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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, January 15, 1996
Volume 32--Number 2
Pages 21-56

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Addresses and Remarks

    Bosnian people--45
    Cabinet meeting--32
    Federal budget--25, 26
    Radio address--21
    Teenage smoking, excerpts of remarks from the ``Nick News'' TV 
    Tennessee, employees at Peterbilt truck plant in Nashville--47

Bill Signings

    Seventh continuing resolution legislation, statement--23
    Sixth continuing resolution legislation, statement--22

Bill Vetoes

    Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1995, message--

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Balanced budget, message transmitting proposed legislation--24

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--32

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Oval Office--25
        Roosevelt Room--46
    Interview with the Voice of America--47
    News conferences
        January 9 (No. 112)--26
        January 11 (No. 113)--34

Letters and Messages

    Federal Government employees, open letter on furlough--24


    Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday--53
    Religious Freedom Day--54

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
        Lawrence, M. Larry--30
        Mitterrand, President Francois--26
        Synar, Mike--30

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--56
    Checklist of White House press releases--55
    Digest of other White House announcements--55
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--55


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Monday, January 15, 1996
Volume 32--Number 2
Pages 21-56
Week Ending Friday, January 12, 1996
The President's Radio Address

January 6, 1996

    Good morning. Today I want to talk with you about the great debate 
on the budget. This debate is not just about abstract numbers, and it 
certainly goes far beyond party politics as usual. It is instead about 
vital principles and momentous issues for our country. We're addressing 
profound questions about what kind of country we are and what kind of 
country we're going to be, about what we owe to each other and what we 
owe to our children and to America's future.
    These questions have dominated our politics for quit a long time 
now. And now it is decision time, time to move beyond arguments and come 
to conclusions.
    For 3 weeks, the Federal Government has been shut down because 
Republicans in Congress refused to enact legislation to keep it open. 
This shutdown has had a real and unfortunate impact on the lives of 
millions of Americans. Now, I'm pleased to report that Congress has 
acted to bring Government employees back to work and to reopen most 
services to the public. This sets the stage for constructive, honest, 
and focused discussions on how to balance the budget while remaining 
true to our values and true to our future.
    America is at a crossroads. One path leads to continual partisan 
conflict, where nothing is ever really resolved and each decision simply 
sets the stage for the next fight. The other path leads to national 
unity, a unity built on true solutions and real common ground. Down this 
path lies progress and strength that has always been the right path for 
    So I appeal to the Congress and to members of both parties to put 
aside partisanship and work to craft a balanced budget agreement that 
upholds our values and reflects the common ground the American people 
have decided upon.
    You know, we've been talking about the budget for months. The 
American people have heard our deeply held views, and we've had time to 
listen to theirs. I believe there is an overwhelming consensus on a 
course that is also the right course for America: a balanced budget in 7 
years, because it's wrong to leave a legacy of debt to our children; a 
budget that protects Medicare and Medicaid, because we owe a duty to our 
parents, to the disabled, and to our poorest children; a balanced budget 
that protects education and the environment, because we owe a duty to 
our children and to future generations; and a balanced budget that 
doesn't single out the hardest pressed working families for higher 
    The American people have decided that it is better for people to 
work than be on welfare, that welfare should be a temporary help, not a 
way of life, but that the solution should support children and families, 
not undermine them. Americans have decided they want a smaller 
Government that is less bureaucratic and more creative, that serves them 
as well or better with less money, and that there should be a tax cut 
that promotes educational opportunity and strengthens the ability of 
families to care for their children.
    Now we can achieve these goals. We can balance the budget while 
remaining true to these values. This is a great challenge but not the 
greatest one we have faced. It is not the financial numbers that are 
blocking our progress. It is political ideology. It is time now to do 
what our parents have done before us, to put the national interests 
above narrow interests.
    Later today, I will be meeting for several hours with the Republican 
and Democratic leaders of the House and the Senate. Over the past 2 
weeks, we have had serious, detailed, constructive discussions about all 
the issues before us: Medicare, Medicaid, education, the environment, 
taxes, and spending.

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    I know that if we work together and embrace the possibility for a 
true national unity, we can reach an agreement to balance the budget 
that you will be proud of and that will be good for America. And that's 
what I am determined to do.
    This is a moment of great progress and great promise for our 
country. Many of us hold very strong views about how best to seize that 
moment. But above all else, now is the time to find common ground, for 
taking the best that each side has to offer and fashioning a sensible 
solution. That's the American way. And that is what will get us to the 
right kind of balanced budget.
    This budget debate has been difficult, demanding, and not always 
pretty. But remember, democracy is raucous and often full of debate that 
is not always pretty. But our country is still the world's greatest 
democracy, a beacon of peace and freedom for the world.
    I ask for the help of every American so that we can build an even 
greater future for our children.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Monday, January 15, 1996
Volume 32--Number 2
Pages 21-56
Week Ending Friday, January 12, 1996
Statement on Signing the Sixth Continuing Resolution

January 6, 1996

    Last night, I signed into law H.R. 1643, the Sixth Continuing 
Resolution for fiscal 1996, which puts all Federal workers back on the 
job with pay from December 16 until January 26 and also funds a limited 
number of Federal activities until September 30, 1996.
    This bill is a step in the right direction--but only a step. It does 
not end the partial shutdown of the Federal Government that continues to 
seriously impair the activities of the Departments of Commerce, 
Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, 
Interior, Justice, Labor, State, and Veterans Affairs; the Environmental 
Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; 
the Small Business Administration; and many smaller agencies.
    Most importantly, H.R. 1643 enables Federal workers to return to the 
job and to be paid--both the 480,000 who have been working without pay 
and the 280,000 furloughed workers.
    The bill also funds a limited number of Federal functions for the 
rest of fiscal 1996. They include nutrition services for the elderly; 
grants to States for child welfare services; Federal Parent Locator 
Service activities; State unemployment insurance administration 
activities; general welfare assistance payments and foster care payments 
to Indians; the Federal subsidy to the rail industry pension and certain 
other expenses of the Railroad Retirement Board; visitor services of the 
National Park System, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, 
Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, John F. Kennedy Center 
for the Performing Arts, and United States Holocaust Memorial; and State 
Department visa, passport, and U.S. citizen services. In addition, 
family support payments to States and payments to States for foster care 
and adoption assistance are provided through March 15, 1996.
    The bill ensures, through September 30, 1996, benefit payments to 
about 3.3 million veterans and their survivors. It also provides for 
payments to contractors of the Veterans Health Administration for 
services related to the health and safety of patients in Veterans 
Affairs medical facilities.
    The measure provides authority for the District of Columbia to 
continue full operations, using District funds, through September 30, 
thereby extending the authority provided by the Fifth Continuing 
Resolution for fiscal 1996, which expires January 25. Regrettably, the 
measure contains an objectionable provision that would single out poor 
women by prohibiting the use of District funds for providing abortion 
services. I oppose including this provision in the regular fiscal 1996 
District of Columbia appropriations bill, and I urge the Congress to 
send that bill to me--in a form I can sign--as soon as possible.
    The measure also provides for reimbursement to States for State 
funds used to implement Federal programs and to pay furloughed State 
employees whose compensation is advanced or reimbursed, in whole or in 
part, by the Federal Government during

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any 1996 lapse in appropriations and it makes interest payable on the 
State funds that were used.

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