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Monday, November 9, 1998
Volume 34--Number 45
Pages 2197-2274

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Arts and humanities awards--2253, 2259
    Congressional leaders--2252
    Economic team--2245, 2249
    Hurricane Mitch--2245
    Legislative agenda--2249, 2252
    Maryland, New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore--2215
    New York, clergy in Jamaica, Queens--2197
    Patients' Bill of Rights--2238
    Radio address--2204
    Virginia, Glen Forest Elementary School in Falls Church--2205

Appointments and Nominations

    White House Office, Council on Environmental Quality, Chair, 

Bill Signings

    Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian 
        Polytechnic Institute Administrative Systems Act of 1998, 
    Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, statement--
    Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, statement--2210

Bill Signings--Continued

    Little Rock Central High School, legislation to establish the 
        national historic site, remarks--2266
    Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998, statement--2247
    Technology Administration Act of 1998, statement--2201
    Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998, statement--2203
    Utah Schools and Land Exchange Act of 1998, statement--2207
    Wildlife and wetlands legislation, statement--2202
    William F. Goodling Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act of 1998, 
    Women's Health Research and Prevention Amendments of 1998, 
    Women's Progress Commemoration Act, statement--2211

Communications to Congress

    Iraq, letter reporting on compliance with United Nations Security 
        Council resolutions--2260
    National Security Strategy, letter transmitting report--2197
    Sudan, letter reporting on national emergency--2269
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Highfill, AR, on November 6, 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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Communications to Federal Agencies

    Guidebook for Victims of Domestic Violence, memorandum--2251

Executive Orders

    Open Enrollment Season for Participants in the Foreign Service 
        Retirement and Disability System and the Central Intelligence 
        Agency Retirement and Disability System--2245

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--2245, 2249

        Oval Office--2252
        American Urban Radio Networks, April Ryan in Baltimore, MD--2219

        Black Entertainment Television, Tavis Smiley--2232

        Hispanic journalists--2228

        Israeli Television Channel 2, Shlomo Raz and Jacob Eilon--2212

        Radio Bilingue, Samuel Orozco--2242

        Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tom Joyner--2223

Joint Statements

    Joint Statement with the Prime Minister of Israel--2212

Resignations and Retirements

    White House Office, Council on Environmental Quality, Chair, 

Statements by the President

    See also  Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Resignations 
        and Retirements
    Death of Gen. James L. Day--2242
    Hurricane Mitch, Presidential mission to Central America to assist 
        in the aftermath--2258
    Iraq, noncompliance with United Nations resolutions--2259
    Russia-U.S. agreement to provide food aid to Russia--2250
    Sweatshops agreement--2249

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2272
    Checklist of White House press releases--2272
    Digest of other White House announcements--2271
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2271

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Week Ending Friday, November 6, 1998
Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting the National Security 
Strategy Report

October 29, 1998

Dear Mr. Speaker:   (Dear Mr. President:)

    As required by section 603 of the Goldwater-Nichols Department of 
Defense Reorganization Act of 1986, I am transmitting a report on the 
National Security Strategy of the United States.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: Identical letters were sent to Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House 
of Representatives, and Albert Gore, Jr., President of the Senate. An 
original was not available for verification of the content of this 
letter. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, November 9, 1998
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Pages 2197-2274
Week Ending Friday, November 6, 1998
in Jamaica, New York

October 30, 1998

    Thank you so much. Please be seated. Dr. Walker, Dr. Forbes, 
Reverend McCall--[laughter]--he was doing pretty good, wasn't he? Bishop 
Quick, Reverend Sharpton; my good friend Congressman Schumer and his 
wife, Iris, and their daughter, Jessica. I think Congressman Towns is 
here. President Fernando Ferrer, the Bronx Borough president; Virginia 
Fields, I think may be here, the Manhattan Borough president; Judith 
Hope, our State chair. I'd like to thank the St. Paul Community Baptist 
Church Choir for singing Red Foley's old hymn for me. Thank you very 
much. It was quite wonderful.
    When I was a little boy, I used to listen to Mahalia Jackson sing 
that song. And when I was a young man and living in England, I went to 
the Royal Albert Hall in London to hear Mahalia Jackson sing not long 
before she died. It was 29 years ago, and it was an amazing thing. She 
was singing, ``Precious Lord.'' At the end of her concert, there were 
all these young people like me there. But most of them weren't like me, 
most of them were British; they didn't grow up listening to all this, 
you know. And these kids stormed the stage at the end, almost like she 
was a rock star. They were five and six deep, screaming for her to keep 
    And you reminded me of all that just a moment ago, and I thank you 
for that. Weren't they wonderful? [Applause] They were great. Thank you.
    Let me say to all of you, I thank Carl McCall for his leadership and 
for what he said. I have tried to be a friend to all Americans, without 
regard to race or income or religion or standing in life. I am grateful 
that in an economy in which we have the lowest unemployment rate in 28 
years that the African-American poverty rate is the lowest we have ever 
measured. I am grateful that the tax credit that Congressman Schumer 
helped me pass in 1993, the earned-income tax credit, cutting the taxes 
of lower income working people, when put with the minimum wage, has 
lifted over one million African-Americans out of poverty through their 
own efforts of work.
    I am grateful to have had the chance to double the number of small 
business loans to African-Americans and dramatically increase support 
for historically black colleges, to have had the largest number of 
African-Americans serving in the Cabinet in my two administrations by 
far than any President and 54--54--Federal judges.
    I say all that to make this point--maybe not as well as Dr. Forbes 
did. I don't seek any credit for that. It was an honor for me to do. It 
was something I wanted to do. It was a desire born of the life I have 
lived and the people I have known and the things I have seen that I like 
and the things I have seen that I deplored and the potential of people 
too long untapped that I was determined to do what I could to lift up.

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    But it all happened because of the American system of democracy. 
Yesterday, all over America all kinds of people were watching John Glenn 
go up in space at 77 years old. Kind of made us all think we had 
something to look forward to--[laughter]--77 years old. But you may not 
have thought of this if you were sitting in front of your television 
watching that: How did he get up in space? Oh yes, a rocket took him, 
all right. He got up in space because the Congress of the United States 
and the President of the United States, over time, but especially in 
these last 6 years, when we had such budget problems, supported a 
mission for the United States in space and believed that mission ought 
to have benefits for us here on Earth, whether it's learning about the 
environmental challenges we face or making advances in health care and 
prevention of health problems. In other words, at bottom, it was a 
citizen's decision.
    So if you voted for a Member of Congress who supported the changes 
we made in the space program but didn't want to shut it down, wanted to 
keep it going, then you had your hand on John Glenn when he went up in 
space yesterday.
    Now that's what I want you to think about. A week ago today, I was 
in the White House with the Prime Minister of Israel and the Chairman of 

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