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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 17, 1997 Volume 33--Number 46 Pages 1755-1815 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Democratic Governors' Association reception--1790 Democratic National Committee dinner--1792 Fast-track trade legislation--1773 Human Rights Campaign dinner--1758 Iraq--1801, 1808 Ken Burns' ``Lewis and Clark,'' screening--1781 Memorial service for Representative Walter H. Capps--1784 Organization of American States Hemispheric Arms Trafficking Convention, signing ceremony--1804 Radio address--1756 Virginia, Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington--1782 White House Conference on Hate Crimes--1776, 1778 Bill Signings Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998 Remarks--1797 Statement--1800 Bill Signings--Continued Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998, statement--1809 Bill Vetoes Line item veto override, message--1801 Communications to Congress See also Bill Vetoes Agreement Establishing the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme and documentation, message transmitting--1755 Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, letter transmitting report--1801 Major narcotics producing and transit countries, letter--1772 Weapons of mass destruction, message--1786 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--1801 South Lawn--1773 Interview with Tim Russert of ``Meet the Press''--1761 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Joint Statements Declaration of President Clinton and President Zedillo--1806 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Mexico, President Zedillo--1801, 1804, 1806 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction-- 1785 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings ``Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997,'' congressional action-- 1800 Immigration legislation, congressional action--1809 Iraq, United Nations Security Council Resolution--1785 Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses, special report--1757 Voluntary national testing for basic education skills, House of Representatives action--1755 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1814 Checklist of White House press releases--1813 Digest of other White House announcements--1812 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1812 [[Page 1755]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1755] Monday, November 17, 1997 Volume 33--Number 46 Pages 1755-1815 Week Ending Friday, November 14, 1997 Statement on House of Representatives Action on Voluntary National Testing for Basic Education Skills November 7, 1997 Legislation passed by the House of Representatives this evening provides an impressive victory for American education. It moves us down the road to high national standards and voluntary national tests in the basic skills, and it invests in providing our country with better schools and increased educational opportunities. I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement on one of my top priorities for this year and for my Presidency: making sure that America's schoolchildren can master the basics and achieve higher academic standards. America's parents, teachers, and principals can now be sure that we are going to hold children's educational skills up to the same high standard whether they live in Michigan, Maine, or Montana. The educational agenda I have established for the Nation--from high standards and testing to making a college education possible for every young American--is designed to give our children the tools they need to succeed in a changing global economy. Today's agreement fulfills a critical part of that agenda, and I appreciate that politics indeed stopped at the schoolhouse door. The Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill, which includes the agreement on national standards and tests, also helps meet our national commitment to expand educational opportunities for all students. It provides a $1.5 billion increase in Pell grants to help an additional 210,000 young people attend college, and increases the maximum Pell grant to $3,000, the highest level in history. Special education funding is increased by $800 million, funding for technology for our schools is almost doubled, and there is $7.4 billion to help our most disadvantaged students master the basic skills. Goals 2000 is funded at $491 million, to continue to support school reform in every State, and funding for after-school programs is increased from $1 million to $40 million. I am also pleased to see the House pass bipartisan charter school legislation to promote choice and accountability in the public schools and help achieve my goal of 3,000 charter schools. 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 1755-1756] Monday, November 17, 1997 Volume 33--Number 46 Pages 1755-1815 Week Ending Friday, November 14, 1997 Message to the Senate on Transmitting Agreement Establishing the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme and Documentation November 7, 1997 To the Senate of the United States: I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, the Agreement Establishing the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, done at Apia on June 16, 1993 (``the Agreement''). The report of the Department of State with respect to the Agreement is attached for the information of the Senate. The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has existed for almost 15 years to promote cooperation in the South Pacific region, to protect and improve the South Pacific environment and to ensure sustainable development in that region. Prior to the Agreement, SPREP had the status of an informal institution housed within the South Pacific Commission. When this institutional arrangement began to prove inefficient, the United States and the nations of the region negotiated the Agreement to allow SPREP to become an intergovernmental organization in its own right and enhance its ability to promote cooperation among its members. [[Page 1756]] The Agreement was concluded in June 1993 and entered into force in August 1995. Nearly every nation--except the United States--that has participated in SPREP and in the negotiation of the Agreement is now party to the Agreement. As a result, SPREP now enjoys a formal institutional status that allows it to deal more effectively with the pressing environmental concerns of the region. The United States and its territories can only participate in its activities as official observers. The Agreement improves the ability of SPREP to serve the interests of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. Its ratification is supported by our territories and will demonstrate continued United States commitment to, and concern for, the South Pacific region. Under its terms, the Agreement entered into force on August 31, 1995. To date, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, France, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Western Samoa have become parties to the Agreement. I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Agreement and give its advice and consent to ratification. William J. Clinton The White House, November 7, 1997. 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 1756-1757] Monday, November 17, 1997 Volume 33--Number 46 Pages 1755-1815 Week Ending Friday, November 14, 1997 The President's Radio Address November 8, 1997
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