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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, November 20, 2000
Volume 36--Number 46
Pages 2819-2898

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Weekly Compilation of



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 Addresses and Remarks

    Brunei, APEC Business Advisory Committee in Bandar Seri Begawan--
    Internet address--2857
    Radio address--2858
         American Embassy community in Hanoi--2892
         State dinner in Hanoi--2894
         Vietnam National University in Hanoi--2887
    Virginia, Veterans Day ceremony in Arlington--2859
    White House bicentennial dinner--2852
    World War II Memorial, groundbreaking ceremony--2862

 Bill Signings

    Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act of 2000, statement--
    Energy Act of 2000, statements--2832, 2833
    Export Administration Act of 1979, statement on reauthorization--
    Frederick Douglass memorial and gardens, statement on legislation to 
    FSC Repeal and Extraterritorial Income Exclusion Act of 2000, 
    National Birmingham Pledge Week, statement on establishment--2891
    National Marine Sanctuaries Amendments Act of 2000, statements--
        2866, 2867

 Bill Signings--Continued

    Older Americans Act Amendments of 2000, statement--2864
    Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000, statement--2834

 Communications to Congress

    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, letter on application to join the 
        Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe--2855
    Iran, letters on national emergency--2841
    Weapons of mass destruction, letter reporting on proliferation--2842

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Japanese-American internment sites, memorandum on preservation--2840

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei--2874, 
        2875, 2884
         Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo--2827
         Maria Salinas of Univision--2819
         Terence Hunt and Walter M. Mears of the Associated Press--2876

Joint Statements

    United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement--2885
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was in Hanoi, Vietnam, on November 17, 
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

    Brunei, Prince Qawi--2869
    China, President Jiang--2884
    Japan, Prime Minister Mori--2884
    Russia, President Putin--2874
    Singapore, Prime Minister Goh--2885
    South Korea, President Kim--2875
    Vietnam, President Luong--2894


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction--
    Continuation of Iran Emergency--2841


    America Recycles Day--2883
    Boundary Enlargement of the Craters of the Moon National Monument--
    International Education Week--2868
    National Great American Smokeout Day--2886
    Vermilion Cliffs National Monument--2838
    Veterans Day--2856

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Convention To Combat Desertification--2875
    Craters of the Moon National Monument, enlargement--2835
         Hosea Williams--2892
         Leah Rabin--2864
    National Japanese-American Memorial, dedication--2834
    Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, establishment--2835

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--2896
     Checklist of White House press releases--2896
     Digest of other White House announcements--2895
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--2895

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Monday, November 20, 2000
Volume 36--Number 46
Pages 2819-2898
Week Ending Friday, November 17, 2000
Interview With Maria Salinas of Univision

