Home > 1995 Presidential Documents > pd13no95 Statement on Signing the Fisheries Act of 1995...

pd13no95 Statement on Signing the Fisheries Act of 1995...

Web GovRecords.org

[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, November 13, 1995
Volume 31--Number 45
Pages 1983-1997

Weekly Compilation of



[[Page i]]

[[Page ii]]

Addresses and Remarks

    Death of Prime Minister Rabin of Israel--1986, 1989
    Radio address--1985
    Virginia, dedication of the Pan American Flight 103 memorial cairn 
        in Arlington--1983

Bill Signings

    Fisheries Act of 1995, statement--1984

Communications to Congress

    Federal Labor Relations Authority, message transmitting report--1995
    International exchange and training activities, letter transmitting 
    Weapons of mass destruction, message--1991

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters aboard Air Force One--1987


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction--


    Death of Yitzhak Rabin--1987
    Thanksgiving Day--1995

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of Prime Minister Rabin--1986, 1987

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1997
    Checklist of White House press releases--1997
    Digest of other White House announcements--1996
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1996


Editor's Note: In order to meet publication deadlines during the 
Veterans Day holiday weekend, the cutoff time for this issue has been 
advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 1995. Documents released 
after that time will appear in the next issue.


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 1983]]

[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page 1983-1984]
Monday, November 13, 1995
Volume 31--Number 45
Pages 1983-1997
Week Ending Friday, November 10, 1995
Remarks at the Dedication of the Pan American Flight 103 Memorial Cairn 
in Arlington, Virginia

November 3, 1995

    Sir Hector, Jane Schultz, George Williams, Reverend Keegans, 
Reverend Miller, Reverend Neal, Rabbi Goldberg; to Members of Congress 
and the administration, the diplomatic corps; to our honored friends 
from Scotland; most of all, to the members of the family of Pan Am 103. 
Thank you, Sir Hector, for your good words. And thank you and the 
Lockerbie Trust for this beautiful cairn which I accept on behalf of the 
people of the United States.
    This simple monument speaks with a powerful voice. Each of its 270 
Lockerbie stones tells of the loss beyond measure, a child or a parent, 
a brother or a sister stolen away through an act of unspeakable 
    Almost 7 years have now passed since that bomb cut short the lives 
of all 250 passengers of Pan Am 103 and the 11 villagers below. I know 
that I can speak for all the American people when I say that we have not 
forgotten and the families of the victims are still not alone in your 
    Since Pan Am 103, there have been other attacks of terrorism on our 
own soil, the bombing of the World Trade Center, the tragedy in Oklahoma 
City. After each, our Nation has drawn closer, and some of the families 
here of the victims at Lockerbie have helped in that process. I thank 
all of you who reached out to those who were grieving most recently in 
Oklahoma City.
    Despite the passage of time, nothing has dimmed our recollection of 
that day when death commanded the heavens. Nothing has diminished our 
outrage at that evil deed. Today the people of the United States 
understand terrorism better. We know it can strike anyone, anywhere. We 
know that each act of terrorism is a terrible assault on every person in 
the world who prizes freedom, on the values we share, on our Nation and 
every nation that respects human rights.
    Today, America is more determined than ever to stand against 
terrorism, to fight it, to bring terrorists to answer for their crimes. 
We continue to tighten those sanctions on states that sponsor terrorism, 
and we ask other nations to help us in that endeavor.
    We are strengthening our ability to act at home and around the 
world. Recently, we have been successful in apprehending terrorists 
abroad and in preventing planned terrorist attacks here in the United 
States. We are redoubling our efforts against those who target our 
liberties and our lives. And just a few days ago in the United Nations, 
I asked the nations of the world to join me in common cause against 
    In the case of Pan Am 103, we continue to press for the extradition 
of the two Libyan suspects. We want to maintain and tighten the 
enforcement of our sanctions, and we want to increase the pressure on 
Libya. This cairn reminds us that we must never, never relax our efforts 
until the criminals are brought to justice.
    I thank those who have spoken before for their reference to this 
hallowed ground. It is fitting that this memorial to the citizens of 21 
nations has been erected here in the sacred place of our Nation, 
surrounded by so many who fell fighting for our freedom. It is fitting, 
too, that this cairn was chosen as the embodiment of our common concern, 
not only because of the strong bonds that have grown up between the 
people of Scotland and America out of this tragedy but because this 
cairn was built stone by stone.
    From the time of the Bible, men and women have piled stones to mark 
a covenant between them as the patriarch Jacob did with Laban. So let us 
take this cairn as the sign of our bond with the victims of Pan Am 103 
to remember the life they brought into so many lives, to work to bring 
justice down on those who committed the murders, to keep

