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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 16, 1998 Volume 34--Number 46 Pages 2275-2315 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings After-school programs, grants--2297 Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport dedication ceremony in Highfill--2275 Hurricane damage in Central America, telephone conversation with Tipper Gore--2291 Iraq situation--2307 National townhall meeting on trade--2286 NCAA men's and women's basketball champions--2284 Radio address--2280 Virginia, Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington--2292 Bill Signings Africa: Seeds of Hope Act of 1998, statement--2312 Automobile National Heritage Area Act, statement--2277 Centennial of Flight Commemoration Act, statement--2310 Criminal use of guns, legislation strengthening penalties, remarks-- 2307 Economic Development Administration and Appalachian Regional Development Reform Act of 1998, statement--2311 International Anti-Bribery and Fair Competition Act of 1998, statement--2290 Bill Signings--Continued National Parks Omnibus Management Act of 1998, statement--2311 Police, Fire, and Emergency Officers Educational Assistance Act of 1998, remarks--2307 Veterans Programs Enhancement Act of 1998, statement--2295 Communications to Congress Iran, continuation of national emergency, letter transmitting notice--2283 Weapons of mass destruction, letter on continuation of emergency-- 2301 Communications to Federal Agencies Emergency disaster relief for Central America, memorandum--2279 Firearms, preventing sales to prohibited purchasers, memorandum-- 2280 Military and Veterans Health Coordinating Board creation, memorandum--2296 Letters and Messages John Glenn, electronic mail message--2281 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction-- 2300 Continuation of National Emergency With Respect to Iran--2283 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Proclamations Veterans Day--2282 Resignations and Retirements Treasury Department, United States Secret Service, Director--2300 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements Brazil, international economic support--2310 Military readiness, funding--2295 Statements by the President--Continued Representative Newt Gingrich's decision not to seek reelection as Speaker of the House of Representatives--2279 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's decision not to seek reelection-- 2278 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2314 Checklist of White House press releases--2313 Digest of other White House announcements--2313 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2313 [[Page 2275]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2275-2277] Monday, November 16, 1998 Volume 34--Number 46 Pages 2275-2315 Week Ending Friday, November 13, 1998 Remarks at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Dedication Ceremony in Highfill, Arkansas November 6, 1998 Thank you so much, Secretary Slater, for your support of this project and your terrific work. Thank you, Administrator Garvey, Senator Hutchinson, Congressman Hutchinson, Senator-elect Blanche Lambert- Lincoln. Now, up here in northwest Arkansas, from my point of view, she's got the best of all worlds. She's a Democrat with a Republican last name. [Laughter] I want you to get to know her; you'll like her a lot. Congressman Dickey, Congressman Hammerschmidt, Mr. Green, thank you for your marvelous work here. Mr. Bowler, thank you for bringing American Eagle here. I want to thank the Springdale Band and the Fayetteville Choir. I thought they both did a superb job. You know--I've got all these notes, but I don't really want to use them today. I was flying home today, and I have to begin by bringing you greetings from two people who were with me this morning who, for different reasons, wanted to come and couldn't. One is the First Lady, Hillary, who wanted me to tell her friends in northwest Arkansas hello and to say she wished she could be here. And the other is Senator Bumpers, who has a sinus condition and was told by his doctor not to get on the airplane, although I told him I thought it was a pretty nice plane I was trying to bring him down here in--[laughter]--and that we were trying to demonstrate that northwest Arkansas had a world-class airport. But he asked to be remembered to you. I want to thank my good friend, former Chief of Staff and our Envoy to Latin America, Mack McLarty, for being here. And all of you all out here--I've been looking out in this crowd at so many people I've known for 25 years, many more--I've been sort of reliving the last 25 years. I think I should begin by saying that in every project like this, there are always a lot of people who work on it. Rodney mentioned that many years ago, Senator Fulbright, who was my mentor, had the idea of there ought to be an airport here. I know how long Congressman Hammerschmidt has worked on this. This project started in the planning stage under the Bush administration, and we completed it. We had bipartisan support, and as Senator Hutchinson