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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 16, 2001
Volume 37--Number 28
Pages 1019-1041

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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses and Remarks

    America's Promise, ceremony honoring--1019

    Maryland, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore--1033

    Medical organization leaders, meeting--1026

    Medicare reform--1029

    NAACP convention, videotape remarks--1022

    New York

         Congressional Gold Medal, posthumous presentation to John 
            Cardinal O'Connor in New York City--1025

         Immigration and Naturalization Service ceremony on Ellis 
    Patients' Bill of Rights--1022
    Radio address--1019
    Virginia, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax--1022

Communications to Congress

    Iraq, compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions--1037

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Implementing Government Reform, memorandum--1028

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchange with reporters in Fairfax, VA--1022


    Captive Nations Week--1032

Statements by the President

    Climate change review initiatives--1035
    Cuba, toward a demoncratic--1036
    House Ways and Means Committee, action on the Faith-Based and 
        Community Initiatives--1027

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1041
     Checklist of White House press releases--1040
     Digest of other White House announcements--1037
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1039

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on July 13, 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, July 16, 2001
Volume 37--Number 28
Pages 1019-1041
Week Ending Friday, July 13, 2001
The President's Radio Address

July 7, 2001

    Good morning. My second working day as President, I sent to Congress 
the boldest plan to improve our public schools in a generation, a plan 
to raise educational standards for every child and to require new 
accountability from every school. This reform gives our public schools 
greater resources and insists on proven results in return, not just for 
some of our children but for all of them.
    The plan has now passed both Houses of Congress with strong margins 
and broad bipartisan support. We stand on the verge of dramatic 
improvements for America's public schools. We're increasing funding for 
public schools and insisting on results. We are maximizing local control 
to give Governors, school boards, and local people more say in their 
schools. And we are giving parents unprecedented new choices to help 
their children get a quality education.
    Yet, all of this will happen only when Congress joins with me to 
take the final, crucial step of resolving differences between the House 
and the Senate versions and sending an education reform bill to my desk.
    Across America, Governors are waiting to work with their 
legislatures to implement reform. Local school boards are eager to put 
the new flexibility my plan offers into action. We are ready to provide 
teachers with the best research on the science of reading this very 
fall. We need to act quickly, because States and schools must make 
decisions on how to use their new flexibility and live up to their new 
    We have come so far; we're almost there. And we must finish the job. 
Completing the work of education reform is a final exam for Congress 
before they go home in August for summer vacation and before America's 
children go back to school.
    The differences between the education reform bills that passed with 
large majorities in both House and Senate are small. Both bills call for 
strong accountability. The Senate bill gives States more flexibility. 
The House bill is more fiscally responsible and focuses Federal dollars 
where they will do the most good.
    With prompt action this month, our public schools can begin to 
implement the first of the education reforms this fall, with guidance to 
help teachers use the latest research to teach all our children to read.
    This is summer vacation for our children, and it can be a season of 
accomplishment for our Nation's leaders. I urge the Congress to act 
swiftly on my education reform plan.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 11:40 a.m. on July 5 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on July 7. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
July 6 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of 
the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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Monday, July 16, 2001
Volume 37--Number 28
Pages 1019-1041
Week Ending Friday, July 13, 2001
Remarks at a Ceremony Honoring America's Promise

July 9, 2001

    Thank you all very much. Marc. There is no more important goal for 
America than to make sure every person realizes the promise of our great 
land, and I want to thank the good folks of America's Promise for 
working tirelessly to make sure that goal reaches throughout all our 
country. My administration stands side by side with you.
    And here in Washington, we can help. It's important for the Congress 
to pass the education reform package to make sure no child gets left 
behind. It's important for Congress to pass a good and meaningful 
Patients' Bill of Rights to make sure all in America have got good 
access to health care. And it's important for America for Congress to 
pass my

