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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, October 11, 1999
Volume 35--Number 40
Pages 1887-1990

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
        Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality dinner in Beverly 
        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 
    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

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--

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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Interviews With the News Media--Continued

    Interview with John Roberts of the Columbia Broadcasting System--
    New conference with Prime Minister Chretien of Canada in Ottawa, 
        October 8 (No. 181)--1978

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--1978


    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

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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 

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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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