said, invoking our friend Senator McCain, we had bipartisan opposition to it as well. [Laughter] And I have found that there is in any project like this a certain squeaky wheel factor; there are people that just bother you so much that even if you didn't want to do it, you'd go on and do it anyway. And I would like to pay a certain special tribute to the people who were particular squeaky wheels to me, starting with Alice Walton, who wore me out--[laughter]--Uvalde and Carol Lindsey, who guilt-peddled me about every campaign they'd ever worked for me in; and Dale Bumpers, who made me relive every favor he'd ever done for me for 20 years. [Laughter] Now, there were others as well, but I want to especially thank them. I want to say to all of you, I'm delighted to see Helen Walton here and members of the Walton family. I, too, wish Sam were here to see this day. I thank J.B. Hunt, who talked to me about this airport. George Billingsly once said, ``You remember, I gave you the first contribution you ever got in Benton County; now build that airport.'' [Laughter] I have a lot of stories about this airport. I want you to understand how high public policy is made in Washington. [Laughter] And we're all laughing about this, but the truth is, this is a good thing, and it needed to be done. You know, when I was a boy growing up in Arkansas--Tim talked about how we were all raised to believe you could build a wall [[Page 2276]] around Arkansas--we thought in the beginning, for a long time, that roads would be our salvation. Forty-two years ago President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act into law, a bill sponsored by the Vice President's father, Albert Gore, Sr., in the United States Senate. And it did a lot of good for America and a lot of good for Arkansas. And a lot of trucking companies in this State did a lot of good with it, and a lot of poultry companies, like Tyson's and others, made the most of those roads. And then we began to see that air traffic was important as well. And Secretary Slater talked a lot about that. And I got tickled when Senator Hutchinson was talking about transporting apples from Hiwassee by railroad in the twenties. I thought to myself, I wonder if I'm the first President who has ever known how to get to Hiwassee? [Laughter] But I got to thinking about that and how now we move from interstates to highways, and the people--all these people I've mentioned today, Senator Hutchinson, Senator Bumpers, Senator Pryor, certainly Congressman Hammerschmidt, and Congressman Hutchinson now, and Secretary Slater, and before him, Secretary Pena, and all the people in Northwest Arkansas and their supporters--understand today if you can't fly, you can't compete. But if you can fly, you can soar to new heights. Today in a sentence, at long last, northwest Arkansas can fly. And this means a lot to me. When I was landing here, I called all my Secret Service detail leaders together and I said, ``I want you guys to look out the window. This is where I started my political career. I've been on every one of these roads.'' And we were sitting here, Congressman Hammerschmidt reached over and he said, ``You know, your career, the career that led you to the Presidency, really started 24 years ago last Tuesday.'' What he didn't say was, comma, ``when I beat you like a drum up here for Congress.'' [Laughter] But I learned a lot in that race. And ever since, driving into all the little towns and hamlets in this area, then as Governor, flying in and out of northwest Arkansas and all the airports that were up here, I have known for a long time that this could bring opportunity and empowerment, access to markets, a boom to tourism--all of this will happen. And what I'd like to ask all of you to think about is to think of this airport--and it's not just going from here to Chicago but from here to tomorrow. I am glad to tell you that the FAA will release today a $5 million letter of intent for continued development of this airport. I'm glad to say that we have not abandoned our bipartisan commitment, we Arkansans, to other kinds of transportation. When the Congress passed, with the vote of every Member of Congress here present, and I signed the Transportation Equity Act this year, it will mean $100 million more a year over the next 6 years to the State of Arkansas alone. And it, too, will do a lot of good to take us to the future. We are committed also to modernizing the air traffic system. Our air traffic control system, with the new investments we're making in aviation service and infrastructure, will now be able to better handle the--listen to this--the 50-percent increase in global air travel we expect in just the next 7 years. Our policy has helped our airlines and aerospace industries return to profitability. Now we're finalizing new means to promote more competition and lower fares at home. We've signed more than 60 agreements to expand air service with other nations, opening skies above as we open markets below. We're also trying to do more to make sure those skies are safe and
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