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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, December 20, 1999 Volume 35--Number 50 Pages 2579-2635 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arkansas Community in West Memphis--2579 Earle High School dedication ceremony in Earle--2586 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Houston, TX-- 2615 Democratic National Committee gay and lesbian luncheon--2625 Florida Representative Alcee Hastings, reception in Fort Lauderdale-- 2598 State Democratic convention in Orlando--2591 Unity reception in Coral Gables--2602, 2607 German action to compensate Nazi regime victims of forced labor-- 2622 Lands legacy initiative--2617 Middle East peace process--2621, 2627 Radio address--2590 Bill Signings Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act, statement--2615 Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, remarks--2618 Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999, remarks--2629 Communications to Congress Burma, letter transmitting report on national emergency--2621 Export Administration Act of 1979, letter transmitting report on continuation of the national emergency--2625 Kosovo International Security Force, letter reporting on the deployment of U.S. military personnel--2623 Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), letter transmitting report on national emergency--2625 Communications to Federal Agencies Arkansas Delta Circuit Rider Pilot Project, memorandum--2584 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters on the South Grounds--2622 Interview with Mark Knoller and Peter Maer of CBS Radio in Orlando, FL--2610 Joint Statements United States-European Union summit Chechnya--2632 Southeast Europe--2632 World Trade Organization--2633 (Continued on the inside of the back cover) Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. 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 iii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders European Union leaders--2632, 2633 Israel, Prime Minister Barak--2621, 2629 Syria, Foreign Minister al-Shara--2621, 2627 Proclamations Bicentennial Commemoration of the Death of George Washington--2616 55th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge--2627 Wright Brothers Day--2628 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, retirement-- 2623 Statements by the President--Continued Panama Canal, transfer to the Republic of Panama--2619 Turkey's European Union candidacy--2598 Year 2000, OMB's report on the Federal Government's readiness--2620 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2635 Checklist of White House press releases--2635 Digest of other White House announcements--2634 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2635 [[Page 2579]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2579-2584] Monday, December 20, 1999 Volume 35--Number 50 Pages 2579-2635 Week Ending Friday, December 17, 1999 Remarks to the Community in West Memphis, Arkansas December 10, 1999 Thank you. Was she great or what? Let's give her another hand. [Applause] She was unbelievable. That's great. Well, to Dr. Glen Fenter and your board chairman, my longtime friend Alex Coulter; and to Sandy and all the students from the college and all the faculty members, thank you. Thank you for being exhibit A for the new economy in eastern Arkansas. Mayor Johnson, Judge Williams, Representative Jones, Representative Steele, I think I speak for all of us when I say we are delighted to be here. I want to thank Lieutenant Governor Rockefeller and the other people from State government who came over to be with us. I thank Secretary Riley for coming down with us; and my longtime friend Carl Whillock, who I'll say a little more about in a minute; and Rodney Slater, who I'll say a little more about in a minute. I also would like to thank this White House staff who have heard me say now 5,000 times, we have to do more for the Delta. My Deputy Chief of Staff, Maria Echaveste; Lynn Cutler; Lisa Kountoupes--it is their job to monitor everything the Federal Government does that might, in their wildest imagination, have a positive effect on Arkansas and the other States in the Delta. And I thank them. But I want to say a special word of thanks to Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln and to Marion Berry, who, long before he was a Congressman, was the farmers' advocate in our administration in Washington, and long before he did that, he used to host all of us at the Gillette coon suppers. [Laughter] That's my ultimate trump card with every Congressman or Senator from every other State in America who tells me they know more about rural America than I do. I say, ``Well, how many coon suppers have you been to?'' [Laughter] I haven't lost an argument in 7 years up there. [Laughter] You have absolutely no idea the amount of time and effort and the passion that these two people have put in to trying to help eastern Arkansas and the Delta. You cannot imagine. They have been magnificent. I deal with Members of Congress from all across America. I deal with people who are really good at what they do. There is nobody--nobody--who has done a better job standing up for the people they represent than Blanche Lambert Lincoln and Marion Berry. I may have a little trouble getting through this speech today. First, I'm a little tired. I talked to Hillary