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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 16, 2000 Volume 36--Number 41 Pages 2349-2462 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 Pennsylvania AmeriCorps volunteers in Philadelphia--2440 Pennsylvania Democratic Coordinated Campaign reception in Philadelphia--2442 Representative Ron Klink, rally in Pittsburgh--2435 Radio address--2375 Representative Joseph Crowley, reception--2423 Representative Julia Carson Rally--2376 Reception--2379 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-- 2419 Bill Signings--Continued China, permanent normal trade relations legislation, remarks--2417 Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 Remarks--2430 Statement--2434 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'' Message--2378 Statement--2378 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 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies Advanced Mobile Communications/Third Generation Wireless Systems, memorandum--2455 Preparing American Youth for 21st Century College and Careers, memorandum--2457 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-- 2360 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in the Rose Garden--2349, 2430 Interviews with Joe Klein of the New Yorker--2382, 2410 Proclamations Afterschool Week--2370 Columbus Day--2374 Death of American Servicemembers Aboard the United States Ship COLE--2449 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 driving--2357 ``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 Turtles--2448 Senate action on Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, and independent agencies appropriations legislation--2449 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 [[Page 2349]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2349-2355] 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 grow. 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 course. That leads to the second point. I just signed yet another short-term funding measure to keep the Government running and [[Page 2350]] 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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