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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, February 21, 1994
Volume 30--Number 7
Pages 283-327

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    American Association of Retired Persons, Edison, NJ--306
    Brunch with senior citizens--321
    Economic report, signing ceremony--286
    Law enforcement community, London, OH--298
    Radio address--284
    Saudi Arabian aircraft contract--305


    White House Conference on Aging--323

Appointments and Nominations

    Federal Election Commission, Commissioners--304

Bill Signings

    California earthquake relief legislation, remarks--283

Communications to Congress

    Conflict in the former Yugoslavia, letter--324
    Trade with Kazakhstan and Romania, letter--315

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Research involving human subjects--323

Executive Orders

    Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate a Dispute Between The 
        Long Island Rail Road and Certain of Its Employees Represented 
        by the United Transportation Union--304

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Old Family Dining Room--321

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Oval Office--283, 286, 288
        Roosevelt Room--305
        South Lawn--313
        Michael Jackson, KABC Radio, Los Angeles, CA--294
        Don Imus, WFAN Radio, New York City--315
    News conference with President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, February 14 
        (No. 47)--289

Letters and Messages

    Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, letter--297
    Sweden, Prime Minister Carl Bildt, electronic mail message--315

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev--288, 289


    To Amend the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other 

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Executive order on environmental justice--283
    Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program--286

Statements Other Than Presidential

    Military offensive in Sudan--286

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--327
    Checklist of White House press releases--327
    Digest of other White House announcements--325
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--326


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Monday, February 21, 1994
Volume 30--Number 7
Pages 283-327
Week Ending Friday, February 18, 1994
Statement on the Executive Order on Environmental Justice

February 11, 1994

    All Americans have a right to be protected from pollution--not just 
those who can afford to live in the cleanest, safest communities. Today, 
we direct Federal agencies to make environmental justice a part of all 
that they do.

Note: This statement was part of a White House press release announcing 
the signing of Executive Order 12898. This item was not received in time 
for publication in the appropriate issue.

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Monday, February 21, 1994
Volume 30--Number 7
Pages 283-327
Week Ending Friday, February 18, 1994
Remarks on Signing California Earthquake Relief Legislation and an 
Exchange With Reporters

February 12, 1994

    The President. Good morning. I'm glad to be here with the Speaker 
and members of the California delegation and one member of the Missouri 
delegation, Secretary Brown and Senator Hatfield and others, to sign 
this bill today.
    This was legislation requested by our administration to provide the 
most comprehensive national response ever to a region experiencing a 
natural disaster, the earthquake which inflicted such damage in the Los 
Angeles area on January 17th. Many people had their lives shaken and 
transformed by the damage caused by the Northridge quake. They faced the 
human tragedy of 61 deaths, nearly 10,000 injuries requiring 
hospitalization, and many, many thousands of people who lost their 
homes, their jobs, or otherwise had their lives turned upside down.
    We saw the fierce power of the shifting earth twist and break 
highways, uproot homes, ignite fires, and literally reshape parts of the 
Los Angeles landscape. More than 150 public schools were damaged. Five 
hospitals suffered destruction requiring as much as $700 million in 
repair. Much of the damage will take months if not years. It is only the 
latest hardship that the people of that area have experienced.
    The first line of defense was the spirit the people of Los Angeles 
brought to this tragedy. Before the tremors had a chance to subside, we 
saw all the moving stories of neighbors helping neighbors; police, fire, 
rescue, and medical people serving without rest; and dedicated public 
officials who put people above politics. Although the central highway 
throughout the region sustained enormous damage, imaginative means were 
immediately employed to permit a return to some semblance of normal 
life. Crime was down 21.5 percent in the immediate aftermath of the 
earthquake. Something good happened amidst all that tragedy as people 
pulled together and they stayed together.
    The second line of defense against the quake was coordinated by FEMA 
under the leadership of James Lee Witt. FEMA has already accepted over 
300,000 applications for disaster assistance. HUD Secretary Henry 
Cisneros led his Department's efforts to provide emergency housing aid. 
The SBA is processing nearly a quarter of a million applications from 
homeowners and businesses for disaster loans. Transportation Secretary 
Pena and Highway Administrator Slater are doing work to try to speed the 
highway repairs and to try to help provide alternative means of 
transportation. In each of these agencies, people are serving the way 
the taxpayers deserve to be treated, as customers, neighbors, and 
    Today we put in motion the third line of defense: Federal disaster 
relief for California. It was the largest package of such aid in 
history, and as Congressman Volkmer's presence here reminds us, it also 
contains some aid for the people who suffered from the 500-year flood in 
the Middle West.
    The bill provides $8.6 billion in housing assistance and home 
repairs, repairs to public

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facilities, transit and road reconstruction, school repairs, loans to 
get businesses back in business, plus funds I'll be able to use to 
respond to unanticipated needs. Congress considered and adopted this 
legislation very quickly. Democratic and Republican representatives from 
California in the affected region worked in close cooperation. Senators 
Boxer and Feinstein, the House delegation, Mayor Riordan, Governor 
Wilson represented the needs of the city and the States very well. And I 
want to compliment the legislators throughout the country for 
recognizing that this is a national problem and making it a national 
    Ultimately, the reconstruction of Los Angles will depend upon the 
resilience and the patience of the people there. Their will has been 
tested often over the last several years. Their spirit has remained 
unbroken, and I'm confident it will continue to be. Secretary Brown is 
here to symbolize the ongoing effort we have had to work with the people 
of California under his coordinated leadership since the beginning of 
our administration. Just yesterday we had White House officials there 
working on the long-term repair work to make sure that the people of 
California did not believe that this was just a short-term effort on our 
    We have to continue to do this. The size of the appropriation and 
the speed with which Congress adopted it indicates the generosity of the 
American people when tragedy strikes. What we now have to demonstrate is 
that we have the consistency of commitment to stay until this matter is 
put back together. It's the same thing I said to the people in the 
Middle West who were affected by the floods; we know there's a short-
term and a long-term problem. But I must compliment the Congress on this 
terrific response to the terrible tragedy of January 17th. And I'm glad 
to be signing it today, and I'm glad that the benefits will begin to 
flow tomorrow.

[At this point, the President signed the legislation.]

Japan-U.S. Trade

    Q. Mr. President, did you share with Prime Minister Hosokawa at your 
breakfast any of the measures the U.S. is now considering in light of 
the breakdown in talks?
    The President. No, it was a totally social visit. Mrs. Hosokawa 
came, I gave them a tour of the upstairs at the White House, and we 
talked about other things. We did talk a little bit about Latin America 
and a little about China, but otherwise there was nothing that could 
even be remotely characterized as business.
    Q. Where do you think the United States will go next?
    The President. We'll have to examine what our next step should be, 
and I will be turning to that next week. As I said, we worked until 4 
o'clock in the morning the night before last hoping to get an agreement, 
and part of it depends upon whether the framework agreement is something 
that both countries will adhere to. If you go back and read the 
framework agreement, it plainly called for the development of objective 
measures, qualitative or quantitative or both--those were the words used 
in the agreement--to see whether we're making progress in reducing this 
trade deficit. So we'll just have to assess where we are and what 
happens. I don't really have anything else to say about it today.
    Q. Thank you.
    The President. Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 9:07 a.m. in the Oval Office at the White 
House. H.R. 3759, Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the 

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