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Volume 34--Number 32
Pages 1553-1589

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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


    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--

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

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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.

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Statement on Senate Confirmation of Bill Richardson To Be Secretary of 

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.

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Remarks at a Democratic National Committee Dinner in East Hampton, New 

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

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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 
    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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