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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, February 14, 1994
Volume 30--Number 6
Pages 217-282

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Addresses and Remarks

    Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement Reform--257
    Bosnia--219, 252
    Houston, TX
        Cattlebarons Children's Party--220
        Greater Houston Partnership--226
        Space shuttle Discovery astronauts--233
        Texas Presidential dinner and gala--223
    NCAA football champion Florida State University Seminoles--259
    Radio address--217
    Shreveport, LA, General Motors employees--235
    Teleconference with mayors--248
    Upper Marlboro, MD, Prince Georges County Correctional Center--244
    World Jewish Congress--250

Appointments and Nominations

    Securities and Exchange Commission, Commissioner--262
    U.S. Court of Appeals, judges--255
    U.S. District Court, judges--255
    U.S. Information Agency, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, Director--255

Communications to Congress

    Budget rescissions and deferrals, message--235
    Libya, message--260
    Progress toward regional nonproliferation in South Asia, letter 
        transmitting report--243
    Science, technology, and American diplomacy, letter transmitting 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Environmental justice, memorandum--279

Executive Orders

    Federal Actions To Address Environmental Justice in Minority 
        Populations and Low-Income Populations--276

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--252
        Oval Office--248, 262
        Roosevelt Room--257
        South Lawn--219
    Interview with California newspaper publishers--270
    News conference with Japanese Prime Minister Hosokawa, February 11 
        (No. 46)--263

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Japanese Prime Minister Hosokawa--262, 263

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Attack on Sarajevo--219
    National African-American History Month--217
    Senate action on education legislation--243

Statements Other Than Presidential

    Access by the House Banking Committee to Iraq-related documents--244

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--282
    Checklist of White House press releases--281
    Digest of other White House announcements--280
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--281


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Volume 30--Number 6
Pages 217-282
Week Ending Friday, February 11, 1994
Statement on the Observance of National African-American History Month

February 4, 1994

    I want to extend my greetings to all of you who are celebrating 
African-American History Month during this important time of renewal and 
reflection for our country.
    America was founded on the principle that we're all created equal, 
and this solemn commitment to tolerance and freedom must continue to 
bind us as a nation. Our diverse culture enriches and broadens the 
American experience of which African-American heritage is an inseparable 
part. It weaves throughout our country's history, profoundly influencing 
every aspect of our national life.
    We've come a long way since the days when white-only and colored-
only signs disfigured our country's landscape and demeaned too many of 
our citizens. African-Americans have made great strides in recent years, 
commanding leadership positions in the public and private sectors in 
record numbers. Opportunities for education advancement, election, and 
mobility continue to expand among black Americans, and our country's 
moving ever closer to fulfilling its fundamental promise of equality for 
    Yet the truth is, many problems continue to plague our communities, 
tarnishing that ideal of equality because they affect African-Americans 
more adversely than the rest of us. The poverty, the drugs, the violence 
that afflict too many of our people in our communities, of all races and 
backgrounds, have severely harmed black children, women, and men, 
threatening our vision of a better world.
    Throughout this month, we look to the lessons of our past for 
solutions to these crises, in the hope of building a brighter world for 
the future. Many such solutions can be found in the rich history of the 
African-American people. The speeches of Martin Luther King and Malcolm 
X, the writings of W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, 
the powerful literature of Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Alice Walker, 
and so many others explore the difficulties and the joys that pervade 
the African-American experience.
    By rediscovering and celebrating this wealth of history, we can draw 
strength from the successes of these great leaders and determination 
from their example for the hard work in the days ahead to forge a new 
era of healing and hope. As we continually strive to embrace the talent 
and creativity of all our Nation's people, I want to give my best wishes 
to all of you for an exciting, productive, and renewing month.

