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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, September 18, 1995 Volume 31--Number 37 Pages 1531-1567 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks AmeriCorps, first anniversary--1546 Bosnia, agreement to end air strikes--1563 Education teleconference--1548 Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, normalization agreement--1561 Illinois, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale--1534, 1541 Legislative agenda--1552 Maryland, National Family Partnership in Elkridge--1557 NCAA champion California State University at Fullerton baseball team--1564 Radio address--1531 Communications to Federal Agencies Career Transition Assistance for Federal Employees, memorandum--1553 Trading With the Enemy Act, memorandum--1532 Executive Orders Further Amendment to Executive Order No. 12864--1563 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Briefing Room--1563 Interviews With the News Media--Continued Cabinet Room--1546, 1552 Oval Office--1561 Roosevelt Room--1548 Proclamations America Goes Back to School--1533 Classical Music Month--1534 National Farm Safety and Health Week--1560 National Hispanic Heritage Month--1562 To Establish a Tariff-Rate Quota on Certain Tobacco, Eliminate Tariffs on Certain Other Tobacco, and for Other Purposes--1554 Statements by the President Commission on Immigration Reform--1553 Death of former Congressman Jamie Whitten--1532 Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia agreement--1560 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1567 Checklist of White House press releases--1567 Digest of other White House announcements--1565 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1566 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 1531]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1531-1532] Monday, September 18, 1995 Volume 31--Number 37 Pages 1531-1567 Week Ending Friday, September 15, 1995 The President's Radio Address September 9, 1995 Good morning. As a candidate for President, I pledged to end welfare as we know it. And as President, I've been doing everything in my power to keep that pledge. Earlier, for more than 15 years, first as Governor of Arkansas and later when I became President, I have always felt it was critically important to fix our broken welfare system. It doesn't honor our values of work and family and personal responsibility. Well, it's been a long time coming, but finally the Senate is taking up this issue. Meanwhile, over the last 2\1/2\ years, while I've been urging Congress to act, my administration has worked as hard as we can to change the welfare system by executive action in a way that honors the values most Americans hold dear: work, responsibility, and family. We've put tough child support enforcement at the center of the national debate. Our administration collected a record level of child support in 1994--$10 billion. And I signed a tough Executive order to crack down on Federal employees who owe child support. We've also cut through Federal redtape to speed up welfare reform all around the country by approving experiments in a record 34 States. Just through these experiments, 7 million recipients of welfare around the country are now being required to work, pay child support, live at home, and stay in school or earn a paycheck from a business that pays them with money that used to be spent on food stamps and welfare. Now, I have told all 50 States they can have these welfare reforms immediately, within 30 days, just by asking. Next week, it's the Senate's turn to do its part. The current system must be replaced. Instead of requiring people to work, now it penalizes people who go to work. Instead of strengthening families, now it gives teenagers a separate check to leave home, leave school, and set up their own households. Instead of demanding responsibility, it lets too many parents who owe child support just walk away without paying. That's not right, and it's time to change it. But we should do this the right way, not the wrong way. Real reform, first and foremost, must be about work. We should impose time limits and tough work requirements while making sure that parents get the child care they need to go to work. We should reward States for putting people to work, not for cutting people off. We will only succeed if we move people from welfare to work. But real welfare reform is also about family. That means putting in place the toughest possible child support enforcement. It means requiring teen mothers to live at home, to stay in school, to turn their lives around. But it doesn't mean punishing children for the mistakes of their parents. And finally, welfare reform must be about responsibility. States have a responsibility to maintain their own efforts to move people from welfare to work. That way we can have a race to independence, not a race to the bottom. And individuals have a responsibility to work in return for the help they receive. It's time to make welfare a second chance, not a way of life. It's time to make responsibility a way of life. Let me be clear: Some differences still remain between the congressional proposals and me. But we must find common ground, and soon. Look how far we've come already. Not long ago, some conservatives were talking about putting young people in orphanages. And not long ago, many liberals opposed requiring welfare recipients to work. But we've reached consensus on these issues. Now we need to go the final mile. We've stood at the brink of welfare reform before. But for too long, American people have been frustrated by demands for ideological purity, by politicians who put their [[Page 1532]] personal ambitions first. Millions of people who are trapped in the system and millions more taxpayers who pay the tab have suffered as a result. We can't let that happen again. This is a time to deliver for the American people, not to pander to extremists who have held us back for too long. We can't let welfare reform die at the hands of ideological extremism or Presidential politics or budget politics. If welfare reform gets caught up in the whirlpool of the budget debate, we run the risk that it might drown. This is an historic moment. For 30 years, under both Democratic and Republican leadership, we've been saddled with a broken welfare system. Now we've got a real chance to reach common ground and higher ground. The Senators owe it to the people who sent them to Washington not to let this opportunity slip away by doing the wrong thing or by failing to act at all. The American people have waited long enough. Next week, let's end the old system that fosters dependence, and let's give the American people a new one based on independence, work, responsibility, and family. Thanks for listening. Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the White House. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1532] Monday, September 18, 1995 Volume 31--Number 37 Pages 1531-1567 Week Ending Friday, September 15, 1995 Statement on the Death of Former Congressman Jamie Whitten September 9, 1995 It is with deep regret that I learned today of the death of former Congressman and Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Jamie Whitten. Congressman Whitten served Mississippi and our country in Congress for 53 years, longer than any other person in the history of this Republic. He was literally an institution himself within one of the most important of our democratic institutions. Throughout his long service and especially as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee from the 96th Congress through the 100th Congress, Congressman Whitten dedicated himself to the concerns of the hard-working people of this country. He worked tirelessly on behalf of America's farmers, especially our family farmers, and he never gave up working to build more opportunity for all Americans willing to make the most of their own lives. The people of the United States and of Mississippi will miss Jamie Whitten. Hillary and I send our sympathies to his family and loved ones. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1532-1533] Monday, September 18, 1995 Volume 31--Number 37 Pages 1531-1567 Week Ending Friday, September 15, 1995 Memorandum on the Trading With the Enemy Act September 8, 1995 Presidential Determination No. 95-41 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury Subject: Extension of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act Under section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223 (91 Stat. 1625; 50 U.S.C. App. 5(b) note), and a previous determination made by me on September 8, 1994 (59 FR 47229), the exercise of certain authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act is scheduled to terminate on September 14, 1995. I hereby determine that the extension for one year of the exercise of those authorities with respect to the applicable countries is in the national interest of the United States. Therefore, pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223, I extend for one year, until September 14, 1996, the exercise of those authorities with respect to countries affected by: (1) the Foreign Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR Part 500; (2) the Transaction Control Regulations, 31 CFR Part 505; and (3) the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR Part 515. The Secretary of the Treasury is directed to publish this
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