last--about 1 o'clock last night, and we talked three times between 11 and 1. And she was kind of jealous that I was coming down here. And I want you to know she's doing great, and I'm proud of her for what she's doing, and my daughter is doing great. I woke up early this morning and started thinking about what I wanted to say. It's a little harder now. I look out in this crowd, and I know half of you by your first names. There's old Bobby Glover sitting there, gave me the first contribution I got when I ran for attorney general in 1976. You could have stopped this whole thing if you hadn't done that. [Laughter] Mary Louise Poindexter had me to the first revival of the Elaine Christmas parade. I've been colder in Elaine than any public official in the history of America. [Laughter] We know east Arkansas--that's not the royal ``we,'' that's all of our crowd here. And we owe eastern Arkansas. Rodney's roots are here. He did such a good job for you as a highway commissioner and at ASU, and he's been a superb Secretary of Transportation. Carl Whillock was the president of ASU, head of the co-ops. When Marion went home, he came to Washington; he thought somebody ought to stick up for the ordinary farmers in the Department of Agriculture. I see Kevin Smith out there. I've [[Page 2580]] had so many people here. You can't imagine how many people from Arkansas we've got working in Washington. It's sort of a subterranean plot. That's how we stayed in all these years; we had people that showed up and remembered who they were working for. I was thinking about the first time I came to Crittenden County to John Gammon's wild game dinner when they were still meeting in that-- that's before the dinner moved uptown--when they were still meeting in a place that had a tin roof. And the first night, a woman got up, a young woman got up to sing ``If I Can Help Somebody,'' and the darndest rain came up you ever saw. And it was raining on that tin roof and it sounded like a musical background, and she was just beautiful, singing. Ness Sechrest reminded me that the first time I saw him, I had to traipse all the way out to Horseshoe Lake and fish with him and do other sundry things that he thought were necessary to decide whether he should support me or not. [Laughter] He's been making the same mistake for 24 years now. And I came here today to make another installment on the work we've been doing together for two decades. I'm very proud that I signed the bill when I was in my very first term as Governor to create the vo-tech school here. And then in 1991 I signed the bill that enabled you to convert it to a community college. And since I have been President, the enrollment at this college--the stories like Sandy's--the enrollment has increased by tenfold of accredited students--tenfold. And that's something you can be really proud of, and it will make a difference. I was thinking when I was coming over here today, all the time I spent in the eighties when the whole State, the whole country, this part of the country was in trouble economically, trying to get plants to come in here and save the ones that are here. When I got reelected Governor in '82, I remember going up to--I think it was Poinsett County, and they closed the Singer plant for the last time. I stood there and shook hands with 600 people when they walked off the job for the last time. That was right before I got inaugurated Governor the second time. I had this emblazoned memory of all these people leaving their jobs for the last time. I remember going all the way to Japan to try to get the Sanyo people not to close the plant in Forest City, and then working with all the folks in Brinkley and other places to help start this Wal-Mart ``buy American'' campaign, to get them to buy the TV's from Sanyo and shirts from Brinkley and first one thing, then another. I have a vivid memory of what you have been through and the struggles you had and the struggles you continue to have. And we're here to try to fulfill our duty, not only to you but to people like you throughout the country. I'm very grateful that I've had the chance to serve these last 7 years. I'm grateful that we're ending the 20th century on a high note. In February we will have the longest economic expansion in the history of the country--already the longest peacetime expansion. In February it will be longer than the one we had in World War II, when we had to fully mobilize. Since 1993, we've got over 20 million new jobs. We've got the lowest unemployment rate and welfare rolls in 30 years, the lowest poverty rates in 20 years, the lowest African-American unemployment and poverty rates ever recorded since we kept separate figures for about three decades now. We have the lowest unemployment rate for women in 40 years and the lowest poverty rate for single-parent households in 46 years in America. And I'm proud of that. But you couldn't prove it by some places in this country, because there are still people in places that have been totally left out of this remarkable upswing, and that's what we're here to say. All of you know that. Maybe they're too rural. Maybe they're too undereducated. Maybe they're too this, that, or the other thing. Maybe their power is too expensive or the transportation is too distant. I've been across America now, doing what I used to come over here
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