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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, May 6, 1996 Volume 32--Number 18 Pages 735-789 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Vetoes American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference--749 Billy and Ruth Graham, dinner honoring--784 Budget negotiations--781 Cattle prices--768 Florida Democratic dinner in Coral Gables--758 National Drug Control Strategy in Coral Gables--754 Kennedy Center anniversary reception--746 National Association of Realtors--739 Pennsylvania, Democratic reception in Philadelphia--735 Radio address--738 U.S.-Israel counterterrorism accord--764 U.S. Olympic Committee Champions in Life--772 Dinner--774 Bill Signings Technical corrections to the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996, statement--785 Bill Vetoes Common Sense Product Liability Legal Reform Act of 1996 Message--780 Remarks--776 Communications to Congress See also Bill Vetoes Cyprus, letter transmitting report--773 National Drug Control Strategy, letter transmitting--757 Communications to Federal Agencies Alaska North Slope crude oil exports, memorandum--748 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--768, 781 Oval Office--770, 776 Roosevelt Room--764 Joint Statements U.S.-Israel joint statement--767 Letters and Messages Eid al-Adha, message--735 Mettings With Foreign Leaders Israel, Prime Minister Peres--749, 764, 767 Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--770 Proclamations Labor History Month--786 Law Day, U.S.A.--769 Loyalty Day--769 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Alaska North Slope crude oil exports--747 Family and Medical Leave Act--774 Gasoline prices--758 ``Immigration Control and Financial Responsibility Act of 1996,'' Senate action--783 Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act, Senate passage--783 Tobacco use, initiative to reduce--783 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--789 Checklist of White House press releases--788 Digest of other White House announcements--787 Nominations submitted to the Senate--787 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. 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[[Page 735]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 735] Monday, May 6, 1996 Volume 32--Number 18 Pages 735-789 Week Ending Friday, May 3, 1996 Message on the Observance of Eid al-Adha April 26, 1996 Warm greetings to everyone celebrating Eid al-Adha. An observance of sacrifice and a celebration of faith, Eid al-Adha is a sacred day for Muslims in our nation and around the world. On this special day, the entire global Muslim community joins in spirit with those who have traveled to Mecca to complete the Hajj. The Festival of the Sacrifice reminds all of us of the need for obedience to God, prompts us to reflect on God's mercy, and gives participants a welcome opportunity to join with friends and family in a community celebration of faith. In commemorating this holy day, Muslims in America and in countries around the world serve as a source of strong faith that can enrich our lives and strengthen our common values. Best wishes for a memorable and meaningful observance. Bill Clinton Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 735-738] Monday, May 6, 1996 Volume 32--Number 18 Pages 735-789 Week Ending Friday, May 3, 1996 Remarks at a Democratic Reception in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 26, 1996 Thank you very much. Come on up, Congressman--give Congressman Borski a hand for going to his daughter's soccer game. Give him a hand. [Applause] One of the things you need to know if you're in public life is how to make a proper entrance. [Laughter] And Bob just qualified. Actually, I saw him this morning. We were both out running at Fort McNair in Washington, DC, and he said he'd be here tonight. And I thank him for keeping his word. Thank you, Congressman Chaka Fattah, for that powerful introduction and for your great service. Thank you, Congressman Tom Foglietta, for your friendship and your support. Thank you, Gussie, and thank you, Mina Baker Knoll, and thank you, Joe Kohn. Thank you, Mr. Chairman Fowler, for all the endless nights that you go back and forth across America in search of the magical chemistry of victory, not just for our party and our candidates, but for the kind of America we're fighting for. And thank you, Mr. Mayor, for proving that the Democratic Party can be the party of the future and the party of all the people, the party of compassion and competence, the party of the mind, and the party of the heart. Thank you all. Ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply moved by this large outpouring. As President Kennedy used to say, I am deeply touched, but not so deeply touched as you are tonight. [Laughter] I thank you for your support, and I thank you for your commitment to your city, your State, and your country. Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have been very, very good to me. And as all of you know, this State and this part of our State has a special place in my wife's heart and her family history. And we're delighted always, either one of us, to have a chance to come. I think you know why we're here, or you wouldn't be here. But let me just say again very briefly, when I ran for President in 1992 and the State of Pennsylvania gave Bill Clinton and Al Gore its electoral votes, when Philadelphia gave our ticket a larger margin than President Kennedy received here in 1960, we had a very straightforward vision for our country, a vision for what we wanted America to look like in the 21st century and what we wanted America to be like for all the children that are here. First, we wanted a country where every person who is willing to work for it, without regard to their race, their income, or their background, could have a chance to live out [[Page 736]] their dreams. Second, we wanted a country that was coming together, not being driven apart; that was reaching across the racial and other lines that divide us to find strength in our diversity and our shared values. Third, I wanted to see our country continue to be the world's strongest force for peace and freedom and prosperity and security, so that we could build a framework for the 21st century that would free our children of the worries that two World Wars and the cold war imposed upon generation after generation after generation of Americans in the 20th century. In short, I really believed that if we did the right thing, the new global economy could open up the greatest age of possibility our people have ever known. I still believe that. And what I come to you to say is that we have a record that we can be proud of. Together we've done what we said we'd do in 1992. But it is a record to build on, not a record to sit on. It is a record to go forward from, and not a record to take a radical turn away from. That is what is at stake here. The American people in a way are fortunate in this election year. In 1992, there was a big debate about change or the status quo. That's not what is at stake in 1996. In 1996, there are two very different visions of change that offer us two roads into the 21st century. And the next 4 years, like it or not, are going to take us right into the next century. The question is, which road are we going to walk into the 21st century? That is the question the American people will determine. Will we walk the road of those who say that Government is the problem in America and the only thing we need to do is to give the American people freedom from their Government? Or will we walk with those of us who believe that we need a smaller and less bureaucratic Government, but Government has a role to play to make sure that every American has a chance to make it, that every family has a chance to make it, that every neighborhood and every community has a chance to live up to the fullest of their God-given capacities? I think those of us who want to go forward together will prevail in 1996 because of you, and I know that you know that, or you wouldn't be here. And we don't have to guess about what will happen. You know where I am and what I will do. You know where they are and what they will do. You know that our approach produced a deficit that is less than half of what it was in 1992 when we took office, 8\1/2\ million more jobs, a real crime bill instead of 6 years of talking about it. It's putting 100,000 police on the street and helping communities to drive the crime rate down to make our streets safer. You know that it produced new and innovative approaches to protect the environment while growing the economy. You know that it produced a new commitment to the education of all of our children, from expanding the Head Start program to expanding the availability of affordable college loans, to the national service program that your former Senator, Harris Wofford, heads today. You know what we will do, and you know they oppose all those things. You also know that I have done my best to reach across party lines to work with Republicans of good will; that I think this intense partisanship--the idea that everybody who is not in your party is the enemy of your future and the enemy of your country--is crazy; the idea that you should never work with people even if you agree with them on a
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