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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 7, 1998
Volume 34--Number 49
Pages 2387-2429

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    AIDS housing grants, radio remarks--2401
    AIDS initiatives--2399
    Congressional leaders, meeting--2406
    Democratic Leadership Council dinner--2410
    Democratic National Committee dinners--2403, 2404
    Earned-income tax credit--2423
    Electronic commerce--2390
    ``In Performance at the White House''--2398
    Middle East peace and development conference--2388
    Radio address--2387
    Rhode Island, community in Newport--2414

Communications to Congress

    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter 
        reporting on national emergency--2420

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Electronic commerce, memorandum--2396
    Pakistan and India, memorandum--2402
    Refugee assistance, memorandum on delegation of authority--2398

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--2406

Joint Statements

    Australia and the United States, electronic commerce--2392

Joint Statements--Continued

    Pakistan and the United States--2425

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Pakistan, Prime Minister Sharif--2406, 2425
    Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--2388


    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--2426
    To Terminate Temporary Duties on Imports of Broom Corn Brooms--2418
    World AIDS Day--2401

Statements by the President

        Dante Fascell--2397
        John Stanford--2397
    Democratic National Committee National Chairman Steve Grossman, 
    Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, acquittal--2410
    International Space Station--2425
    Mayor Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore, MD, decision not to seek 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2429
    Checklist of White House press releases--2428
    Digest of other White House announcements--2427
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2428


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Monday, December 7, 1998
Volume 34--Number 49
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Week Ending Friday, December 4, 1998
The President's Radio Address

November 28, 1998

    Good morning. This Thanksgiving weekend we gather in our homes with 
family and friends to share holiday meals and memories and to give 
thanks to God for our many blessings. But Thanksgiving is not only a day 
to give thanks; it is also a time when we renew our commitment to our 
deepest values and to the duty we owe to one another. Today, I want to 
talk about an important step we're taking to help our neediest citizens.
    This year Americans have much to be grateful for: grateful that our 
economy is the strongest in a generation, offering greater opportunity 
than ever before for every American; grateful that our communities are 
safer than they've been in 25 years, giving our families the security 
they need to thrive; grateful that our air and water are cleaner than 
they have been for decades, preserving the environment for our children; 
and grateful that America continues to shine as a beacon of peace, 
freedom, and democracy all around the world.
    We're also grateful this Thanksgiving more Americans will spend this 
holiday in homes of their own than at any time of our history. But for 
millions of struggling senior citizens and people with disabilities, the 
peace and security of a decent home is a distant dream and the threat of 
homelessness an ever-present nightmare.
    Too many of these hard-pressed Americans are warehoused in sterile 
nursing homes, not because they need to be but because they can't afford 
to live anywhere else. Too many are trapped in substandard housing, 
where broken plumbing, inadequate heat and hazardous hallways are a 
dangerous fact of life. And too many spend more than half of their very 
modest incomes on housing, often sacrificing basic needs like food and 
medical care just to pay the rent.
    On Thanksgiving Day in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, 
President Franklin Roosevelt entreated Americans to help the needy, 
recalling ``the steadfastness of those in every generation who fought to 
hold clear the goal of mutual help, in a time of prosperity as in a time 
of adversity.'' Today, at this moment of unparalleled prosperity, we 
must do no less.
    Americans should never have to choose between putting a meal on the 
table or putting a roof over their heads. That's why I'm pleased that 
this month we're awarding nearly $700 million in Housing and Urban 
Development grants to make sure no one has to make that impossible 
choice. These grants will enable hundreds of nonprofit organizations, 
like the YMCA, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army, to build more than 
8,000 new apartments for struggling senior citizens and people with 
disabilities and to subsidize their rents.
    Today I'm also pleased to announce nearly $130 million for new 
housing vouchers to help people with disabilities in over 200 
communities afford housing in the neighborhood of their choice. Together 
with our new housing grants, these steps will help nearly 30,000 
Americans. And I thank HUD Secretary Cuomo for his tireless efforts to 
ensure that our neediest citizens have access to safe, affordable 
    Let me give you just one example of the difference a home can make 
in the lives of Americans in need. Six years ago Helen Williams lost her 
husband to cancer and was losing her home. For 3 years she struggled to 
maintain her dignity and her health as she shuttled between friends' and 
families' houses, afraid to overstay her welcome but more frightened by 
the threat of homelessness. Fortunately, Mrs. Williams learned about one 
of the subsidized apartment building funded by HUD's housing program for 
the elderly.

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    Today, along with her dog, Mr. B, she's thriving there and giving 
back to her community. Just this week, at the age of 80, she's been busy 
working with her church to deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to families in 
need. That's the kind of Thanksgiving story we need to hear more of, all 
of us bound together across the generations in a cycle of mutual help, 
caring for one another, giving back to one another, thanking God for our 
blessings. With the steps we take today, we'll ensure the same spirit of 
Thanksgiving is alive every day of the year.
    Hillary and I wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy time of 
thanksgiving. Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 4:10 p.m. on November 27 at Camp 
David, MD, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on November 28. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on November 27 
but was embargoed for release until the broadcast.

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Week Ending Friday, December 4, 1998
Remarks at a Conference To Support Middle East Peace and Development

November 30, 1998

    Thank you very much, Secretary Albright, and thank you for your work 
for peace in the Middle East. Chairman Arafat, welcome back to the 
United States. We're delighted to see you. I think it's fair to say that 
both of us have had more sleep than we had had the last time we met at 
the Wye Plantation, and I'm delighted to have a chance to meet with 
Chairman Arafat this morning.
    I thank all the representatives who are here from Israel, the other 
countries of the Middle East--of course, the Norwegian delegation, the 
European Union, our friends from Asia, and Mr. Wolfensohn from the World 
Bank, and others.
    Let me first of all say I had a good meeting with Chairman Arafat 
this morning. We reviewed both the progress made by both sides since the 
Wye memorandum was signed and the essential next steps on the road to 
peace, including the task of this conference, stimulating Palestinian 
economic growth. Chairman Arafat reaffirmed his pledge to uphold his 
side of the agreement and to work with Israeli authorities to promote 
Israel's security. I promised the continuing support of the United 
States as we move ahead in the next phase of the peace process. That 
phase begins today with this conference.
    Today our purpose is to send a clear signal that this peace is more 
than a piece of paper, that the promise imagined at Oslo can become a 
concrete reality--a true peace, a growing peace, good for Palestinians, 
good for Israelis, good for the region and the world. There are roughly 
50 international states and organizations represented here this morning. 
Most of you have traveled a great distance. I thank you for your 
persistence and for your generosity. We must convince those who have 
invested so much in this process that it was a sound investment.
    We must look at Gaza and the West Bank in a new light, not as 
battlegrounds but as energetic places at the crossroads in the Middle 
East, endowed with well-educated populations, strongly supported by the 
Palestinian community around the world, ripe for further development 
once investors see that the peace agreement truly is taking hold.
    For too long, too many young people have turned to terrorism and old 
hatreds, partly because they had nothing better to do. We must give them 
a different future to believe in. Every step toward opportunity is a 
step away from violence. Palestinians have a right to the same things 
all people aspire to: to be part of a normal, even happy, society where 
children receive a decent education; where there are jobs to go around 
and decent health care; where people's memories are reconciled with 
their hopes for the future; and there is no fear.
    Despite our best efforts since 1993, an honest assessment would lead 
us to the conclusion that we have not realized all our intentions. There 
has been too little tangible improvement in the lives of the Palestinian 
people. Per capita income is down. Unemployment is too high. Living 
conditions are extremely difficult.

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