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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, November 15, 1999 Volume 35--Number 45 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 15, 1999 Pages 2267-2372 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arkansas, teleconference with rural radio stations on agricultural issues in Hermitage--2267 Budget negotiations--2283, 2306, 2356 Congressional Gold Medals, presentations to the Little Rock Nine-- 2307 Democratic National Committee Hispanic Leadership Forum dinner--2312 Women's Leadership Forum reception--2310 Georgetown University--2286 Illinois, Englewood community in Chicago--2271 National Coalition of Minority Business award dinner--2341 On-line townhall meeting--2293 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Pennsylvania Departure for York--2319 Harley-Davidson Motor Co. employees in York Remarks--2323 Roundtable--2321 Radio address--2280 Ronald H. Brown Corporate Bridge Builder Award dinner--2348 Virginia Return from Arlington National Cemetery--2356 Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington--2353 Y2K readiness--2319 Bill Signings Financial system, legislation to reform Remarks--2361 Statement--2363 Legislation to locate and secure the return of Zachary Baumel, a United States citizen, and other Israeli soldiers missing in action, statement--2305 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. 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. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Congress Cyprus, letter transmitting report--2340 Drug producing and transit countries, letter reporting--2338 Iran, message on continuation of the national emergency--2282 Sudan, message transmitting report on continuation of the national emergency--2283 Ukraine-U.S. treaty mutual legal assistance with documentation, message transmitting--2341 Weapons of mass destruction, message reporting--2331 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance to refugees and victims of the Timor and North Caucasus crises, memorandum--2353 Protecting Consumers from Fraud, memorandum--2281 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--2306 Oval Office--2356, 2359 South Grounds--2283, 2319 Interview with Maria Elvira Salazar of Telemundo Noticiero--2275 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Indonesia, President Wahid--2359 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction-- 2330 Continuation of Iran Emergency--2282 Proclamations Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Responsible for Repression of the Civilian Population in Kosovo or for Policies That Obstruct Democracy in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) (``FRY'') or Otherwise Lend Support to the Current Governments of the FRY and of the Republic of Serbia--2366 Veterans Day--2292 Resignations and Retirements International Monetary Fund, Managing Director, statement--2310 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements Colombia, funding to assist in fighting drug production and trafficking--2329 Death of Joseph Serna, Jr.--2282 ``Ending Discrimination Against Parents Act of 1999,'' proposed-- 2359 Minimum wage legislation--2310 Senate Confirmation of Carol Moseley-Braun to be Ambassador to New Zealand--2329 Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor--2275 Serbia, Proclamation to expand sanctions against the Milosevic regime--2366 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2371 Checklist of White House press releases--2371 Digest of other White House announcements--2367 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2368 [[Page 2267]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2267-2271] Monday, November 15, 1999 Pages 2267-2372 Week Ending Friday, November 12, 1999 Remarks in a Teleconference With Rural Radio Stations on Agricultural Issues in Hermitage, Arkansas November 5, 1999 The President. How are you doing? Stewart Doan. Fine, sir. Welcome back down to Arkansas. The President. Nice to hear your voice, Stewart. [Mr. Doan of the Arkansas Radio Network began the conference listing American farmers' problems, including low commodity prices, high production costs, reduction in exports juxtaposed with a rise in imports, and the growing number of farmers exiting the business. He asked what incentives existed for crop growers to stay in farming for the next century.] The President. Well, let me say first of all, I think we've got to change the '95 farm bill. When the Republican Congress passed it at the end of the session, they did it in such a way that I had to sign it, because otherwise we would have been left with the 1948 law, which was even worse. But the problem is, it has no safety net that's adjustable to the conditions. And I think that's very important to change. And while it is true that we have put a ton of money into emergency payments to farmers the last 2 years, it's basically given out under the distribution system of the existing law, which means some really big farmers get it even if they don't plant and don't need the money, and they get a windfall; and then some of the family farmers that are actually out there really killing themselves every year, in spite of all the money we're spending, are not adequately compensated. So I think--you know, I think it's a mistake. And I think that it's because--I frankly believe that the majority in Congress is not as sensitive as they should be to the existence of family farmers and individual farmers, and less concerned if we have more of a corporate structure. I think that's a mistake. I think, on the concentration issues, I think they all ought to be looked at. And if they're not legal, I think they ought to be moved against. But under our system, I have to be very careful as President, legally, not to comment on specific potential violations of the antitrust laws. And the reason we had a decline in markets is because the American economy was booming and the Asian economy collapsed, and the Russian economy collapsed. I believe the markets will pick up now, as Asia's economy picks up and as Europe's picks up. But we're going to have this World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, Washington, next month. And I think it's very important that we start a new trade round, and that agriculture be at the center of it, because we've always known if we got a fair shot to sell our products around the world, we could outcompete anybody. And I think in the short run, we've got to fix the farm bill to deal with emergencies. In the longer run, we've got to have more markets. And that's what I'm going to be working on. Mr. Doan. Thank you sir. [Mike Adams, president, National Association of Farm Broadcasters, noted many farmers would like to see markets in Cuba opened. He asked the President if he was in favor of lifting the embargo on Cuba and, if not, why.] The President. Well, I'm not in favor of a total lift of the embargo, because I think that we should continue to try to put pressure on the Castro regime to move more toward democracy and respect for human rights. And it's the only nondemocracy in our whole hemisphere. And let me say, I have bent over backwards to try to reach out to them, and to try to provide more opportunities for person- [[Page 2268]] to-person contacts, to get better transfer of medicine into Cuba, and all kinds of other things. And every time we do something, Castro shoots planes down and kills people illegally, or puts people in jail because they say something he doesn't like. And I almost think he doesn't want us to lift the embargo, because it provides him an excuse for the failures, the economic failures of his administration. Now, on the other hand, there is consideration being given in the Congress to broad legislation which would permit us to, in effect, not apply sanctions and embargoes to food or medicine. And under the right circumstances, I could support that. Now--and it had broad bipartisan support. My understanding is that it has been held up in the Congress because Senator Helms and others don't want us to sell any food to Cuba.
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