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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, February 21, 2000
Volume 36--Number 7
Pages 291-341

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Funding to make more livable communities, radio remarks--307
    Georgia, tornado damage--294
    Internet security--308
    League of United Latin American Citizens' Lifetime Achievement 
    National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education 
        leadership banquet--328
    National Summit on Africa--332
    Radio address--292

Communications to Congress

    Digital computer exports, letter transmitting report--310
    Steel wire rod imports, letter transmitting documentation--328

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Economic Community of West African States, memorandum on 
    Steel wire rod imports, memorandum--326

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--308
    Interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN.com--299

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

    News conference, February 16 (No. 186)--311

Letters and Messages

    Presidents' Day, message--339


    National Consumer Protection Week--291
    To Facilitate Positive Adjustment to Competition From Imports of 
        Certain Steel Wire Rod--324

Statements by the President

    Budget surplus, third consecutive--339
    Death of Charles M. Schulz, Jr.--293
    Northern Ireland peace process--291
    Sudan, school bombing--308

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--341
    Checklist of White House press releases--340
    Digest of other White House announcements--339
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--340

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Monday, February 21, 2000
Volume 36--Number 7
Pages 291-341
Week Ending Friday, February 18, 2000
Statement on Action in the Northern Ireland Peace Process

February 11, 2000

    The Good Friday accord, made possible by the courage of leaders from 
both of Northern Ireland's communities, responded to the people's 
overwhelming desire for peace. It has been sustained by those leaders 
making the tough decisions necessary to keep the process moving forward. 
I regret that the IRA did not give the de Chastelain Commission a more 
timely commitment on arms decommissioning to maintain the momentum 
toward full implementation of the accord--a commitment which reflects 
the wishes of the vast majority of people both in Ireland and in 
Northern Ireland.
    At the same time, we have seen real progress in the past few days. 
This progress is reflected in the most recent report from the de 
Chastelain Commission, which states that the commitment made by the 
IRA's representative ``holds out the real prospect of an agreement which 
would enable [the Commission] to fulfill the substance of its mandate.'' 
I urge all the parties to build on that progress, remain engaged, and 
carry through on their responsibilities to work together to achieve the 
full implementation of the Good Friday accord.

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Monday, February 21, 2000
Volume 36--Number 7
Pages 291-341
Week Ending Friday, February 18, 2000
Proclamation 7272--National Consumer Protection Week, 2000

February 11, 2000

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Americans have long enjoyed shopping from the comfort of their 
homes. Door-to-door sales and mail-order catalogs have given consumers 
the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of products while saving 
precious time for family and personal interests. As we move into the 
digital age, the Internet and other information technologies have made 
electronic commerce possible, and on-line shopping is opening doors for 
consumers, established retailers, and small entrepreneurs across the 
Nation. With these opportunities, however, come certain risks for home 
shoppers. Advances in telecommunications and marketing technology bring 
new opportunities for unfair, deceptive, or fraudulent practices that 
target consumers where they live. It is now easier than ever for 
perpetrators of fraud to reach shoppers in their homes; consequently, it 
is more important than ever that consumers know their rights, understand 
the risks, and know to whom they can turn for recourse.
    While there are risks to home shopping, including unwanted 
solicitations, ill-advised purchases, and failure to deliver items 
purchased, consumers can protect themselves against these dangers by 
taking basic, commonsense precautions. Home shoppers should ascertain 
the seller's location and reputation; give out personal information only 
if they know who is collecting it, why it is being collected, and how it 
will be used; and report problems that they cannot resolve with the 
    In order to protect consumers, the Federal Trade Commission, the 
Department of Justice, the Consumer Federation of America, the American 
Association of Retired Persons, the National Association of Consumer 
Agency Administrators, and the National Association of Attorneys General 
have joined forces to inform Americans about their rights as home 
shoppers, about merchant responsibilities, and about how to enjoy safely 
the benefits of shopping from home. This information is available in 
writing, by telephone, and on-line, helping to educate consumers about

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such issues as how to stop unwanted telemarketing or mail-order 
solicitations and when to provide private information to an on-line 
    I encourage all Americans to take advantage of this opportunity to 
learn more about safe shopping from home. By becoming wise and well-
informed consumers, we can reduce the incidence of fraud and deception 
in the marketplace.
    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 the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim 
February 14 through February 20, 2000, as National Consumer Protection 
Week. I call upon government officials, industry leaders, consumer 
advocates, and the American people to participate in programs promoting 
safe and reliable shopping from home and to raise public awareness about 
the dangers of deceptive and fraudulent practices targeting home 
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this eleventh day of 
February, in the year of our Lord two thousand, and of the Independence 
of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-fourth.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., February 15, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
February 16. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Monday, February 21, 2000
Volume 36--Number 7
Pages 291-341
Week Ending Friday, February 18, 2000
The President's Radio Address

February 12, 2000

    Good morning. Today I want to speak with you about the important 
steps we're taking to reach one of our Nation's highest goals, helping 
all our people to succeed at work and in the most important work of all: 
caring for their children.
    For 7 years now, this administration has taken action to give 
families more of the tools they need to balance the difficult demands of 
work and home. We've helped to make child care better, safer, and more 
affordable for millions of families. We've greatly expanded preschool 
and after-school programs. We've fought to give generous tax credits to 
help the growing numbers of families who provide care for aging or 
ailing loved ones at home.
    This month we're celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Family 
and Medical Leave Act, the very first bill I was privileged to sign as 
President. That bill was the product of years of hard work by a large 
coalition of caring leaders, many of whom have joined me here today. 
They should be very proud of their efforts.
    The family and medical leave law has now given more than 20 million 
Americans the opportunity to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care 
for a newborn child or a sick relative or attend to their own serious 
health needs--without fear of losing their jobs.
Everywhere I go, people come up to me and tell me how much this law has 
meant to their lives. I've heard people say that the time they were able 
to take off to be by their dad's side in the hospital or bond with a new 
daughter at home was the most important time they've ever spent.
    Not only has the law been a godsend for families, it's also been 
good for business. Nearly 85 percent of businesses reported that 
complying with the law required no extra cost. In fact, in many cases it 
has actually helped save them money by cutting down on turnover and 
reducing the expense of training new workers.

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