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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, June 19, 2000 Volume 36--Number 24 Pages 1331-1383 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Death of President Hafiz al-Asad of Syria--13371 Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, reception--1360 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Hispanic Caucus reception--1358 Gun laws, funding for enforcement--1362 Mayor Anthony A. Williams of the District of Columbia, reception-- 1371 Medicare prescription drug coverage--1354, 1362 Middle East peace process--1366 Millennium Matinee at the White House--1347 Minnesota Arrival in Minneapolis--1337 Carleton College, commencement in Northfield--1334 Democratic National Committee luncheon in Minneapolis--1338 New Leadership Network reception in Minneapolis--1343 New York City Abigail Adams Elementary School--1378 ``VH1 Save The Music Today'' campaign--1376 Patients' Bill of Rights--1354 Radio address--1333 Addresses and Remarks--Continued Senator Christopher J. Dodd, remarks honoring--1352 U.S. Dream Academy participants--1369 White House Strategy Session on Improving Hispanic Student Achievement--1366 Communications to Congress Bankruptcy reform legislation, letter--1332 Export Administration Act of 1979, message transmitting report on national emergency with respect to the lapse--1366 Weapons of mass destruction, message transmitting report on proliferation--1366 Wekiva River and tributaries in Florida, message transmitting report--1357 Communications to Federal Agencies Actions To Further Improve the Management of Federal Human Resources, memorandum--1346 New Era of Ocean Exploration, memorandum--1350 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Minneapolis, MN--1337 Oval Office--1366 Roosevelt Room--1362 Interview with Matt Lauer of NBC's ``Today Show'' in New York City-- 1373 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in New York City on June 16, the closing date of this issue. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--1366 Proclamations Father's Day--1380 Flag Day and National Flag Week--1331 225th Anniversary of the United States Army--1357 Statements by the President Deaths Frank Patterson--1351 President Hafiz al-Asad of Syria--1338 House of Representatives action Electronic signatures legislation--1365 Estate tax legislation--1331 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations legislation--1365 Statements by the President--Continued Korean summit--1369 Nazi slave and forced labor, agreement for redress to victims--1352 Senate action Electronic signatures legislation--1380 National blood alcohol content standard to combat drunk driving--1356, 1369 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1383 Checklist of White House press releases--1383 Digest of other White House announcements--1381 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1382 [[Page 1331]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1331] Monday, June 19, 2000 Volume 36--Number 24 Pages 1331-1383 Week Ending Friday, June 16, 2000 Statement on House of Representatives Action on the Estate Tax Legislation June 9, 2000 The House has jeopardized our fiscal discipline by passing a costly, irresponsible, and regressive plan to eliminate the estate tax. If this bill were presented to me in its current form, I would veto it without hesitation. Repealing the estate tax would undermine our record of fiscal discipline as well as the progressivity, fairness, and integrity of the tax system. The cost of this bill explodes from $100 billion this decade to over $750 billion in the following decade, just as the baby boom generation is retiring and Medicare and Social Security are coming under strain. This bill gives the largest estates a windfall while steering only a tiny fraction of the benefits to small businesses and family farms. By the end of the decade, the bill would provide a $50 billion tax break that would provide only 54,000 estates--about 2 percent of all decedents--with an average tax cut of $800,000. Furthermore, studies by economists have found that repealing the estate tax would reduce charitable donations by $5 billion to $6 billion per year. I am supportive of targeted, fiscally responsible legislation, such as the Democratic alternative, to make the estate tax fairer, simpler, and more efficient. I urge the congressional leadership to work with me to relieve the burden of estate taxes for small businesses and family farms in a fiscally responsible manner this year. We can do this while strengthening Social Security and Medicare, investing in key priorities, and paying down the debt by 2013. 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 1331-1332] Monday, June 19, 2000 Volume 36--Number 24 Pages 1331-1383 Week Ending Friday, June 16, 2000 Proclamation 7321--Flag Day and National Flag Week, 2000 June 9, 2000 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Our long national journey has brought the United States safely to a new century and to a position of unprecedented leadership in the world. Throughout that journey, one symbol has endured as a badge of honor for every American and a beacon of hope for the oppressed: the flag of the United States. For more than two centuries, ``Old Glory'' has challenged us to make real the highest ideals of the patriots and visionaries who chose it as our national symbol in the early days of our Republic. The flag of the United States has inspired us in battle, reassured us in times of peace, and comforted us at moments of great national grief. In its white stripes, we recognize the sanctity of the American ideals on which our Republic was founded: liberty, justice, equality, and the guarantee of individual rights. In its red stripes, we salute the generations of American patriots who have shed their blood to keep our flag flying over a free Nation. And in the cluster of white stars on an unchanging blue field, we read the story of America's remarkable evolution from 13 small colonies to 50 great States, with millions of citizens from every race, creed, and country united by the hopes and history we share as Americans. To commemorate the adoption of our flag, the Congress, by joint resolution approved August 3, 1949 (63 Stat. 492), designated June 14 of each year as ``Flag Day'' and requested the President to issue an annual proclamation calling for a national observance and for the display of the flag of the United States on all Federal Government [[Page 1332]] buildings. In a second joint resolution approved June 9, 1966 (80 Stat. 194), the Congress requested the President also to issue annually a proclamation designating the week during which June 14 falls as ``National Flag Week'' and calling upon all citizens of the United States to display the flag during that week. Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2000, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 11, 2000, as National Flag Week. I direct the appropriate officials to display the flag on all Federal Government buildings during that week, and I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by flying the Stars and Stripes from their homes and other suitable places. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe with pride and all due ceremony those days from Flag Day through Independence Day, also set aside by the Congress (89 Stat. 211), as a time to honor our Nation, to celebrate our heritage in public gatherings and activities, and to recite publicly the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
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