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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, March 11, 1996
Volume 32--Number 10
Pages 401-450

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards--428
        Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt--433
        Roundtable discussion at the White House Leadership Conference 
            on Youth, Drug Use, and Violence in Greenbelt--438
    Memorial Service at the Embassy of Israel--424
        Community in Taylor--403
        Democratic luncheon in Detroit--410
    Middle East peace process--431
    National Association of Counties--416
    People of Israel--423
    People of the Middle East--446
    Radio address--401
    Terrorist attacks in Israel--402, 409

Appointments and Nominations

    White House Office, Director of the Office of National Drug Control 
        Policy, remarks--426

Communications to Congress

    Budget deferral and rescissions, message transmitting--425
    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--445
    Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, message transmitting 
    International agreements, letter transmitting report--446
    Iran, message transmitting notice--448

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Iraq, letter reporting--430

Executive Orders

    Adding the Small Business Administration to the President's Export 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--431
        South Lawn--402
        Taylor, MI--409

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Jordan, King Hussein--431


    Continuation of Iran Emergency--447


    National Park Week--448

Statements by the President

    National economy--447
    President's Council on Sustainable Development, report--446
    Representative Sam Gibbons' decision not to seek reelection--415
    Terrorist attack in Israel--403
    White House Conference on Aging, report--429

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--450
    Checklist of White House press releases--450
    Digest of other White House announcements--449
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--449

Editor's Note: The President was in Los Angeles, CA, on March 8, 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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Monday, March 11, 1996
Volume 32--Number 10
Pages 401-450
Week Ending Friday, March 8, 1996
The President's Radio Address

March 2, 1996

    Good morning. Something remarkable happened this week, something 
that can forever help parents, children, and anybody who cares about 
what our children watch on television. We took an enormous step toward 
controlling the images of violence and vice that can enter our homes and 
disturb our children.
    Television is one of the most influential voices that can enter a 
home. It can be entertaining, enlightening, and educating. But when it 
transmits pictures or words we wouldn't want our children to see and 
hear in real life, television can become an unwelcome intruder, one that 
parents have too often found too difficult to control.
    In study after study, the evidence has steadily mounted that 
television violence is numbing and corrosive. It can have a destructive 
impact on young children. In my State of the Union speech, I challenged 
the Members of Congress to give control back to parents. I asked them to 
require TV's to include the V-chip, a device that lets parents filter 
out programs they don't want to let into their homes and their 
children's lives.
    Congress answered that challenge, and 3 weeks ago when I signed the 
telecommunications bill into law, the V-chip also became law. Now it 
will be standard in new television sets sold in our country. We need 
    To make the V-chip work, I invited leaders of the media and 
entertainment industry to come to the White House to work with us to 
help our families. And this past Thursday I met with the leaders of the 
television networks, the production studios, the cable companies, 
actors, directors, and writers. Their response was overwhelming, and our 
meeting was a great success.
    For the first time ever, leaders of the television and entertainment 
industry have come together as one force and agreed to develop a rating 
system for their programming that will help parents to protect their 
children from violence and other objectionable content on television. 
They said this system will be in place by next January.
    Like the movie ratings have done for 27 years, the ratings for 
television will help parents to guide their children's entertainment 
choices. The system will provide families with a standard they can rely 
on from show to show, from channel to channel. Parents are the best 
judges of what their children should and shouldn't see, and this new 
rating system will help them to make those critical judgments. The best 
programming director for our children is a parent.
    At my meeting with the entertainment industry, we also discussed the 
need for more programming that is suitable for children and that is 
educational and attractive to them. I want to preserve public 
broadcasting and the innovation it has brought in educational shows for 
    These days, a typical child will watch 25,000 hours of television 
before his or her 18th birthday. It's up to us whether these shows 
stimulate their minds or numb them. Let's build on the good shows that 
we have as models for educating and informing our children. I applaud 
the entertainment leaders for what they have done voluntarily. Through 
their action, they are being responsible for the product they produce, 
and they are showing greater concern for our American community and our 
children's future.
    With the V-chip and the rating system, we mark a sea change. We are 
harnessing technology, creativity, and responsibility, bringing together 
parents, business, and Government to meet a major challenge to our 
society. After all, it doesn't do a family any good to have a nice 
television if the images it brings to our children erodes their values 
and diminishes their future.
    We should look at this breakthrough as part of a bigger picture and 
as a lesson for

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even greater achievement. As I have said many times, this is an age of 
great possibility when more Americans will have more opportunities to 
live out their dreams than ever before. But we also know that this is a 
time of stiff challenges as well. If we are to meet those challenges, 
all of us must take our proper responsibility. Government must play a 
part but only a part. Only if each of us measures what we do by basic 
standards of right and wrong, taking responsibility for our actions, 
moving us together, will we be able to move forward as a Nation.
    Let me say again: Only if we work together in our businesses, our 
schools, our places of worship, our civic groups, will we transform our 
lives and our country. That is what I mean when I talk about corporate 
    The actions of the television industry show us what can happen when 
visionary business leaders make a commitment to values and the common 
good as well as to the bottom line, and when they live up to their 
responsibilities as corporate citizens of our great country. I hope 
their example will be matched by the executives in other industries to 
address other problems and other challenges we face as a people. That 
means corporations helping to improve our schools, helping to connect 
them to the information superhighway, helping to demand high standards. 
That means corporations finding new ways to protect our environment even 
as they grow the bottom line and improve our economy.
    That means businesses recognizing that workers are an asset, not a 
liability, and that a well-trained work force is any business' most 
important competitive edge. All these things demand a renewed commitment 
from business. And I am confident that the leaders of other industries 
will also rise to the challenge just the way the leaders of the 
entertainment industry did this week.
    We can celebrate a giant step toward realizing the possibility of a 
great instrument of communication in the homes of our families. I 
believe we can meet our other challenges as a Nation in the same way. 
We'll all want to stay tuned for that.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 4:42 p.m. on March 1 in the Roosevelt 
Room in the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 2.

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Monday, March 11, 1996
Volume 32--Number 10
Pages 401-450
Week Ending Friday, March 8, 1996
Remarks on the Terrorist Attack in Israel and an Exchange With Reporters

March 3, 1996


    The President. The suicide bombing in the Middle East last night 
shows once again how determined the enemies of peace are. In just a few 
moments I will be calling Prime Minister Peres to express our 
condolences, our solidarity, and our outrage. We must spare no effort 
here in the United States to support Israel and the other supporters of 
peace in defeating the forces of terrorism. I will also be in touch with 
Chairman Arafat and others in the region to ask for their support.
    It is clear that there are forces at work in the Middle East who 
don't want peace and who exist based on the continuing misery and 
division of the people there. And we have got to do everything we can to 
defeat them and to stand with those in the Middle East, beginning with 
our friends in Israel, who are determined to defeat them.
    This is a troubling moment, but I am determined to see that it does 
not defeat the peace process, and I am determined to do everything I can 

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