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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, May 22, 2000
Volume 36--Number 20
Pages 1103-1163

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    China, permanent normal trade relations--1141
        Commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New 
        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
        Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee luncheon in 
        Mayer Sulzberger Middle School in Philadelphia--1157
    Prescription drug coverage for military retirees--1119
    Radio address--1104
        Representative Robert Wexler--1114
        Senator Charles Robb--1117
    Resignation of Helen Thomas--1119
    Women's National Basketball Association Champion Houston Comets--

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 

    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, 

    Strengthening Our Commitment to Service Through Voluntary 
        Opportunities, memorandum--1135
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Chicago, IL, on May 19, the closing 
date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the Office of 
the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in this issue 
will be printed next week.


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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


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Burma--1146


    National Defense Transportation Day and National Transportation 
    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

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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 

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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 
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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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