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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 7, 1995 Volume 31--Number 31 Pages 1335-1381 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Congressional action on appropriations legislation--1350 Fraternal Order of Police--1353 National Governors' Association in Burlington, VT--1342 Political reform--1374 Radio address--1335 Report on the state of American education--1360 Senior citizens, question-and-answer session on Medicare--1337 State dinner for President Kim of South Korea--1335 Bill Signings District of Columbia Emergency Highway Relief Act, statement--1378 Emergency supplemental appropriations and rescissions legislation, statement--1377 Communications to Congress Bulgaria-U.S. nuclear cooperation agreement, message transmitting-- 1379 District of Columbia financial authority budget, message transmitting--1378 Energy policy report, message transmitting--1379 Iraq Letter--1362 Message--1357 National Urban Policy Report, message transmitting--1364 Communications to Federal Agencies Bosnia, assistance to United Nations Rapid Reaction Force, memorandums--1350, 1373 Timber salvage legislation, memorandum--1356 Executive Orders Access to Classified Information--1365 Metro North Commuter Railroad labor dispute, emergency board establishment--1349 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Briefing Room--1350 Cabinet Room--1360 Oval Office--1374 Meetings With Foreign Leaders South Korea, President Kim--1335 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Death of Maj. Richard J. Meadows--1342 Hurricane Erin--1361 Oil and gas drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf--1349 Telecommunications reform, proposed legislation--1355 Voting Rights Act, 30th anniversary--1376 Welfare reform, proposed legislation--1361 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1381 Checklist of White House press releases--1381 Digest of other White House announcements--1380 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1381 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. 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[[Page 1335]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1335] Monday, August 7, 1995 Volume 31--Number 31 Pages 1335-1381 Week Ending Friday, August 4, 1995 Remarks at a State Dinner for President Kim Yong-sam of South Korea July 27, 1995 Let me welcome President and Mrs. Kim, the members of the delegation from the Republic of Korea. To all of our distinguished guests, Hillary and I are delighted to have you here in the White House. I have especially enjoyed this day that I have spent with President Kim, a man whose extraordinary resilience is matched only by his commitment to democracy. Mr. President, this is our fourth meeting. And if you'll permit me just a personal note, I am struck by how much we have in common. We were both elected to office at an early age. You won a seat in your National Assembly when you were just 25. You entered the Blue House just a month after I came to the White House. Or to put it in another way, we have both spent the past 20,000 hours or so dealing with our respective Congresses and fielding hard questions from the press. [Laughter] I'm happy to say that President Kim is also an enthusiastic jogger who permitted me to jog with him in Korea. And even in this heat, Mr. President, after this meal, we may have to run an extra mile together tomorrow. [Laughter] Mr. President, for all the things we have in common, I must also comment on something that sets you apart from most other leaders in the world today. And that is the extraordinary hardship you endured and the courage you displayed to bring democracy to your country. Your many years in opposition were marked by jail terms, years of house arrest, an assassination attempt, and a 23-day hunger strike that almost took your life. As you once put it, a short life of integrity is better than a long life in disgrace. But you persisted, and you prevailed. At your inauguration you said, ``Deep in my heart I have a vision of a new Korea, a freer and more mature democracy. At last we have established a government by the people and of the people of this land.'' Now, under your leadership, Korea is taking its rightful place in the world as both a thriving economy and a dynamic democracy. Mr. President, the bonds between our people, forged in the fires of war upon your land, have only grown stronger with time. We are united now by a history of shared sacrifice and a future of common purpose. These are our common goals: lasting peace, security, and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula; a stable and prosperous Asia-Pacific region; a rising tide of democracy around the world. Working together, the Republic of Korea and the United States can help to achieve them. Mr. President, when I visited you 2 years ago, you presented me with a beautiful work of calligraphy with your favorite saying: Taedo Mumun, Righteousness overcomes all obstacles. Mr. President, tonight, in the presence of so many people from your country, so many Korean-Americans, your wonderful wife, and your two daughters who live in our country, I ask everyone in this room to raise a glass to a man who, through his own righteousness, has overcome all obstacles: Kim Yong-sam. To you, Mr. President, and to the enduring friendship between our two great nations. Note: The President spoke at 8:30 p.m. in the State Dining Room at the White House. In his remarks, he referred to President Kim's wife, Kim Myoung Soon, and his daughters, Lee Hye Young and Song Hye Kyung. