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Volume 35--Number 18
Pages 773-831

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Addresses and Remarks

    Balkans, situation in--801
    Belgium, departure for Brussels--801
    Financial privacy and consumer protection initiative--798
    Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies dinner--777
    Germany, Kosovar refugees in Ingelheim--819, 821
    Japan, visit of Prime Minister Obuchi
        Welcoming ceremony--785
    Radio address--782
    Texas, departure for Houston--826
    Tornado damage in Oklahoma and Kansas--798
    White House Correspondents' Association dinner--783

Bill Signings

    Legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Rosa Parks, 

Communications to Congress

    Colombia, message transmitting report on national emergency with 
        respect to narcotics traffickers--796
    Cuba, message transmitting report on telecommunications payments--
    International travel by executive branch agencies, letter 
        transmitting report--777
    Small business, message reporting on the state of--823

Communications to Congres--Continued

    Sudan, message transmitting report on national emergency--797
    Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Federal Republic of, message 
        reporting on economic sanctions--780

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Assistance for Federal Employees Affected by the Tornadoes in 
        Oklahoma and Kansas, memorandum--822

Executive Orders

    Blocking Property of the Governments of the Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the Republic of Serbia, and 
        the Republic of Montenegro, and Prohibiting Trade Transactions 
        Involving the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and 
        Montenegro) in Response to the Situation in Kosovo--778

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Ramstein, Germany--803
        South Lawn--801, 826
        European journalists--811
        National Broadcasting Corporation, Tom 
            Aboard Air Force One--805
            Spangdahlem, Germany--807
    News conference with Prime Minister Obuchi of Japan, May 3 (No. 

           (Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Houston, TX, on May 7, the closing 
date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of 
the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue 
will be printed next week.


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Letters and Messages

    Cinco de Mayo, message--803

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Japan, Prime Minister Obuchi--785, 786, 797


    Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month--773
    Law Day, U.S.A.--775
    Loyalty Day--776
    Mother's Day--803
    National Day of Prayer--804
    Older Americans Month--774

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Tornado damage in Oklahoma and Kansas--802

Statements by the President--Continued

    Tourist boat tragedy in Hot Springs, AR--796
    Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), Federal 
          Republic of
        Economic sanctions against--781
        Release of three American infantrymen held prisoner--785

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--831
    Checklist of White House press releases--830
    Digest of other White House announcements--828
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--830

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Week Ending Friday, May 7, 1999
Proclamation 7189--Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, 1999

April 30, 1999

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Seeking America's bright promise of freedom and fairness, millions 
of men and women of Asian and Pacific descent have immigrated to our 
Nation through the past 2 centuries to participate in our great 
experiment in democracy. Although they left behind their native lands 
and many of their loved ones, they carried in their hearts a rich and 
ancient history and a proud heritage.
    Throughout the decades, the principles and cherished traditions of 
Asian and Pacific Americans have infused our way of life, and their 
diligence and determination have helped build and sustain our Nation. 
Asian immigrants and indigenous U.S. Pacific Islanders have made 
contributions to every facet of American life. Yet all too often, Asian 
immigrants and Pacific Islanders had to endure discrimination as our 
society struggled with its growing diversity. Overcoming prejudice and 
other hardships, these determined men and women have strengthened our 
society, our economy, and our national character in the process.
    Asian and Pacific Americans today continue to make substantial 
contributions to our country and our culture, and this year's theme, 
``Celebrating Our Legacy,'' calls on us to recognize our common human 
spirit. Scientists and researchers like David Ho untangle the mysteries 
of human biology; astronauts like Kalpana Chawla explore the heavens; 
human rights activists like Dith Pran inspire us with their courage and 
conviction; athletes like Michele Kwan dazzle us with their grace and 
endurance; and inspiring leaders like Daniel Inouye and Bill Lann Lee 
fight for justice and equality for all our people. These sons and 
daughters of Vietnam, India, China, Korea, Japan, Cambodia, Fiji, the 
Philippines, Thailand, and many other nations, as well as the islands of 
Guam, American Samoa, and Hawaii, have enriched every aspect of our 
society with their talents, intellect, and determination.
    While our Nation has made enormous strides on the path to full 
equality and inclusion, our work is far from finished. My Administration 
has strived to empower the Asian and Pacific American community by 
working to strengthen our economy, enforce our civil rights laws, invest 
in health and education, and promote racial reconciliation. Thanks in 
part to our economic initiatives, the median household income for Asian 
and Pacific Americans has significantly increased since 1993, while the 
poverty rate has declined by more than 8 percent. We have launched a new 
initiative to end racial and ethnic health disparities, and we 
established the first-ever Office of Minority Health Research and 
Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Working to 
renew our commitment to excellence in education, my Administration also 
has secured a 35 percent increase in funding for bilingual and immigrant 
    To honor the accomplishments of Asian and Pacific Americans and to 
recognize their many contributions to our Nation, the Congress, by 
Public Law 102-450, has designated the month of May as ``Asian/Pacific 
American Heritage Month.''
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1999 as Asian/Pacific American 
Heritage Month. I call upon the people of the United States to observe 
this occasion with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day 
of April, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-nine, and 
of the Independence of the

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United States of America the two hundred and twenty-third.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8.45 a.m., May 4, 1999]

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

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Monday, May 10, 1999
Volume 35--Number 18
Pages 773-831
Week Ending Friday, May 7, 1999
Proclamation 7190--Older Americans Month, 1999

April 30, 1999

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    As we look forward to the 21st century, we honor the millions of 

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