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Monday, February 9, 1998
Volume 34--Number 6
Pages 175-225

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Federal budget, 1999--178
    High Hopes for College initiative--199
    Maryland, Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring--208
    National Prayer Breakfast--201
    New Mexico
        Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos--183
    Radio address--177
    Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings--175

Bill Signings

    Legislation designating ``Ronald Reagan Washington National 
        Airport,'' statement--223

Communications to Congress

    Budget deferrals, message transmitting report--190
    Commodity Credit Corporation, message transmitting report--211
    Latvia-U.S. fisheries agreement and annex, message transmitting--190
    National Endowment for the Humanities, message transmitting report--

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Poland-U.S. fisheries agreement extension and documentation, message 
    Railroad Retirement Board, message transmitting report--189
    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, letter--178

Communications to Federal Agencies

    China-U.S. trade agreement renewal, memorandum--176
    Enhancing education through technology, memorandum--176
    Federal Communications Commission, letter on free and discounted 
        airtime for campaign advertising--211
    Federal Election Commission, letter on campaign finance reform--211

Executive Orders

    White House Millennium Council--181
    Year 2000 Conversion--198

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--203
    News conference with Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom, 
        February 6 (No. 155)--213
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Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--203, 208, 212, 213

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Campaign finance reform--189
    Child care legislation--209
    Death of Roger Stevens--189
    Family and Medical Leave Act, fifth anniversary--210

Statements by the President--Continued

    Italy, accident involving U.S. aircraft--189
    Land and water conservation fund acquisitions--181
    U.S.-Mexico Binational Drug Strategy--223

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--225
    Checklist of White House press releases--224
    Digest of other White House announcements--223
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--224

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Week Ending Friday, February 6, 1998
Remarks Honoring the 1997 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings

January 30, 1998

    The President. Commissioner Bettman, Coach Bowman. To Denise Ilitch-
Lites and all the members of the Ilitch family, please tell Mike and 
Marian we're thinking about them. Senator Abraham, Congressman and Mrs. 
Dingell, thank you so much for being here. Congressman Kildee, 
Congressman Knollenberg, Congressman Levin, Congressman Stupak, former 
Senator Reigle, former Governor Blanchard. And to the very proud mayor 
of Detroit, Mayor Archer.
    Teddy Roosevelt became famous for many things, but one of them was 
his great saying, ``Speak softly and carry a big stick''--advice the Red 
Wings have taken literally. [Laughter] No one has to remind anyone else 
that you are the Stanley Cup champion. You didn't just win the Stanley 
Cup, you swept a strong Flyers team in four games after finishing with 
the best record in the league. Your coach's name is engraved on the cup 
so many times, I'm surprised it's not called the Stanley Bowman Cup now. 
    But it's the first Stanley Cup for your captain, Steve Yzerman. 
Steve, you and your teammates proved that the Red Wings were the best 
hockey team in the world. And now all of your games will be engraved 
forever on this historic cup.
    There's one member of this team I especially want to mention, 
because I know how much Vladimir Konstantinov means to everyone here. 
And I just met him, and I'm thrilled that he's here. Thank you, 
Vladimir. [Applause] Thank you.
    Vladi, we know how hard you are working, and how far you have come 
since your accident last summer. You are showing every day that you have 
the heart of a champion, and you're showing even greater courage off the 
    When I met Vladi in there a few minutes ago, I reminded him that I 
am term-limited in my present position, and I asked him to take a 
picture with me. I said, you know, you can't ever tell, I might want to 
run for office in Russia some day. [Laughter] So he agreed to do it. I 
expect it to be in the papers in Moscow any day--[laughter]--and I 
expect my popularity to soar as a result of it. [Laughter] And we thank 
him so much.
    I also want to say, I know we're all thinking about Sergei 
Mnatsakanov. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and with his family.
    Now let me thank the entire team for letting us borrow the Cup to 
display here at the White House. You've earned it, and I don't expect 
you to give it up without a fight. So congratulations on your victory, 
and good luck in 1998.
    Thank you. And now I'd like to introduce Senator Levin. Thank you 
very much.

[At this point, Senator Carl Levin and Denise Ilitch-Lites made brief 
remarks, followed by Coach Scotty Bowman, who made brief remarks and 
presented the President with a miniature Stanley Cup replica with the 
President's name engraved on it.]

    The President. Oh, thank you. [Inaudible]

[At this point, Steve Yzerman made brief remarks and presented the 
President with a personalized Red Wings jersey.]

    The President. Oh, isn't it great? [Applause] Thank you. Thank you 
so much. Bless you.

Note: The President spoke at 5:16 p.m. in the East Room at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to Gary Bettman, commissioner, 
National Hockey League; Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch, and 
their children, Denise Ilitch-Lites, Ronald Ilitch, and Lisa Ilitch-
Murray; Debbie Dingell, wife of Representative John D. Dingell; former 
Governor James J. Blanchard of Michigan; Mayor Dennis W. Archer of 
Detroit; and Red Wings defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov and team masseur 

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Mnatsakanov, both of whom were seriously injured in an automobile 
accident a few days after the Stanley Cup finals in June 1997. This item 
was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Pages 175-225
Week Ending Friday, February 6, 1998
Memorandum on Enhancing Education Through Technology

January 30, 1998

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Enhancing Learning and Education Through Technology

    The Federal Government continually invests in training its 
employees. Federal agencies have an obligation to provide the best 
training for their employees at the lowest possible cost. Federal agency 
training programs should be model users of new technologies to enhance 
learning. Many agencies are already improving training by using new 
technology effectively, but more can be done. New instructional 
technologies can also make education, at work and at home, easier and 
more convenient for all American workers. Federal programs that provide 
financial support for lifelong learning should adapt to the new 
opportunities technology provides. A Federal Government-wide effort is 
needed to explore how Federal programs and initiatives can better 
support the use of technologies for lifelong learning. Therefore, I 
hereby direct as follows:
    1. The National Economic Council (NEC), in consultation with the 
Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC) as established by Executive 
Order 13011 of July 16, 1996, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), 
and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), shall 
investigate how to make full use of emerging technologies to improve the 
cost-effectiveness and the quality of Federal training programs. 
Specifically, I direct that within 6 months from the date of this 
memorandum the NEC, in consultation with CIOC, OPM, and OSTP, provide me 
a plan identifying areas in which technology-enhanced training and 
learning may complement conventional Federal training and learning. The 
plan should describe how the agencies, when feasible and appropriate, 
(a)         make full use of best commercial practices when purchasing 
            instructional software;
(b)         work with businesses, universities, and other appropriate 
            entities to foster a competitive market for electronic 
(c)         develop a model technical approach to facilitate electronic 
            instruction building on existing agency efforts, such as the 
            Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative Partnership; and
(d)         develop and support a program of research that will 
            accelerate the development and adoption of new instructional 
    2. The Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Labor shall work 
together to promote adoption of the best new ways of using technology to 

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