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Week Ending Friday, February 11, 1994
The President's Radio Address

February 5, 1994

    Good morning. This morning I want to talk with you about jobs, how 
more Americans can find new jobs and better ones, how we can help 
business to create those jobs, and how we can prepare our people to hold 
    I became President committed to growing the economy, cutting the 
deficit, and creating new jobs. A year later, we've made real progress 
toward all those goals. We brought down next year's projected deficit by 
$126 billion, about 40 percent less than it was predicted to be. And in 
the past 12 months, the economy has created 1.9 million new jobs, 90 
percent of them in private industry. In fact, more private sector jobs 
were created in the past year than in the previous 4 years. So together 
we've accomplished a lot. But we've got a lot more to do to achieve a 
lasting recovery that benefits every region of our country and every 
sector of our society. We must maintain budget discipline, continue our 
comprehensive strategy to create more growth and more opportunity for 

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Americans, and make sure our workers and our young people especially 
have the new skills for the jobs that will be created.
    On Monday, I'll submit the next installment of our plan for deficit 
reduction and economic growth. The budget cuts spending for more than 
300 Government programs, completely eliminates more than 100 programs, 
and reduces the Federal work force by more than 100,000 and gives 7 to 
14 Cabinet Departments less money than last year.
    Meanwhile, we invest more in developing new technologies to create 
new jobs, in educating our children and training our workers for those 
jobs, and fighting crime and protecting the environment, and in giving 
our children a healthy start in life. We have to cut spending on 
yesterday's outmoded programs so we can bring down the deficit and still 
invest more in tomorrow's most urgent priorities.
    This morning, I want to tell you more about one of our most 
important priorities: helping people from unemployment to work, from 
welfare to work, from school to work, and from lower paying work to 
better paying work. For all our success at creating new jobs, too many 
people are still looking for work, too many workers' wages are still 
stagnant and have been for two decades, and too many young people are 
not on track for good paying jobs.
    Because the global economy and new technologies have changed the 
rules of the game, the only ticket to good jobs with growing incomes are 
real skills and the ability to keep learning new ones. That's why I've 
called for a revolution in education and training, from our schools to 
our unemployment offices to our job training programs. Our American 
workers must be the best educated, best trained, and most highly skilled 
in the world.
    With our Goals 2000 program, we'll improve our schools, linking 
world-class standards to grassroots reforms all over America. With our 
school-to-work initiative, we're linking schools with workplaces and 
providing improved training for young people who want to go from high 
school to work. These initiatives have been approved by the House of 
Representatives and will be considered this week by the Senate.
    Just as we need to train our young people, we must retrain millions 
of workers who have been displaced by technological change, by 
international trade, by corporate restructuring, and by reducing defense 
spending. Later this month, we'll introduce the ``Reemployment Act of 
1994'' to consolidate dozens of different job training programs and 
convert the unemployment system into a reemployment system. We have to 
do this because the unemployment system and the patchwork of job 
training programs have been trapped in a time warp, frozen in bygone 
days when most laid-off workers could expect to be called back to their 
old jobs. Now we need one source of job training, counseling, and income 
support that workers can call upon as soon as they know they're losing 
their jobs because most workers won't be called back to their old jobs 
and because most younger workers can look forward to changing work seven 
or eight times in a lifetime.
    The reemployment act will create one-stop job centers where every 
unemployed worker will be able to learn new skills, find out about new 
opportunities, and get help for themselves and their families. The plan 
works hand in hand with our plans for welfare reform and health care 
reform. We need to make every welfare office a work office where people 
will be encouraged to seize opportunities for training and jobs. And 
when we guarantee health security for every American, guaranteed private 
insurance that can never be taken away, then people will no longer be 
afraid that they'll lose their medical coverage when they move from 
welfare to work or from their old jobs to new ones.
    Last week, I met with hundreds of workers, business people, and job 
trainers who told me how their communities have met the challenges of 
offering new skills and new opportunities. I was inspired by the drive 
and dedication of people like Deb Woodbury from Bangor, Maine, who lost 
a factory job and learned new skills as a marketing sales 
representative; Cynthia Scott of San Antonio, who went from welfare to a 
training program in nursing and a job in a hospital; Donald Hutchinson, 
a high school graduate from Detroit, who learned new skills as a 
machinist; and John Hahn of Niagara County, New York, who was laid off 
from a job he had

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