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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 11, 1999 Volume 35--Number 40 Pages 1887-1990 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings California Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality dinner in Beverly Hills--1901 Democratic National Committee Beverly Hills--1912 Brentwood Park--1905 Palo Alto--1891, 1896 Representative Brad Sherman, luncheon in Beverly Hills--1910 Canada, U.S. Embassy dedication ceremony in Ottawa--1975 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty--1920, 1933, 1953 Former Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, portrait unveiling--1938 Legislative agenda--1932 Nevada, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee luncheon in Las Vegas--1887 New Democrat Network dinner--1942 New York City Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reception--1961 Departure for--1953 Empire State Pride gala--1969 National Labor Research Association dinner--1964 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Patients' Bill of Rights--1922, 1958 Radio address--1899 Representative Bart Stupak, reception--1940 Bill Signings National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 Remarks--1925 Statement--1927 Communications to Congress Iraq, letter transmitting report on compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions--1919 Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, letter transmitting report--1931 Partnership For Peace, letter transmitting report--1930 Executive Orders 1999 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United States-- 1948 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--1920 New York City--1958 South Lawn--1953 South Portico--1922 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Mont-Tremblant, Canada, on October 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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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media--Continued Interview with John Roberts of the Columbia Broadcasting System-- 1957 New conference with Prime Minister Chretien of Canada in Ottawa, October 8 (No. 181)--1978 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--1978 Proclamations Child Health Day--1919 Fire Prevention Week--1890 General Pulaski Memorial Day--1937 German-American Day--1931 Leif Erikson Day--1985 National Children's Day--1986 National School Lunch Week--1986 To Delegate Authority for the Administration of the Tariff-Rate Quotas on Sugar-Containing Products and Other Agricultural Products to the United States Trade Representative and the Secretary of Agriculture--1974 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Commerce Department, fire--1890 Executive order amending the manual for courts-martial--1953 House action on Patients' Bill of Rights legislation--1958 Irish peace process, inappropriate metaphor--1985 London commuter train crash--1937 ``Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 1999,'' proposed--1890 ``Pension Reduction Disclosure Act of 1999,'' proposed--1960 Senate action on education appropriations--1960 Senate action on the nomination of Ronnie L. White to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri--1930 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1990 Checklist of White House press releases--1989 Digest of other White House announcements--1988 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1988 [[Page 1887]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1887-1890] Monday, October 11, 1999 Volume 35--Number 40 Pages 1887-1990 Week Ending Friday, October 8, 1999 Remarks at a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Luncheon in Las Vegas, Nevada October 1, 1999 Thank you very much. Senator Bryan, Senator Reid, Senator Baucus; Mr. Mayor, Mayor Jones, and Senator Bernstein--that sounds pretty good, doesn't it? [Laughter] Sounds pretty good--[laughter]--and my good friend Arthur Goldberg, I had a wonderful day with him in his home in New Jersey, and now he's brought me to Paris. I went to Paris for the first time 30 years ago this year as a young man. And not very long ago, on my way to Bosnia to talk about our humanitarian efforts there to save the people of Kosovo from ethnic cleansing, I stopped in Paris for a day to see the President of France and the Prime Minister, and I had a chance to walk again as I did a young man, along the Tuileries and look again at the Eiffel Tower. I've already had more dreams fulfilled than I could have asked for in 10 lifetimes, but I never dreamed I'd actually get to give a speech in the Eiffel Tower. [Laughter] So I thank you, Arthur, for one more milestone in my life, and I congratulate you on this magnificent creation and the success it's enjoying. I was thinking about all of you here today, and I was thinking, one of the things that I like about Arthur Goldberg and a lot of the others of you who have been my longtime friends here, is that you have a sense of enlightened self-interest. You're intelligent enough to support Democrats so you can continue to live like Republicans. [Laughter] And I told someone the other day, I saw how much money Governor Bush had raised--you know, I'm thinking of putting that down as one of the economic achievements of my tenure in office--[laughter]--that we didn't discriminate; we allowed the Republicans to make money, too, in this economy. And it's not our fault if they decide to spend it in a way different than we would like. Let me say, just seriously--I'll be rather brief, but I want to first thank you for coming here; and second, to try to give you some sense of what is at issue in this coming election year in all of the elections, and certainly in these elections for United States Senate, every one of which is of genuine national significance. First, when Al Gore and I moved to Washington in 1993, into the White House, and we started our administration, we had a few very definite ideas about how we ought to change our policy--how we ought to change our economic policy, our crime policy, our welfare policy, our education policy, what our priorities in foreign policy ought to be. And we generally were trying to prepare America for the global economy and the global society in which we're living for the post-cold-war world, with a view to give every person in this country a chance to live up to his or her God-given abilities; trying to bring an increasingly diverse country closer together, instead of allowing it to become more and more torn apart and fractionalized, as so many countries in the world are today, over differences of race, religion, and other things. And we wanted to try to maintain America's role for peace and freedom and prosperity in the world. And after 6\1/2\ years, the results, I think, speak for themselves. We do have the lowest unemployment rate in 29 years and the lowest welfare rolls in 32 years and the lowest crime rates in 26 years. We just had back-to-back surpluses in our budget for the first time in 42 years. And yesterday we learned that we have the lowest poverty rate in 20 years, the longest peacetime expansion, and the highest homeownership in history. These are things we can be proud of. And I am grateful that I had the chance to serve and to be a part of these historic developments. [[Page 1888]] And for all of you that had anything to do with that, I thank you. But every country must always have its eyes pointed toward tomorrow. And it may seem strange to you, since I can't run again, but I almost wish that the theme song of this year's election--the millennial election next year, I mean--were the one that we used in 1992, that great old Fleetwood Mac song, ``Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow.'' The question is not whether America will change; it is how America will change and whether we will build on what we have done that is working to meet the large, long-term challenges the country faces in this new millennium, or whether we will basically veer off and go back to an approach that got us in an awful lot of trouble before. The economy has been good so long, most people have forgotten what it was like in 1992. Most people forgot what it was like to have year in after year out of crime rates rising, welfare rolls rising, and intensifying social divisions. So I say to you, the question--and I hope you'll keep this in mind between now and November of 2000--the issue for every citizen, without regard to party, is not whether we will vote for change. The issue is what kind of change we will embrace. That is, America is always changing. That's why we're still around here after over 220 years, because we've always been in the business of recreating ourselves based on our bedrock principles. And what difference does it make who's in the Senate? It will determine whether we use this moment of prosperity to save Social Security so that the baby boomers don't, in effect, bankrupt our children with our retirement. It will determine whether we lengthen the life of Medicare and add a prescription drug coverage, which is of pivotal importance to millions of Americans. Three-quarters of the retired people in this country today do not have access to affordable prescription drugs, and a lot of the hospital bills that they run up are because they did not have the preventive medications that they need. It will determine whether we make a commitment to what is now the largest, most ethnically and religiously diverse group of people we've ever had in our schools, and whether we really believe that they can all learn and we're determined to give them a world-class education. Yesterday I went to New York, to the IBM Center, to meet with Governors and business leaders of both parties to talk about the absolute imperative of having world-class standards and genuine accountability for all of our school children; the need to end social promotion but to give our children the schools they need; to turn around failing schools or shut them down; to give kids the after-school and summer school and mentoring support they need; but to keep pushing for higher standards in education. These are just three big questions. I have asked the Congress to adopt a plan that would take Social
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