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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 6, 2000 Volume 36--Number 44 Pages 2651-2760 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Vetoes African-Americans Community leaders--2651 Religious leaders, reception--2694 Budget--2665, 2685 California California Democratic Party and Coordinated Campaign, reception in Los Angeles--2736 Congressional candidate Gerrie Schipske, reception in Los Angeles--2739 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-- 2746 Democratic National Committee dinner--2725 Kentucky 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 City--2708 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-- 2680 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-- 2658 Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, statement--2693 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2001, statement-- 2658 Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, statement--2690 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Bill Signings--Continued Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000, statement on extension-- 2720 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-- 2693 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, statement--2720 Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2000, statement--2719 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, statement--2662 Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act, statement--2689 Bill Vetoes Legislative Branch and the Treasury and General Appropriations Act, 2001 Remarks--2700 Statement--2699 Communications to Congress Major drug producing and transit countries, letter on certification--2722 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,'' memorandum--2700 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 Economy--2657 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Briefing Room--2665 Rose Garden--2700 South Grounds--2685 Interviews April Ryan of American Urban Radio--2727 Tom Joyner Morning Show--2732 Notices 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 [[Page 2651]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2651-2656] 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 care. 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 [[Page 2652]] 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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