[[Page 1984]]

our own people safe, and to rid the world of terrorism and never to 
forget until this job is done.
    We must all labor for the day, my fellow Americans and citizens of 
the world, when, in the words of the Psalm, ``we shall not be afraid for 
the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day, nor for the 
pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the destruction that 
wasteth at noonday.''
    The days are now shortening, and December 21st approaches once 
again. I hope, to those of you who are members of the families, that the 
honor done your loved ones here today brings you some solace. And I pray 
that when this anniversary day comes again you will have a measure of 
peace. Your countrymen and women are with you in spirit and in 
    God bless you. God bless Scotland. And God bless the United States 
of America.

Note: The President spoke at 2:37 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. 
In his remarks, he referred to Sir Hector Monro, who presented the 
memorial cairn; Jane Schultz, chief organizer of the memorial; George H. 
Williams, president, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103; Rev. Patrick Keegans, 
Rev. John Miller, and Rev. Alan Neal, who gave the blessing; and Rabbi 
Jacob Goldberg, who gave the benediction. This item was not received in 
time for publication in the appropriate issue.

[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page 1984-1985]
Monday, November 13, 1995
Volume 31--Number 45
Pages 1983-1997
Week Ending Friday, November 10, 1995
Statement on Signing the Fisheries Act of 1995

November 3, 1995

    Today I have signed into law H.R. 716, the ``Fisheries Act of 
1995.'' This comprehensive legislation demonstrates the extent to which 
the United States is involved, and must remain involved, in 
international initiatives with global impact. It implements 
international agreements designed to protect important fish stocks both 
in high seas areas of the world's oceans and off our coasts. Many of 
these measures implement agreements that required major negotiating 
efforts over a number of years.
    This Act implements and would allow the United States to become a 
party to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Agreement 
to Promote Compliance with International Conservation and Management 
Measures by Fishing Vessels on the High Seas. Our negotiators were the 
principal drafters of the agreement, designed to end the practice of 
``reflagging'' fishing vessels to evade international conservation 
rules. The provisions of H.R. 716 that implement this Agreement also 
provide a basis for the United States to ratify the Convention on 
Conservation and Management of Pollock Resources in the Central Bering 
Sea. This will preserve jobs for American fishermen in Alaska and the 
Pacific Northwest, while protecting fish stocks from over-harvesting. 
The Act also implements a fisheries convention in the Northwest Atlantic 
and allows the Administration to seek fishing quota shares for our 
fishermen in that region.
    The Act reauthorizes the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, enhancing 
U.S. efforts to ensure that all of the countries fishing for tuna in the 
Atlantic follow internationally agreed upon conservation measures, and 
providing enforcement authority, which can be particularly effective 
when its use is based on international consensus. In addition, H.R. 716 
strengthens the U.S. role in maintaining the global moratorium on large-
scale high seas driftnet fishing, implements an agreement to conserve 
salmon originating from the Yukon River in Canada, and contains other 
provisions to promote sound fisheries management.
    Several provisions in the Act, specifically sections 603-605 and 
302(b), could be taken to direct how the Nation's foreign affairs should 
be conducted. The Constitution, however, vests the President with 
special authority to conduct the Nation's foreign affairs. My 
constitutional authority over foreign affairs necessarily entails 
discretion over these matters. Accordingly, I shall construe these 
provisions to be advisory, and I hereby direct all executive branch 
officials to do likewise.
    A provision in section 802 of the Act allows the Secretary of 
Commerce to issue certain fishing permits if the application has been 
recommended by a regional fishery management council. Because regional 
fishery management councils are entities within the Federal Government 
and comprise officials who are not appointed pursuant to the 
Appointments Clause of the Constitution, they may not exercise 
significant governmental author- 

[[Page 1985]]

ity. To avoid this constitutional problem, I hereby direct the Secretary 
to treat this provision as advisory.
    I am pleased to approve this comprehensive legislation, which will 
conserve fishery resources and allow for their continued harvesting at 
sustainable levels.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
November 3, 1995.

