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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, March 13, 1995
Volume 31--Number 10
Pages 361-394

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Administration's economic strategy--391
    National Association of Counties--373
    National Public Radio reception--361
    Radio address--362
    Veterans of Foreign Wars conference--365
    Virginia, Patrick Henry Elementary School in Alexandria--387

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--372
    EURATOM, message reporting--389
    International agreements, letter transmitting report--390
    Iraq, letter reporting--384
    Federal Council on the Aging, message transmitting report--384
    Floodplain management, message transmitting report--372
    Haiti, letter transmitting report--387
    Mexico, message reporting--390
    National Endowment for Democracy, message transmitting report--373
    Railroad safety, message transmitting report--384
    Trade Policy Agenda and the Trade Agreement Report, message 
        transmitting report--384

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Regulatory reform, memorandum--363

Executive Orders

    Ensuring the Economical and Efficient Administration and Completion 
        of Federal Government Contracts--382
    Nuclear Cooperation With EURATOM--389

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Alexandria, VA--387
        Briefing Room--391

Letters and Messages

    St. Patrick's Day, message--382


    National Park Week--392

Statements by the President

    Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, 25th anniversary--371
    Terrorist attack in Pakistan--381

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--394
    Checklist of White House press releases--394
    Digest of other White House announcements--393
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--393


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Monday, March 13, 1995
Volume 31--Number 10
Pages 361-394
Week Ending Friday, March 10, 1995
Remarks at the National Public Radio Reception

March 3, 1995

    Thank you very much, Carl. I have all these notes, and then I have 
all these things I really want to say. [Laughter] What can I tell you--
I'm just sort of an NPR-kind of President. [Laughter]
    President Kennedy, many of you will remember, in 1962, hosted a 
dinner here of the Nobel Prize winners, and said it was the most 
stunning array of talent ever to dine in the White House since Thomas 
Jefferson ate here alone. Well, tonight you did Thomas Jefferson one 
better. You joined him with Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and 
Harry Truman and Mark Twain and George Bernard Shaw and Click and Clack. 
[Laughter] And you all did very well.
    I want to tell you that Hillary and I are particularly grateful that 
you spared us from all the things you said that were not true and from 
the things you said that were. [Laughter]
    I thank you for giving America this wonderful history lesson of the 
White House. Those of you who may or may not have known, the things they 
told you were really true, all those wonderful little history lessons, 
everything except what Jane Curtain said. This is ``Friday Night Live.'' 
    I am honored to have all of you here at the White House as we 
celebrate NPR's 25th anniversary. You should know that NPR is alive and 
well in the real White House. We are members of both the NPR stations in 
Washington, DC, Hillary and I are. And when we lived at home in 
Arkansas, Hillary helped to bring the full range of NPR programming to 
our State. In fact, we woke up every morning to NPR at 6 a.m. We had one 
of these little radios that ticks on, and instead of an alarm clock, we 
had NPR. Some days it was so soothing, we didn't wake up. [Laughter] But 
still it was a lot better than talk radio. [Laughter] At least on those 
days we did wake up, we were able to eat breakfast. [Laughter]
    Let me say that there were a lot of interesting things said tonight. 
And I have to shorten my speech because of all those things you heard 
about, nature's call and how there was only one restroom in the White 
House for the longest--[laughter] Well, guess what? There's still no 
restroom on this floor. So just take a deep breath, I'm nearly done. 
    Public radio stations are partners in America, partners in things 
that are worth doing. They offer reading services to the blind, town 
meetings on violence, information on health care and voting. They team 
up with schools and libraries. They help our children learn. They bring 
more than issues and news, from live classical and jazz performances to 
radio drama and, of course, that car advice. And you get it all for 29 
cents a citizen a year, about the price of a day's newspaper.
    I know it's fashionable today to condemn everything public, but it 
seems to me that public radio has been a good deal for America. You 
know, I've done a lot of work here as President trying to build up the 
private sector, and we've got a lot more people working in it than we 
had 2 years ago, and I'm proud of that. But we're having this great 
debate in Washington about what the role of the Government should be as 
we come to the end of this century, and I'm glad we are. But I think 
it's important that we not forget that we have some great challenges 
here. How are we going to get into the next century with a country where 
everybody still has a chance to make it? And how are we going to deal 
with all this diversity in ways that bring us together instead of tear 
us apart? And how are we going to learn enough as citizens to make good 
decisions about those issues that don't fit very well into the screaming 
and the clamoring, cutting us up in little pieces and making our blood 
boil in- 

