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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 14, 1997
Volume 33--Number 15
Pages 469-513

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Albert Shanker, memorial service--489
    American Society of Newspaper Editors--501
    Radio address--469
    Radio and Television Correspondents Association dinner--498
    Welfare reform, implementation--494

Appointments and Nominations

    White House Office, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, 

Communications to Congress

    Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty, message transmitting 
    Federal Election Commission, letter requesting supplemental 
    International Grains Agreement, message transmitting--475
    National Endowment for Democracy, message transmitting report--487
    Radiation control for health and safety, message transmitting 
    Science and technology, message transmitting report--494
    Transportation Department, message transmitting report--487

Executive Orders

    Further Amendment to Executive Order 13010, as Amended--476
    Implementing for the United States Article VIII of the Agreement 
        Establishing the World Trade Organization Concerning Legal 
        Capacity and Privileges and Immunities--492

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--494
        Oval Office--470, 477
        Roosevelt Room--472
    News conference with Prime Minister Chretien of Canada, April 8 (No. 

Letters, Messages, Telegrams

    F-22 Raptor fighter, message--492

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--476, 477, 479, 487, 489
    Israel, Prime Minister Netanyahu--470


    National D.A.R.E. Day--493
    National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day--486
    National Pay Inequity Awareness Day--497
    Pan American Day and Pan American Week--510

Statements by the President

    Line item veto, district court decision--510

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--513
    Checklist of White House press releases--512
    Digest of other White House announcements--511
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--512


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Monday, April 14, 1997
Volume 33--Number 15
Pages 469-513
Week Ending Friday, April 11, 1997
The President's Radio Address

April 5, 1997

    Good morning. I want to talk with you today about how we can make 
this glorious spring a season of service all across America. As I have 
said many times, the era of big Government may be over, but the era of 
big challenges for our Nation is surely not. Citizen service is the main 
way we recognize that we are responsible for one another. It is the very 
American idea that we meet our challenges not through heavyhanded 
Government or as isolated individuals but as members of a true 
community, with all of us working together.
    On April 27th through 29th, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, we 
will be convening an historic President's Summit on Service. I will be 
joined by President Bush, General Colin Powell, by every living former 
President or his representative, by other prominent Americans, including 
former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros and Lynda Robb. Every person, 
business, or organization represented at the summit will have already 
committed to take specific steps to help to serve our children and to 
rebuild our communities. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a 
renewed national sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, a new season 
of service.
    I hope that many activities in the weeks leading up to this 
wonderful event will make all Americans think about the duty all of us 
owe to one another. Citizen service can take many shapes. It can mean 
volunteering nights or on weekends in a religious group or neighborhood 
association or devoting full years of your life to service like those 
the Peace Corps or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps members do.
    Over the past 4 years, we have worked to harness this citizen energy 
in so many ways. I am especially proud of AmeriCorps, the national 
service program I proposed when I ran for President, that we launched 
the very next year. Since its creation, 50,000 young people have earned 
college tuition by serving their communities, with the basic bargain of 
getting the opportunity to go to college in return for giving something 
back to their friends and neighbors.
    The success of AmeriCorps shows that service can help to meet our 
most pressing social needs, from renewing our cities to protecting our 
environment, to immunizing poor children, to giving them mentors and 
someone to look up to. And that service often leads to more service; a 
typical AmeriCorps member trains or recruits a dozen or more community 
    To focus the American people on the importance of this summit and 
the urgency of service, I'll issue a proclamation designating the week 
of April 13th through 19th as National Service Week in America. During 
that week, over a million young people will participate in 3,000 events 
across our Nation, cleaning up neighborhoods and working with children.
    I've asked the thousands of AmeriCorps alumni and returned Peace 
Corps volunteers to participate as well, reaching out to youth in their 
communities, speaking in schools, recruiting volunteers, and teaching a 
new generation about the power of service. I'm very pleased that some of 
them have joined our Peace Corps Director, Mark Gearan, here with me 
    I hope that they will teach that citizen service cannot be a pursuit 
for just a week or a month, that the ethic of service must extend 
throughout a lifetime. No one is too young to serve. As a recent study 
by Brandeis University shows, when you begin to serve at a young age, 
schoolwork improves, and there is a good chance you will continue to 
serve in the years to come. It's a good habit that's hard to break. And 
no one is too old to serve, either. But we must find even more ways to

