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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, August 7, 2000
Volume 36--Number 31
Pages 1721-1786

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 Addresses and Remarks

        David Barksdale Senior Center in Tampa--1756
        Democratic Senatorial Campaign
            Dinner in Palm Beach--1775
            Luncheon in Tampa--1760
            Reception in Palm Beach--1770
        Permanent normal trade relations with China in Tampa--1754
        Association of Trial Lawyers of America in Chicago--1749
        Democratic National Committee luncheon in Chicago--1743
        Democratic Congressional Campaign
            Dinner in Cambridge--1733
            Reception in Boston--1728
    New York City, luncheon for Hillary Clinton--1740
    Radio address--1739
    Rhode Island, luncheon for Representative Patrick J. Kennedy in 

 Bill Signings

    Cross-Border Cooperation and Environmental Safety in Northern Europe 
        Act of 2000, statement--1782

Communications to Congress

    Iraq, national emergency, letters--1728
    Mexico-U.S. treaty on delimination of the continental shelf in the 
        western Gulf of Mexico, message transmitting--1721

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Potential Electricity Shortages in California, memorandum--1783

 Interviews With the News Media

     Interview with Kelly Ring of WTVT television in Tampa--1766


    Continuation of Iraqi Emergency--1727


    Helsinki Human Rights Day--1781

 Statements by the President

     See also  Bill Signings
    California, Federal action on potential electricity shortages--1783
    Colombia, upcoming visit and assistance--1784
    Colorado initiative to close the gun show loophole--1781
    Death of Sister M. Isolina Ferre--1782
    Gun buyback initiative--1753
    National debt--1770
    Stability Pact for Southeast Europe--1727

 Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1786
     Checklist of White House press releases--1786
     Digest of other White House announcements--1784
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1786

   Editor's Note:   The President was in Martha's Vineyard, MA, on 
August 4, 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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Monday, August 7, 2000
Volume 36--Number 31
Pages 1721-1786
Week Ending Friday, August 4, 2000
Message to the Senate Transmitting the Mexico-United States Treaty on 
the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf in the Western Gulf of Mexico 
With Documentation

July 27, 2000

To the Senate of the United States:

    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to 
ratification, I transmit herewith the Treaty Between the Government of 
the United States of America and the Government of the United Mexican 
States on the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf in the Western Gulf 
of Mexico beyond 200 nautical miles. The Treaty was signed at Washington 
on June 9, 2000. The report of the Department of State is also enclosed 
for the information of the Senate.
    The purpose of the Treaty is to establish a continental shelf 
boundary in the western Gulf of Mexico beyond the outer limits of the 
two countries' exclusive economic zones where those limits do not 
overlap. The approximately 135-nautical-mile continental shelf boundary 
runs in a general east-west direction. The boundary defines the limit 
within which the United States and Mexico may exercise continental shelf 
jurisdiction, particularly oil and gas exploration and exploitation.
    The Treaty also establishes procedures for addressing the 
possibility of oil and gas reservoirs that extend across the continental 
shelf boundary.
    I believe this Treaty to be fully in the interest of the United 
States. Ratification of the Treaty will facilitate the United States 
proceeding with leasing an area of continental shelf with oil and gas 
potential that has interested the U.S. oil and gas industry for several 
    The Treaty also reflects the tradition of cooperation and close ties 
with Mexico. The location of the boundary has not been in dispute.
    I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration 
to this Treaty and give its advice and consent to ratification.
                                            William J. Clinton
 The White House,
 July 27, 2000.

 Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
July 28. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, August 7, 2000
Volume 36--Number 31
Pages 1721-1786
Week Ending Friday, August 4, 2000
Remarks at a Luncheon for Representative Patrick J. Kennedy
in Barrington, Rhode Island

