press Office Actuality Line. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 393] Monday, March 6, 2000 Volume 36--Number 9 Pages 393-451 Week Ending Friday, March 3, 2000 Statement on Signing the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act February 25, 2000 Today I am pleased to sign a bipartisan bill that will help save lives by giving families immediate access to vital information about poison control. Each year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the Nation's poison control centers, and more than half of the victims are young children. The Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act authorizes $140 million over the next 5 years to fund the Nation's poison control centers, carry out a national media campaign, and establish a national toll-free telephone poison control hotline to give callers immediate information if there is an accident in the home. This new funding will help provide vital resources and information to inform the public about poison control and assist parents in protecting the health and safety of their children. Note: S. 632, approved February 25, was assigned Public Law No. 106-174. A portion of the President's statement was also made available on the White House Press Office Actuality Line. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 393-394] Monday, March 6, 2000 Volume 36--Number 9 Pages 393-451 Week Ending Friday, March 3, 2000 Statement on Emergency Assistance to Fishing Communities February 25, 2000 Due to the decline in important fishing stocks on the west and east coasts, many fishing communities are suffering unexpected losses that seriously threaten their livelihoods. In Long Island Sound, the lobster catch has fallen sharply this year. On the west coast, in Oregon, Washington, and California, there has been a serious decline in groundfish stocks. The economic threat to fishing communities is severe. I am asking Congress to provide emergency assistance of $56 million to provide aid to those whose economic welfare is threatened by this crisis and to fund research to identify the causes and potential solutions to these problems to restore the long-term health of our vital fishing industry. [[Page 394]] I urge Congress to act quickly to provide relief to communities that are clearly in need. Note: A portion of the President's statement was also made available on the White House Press Office Actuality Line. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 394] Monday, March 6, 2000 Volume 36--Number 9 Pages 393-451
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