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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 21, 1997
Volume 33--Number 16
Pages 515-550

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Addresses and Remarks

    Apparel industry partnership--518
    National Teacher of the Year award ceremony--538
    Newseum, opening--537
    New York
            Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee luncheon--524
            Kick Butts Day--521
        Queens, Jackie Robinson commemoration
            Major League baseball integration, 50th anniversary--529
            Robinson family members, meeting--527
    Radio address--517
    White House Conference on Early Childhood Development and Learning--

Communications to Congress

    Generalized System of Preferences, message--521

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Expanded family and medical leave policies, memorandum--516
    Improving the quality of child care in the United States, 

Executive Orders

    Increasing Seat Belt Use in the United States--530

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in Queens, NY--527

    Interview with Chris Berman of ESPN--528

    News conference, April 18 (No. 141)--542


    Education and Sharing Day, U.S.A.--536
    National Crime Victims' Rights Week--526
    National Day of Prayer--547
    National Service and Volunteer Week--515
    To Modify Application of Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized 
        System of Preferences--520

Statements by the President

    Chemical Weapons Convention, Senate decision to bring to a vote--536
    Death of Chaim Herzog--536
    Saudi Arabia, fire in Mina--527
    Violent crime statistics, decline--518

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--550
    Checklist of White House press releases--549
    Digest of other White House announcements--548
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--549


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Monday, April 21, 1997
Volume 33--Number 16
Pages 515-550
Week Ending Friday, April 18, 1997
Proclamation 6986--National Service and Volunteer Week, 1997

April 11, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Citizen service is a vital force in American life, helping to build 
a stronger sense of community and citizenship and engaging Americans to 
meet the obligations we all share. Whether tutoring children, mentoring 
teens, renovating housing, restoring public parks, responding to natural 
disasters, or caring for aging parents and grandparents, those who serve 
and volunteer are strengthening our communities for America's future.
    The era of big government may be over, but the era of big challenges 
for our Nation is surely not. Citizen service reflects one of the most 
basic convictions of our democracy: that we are all responsible for one 
another. It is a very American idea that we meet our challenges not 
through big government or as isolated individuals, but as members of a 
true community, with all of us working together.
    Americans can take pride in knowing that our tradition of service is 
being preserved and expanded. As we recognize the devoted service of our 
Nation's citizens, we must continue to foster the spirit of 
volunteerism, making service the common expectation and experience of 
every American. Working together, we can respond to our shared problems 
and build a better future for the generations to come.
    National Service and Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate the 
American spirit of service and volunteerism and a time to encourage 
citizens to use their individual talents to serve the common good. 
During this week and throughout the year, let us salute all those who 
devote their time, their talents, and their energy to improving our 
communities--through organizations like Ameri- Corps and other programs 
within the Corporation for National Service; the Points of Light 
Foundation; Learn and Serve America; the National Senior Service Corps; 
and thousands of other voluntary, civic, religious, and neighborhood 
    Later this month, at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, we will 
convene an historic Presidents' Summit on Service. I will be joined 
there by every living former president, or his representative, and other 
prominent Americans as we take specific steps to serve our children and 
to rebuild our communities. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a 
renewed national sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, a new season 
of service.
    I hope that the many related activities in the days leading up to 
this important event will make all Americans think about our shared 
responsibility for one another. Citizen service can take many shapes--it 
can mean joining AmeriCorps as a high school student, volunteering 
nights or on weekends in a religious group or neighborhood association, 
or devoting years of one's life to service in the Peace Corps or in the 
Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim the week 
of April 13 through April 19, 1997, as National Service and Volunteer 
Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate 
programs, ceremonies, and activities to express appreciation for all 
those who serve and to encourage others to continue the American legacy 
of service.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of 
April, 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

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[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:17 a.m., April 14, 

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on April 12, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
April 15.

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Monday, April 21, 1997
Volume 33--Number 16
Pages 515-550
Week Ending Friday, April 18, 1997
Memorandum on Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policies

April 11, 1997

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

Subject: Expanded Family and Medical Leave Policies

    I have strongly supported meeting Federal employees' family and 
medical leave needs through enactment of the Family and Medical Leave 
Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the Federal Employees Family Friendly Leave Act 
of 1994 (FEFFLA). However, Federal employees often have important family 
and medical needs that do not qualify for unpaid leave under the FMLA or 
sick leave under the FEFFLA. I ask you to take immediate action to 
assist Federal workers further in balancing the demands of work and 
    Last year I proposed to expand the Family and Medical Leave Act of 
1993. My legislation would allow Federal and eligible private sector 
workers 24 hours of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to fulfill 
certain family obligations. Under the legislation, employees could use 
unpaid leave to participate in school activities directly related to the 
educational advancement of a child, including early childhood education 
activities; accompany children to routine medical and dental 
examinations; and tend to the needs of older relatives.
    In furtherance of my proposed policy, I ask that you take immediate 
action within existing statutory authorities to ensure that Federal 
employees may schedule and be granted up to 24 hours of leave without 
pay each year for the following activities:
      (1) School and Early Childhood Educational Activities--to allow 
      employees to participate in school activities directly related to 
      the educational advancement of a child. This would include parent-
      teacher conferences or meetings with child-care providers, 
      interviewing for a new school or child-care facility, or 
      participating in volunteer activities supporting the child's 
      educational advancement. In this memorandum, ``school'' refers to 
      an elementary school, secondary school, Head Start program, or a 
      child-care facility.
      (2) Routine Family Medical Purposes--to allow parents to accompany 
      children to routine medical or dental appointments, such as annual 
      checkups or vaccinations. Although these activities are not 
      currently covered by the FMLA, the FEFFLA does permit employees to 
      use up to 13 days of sick leave each year for such purposes. 
      Agencies should assure that employees are able to use up to 24 
      hours of leave without pay each year for these purposes in cases 
      when no additional sick leave is available to employees.
      (3) Elderly Relatives' Health or Care Needs--to allow employees to 
      accompany an elderly relative to routine medical or dental 
      appointments or other professional services related to the care of 
      the elderly relative, such as making arrangements for housing, 
      meals, phones, banking services, and other similar activities. 
      Although Federal employees can use unpaid leave or sick leave for 
      certain of these activities under the FMLA or FEFFLA, such as 
      caring for a parent with a serious health condition, agencies 
      should ensure employees can use up to 24 hours of unpaid time off 
      each year for this broader range of activities related to elderly 
      relatives' health or care needs.
    This new policy will assure that Federal employees can schedule and 
receive up to 24 hours away from the job each year for these family and 
medical circumstances. I also urge you to accommodate these employee 
needs as mission requirements permit, even when it is not possible for 
employees to anticipate or schedule leave in advance for these purposes. 
In addition, I ask that you support employees' requests to schedule paid 
time off--such as annual leave, compensatory time off, and credit hours 
under flexible work schedules--for these family activities when such 
leave is available to these em

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ployees. The Office of Personnel Management shall provide guidance to 
you on the implementation of this memorandum.
    I encourage you to use a partnership approach with your employees 

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