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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 9, 1998 Volume 34--Number 45 Pages 2197-2274 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Arts and humanities awards--2253, 2259 Congressional leaders--2252 Economic team--2245, 2249 Hurricane Mitch--2245 Iraq--2238 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, statement--2204 Bill Signings Haskell Indian Nations University and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Administrative Systems Act of 1998, statement--2209 Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act of 1998, statement-- 2203 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, statement--2208 Women's Health Research and Prevention Amendments of 1998, statement--2211 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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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Interviews 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, statement--2204 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 [[Page 2197]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2197] Monday, November 9, 1998 Volume 34--Number 45 Pages 2197-2274 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. Sincerely, 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2197-2201] Monday, November 9, 1998 Volume 34--Number 45 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 singing. 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. [[Page 2198]] 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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