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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 8, 1998
Volume 34--Number 23
Pages 1003-1056

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    China, most-favored-nation status--1024
    Democratic Leadership Council National Conversation--1039
    ``In Performance at the White House''--1035
    Massachusetts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology commencement in 
    Nuclear proliferation in South Asia--1024
        City Year convention in Cleveland--1027
        Gubernatorial candidate Lee Fisher, reception in Cleveland--1032
    Radio address--1004
    SAVER Summit--1036, 1046
    South Dakota Victory Fund dinner--1047
        Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception in 
        Democratic National Committee dinner in Dallas--1021
        2000 census, roundtable discussion in Houston--1011

Communications to Congress

    Belarus, message transmitting waiver on most-favored-nation status--
    China, message transmitting waiver on most-favored-nation status--

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Pakistan, detonation of a nuclear device, letter reporting--1005
    Vietnam, message transmitting waiver on most-favored-nation status--
    Wheat gluten, letter transmitting proclamation and memorandum on 
        adjustment to competition from imports--1009

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Africa and Southeast Asia, memorandum on refugee assistance--1006
    Belarus, memorandum on most-favored-nation status--1027
    China, memorandum on most-favored-nation status--1025
    Pakistan, memorandum on sanctions for detonation of a nuclear 
    Palestine Liberation Organization, memorandum on waiver and 
        certification of statutory provisions regarding--1027
    Plain language in Government writing--1010
    Vietnam, memorandum on most-favored-nation status--1026
    Wheat gluten, memorandum on adjustment to competition from imports--
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Cambridge, MA, on June 5, 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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Joint Statements

    Visit of His Highness Shaikh Essa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the Amir of 
        the State of Bahrain--1009

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Bahrain, Amir Khalifa--1009


    Small Business Week--1003
    To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of 
        Wheat Gluten--1006

Statements by the President

    Pakistan, further nuclear testing--1005
    Russian reform--1006
    Tobacco legislation, House of Representatives support--1054

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1056
    Checklist of White House press releases--1056
    Digest of other White House announcements--1055
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1055

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Monday, June 8, 1998
Volume 34--Number 23
Pages 1003-1056
Week Ending Friday, June 5, 1998
Proclamation 7102--Small Business Week, 1998

May 29, 1998

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Our great Nation is renowned worldwide as the land of opportunity. 
Americans are dedicated to bettering their lives, pursuing the American 
Dream with entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity.
    Small business owners across our country are among the true heroes 
of our great American success story. We owe much of today's prosperity 
to our Nation's 23.6 million small businesses. Small businesses 
represent 99.7 percent of all employers, account for 47 percent of all 
sales in the country, employ 53 percent of the private work force, and 
are responsible for more than half of the private gross domestic 
product. New business formation reached another record level in 1997, 
with 884,609 new employer firms--the highest ever, and a 5-percent 
increase over the last record set in 1996.
    Recognizing the extraordinary contributions of small businesses to 
the strength and continuing growth of our economy, my Administration has 
worked hard to implement policies and programs designed to help small 
businesses develop and expand. We are directing tax relief to more small 
businesses, expanding access to capital, supporting innovation, 
providing regulatory relief, opening overseas markets to entrepreneurs, 
and strengthening America's work force through investments in education, 
training, and better benefits.
    The U.S. Small Business Administration plays a key role in my 
Administration's efforts to help Americans start, build, and grow their 
small businesses into the 21st century. Since the end of fiscal year 
1992, the SBA extended or guaranteed more than $48 billion in loans to 
small businesses, more than in the previous 12 years combined. The SBA's 
current portfolio guarantees $29 billion in loans to 200,000 small 
business owners who otherwise would not have access to capital. 
Realizing the enormous potential of today's revolution in technology, we 
are leading the world in the development of electronic commerce and in 
using the Internet to help advance small business opportunities.
    As Americans observe Small Business Week, let us pay tribute to the 
hundreds of thousands of small business owners across our Nation whose 
energy, innovative spirit, and faith in our system of free enterprise 
have done so much to generate the unprecedented prosperity and growth we 
enjoy today.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 31 
through June 6, 1998, as Small Business Week. I call upon Government 
officials and all the people of the United States to observe this week 
with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs that celebrate the 
achievements of small business owners and encourage the development of 
new enterprises.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth 
day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-eight, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and twenty-second.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., June 2, 1998]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on June 3. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

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Monday, June 8, 1998
Volume 34--Number 23
Pages 1003-1056
Week Ending Friday, June 5, 1998
The President's Radio Address

May 30, 1998

    Good morning. I want to talk to you today about the role of faith in 
our lives and in the education of our children.
    Our Nation was founded by people of deep religious beliefs, some of 
whom came here to escape oppression because of their beliefs. Their 
trust in God is enshrined in one of our most treasured documents, the 
Declaration of Independence. Today, Americans are still a profoundly 
religious people, and our faith continues to sustain us.
    Our Founders believed the best way to protect religious liberty was 
to first guarantee the right of everyone to believe and practice 
religion according to his or her conscience and, second, to prohibit our 
Government from imposing or sanctioning any particular religious belief. 
That's what they wrote into the first amendment. They were right then, 
and they're right now.
    But resolving these two principles has not always been easy, 
especially when it comes to our public schools. Just as our religious 
faith guides us in our everyday lives, so, too, do our Nation's public 
schools strengthen the moral foundation of our society. We trust our 
schools to teach our children and to give them the knowledge and skills 
they need to succeed in life.
    But schools do more than train children's minds. They also help to 
nurture their souls by reinforcing the values they learn at home and in 
their communities. I believe one of the best ways we can help our 
schools to do this is by supporting students' right to voluntarily 
practice their religious beliefs, including prayer in school, and to 
pursue religious activities on school grounds. Studies show that 
children who are involved in religious activities are much less likely 
to use drugs. In a world that increasingly exposes children to images of 
violence and immorality, common sense tells us they are more likely to 
stay out of trouble and live up to their full potential when they're 
spiritually grounded.
    There's no question that the issue of prayer in schools is a complex 
and emotional one for many Americans. It has long been a matter of great 
controversy in our courts. But nothing in the Constitution requires 
schools to be religion-free zones, where children must leave their 
faiths at the schoolhouse door.
    To help clear up the confusion about what kind of religious activity 
is and must be permissible in public schools, in 1995 we issued 
comprehensive guidelines to every school district in America. These 
guidelines represent a very broad consensus of many religious groups. 
Here is what is at their core: students have the right to pray privately 
and individually in school; they have the right to say grace at 
lunchtime; they have the right to meet in religious groups on school 

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