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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 16, 1999 Volume 35--Number 32 Pages 1577-1631 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps graduation ceremony-- 1597 Arkansas Arkansas Broadcasters Association dinner in Little Rock--1577 Community in Helena--1582 Gore 2000 in Little Rock--1584, 1586 Biobased products and bioenergy--1620 BusinessLINC, roundtable discussion--1607 Georgia American Bar Association in Atlanta--1600 Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation to former President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter in Atlanta--1605 Gore 2000 reception--1610 Missouri, National Governors' Association meeting in St. Louis--1588 Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation--1612 Radio address--1583 ``Safe Schools, Safe Students: What Parents Can Do'' teleconference, videotape remarks--1627 Shootings at the North Valley Jewish Community Center--1610, 1612, 1620 Virginia, 50th anniversary of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Fort Myer--1594 Communications to Congress ``Central American and Haitian Parity Act of 1999,'' message transmitting proposed legislation--1577 Export Administration Act of 1979, continuation of the national emergency with respect to the lapse Letter transmitting notice--1612 Letter transmitting report--1629 Communications to Federal Agencies Biobased products and bioenergy, memorandum--1626 FY 2000 refugee admissions consultations, memorandum--1628 Interagency Group on Insular Areas, memorandum--1604 Executive Orders Developing and Promoting Biobased Products and Bioenergy--1623 Interviews With the News Media Interview with Susie Gharib of the ``Nightly Business Report''--1616 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Export Control Regulations--1611 Statements by the President Death of Representative Mickey Leland, anniversary--1629 Reading programs, funding--1629 Tornado damage in Salt Lake City, Utah--1616 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1631 Checklist of White House press releases--1630 Digest of other White House announcements--1630 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1630 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. 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 1577]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1577] Monday, August 16, 1999 Volume 35--Number 32 Pages 1577-1631 Week Ending Friday, August 13, 1999 Message to the Congress Transmitting the Proposed ``Central American and Haitian Parity Act of 1999'' August 5, 1999 To the Congress of the United States: I am pleased to transmit for your immediate consideration and enactment the ``Central American and Haitian Parity Act of 1999.'' Also transmitted is a section-by-section analysis. This legislative proposal, which would amend the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act of 1997 (NACARA), is part of my Administration's comprehensive effort to support the process of democratization and stabilization now underway in Central America and Haiti and to ensure equitable treatment for migrants from these countries. The proposed bill would allow qualified nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti an opportunity to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. Consequently, under this bill, eligible nationals of these countries would receive treatment equivalent to that granted to the Nicaraguans and Cubans under NACARA. Like Nicaraguans and Cubans, many Salvadorans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, and Haitians fled human rights abuses or unstable political and economic conditions in the 1980s and 1990s. Yet these latter groups received lesser treatment than that granted to Nicaraguans and Cubans by NACARA. The United States has a strong foreign policy interest in providing the same treatment to these similarly situated people. Moreover, the countries from which these migrants have come are young and fragile democracies in which the United States has played and will continue to play a very important role. The return of these migrants to these countries would place significant demands on their economic and political systems. By offering legal status to a number of nationals of these countries with long-standing ties in the United States, we can advance our commitment to peace and stability in the region. Passage of the ``Central American and Haitian Parity Act of 1999'' will evidence our commitment to fair and even-handed treatment of nationals from these countries and to the strengthening of democracy and economic stability among important neighbors. I urge the prompt and favorable consideration of this legislative proposal by the Congress. William J. Clinton The White House, August 5, 1999. Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 6. