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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, November 6, 2000
Volume 36--Number 44
Pages 2651-2760

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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Vetoes
         Community leaders--2651
         Religious leaders, reception--2694
    Budget--2665, 2685
         California Democratic Party and Coordinated Campaign, reception 
            in Los Angeles--2736
         Congressional candidate Gerrie Schipske, reception in Los 
         Departure for Los Angeles--2734
         Friends of Jane Harman, reception in Beverly Hills--2747
         Get Out the Vote rally in Los Angeles--2736
         Get Out the Vote rally in Oakland--2751
         Representative Calvin M. Dooley, reception in Beverly Hills--
    Democratic National Committee dinner--2725
         Departure for Louisville--2700
         Kentucky Democratic rally in Louisville--2702
    Legislative agenda--2665, 2685
    Middle East situation--2734
    National Italian American Foundation dinner--2672

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    New York
         African-American religious and community leaders in New York 
        Hillary Clinton reception in New York City--2714
    106th Congress--2734
    Radio address--2661
    Shiloh Baptist Church congregation--2676
    Virginia, Alfred Street Baptist Church congregation in Alexandria--
    White House bicentennial--2716

 Bill Signings

    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2001, statement--2669
    Child Citizenship Act of 2000, statement--2688
    Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, 
        and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001, statement--
    Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 
        2000, statement--2693
    Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2001, statement--
    Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 
        2001, statement--2690
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Bill Signings--Continued

    Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000, statement on extension--
    Inspector General of the Tennessee Valley Authority, statement on 
        legislation on appointment--2721
    Martin Luther King's ``I Have a Dream'' speech, statement on 
        legislation to provide for plaque commemorating--2656
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 
        2000, statement--2688
    National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act of 2000--2721
    Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, legislation to rename--
    Technology Transfer Commercialization Act of 2000, statement--2718
    Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation 
        (TREAD) Act, statement--2719
    Veterans Benefits and Health Care Improvement Act of 2000, 
    Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2000, 
    Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, 
    Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act, statement--2689

 Bill Vetoes

    Legislative Branch and the Treasury and
      General Appropriations Act, 2001

 Communications to Congress

    Major drug producing and transit countries, letter on 
    Sudan, message on continuation of the national emergency--2716

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Determination To Waive Attachment Provisions Relating to Blocked 
        Property of Terrorist-List States, memorandum--2671

Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Implementation of Section 1111 of H.R. 4205, the ``Floyd D. Spence 
        National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001,'' 
    Report to the Congress Regarding Conditions in Burma and U.S. Policy 
        Toward Burma, memorandum--2708

 Executive Orders

    Commission on Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New 

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Briefing Room--2665
        Rose Garden--2700
         South Grounds--2685
         April Ryan of American Urban Radio--2727
         Tom Joyner Morning Show--2732


    Continuation of Sudan Emergency--2716

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings; Bill Vetoes
    Commission on Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New 
        Economy, Executive order signing--2656
    Israeli-Palestinian announcement to further implement the Sharm al-
        Sheikh agreement--2718
    Singapore Airlines Flight SQ-006 crash in Taiwan--2718
    Unemployment rate--2755

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2757
    Checklist of White House press releases--2757
    Digest of other White House announcements--2756
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2756

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Monday, November 6, 2000
Volume 36--Number 44
Pages 2651-2760
Week Ending Friday, November 3, 2000
Remarks to African-American Community Leaders

 October 27, 2000

     Thank you very much, Secretary Herman, and thank you for the 
wonderful, wonderful job you have done as Secretary of Labor. I want to 
thank the others who are here from the White House today: Minyon Moore; 
Mary Beth Cahill; Ben Johnson; Alvin Brown, the Vice Chair of our 
Community Empowerment Board that the Vice President has done such a 
great job leading in the last 8 years; Lorraine Miller, the executive 
director of the Community Empowerment Board; Jena Roscoe, the Director 
of African-American Outreach; John Johnson of the NAACP; Norman Hill of 
the A. Philip Randolph Institute; Wade Henderson; Yvonne Scruggs-
Leftwich; and of course, my great friend Representative Eddie Bernice 
Johnson from Texas. Thank you for being here.
     Thank you all for joining me today. I wanted to talk with you a 
little bit about the upcoming election and the profound importance that 
I believe it has for all of you and for all of those about whom you 
     You know, first, let me say I feel so much gratitude as I approach 
the end of my service as President. If anybody had told me when we 
started that we would end with 22 million new jobs and the highest 
homeownership in history and the highest rate of business formation in 
history and the lowest minority unemployment in history, the lowest 
recorded African-American poverty rate in history, the lowest child 
poverty rate in 20 years, lowest welfare rolls in 32 years--cut in 
half--the lowest crime rate in 26 years, a reduction in the number of 
people without health insurance for the first time in a dozen years, 
record rates of college-going--all these things that have happened--I 
would have been very grateful. And I am grateful.
     But today what I want to say to you is that the country is in good 
shape; we're moving in the right direction. But we are now in a position 
that we were not in 8 years ago, where we have to ask ourselves not what 
do we do to get out of the ditch but what do we do to build the future 
of our dreams for our children?
     And we're in a position to choose, which is what voting ought to be 
about. I've done my best to try to urge the American people and all the 
political actors to make this a very positive election but a vigorous 
debate. And they're having their debate, and I don't have to contribute 
to that, but everybody knows how I feel. But I want to talk about what 
all this means.
     First of all, as Alexis said, we've been driven here for 8 years by 
some pretty simple ideas. One is that there ought to be opportunity for 
every responsible citizen. And that meant that we had to create the 
conditions and give people the tools to make the most of their own 
lives. The other is that we ought to build one America across all the 
lines that divide us, which meant that we had to take exceptional 
efforts to make sure that there was participation and empowerment. And 
finally, I have sought to create in our country the capacity to lead the 
world for peace and freedom in the post-cold-war era, recognizing that 
the world is growing ever more interdependent and that every part of the 
world is important to us.
     So we've worked hard at all this. Alexis talked about the economy 
and the participation of African-Americans in the administration. Since 
I've been here, we've had--of my total appointees--12 percent of the 
Cabinet, 14 percent of the total appointees, and 17 percent of the 
Federal judicial nominees.
     But we've worked hard to affect America at the grassroots level. 
That's what the empowerment zone program is about, that the Vice 
President has done such a good job of running these last 8 years. That's 
what the

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new markets initiative we're desperately trying to pass through the 
Congress in the closing days, to give people the same incentives to 
invest in underdeveloped areas in America we give people to invest in 
underdeveloped areas in Latin America and Africa and Asia and other 
parts of the world.

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