Note: H.R. 716, approved November 3, was assigned Public Law No. 104-43. 
This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
November 4.

[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Next >>

Other Popular 1995 Presidential Documents Documents:

1 pd10ap95 Remarks at the United Nations Transition Ceremony in Port-au-Prince...
2 pd26jn95 Acts Approved by the President...
3 pd13no95 Statement on Signing the Fisheries Act of 1995...
4 pd08my95 Digest of Other White House Announcements...
5 pd02oc95 Contents...
6 pd10jy95 Acts Approved by the President...
7 pd04se95 The President's Radio Address...
8 pd25se95 Statement on House Action To Reauthorize the Ryan White CARE Act...
9 pd06mr95 The President's News Conference...
10 pd21au95 Letter to Congressional Leaders on the Partnership For Peace...
11 pd07au95 Message to the Congress on Iraq...
12 pd02oc95 Remarks in a Question-and-Answer Session at the Godfrey Sperling...
13 pd28au95 Contents...
14 pd04de95 Message to the Congress Transmitting the EURATOM-United States Nuclear...
15 pd20fe95 Joint Statement on Relations Between the United States of America and...
16 pd03jy95 The President's Radio Address...
17 pd30oc95 Message to the Congress on Sanctions Against Narcotics Traffickers of...
18 pd29my95 The President's Radio Address...
19 pd01ja96 Checklist of White House Press Releases...
20 pd11de95 Letter to Congressional Leaders on Proposed Legislation to Protect...
21 pd24ap95 Remarks Welcoming President Fernando Cardoso of Brazil...
22 pd24jy95 Satellite Remarks and a Question-and-Answer Session With the National...
23 pd22my95 Remarks on the First Anniversary of the School-To-Work Opportunities Act...
24 pd19jn95 Remarks in a Town Meeting With Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in...
25 pd27mr95 Statement on Action in the Senate on the Line-Item Veto...
26 pd13mr95 Message on the Observance of Saint Patrick's Day, 1995...
27 pd28au95 Proclamation 6817--Death of Those in the U.S. Delegation in Bosnia-...
28 pd14au95 Interview with Bob Edwards and Mara Liasson of National Public Radio...
29 pd11se95 Remarks at a Breakfast With Religious Leaders...
30 pd23ja95 Proclamation 6766--Year of the Grandparent, 1995...

Other Documents:

1995 Presidential Documents Records and Documents

GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.
House Rules:

104th House Rules
105th House Rules
106th House Rules

Congressional Bills:

104th Congressional Bills
105th Congressional Bills
106th Congressional Bills
107th Congressional Bills
108th Congressional Bills

Supreme Court Decisions

Supreme Court Decisions


1995 Privacy Act Documents
1997 Privacy Act Documents
1994 Unified Agenda
2004 Unified Agenda

Congressional Documents:

104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents

Congressional Directory:

105th Congressional Directory
106th Congressional Directory
107th Congressional Directory
108th Congressional Directory

Public Laws:

104th Congressional Public Laws
105th Congressional Public Laws
106th Congressional Public Laws
107th Congressional Public Laws
108th Congressional Public Laws

Presidential Records

1994 Presidential Documents
1995 Presidential Documents
1996 Presidential Documents
1997 Presidential Documents
1998 Presidential Documents
1999 Presidential Documents
2000 Presidential Documents
2001 Presidential Documents
2002 Presidential Documents
2003 Presidential Documents
2004 Presidential Documents

Home Executive Judicial Legislative Additional Reference About Privacy