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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, January 12, 1998
Volume 34--Number 2
Pages 7-32

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Addresses and Remarks

    Child care, proposed legislation--12
    Federal budget--9
    Medicare, proposed legislation--10
    New York City

        Democratic National Committee dinner--21
        Democratic National Committee luncheon--15
    Radio address--7
    Texas, Mission High School in Mission--27

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--9
    Libya, letter transmitting notice--8

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--9


    Continuation of Libyan Emergency--8

Statements by the President


        Manuel Zurita--15

        Representative Sonny Bono--12

    National education standards--20

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--32

    Checklist of White House press releases--31

    Digest of other White House announcements--30

    Nominations submitted to the Senate--31

Editor's Note: The President was in Houston, TX, on January 9, 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, January 12, 1998
Volume 34--Number 2
Pages 7-32
Week Ending Friday, January 9, 1998
The President's Radio Address

January 3, 1998

    Good morning. The beginning of a new year is a time of promise, and 
at the start of 1998, we have much to be thankful for. We've made much 
progress on our mission of preparing America for the 21st century and 
making our country work for all our people. Both unemployment and crime 
are at their lowest level in 24 years. The welfare rolls have dropped by 
a record 3.8 million. The deficit has been cut by 90 percent.
    In 1997 in Washington, we passed the historic balanced budget; 
embraced the idea of national academic standards for our schools for the 
first time; extended health insurance coverage to 5 million children; 
moved ahead with our environmental agenda to save the Everglades, the 
ancient forests in California and Yellowstone Park. And we made a safer, 
more prosperous world by ratifying the Chemical Weapons Convention, 
expanding NATO, keeping the peace in Bosnia, and opening new 
opportunities for American high-tech products to be sold around the 
world. We also continued the work of building one America with our race 
initiative and the Presidents' Summit on Service.
    As 1998 dawns, American families can look forward to tax cuts for 
their children and to truly historic tax relief that will make community 
college free for almost all Americans and help to pay for the cost of 
all education after high school, the largest such effort since the GI 
bill 50 years ago. I have done my best to give the American people a 
Government for the 21st century, not one that tries to do everything, 
nor one that does nothing, but a Government that gives Americans the 
tools and conditions to make the most of their own lives in a new world 
of information and technological revolution and globalization.
    But I've also done my best to call forth a new spirit of citizen 
service here at home, as necessary to meet our new challenges and to 
fulfill our obligations both at home and around the world.
    From the beginning, I have worked to give more Americans the chance 
to serve, to join with their fellow citizens to take responsibilities 
for their communities and our country. We created AmeriCorps, which has 
already given more than 100,000 young Americans the opportunity to serve 
our Nation and earn money for a college education. We strengthened that 
commitment with the Presidents' Summit on Service in Philadelphia, which 
already has moved thousands and thousands of Americans to give our 
children a helping hand. And this year, the day we honor Dr. Martin 
Luther King will be a day of service in communities all across America.
    Today I want to talk about how we can strengthen one of the finest 
examples of citizen service, the Peace Corps. When President Kennedy 
founded the Peace Corps in 1961, he saw it as a bold experiment in 
public service that would unite our Nation's highest ideals with a 
pragmatic approach to bettering the lives of ordinary people around the 
world. He also saw it as an investment in our own future in an 
increasingly interdependent world. In the years since, it's paid off 
many times over.
    Three decades ago, Peace Corps volunteers worked as teachers in 
villages in Africa and Asia, Latin America and the Pacific region. They 
helped communities inoculate their children against disease, clean their 
water, increase their harvests. In so doing, they helped communities and 
countries become stronger and more stable, making them better partners 
for us as we work together to meet common goals.
    Today, the Peace Corps continues these efforts, but it's also 
adapting to the new needs of our era. Since the fall of communism, Peace 
Corps volunteers have gone to work in new democracies, from Eastern 
Europe to Central Asia, helping to nurture and strengthen free markets 
by teaching new

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entrepreneurs how to get their businesses running. Volunteers now work 
to protect the environment and help prevent the spread of AIDS.
    Under Director Mark Gearan, the Peace Corps is also preparing to 
meet the challenges of the next century. To ensure that it does, I will 
ask Congress next month to continue its longtime bipartisan support for 
the Peace Corps and join me in putting 10,000 Peace Corps volunteers 
overseas by the year 2000. That's an increase of more than 50 percent 
from today's levels. I'll request that funding for the Peace Corps be 
increased by $48 million, the largest increase since the 1960's.
    In a world where we're more and more affected by what happens beyond 
our borders, we have to work harder to overcome the divisions that 
undermine the integrity and quality of life around the world, as well as 
here at home. Strengthening the Peace Corps, giving more Americans 
opportunities to serve in humanity's cause is both an opportunity and an 
obligation we should seize in 1998.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 1:37 p.m. on January 2 at a private 
residence in Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, for 
broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on January 3.

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Monday, January 12, 1998
Volume 34--Number 2
Pages 7-32
Week Ending Friday, January 9, 1998
Notice--Continuation of Libyan Emergency

January 2, 1998

    On January 7, 1986, by Executive Order 12543, President Reagan 
declared a national emergency to deal with the unusual and extraordinary 
threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States 
constituted by the actions and policies of the Government of Libya. On 
January 8, 1986, by Executive Order 12544, the President took additional 
measures to block Libyan assets in the United States. The President has 
transmitted a notice continuing this emergency to the Congress and the 
Federal Register every year since 1986.
    The crisis between the United States and Libya that led to the 
declaration of a national emergency on January 7, 1986, has not been 
resolved. The Government of Libya has continued its actions and policies 
in support of terrorism, despite the calls by the United Nations 
Security Council, in Resolutions 731 (1992), 748 (1992), and 883 (1993), 
that it demonstrate by concrete actions its renunciation of terrorism. 
Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies 
Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing the national emergency with 
respect to Libya. This notice shall be published in the Federal Register 
and transmitted to the Congress.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
January 2, 1998.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:21 a.m., January 5, 

Note: This notice was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
January 5, and it was published in the Federal Register on January 6.

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Week Ending Friday, January 9, 1998
Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting the Notice on Libya

January 2, 1998

Dear Mr. Speaker:  (Dear Mr. President:)

    Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) 
provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, 
prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President 
publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice 
stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the 
anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent the 
enclosed notice, stating that the Libyan emergency is to continue in 
effect beyond January 7, 1998, to the Federal Register for publication.

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