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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 13, 1997 Volume 33--Number 41 Pages 1487-1554 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Vetoes Campaign finance reform legislation--1488, 1506 Democratic National Committee dinner--1539 Internal Revenue Service reform--1543 Middle East peace process--1508 National Association of Police Organizations' ``Top Cops''--1534 New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim McGreevey, reception in West Orange--1517 Democratic National Committee reception in Florham Park--1522 Departure--1510 Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark--1512 Pennsylvania Democratic National Committee dinner in Philadelphia--1528 Young Democrats Council and Saxophone Club reception in Philadelphia--1526 Radio address--1487 Virginia, dinner honoring Democratic gubernatorial candidate Don Beyer in Arlington--1489 Welfare reform--1510 White House Conference on Climate Change--1493, 1496 Bill Signings Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1998, statement--1525 Designating the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington Field Office Memorial Building, statement--1503 National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, statement-- 1535 Oklahoma City National Memorial Act of 1997, statement--1536 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1998, statement--1544 Bill Vetoes Military Construction Appropriations Act, 1998, line item vetoes Message transmitting report--1503 Remarks--1501 Partial birth abortion legislation, message--1545 Communications to Congress See Bill Vetoes Communications to Federal Agencies Brazil-U.S. agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, memorandum--1537 Switzerland-U.S. agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, memorandum--1525 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--1501, 1508 Roosevelt Room--1506 South Lawn--1510 Message Yom Kippur, message--1537 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Israel, President Weizman--1508 Proclamations Child Health Day--1504 Columbus Day--1547 General Pulaski Memorial Day--1538 German-American Day--1505 Leif Erikson Day--1538 National Children's Day--1548 Proclamations--Continued National School Lunch Week--1546 White Cane Safety Day--1546 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Campaign finance reform legislation, Senate action--1510 Crime statistics--1487 Fast-track trading authority legislation, House action--1524 Terrorist organizations, action against--1524 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1553 Checklist of White House press releases--1552 Digest of other White House announcements--1549 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1551 [[Page 1487]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1487] Monday, October 13, 1997 Volume 33--Number 41 Pages 1487-1554 Week Ending Friday, October 10, 1997 Statement on Crime Statistics October 3, 1997 Today the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its final crime statistics for 1996, and the results are good news for all Americans. We are finally--and decisively--tipping the scales of justice in favor of law-abiding Americans. Overall crime is down for the fifth year in a row, with the biggest reductions coming in violent crime (6 percent)-- and especially murders (9 percent). Reported rapes, robberies, assaults, and all types of property crimes are down from the previous year. Even the arrest rate for violent juveniles, which had skyrocketed for 7 years, has now gone down for 2 years in a row. For 5 years, my administration has worked with police, prosecutors, school principals, and community leaders on a tough, smart crime strategy to attack violent crime. Together, we have fought for more police in our communities, fewer guns on our streets, tougher punishment for violent offenders, and better opportunities for our kids. Today's crime statistics show that, armed with these tools, we are moving in the right direction. Note: This statement was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 3 but was embargoed for release until 9 a.m., October 4. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1487-1488] Monday, October 13, 1997 Volume 33--Number 41 Pages 1487-1554 Week Ending Friday, October 10, 1997 The President's Radio Address October 4, 1997 Good morning. Today I want to talk about our responsibility for raising our children and strengthening our families. Six years ago yesterday, when I announced that I would seek the Presidency, I said that our greatness depends upon our ability to create opportunity for all, get responsibility from all, and build a community of all Americans; and that the role of Government was to give our people the tools and establish the environment that would enable them to build that kind of America. I also said that nothing would ever replace the fundamental role of citizens' responsibility. That is nowhere more important than when it comes to the family. The family is the cornerstone of our society. It unites us across all our faiths. This week, for example, Jewish parents at Rosh Hashana say a blessing for the family and over their children. The United States Catholic Conference has noted, ``The most important work to help our children is done quietly--in our homes and neighborhoods, in our parishes and community organizations. No government can love a child and no policy can substitute for a family's care, but clearly,'' the Catholic Conference has noted, ``families can be helped or hurt'' by the actions of government. Here we have tried to help families. From improving our schools to helping parents reconcile the demands of work and childrearing, to expanding access to college and health care, to punishing domestic violence, families have always been at the heart of our concerns. We have worked hard to help parents take responsibility for their children and even to require that as much as we can. We passed the family leave law to allow parents to take some time off to care for sick children or welcome new babies. We've raised the minimum wage and increased the earned-income tax credit so that Americans who work full time will be able to raise their children out of poverty. We cracked down on deadbeat dads, increasing child support collection by 50 percent. We're building a new system of welfare that promotes work and responsible parenting. And we're doing everything we can to punish domestic violence and to reduce it. And of course, the strong economy we have helped to build has created millions of high- paying jobs, bringing dignity, stability, and opportunity for millions of families. [[Page 1488]] This has been an important concern of all the members of our administration for a long time. Even before we took office, the Vice President and Tipper Gore had begun holding their annual family conferences in Nashville, exploring all the various challenges facing our families in their efforts to stay together and raise their children. And the First Lady has been working on these issues for 25 years. Soon she'll be holding a national conference here on child care to help people get affordable, accessible quality child care. And she's raised some brave questions, like whether we ought to toughen our divorce laws to make it more difficult for parents to walk away from their children. But the most important work always is done in the hearts and homes of individuals. And it's clear to everyone that in recent decades too many parents, especially men, have not taken their responsibilities seriously enough to their families, their children, and themselves. And there are serious consequences. We know, for example, that the simple failure to pay child support is one of the chief reasons women and children are on welfare. And this week, the Vice President and Secretary Riley released a report showing that when fathers do take an active role, their children do better--much better--in school. The need for men to take responsibility for themselves and their families is something that unites Americans of all faiths and backgrounds and beliefs. A couple of years ago we had a million man march in the District of Columbia which highlighted the importance of African-American men building families and raising their children and taking responsibility. There were many people who had a lot of political differences with some of the speakers, but no one questioned the need or the sincerity of the hundreds of thousands of men who came from all across America to reaffirm their personal responsibility for their children.
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