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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, April 24, 1995
Volume 31--Number 16
Pages 631-683

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Bombing in Oklahoma City, OK--662, 673, 678
    Brazil, visit of President Cardoso
        State dinner--672
        Welcoming ceremony--664
    Maryland, Earth Day, 25th anniversary in Havre de Grace--674
    Radio address--631
    White House Easter egg roll--632

Bill Signings

    District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management 
        Assistance Act of 1995, remarks--632

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Employees affected by the Oklahoma City bombing, memorandum--672

Executive Orders

    Classified National Security Information--634

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters
        Briefing Room--678
        Oval Office--659
        South Lawn--673
    News conferences
        April 18 (No. 93)--651
        April 20 (No. 94) with President Cardoso of Brazil--665

Letters and Messages

    Disaster assistance for Oklahoma City, OK, letters--663

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Brazil, President Cardoso--664, 665, 673
    Turkey, Prime Minister Ciller--659


    Jewish Heritage Week--671
    National D.A.R.E. Day--671
    National Day of Mourning in Memory of Those Who Died in Oklahoma 
    National Volunteer Week--681
    Victims of the Oklahoma Bombing--670

Statements by the President

    Air Force C-21 crash in Alabama--651
    Executive order on classified national security information--633
    Presidential Medal of Freedom, announcement of award to Gaylord 
    Reform of regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act--
    Senator David Pryor's decision not to seek reelection--680

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--683
    Checklist of White House press releases--683
    Digest of other White House announcements--682
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--683


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Monday, April 24, 1995
Volume 31--Number 16
Pages 631-683
Week Ending Friday, April 21, 1995
The President's Radio Address

April 15, 1995

    Good morning. This weekend, all across our country, Christians and 
Jews are gathered with their families to celebrate Easter and Passover. 
For them and for every American, Hillary and I wish that this season of 
faith and renewal will also be a time of hope.
    In a few weeks, Congress will return from their own Easter recess 
and begin to sift through all the bills passed by the House and, in some 
cases, those passed by the Senate, too. A lot of that work is good. A 
lot of it I campaigned on in 1992: spending cuts, the line-item veto, 
paperwork reduction, tougher criminal sentences, and greater flexibility 
for the police to do their jobs. These things are also consistent with 
actions already taken by our administration to cut the deficit, the size 
of Government, the burden of regulation, to tighten enforcement on child 
support and college loan repayments, and to give more support to Head 
Start and affordable college loans, national service, and family leave.
    But a lot of these proposals, these new ones, go too far: cuts in 
education and job training, undermining environmental protections, 
undermining our efforts to put 100,000 new police on our streets, 
legislation to permit the sale of assault weapons, and penalties for 
going into court to assert your rights as a citizen. I'm concerned that 
important issues will be lost in all the welter of detailed legislative 
proposals Congress has to consider. So I want to tell Congress and the 
American people what my priorities are.
    There are three areas that I assign the highest priority. They're my 
``must'' list. First is welfare reform. We must pass a bill that reforms 
the welfare system and restores mainstream values of work and family, 
responsibility and community. We must demand work and responsibility by 
setting definite time limits for welfare recipients and enforcing strict 
work requirements. We must promote family and responsibility by passing 
the toughest possible child support enforcement, including our plan to 
deny driver's licenses to parents who refuse to pay their child support.
    We must also give the States more flexibility, building on the work 
I've already done by giving States freedom, 25 of them, from Federal 
rules so they can find new ways to move people from welfare to work. At 
the same time, we have to uphold our values of community and 
responsibility by avoiding proposals that punish children for their 
parents' mistakes.
    Recent proposals by a number of Senators for welfare reform that 
don't penalize children born to teenage mothers are certainly a step in 
the right direction. And the House of Representatives has adopted all my 
proposals for tougher child support enforcement. I appreciate these 
efforts. We have to keep on working, however. All the proposals are 
still too weak on work and on helping people to move from welfare to 
work. We can and must work together to pass a welfare reform bill that I 
can sign into law this year. Delaying reform any further would be a 
betrayal of what the American people want.
    Second on my ``must'' list are tax and spending cuts, the right kind 
in the right amount for the right people. These tax cuts must be 
directed at the right people, that is, the middle class Americans who 
need them to help them build a successful future. And they must be fully 
paid for by spending cuts. Tax cuts must include a deduction for the 
cost of college or other education after high school.
    Then Congress and I need to work together to go beyond the $600 
billion of deficit reduction we've already enacted. And I've already 
proposed another $80 billion in cuts on top of paying for all the tax 
cuts that I have proposed for the cost of education after high school 
for helping people with raising children and for an IRA which can be 

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drawn from tax free for the cost of education or health care, first-time 
home buying or caring for an elderly parent.
    We've also worked with Congress on $15 billion of further cuts. And 
I am ready to do more. But we have to focus on our twin deficits--we 
have a budget deficit and an education deficit. And we cannot cut one at 
the expense of the other.
    The third thing I want to do is to build on last year's crime bill, 
not tear it down. We should all be open to new proposals for tougher 
penalties and more support for our police, but they must not be a cover 
for cutting back on our commitment for 100,000 new police officers on 
our street or for repealing the assault weapons ban that would put our 
police and our citizens more at risk. If that happens, I'll veto it.
    More police on the street is the single most effective crime-
fighting tool we know of. And assault weapons have no place on our 
streets. Last year's bill did ban assault weapons in the future, 19 of 
them, whose only purpose is to kill people. But it also for the first 
time gave legal protection from Government meddling to over 650 kinds of 
hunting and sporting weapons.
    Congress must send me a bill that doesn't scale back or repeal the 
efforts so I can sign it and it can become law. There is too much to do 
in crime to play politics with it or to go back.
    Real welfare reform, tax and spending cuts that reduce both the 
budget deficit and the education deficit, and more steps to fight crime, 
not to back up on the fight: those are my top priorities. The first 100 
days of this Congress produced a blizzard of ideas and proposals. The 
next 100 days must get down to the hard task of passing bills that 
command majorities in both Houses, bills that will help to build a 
stronger America, bills that I can sign into law.
    In the coming months, we have an historic chance to make progress on 
the issues of great concern to all Americans. Let's get on with it.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 4 p.m. on April 13 in the Roosevelt 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on April 15.

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Monday, April 24, 1995
Volume 31--Number 16
Pages 631-683
Week Ending Friday, April 21, 1995
Remarks at the White House Easter Egg Roll

April 17, 1995

    The President. Thank you. First let me welcome all the children here 
and all the people like me who feel like children when they're at the 
Egg Roll.
    I want to thank all of you who helped to make this event possible 
and remind you that this has been going on here at the White House now 
for more than 115 years. This is one of the most important traditions we 
have at the White House. It's really a day for children; it's a day for 
joy; it's a day for gratitude. And we're all very, very happy and proud 
to have you here.
    Now, I don't want to delay the roll any further, so I think--Bernie 
is supposed to come up and give me the whistle after the rabbit gives me 
the jelly bean carrot. [Laughter] I want you kids to eat your real 
carrots, too. [Laughter]
    This is--this gentleman that's giving me the whistle, he's been 
doing this for 9 years now. Let's give him a big hand. This is Bernie 
Fairbanks. [Applause]
    Where are they? Down there? Can you hear? Are you ready? You count 
to three for me.
    Audience Members. One, two, three!

Note: The President spoke at approximately 9:45 a.m. on the South Lawn 
at the White House. Prior to his remarks, Hillary Clinton welcomed the 
participants to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and introduced 
the President.

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