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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 11, 1998 Volume 34--Number 19 Pages 755-836 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arab American Institute conference--819 California California Labor Initiative breakfast in Los Angeles--777 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Beverly Hills--774 Democratic National Committee dinner in Portola Valley--765 Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing in San Fernando--779 Representative Loretta Sanchez, reception in Westwood--771 Therma, Inc., roundtable discussion with employees in San Jose-- 755 Delaware Delaware State Legislature in Dover--823 Dover Air Force Base--832 Illinois, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in Chicago--790 Mayors Conference on Public Schools--812 Radio address--770 Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, dedication-- 793 Bill Signings 1998 Supplemental Appropriations and Rescissions Act, statement--764 Communications to Congress ``Class-Size Reduction and Teacher Quality Act of 1998,'' message transmitting proposed legislation--831 Pemigewasset River, message transmitting report--795 Small business, message transmitting report--796 Sudan, message reporting--799 Ukraine-U.S. agreement for cooperation on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and documentation, message transmitting--810 Interviews With the News Media Interview with Al Hunt for CNBC and the Wall Street Journal--784 News conference with Prime Minister Prodi of Italy, May 6 (No. 158)--801 Joint Statements The United States and the Republic of Italy: A New Partnership for a New Century--808 Letters and Messages Cinco de Mayo, message--800 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Italy, Prime Minister Prodi--801, 808, 811 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations Mother's Day--818 Older Americans Month--782 See also Bill Signings Annie E. Casey Foundation report on child care--795 Drug offenders, coerced abstinence--810 European Economic and Monetary Union--771 Methamphetamines, funding to fight--810 Minnesota tobacco settlement and tobacco legislation--835 Northern Ireland, new initiatives in support of peace--817 Statements by the President--Continued Senate action on legislation Internal Revenue Service reform--818 Job training reform--795 Tobacco legislation, proposed--810 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--836 Checklist of White House press releases--836 Digest of other White House announcements--835 Nominations submitted to the Senate--836 [[Page 755]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 755-764] Monday, May 11, 1998 Volume 34--Number 19 Pages 755-836 Week Ending Friday, May 8, 1998 Remarks at a Roundtable Discussion With Employees of Therma, Inc., in San Jose, California May 1, 1998 The President. Thank you very much. I want to thank Joe and Nicki for welcoming me here. I want to thank Dan Kirby for the tour through the operations. He did a great job. Thanks to Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and Mayor Susan Hammer, my good friends, for joining me here today. I thank the labor leaders that are here--Amy Dean, Ray Lancaster, Mark Van Den Heuvel, Steve Preminger. But most of all, I thank all of you for giving me a chance to leave Washington and come out and visit the real world. It's great. Thank you very much. Before I say a little more about why I came here today, I'd like to make a brief comment on something very important to your future that did happen in Washington, DC, late last night. Last night an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 80 Members of the United States Senate voted for a treaty that will permit us to bring Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic into the NATO military alliance. Now, why does this matter to you out here on this factory floor? I think it's very important to you and to every American. We fought two World Wars and lost a lot of Americans and waged a long cold war in a deeply divided Europe. The Berlin Wall fell, communism dissipated, giving us the chance for the first time in history, ever, to deal with a Europe that is free, democratic, and undivided. That's important. If we can do that, that means you will know that you'll have stable partners for trading purposes. You can sell them things; you can buy things from them; you can be a part of growing. Even more important, it means you know that your children will likely never have to go there to fight and die in a war. And furthermore, you know that we'll be able to work together on the problems that do exist in the world to contain them. Now, just in the last few years since I've been President, we have used NATO for those purposes. We've brought in two dozen other countries in a Partnership For Peace, and they work with us all over the world, training, working with our militaries together. We made a special agreement with Russia and with Ukraine. And together, we went into Bosnia and stopped the bloodiest war in Europe since the end of World War II, with no conflicts, no shooting, no deaths. So that's why this is important. Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic--three more partners that will make our alliance stronger. If we have to do something in the future, that's three more countries that will be contributing people, sharing our burden, and building a future of strong partnership based on trade and commerce and travel and visitation, not on conflict. It's a big deal. And I would like to thank the Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott; the Senate Minority Leader, Tom Daschle; Senator Jesse Helms; Senator Joe Biden--all of them. This was an unusual coalition of people-- [laughter]--who worked together to do something that a lot of people didn't think we could do. And it's going to make a better world for our children. Ten years from now it will look like an even bigger vote than it does this morning. So I thank them. I'd also like, before I begin, to offer my condolences to the family of the police officer, David Chetcuti, who was killed in the line of duty last Saturday, and express my gratitude for the bravery he showed when he lost his life. And in that connection, I'd like to thank the police officers from the motorcycle crew from Santa Clara County, because they had to accompany me on this visit, and they're missing his memorial service that is going on this morning. So I thank them for doing that. [[Page 756]] Now, let me tell you why I came here. Because, to me, you guys represent the future. You're good at what you do; you're changing all the time; you're committed to getting better; you're operating in a global economy; you have a good management-labor partnership; you have apprenticeships for new workers; you have training for veteran workers to make sure they learn new skills and master new technologies. You're proving that Silicon Valley's economic revolution does not just include computer programmers; it can include all the workers of America if we're all well-trained, highly competitive, and the best in the world at what we do. You're evidence of that. I thank you for it. I wanted America to see it. And mostly, I wanted to talk to you and your representatives behind me about how we can do this all over America, in every part of America, and set the processes in motion that will keep it going year in and year out. You are a very important part of this wonderful economic renaissance going on in America now. Yesterday we saw that the economic strategy that we put in place over 5 years ago in Washington did, in fact, work to unleash the competitive capacities of America. We said we were going to reduce the deficit and balance the budget. We were going to invest in our people, in education, in technology, in scientific research, in environmental investment. And we were going to trade more with the rest of the world. We were going to open more avenues to trade our goods and services. Yesterday we saw more evidence that it's working. The economy grew in the last quarter at over 4 percent. Unemployment was the lowest in 28 years; inflation the lowest in 30 years; consumer confidence the highest in a generation. For 5 years in a row now, our country has been rated the most competitive economy in the world. You did that, you and people like you all over America, and you should be very, very proud of yourselves. Another reason I wanted to come here was because this company proves that even in Silicon Valley opportunity to participate in that new economy embraces more than those who work directly with computers or in laboratories or in offices; and also shows, as this gentleman demonstrated, that computer technology has revolutionized every aspect of American labor, and therefore, that we all must become more familiar with it. I couldn't believe it--I told the folks that were going around with me that at one point during my long service as Governor of my State, I would go out about once a month and spend a shift working in different kinds of factories. And I was around a lot of sheet metal workers. I've seen a lot of welding in my life, and it was a long time ago now, a few years--that's light years as fast as things are changing--but the machines I saw today and the level of the work I saw, it's just so breathtakingly different than just 10 years ago, it's almost unimaginable. You, of course, understand that better than I do. But for somebody like me who hasn't seen this work in a few years--I don't have as much time as I used to, to do these sort of things--[laughter]--it was quite shocking in a very positive way. And again, I say I think it's important that all of America see that these kinds of things are going on, and that all American workers in all
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