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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 17, 2000
Volume 36--Number 28
Pages 1605-1647

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointment and Nominations; Resignations and Retirements
    Congressional Gold Medal, presentation to Father Theodore M. 
    Home heating oil reserve--1608
    Internet address--1605
        Departure for Camp David--1623, 1637
        NAACP national convention in Baltimore--1627
    Middle East Peace Summit--1623
        Departure for State College--1608
        National Governors' Association meeting in State College--1610
        Reception for Representative Ron Klink in Philadelphia--1618
    Radio address--1606
    Vietnam-U.S. bilateral trade agreement--1637

Appointment and Nominations

    Veterans Affairs Department, Secretary, remarks--1609

Bill Signings

    Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000, statement--1640
    Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001, Emergency 
        Supplemental Act, 2000, and Cerro Grande Fire Supplemental--1640

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus-U.S. mutual legal assistance treaty with documentation, 
        message transmitting--1643
    Haiti, letter transmitting report--1625
    ``Hate Crimes Prevention Act,'' letter--1627
    South Africa-U.S. mutual legal assistance treaty with documentation, 
        message transmitting--1644

Communications to Federal Agencies

    FY 2001 Refugee Admissions Consultations, memorandum--1605
    Turkey-U.S. agreement on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, 

Executive Orders

    Federal Career Intern Program--1607

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Camp David, MD--1624
        Rose Garden--1637
        South Lawn--1608, 1623

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Israel, Prime Minister Barak--1624
    Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--1624

Resignations and Retirements

    Veterans Affairs Department, Secretary, remarks--1609

           (Continued on the inside of the back cover.)


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Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Environmental Protection Agency action to strengthen water quality 
    House of Representatives action on the foreign operations 
        appropriations legislataion--1639
    Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation--1626
    Philippines, accident--1626

Statements by the President--Continued

    Senate action on estate tax legislation--1644
    White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1647
    Checklist of White House press releases--1646
    Digest of other White House announcements--1645
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1646

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Memorandum on FY 2001 Refugee Admissions Consultations

July 6, 2000

Memorandum for the Secretary of State

Subject: FY 2001 Refugee Admissions Consultations

    In accordance with section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality 
Act (INA), you are authorized to consult with the appropriate committees 
of the Congress concerning refugee admissions as follows:
    1. The authorization of 80,000 refugee admissions, 76,000 of which 
      are funded, during FY 2001, which would be allocated by specific 
      region as follows: 20,000 for Africa; 6,000 for East Asia 
      (including Amerasians); 3,000 for Latin America and the Caribbean; 
      10,000 for the Near East and South Asia; 37,000 for Europe 
      (including 20,000 for the former Yugoslavia and 17,000 for the 
      former Soviet Union); and 4,000 for the unallocated reserve. The 
      recommended level of funded admissions is equal to the level 
      assumed in the FY 2001 budget request (76,000).
    2. The authorization of an additional 10,000 refugee admission 
      numbers to be made available for the adjustment to permanent 
      resident status of persons who have been granted asylum in the 
      United States.
    3. The designation, pursuant to section 101(a)(42)(B) of the INA, of 
      persons in Cuba, Vietnam, and the former Soviet Union, who, if 
      they otherwise qualify for admission as refugees, may be 
      considered refugees under the INA even though they are still 
      within their country of nationality or habitual residence.
                                            William J. Clinton
cc: The Attorney General
   The Secretary of Health and Human

 Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary 
on July 7. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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The President's Internet Address

July 8, 2000

    Good morning. Earlier this week, we launched a new and improved 
White House website at www.whitehouse.gov. Today I want to talk a little 
about the website and about our other efforts to use technology to bring 
Government closer to the people.
    I'm proud to have been the President who brought the White House 
into the digital age. When I became President, there were just 50 
websites on the World Wide Web. Now there are 17 million, and almost 50 
million households on-line in the United States alone.
    It was just 6 years ago that we launched the very first White House 
website. Our website now has more than 9,000 pages of information, and 
that's not counting the archives. We've redesigned and updated it to 
keep pace with its growth and the rapid changes in technology. The new 
and improved White House website is another important step in our 
efforts to make Government high-speed, high-tech, and user-friendly. 
We're bringing information that matters into people's homes--policy 
papers, the citizens' handbook, links to Federal agencies.
    We've also made it easier to find the features that visitors use 
most--like E-mailing the White House, taking an on-line tour, or finding 
special activities for kids. And we've made the website a permanent part 
of the Executive Office of the President, so that future Presidents will 
be able to change it to suit their needs as easily as they can change 
the furniture here in the Oval Office.
    Under the leadership of Vice President Gore, we've used information 
technology to bring Government closer to citizens in many

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ways. People are now using U.S. Government websites to file their taxes, 
compare their Medicare options, and find good jobs. They're tapping into 
the latest health research, browsing the vast collections of the Library 
of Congress, and following along with NASA's missions in outer space. 
And we're in the process of creating a single, customer-focused website, 
www.firstgov.gov, where Americans can find every on-line resource 
offered by the Federal Government.
    But we must do more to ensure that the benefits of the information 
revolution flow to every American. That means working to close the 
digital divide, to put computers in every classroom, to train our 
teachers to make the most of them. We must also pay attention to the 
issues of computer security and the privacy of our records on computers 
so that the newest technology doesn't undermine our oldest values.
    Eighty-one years ago this week, Woodrow Wilson became the very first 
President to communicate by radio. On his way home from Europe, 
President Wilson used the radio, after several unsuccessful efforts, to 
call the then-young Franklin Roosevelt, who was his Assistant Secretary 
of the Navy back in Washington. It wasn't immediately clear how this new 
technology would be used or that in just 15 years Roosevelt, as 
President, would be making radio broadcasts that 80 percent of our 
Nation would hear. But it was clear that a new door to the future had 
    We're at just such a moment again today, and the new White House 
website is just one small step toward bringing Government more fully 
into the information age. We have barely begun to understand how 
information technology will change our lives. But those of us in 
Government have a responsibility to use these new tools to expand the 
reach of democracy and give more people a chance to live their dreams.
    I'll see you on-line at whitehouse.gov, and thanks for logging on.

 Note: The address was recorded at approximately 11 a.m. on July 7 in 
the Oval Office at the White House for broadcast at 10 a.m. on July 8. 
The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary 

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