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Monday, May 19, 1997
Volume 33--Number 20
Pages 695-724

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Addresses and Remarks

        Central and South America, radio address--698
        Reception for Caribbean leaders in Bridgetown--695
        Welcoming ceremony with Caribbean leaders in Bridgetown--698
    Budget agreement--716
    NATO-Russia Founding Act--708
    Peace officers memorial ceremony--714
    Radio address--696
    Tuskegee Experiment, apology--718

Communications to Congress

    Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty Flank Document, 
    Iran, message--706
    National Security Strategy, message transmitting report--71

Executive Orders

    Further Amendment to Executive Order 12975, Extension of the 
        National Bioethics Advisory Commission--721

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters in the Rose Garden--708, 716
    News conference with Caribbean leaders in Bridgetown, Barbados, May 
        10 (No. 145)--699

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Barbados, Prime Minister Arthur--695, 699
    Haiti, President Preval--695
    Jamaica, Prime Minister Patterson--699


    National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation 
    National Safe Boating Week--711

Statements by the President

    ``Individuals With Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997,'' 
        House passage--706
    Northern Ireland peace process, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's 
    Proliferation of nuclear weapons, strengthening international 
        nuclear safeguards--721

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--724
    Checklist of White House press releases--723
    Digest of other White House announcements--722
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--722


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Volume 33--Number 20
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Week Ending Friday, May 16, 1997
Remarks at a Reception for Caribbean Leaders in Bridgetown, Barbados

May 9, 1997

    Governor General, Madam, Prime Minister and Mrs. Arthur, leaders of 
the Caribbean, distinguished guests. First I'd like to thank our hosts 
for their hospitality and the weather. [Laughter] And I'd like to thank 
all of you for agreeing to join in this meeting here in beautiful 
    I'm deeply honored to be the first American President to hold a 
summit with Caribbean heads of government here in the Caribbean. But it 
is high time--America, after all, is a Caribbean nation. Puerto Rico and 
the American Virgin Islands lie in the heart of this region. The bonds 
of commerce among us and the bonds binding our people are strong.
    Today, millions of my fellow Americans trace proud roots to the 
Caribbean. These people have enriched and strengthened the United 
States. We can all be proud that our leadership as a Caribbean 
community, supported by nations around the world, along with the 
determination of the Haitian people, have given Haiti another chance to 
build a democratic future. And we are delighted to have President Preval 
with us here tonight.
    The last time we met as a group was in the White House 3\1/2\ years 
ago on the eve of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. This hopeful 
moment gives us another chance to meet together and work together. It 
demands that we work together because there are great forces of change 
sweeping our world and our region. We must harness them to our benefit. 
We must meet the host of new challenges before us. And frankly, none of 
us can make the most of the opportunities or deal with the dangers 
    That's what our meeting tomorrow is all about. We need to ensure 
that the galloping global economy does not trample small economies or 
leave them behind. We must ensure that economic growth and environmental 
protection go forward hand in hand. We must band together to defeat the 
criminal syndicates and drug traffickers that prey on open societies and 
put our children and our very social fabric at risk.
    No nation is so strong that it needs no help from its friends, and 
none is too small to make a real difference. Together we must build a 
new partnership for prosperity and security in the Caribbean, based on 
our common values, aimed at our common dreams. I look forward to the 
work we will do tomorrow and even more to the days of closer and more 
productive partnership ahead.
    Thank you. And thank you for welcoming Hillary and me tonight. Thank 
you very much.

Note: The President spoke at 9:10 p.m. at the Government House. In his 
remarks, he referred to Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands and his 
wife, Lady Husbands; Prime Minister Owen Arthur of Barbados and his 
wife, Beverley; and President Rene Preval of Haiti. This item was not 
received in time for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Volume 33--Number 20
Pages 695-724
Week Ending Friday, May 16, 1997
Proclamation 7002--National Defense Transportation Day and National 
Transportation Week, 1997

May 9, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    The United States has the finest, safest transportation system in 
the world--superior highways and waterways, railroads, pipelines, and 
airports. This system unites a diverse Nation, provides economic 
opportunity, and enhances our quality of life by giving our citizens 
almost unrestricted mobility.
    As we approach the 21st century, we must maintain the strength and 
reliability of this

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transportation system. The globalization of our economy demands more 
efficient shipping if we are to remain competitive. The growth in 
passenger traffic spurred by an expanding economy requires new and 
better ways of enabling people to travel safely and conveniently. In an 
unpredictable world, our transportation system must be able to quickly 
move military and other equipment, humanitarian supplies, and people to 
meet the demands of emergencies and natural disasters throughout the 
    All levels of government and industry are working together to ensure 
that our transportation system will continue to meet these challenges in 
the years to come. We must also continue to address the need for a 
cleaner environment and for sustainable communities, and we must ensure 
that transportation is available for people with special needs. This 
effort will require new technologies, advanced materials, improved 
operating practices and logistical systems, and other innovations.
    We must also strive to educate our youth in technology and 
transportation issues. The Department of Transportation has launched the 
Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program to 
pursue this important goal through math, science, and technology 
literacy programs, private-public education partnerships, and other 
initiatives. An African American, Garrett Morgan invented the traffic 
signal and is recognized as the father of our safe transportation 
technology program. He served as a model of public service and as a 
catalyst to enhance transportation education at all levels.
    This week, Americans honor the men and women who, like Garrett 
Morgan, have done and are doing so much to design, build, operate, and 
ensure the safety of our transportation system. We salute them for their 
contributions to our Nation and for helping to ensure that our 
transportation system remains the best in the world.
    In recognition of the millions of Americans who work every day to 
meet our transportation needs, the Congress, by joint resolution 
approved May 16, 1957 (36 U.S.C. 160), has designated the third Friday 
in May of each year as ``National Defense Transportation Day'' and, by 
joint resolution approved May 14, 1962 (36 U.S.C. 166), declared that 
the week in which that Friday falls be designated ``National 
Transportation Week.''
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim Friday, May 16, 1997, as National 
Defense Transportation Day and May 11 through May 17, 1997, as National 
Transportation Week. I urge all Americans to observe these occasions 
with appropriate ceremonies and activities, giving due recognition to 
the individuals and organizations that build, operate, safeguard, and 
maintain this country's modern transportation system.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of 
May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, and of 
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and 
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:46 a.m., May 12, 

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on May 10, and it was published in the Federal Register on May 

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Week Ending Friday, May 16, 1997
The President's Radio Address

May 10, 1997

    Good morning. This morning I want to talk about the responsibility 
we share to protect our children from the scourge of violent crime and 
especially from crime committed by other young people. We've all worked 
hard over the last 4\1/2\ years to prepare America for the 21st century, 
with opportunity for all, responsibility from all our citizens, and a 
community that includes all Americans. Because of these efforts, 

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