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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 22, 2000 Volume 36--Number 20 Pages 1103-1163 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings China, permanent normal trade relations--1141 Connecticut Commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London--1127 Democratic National Committee dinner in Greenwich--1136 Maryland, 50th anniversary Armed Forces Day in Suitland--1148 Million Mom March, rally--1105 New York, reception following the New York State Democratic Convention in Albany--1126 Peace Officers Memorial ceremony--1108 Pennsylvania Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee luncheon in Philadelphia--1151 Mayer Sulzberger Middle School in Philadelphia--1157 Prescription drug coverage for military retirees--1119 Radio address--1104 Receptions Representative Robert Wexler--1114 Senator Charles Robb--1117 Resignation of Helen Thomas--1119 Women's National Basketball Association Champion Houston Comets-- 1113 Bill Signings Trade and Development Act of 2000, remarks--1142 Communications to Congress Burma, messages transmitting notice and report on continuation of national emergency--1146 ``Consumer Product Safety Commission Enhanced Enforcement Act of 2000,'' message transmitting proposed--1103 Cyprus, letter transmitting report--1147 Sierra Leone, letter reporting on the situation--1107 South Africa-U.S. extradition treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1147 Sudan, message transmitting report on the national emergency--1136 Communications to Federal Agencies Assistance for Federal Employees Affected by the Fires in the Los Alamos Area, memorandum--1125 Honoring Extraordinary Valor of Our Public Safety Officers, memorandum--1111 Strengthening Our Commitment to Service Through Voluntary Opportunities, memorandum--1135 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Executive Orders Amendment to Executive Order 12871 Regarding the National Partnership Council--1135 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Rose Garden--1119 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Burma--1146 Proclamations National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation Week--1112 National Safe Boating Week--1148 Statements by the President Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, 1963 bombing--1145 China-European Union negotiations on China's accession to the World Trade Organization--1162 Statements by the President--Continued China, permanent normal trade relations, congressional action--1133 Death of former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi of Japan--1107 Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce emissions from trucks and buses--1133 Northern Ireland peace process--1134 Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership--1145 Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Violence Against Women Act--1112 Tobacco, congressional need for action--1134 Treasury Department's debt buybacks--1145 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1163 Checklist of White House press releases--1163 Digest of other White House announcements--1162 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1163 [[Page 1103]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1103-1104] Monday, May 22, 2000 Volume 36--Number 20 Pages 1103-1163 Week Ending Friday, May 19, 2000 Message to the Congress Transmitting the Proposed ``Consumer Product Safety Commission Enhanced Enforcement Act of 2000'' May 12, 2000 To the Congress of the United States: I am pleased to transmit today for immediate consideration and prompt enactment the ``Consumer Product Safety Commission Enhanced Enforcement Act of 2000.'' This legislative proposal would increase the penalties that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) could impose upon manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of consumer products who do not inform the CPSC when the company has reason to believe it has sold a product that does not meet Federal safety standards or could otherwise create a substantial product hazard. The proposal would also improve product recalls by enabling the CPSC to choose an alternative remedy in a recall if the CPSC finds that the remedy selected by the manufacturer is not in the public interest. Under current consumer product safety laws, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of consumer products are required to inform the CPSC whenever they have information that one of their products: (1) fails to comply with a CPSC product safety standard; (2) contains a defect that could create a substantial product hazard; or (3) creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death. After a company reports this information to the CPSC, the CPSC staff initiates an investigation in cooperation with the company. If the CPSC concludes that the product presents a substantial product hazard and that a recall is in the public interest, the CPSC staff will work with the company to conduct a product safety recall. The sooner the CPSC hears about a dangerous product, the sooner the CPSC can act to remove the product from store shelves and inform consumers about how to eliminate the hazard. That is why it is critical that companies inform the CPSC as soon as they are aware that one of their products may present a serious hazard to the public. Unfortunately, in about half the cases involving the most significant hazards--where the product can cause death or serious injury--companies do not report to the CPSC. In those cases, the CPSC must get safety information from other sources, including its own investigators, consumers, or tragically, from hospital emergency room reports or death certificates. Sometimes years can pass before the CPSC learns of the product hazard, although the company may have been aware of it all along. During that time, deaths and injuries continue. Once the CPSC becomes aware of the hazard, many companies continue to be recalcitrant, and the CPSC staff must conduct its own independent investigation. This often includes finding and investigating product incidents and conducting extensive laboratory testing. This process can take a long time, which means that the most dangerous products remain on store shelves and in consumers' homes longer, placing children and families at continuing risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission can currently assess civil penalties against companies who fail to report a dangerous product. Criminal penalties are also available in particularly serious cases. In fact, in 1999, the CPSC assessed 10 times the amount of civil penalties assessed 10 years ago. But, even with this more vigorous enforcement, too many companies still do not report, especially in cases involving serious harm. This legislative proposal would enhance the CPSC's civil and criminal enforcement authority. It would provide an added incentive for companies to comply with the law so that we can get dangerous products out [[Page 1104]] of stores and consumers' homes more quickly. My legislative proposal would also help to make some product recalls more effective by allowing the CPSC to choose an alternative remedy if the CPSC finds that the manufacturer's chosen remedy is not in the public interest. Under current law, a company with a defective product that is being recalled has the right to select the remedy to be offered to the public. My proposal would continue to permit the company to select the remedy in a product recall. My proposal would also, however, allow the CPSC to determine--after an opportunity for a hearing--that the remedy selected by the company is not in the public interest. The CPSC may then order the company to carry out an alternative program that is in the public interest. The Consumer Product Safety Commission helps to keep America's children and families safe. This legislative proposal would help the CPSC be even more effective in protecting the public from dangerous products. I urge the Congress to give this legislation prompt and favorable consideration. William J. Clinton The White House, May 12, 2000. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1104-1105] Monday, May 22, 2000 Volume 36--Number 20 Pages 1103-1163 Week Ending Friday, May 19, 2000 The President's Radio Address May 13, 2000 Good morning. This weekend Americans celebrate the first Mother's Day of the 21st century. For most of us, it's a happy occasion, a chance
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