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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, December 13, 1999 Volume 35--Number 49 Pages 2517-2577 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Arkansas, Chamber of Commerce in Little Rock--2565 Democratic National Committee dinner--2559 Digital divide, narrowing--2552 Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, presentation--2521 Fort Gibson, OK, school shooting--2521 Health care quality and patient safety--2527 ``Keep Hope Alive'' reception--2534 Kennedy Center Honors reception--2518 Massachusetts Departure for Worcester--2552 Memorial service for firefighters in Worcester--2555 National Christmas tree lighting--2551 Radio address--2517 Senator Tim Johnson, reception--2532 Bill Signings Chattahoochee River, legislation to protect segment, statement--2557 Commerce in depiction of animal cruelty, legislation to establish Federal criminal penalties--2557 Digital Theft Deterrence and Copyright Damages Improvement Act of 1999, statement--2559 Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999, statement--2524 John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Act, statement--2558 U.S. Holocaust Assets Commission Extension Act of 1999, statement-- 2558 Communications to Federal Agencies Improving health care quality and ensuring patient safety, memorandum--2530 Narrowing the digital divide, memorandum--2554 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in the Rose Garden--2527, 2552 News conference, December 8 (No. 185)--2537 Letters and Messages Ramadan, message--2559 Proclamations Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week--2526 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--2531 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Vietnam, flooding--2556 Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire--2518 World Trade Organization Seattle Round--2518 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2575 Checklist of White House press releases--2574 Digest of other White House announcements--2574 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2574 Editor's Note: The President was in West Memphis, AR, on December 10, 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 2517]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2517-2518] Monday, December 13, 1999 Volume 35--Number 49 Pages 2517-2577 Week Ending Friday, December 10, 1999 The President's Radio Address December 4, 1999 Good morning. Yesterday we crossed a historic threshold with the creation of more than 20 million new jobs since January 1993. This is a great American achievement and further proof of the health of our economy, which now has given us the longest peacetime expansion in our Nation's history. Today I want to talk about a group of new workers who, just a few short years ago, were virtually locked out of our growing economy and their chance at the American dream--the more than one million Americans who are now moving from welfare to work every year. Seven years ago I asked the American people to join me in ending welfare as we know it. In 1996, with bipartisan support, we passed a landmark welfare reform bill. Today I am pleased to announce that we've cut the rolls by more than half. Fewer Americans are on welfare today than at any time since 1969, 30 years ago. We're moving more than a million people a year from the welfare rolls to the payrolls, 1.3 million in 1998 alone. And most of the people who get jobs are keeping them. They're getting raises and paying taxes and teaching their children to honor the dignity of work. We've changed the culture of welfare from one that fostered dependence to one that honors and rewards work. That's why I fought to create high performance bonuses for States that do the most for parents entering the work force. I am pleased to announce the first of those awards today. Twenty-seven States will share $200 million in bonuses for four categories: how many people they've placed in jobs; how well those people did at keeping their jobs and improving their wages; the biggest improvement in job placement; and the biggest improvement in on-the-job success. The States ranked highest were Indiana, Minnesota, Washington, and Florida. I congratulate these States for their achievement. If every State had performed as well as Indiana in placing workers in jobs, we would have helped more than twice as many people go to work last year. I challenge every State to invest its welfare reform resources in helping people to succeed at work. This is not just about numbers. It's about real people. People like Wendy Waxler of Washington, DC. Wendy wanted a job, but needed time to care for her daughter, who has cerebral palsy. She couldn't afford to lose the Medicaid that paid the doctor's bills. Through welfare to work, Wendy found a flexible job and kept Medicaid and food stamps, at first. Now she and her daughter have health insurance, and Wendy has new confidence and new dreams. People like Wendy Waxler are an asset our economy simply cannot afford to waste. So we must do more to support working families and people who are trying to turn their lives around. That's why I've asked Congress to raise the minimum wage, so that a full-time job is a real ticket out of poverty; it's why we won new resources and will fight for more, for our new markets initiative, to make it easier for businesses and banks to invest in America's poorest communities; and why I'm asking Congress to increase our commitment to quality child care. All of us have a moral responsibility to do everything we can to ensure that every eligible family receives health care and nutritional assistance, so all our children can grow up healthy. I fought hard to ensure that the welfare reform law guaranteed these critical supports. Now our administration is taking steps to hold States accountable and make sure families get the benefits they need. Today I am also announcing new performance bonuses like the ones I just awarded for States that do the best at enrolling eligible families in Medicaid and food stamps. Finally, the old welfare system actually weakened families, by discouraging couples [[Page 2518]] from marrying or living with their children. We want to change that, so starting next year there will also be bonuses for States that do the most to get poor children into two-parent homes, where we know they have the best chance of breaking the cycle of poverty. Supporting hard-pressed working families and helping people to make the transition from welfare to work isn't just the right thing to do; it's also the smart thing. It encourages millions of people to take responsibility for their families, their future. In so doing, it expands opportunity and strengthens our economy and builds a healthier future for all of us. Thanks for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 7:15 p.m. on December 3 in the Oval Office at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on December 4. In his remarks, the President referred to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law No. 104-193. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on December 3 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2518] Monday, December 13, 1999 Volume 35--Number 49 Pages 2517-2577 Week Ending Friday, December 10, 1999 Statement on the World Trade Organization Seattle Round December 4, 1999 We made progress at the Seattle WTO trade meetings although significant differences remain. I remain optimistic that we can use the coming months to narrow our differences and launch a successful new round of global trade talks. A successful round will include bringing down barriers in agriculture, manufacturing, and services, keeping E- commerce tariff-free and ensuring that trade will lift living conditions for working people everywhere while protecting the environment. And, as I said in Seattle, a successful WTO must be more open and accessible to all citizens around the world. I am determined to move forward on the path of free trade and economic growth while ensuring a human face is put on the global economy. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2518] Monday, December 13, 1999 Volume 35--Number 49 Pages 2517-2577 Week Ending Friday, December 10, 1999 Statement on the Fire at the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Company December 4, 1999 Hillary and I were deeply saddened to learn of the tragedy that has struck the Worcester community. The six firefighters who are now missing and presumed dead valiantly put their lives on the line in the effort to save others and protect their city. Their courageous service reminds us all of the tremendous commitment and sacrifice made by the thousands of firefighters across America who risk their own lives every day to protect our communities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to these courageous firefighters, to their families, to the Worcester Fire Department, and the city of Worcester. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov]
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