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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, November 17, 1997
Volume 33--Number 46
Pages 1755-1815

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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

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.)


Editor's Note: The President was en route to Las Vegas, NV, on November 
14, the closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by 
the Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion 
in this issue will be printed next week.


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Joint Statements

    Declaration of President Clinton and President Zedillo--1806

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Mexico, President Zedillo--1801, 1804, 1806


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction--

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    ``Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997,'' congressional action--
    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

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Volume 33--Number 46
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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.

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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.

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    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 
    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.

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The President's Radio Address

November 8, 1997

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