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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, April 10, 2000 Volume 36--Number 14 Pages 691-770 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department conference--717 California Arrival in San Jose--704 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception in Palo Alto--704 Democratic Leadership Council conference in San Jose--709 Democratic National Committee dinner--728 Digital divide, efforts to bridge--722 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers luncheon for Hillary Clinton--694 International family planning assistance, legislative agenda--764 Japan, Prime Minister Obuchi--704 Nevada Democratic National Committee and Nevada State Democratic Party reception in Las Vegas--700 Democratic National Committee brunch in Las Vegas--697 One America initiative, corporate leaders--754 Radio address--693 Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner--758 Senator Patrick J. Leahy, reception--727 Social Security Internet retirement planner, radio remarks--767 Addresses and Remarks--Continued White House Conference on the New Economy Session 1--732 Session 2--738 Session 3--743 Bill Signings Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000, remarks--761 Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, statements--745, 747 Communications to Congress Corporation for Public Broadcasting, message transmitting report-- 727 Energy Policy and Conservation Act extension, letter on House inaction--692 Hazardous materials transportation, message transmitting report--747 Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, letter transmitting report--748 National Endowment for the Arts, message transmitting report--758 Communications to Federal Agencies Emergency Response Assistance Program, memorandum--760 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in San Jose, CA--704 Interview with Dan Rather of the ``CBS Evening News''--748 Proclamations Census Day--694 National Child Abuse Prevention Month--691 National Volunteer Week--767 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Budget resolution, Democratic amendment--726 Deaths Former Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba--757 John Robert Starr--697 Statements by the President--Continued Independent Counsel's investigation of Alexis Herman, conclusion-- 747 Maryland State action on gun safety legislation--726 Senate inaction on the supplemental budget request--726 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--770 Checklist of White House press releases--769 Digest of other White House announcements--768 Nominations submitted to the Senate--769 [[Page 691]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 691-692] Monday, April 10, 2000 Volume 36--Number 14 Pages 691-770 Week Ending Friday, April 7, 2000 Proclamation 7285--National Child Abuse Prevention Month, 2000 March 31, 2000 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Children are our link to the future and our hope for a better tomorrow. Within a few short years, we will look to today's children for the vision, strength, creativity, and leadership to guide our Nation through the challenges of this new century. If they are to grow into healthy, happy adults and responsible citizens, we must provide our children with the love, nurturing, and protection they need and deserve. However, many of America's children are not safe, even in their own homes. The statistics are staggering. Every year, there are nearly one million reported incidents of child abuse; and even more disturbing, more than 2,000 of these incidents result in the child's death. Whether suffering neglect, harsh physical punishment, sexual abuse, or psychological trauma, the children who survive will carry the scars of their abuse for the rest of their lives. We now know that there are a variety of risk factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect--including parental substance abuse, lack of parenting skills and knowledge, domestic violence, or extreme stress-- and there are practical measures and programs we can use to mitigate such factors. Social service providers can offer substance abuse programs for adults with children; schools can offer educational programs to teach parenting skills to teen mothers or instruct children on how to protect themselves from sexual predators; faith organizations can offer respite care for parents of children with special needs; and employers can introduce family-friendly policies, from child care to parental leave to flexible work schedules, to reduce the stress on working families. Keeping children safe is a community responsibility, and prevention must be a community task. Every segment of society must be involved, including health and law enforcement professionals, schools, businesses, the media, government agencies, community and faith organizations, and especially parents themselves. Teachers and physicians need to recognize the symptoms of child abuse; parents need to ask for help in overcoming addictions or controlling violent behavior; communities must be willing to fund programs and services to protect children from abuse; and the media needs to raise public awareness of the availability of those programs and services. My Administration is committed to doing its part to ensure the health and well-being of all our Nation's children. We have worked to increase funding at the State level for child protection programs and family preservation services. Working with the Congress, we have enacted the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and we have established the Safe and Stable Families Program. Just a few weeks ago, I signed into law the Child Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Act, which gives State and local officials greater flexibility in using Department of Justice grant programs to prevent child abuse and neglect. This new legislation will increase funding to enforce child abuse and neglect laws, to enhance the investigation of child abuse and neglect crimes, and to promote programs to prevent such abuse and neglect. Through these and other measures, we continue our efforts to create a society where every child is cherished and no child bears the lasting scars of abuse or neglect. 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 [[Page 692]] States, do hereby proclaim April 2000 as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by demonstrating our gratitude to those who work to keep our children safe, and by taking action in our own communities to make them healthy places where children can grow and thrive. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- fourth. William J. Clinton [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., April 4, 2000] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on April 5. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 692] Monday, April 10, 2000 Volume 36--Number 14 Pages 691-770 Week Ending Friday, April 7, 2000 Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on House Inaction on Extending the Energy Policy and Conservation Act March 31, 2000 Dear Mr. Speaker: While the U.S. economy is the strongest it has ever been and inflation and unemployment remain at historically low levels, high oil prices have caused concern for many Americans. As a short-term measure, my Administration urged oil-producing nations to take steps to narrow the gap between worldwide production and consumption of crude oil in order to preserve sustained worldwide economic growth. Our focused diplomatic efforts helped produce tangible commitments by oil-producing nations to increase production to more appropriate levels that reflect current demand in the global economy. While my Administration has worked hard to increase the supply of oil on the market, the House has failed to take one of the most critical steps necessary to maintain America's energy security--an extension of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), which includes authority to operate the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), authority that expires today. The option to use the SPR is an essential line of defense against an interruption in oil supplies. Although the Senate passed a four-year straight reauthorization of EPCA, the House has failed to act. It is critical that the House reauthorize EPCA immediately to ensure that the
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