October 30, 2000

Budget Negotiations

    Ms. Salinas. Okay, let's start talking exactly about what's 
happening now on Capitol Hill. Of course, you're in the middle of a very 
bitter battle with Congress on the remaining legislation that you want 
passed, but Republicans are blaming you and accusing you of not wanting 
to negotiate. Are you willing to compromise with them on certain issues?
    The President. Of course, but let's look at the facts here. We 
signed--I have signed all but two of the appropriations bills they have 
passed. There's only two appropriations bills left and one bill dealing 
with taxes and restoring funds to the health care system.
    Now, in every case where we have negotiated in good faith, we have 
reached compromise, and I have signed a bill. I signed a bill the other 
day which had the biggest increase in the history of the country for 
land preservation; another bill which provided almost 80,000 vouchers 
for people to move from welfare to work and have housing vouchers; 
another bill which provided real improvements in veterans' health care 
    So we've had lots and lots of bills that resolved longstanding 
differences in a principled, compromised way. The only difference is 
that the ones that are outstanding that they're blaming me for, instead 
of negotiating, they basically walked out of the room, left the 
Democrats in the White House there. They came up with their own bill. 
They said, ``This is the best we can do. Take it or leave it.'' Now, 
that's not a negotiation. And that's a matter of fact. No one disputes 
    So I'm prepared to negotiate with them but not to let them run over 
me. That's one of the big things the voters have to think about in this 
election year, is whether they really want the Republican leadership in 
control of Congress and then someone in the White House of the same 
party that allows them to do this sort of thing without any kind of 
restraint, because they would--the leadership is to the right of their 
own constituency.
    We were just talking before the interview started that at 2:30 in 
the morning, this morning, we had reached an agreement on an education 
bill that also involves the Labor Department, that would constitute the 
biggest increase in education in history. We'd double the number of kids 
in after-school programs. We would have a lot more teachers to make 
classes small in the early grades. We put a lot more money into teacher 
quality. We'd do more for repairing schools that are overcrowded or 
crumbling. We would provide more funds to identify and then turn around 
failing schools. It's a hugely important bill.
    And it contains some important compromises between labor and 
business on labor issues, including a bill to protect workers who suffer 
from stress-related injuries on the job--physical stress, I mean. So the 
Republicans shook hands on it, and then they went back to their leaders, 
and they said, ``No, our lobbyists won't like this,'' so they wrecked 
the deal. Now, that's not a failure of bipartisanship; that's a failure 
of leadership on their side.
    Every bill where we've negotiated, we've gotten an agreement. The 
only bills where we're at loggerheads now are this one, where the 
leaders overrule their own negotiators, and the other two, where they 
won't negotiate with us. And there's a lot in there: immigrant fairness, 
minimum wage increase, the new markets legislation to give people 
incentives to invest in the poor areas of America that have been left 
behind. There's a lot of important work still to be done.

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``Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act''

    Ms. Salinas. I want to talk about that one bill--the Latino 
immigration, and it's the ``Latino and Immigrant Fairness Act.'' It's 
definitely one of the major barriers in getting the budget bill passed. 
How far are you willing to go to get this legislation passed?
    The President. Quite far. We've made some headway. They have 
allowed, for example, the relatives of people who are already in this 
country legally to come to this country after a certain amount of time 
if their naturalization process has not been completed. I think that's 
quite good.
    But so far, the Congress has not been willing to treat immigrants 
from Honduras or Guatemala or El Salvador the same way they treated 
immigrants from Nicaragua and Cuba. And I just don't think there's any 
difference there. I think if you fled a violent political atmosphere in 
your home country, it shouldn't matter what the nature of the regime 
was, as long as it was a regime that violated the rule of law and human 
rights and put people in danger.
    So I feel very strongly that they should all be treated the same. 
And that also affects people from Haiti, people from Liberia, as well as 
the Latinos from Central America. I think it's very important that we 
treat them fairly, and I'll keep working at it until--we'll make as much 
progress as we can. I feel very, very strongly about this. I can't 
imagine why--how the Republicans could justify treating the Cubans and 
the Nicaraguans different from the Hondurans and the Guatemalans and the 
    Ms. Salinas. What part of the immigration bill are you willing to 
compromise on if you're faced with a Government shutdown?
    The President. Well, I don't think they'll ever shut the Government 
down again. And I think the real issue is whether we can get this whole 
bill in return for other compromises in this appropriations bill. It's 
called the Commerce/State/Justice appropriations bill. The negotiations 
are complicated. They cover a lot of different factors, and all I can 
tell you is, I'm going to drive the hardest bargain I can on this, 
because I just feel very strongly about it.
    Now, we may or may not be able to get it all, but I am certainly 
prepared to fight very hard. I just don't think you can justify treating 
one group of immigrants that have been here legally--they're working; 
they're paying taxes; they're making a contribution to our country; no 
one questions that they came here legally. How in the world we could 
disrupt families and send some of them home or not legalize their 
position here, when we've done exactly the same thing for people from 
other countries, is just beyond me. I just don't think it can be 
    Ms. Salinas. Do you support amnesty, in theory?

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