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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, July 12, 1999 Volume 35--Number 27 Pages 1275-1332 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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 1275]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1275] Monday, July 12, 1999 Volume 35--Number 27 Pages 1275-1332 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. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1275] Monday, July 12, 1999 Volume 35--Number 27 Pages 1275-1332 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. [[Page 1276]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1276-1277] Monday, July 12, 1999 Volume 35--Number 27 Pages 1275-1332 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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