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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 13, 1999
Volume 35--Number 36
Pages 1689-1724

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Addresses and Remarks

    Anticrime legislative priorities--1711
    Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit--1714
    East Timor--1714
    Health care legislative priorities--1705
        Brooke Grove Elementary School in Olney--1700
        Camp David--1692
    Middle East peace process--1692
    NBA champion San Antonio Spurs--1704
    NetAid, satellite remarks launching website--1705
    New Zealand, departure for--1714
    Radio address--1690
    Tropical Storm Dennis--1695
        Coleman Place Elementary School in Norfolk--1694
        Labor Day picnic in Newport News--1699

Communications to Congress

    Convention Concerning Safety and Health in Mines, message 
    Dominican Republic-U.S. stolen vehicle treaty, message 
    International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, 
        message transmitting--1710
    Juvenile crime legislation, letter--1691

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Continuation of the exercise of certain authorities under the 
        Trading With the Enemy Act, memorandum--1722

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 13090, President's Commission on the 
        Celebration of Women in American History--1689

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Camp David, MD--1692
        South Lawn--1714

Letters and Messages

    Labor Day, message--1689
    Rosh Hashana, message--1703

Statements by the President

    Cisneros, Henry G., conclusion of Independent Counsel's 
    Convention Concerning Safety and Health in Mines--1721
    East Timor--1722
    Greece, earthquake--1710
    House action on Corporation for National and Community Service 
        appropriations legislation--1722
    Middle East peace process--1689
    Patten Commission recommendations--1720

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1724
    Checklist of White House press releases--1724
    Digest of other White House announcements--1723
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1723

Editor's Note: The President was in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 
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.


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Volume 35--Number 36
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Week Ending Friday, September 10, 1999
Statement on the Middle East Peace Process

September 3, 1999

    I am extremely pleased that the leaders of Israel and the PLO have 
reached an agreement that will allow them to resume implementation of 
the Wye River accords and restart permanent status talks on an 
accelerated basis. I congratulate the two leaders for their vision in 
seizing this opportunity. It shows that when both sides are willing to 
work together, their fundamental requirements can be met, confidence can 
be built, and the process can move forward.
    I thank the Egyptian Government, especially my good friend President 
Mubarak, for helping to facilitate the agreement. I am grateful to 
Secretary of State Albright and her team. Their personal involvement 
made the difference in helping the two sides to bridge remaining gaps 
and reach consensus.
    This truly is a new beginning. A lasting, just, and comprehensive 
peace in the Middle East is now a step closer. The Israelis and 
Palestinians are doing their part to bring it about. We must do ours. 
Today I call on the Congress to fund fully the commitments we made when 
the Wye accords were first signed.

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Monday, September 13, 1999
Volume 35--Number 36
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Week Ending Friday, September 10, 1999
Executive Order 13136--Amendment to Executive Order 13090, President's 
Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History

September 3, 1999

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with the 
provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. 
App.), in order to extend the life of the President's Commission on the 
Celebration of Women in American History (``Commission'') to provide 
additional time to develop support systems and test the viability of the 
recommendations included in the Commission's report to the President, it 
is hereby ordered that section 2(c) of Executive Order 13090 is amended 
by deleting ``March 1, 1999.'' and inserting ``December 31, 2000.'' in 
lieu thereof.
                                            William J. Clinton
The White House,
September 3, 1999.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:37 a.m., September 7, 

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Monday, September 13, 1999
Volume 35--Number 36
Pages 1689-1724
Week Ending Friday, September 10, 1999
Message on the Observance of Labor Day, 1999

September 3, 1999

    Warm greetings to all Americans across our country as we celebrate 
Labor Day.
    For more than a century, we have set aside this day to honor our 
nation's working men and women whose energy, talent, creativity, and 
determination have built the foundations of freedom and prosperity that 
generations of Americans have enjoyed. Through the decades, America's 
workers have built a strong economy and strived to bring justice and 
dignity to the workplace.
    Today all Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation's labor 
force. Since 1992, we have experienced the longest peacetime economic 
expansion in American history, with nearly 20 million new jobs, wages 
rising at twice the rate of inflation, the highest

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 percentage of home ownership, the shortest welfare rolls, and the 
lowest peacetime unemployment rate since 1957. We have fully restored 
fiscal soundness to the federal budget, with a budget surplus of at 
least $99 billion--the largest dollar surplus in American history.
    With America's robust economy, we have the opportunity--and the 
responsibility--to address the needs of our nation's working families. 
We must take advantage of this unique moment in time to reform Social 
Security and Medicare to preserve them for our children. We must ensure 
that these programs are there for our children in the 21st century just 
as they were there for our parents and grandparents in the 20th century. 
And we must raise the minimum wage to make certain that our workers are 
able to earn a decent income.
    As we observe this last Labor Day of the 20th century, let us 
rededicate ourselves to this important effort. On behalf of a grateful 
nation, I salute America's working men and women and send best wishes 
for a wonderful holiday.
                                                  Bill Clinton

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Pages 1689-1724
Week Ending Friday, September 10, 1999
The President's Radio Address

September 4, 1999

    Good morning. I'm speaking to you today from Waterman Elementary 
School in Skaneateles, New York, where children, like those all across 
America, are now getting back to the basics of reading, writing, and 

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