July 28, 2000

    Thank you. You have to be 33 years old to have that kind of energy. 
[Laughter] You know, Patrick is--he celebrated his 33d birthday, but he 
looks like he's about 23. And he told me that story that he told you. 
You remember when he started his remarks, and he talked about being 
grounded? He was supposed to go to his birthday party, he was grounded 
by bad weather. The first time he said it, I thought one of his parents 
made him stay home for bad behavior. [Laughter]
    Don't pay any attention to this. We're all just jealous, Patrick. 
    I want to thank Bill and Nancy for opening this magnificent home, 
this beautiful, beautiful place and for giving me a reason to come to 
Barrington. I hope I can come back. I really think it's amazingly 
    I want to thank Senator Reed for being here with us and for his 
truly outstanding leadership in the Senate. I want to thank Ted and 
Vicki and Joan for being here to support you, Patrick. You deserve it, 
and everything you said about your dad is the truth.
    When Patrick was up here bragging on his father, I leaned over to 
Bill and I said, ``You know, you would be hard-pressed to name 10 people 
who have served in the United

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States Senate in the entire history of America who have done as much 
good as Ted Kennedy has.'' And I think that's very important.
    I want to thank your former Governor, Bruce Sundlun, and your former 
Lieutenant Governor, Bob Licht, for being here and Lieutenant Governor 
and all the mayors and legislative leaders. And there are a lot of 
people here who helped me from the beginning, but I want to especially 
mention Joe Paolino and Mark Weiner and Ira Magaziner, and his whole 
family, for being there for me when I was just what then-President Bush 
referred to as a Governor of a small southern State. [Laughter] And I 
was so naive, I thought it was a compliment. [Laughter] And I still do. 
    I want to thank Patrick for giving me the opportunity to come here 
for him today. I don't know anybody in the Congress who works as hard as 
he does. I don't know anybody in the Congress any more devoted to his or 
her constituents than he is. I don't know anybody in the Congress on the 
good days and the bad--and believe me, you get your fair share of both 
down there--who is always up, always there, always focused, always doing 
what he's supposed to do. You should be very proud of what he has done 
with his life for you and the people of Rhode Island.
    I think it is truly astonishing that one family has produced so many 
people so devoted to public service. His cousin Joe did a great job in 
the Congress. His cousin Kathleen, I think, is the finest Lieutenant 
Governor in the entire United States--unbelievable in terms of what 
she's been able to accomplish.
    But over the long run, if you will just stick with him, his energy 
and consistency and dedication will make a unique mark on Rhode Island 
and on the United States, and I want you to stick with him. And besides 
that, he's now raised all this money for these other people in Congress, 
and they owe him everything. I mean, if we get the majority, they may 
move the Capital up here, for all I know, just because of Patrick.
    Let me just say, too, on behalf of Hillary and myself and Al and 
Tipper Gore, I want to thank the people of Rhode Island for being so 
good to us and to me, especially, through two elections. I stopped at a 
school on the way here and read my radio address for tomorrow morning. 
And on the way out, I stopped and shook hands with a lot of the folks 
that were on the street. And I turned to one of my aides and I said, 
``You know, I want to spend the rest of my Presidency in places where I 
got 60 percent of the vote or more.'' [Laughter] I was pretty happy. But 
I'm very grateful to you.
    And I guess the remarks that I make today are sort of like what we 
at home used to call preaching to the saved. But I hope you will listen 
to what I have to say, and I know that you have friends, not only all 
over this State but all over this country, and I hope you will share it 
with them.
    Some people think I'm crazy for doing what Patrick said I am. I've 
never worked harder in an election for myself than I'm working for our 
Congressmen and our Senators and our Vice President. And of course, 
there is one particular Senate race I have more than a passing interest 
in. [Laughter] But I'm doing it for other reasons.
    I come here today a little--actually, reluctant to speak because the 
night before last was the first time in 2 weeks I've been to bed before 
2 in the morning, because we were at Camp David working on those Middle 
East peace talks. And I'm not sure I'll remember what I say when I 
finish, because I'm still a little tired.
    But let me tell you what I think is most important and what I'm 
concerned about. Patrick had it right; I always tell people there's only 
three things you need to know about this election: It is a big election; 
there are big differences; and only the Democrats want you to know what 
the differences are. What does that tell you about who you ought to vote 
    But let me explain what I mean by that. We're in the midst of the 
longest economic expansion in our country's history, including those 
which occurred in wartime, and we've had no war. All the social 
indicators are going in the right direction. The welfare rolls are half 
what they were when I took the oath of office. The crime rate is down. 

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