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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 10, 2000
Volume 36--Number 14
Pages 691-770

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department conference--717
        Arrival in San Jose--704
        Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception in Palo 
        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 
    International family planning assistance, legislative agenda--764
    Japan, Prime Minister Obuchi--704
        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--
    Energy Policy and Conservation Act extension, letter on House 
    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
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Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in San Jose, CA--704
    Interview with Dan Rather of the ``CBS Evening News''--748


    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
        Former Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba--757
        John Robert Starr--697

Statements by the President--Continued

    Independent Counsel's investigation of Alexis Herman, conclusion--
    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

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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

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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-
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., April 4, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on April 
5. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

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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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