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encourage our young people to begin to serve.
    I'm joined here today by some young men and women from Maryland, 
along with that State's Lieutenant Governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, 
who has been a leader in making Maryland the first State in our Nation 
to require that every student perform some service as a condition of 
high school graduation. One of the students meeting with me gathered 
food and clothing for the needy; another, dyslexic herself, taught 
disabled students; another tutors young children at a Head Start center.
    Today I challenge schools and communities in every State to make 
service a part of the curriculum in high school and even in middle 
school. There are many creative ways to do this, including giving 
students credit, making service part of the curriculum, putting service 
on a student's transcript or even requiring it, as Maryland does. This 
week, the National Association of Secondary School Principals agreed to 
introduce service learning to more than 2 million students, and I hope 
they'll work to find even more creative ways to involve service. States 
and schools, of course, should be free to decide this for themselves. 
But every young American should be taught the joy and duty of serving 
and should learn it at the moment when it will have the most enduring 
impact on the rest of their lives.
    Two weeks ago, applications went out to high school principals all 
around our Nation, inviting them to select a student in that school who 
has performed outstanding service, thereby making them eligible for a 
$1,000 scholarship. Under this new initiative, which we launched last 
year, our National Government will put up $500 for each student if it is 
matched by local communities. Already, a host of civic organizations, 
including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose International, the Lions 
Clubs, the U.S. Jaycees, have accepted our challenge to work with their 
local chapters to provide matching funds for these scholarships. And 
public servants from agencies like the Agriculture Department will 
continue to work as partners with these schools, sending volunteers to 
work with teachers and acting as mentors to the students.
    I hope all of you will join in the spirit of the Presidents' Summit 
on Service, and take part in the National Week of Service beginning 
April 13th. Service is in our deepest national tradition. Millions of 
young Americans in my generation were inspired by the call to service, 
issued so often from this very office, by President Kennedy. Now it is 
up to all of us to take up President Kennedy's challenges, remembering, 
as he said, that every person can make a difference, and every person 
must try.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House. In his remarks, he referred to Lynda Robb, wife of Senator 
Charles S. Robb.

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Monday, April 14, 1997
Volume 33--Number 15
Pages 469-513
Week Ending Friday, April 11, 1997
Exchange With Reporters Prior to Discussions With Prime Minister 
Binyamin Netanyahu of Israel

April 7, 1997

Middle East Peace Process

    Q. Mr. President, how dangerous is the standoff between Israel and 
the Palestinians?
    The President. Well, I think it's very important to get this peace 
process back on track. The Prime Minister is coming here at a very good 
time. As you know, he saw King Hussein the other day; I did, too. And I 
want to have this chance to spend an hour with him to discuss what we 
can do to get it going again.
    Q. Mr. President, will you be amenable to hosting a peace conference 
at Camp David, as the Prime Minister has suggested?
    The President. Well, I think it's important not to jump the gun on 
that. The first thing we have to do is get the process going again. 
There is a preexisting process. There are a whole lot of agreements. And 
the Prime Minister has got some ideas about what we can do to get the 
substance working.
    Obviously, I've been heavily involved in this from the day I became 
President. I continue to be heavily involved, and I wouldn't rule out 
any reasonable opportunity for me to make a positive contribution. But 
we have to have the conditions and the understandings necessary to go 
forward. That's the most

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important thing, is to get the thing going again.
    Q. Mr. President, are the Palestinians entitled to a concession in 

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