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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, August 23, 1999
Volume 35--Number 33
Pages 1633-1654

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Addresses and Remarks

    Baby boom echo education initiative--1649
    Missouri, 100th anniversary convention of the Veterans of Foreign 
        Wars of the U.S. in Kansas City--1635
    NCAA football champion Tennessee Volunteers--1647
    Radio address--1633
    School violence, public service announcements--1641
    Turkey, earthquake--1641

Bill Signings

    Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2000, statement--1644
    Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act of 
        1999, statement--1644
    Water Resources Development Act of 1999, statement--1645

Communications to Congress

    Cyprus, letter transmitting report--1652
    Haiti, letter reporting on elections--1640

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of Responsibilities Under the International Religious 
        Freedom Act of 1998, memorandum--1647

Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Military assistance to the Economic Community of West African 
        States' Monitoring Group, memorandum--1635
    Refugee admissions, memorandum on additional--1634
    U.N. War Crimes Tribunal established with regard to the former 
        Yugoslavia, memorandum authorizing support--1647

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
        Ignaz Bubis--1646
        Lane Kirkland--1634
    Federal budget surplus--1652
    National Household Survey on Drug Abuse--1648

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1654
    Checklist of White House press releases--1654
    Digest of other White House announcements--1653
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1653

Editor's Note: The President was in Martha's Vineyard, MA, on August 20, 
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, August 23, 1999
Volume 35--Number 33
Pages 1633-1654
Week Ending Friday, August 20, 1999
The President's Radio Address

August 14, 1999

    Good morning. Throughout our history, American families have spent 
the summer enjoying the natural beauty of our Nation's waterways. Today 
more Americans than ever are spending their vacations by our beaches, 
our lakes, our rivers. And it's important to ensure that the water our 
families swim and fish in is as clean and safe as we can possibly make 
    Clean water is the most simple necessity of our lives, and we almost 
take it for granted. But 25 years ago, many of our waterways were so 
dirty they actually posed a serious threat to public health. Then 
Congress passed the Clean Water Act, and we began the long process of 
reclaiming our waterways and preserving them for the future.
    For more than 6\1/2\ years now, Vice President Gore and I have 
worked to continue that legacy. We've strengthened the Safe Drinking 
Water Act, helping communities upgrade water treatment plants. We 
demanded more industries publicly disclose the chemicals they release 
into the air and water. We required water systems across the country to 
give customers regular reports on the safety of the water flowing from 
their taps. We strengthened protections for vital wetlands. And last 
year we launched a new clean water action plan to help finish the job 
the Clean Water Act started 25 years ago. We can all be proud of the 
progress we've made so far, but when 40 percent of our Nation's surveyed 
waterways are still too polluted for swimming or fishing, we know we 
have to do more.
    Like many Americans, I was shocked to learn that several young 
children became gravely ill last week after swimming in a lake that may 
have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria. That is simply 
unacceptable. Parents have a right to expect that our recreational 
waters are safe for their children to swim in. All Americans have a 
right to expect we're doing all we can to clean up our waterways.
    So today I'm pleased to announce that we're taking new action to 
ensure that every river, lake, and bay in America is clean and safe. The 
EPA will work in partnership with States to assess the state of all our 
waterways, to identify the most polluted waters, and to develop strong, 
enforceable plans to restore them to health. These steps will chart a 
course to clean up 20,000 waterways, and ensure that they remain safe 
for generations to come. But just as we're taking new action to preserve 
our environment for future generations, the Republican leadership in 
Congress is laying plans to roll back more than a quarter century of 
bipartisan progress in public health and environmental protection.
    Without explanation or excuse, the Republicans' spending bills slash 
important environmental initiatives, like our lands legacy program to 
preserve natural treasures, farms, urban parks, wetlands, and other 
green spaces. They shortchange vital research and development programs 
that address the threat of global warming, that help us to develop 
alternative fuels in vehicles that pollute less and to make the maximum 
use of available energy conservation technologies. And their spending 
bills are also loaded with unrelated provisions that would sacrifice 
crucial environmental protections for the sake of special interests. I 
vetoed bills before because they contain such anti-environmental riders, 
and if necessary, I'm prepared to do it again.
    The budget of the Republican leadership isn't simply turning back 
the clock on environmental protection. It's also turning its back on 6 
years of fiscal responsibility and prudent investment, a policy that's 
produced the strongest economy in a generation, the longest peacetime 
expansion in our history, the largest surplus in our history.

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    Their budget plan, because it contains such a large tax cut, would 
actually threaten our environment because it would require big cuts in 
environmental enforcement, letting toxic waste dumps fester, even 
shutting down national parks. In addition to that, we'd have across-the-
board cuts in everything from education to medical research to defense, 
and they wouldn't add a day to the life of the Social Security or 
Medicare Trust Fund, nor would they pay off the debt.
    Our budget continues to invest in the environment and education and 
medical research and defense. It pays off the debt in 15 years for the 
first time since 1835, and it lengthens the life of the Social Security 
and Medicare Trust Funds. It's a good budget, and it also provides for a 
modest tax cut.
    We have proved time and again that we don't have to choose between 
growing our economy or preserving our environment. We can do both with 
discipline. So again, I ask Congress, let's put politics aside and 
continue the commonsense course that is already leading us toward a 
cleaner environment, a stronger economy, and a stronger America for the 
21st century. Let's work together to give our children the gift of a 
better, healthier world.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 5:04 p.m. on August 12 in the Oval 
Office at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 14. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
August 13 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast.

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Monday, August 23, 1999
Volume 35--Number 33
Pages 1633-1654
Week Ending Friday, August 20, 1999
Statement on the Death of Lane Kirkland

August 14, 1999

    Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Lane Kirkland, 
one of the towering figures in the American labor movement. For nearly 
five decades, he was a guiding force for workplace fairness, dignity, 
and innovation, and a catalyst for international democracy.
    Lane led the AFL-CIO during 15 of the most challenging years in 
labor's history. With skill, determination, and unparalleled intellect, 
he reunited the major unions and reaffirmed labor's place at the table 
of American democracy. With his unflagging support of free trade 
unionism internationally, especially in Poland, he helped hasten the 
fall of the Iron Curtain while showing America that it is possible to 
stand up to communism abroad while standing up for working men and women 
here at home. From his days as a merchant marine during World War II to 
his work on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Peace, he was 
always ready and willing to serve his country. I valued his friendship, 
strong support, and keen advice. He was a great American, and he will be 
greatly missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Irena, and his family in 
this time of mourning.

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Monday, August 23, 1999
Volume 35--Number 33
Pages 1633-1654
Week Ending Friday, August 20, 1999
Memorandum on Additional Refugee Admissions

August 12, 1999

Presidential Determination No. 99-33

Memorandum for the Secretary of State

Subject: Emergency Presidential Determination on Additional FY 99 
Refugee Admissions Numbers Pursuant to Section 207(b) of the Immigration 
and Nationality Act

    In accordance with section 207(b) of the Immigration and Nationality 
Act (the ``Act'') (8 U.S.C. 1157(b)), and after appropriate 
consultations with the Congress, I hereby determine that an unforeseen 
refugee emergency exists in Europe, and that the admission to the United 
States of Kosovar refugees in response to this emergency is justified by 
grave humanitarian concerns and is in the national interest. The 
admission of these refugees cannot be accomplished under the worldwide 
refugee admissions ceiling of 78,000 for Fiscal Year 1999, as authorized 
in Presidential Determination 98-39 of September 30, 1998, and an 
increase to 91,000 is warranted. The revised regional allocations are as 

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