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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, March 9, 1998 Volume 34--Number 10 Pages 351-388 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks California Arrival in Los Angeles--352 Dinner for Senator Boxer in Los Angeles--352 Drinking and driving, signing memorandum on standards to prevent-- 365 ``Earth to the Moon'' film screening--383 First woman space mission commander--380 Food safety legislation--374 John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation dinner--363 Medicare Commission--381 Mortgage Bankers Association of America--356 National economy--384 New York City, 75th anniversary celebration of Time magazine--370 Radio address--351 Communications to Congress Bosnia-Herzegovina, message reporting--373 Cuba, message reporting on payments--379 Housing and Urban Development Department, message transmitting report--370 Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, message transmitting report--370 International agreements, letter transmitting report--356 Iran, message transmitting notice--378 Communications to Congress--Continued Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, letter transmitting report--379 National Drug Control Strategy, message transmitting--369 Trade agreements program, message transmitting report--356 Communications to Federal Agencies Conducting ``Conversations With America'' to further improve customer service, memorandum--368 President's Community Empowerment Board, memorandum--373 Standards to prevent drinking and driving, memorandum--366 Vietnamese cooperation in accounting for U.S. prisoners of war and missing in action, memorandum--377 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--381 Notices Continuation of Iran Emergency--378 Proclamations National Older Workers Employment Week--384 Women's History Month--362 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President Death of Fred Friendly--376 House Banking Committee vote on funding for the International Monetary Fund--382 House of Representatives action on the political status of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico--376 New railroad station for New York City--377 Representative Esteban Torres, decision not to seek reelection--367 Senate action to continue Disadvantaged Business Enterprise initiative--385 Statements by the President--Continued Senate Foreign Relations Committee support for NATO enlargement--367 United Nations Security Council vote on Iraq--363 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--388 Checklist of White House press releases--387 Digest of other White House announcements--386 Nominations submitted to the Senate--387 [[Page 351]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 351] Monday, March 9, 1998 Volume 34--Number 10 Pages 351-388 Week Ending Friday, March 6, 1998 The President's Radio Address February 28, 1998 Good morning. This morning I want to talk to you about one of the most important ways we can help all children live up to their God-given potential--giving them the tools they need to master the fundamentals of reading. This week America got a wakeup call on education. We learned that our high school seniors are lagging behind those in most other industrialized nations in math and science. In a global economy that is increasingly powered by information and technology, this is a very sobering fact. It tells me we can have no higher priority than to transform our K through 12 classrooms in every community. We need smaller classes, better teaching, higher standards, more discipline, greater accountability. And clearly, we must give our children more help with reading. Currently, 40 percent of our Nation's 8-year-olds are not reading even at the basic level. And those students are far more likely to get discouraged and drop out of school or never to learn what they need to know while they're in school. Failing to read early on is a burden that can bog down a child for life. That's why I launched the America Reads challenge, to make sure all our children can read on their own by the end of the third grade. Thanks to an amazing outpouring of support, tens of thousands of volunteer tutors are already at work in our communities, giving our children the intensive reading help they need. More than 900 colleges have committed to give their students work study credit for devoting after-school hours to tutoring children. And this year 3,000 new AmeriCorps members and thousands of new senior volunteers will recruit more than 100,000 volunteer reading tutors for our children. We are on track to give extra reading help to 3 million children at risk of falling behind. But we need Congress' help to meet this goal. This past November, the House of Representatives voted with bipartisan support to promote literacy efforts in the home, the school, the community. Legislation with these goals is now awaiting action in the Senate, which means $210 million in targeted assistance is now on hold in Washington, not at work in our communities. So today I call on the Senate to pass this legislation without delay. We need it. Our children need it. This coming Monday, reading out loud to children will be the talk of the Nation. To celebrate the birthday of the late Dr. Seuss, whose much beloved books have sparked the imaginations of children and parents alike for generations, the National Education Association and many other groups are sponsoring the first Read Across America Day. Thousands of people, from baseball star Cal Ripken to the leaders of the Cherokee Nation to the sailors of the U.S.S. Austin, will read favorite books and share the joy of reading with children in every part of our country. I encourage parents and grandparents to get involved. Read with your child on Read Across America Day and every day. Scientists have now shown reading to your children every night before bed can help lay the foundation for his or her life and, in turn, for our Nation's future. Literacy is the key to all learning. Without it, history is a haze, math is a muddle, the Internet is indecipherable, the promise of America is a closed book. But we can change all that. With an army of reading tutors, well-trained teachers, and involved parents, we can make sure every child can read by the third grade. And if we do that, there is no limit, in the words of Dr. Seuss, on the places our children will go. Thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 3:22 p.m. on February 26 at the Spanish Rights Center in Oakland, CA, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on February 28. [[Page 352]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 352] Monday, March 9, 1998 Volume 34--Number 10 Pages 351-388 Week Ending Friday, March 6, 1998 Remarks on Arrival in Los Angeles, California February 28, 1998 Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I'd like to begin by thanking Congressman Gallegly, Congresswoman Millender-McDonald, Congressman Sherman, and Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky for joining me here. I have just met with some of the people who were hurt by the terrible weather you've had in southern California over the last week, as well as a number of the people who were involved in the rescue effort. Let me begin by saying that our hearts and prayers are with the families who lost their loved ones. I especially want to send our condolences to the families of Officer Rick Stovall and Officer Brit Irvine who gave their lives in the line of service as they responded to the emergency in Santa Maria. There were many people of all ages who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. I received a fax from a friend of mine yesterday whose son lost a childhood friend of his, a young fellow student. I met a young woman in there in the meeting who lost her fiance after he had saved the lives of a woman and her three young children. There is very little that anyone can say at this moment to ease the human loss. We do know that the weather we are experiencing now has been dramatically aggravated because of El Nino. I have visited with families in Florida where 39 people were killed in the worst tornadoes in 50 years, in northern California, and now here today. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has spent a lot of time in southern California in the last 5 years and couple of months since I've been President. I talked with James Lee Witt in some detail before I came down here today. We are determined to do all we can. FEMA is responding swiftly to provide disaster relief funds in 35 counties, including over $2 million more for Glenn County. The SBA has an outreach office in Orange County, and Federal Highway Administration personnel have already released $40 million to California for road repairs. There will be a lot more to be done. The Members of Congress and the local officials have talked to me about other things that we need to do to deal with the particular problems of people who lost everything or who are still at risk of further natural calamities. Let me just say today, I want more than anything else to praise the courage of those who worked so hard during this disaster--the fire, the police personnel, the emergency personnel, all the others who were involved; many of them risked their lives, and as we know, two lost their lives--and to praise the courage of the people who have lost everything they have but still have their lives. I want to encourage them, to tell them their fellow Americans are thinking about them, and to pray for tranquil weather as we begin the rebuilding process. Thank you very much. Note: The President spoke at 6:05 p.m. on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. In his remarks, he referred to Gloria Molina and
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