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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, August 22, 1994
Volume 30--Number 33
Pages 1671-1692

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Crime legislation--1676
    Full Gospel A.M.E. Zion Church in Temple Hills, MD--1672
    Radio address--1671

Appointments and Nominations

    U.S. District Court, judges--1677

Bill Signings

    General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, statement--1678
    Social Security Independence and Program
            Improvements Act of 1994

Communications to Congress

    Partnership For Peace, letter transmitting report--1682
    UNITA, message--1679

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Peacekeeping operations and sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro, 

Interviews With the News Media

    News conference, August 19 (No. 69)--1682


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1678


    To Amend the Generalized System of Preferences--1679
    Women's Equality Day--1681

Resignations and Retirements

    Treasury Department
        Deputy Secretary--1680
        General Counsel--1680

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings
    Death of NATO Secretary General Woerner--1672

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1692
    Checklist of White House press releases--1691
    Digest of other White House announcements--1690
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1691


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Monday, August 22, 1994
Volume 30--Number 33
Pages 1671-1692
Week Ending Friday, August 19, 1994
The President's Radio Address

August 13, 1994

    Good morning. As I'm sure you know, a couple of days ago the House 
of Representatives had a chance to pass the toughest attack on crime in 
our history, and they tried to take the easy way out. But the terrible 
threat of crime and violence is too great for us to let them get away 
with it. The easy way out is not an option.
    Two hundred and twenty-five Members of Congress participated in a 
procedural trick orchestrated by the National Rifle Association and 
intensely pushed by the Republican congressional leadership, a trick 
designed with one thing in mind: to put the protection of partisan and 
special interests over the protection of ordinary American families. 
They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
    The American people have been very clear on this. The most important 
job is to keep the streets and the neighborhoods of America safe. The 
first responsibility of Government is law and order. Without it, people 
can never really pursue the American dream. And without it, we're not 
really free. And the American people have said over and over again, 
today they're worried about crime. They're fighting for their personal 
    The House of Representatives has a responsibility to do something 
about it, but this week the House walked away from that responsibility. 
They had a vote on law and order, and law and order lost. But that can't 
be the end of this fight. The hard-working, law-abiding citizens of the 
United States deserve better.
    Yesterday I went to Minnesota where I addressed the National 
Association of Police Organizations. This group represents more than 
160,000 police officers across the country. They strongly support the 
crime bill. Earlier in the week, I met with the heads of every major law 
enforcement group in America. Together they represent over a half-
million law enforcement officers. They don't walk away from their 
responsibility. They put their lives on the line every day for us. And 
we can't let Congress walk away from them.
    The crime bill we're fighting for is a crime bill America's police 
officers and law enforcement officials want. Our prosecutors, our 
teachers, our principals, our parents, our attorneys general, our 
community leaders, they've all joined these police organizations in 
endorsing this crime bill. For 6 years, Congress has bickered and 
battled over a crime bill when the average violent felon only serves 4 
years in prison.
    This crime bill departs from all those labels of the past, from 
liberal or conservative or tough or compassionate. This crime bill 
emphasizes punishment, police, and protection.
    Some people in Congress say it's time for their August vacation. 
Well, the crime plaguing ordinary Americans is not about to take a 
vacation, and it's only fitting that Congress stay in Washington until 
they get this job done. They can't walk away on a procedural trick.
    I want a crime bill that puts 100,000 new police officers on the 
street, one that makes ``three strikes and you're out'' the law of the 
land, one that builds prisons to lock up violent criminals where they 
belong, one that takes handguns away from minors, one that provides 
prevention programs that police officers demand to help steer our kids 
in troubled areas away from crime and drugs in the first place. And the 
bills must be paid for not by raising taxes but by cutting the Federal 
    I gave the Congress a plan to reduce the Federal bureaucracy by 
250,000 and more over the next 5 years, to bring the Federal Government 
to its lowest level in 30 years, and to put all the savings in a trust 
fund to pay for the crime bill. And let me be clear about this: The 
crime bill must ban the assault weapons that have no place on our 

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    We don't need any more Washington, DC, games like the House of 
Representatives played last week. Up until that vote, this crime bill 
was bipartisan all the way, with Republicans and Democrats voting for 
everything that must be included. Now the Republicans say, well, there's 
too much money for prevention in this bill. They call it pork. Well, all 
I know is, all the police officers in this country know we need to give 
kids something to say yes to. I know that 65 Republicans voted for a 
bill that had even more prevention funds back in the spring, but only 11 
would stand up to the withering pressure of their leadership when the 
bill came back and was ready to pass just this week.
    The American people have to make it clear to Members of Congress 
from both parties that even if they disagree with a particular measure 
in this crime bill, the overall bill is the best, the smartest bill we 
have ever had in this country, and the American people need it. It's 
time to put politics aside and finish the job. Help our Nation's police 
officers make our streets safer.
    This fight is not over. I am continuing it. I want you to fight with 
me. Our children, our families, our future deserve no less.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from Camp David, MD.

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Monday, August 22, 1994
Volume 30--Number 33
Pages 1671-1692
Week Ending Friday, August 19, 1994
Statement on the Death of NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner

August 13, 1994

    It was with deep sorrow and regret that I learned today of the death 
of NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner. On behalf of the American 
people, I convey the United States most heartfelt condolences to Mrs. 
Woerner and the Woerner family.
    As Secretary General of NATO for the past 6 years and as a 
distinguished German statesman over the two preceding decades, Manfred 
Woerner's heroic leadership made an enduring contribution to democracy 
and security in Europe. He was a true and loyal friend of the United 
States and provided wise counsel to me and other Alliance heads of state 
and government. Even while he bravely fought his illness, Manfred 
Woerner worked tirelessly to transform our Alliance to meet the new 
challenges of the post-cold-war era and to direct its critical 
involvement in the search for peace in Bosnia. Manfred Woerner's central 
role in forging NATO's partnership with the new democracies of Eastern 
Europe and the former Soviet Union was a major contribution to our 
common effort to build an integrated transatlantic community.
    I will miss the candor, the friendship, and the good humor that 
Manfred Woerner displayed to the very end of his life. The transatlantic 
community has lost one of its finest citizens and leaders.

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Monday, August 22, 1994
Volume 30--Number 33
Pages 1671-1692
Week Ending Friday, August 19, 1994
Remarks at the Full Gospel A.M.E. Zion Church in Temple Hills, Maryland

August 14, 1994

    The President. Thank you so much. If you've been listening to the 
news the last few days, you know that the President has had his annual 
loss of voice. [Laughter] But when I heard the choir today I kind of got 
my voice back.
    First, Pastor and Mrs. Cherry, on behalf of my wife, my daughter, 
and all of our company here, thank you so much for making us feel at 
home today. This was a beautiful, wonderful day for us. We've brought 
some old friends of ours that we've known for many years and several 
members of our White House staff. Our good friend Congressman Albert 
Wynn joined us; we're glad to see you. Thank you so much, sir.
    I came here today of two minds. Usually, on summer Sundays like 
this, Hillary and Chelsea and I go up to Camp David, and we go to the 
beautiful little chapel in the woods there. And instead of being in a 
vast church, we worship at 9 o'clock on Sunday morning with about 50 
people and about six or seven people singing in the choir including the 
President, who gets to sightread the music when he can talk. [Laughter]

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