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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, October 7, 1996 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 1893-1967 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Balanced budget agreement--1927 Massachusetts Boston Arrival--1927 Campaign concert for Senator Kerry--1928 Fall River--1922 Middle East summit--1931, 1939 New York, Buffalo--1954 Radio address--1914 Rhode Island, Providence--1916 Texas Fort Worth--1902 Houston Astronaut Shannon Lucid, welcome--1908 Community--1909 Longview--1893 Bill Signings Antarctic Science, Tourism, and Conservation Act of 1996, statement--1948 ``Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act,'' statement--1943 Carjacking Correction Act of 1996, statement--1941 Bill Signings--Continued Comprehensive Methamphetamine Control Act of 1996, remarks--1951 Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1997, statement--1933 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996, statement--1949 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 1997, statement-- 1934 Mother Teresa, legislation conferring citizenship, statement--1942 Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997, statement--1935 Waiving enrollment requirements, statement--1935 Witness retaliation, witness tampering and jury tampering legislation, statement--1941 Bill Vetoes Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge Eminent Domain Prevention Act, message--1950 Communications to Congress See also Bill Vetoes Caribbean Basin economic recovery, message transmitting report--1943 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Chautauqua, NY, on October 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. 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. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Congress--Continued Convention on the International Maritime Organization, message transmitting report--1942 Inter-American Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad, message transmitting--1938 Traffic and motor vehicles, message transmitting reports--1961 Communications to Federal Agencies Drawdown of Defense Department commodities, services, and training for the Economic Community of West African States' peacekeeping force, memorandum--1934 Family violence provisions, memorandum on guidelines to States for implementation--1958 Executive Orders Supporting Families: Collecting Delinquent Child Support Obligations--1925 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Boston, MA--1927 Chautauqua, NY--1962 Oval Office--1939 Rose Garden--1931 Interview with the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Morning News-- 1898 News conference with Middle Eastern leaders, October 2 (No. 129)-- 1943 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu--1939, 1943 Jordan, King Hussein I--1939, 1943 Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--1939, 1943 Proclamations National Breast Cancer Awareness Month--1959 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month--1960 National Student Voter Education Day--1950 Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Formulate or Implement Policies That Are Impeding the Transition to Democracy in Burma or Who Benefit From Such Policies--1957 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996, passage--1957 Omnibus parks legislation--1932, 1957 Welfare reform initiatives--1933 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1965 Checklist of White House press releases--1965 Digest of other White House announcements--1963 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1964 [[Page 1893]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1893-1898] Pages 1893-1967 Week Ending Friday, October 4, 1996 Remarks in Longview, Texas September 27, 1996 The President. Thank you. Thank you. Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! The President. Thank you very much. Folks, I would have come all the way to Longview just to see the Rangerettes and hear the Ranger Band. Thank you very much. I thank you for coming out on a little bit of an overcast day and keeping the rain away. I feel like the Sun shines on us in Longview today, don't you? [Applause] Thank you, Martha Whitehead, for being a great mayor, a great state treasurer, for keeping your campaign commitment and working yourself right out of a job. Somehow I think that people will think you're entitled to a lot more good jobs in the future. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you, County Commissioner James Johnson, for being here. Thank you, Ann Richards, for your wonderful talk. I heard it in the back. Thank you, Texas Democratic Party chair and former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, Bill White. He did a great job for us in Washington, and he's doing a great job for the Democratic Party here in Texas. And thank you, Garry Mauro, my friend of many years, for standing up for us, sticking with us, and waiting around until we finally got to the point where we can win in the State of Texas because we've done a good job for the people of Texas. I also want to thank Max Sandlin for being here and for speaking earlier. And I want to ask you to send him to the United States Congress. We've got some great candidates in this part of Texas running for their first terms in Congress: Max Sandlin, Jim Turner, John Pouland. I hope they will all win. I hope you will help them so they can help you build that bridge to the 21st century that we've been talking about. Thank you, Judge Frank Maloney, for being here. And ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to take a little personal privilege here and ask your retiring Congressman, Jim Chapman, who has served you well and worked hard, just to come up here and say one word. This is the biggest crowd he'll see in Longview until he leaves office, and I want him to have a chance to say hello to you. Come on up here, Jim. [At this point, Representative Jim Chapman made brief remarks.] Audience members. Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! The President. Thank you. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, 4 years ago I had a pretty tough time here. I ran for President against two guys from Texas. [Laughter] It hardly seemed fair to me. I'm sure I spent more time in Texas than anybody else who had run for President recently. And you were very good to me. We had a good showing here. I've had an opportunity to come back to Texas many times in the last 4 years, and I want to thank all those who have been my friends and supporters through good times and bad. You know, we had some tough decisions to make when I became President. But think what this country was like 4 years ago. We had high unemployment, the slowest job growth since the Great Depression, growing inequality because working people's wages were stagnant. The crime rate was going up. The welfare rolls were going up. The country was becoming more divided, and people were becoming more skeptical, even cynical, about our politics. And I believed it was because we did not have a unifying vision to take us into the 21st century. And I have a simple, straightforward idea of what I want this country to look like in 4 years when we start a new century and a new millennium. In Longview, Texas, and every town like it all across America, I want [[Page 1894]] the American dream to be alive and well for everybody who is willing to work for it, without regard to where they start out in life. I want this country to be the world's strongest force for peace and freedom and prosperity, because our peace and our freedom and our prosperity depends upon America's ability to lead and stand up for those things in the world. And I wanted us to be a country that's coming together, not being torn apart by our differences. And I believe we can all say we're a lot better off by that standard today than we were 4 years ago. We're on the right track for the 21st century. We've done it by trying to meet our challenges and protect our values with a simple little strategy: opportunity for all; responsibility from all; and an American community that treats everybody fairly and gives everybody a role to play. Now, you look at the results and you think about the tough times in 1993 and 1994. When we were passing our economic plan, Mr. Morales' opponent said, ``If the President's plan passes, unemployment will go up, the deficit will go up, we'll have a terrible recession.'' That's what he said. Well, now we know. A trained economist, they say. Four years later we have 10\1/2\ million new jobs, 900,000 here in Texas; the lowest unemployment rate in America in 7\1/2\ years; the lowest unemployment rate here in 15 years; in every single year a record number of new small businesses; the highest rate of homeownership in 15 years; 4\1/2\ million new homeowners. And yesterday, in the annual report of the United States Census Bureau on how we're doing as a country in terms of our income, we got the following information. Last year, median--that's the people in the
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