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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, October 14, 1996 Volume 32--Number 41 Pages 1969-2046 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Connecticut Business leaders in Stamford--1999 Hartford Presidential debate--1975 Rallies--1974, 1998 Kentucky, Louisville--2032 Maine, Portland--2011 New Hampshire, Manchester--2005 Ohio, Dayton--2027 Radio address--1971 Tennessee, Knoxville--2021 Bill Signings Economic Espionage Act of 1996, statement--2040 Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996 Remarks--2016 Statement--2019 Health Centers Consolidation Act of 1996, statement--2041 Helium Privatization Act of 1996, statement--2018 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1997, statement--2039 Maritime Security Act of 1996, statement--2015 National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996, statement--2038 Navajo-Hopi Land Dispute Settlement Act of 1996, statement--2042 Railroad Unemployment Insurance Amendments Act of 1996, statement-- 2018 Sustainable Fisheries Act, statement--2040 Veterans legislation, statement--2018 Communications to Congress Naval petroleum reserves, letter--2010 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in Chautauqua, NY--1972 Letters and Messages Polish American Heritage Month, message--2016 Proclamations Child Health Day--2009 Fire Prevention Week--1998 General Pulaski Memorial Day--2037 German-American Day--1974 Leif Erikson Day--2019 National Day of Concern About Young People and Gun Violence--2031 National Disability Employment Awareness Month--1970 National Wildlife Refuge Week--2009 Roosevelt History Month--1969 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Action against international drug trafficking--2042 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2044 Checklist of White House press releases--2043 Digest of other White House announcements--2043 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2043 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1969]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1969-1970] Monday, October 14, 1996 Volume 32--Number 41 Pages 1969-2046 Week Ending Friday, October 11, 1996 Proclamation 6928--Roosevelt History Month, 1996 October 4, 1996 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The Roosevelt family has uniquely influenced the direction and quality of life in America for the last century. With two enormously successful Presidents, Teddy and FDR, and a precedent-setting First Lady, Eleanor, the Roosevelt family has left a lasting legacy of exemplary leadership and public service to our Nation. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt established our country's first National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks to his vision and determination, America today enjoys the natural treasures preserved in the largest and most varied conservation system in the world. From 1933 to 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with the support of his wife, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, guided the United States through two of the gravest crises of the 20th century: the Great Depression and World War II. Universally recognized as one of the greatest American Presidents, FDR stands as a symbol of the greatness of our Nation itself. Eleanor Roosevelt, his lifelong companion and dearest friend, transformed the role of the First Lady, traveling the country as an advocate for the poor, the disenfranchised, and the disadvantaged. Together, their partnership redefined the modern First Family, combining a broad concern for all Americans with a strong sense of the dignity and history of the Presidency. In a time of acute national anxiety, FDR promised Americans ``a leadership of frankness and vigor.'' He recognized that government had to be responsive to the needs of its people and that the Presidency is not merely an executive office but also a position of moral leadership. President Roosevelt moved Americans toward hope, through perseverance and faith in themselves. He spoke directly to average Americans, not only through his fireside chats on radio, but also through his insistence on honesty and justice. He fought for fairness in government, working to establish Federal programs that met the needs of his time: a welcome job for an idle but eager worker; a government loan to help a family avoid foreclosure; and a retirement income system that still serves working Americans nearly 60 years later. These achievements were steps on the road to FDR's dream of establishing a government that would serve as a model for the world. In Franklin Roosevelt's view, government should be the perfect public system for fostering and protecting the ``Four Freedoms'' he enumerated when he addressed the Congress in January 1941. Intended as a rallying cry against the economic and military specters that had swept the globe during the previous decade, this speech recognized four essential freedoms: freedom of speech and expression; freedom of every person to worship God in his own way; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. Roosevelt made it clear that he enumerated these freedoms not as abstract ideals but as goals toward which Americans--and caring people everywhere--could direct their most strenuous public efforts. Millions of people around the world remember with gratitude his determined leadership as the successful Commander in Chief of America's Armed Forces during this century's most terrible war. It is difficult to imagine any individual other than Franklin Roosevelt who would have been able to oversee the war effort--not only beating back the spreading stain of totalitarianism by achieving decisive military victories, but also adroitly maintaining unity among our allies. As the world moved under a deepening shadow of violence and terror, FDR displayed an un- [[Page 1970]] wavering personal character and resolve that inspired faith among the American people. And even though FDR did not survive to witness the end of the war he helped so much to win, he nonetheless knew he had set our country's sights in the right direction by dedicating his public career to a safer, stronger America--citizens living and working together in a community of fairness, harmony, and peace. As the final words of his Four Freedoms speech expressed: ``To that high concept there can be no end save victory.'' After her husband's death, Eleanor Roosevelt continued the vigorous advocacy work she and FDR had begun in the White House, serving on the United States Delegation to the United Nations, acting as Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. in 1948, working as a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps for President Kennedy, and finally serving as Chair of President Kennedy's Commission on the Status of Women. By the time of her death in 1962, she had earned the unofficial title of First Lady of the World, reaffirming the virtues to which she and her husband had dedicated their lives. Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 1996 as Roosevelt History Month. I call upon government officials, educators, labor leaders, employers, and the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of October, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-first. William J. Clinton [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., October 9, 1996] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on October 10. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1970-1971] Monday, October 14, 1996 Volume 32--Number 41 Pages 1969-2046 Week Ending Friday, October 11, 1996 Proclamation 6929--National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 1996 October 4, 1996 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation As we rapidly approach the 21st century, we are entering an age dominated by information and technology, the microchip and the global marketplace. We can't afford to waste the talents of a single person if we are to succeed in this exciting and challenging new world, and people with disabilities have a major role to play in helping us to achieve a dynamic, productive work force in a united community. In the darkest days of World War II, the American people looked to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a person with a disability, for leadership and strength. Today, as college presidents and scientists, world-class athletes and physicians, our citizens with disabilities make their own invaluable contributions to our Nation's strength. From Main Street to Wall Street, they have performed successfully at every level of business and government, demonstrating in large ways and small that they can meet the same challenges as everyone else. We can be proud of the great progress we have made in eliminating overt discrimination. Leaders of business and industry, veterans service organizations, and labor, as well as community leaders from all walks of life, have worked together to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act, which bans discrimination in recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and advancement. Yet, 50 years after President Roosevelt's death, too many doors to employment remain closed to individuals with disabilities. We must work to eradicate more subtle forms of discrimination. We must make sure that our words of support for empowerment and inclusion continue to be reflected in our policies. It is up to all of us--employers, labor,
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