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[Page i-ii]
 
Monday, July 12, 1999
 
Volume 35--Number 27
Pages 1275-1332
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

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Addresses and Remarks

    Arizona, roundtable discussion on small business development in 
        Phoenix--1303
    California
        National Academy Foundation conference in Anaheim--1322
        Patients' Bill of Rights in Torrance--1327
        Youth opportunities, discussion in Los Angeles--1318
    Illinois, community in East St. Louis--1289
    Kentucky, community in Hazard--1278
    Mississippi
        Delta region investment, roundtable discussion in Clarksdale--
            1285
        Departure from Clarksdale--1289
    New markets initiative--1289
    Radio address--1276
    South Dakota
        Ellsworth AFB community in Rapid City--1302
        Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
            Community--1298
            Discussion--1296

Communications to Congress

    Emigration policies and trade status of certain former Eastern bloc 
        states, letter transmitting report--1281
    Lamb meat imports, letter--1311
    Taliban, U.S. national emergency, letter--1283

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Federal Worker 2000 Presidential Initiative, memorandum--1275
    Imported foods, memorandum on safety--1277
    Lamb meat imports, memorandum--1310

Executive Orders

    Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With the Taliban--
        1281

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD--1298
    Interviews
        Ron Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times--1311
        Ron Insana of CNBC's ``Business Center''--1293

Joint Statement

    Joint Statement With Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan--1278

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Pakistan, Prime Minister Sharif--1278

Proclamations

    To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of 
        Lamb Meat--1308

Statements by the President

    Death of Karekin I--1275
    Sierra Leone peace agreement--1308
    Taliban, U.S. national emergency--1285

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1332
    Checklist of White House press releases--1332
    Digest of other White House announcements--1331
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1332

Editor's Note: The President was in Los Angeles, CA, on July 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, July 12, 1999
 
Volume 35--Number 27
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Week Ending Friday, July 9, 1999
 
Statement on the Death of Karekin I


July 2, 1999

    Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of His Holiness 
Karekin I, Catholicos of the Armenian Apostolic Church. I have sent my 
condolences to the Vicar General at the Holy See of Echmiadzin.
    His Holiness was widely respected for his deep scholarship, his deep 
sense of principle, and his sincere devotion to the broadest possible 
ecumenical dialog. To all who followed his inspired leadership in 
Armenia, the United States, and around the world, I offer heartfelt 
sympathy and condolences on behalf of myself and the American people. 
All the members of the Armenian Apostolic Church are in our thoughts and 
our prayers.

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Monday, July 12, 1999
 
Volume 35--Number 27
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Week Ending Friday, July 9, 1999
 
Memorandum on the Federal Worker 2000 Presidential Initiative

July 2, 1999

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Federal Worker 2000 Presidential Initiative

    Each year, Federal employees suffer over 160,000 injuries or 
illnesses in the course of their employment. The Federal Government's 
bill for medical treatment and wage loss compensation costs exceeds $1.9 
billion each year. Even more disturbing is the pain and suffering of 
employees and their families that is caused by these injuries and 
illnesses and the fact that many of such injuries and illnesses are 
preventable.
    The Federal workforce is a valuable asset to our healthy economy. We 
need to do more to protect our dedicated public servants from 
preventable injuries and illnesses. From this point forward, I want to 
make the safety and health of every Federal worker a central value in 
each operation performed in Federal workplaces. I ask all Federal 
agencies to help make Federal Government workplaces safe and productive. 
Furthermore, we need to ensure that, when injuries do occur, Federal 
employees are given the best possible care and are returned to work as 
quickly as possible.
    To this end I direct the Secretary of Labor to lead an initiative 
focusing on the Federal workplace. This initiative will have a duration 
of 5 years, and will establish 3 measurable goals:
<bullet>    reducing the overall occurrence of injuries by 3 percent per 
            year, while improving the timeliness of reporting of 
            injuries and illnesses by agencies to the Department of 
            Labor by 5 percent per year;
<bullet>    for those work sites with the highest rates of serious 
            injuries, reducing the occurrence of such injuries by 10 
            percent per year; and
<bullet>    reducing the rate of lost production days (i.e. the number 
            of days employees spend away from work) by 2 percent per 
            year.
    I also direct the Secretary to report to me each year on the 
progress made to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses, to provide 
timely services, and to reduce the number of days injured workers are 
away from their jobs.
    I am convinced that this new focus on safety and health in the 
Federal Government will result in fewer injured workers, significant 
cost reductions, and an enhanced ability to serve the American public.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: An original was not available for verification of the content of 
this memorandum. This item was not received in time for publication in 
the appropriate issue.

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Week Ending Friday, July 9, 1999
 
The President's Radio Address

July 3, 1999

    Good morning. This Independence Day at backyard barbecues and 
picnics in local parks, Americans celebrate the spirit of patriotism 
that has strengthened our Nation for 223 years now. Today I want to talk 
about what we must do to ensure that the food we serve at those 
gatherings is as safe as we can possibly make it, to keep our Nation 
growing healthy, as well as strong.
    Our food supply is the most bountiful in the world. And for 6\1/2\ 
years, our administration has been committed to making it the safest in 
the world, from establishing a nationwide early warning system for 
foodborne illness to expanding food safety research and public education 
programs to increasing inspections of food at every point in the chain 
of production.
    Last year I established the Joint Institute for Food Safety Research 
and appointed the first-ever President's Council on Food Safety to 
coordinate and expand food safety efforts at every level of the Federal 
Government. I'm proud of the progress we're making, but when it comes to 
keeping our families safe, we can always do more--and we must.
    Today, Americans eat more imported food than ever before, and they 
have more choices than ever. Think of it: Thirty years ago, just a dozen 
kinds of fruits and vegetables were available year-round. Today, you 
could buy a different kind of fruit or vegetable every day of the year, 
and many were grown on the other side of the world. There's no evidence 
that these fruits and vegetables are less safe than those grown here in 
the United States. But some recent outbreaks of foodborne illness have 
been traced to imported foods.
    Our import laws are very clear. We will not allow unsafe food to 
enter the United States. But a recent GAO report showed that some 
importers are sidestepping our laws and getting contaminated food across 
our borders and onto our kitchen tables. While most importers comply 
with our regulations, it only takes one bad apple to spoil the whole 
bunch, only one shipment of contaminated food to threaten hundreds, even 
thousands, of Americans.
    That is why today, consistent with our international obligations, 

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