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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, October 16, 2000
Volume 36--Number 41
Pages 2349-2462

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Bill Vetoes
    AFL-CIO reception--2364
    Hillary Clinton, reception, telephone remarks--2381
    Internet address--2399
    Legislative agenda--2349
    Middle East situation--2447
    National security team, meeting--2447
        AmeriCorps volunteers in Philadelphia--2440
        Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign reception in 
        Representative Ron Klink, rally in Pittsburgh--2435
    Radio address--2375
    Representative Joseph Crowley, reception--2423
    Representative Julia Carson
    Representative Robert E. Wise, Jr., reception--2420
    Representative Tom Udall, reception--2365
    U.S.S. Cole--2447
    Yugoslavia, situation--2349

Bill Signings

    Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health Act, statement--

Bill Signings--Continued

    China, permanent normal trade relations legislation, remarks--2417
    Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
    Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, statement--2355
    Presidential Transition Act of 2000, statement--2453
    Second continuing resolution for fiscal year 2001, statement--2356
    U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, statement on legislation to 
        permanently authorize--2454

Bill Vetoes

    ``Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2001''

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Health care legislation, letter--2419
    International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of 
        Terrorism, message transmitting--2452
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Communications to Federal Agencies

    Advanced Mobile Communications/Third Generation Wireless Systems, 
    Preparing American Youth for 21st Century College and Careers, 

Executive Orders

    Assistance to Small Business Exporters and Dislocated Workers--2358
    Hispanic Employment in the Federal Government--2451
    Increasing Opportunities and Access for Disadvantaged Businesses--

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in the Rose Garden--2349, 2430
    Interviews with Joe Klein of the New Yorker--2382, 2410


    Afterschool Week--2370
    Columbus Day--2374
    Death of American Servicemembers Aboard the United States Ship 
    Eleanor Roosevelt Day--2429
    Fire Prevention Week--2371
    General Pulaski Memorial Day--2430
    Leif Erikson Day--2363
    National Children's Day--2373
    National School Lunch Week--2372
    100th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy Submarine Force--2450
    Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons 
        Impeding the Peace Process in Sierra Leone--2428

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings; Bill Vetoes
    Congressional action
        National blood alcohol content standard to combat drunk 
        ``Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000''--
            2357, 2446
    Death of Representative Sidney R. Yates--2357
    Disadvantaged businesses, increasing opportunities and access--2359
    Hate crimes legislation--2448
    Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea 
    Senate action on Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and 
        Urban Development, and independent agencies appropriations 
    Serbia, efforts to lift sanctions against--2447
    Sierra Leone, suspending the immigration of persons impeding the 
        peace process--2427
    Small business exporters and dislocated workers, assistance--2357
    South Korea, congratulating President Kim Dae-jung on winning Nobel 
        Peace Prize--2455
    Third generation wireless technology, action to support--2455

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2461
    Checklist of White House press releases--2460
    Digest of other White House announcements--2459
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2460

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Monday, October 16, 2000
Volume 36--Number 41
Pages 2349-2462
Week Ending Friday, October 13, 2000
Remarks on the Situation in Yugoslavia and the Legislative Agenda and an 
Exchange With Reporters

October 6, 2000

    The President. Good afternoon. I'd like to say a few words about the 
historic developments in Serbia.
    First and foremost, this is an extraordinary victory for the people 
of the former Yugoslavia, who endured oppression and deprivation, who 
saw through the propaganda, who took their country back with nothing but 
courage, principle, and patriotism. They will now define the shape of 
their future. They have said they want to live in a normal country, at 
peace with its neighbors, and a part of the world. The rest of us will 
welcome them.
    This is a victory for newly elected President Kostunica, for his 
integrity and leadership in bringing this new day. As Yugoslavia's new 
leaders work to build a truly democratic society, we will move with our 
European allies to lift sanctions and bring them out of isolation.
    This is a victory for all southeast Europe. As long as Mr. Milosevic 
was in power, the danger of more violence in Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, 
Macedonia remained high. A dark cloud has lifted. And though tensions 
and challenges clearly remain, prospects for enduring stability in the 
Balkans have greatly improved.
    Finally, this day is also a victory for the steady, persistent 
position of the international community. Think where we were less than a 
decade ago. Mr. Milosevic was trying to build a Greater Serbia, through 
conquest and ethnic cleansing. His forces attacked Slovenia, then 
Croatia, then Bosnia, unleashing violence that killed hundreds of 
thousands of innocent people in the heart of Europe, at the dawn of what 
was supposed to be a new era of peace. And he was winning.
    Had the world allowed him to win then, the people of Yugoslavia 
could not have won today. But America and our allies, took a stand, 
rejecting the idea that the Balkan tragedies were too hard to solve and 
too distant to matter. Together, we ended the war in Bosnia, reversed 
ethnic cleansing in Kosovo, supported forces of democracy and tolerance 
in Croatia and Montenegro, blocking Milosevic's efforts to prolong his 
rule by provoking new conflict, until the only remaining outpost of 
repression was Serbia itself, where it all began.
    Now history has come full circle. It is not just the end of 
dictatorship in Belgrade. In a real sense, it is the end of the war Mr. 
Milosevic started in the former Yugoslavia 10 years ago. Democracy has 
reclaimed every piece of ground he took. The greatest remaining obstacle 
to the long-held dream of a peaceful, undivided, democratic Europe for 
the first time in history has now been removed.
    So now is not the time for the United States or our allies to 
retreat from the Balkans in complacency. Now is the time to stay the 
course and stick with people who have won their freedom, the time to 
build the economic and civil institutions that will allow democracy to 
endure, reconciliation and cooperation to develop, and the economy to 
    Now, before I take your questions, I'd just like to mention a couple 
of domestic issues. First, this morning, we received the good news that 
unemployment last month dropped again to 3.9 percent, a 30-year low, 
with the lowest African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates ever 
recorded. Our economic strategy is working, and we need to keep it on 
    That leads to the second point. I just signed yet another short-term 
funding measure to keep the Government running and

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meet its responsibilities to the American people. We're now a week into 
the new fiscal year and Congress still has not acted on pressing budget 
priorities from education to safer streets to health care. At the same 
time, I am profoundly troubled by some of the things they have found the 
time to do.
    Yesterday the Republican leadership thwarted the will of a 
bipartisan majority in both Houses and the overwhelming majority of the 
American people by stripping away legislation to outlaw deadly hate 
crimes. It was plain wrong. And on behalf of the families of people like 
James Byrd and Matthew Shepard, I pledge to keep fighting for hate 
crimes legislation this year.
    I am also deeply disappointed by their decision to water down the 
prescription drug import legislation. We had an agreement to work in a 
bipartisan fashion, which they rejected in favor of writing a bill on 
their own, which is more acceptable to the drug companies, all right, 
but as a consequence will clearly provide less help to seniors and 
others who need but can't afford drugs and, indeed, could provide no 
help at all.
    So once again I urge Congress to focus on the Nation's priorities 
and to work in a genuine spirit of bipartisanship, not to weaken, water 
down, or walk away from what we need to do but, instead, to finish the 
job of a fiscally responsible budget that builds on our progress, 
invests in our people, and produces real results.
    Thank you.

Situation in Yugoslavia

    Q. Mr. President, does your statement mean that the United States 
would object if Slobodan Milosevic were to try to remain active in 

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