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[Page i-ii]
 
Monday, September 22, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 38
Pages 1327-1369
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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Addresses and Remarks

    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gala--1330
    Congressional Hispanic Caucus--1348
    ``Export Expansion and Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1997,'' 
        proposed legislation--1342
    Landmines--1356
    Radio address--1329
    Service Employees International Union--1332
    Tobacco initiative to protect youth--1352
    Virginia
        50th anniversary of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley--
            1340
        50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force in Arlington--1364
      

Communications to Congress

    Australia-U.S. mutual assistance in criminal matters treaty and 
        documentation, message transmitting--1366
    ``Export Expansion and Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act of 1997,'' 
        message transmitting proposed legislation--1344
    Federal Advisory Committees, message transmitting report--1363
    Iran, message reporting--1360
    Mexico-U.S. convention and documentation for the protection of 
        migratory birds and game mammals, message transmitting--1338
    Trade in military articles and services, letter transmitting 
        report--1338

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Trade sanctions, memorandum--1329

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--1352
        Roosevelt Room--1356
        South Lawn--1342

Proclamations

    Citizenship Day and Constitution Week--1346
    50th Anniversary of the National Security Act of 1947--1339
    National Hispanic Heritage Month--1328
    National POW/MIA Recognition Day--1347
    National Week of Food Recovery--1327

Statements by the President

    Center to Prevent Handgun Violence study--1366
    Gorton amendment, Senate action--1345
    Helicopter tragedy in Bosnia-Herzegovina--1365
    Voluntary national testing for basic education, House of 
        Representatives action--1346

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1369
    Checklist of White House press releases--1368
    Digest of other White House announcements--1366
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1367
      

Editor's Note: The President was in Palo Alto, CA, on September 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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Monday, September 22, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 38
Pages 1327-1369
 
Week Ending Friday, September 19, 1997
 
Proclamation 7019--National Week of Food Recovery, 1997


September 12, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    The American people are blessed with rich natural resources and an 
agricultural sector that is the most efficient and productive in the 
world. It is a tragic reality, however, that in this land of plenty, 
many of our fellow Americans still go hungry each day. This statistic 
becomes even more heartbreaking when we realize that about 27 percent of 
the estimated 356 billion pounds of food that America produces each year 
goes to waste at the retail, wholesale, and consumer levels.
    Most of this loss occurs in the commercial food chain, as food 
travels from farms to wholesale markets, manufacturers, supermarkets, 
company cafeterias, and restaurants, and much of it is recoverable. 
Whether it be day-old bread at a bakery or an extra pan of lasagna not 
served by a restaurant or cafeteria, a significant amount of this food 
is perfectly edible and wholesome. Throwing away such food is an 
intolerable loss, because it both denies hungry Americans a vital source 
of nourishment and wastes precious resources. Municipalities across the 
country currently spend about $1 billion a year in tax dollars to 
dispose of excess food.
    There is a growing national movement to recover this food and 
distribute it to Americans in need. This movement, led by nonprofit 
groups and energized by new efforts at the Department of Agriculture, is 
making a noticeable difference in the amount of edible excess food that 
is finding its way to hungry people rather than ending up in dumpsters.
    Every sector of our society--from individuals to large 
institutions--can do more to glean and recover excess food. Every person 
can have an impact. Individuals can donate canned and boxed goods to 
food drives; they can give their time and money to food recovery 
organizations; they can even encourage the places where they work--and 
the businesses they patronize--to get involved in this movement.
    Food recovery efforts will never replace a strong Federal safety net 
that includes such critical programs as the Food Stamp Program; the 
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; 
the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs; and nutrition 
education efforts. However, extra food, provided through food recovery, 
can serve as a vital supplement to the diets of millions of Americans in 
need.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim September 14 through September 20, 
1997, as National Week of Food Recovery, to be held in conjunction with 
the National Summit on Food Recovery. I call on all Americans to observe 
this week by actively participating in and supporting efforts to recover 
food for distribution to hungry Americans.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of 
September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and twenty-second.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:04 a.m., September 16, 
1997]

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
September 17. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, September 22, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 38
Pages 1327-1369
 
Week Ending Friday, September 19, 1997
 
Proclamation 7020--National Hispanic Heritage Month, 1997

September 12, 1997

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Throughout our history, America's promise of individual freedom and 
opportunity has drawn millions upon millions of immigrants from across 
the globe. As these newcomers arrived, they gradually wove their own 
traditions into the tapestry of our Nation's culture and society. The 
world's economy is becoming ever more interdependent and competitive, 
and these changes and others brought on by the revolution in 
communication technologies are lowering many of the old barriers to 
economic, cultural, and intellectual exchange among nations. In this new 
global community, we benefit greatly from the contributions that 
Hispanic Americans bring to our economy and our society.
    As the youngest and fastest-growing segment of our population, 
Hispanic Americans are an increasingly vital part of our economy. In the 
first 3 years of our Administration, more than 220,000 Hispanic-
American-owned businesses were created, and in recent years the number 
of companies owned by Hispanic women, in particular, has grown at three 
times the overall rate of business growth. Our citizens with roots in 
South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Spain have inherited an 
entrepreneurial spirit and an intense work ethic that have helped 
energize the strongest American economy in a generation. The new head of 
the Small Business Administration, Aida Alvarez, is a symbol of that 
spirit and its importance to America. Along with Secretary of Energy 
Federico Pena, Under Secretary of Agriculture I. Miley Gonzales, and 
Ambassador Bill Richardson, the United States Representative to the 
United Nations, Administrator Alvarez reflects my Administration's 
continuing commitment to bring highly qualified Hispanic Americans into 
the highest levels of Government.
    Our Hispanic citizens also are vital to America's success in 
expanding trade and developing closer ties with nations throughout the 
Western Hemisphere. Sharing a rich cultural and linguistic heritage with 
Hispanic Americans, these nations are already among our closest trading 
partners, and we hope to further expand our relationships with them at 
the Summit of the Americas next March.
    The contributions of Hispanic Americans to the life of our Nation 
are much more than economic. Their strong commitment to family, 
community, and country sets a shining example for all our people. 
Generations of Hispanic Americans have served and sacrificed in 
America's Armed Forces to defend liberty and advance democracy 
throughout the world. And Hispanic culture continues to deeply enrich 
our social, intellectual, and artistic life.
    To meet the challenges of the 21st century, we must create a society 
that offers opportunity to all Americans, requires responsibility from 
all Americans, and nurtures a community of all Americans. Hispanic 
Americans throughout our country are working to build such a society. To 
honor them for their dedication to this endeavor and for their many 
contributions to our Nation and our culture, the Congress, by Public Law 
100-402, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a 
proclamation designating September 15 through October 15 as ``National 
Hispanic Heritage Month.''
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim September 15 through October 15, 
1997, as National Hispanic Heritage Month. I call upon all government 
officials, educators, and the people of the United States to honor this 
observance with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities, and I 
encourage all Americans to rededicate themselves to the pursuit of 
equality.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of 
September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-seven, 

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