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faith-based initiative so that Government can stand side by side with 
the soldiers in the armies of compassion to make sure America's promise 
is rich and real for every citizen.
    I'm honored that the first chairman of America's Promise agreed to 
be our Nation's Secretary of State. He's doing a fantastic job for our 
country. Welcome, Mr. Secretary. Like me, he married well. [Laughter] 
Thank you for being here, Alma.
    I want to thank my friend Marc Racicot for being the chairman of the 
board. I want to thank Peter Gallagher. I welcome my friend the Governor 
of Maine, Angus King, for being here. I want to thank Ted Stevens and 
Connie Morella, as well, for being here--Members of the United States 
Congress. I want to thank the First Lady of Michigan, Michelle Engler, 
for joining us, as well. It is my honor to welcome to the Rose Garden 
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, as well as Bob. Thank you all, and thank you for 
being such a great supporter for America's Promise.
    I also want to thank the members of the board of directors, as well 
as the members of the Youth Leadership Team, 15 of our best in America 
who are here today. Please stand. [Applause]
    Just as I was receiving the organization's annual report, I also had 
an opportunity to say hello to the 15. And our country is in great hands 
when you look in the eyes of these 15 fantastic leaders. The record has 
been impressive, and the commitment has been deep. And I want to thank 
you, Marc, for continuing to challenge corporate America and individuals 
with the simple and urgent message: There's a need in every community, 
and a responsible society meets those needs.
    Today we're joined by several men and women from around the country 
who represent the promise of America's Promise:
    Mary Mahoney, the president and chief executive officer of Howard 
Johnson's. Where's Mary? Hi, Mary. Thank you for coming. She's been a 
mentor, and she's inspired employees at more than 500 hotels to serve as 
mentors. I want to thank you very much for your dedication.
    Leon Assael, the dean of College of Dentistry at the University of 
Kentucky, is here. Mr. Dean, where are you? Thank you for coming, Dean. 
They staffed a mobile dental van and asked volunteer faculty and 
students to serve more than 12,500 disadvantaged students in Appalachia. 
Thank you for your service to the country.
    Reverend Clifford Barnett of Virginia's Brighton Rock AME Church. 
Thank you for coming, Reverend. He set up a safe haven for children to 
come to a place or worship, not only to find hot meals but to learn how 
to serve one another.
    Charlie Trotter of Trotter's Restaurant of Chicago. Hello, Charlie. 
The man not only serves good food, but every Groundhog Day he opens his 
kitchen to teach area youth and has sponsored some of his neighborhood 
youth through scholarship programs. I want to thank you all for coming.
    This is an example of the greatness of our country, where people ask 
the question, ``What can I do to help?''--and then not wait for some 
Government activity to take place but do it anyway in spite of 
Government. I want to thank you all for serving as fantastic examples, 
just like I want to thank Aisha Shaheen. Where is she? Aisha--there she 
is. Thank you so much for coming. She understands that service is a part 
of a successful life. Catch this: She teaches honors in advanced 
placement English, biology, and calculus to inner-city youngsters in the 
south central neighborhood of Los Angeles.
    We know what children need to succeed. They need mentors and role 
models like Aisha. They need to be healthy and educated and challenged 
to serve and challenged to love a neighbor just like they'd like to be 
loved themselves. And that's what America's Promise does.
    In many neighborhoods, what a child needs is a caring adult. 
Yesterday, flying down from Maine, Angus King, the Governor of that 
State, told me about a program that he's starting to implement, where 
this summer they're going to recruit 30,000 mentors in the State of 
Maine, all aimed to surround the children of Maine with love, all aimed 
at understanding there's nothing more powerful than an individual that 
says to a child in need, ``Somebody cares for you. Somebody loves you.'' 
So Angus, I want to thank you for setting the example.

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    My dream for America is for there to be mentors all over the 
country, in every neighborhood, in every community, where adults are 
able to say to a child, ``The America's Promise belongs to you, just as 
much as it does to anybody else.''
    The effort requires a broad-scaled strategy. That's why I was 
pleased to see that America's Promise has drawn 500 national partners 
and more than 550 State and local partners. And the effort really has 
just begun.
    So I want to thank America's Promise. I want to thank you for your 
love and compassion. And I want to thank the thousands all across our 

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