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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 22, 1994 Volume 30--Number 33 Pages 1671-1692 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 Remarks--1675 Statement--1676 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, memorandum--1682 Interviews With the News Media News conference, August 19 (No. 69)--1682 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1678 Proclamations 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 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. 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[[Page 1671]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1671-1672] 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 security. 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 bureaucracy. 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 streets. [[Page 1672]] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1672] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1672-1675] 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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