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1577-1582] Monday, August 16, 1999 Volume 35--Number 32 Pages 1577-1631 Week Ending Friday, August 13, 1999 Remarks at the Arkansas Broadcasters Association's 50th Anniversary Dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas August 6, 1999 Thank you very much. Congratulations on your 50th anniversary. And thank you for honoring my friend and my partner James Lee Witt. You know, Bobby--I was wondering what Bobby would say. I thought he would say, ``You know, I knew I could guilt Bill Clinton into coming to this dinner once I found out he was going to be in Arkansas and I reminded him how many early-morning radio interviews I'd given him over the last 20 years.'' And I want to thank Bobby Caldwell, who is my longtime friend, and all of you for the work that you do, as well as for honoring a wonderful man tonight. I am honored to be joined by Rodney Slater, and I know there are others here in our administration--Kay Goss, Buddy [[Page 1578]] Young, and people who were in our administration in Arkansas, like Bill and Judy Gaddy, are here, and many others that I haven't had a chance to see. I thank the members of the legislature who are here--Steve Faris and Don House; and Bud Harper, who has the job that James Lee used to have and, like James Lee, used to be a county judge, and therefore, was prepared for it. And I want to acknowledge my good friend John Paul Katz, who served as Speaker of the House when I was Governor. And also, James Lee's family--James Lee and Lea Ellen have done a great job, and you know they're building a political dynasty in Yell County. And if your last name is not Witt, you can't be county judge in Yell County anymore. [Laughter] Not ever. Let me say that--I know most of this has been said, but I want to say a few things about James Lee and what he represents in terms of what I've tried to do as your President. This is one of the best times in American history, but when it comes to weather, it's been one of the worst. Since 1993, we've had the worst flood of the century in the Midwest; the worst earthquake in Northridge, California; weather disasters in places they weren't supposed to happen. We've had tornadoes in Minnesota, ice storms in Florida. And now the farm crops are burning up, not in the South, but in the East and the Northeast, where today we acknowledged the worst drought ever for the farmers from Maryland to New Jersey to Rhode Island. We have had in total more than 250 natural disasters in all 50 States and territories. And many of them have cost a lot of human lives. Well, the old saying that God doesn't send you anything you can't handle was made true from the point of view of my administration and millions of Americans because James Lee Witt agreed to be head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. I got this idea, I have to tell you, when I went to Florida as a candidate for President and I saw the enormous anxiety that people felt in the aftermath of the terrible hurricane, where their whole lives had been wrecked. And I talked to Senator Pryor about this--I remember this very clearly--that people kept saying the Federal Government is not working; they're not helping; I don't know what they're doing; they're taking too long; they act bureaucratic. You know, just one thing after another. And I realized what the problem was. And that is that for decades, through Democratic and Republican administrations alike, the Federal Emergency Management Agency was treated like a political appointment. And normally the person who got it was somebody who wanted something else, who was a big supporter of the President, but couldn't quite become an Ambassador to a European country or couldn't quite get a position in the Cabinet. I took care of that by putting FEMA in the Cabinet. And all these people that had this job were good people. They were not bad people; they were good people. And there were all these dedicated professionals who were working day in and day out. But there was no one at the helm who wanted the job and who had experience in what the job was and who could put every fiber of his being into dealing with people in the most difficult times imaginable. And, you know, when I was Governor and James Lee was head of the office of emergency services here, we had horrible floods; we had tornadoes that leveled little towns. I remember going over to west Memphis when the whole place was decked and the glass had been shattered at the dog track and glass was flying through the air over there at more than 100 miles an hour. Just a miracle that we didn't have lots of people killed by something that was just like a hail of bullets. And I knew that he cared what happened to people when they were running tight, and I knew he knew that people were frustrated, they were angry, they were disoriented, when they'd lost everything in the world. And we needed somebody who actually had that kind of experience and that kind of ability doing this job. You know, when everything is going along all right, most people think of the Cabinet of the President as the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General, and maybe if you're from Arkansas, you think about the Secretary of Agriculture. But [[Page 1579]] when your house is blown away and when your community is buried in water, the most important person in the Federal Government is the person that heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency. And because of all the things we've been through as a nation in natural disasters in the last 6 years, James Lee Witt has very often
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