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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 10, 1996
Volume 32--Number 23
Pages 983-1014

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Fulbright Scholarship Program, 50th anniversary dinner--1002
    National economy--1008
    National homeownership summit--1004
    New Jersey, commencement at Princeton University in Princeton--987
    Radio address--983
    Small Business Week dinner--993

Appointments and Nominations

    Defense Department, Chief of Naval Operations--998

Bill Signings

    Coastal Zone Protection Act of 1996, statement--987

Communications to Congress

    Export Administration Act, message transmitting report--993
    Small business, message transmitting report--999
    Trade with former Eastern Bloc States, letter transmitting 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance program for Russia, memorandum--1008
    Trade with former Eastern Bloc States, memorandum--986

Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order No. 12880 (National Drug Control Program)--

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Longworth House Office Building--997
        Oval Office--983
        Rose Garden--985, 1008
        South Lawn--1003

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Former President Walesa of Poland--985


    Flag Day and National Flag Week--1011

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings
    Arms reduction agreements with Russia and Ukraine--984
    Peace process in Northern Ireland--1008
    Substance abuse and women--999
    Tornado in Kentucky--985

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1014
    Checklist of White House press releases--1014
    Digest of other White House announcements--1012
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1013


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Monday, June 10, 1996
Volume 32--Number 23
Pages 983-1014
Week Ending Friday, June 7, 1996
The President's Radio Address and an Exchange With Reporters

June 1, 1996

    The President. Good morning. This week, the people of Israel, in a 
vigorous, very close election, voted to elect a new Prime Minister. 
Yesterday, I called Prime Minister-elect Netanyahu to congratulate him 
on his victory and to discuss America's enduring friendship with Israel, 
our commitment to its strength and security and to a lasting peace in 
the Middle East. I also spoke with outgoing Prime Minister Peres. I told 
him to take comfort in history's judgment. Decades from now, people will 
look back and see in Shimon Peres one of the great peacemakers of our 
time. Now, the partnership between Israel and the United States will be 
the foundation from which our two countries, together, continue to build 
a comprehensive, lasting, and secure peace in the Middle East.
    Now I'd like to turn to the homefront and to some of our most 
important citizens, our children. Some of them have joined with me today 
along with their parents here in the Oval Office. And later today, 
they'll join tens of thousands of people to show their support for 
America's young people at the Stand for Children at the Lincoln 
    This is an important time for America's children. They're growing up 
in a world that is changing rapidly. They need our help more than any 
generation before them. As Hillary says, children are not rugged 
individualists; they depend upon us--their parents and others in the 
community who love them--to give them love and guidance and discipline, 
to provide for them, and to defend them. That's as it should be. Their 
future and ours depends upon how well we do our job.
    If our society sends our children the wrong signals, we should work 
together to change that. That's why I have proposed strict limits on 
tobacco advertising directed toward children. That's why we're giving 
parents the V-chip and why we worked to persuade the TV networks to 
develop a rating system so parents can control the shows their children 
watch. That's why I support parents and communities who want to cut 
crime and improve discipline by adopting things like school uniforms and 
community curfews.
    We are also working in other ways to strengthen our families and 
childrearing. We've enacted the family and medical leave law so parents 
can now take time away from their jobs to be with a newborn or an ill 
child without losing those jobs. We're immunizing our children more than 
ever. We've increased Head Start funding. We're making sure that teen 
mothers stay in school and turn their lives around. We've preserved the 
Federal school lunch program, which this week turns 50 years old and 
every school day helps 25 million of our children get the nutrition they 
    All of this makes a difference, but none of it matters as much as 
the most basic protection of all for our young people, their health 
care. Without medical care, a child who needs it cannot have a full 
life. That's why I deeply oppose the Republican plan to repeal the 
guarantee of quality health care for our children.
    For three decades through the Medicaid program, we have had a 
national commitment that poor children, pregnant women, people with 
disabilities, and older Americans will not be denied health care simply 
because they can't afford it. That means today that working parents know 
in the awful event their child is disabled and their insurance and 
income won't cover the care, they'll get some help to keep their 
children at home. They know if their child becomes seriously ill and 
their savings are gone, they'll get some help so that they can hold the 
family together and keep working and going on.
    Now, under the Republican congressional plan, hundreds of thousands 
of our children with disabilities could lose help for their

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home care. Children that are seriously ill could lose some of their 
coverage from what is now available. In effect, this plan says to 
millions of our children, if you can't afford care, well, it's an option 
whether your State gives it or not, and they don't have to contribute as 
much as they used to. It says to people with disabilities, if you don't 
have insurance, I'm sorry if you don't happen to be able to get care 
from your State anymore. This could amount to child neglect for a whole 
    Now, I vetoed this plan last year when the Republican Congress shut 
down the Government in an effort to force me to sign it. If they send it 
to me again, I will veto it again. In an attempt to force me to sign it, 
the Republicans are threatening to attach this proposal to welfare 
    For nearly two decades, I've worked to end welfare as we know it. I 
want us to require more work, impose strict time limits, to crack down 
on child support enforcement. In the last 3\1/2\ years, without any 
congressional action, we have worked with 38 States to change old 
Federal rules so that we can move people from welfare to work. The rolls 
are down 1.3 million people, and child support collections are up nearly 
40 percent.
    Of course, we should do more. And we can reach agreement on sweeping 
bipartisan welfare reform legislation. But I will never accept the 
repeal of guaranteed health care for poor children or people with 
disabilities or older Americans or pregnant women. I don't care what 
bill they attach that to, I will not accept it.
    These young people with me today and their families will take part 
in the stand for all our children that is unprecedented. Where our 
children are concerned, we should all stand together, and we should not 
be small. Our children are counting on us.
    Thanks for listening.

Middle East Peace Process

    Q. Mr. President, following the Israeli election, is there a message 
you'd like to send to the Arab world?
    The President. Yes. Our policy hasn't changed. We still want an 
honorable peace in the Middle East. And we want all peace-loving people, 
especially those who have been our friends and allies in the Arab world, 
to continue to work for that. I was very encouraged by what King Hussein 
said in his most recent reported remarks. And I hope that the friends of 
peace in the Arab world and the Middle East will continue to support it, 
and we will continue to work with them.
    Q. Do you think there's undue concern in some of the Arab world? You 
know, this election, which was decided by less than 30,000 votes is out 
of--was at 3 million. It's being viewed as some kind of massive mandate 
and message. I mean, do you think there's a rush to judgment?
    The President. I think we ought to give the new Prime Minister a 
chance to put his government together and develop a policy. We have--
we've been pushing all over the world for democracy. And democracy means 
the people who vote get to determine who governs. That's what democracy 
means. Now, he said some very encouraging things to me on the phone and 
indeed in the election--in the 2 weeks leading up to the election.
    I think it's obvious--if you look how closely divided the people of 
Israel are, I think that you could say an enormous number of the 
supporters of Prime Minister Peres wanted security as well as peace, and 
an enormous number of the supporters of Prime Minister-elect Netanyahu 
wanted peace as well as security. I think that that's what that close 
election means. It's a difficult environment, a tough neighborhood. 
There's a lot of history there. But he says he wants to continue the 
process. And I think that--I hope that the friends of peace in the Arab 
world will continue to be committed to that.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House. In his remarks, he referred to King Hussein I of Jordan.

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Monday, June 10, 1996
Volume 32--Number 23
Pages 983-1014
Week Ending Friday, June 7, 1996
Statement on Arms Reduction Agreements With Russia and Ukraine

June 1, 1996

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