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[Page i-iii]
 
Monday, March 6, 2000
 
Volume 36--Number 9
Pages 393-451
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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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. 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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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

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[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.


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[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.


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[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.

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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.


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