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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, June 14, 1999
Volume 35--Number 23
Pages 1049-1083

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses to the Nation

    Military Technical Agreement on Kosovo--1074

Addresses and Remarks

    Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner--1077
    Democratic National Committee dinner for Terence McAuliffe--1058
    Hungary, state visit of President Goncz
        State dinner--1064
        Welcoming ceremony--1059
    Law enforcement and communities, opening remarks at a roundtable 
        discussion on trust--1065
    Maryland, dedication ceremony for the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine 
        Research Center in Bethesda--1068
    Military Technical Agreement on Kosovo--1070
    National Association of Theatre Owners, remarks following meeting--
    Radio address--1049
    U.S. Conference of Mayors, exerpt of videotape remarks--1080
    White House Conference on Mental Health--1052
    World Series champion New York Yankees--1073

Communications to Congress

    Albania, letter reporting decision to send certain U.S. forces--1050

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in 
        International Business Transactions, memorandum--1074

Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Fairness in law enforcement, memorandum--1067

Executive Orders

    Increasing Participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 
        Federal Programs--1056

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Briefing Room--1070
        Oval Office--1060
        Roosevelt Room--1062

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Hungary, President Goncz--1059, 1060, 1064

Resignations and Retirements

    White House staff, Council of Economic Advisers Chair, statement--

Statements by the President

    See also Resignations and Retirements
    Death of Zachary Fisher--1049
    Military Technical Agreement on Kosovo--1070

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1083
    Checklist of White House press releases--1083
    Digest of other White House announcements--1081
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1082

Editor's Note: The President was at Whiteman Air Force Base, MO, on June 
11, 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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Monday, June 14, 1999
Volume 35--Number 23
Pages 1049-1083
Week Ending Friday, June 11, 1999
Statement on the Death of Zachary Fisher

June 4, 1999

    Hillary and I are saddened to hear of the death of Zachary Fisher. 
The brave men and women of the United States military have lost a true 
friend, and America has lost a true patriot.
    Over the years, thousands of military families were touched by Mr. 
Fisher's generosity: he provided scholarships for college; built 
``Fisher Houses'' near military and VA hospitals so that families could 
be close to sick or injured loved ones; and established New York's 
Intrepid Museum so that future generations could be inspired by 
America's military history.
    Through these good works, Mr. Fisher helped all Americans repay the 
tremendous debt we owe to the men and women who every day risk their 
lives to defend our Nation and advance the cause of freedom around the 
world. I was proud to present him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom 
last fall. Mr. Fisher's memory will continue to inspire all Americans.
    Hillary and I send our thoughts and 
prayers to his family and friends.

Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Monday, June 14, 1999
Volume 35--Number 23
Pages 1049-1083
Week Ending Friday, June 11, 1999
The President's Radio Address

June 5, 1999

    The President. Good morning. I'm here today with Tipper Gore, my 
adviser for mental health policy. On Monday, together with Vice 
President Gore and the First Lady, we will convene the first White House 
Conference on Mental Health. Today Tipper and I want to talk about what 
we must do as a nation to fight the stigma that prevents so many 
Americans with mental illness from making the most of their lives.
    For more than 6 years now, our administration has worked hard to 
widen the circle of opportunity for every American. That means making 
sure people living with mental illness have the same chance to live up 
to their God-given potential as all other Americans.
    But the hard truth is, in too many of our communities and in too 
many of our hearts, mental illness is misunderstood and feared. Too many 
people with mental illness are denied the opportunity to fully 
participate in American life. Bias against people with mental illness is 
not unique in our time or our Nation. But as a nation founded on the 
idea of equality, we must use our time to change it.
    Tipper Gore is leading our efforts, and I'd like to ask her to say a 
few words.
    Tipper Gore. Thank you, Mr. President.
    Every day, in every community in America, millions of Americans and 
their families face the problem of mental illness. In fact, more than 
one in five Americans experiences some form of mental illness every 
year, from depression to schizophrenia; one in four Americans has a 
family member with a mental illness; and virtually every American has a 
friend, a neighbor, or a colleague with a mental illness.
    We know that mental illness is not something that happens to other 
people. It touches us all. Why then is mental illness met with so much 
misunderstanding and fear? We have come so far in the diagnosis and 
treatment of mental illness, but our attitudes have lagged far behind.
    I have talked to many people about the impact these outdated 
attitudes have on their lives. Some tell me that the shame and stigma 
they experience are harder to bear than the illness itself. Many live in 
fear that they will lose their jobs, their home, or their health 
benefits if their condition becomes known. And so too many people with 
mental illness don't seek treatment that can change their

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lives, and the vicious cycle of silence, ignorance, and stigma 
continues. If we are ever going to put an end to this vicious cycle, we 
have to take responsibility and dispel the myths about mental illness 
once and for all.
    One of the most widely believed, and most damaging, myths is that 
mental illness is a personal failure, not a physical disease. A recent 
study shows that the majority of Americans don't believe that mental 
illness can be accurately diagnosed or treated. Nothing could be farther 
from the truth.
    Increasingly, we are learning that many mental disorders are 
biological in nature and can be medically treated--in some cases, more 
effectively than illnesses like heart disease. New drugs and better 
community health services are making it possible for even those with the 
most severe disorders to live healthier, more productive lives.
    A closely related and equally troubling myth is that young people 
don't suffer from real depression; they're just naturally moody, we 
think. Again, this is simply untrue. We recently learned that even very 
young children experience serious clinical depression, and it should be 
taken seriously.
    Consider this: The majority of children who commit suicide are 
profoundly depressed, and the majority of parents whose children took 
their own lives say they didn't recognize that depression until it was 
too late. And senior citizens, too, often accept the notion that 
depression is a natural part of aging and don't reach out for help.
    These myths don't just harm people with mental disorders; they hurt 
all of us. That is why we must all do our part to break the silence 
about mental illness.
    The President. We must start by talking honestly about the problem, 
and this Monday we'll take an important step in the right direction. 
Tipper's own decision to discuss her struggle with depression is a 
testament to her courage and commitment to change attitudes and build 
understanding about mental illness.
    I'm pleased to announce that later this year, together with the 
Surgeon General, Tipper will unveil a major new campaign to combat 
stigma and dispel myths about mental illness. With new public service 
announcements and strong partners in the private sector, we'll reach 
millions of Americans with a simple message: Mental illness is nothing 
to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.
    Together, we will replace stigma with acceptance, ignorance with 
understanding, fear with new hope for the future. Together, we will 
build a stronger nation for the new century, leaving no one behind.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 4:50 p.m. on June 4 in the Oval Office 
at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on June 5. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on June 4 but 
was embargoed for release until the broadcast.

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Monday, June 14, 1999
Volume 35--Number 23
Pages 1049-1083
Week Ending Friday, June 11, 1999
Letter to Congressional Leaders Reporting on the Decision To Send 
Certain United States Forces to Albania

June 5, 1999

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