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Monday, October 13, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 41
Pages 1487-1554
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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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
  
  
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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

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Monday, October 13, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 41
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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.


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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.

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    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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