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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 19, 1994
Volume 30--Number 50
Pages 2485-2508

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses to the Nation

    Middle class bill of rights--2505

Addresses and Remarks

    Radio address--2491
    Summit of the Americas, Miami, FL
        CONCAUSA agreement, signing--2493
        Concert of the Americas--2493
        Final session--2494
        First session--2492
        Goals of the summit--2485
        NAFTA partnership, welcoming Chile--2496
        Reception for heads of state--2489

Executive Orders

    Addition to Level V of the Executive Schedule--Commissioner, 
        Administration for Native Americans--2503
    Further Amendment to Executive Order No. 11755--2504

Interviews With the News Media

    News conference in Miami, FL, December 11 (No. 83)--2497

Joint Statements

    Leaders of Canada, Chile, Mexico, and the United States--2497

Letters and Messages

    Christmas, message--2504

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--2496, 2497
    Chile, President Frei--2496, 2497
    Mexico, President Zedillo--2496, 2497

Resignations and Retirements

    Surgeon General, statement--2490

Statements by the President

    See also Resignations and Retirements
    California Bay Delta agreement--2504
    Nobel Peace Prize winners--2503

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2508
    Checklist of White House press releases--2508
    Digest of other White House announcements--2507
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2508


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Monday, December 19, 1994
Volume 30--Number 50
Pages 2485-2508
Week Ending Friday, December 16, 1994
Remarks on Goals of the Summit of the Americas in Miami, Florida

December 9, 1994

    Thank you very much, Mr. Vice President. Thank you, ladies and 
gentlemen, for that warm welcome. Hillary and I and Vice President and 
Mrs. Gore are delighted to be here.
    We thank Governor Chiles and Mrs. Chiles, the Lieutenant Governor 
and Mrs. MacKay, the members of the Florida congressional delegation, 
Senator Graham, Senator Mack, the distinguished Members of Congress who 
have come from all over the United States to be here. I want to say a 
special word of thanks to Dante Fascell, the honorary cochair of this 
summit and a great man. I thank the mayors of Miami Beach and Miami, all 
the people who are involved in the metro Dade government, all the people 
who have worked so hard on this summit.
    You know, when we first announced the plans to hold the Summit of 
the Americas here in Miami, it seemed that it was a natural choice. This 
city, after all, has been variously described as the hub, the melting 
pot, the gateway, the crossroads of the Americas. But in the end we 
chose Miami because of the commitment of the people who live and work 
here to make this summit a success, led as the Vice President said by 
the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor.
    I won't dwell on all the subtle and not-so-subtle details of our 
many conversations about this. But let me say that they persuaded me 
that this was the reverse of that wonderful line in the movie ``Field of 
Dreams,'' where they said to us, ``If you come, we will build it.'' And 
you have, and I thank you.
    Your efforts have been extraordinary, and we are grateful for them. 
I have just been amazed at the energy that has come out of this 
community and this State over the last several months, the kind of 
energy that's supposed to be generated only by the Florida Sun. You 
promised that the citizens of Miami would do it right, and it's clear 
that you have delivered. I think I can say for all of those who have 
come from around America to be here, we knew we would need to be warm in 
December, and now we are, in more ways than one. And we thank you very, 
very much.
    History has given the people of the Americas a dazzling opportunity 
to build a community of nations committed to the values of liberty and 
the promise of prosperity. Now, over the next 3 days, the 34 
democratically elected leaders of our hemisphere will gather to begin to 
seize this opportunity.
    I convened this Summit of the Americas with three clear goals in 
mind: First, to open new markets and create a free trade area throughout 
our hemisphere; second, to strengthen this remarkable movement to 
democracy; and third, to bring together our nations to improve the 
quality of life for all of our people. If we're successful, the summit 
will lead to more jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for our children and 
for generations to come. We will have launched a new partnership for 
    Today we gather in Miami to mark a quiet revolution and to launch a 
new era, for here in the Americas, as all of us know, nation after 
nation has freed itself from dictatorship and debt and embraced 
democracy and development. When historians look back on our times, they 
will marvel at the speed with which democracy has swept across the 
entire Americas. Consider this: At the time of the last hemispheric 
summit in 1967, 10 countries suffered under authoritarian rule, and 
there were fewer here. But today, 34 of the hemisphere's leaders have 
won their posts through ballots, not bullets.
    This weekend we will welcome leaders like President Aristide of 
Haiti. We have all seen his commitment to reconciliation and the rule of 
law and how it is now moving his people from fear to freedom. And I hope 
I can take a moment of pride to salute the

