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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, February 10, 1997
Volume 33--Number 6
Pages 129-162

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses to the Nation

    State of the Union--136

Addresses and Remarks

    Budget for fiscal year 1998, announcement--155
    Death of Pamela Harriman--145
    Democratic Governors Association dinner--133
        Augusta State University in Augusta--146
        Departure for Augusta--145
        Roundtable on education in Augusta--145
    National Governors' Association
    National Prayer Breakfast--152
    Radio address--129

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter reporting--159
    Estonia-U.S. fisheries agreement, message transmitting--135
    Lithuania-U.S. fisheries agreement, message transmitting--135
    Radio frequency spectrum reallocation, letter reporting--135

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Radio frequency spectrum reallocation, letter--135

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--157

Letters and Messages

    Federal workers, message--156

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Russia, Prime Minister Chernomyrdin--157


    American Heart Month--130

Statements by the President

    Death of Herb Caen--130
    National economy and the fiscal year 1998 budget--159

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--162
    Checklist of White House press releases--162
    Digest of other White House announcements--160
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--161


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Monday, February 10, 1997
Volume 33--Number 6
Pages 129-162
Week Ending Friday, February 7, 1997
The President's Radio Address

February 1, 1997

    Good morning. As a parent, I know how important it is to take 
responsibility for our children when they need us most; when they're 
sick, when they need to go to the doctor, or when there's a parent-
teacher conference at school. Fortunately, Hillary and I have never had 
to risk our jobs to be there for our daughter. We've never had to make 
the choice between being good parents and good workers.
    Today I want to talk with you about what we have done and what more 
we must do as a people to give that same assurance to every American 
family. One of the things I wanted most to do when I became President 
was to help parents succeed both at home and at work. That's why I was 
so proud to make the Family and Medical Leave Act the very first bill I 
signed as President, exactly 4 years ago this Wednesday. Family and 
medical leave allows people in companies with 50 or more employees to 
take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a newborn or a newly 
adopted child or to be with a family member who is seriously ill without 
fear of losing the job.
    Today over half of all American workers share this important 
benefit. People like Christy Sens, a first-grade teacher from Fairfax, 
Virginia, who is here with me today. Christy was among the first 
Americans to make use of the new family leave law in 1993 when she and 
her husband were expecting their first child. She thought she would be 
forced to choose between the 6 weeks her school allowed her for new 
mothers or taking a whole year off without pay. Because of our new law, 
she was able to spend 12 full weeks at home recovering from her 
pregnancy and spending precious time with her new daughter. Christy used 
the benefit again in 1995 for the birth of her second child.
    Family leave is not only family-friendly, it's employer-friendly as 
well. Also with me today is Stan Sorrell, president and CEO of the 
Calvert Group, an investment firm in Bethesda, Maryland, and two of his 
employees who have also used family leave. The Calvert Group started a 
family and medical leave program 3 years before it became the law of the 
land. Like almost 90 percent of the businesses covered by the law, they 
found that family leave is easy to administer and costs them little or 
nothing. So we know it's working for both families and businesses. After 
all, in these past 4 years, American business has created over 11 
million new jobs, more than any other 4-year term in our history.
    Now we must make it even easier for parents to live up to their 
responsibilities to their children and to their employers. Today I call 
upon Congress to expand the family leave law, to give parents an 
additional 24 hours of unpaid leave each year to take a child or an 
elderly relative to a regular doctor's appointment or to attend parent-
teacher conferences at school. In so doing, we'll make our families 
stronger and our workers more productive, building the kind of country 
and economy we all want for our children.
    We also must address the fact that too many workers still do not 
know about the family leave law. That's why I'm pleased to announce that 
we're launching a multimedia, public education campaign to spread the 
word about family leave to make sure employers and employees have the 
facts and to make sure everyone knows how to make this law work for 
them. It's simply not enough to help people have the tools to succeed; 
we also have to make sure they know what those tools are.
    The centerpiece of this campaign is a new 800 number that any 
American can call to learn about family and medical leave. It's 1-800-
959-FMLA. That's 1-800-959-FMLA. You can also get information through 

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Labor Department's web site on the Internet: www.dol.gov. That's 
    By expanding family leave to cover children's doctor visits and 
parent-teacher conferences and by helping more Americans to learn about 
the opportunity of family leave, we can enable millions of more of our 
fellow citizens to meet their responsibilities both at home and at work. 
That's how we must prepare our people for a new century full of new 
promise and possibility.
    As parents, teachers, and business people, as members of the work 
force and members of our communities, we all share a stake in the 
strength of our families. Our society can never be stronger than the 
children we raise or the families in which we raise them. That's why 
family leave is more than just a single issue or accomplishment. It is 
at the heart of our approach to preparing America for the 21st century 
by ensuring that we can all meet our obligations and make the most of 
our God-given gifts.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Monday, February 10, 1997
Volume 33--Number 6
Pages 129-162
Week Ending Friday, February 7, 1997
Statement on the Death of Herb Caen

February 1, 1997

    Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Herb Caen, 
the San Francisco Chronicle's legendary columnist, and we extend our 
condolences to his family, friends, and most of all, the city he loved. 
Maybe it's not right to call an ``institution'' someone who deflated 
many overstuffed institutions with a brisk three dots, but surely no one 
knew better the vibrancy and eccentricities of the city, his city, San 
Francisco, than did Herb Caen. If we listen carefully on those cool 
mornings when the fog has boiled through the Golden Gate, out beyond the 
clattering of cables underfoot and the low moan of the horn at Alcatraz, 
maybe we will still hear Herb Caen's wonderful, witty, irrepressible 
voice. Herb Caen . . . he will be missed . . . a lot.

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Monday, February 10, 1997
Volume 33--Number 6
Pages 129-162
Week Ending Friday, February 7, 1997
Proclamation 6971--American Heart Month, 1997

February 1, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    More than 700,000 men and women die each year of heart disease, 
making it the leading cause of death in our country. Annually, about 1.5 
million Americans suffer heart attacks, one-third of which are fatal. 
Collectively, diseases of the heart and blood vessels claim about 
960,000 American lives annually. These statistics only hint at the 
individual and collective tragedy brought on by heart disease and stroke 
and underscore the need for us to do everything possible to combat 
cardiovascular diseases.
    Research has brought dramatic improvements to our knowledge of heart 
disease and how to combat it. We have learned much in recent years and 
now know that the processes leading to heart disease typically begin 
early in life and worsen over the years; symptoms often do not appear 
for decades. We also better understand the effects of genetics, gender, 
and lifestyle. High blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, 
diabetes, and obesity increase the risk of developing heart disease; 
physical activity can reduce the risk of suffering from cardiovascular 
disease, including stroke.
    Additionally, research has brought improved diagnostic methods and 
treatments for those afflicted with heart disease. Noninvasive imaging 
devices can now show the heart at work inside the body, giving doctors 
more precise information about their patient's condition. And new tests 
and therapies allow us to detect and treat a heart attack more 
effectively and minimize damage to the heart muscle.
    These striking developments in biomedical techniques and increased 
public awareness and education have helped reduce the death rate from 
heart disease by nearly 60 percent in the past 30 years, and deaths from 
stroke by about 65 percent.

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