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1335-1337] Monday, August 7, 1995 Volume 31--Number 31 Pages 1335-1381 Week Ending Friday, August 4, 1995 Radio Address by the President and Hillary Clinton on Medicare July 29, 1995 The President. Good morning. This morning I'm speaking to you from the Oval Office with the First Lady. And we're joined [[Page 1336]] by families from all across our country, grandparents, parents, and children, including Hillary's mother and my stepfather. We want to talk with you this morning about the respect and dignity we owe to older Americans and the security we owe to their families. This weekend we're celebrating the 30th anniversary of the passage of Medicare. Guaranteed health care for older and disabled Americans is now so much a part of our lives that it's easy to forget how growing old once meant growing poor in our country. In 1965, over one-third of older Americans were poor, and half of them were uninsured. I remember because my mother was a nurse-anesthetist, and older people without insurance would sometimes come to our house, offering to mow our lawn or bringing a bushel of peaches to pay for her services. These Americans had worked hard their whole lives, they didn't have any health insurance, and they were in danger of losing their health. Vice President Gore's father, Senator Al Gore, Sr., was in the Senate back in 1965 when he said that this was a disgrace in a country such as ours. Senator Gore helped to create Medicare to put an end to that disgrace. And since then, Medicare has lifted millions of seniors out of poverty and provided insurance for almost every older American. Mrs. Clinton. We need to remember that Medicare is not just important for older men and women, it is a compact across generations. Medicare means that we don't have to choose between doing right by our parents and giving our children the opportunities they deserve. A friend of ours told me a story about how, before Medicare, her mother would take a part of her paycheck each week and put it in an envelope to pay for an aging parent's health care bills. That meant the family had less money for putting food on the table or sending their children to college or saving for their own retirement. That's the way it was for families before Medicare and the way it could be again for all families, especially those of us with both responsibilities for parents and children. Parents ought to be able to save for their children's college and protect their parents' health. And Medicare means they can. It certainly has been there for our family and for the Vice President's. You may know that the President and I have both lost parents in the last 2\1/2\ years. We've sat in those hospital waiting rooms. We've been in those intensive care units. And we've also experienced in the past week with the Vice President the joy of having his mother come out of the hospital. For all our worries, the one thing we didn't have to worry about was a mountain of health care bills. Medicare was there. That is the story for millions of Americans, people like Arthur Flemming and Genevieve Johnson, who are here with us. Mr. Flemming helped start Medicare 30 years ago. And Mrs. Johnson was among the first people to benefit from it. Today, both are in their nineties and receive Medicare, and both have worked tirelessly to make sure Medicare will be there for their grandchildren, too. And I think it's because they know what life is like for most older Americans. The median income for women over 65 in our country is $8,500 a year. The President. To preserve Medicare for all of our grandchildren we do have to strengthen the Medicare trust fund, which holds the money we all pay in to cover hospital, nursing homes, and home health bills. I've been working to reform Medicare since I took office, and frankly, the trust fund is in better shape than it was when I did take office. But real reform is about making the situation better, not worse. Real reform means fixing the trust fund without putting beneficiaries in a fix. I also believe we have to balance the budget. But I know we can do that and strengthen the trust fund without rolling back 30 years of progress against poverty and fear for older Americans. That's what my balanced budget will do. It will eliminate the deficit, secure the Medicare trust fund, and still protect older Americans from one penny in new Medicare costs. Times are tough enough without forcing families to pay more to keep the health care they have right now. The congressional majority sees it differently. They are now willing to join me in [[Page 1337]] shoring up the trust fund, but they want to do it in a way I don't agree with, that goes way too far, because they insist on such a huge tax cut that also make older couples pay $5,600 more out of their pockets over the next few years. For people who don't have that kind of money, the
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