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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 10, 1998 Volume 34--Number 32 Pages 1553-1589 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Africa, bombings--1585 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, proposed extension--1574 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner--1567 Maryland, summer jobs program funding in Cheverly--1560 New York Democratic National Committee dinner in East Hampton--1553 Democratic National Committee reception in East Hampton--1557 Saxophone Club reception in East Hampton--1559 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, anniversary--1563 Radio address--1556 Social Security--1575 Unity '98 dinner--1571 White House Conference on Building Economic Self-Determination in Indian Communities--1576 Bill Signings Work Force Investment Act of 1998, remarks--1584 Communications to Federal Agencies Economic development in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, memorandum--1582 Executive Orders American Indian and Alaska Native Education--1580 Interparliamentary Union--1588 Suspension of Executive Order 13083--1570 Proclamations Designating Klondike Gold Rush International Historical Park--1570 Victims of the Bombing Incidents in Africa--1587 Statements by the President Congressional action Campaign finance reform legislation--1563 Job training reform legislation--1553 Death of Arthur Barbieri--1566 Family and Medical Leave Act, anniversary--1569 House of Representatives action Campaign finance reform legislation--1584 Census amendment--1569 Credit union legislation--1566 Hefley amendment--1576 Iraq, failure to comply with U.N. weapons inspections--1584 Senate confirmation of Bill Richardson to be Secretary of Energy-- 1553 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1589 Checklist of White House press releases--1589 Digest of other White House announcements--1588 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1589 Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1553]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1553] Monday, August 10, 1998 Volume 34--Number 32 Pages 1553-1589 Week Ending Friday, August 7, 1998 Statement on Congressional Action on Job Training Reform Legislation July 31, 1998 I am pleased that both Houses of Congress have now passed a comprehensive bill to give Americans new opportunities and choices to train for the jobs of the future. This bill will modernize job training to fit the needs of today's economy, and I appreciate the bipartisan spirit that prevailed in getting that done. Modeled on my GI bill for America's workers, this new training bill streamlines the vast array of existing job programs and empowers individuals to learn new skills with a simple grant. It makes sure that job training helps Americans meet the demand of a rapidly changing economy, and I look forward to signing it into law. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1553] Monday, August 10, 1998 Volume 34--Number 32 Pages 1553-1589 Week Ending Friday, August 7, 1998 Statement on Senate Confirmation of Bill Richardson To Be Secretary of Energy July 31, 1998 I am very pleased that the Senate today voted unanimously to confirm Ambassador Bill Richardson as Secretary of Energy. Ambassador Richardson brings extraordinary experience and expertise to this vital post. As a Member of the U.S. Congress representing New Mexico, an energy-rich State that is home to two Department of Energy national laboratories, he has extensive firsthand experience on issues ranging from oil and gas deregulation, to alternative energy, to ensuring strong environmental standards in energy development. As U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, he has been a vigorous and articulate proponent of U.S. engagement and has successfully tackled tough negotiating challenges around the world. I am confident that Ambassador Richardson's tremendous energy, creativity, and leadership will help secure our Nation's energy future so that America continues to prosper. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1553-1556] Monday, August 10, 1998 Volume 34--Number 32 Pages 1553-1589 Week Ending Friday, August 7, 1998 Remarks at a Democratic National Committee Dinner in East Hampton, New York July 31, 1998 First of all, I thank Bruce and Claude for their wonderful hospitality in this magnificent home and the terrific dinner. Our compliments to all the--the chef and the people in the kitchen. I thank Alan and Susan for dreaming up this weekend and all of you who have come to be a part of it. We've had a great time tonight. Since Bruce asked me if I would go in there when we're having coffee in the other room and answer questions, I will spare you any extended remarks. I want to ask you to think about something. I am--we're here for the Democrat Committee, and I'm very grateful to Steve Grossman and to Len Barrack and to Fran Katz and all the other people. But I was born a Democrat because I was a Depression era--my parents were and my grandparents. My grandfather, who raised me until I was 4, thought he was going to Franklin Roosevelt when he died. But I was determined in 1991 and 1992 to be faithful to the traditional values of our country and our party, but to modernize our party and to bring a new set of ideas to the debate in Washington, which I thought, frankly, was stale and divisive and dominated by the people in the other party who thought they had an entitlement to the White House. Some days, I think they still do. [Laughter] And I thought the White House belonged to all the rest of you and everybody else in [[Page 1554]] the country and was the instrument of ideas consistent with our democracy to keep our country moving forward. Now, Hillary is leading this Millennium Project, which was referred to earlier. And you probably saw that they started--Hillary and Ralph Lauren started by saving the Star-Spangled Banner the other day. And then she went to Fort McHenry, and then to Thomas Edison's home, and then to Harriet Tubman's home, and then to George Washington's Revolutionary War headquarters in New York. But the theme of the Millennium Project is: ``honoring the past and imagining the future.'' So I think about that all the time. Tom said that McKinley was the last President to come here, for example--it must be true. [Laughter] Now, McKinley was an interesting fellow, but I'll tell you the interesting--McKinley was elected President in 1896 and reelected in 1900. Now, between 1868, Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley were elected President. You know what they had in common? They were all generals in the Union Army from Ohio. If you got to be a general in the Union Army, and you were from Ohio, you had about a 50 percent chance of being President in that period of time. [Laughter] That's a rather interesting bit of our history. [Laughter] So tell that tomorrow when they tell you McKinley was the last President. I care a lot about this country's history. I've spent a lot of time reading it, studying it, trying to feel it in the White House, in every room, in the life of every predecessor I have had and their families. And I think it's very important when you imagine the future that we do it in a way that is consistent with the history of this country. So I will say that I think the most important things about American history can be found in the ideas of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, which--and manifest in every changing time, this country has always been about at least three things: widening the circle of opportunity for responsible citizens, deepening the meaning of freedom in each succeeding generation, and strengthening the bonds of our Union. The reason I'm a Democrat in 1998, apart from the fact that I was born and raised one and believed in the civil rights movement and the things that were dominant in my childhood, is that I think we more clearly represent the last of those ideas. I think we believe that Union is very important. I think we believe that part of the Declaration of Independence that we are dedicated to the permanent mission of forming a more perfect Union because there are some things that we want to achieve for ourselves, our families, and our future that we cannot achieve alone or in isolated groups. And I say that because I think that we've, for the last couple of decades, seen a real assault on Government and on the idea that we do have sort of mutual ties and bonds and responsibilities to one another that enhance our own lives. And I believe that very strongly. So as we look ahead, I think--I will just tell you what I think some of the great challenges of tomorrow are. I think, first of all, it will be the period of greatest possibility in all human history, and we ought to be ashamed of ourselves if we mess it up. It will be an age of breathtaking biological advances. It will be an age of breathtaking technological advances. It will be an age where we will be able to relate to people around the world through the device of the Internet-- the fastest growing social organism in history, I might add--in ways
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