| Home > 1999 Presidential Documents > pd18oc99 Statement on the Conclusion of the Independent Counsel's Investigation...
pd18oc99 Statement on the Conclusion of the Independent Counsel's Investigation...
<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, October 18, 1999 Volume 35--Number 41 Pages 1991-2064 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks American Academy of Pediatrics--2006 Canada, Forum of Federations Conference in Mont-Tremblant--1991 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, Senate action--2026 Democratic Leadership Council gala--2027 Forest ``Roadless'' Areas--2020 Illinois, U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute conference in Chicago-- 2000 Millennium Evening at the White House, eighth--2015 National Summit on Community Food Security, videotape remarks--2050 NCAA men's and women's basketball champions--2053 Philip Morris company admission--2020 Radio address--1998 U.S. Secret Service Memorial Building, dedication--2048 Virginia, George Washington National Forest--2020 Youth violence, unveiling public service announcements--2055 Appointments and Nominations Defense Department Commander in Chief, United States Space Command, and related positions, statement--2051 Appointments and Nominations--Continued Supreme Allied Commander Europe, statement--2052 Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, statement--2051 Bill Signings Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000, statement--2005 Family farmers, statement on legislation to extend bankruptcy relief--2006 Communications to Congress Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act, message transmitting report-- 2015 Cuba, message transmitting report on telecommunications payments-- 2025 East Timor, letter transmitting report on deployment of U.S. forces to provide support to the multinational force--1998 Food Aid Convention 1999 with documentation, message transmitting-- 2025 Naval Petroleum Reserves, message transmitting report--2004 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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 iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies Forest ``Roadless'' Areas, memorandum on protection--2023 Individual Training Accounts for Federal Workers, memorandum--2053 School-Based Health Insurance Outreach for Children, memorandum-- 2013 White House Council on Youth Violence, memorandum--2059 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters outside the Oval Office--2026 News conference, October 14 (No. 182)--2035 Joint Statements Joint United States-Norway Statement--2060 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--1991 Norway, Prime Minister Bondevik--2060 Proclamations Columbus Day--1997 National Forest Products Week--2063 White Cane Safety Day--2062 Statements by the President See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings Death of former President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania--2052 Hate crimes legislation--2024 Independent Counsel's investigation of Interior Secretary Babbitt-- 2024 Mexico, floods and mudslides--2024 Pakistan, military coup d'etat--2025 World population growth--2015 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2064 Checklist of White House press releases--2064 Digest of other White House announcements--2063 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2064 [[Page 1991]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1991-1997] Monday, October 18, 1999 Volume 35--Number 41 Pages 1991-2064 Week Ending Friday, October 15, 1999 Remarks to the Forum of Federations Conference in Mont-Tremblant, Canada October 8, 1999 Thank you. Thank you so much. Prime Minister Chretien; to the Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, Denzil Douglas; Premier Bouchard; cochairs of this conference, Bob Rae and Henning Voscherau; to distinguished visitors; Governors--I think the Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota, Carole Hillard, is here--and to all of you: I think it is quite an interesting thing that we have this impressive array of people to come to a conference on federalism, a topic that probably 10 or 20 years ago would have been viewed as a substitute for a sleeping pill. [Laughter] But in the aftermath of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia; the interesting debates--at least I can say this from the point of view as your neighbor--that has gone on in Quebec; the deepening, troubling efforts to reconcile different tribes who occupy nations with boundaries they did not draw in Africa; and any number of other issues, this topic of federalism has become very, very important. It is fitting that the first global conference would be held here in North America, because federalism began here--a founding principle forged in the crucible of revolution, enshrined in the Constitution of the United States, shared today by all three nations on our continent, as I'm sure President Zedillo said. It is also especially fitting that this conference be held in Canada. A land larger than China, spanning 5 times zones and 10 distinct provinces, it has shown the world how people of different cultures and languages can live in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect. In the United States, we have valued our relationship with a strong and united Canada. We look to you; we learn from you. The partnership you have built between people of diverse backgrounds and governments at all level is what this conference is about and, ultimately, what democracy must be about, as people all over the world move around more, mix with each other more, live in close proximity more. Today I would like to talk briefly about the ways we in the United States are working to renew and redefine federalism