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brave American men and women in uniform and their partners from around 
the world who helped to restore that democracy and freedom to Haiti. We 
are very proud of them. [Applause]
    Here at the Summit of the Americas, the people of the United States 
will meet a whole new generation of leaders, a generation no longer 
subject to the dictates of military juntas who stifle liberties and loot 
their nation, a generation that has proved in Central America that 
bloody regional conflicts can be peacefully concluded through 
negotiation and reform and reconciliation, a generation which has 
pledged to support democracy collectively wherever it is imperiled in 
this hemisphere. That's a commitment no other region in the world has 
    These leaders are here in Miami because they have tapped what Simon 
Bolivar, the Liberator of Latin America, called ``the most sacred 
spring,'' ``the will of the people.'' Today, just a day before the 
anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human 
Rights, we honor them, all of them. And we must also honor the brave men 
and women who dedicated themselves to the cause of freedom and liberty 
and who today lie all across this hemisphere in unmarked graves. This 
summit is also a tribute to their astonishing sacrifice. And it is their 
triumph as well.
    Only one nation in our hemisphere is not represented here. It's the 
only one where democracy is still denied. We support the Cuban people's 
desire for peaceful, democratic change, and we hope that the next time 
we have one of these summits and the people of all the Western 
Hemisphere send their leaders here, a leader of a democratic Cuba will 
take its place at the table of nations. [Applause] Thank you.
    The wave of political freedom that has swept across the Americas has 
also been matched by unprecedented economic reform. In these times of 
very great stress, farsighted leaders in nation after nation have 
adopted sound policies to tame inflation, to restore economic growth. 
They've cut tariffs, stabilized currencies, opened their economies to 
foreign investment. They have worked together to shrink mountains of 
debt. They've privatized; they've decentralized.
    Argentina has cut its central government by 60 percent in 4 years. 
Bolivia has given back to local communities more responsibility for 
health, for education, for agriculture. Brazil has slashed its inflation 
rate. The so-called lost decade in Latin America is a fading memory. 
These reforms are working wonders. Investment is growing. The middle 
class is again on the rise. The Western Hemisphere now boasts the second 
fastest growing economies in the world. And if current trends continue, 
within just a decade our hemisphere will be the biggest market in the 
world, more than 850 million consumers buying $3 trillion worth of goods 
and services. These are remarkable, hopeful times.
    Here in the United States, we, too, have developed a comprehensive 
economic strategy to reap the rewards of this moment. We had a lot of 
work to do just to put our economic house in order. We've made deep cuts 
in our deficit, in Federal spending, in the size of the Federal 
Government. For the first time since Harry Truman was President, this 
year we will have 3 years of reduction in our deficit in a row. We are 
already taking our Federal Government down to its smallest size since 
John Kennedy was President. We have made major steps toward deregulation 
in banking and trucking and deregulating the States in the areas of 
welfare, health, and education. And we have just begun to move in this 
    Our country has produced over 5 million new jobs in the last 22 
months. We've got the lowest unemployment rate in 4 years and have been 
voted by the annual panel of international economists as the world's 
most productive economy for the first time in 9 years. But the thing 
that gives me the most hope, after all the years--nearly two decades--in 
America of American families working longer workweeks for stagnant wages 
and more fragile benefits, is that this year more high-wage jobs have 
come into our economy than in the previous 5 years combined. We hope 
that we are seeing the beginning of the end of a 20-year trend in 
stagnant wages, and the beginning of the restoration of the American 
dream by reaching out to the world and into our hearts.
    Still, we know that millions of Americans have not felt this 
economic recovery. Millions

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of Americans are still working harder for less and feeling very 
uncertain, even as they read all the good statistics in the newspaper. 
We have a lot of work to do. But the truth is that the United States has 
never been in a stronger economic position to compete and win in the 
    We're also taking bold steps to open new markets and to make the 
global economy work for our people. For 40 years, our markets have been 
more open than those of any other nations. We led the restoration of 
economic hope and opportunity after the Second World War. But now that 
competition is everywhere and productivity is growing and the lessons of 
management, technology, and investment are readily apparent to 
hardworking people all across the world, we cannot allow that to 
continue. We simply must be able to export more of our goods and our 
services if we are going to create more high-wage jobs.
    Just a year ago yesterday, I signed into law NAFTA, the North 
American Free Trade Agreement. You can clap for that. [Applause] When 
Congress voted for NAFTA, that event committed the United States to 
continuing leadership and engagement in the post-cold-war world. It 
marked a new era in world trade relations for America, and it gave birth 
to this summit, which could not have occurred if that hadn't happened.
    In the first 9 months of this year, our exports to Mexico jumped 22 
percent. Increased exports to Mexico and Canada have helped us to create 
more than 100,000 new jobs in America in this year alone. Auto exports 
to Mexico are up 500 percent. And I might say, Mexican exports to the 
United States are also up. It's been a good deal for us, a good deal for 
them. There has been no ``giant sucking sound,'' except for American 
goods going across the border.
    Last month in Indonesia, we agreed with 17 other Asian-Pacific 
nations, including Mexico and Chile, two countries represented here, to 
achieve free trade in the Asian-Pacific region by the year 2020. The 
tariffs will begin to fall and give us new access to new markets in the 
fastest growing economies of the world far before then.

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