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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 20, 2000 Volume 36--Number 46 Pages 2819-2898 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Brunei, APEC Business Advisory Committee in Bandar Seri Begawan-- 2869 Internet address--2857 Radio address--2858 Vietnam 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-- 2867 Energy Act of 2000, statements--2832, 2833 Export Administration Act of 1979, statement on reauthorization-- 2865 Frederick Douglass memorial and gardens, statement on legislation to establish--2892 FSC Repeal and Extraterritorial Income Exclusion Act of 2000, statement--2885 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 Interviews 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. 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. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Notices Continuation of Emergency Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction-- 2842 Continuation of Iran Emergency--2841 Proclamations America Recycles Day--2883 Boundary Enlargement of the Craters of the Moon National Monument-- 2835 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 Deaths 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 [[Page 2819]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2819-2826] 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 programs. 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 that. 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. [[Page 2820]] ``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 Salvadorans. 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 justified. Ms. Salinas. Do you support amnesty, in theory?
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