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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 17, 1998 Volume 34--Number 33 Pages 1591-1635 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks California Harry Tracy Water Filtration Plant in San Bruno--1607 Lt. Gov. Gary Davis fundraisers Dinner in Los Angeles--1618 Luncheon in San Francisco--1610 Reception in Los Angeles--1613 Democratic National Committee labor luncheon--1628 Illinois, Unity '98 dinner in Chicago--1602 Kentucky Bombing incidents in Africa, remarks in Louisville--1593 Patients' Bill of Rights in Louisville--1593 Victory in Kentucky luncheon in Louisville--1598 Kenya and Tanzania, videotaped remarks--1633 Maryland, memorial service for victims of the Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania at Andrews Air Force Base--1622 Radio address--1592 Bill Signings Biomaterials Access Assurance Act of 1998, statement--1623 Credit Union Membership Access Act, statement--1591 Emergency Farm Financial Relief Act, statement--1621 Communications to Congress Bombing incidents in Africa, letter reporting--1607 Export Administration Act of 1979 lapse, letter on continuation of the national emergency--1624 Communications to Congress--Continued Iraq, letter reporting on the national emergency--1625 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance for Federal employees affected by the Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, memorandum--1621 Letters and Messages Co-Chairmen of the National Coordination Office for Computing, Information, and Communications, letter--1601 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Export Control Regulations--1624 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Heat-stricken areas in the South and Southwest, assistance--1633 Holocaust assets lawsuits, settlement--1624 House of Representatives action on District of Columbia appropriations legislation--1592 New World Mine, acquisition--1591 Tobacco products, petition to the Court of Appeals on regulation-- 1633 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1635 Checklist of White House press releases--1635 Digest of other White House announcements--1634 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1634 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 1591]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1591] Monday, August 17, 1998 Volume 34--Number 33 Pages 1591-1635 Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 Statement on Signing the Credit Union Membership Access Act August 7, 1998 Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 1151, the ``Credit Union Membership Access Act,'' which will ensure that millions of Americans have the choice of getting consumer financial services from a credit union. Our credit unions are special institutions. Providing primarily consumer loans--for cars, education, home improvement and home purchases--and other financial services, like checking accounts and certificates of deposit, they are democratically controlled, member- owned cooperatives, with volunteer, unpaid directors. Because they are not-for-profit organizations, credit unions often can charge lower fees, require lower minimum deposits, and provide more personalized service. Early this year, a decision by the Supreme Court created uncertainty about the future of credit unions in a case about how credit unions could draw their membership. This bill will restore membership flexibility to credit unions, allowing, for example, employees of a number of smaller companies or members of a number of churches to join together to form a credit union. The bill also provides important new safety and soundness reforms. Unfortunately, the bill does not include some important reforms to reaffirm the responsibility of credit unions to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income persons, and to assess their performance in meeting that goal. However, on balance, this bill will significantly strengthen credit unions, which provide so many benefits to consumers. William J. Clinton The White House, August 7, 1998. Note: H.R. 1151, approved August 7, was assigned Public Law No. 105-219. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1591] Monday, August 17, 1998 Volume 34--Number 33 Pages 1591-1635 Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 Statement on Acquisition of the New World Mine August 7, 1998 I am proud to announce completion today of a major initiative to preserve one of America's true crown jewels, Yellowstone National Park. Two years ago, to protect the park from the potential ravages of mining, I announced an agreement to acquire the proposed New World Mine outside Yellowstone from its owner, Crown Butte Mines, Inc. Last year, with critical support from Senator Max Baucus, Congress appropriated $65 million for the acquisition. Over the past several months, the administration completed several intermediate steps, including an agreement with Crown Butte to ensure cleanup of contamination from nearly 100 years of mining near Yellowstone. Today, the New World Mine property was formally transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, completing this historic acquisition. Yellowstone, America's first national park, is the heart of a magnificent landscape and ecosystem that we are working to restore and preserve for all time. Today's action culminates an extraordinary collaboration by the administration, the State of Montana, Crown Butte, and conservationists to protect both Yellowstone and the economy it sustains. Years from now, bison, wolves, and other wildlife will flourish, and visitors will enjoy Yellowstone in all its splendor. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. [[Page 1592]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1592] Monday, August 17, 1998 Volume 34--Number 33 Pages 1591-1635 Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 Statement on House of Representatives Action on District of Columbia Appropriations Legislation August 7, 1998 I am deeply disappointed that the District of Columbia appropriations bill passed by the House imposes unacceptable restrictions on our Nation's Capital City. Early this morning, the House adopted a series of objectionable amendments. They include provisions to establish a school voucher program that would drain resources and attention from the hard work of reforming the District's public schools, to prohibit adoptions in the District by unmarried or unrelated couples, and to prohibit the use of Federal and local funds for needle exchange programs or to deny any funding in the bill to private agencies that operate such programs. These measures all undermine local control, are unacceptable, and should be dropped before Congress completes action on the bill. I am concerned that other shortcomings in this bill undermine the District of Columbia's autonomy by imposing severe restrictions on local operations. For example, this bill would also bar the use of local District funds for abortions and strip local funds from the advisory neighborhood commissions, which are a foundation of local government. I am also disappointed that the House fails to fund the much-needed economic revitalization plan for the District of Columbia. I urge Congress to provide appropriate resources for the economic development plan in order to capitalize the locally chartered National Capital Revitalization Corporation, which is key to the future economic growth of the Nation's Capital. At a time when the District of Columbia has made enormous strides toward financial responsibility and the eventual return of self- government, it is wrong for Congress to turn the clock backward by imposing unwarranted restrictions on broad policymaking and on day-to- day decisionmaking at the local level. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1592-1593] Monday, August 17, 1998 Volume 34--Number 33 Pages 1591-1635 Week Ending Friday, August 14, 1998 The President's Radio Address
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