for the 21st century; then, how I see the whole concept of federalism emerging internationally; and finally, how we--how I think, anyway--we should judge the competing claims of federalism and independence in different contexts around the world. First let me say we are 84 days, now, from a new century and a new millennium. The currents of change in how we work and live and relate to each other, and relate to people far across the world, are changing very rapidly. President Franklin Roosevelt once said that new conditions impose new requirements upon government and those who conduct government. We know this to be the case not only in the United States and Canada, Great Britain and Germany, Italy and France, Mexico and Brazil, but indeed, in all the countries of the world. But in all these places there is a federalist system of some form or another. We look for ways to imbue old values with new life and old institutions with new meaning. In 1992, when I ran for President, there was a growing sense in the United States that the compact between the people and their Government, and between the States and the Federal Government, was in severe disrepair. This was driven largely by the fact that our Federal Government had quadrupled the national debt in 12 years, and that had led to enormous interest rates, slow growth, and grave difficulties on all the States of our land which they were powerless to overcome. [[Page 1992]] So when the Vice President and I ran for national office, we had no debate from people who said, ``Look, this is a national priority and you have to deal with it.'' But we talked a lot to Governors and others about the necessity to create again what our Founding Fathers called the laboratories of democracy. We, frankly, admitted that no one knew all the answers to America's large welfare caseload, to America's enormous crime rate, to America's incredible diversity of children and challenges in our schools. And so we said we would try to give new direction to the Nation and deal with plainly national problems, but we would also try to build a new partnership that would make all of our States feel more a part of our union and more empowered in determining their own destiny. Now, people develop this federalist system for different reasons. It came naturally to the United States because Great Britain set up colonies here as separate entities. And the States of our country actually created the National Government. So we always had a sense that there were some things the States were supposed to do and some things the Federal Government were supposed to do. Our Founding Fathers gave us some indication in the Constitution, but the history of the United States Supreme Court is full of cases trying to resolve the whole question of what is the role and the power of the States as opposed to what is the role and the power of the National Government in ever new circumstances. There are different examples elsewhere. For example, in the former Yugoslavia when it existed before, federalism was at least set up to give the appearance that all the different ethnic groups could be fairly treated and could have their voices heard. So in 1992 it appeared that the major crisis in federalism was that the States had been disempowered from doing their jobs because the national economy was so weak and the fabric of the national society was fraying in America. But underneath that I knew that once we began to build things again we would have to resolve some very substantial questions, some of which may be present in your countries, as well. As we set about to work, the Vice President and I, in an effort that I put him in charge of, made an attempt to redefine the mission of the Federal Government. And we told the people of the United States that we actually thought the Federal Government was too large in size, that it should be smaller but more active, and that we should do more in partnerships with State and local governments and the private sector, with the ultimate goal of empowering the American people to solve their own problems in whatever unit was most appropriate, whether it was an individual citizen, the family, the community, the State, or the Nation. And we have worked at that quite steadily. Like Canada, we turned our deficit around and produced a surplus. We also shrank the size of the Federal Government. The size of the United States Federal Government today is the same as it was in 1962, when John Kennedy was President, and our country was much, much smaller. In the economic expansion we have been enjoying since 1993, the overwhelming majority of the jobs that were created were created in the private sector. It's the largest percentage of private sector job creation of any economic expansion in America since the end of World War II. Meanwhile, many of our State and local governments have continued to grow in size, to meet the day-to-day demands of a lot of the domestic issues that we face in our country. And I think that is a good thing.
Other Popular 1999 Presidential Documents Documents:
|GovRecords.org presents information on various agencies of the United States Government. Even though all information is believed to be credible and accurate, no guarantees are made on the complete accuracy of our government records archive. Care should be taken to verify the information presented by responsible parties. Please see our reference page for congressional, presidential, and judicial branch contact information. GovRecords.org values visitor privacy. Please see the privacy page for more information.|
Supreme Court Decisions
104th Congressional Documents
105th Congressional Documents
106th Congressional Documents
107th Congressional Documents
108th Congressional Documents
1994 Presidential Documents