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stead of our hearts open and our heads clear? NPR can play a role in all 
that, for 29 cents a person a year. It's a good deal.
    I'm glad that one of the many fights we're going to be waging this 
year for ordinary Americans is the fight to preserve National Public 
    Hillary and I are deeply honored to have every single one of you 
here tonight, honored by the generosity, especially, of our performers 
who came here, who have been so gifted and who have shared their gifts 
with us tonight. We thank you for doing it, and mostly we thank you for 
the purpose for which you have done it. We thank you for caring about 
your fellow Americans, who really need this great institution to be here 
25 years from now celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Public 
Radio. Let that be our dedication on this wonderful night.
    God bless you, and thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 9:05 p.m. in the East Room at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to Carl Kasell, newscaster, NPR News. 
This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate 

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Monday, March 13, 1995
Volume 31--Number 10
Pages 361-394
Week Ending Friday, March 10, 1995
The President's Radio Address

March 4, 1995

    Good morning. I always like to hear from young people across our 
country. After all, they're at the heart of our efforts to build America 
up, to face the demands and the challenges of the 21st century. The 
responsibility of my generation is to leave those young people a better 
world and to make sure that they're prepared to succeed in that world.
    I was especially touched by a letter I recently received from a 15-
year-old girl named Melissa, who lives in a small town in the Midwest. 
Even though she's only 15 and she lives in America's Heartland, she's a 
recovering drug addict. She's been drug-free for 2 years now, but she 
still sees other children going down the road to drug abuse, and she's 
very worried.
    This is what she wrote to me: ``It seems there's just not enough 
help, and when there is help, there's not enough money to do what needs 
to be done. Let's help this problem so it's not so big for the next 
generation.'' We ought to listen to Melissa. From our smallest towns to 
our biggest cities, millions of our children face the temptation of 
illegal drugs every day in their schools. Surveys show that 
unfortunately more and more of our adolescents are using illegal drugs. 
Kids today are somehow not getting the message. They are beginning once 
again to think that it's all right to use drugs, that they're not really 
dangerous. But they're wrong. Too often, they're dead wrong.
    Now, think about what this means for our communities and for our 
country, for all the rest of us. Illegal drugs go hand in hand with 
violence. They foster fear. Schoolchildren stay home by the thousands 
every day because they are afraid. And in this kind of environment, even 
the best behaved young people have a tough time learning. That means our 
standards of education are being undermined by drugs and violence. And 
that hurts our ability as a nation to compete and win. So we all pay a 
    The first line of defense, of course, has to be in our communities, 
with our parents and teachers and our neighbors, other role models in 
law enforcement and the religious community, telling our young people in 
no uncertain terms that drugs and violence are wrong and helping them to 
stay away or to get off. I know that.
    But we here in Washington have a responsibility, too. All of you 
know there's a big debate going on in Washington now about what the role 
of the Government ought to be. The Republican contract says we should 
cut just about everything to pay for big tax cuts that go mostly to 
upper income people. Well, I think we should cut Government. We have. 
There are over 150,000 fewer people working here than there were when I 
took office. I think we ought to reduce the burden of unnecessary 
regulation, and we are.
    But I think we need a Government that's lean and not mean, one that 
offers opportunity and challenges people to be more responsible, one 
that's a partner in increasing opportunity, empowering people to make 
the most of their own lives and providing more security for our people. 
The fight against drugs and the fight for safe schools does all of that.

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    After all, leaders of both parties have seen this as a problem that 
can't be ignored in Washington. President Reagan and President Bush 
invested in initiatives for drug-free schools. And last year, working 
with Members of Congress of both parties, our administration expanded 
the Safe and Drug-free Schools Program to include violence prevention 
and security. We passed legislation that sends $482 million to the 
States, enough for efforts in over 90 percent of our school districts.
    Communities are using this money in a lot of different ways. They 
are using it to pay for police officers and metal detectors to keep our 

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