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Monday, June 19, 2000
Volume 36--Number 24
Pages 1331-1383

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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 
    Gun laws, funding for enforcement--1362
    Mayor Anthony A. Williams of the District of Columbia, reception--
    Medicare prescription drug coverage--1354, 1362
    Middle East peace process--1366
    Millennium Matinee at the White House--1347
        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 

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 
    Wekiva River and tributaries in Florida, message transmitting 

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--
(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. 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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Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--1366


    Father's Day--1380
    Flag Day and National Flag Week--1331
    225th Anniversary of the United States Army--1357

Statements by the President

        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 

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

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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 

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 

    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.

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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 
    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

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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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