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Monday, February 24, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 8
Pages 195-225
 
Contents

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Weekly Compilation of

Presidential

Documents



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Addresses and Remarks

    District of Columbia college reading tutor initiative--220
    Massachusetts
        Roundtable discussion on juvenile crime in Boston--210
        University of Massachusetts in Boston--213
    Medicaid patient protection--218
    New York
        Business Enterprise Awards luncheon in New York City--204
        Democratic Senate Campaign Committee dinner in New York City--
            207
        Roundtable discussion on welfare reform in New York City--198
    Radio address--196

Communications to Congress

    Second Africa Trade and Development Report, letter transmitting--207

Executive Orders

    Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate a Dispute Between 
        American Airlines and Its Employees Represented by the Allied 
        Pilots Association--198

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--218

Letters and Messages

    Presidents' Day, message--195

Statements by the President

    Death of Deng Xiaoping--217
    Emergency Board in the Dispute Between American Airlines and the 
        Allied Pilots Association--195
    Telecommunications Services Agreement--197

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--225
    Checklist of White House press releases--225
    Digest of other White House announcements--225
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--225


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Monday, February 24, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 8
Pages 195-225
 
Week Ending Friday, February 21, 1997
 
Message on the Observance of Presidents' Day


February 14, 1997

    I am pleased to join all Americans in celebrating Presidents' Day, 
1997.
    Each year at this time, we reflect with pride and gratitude on the 
achievements of our former Presidents; and we pay special tribute to 
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two extraordinary leaders whose 
clarity of vision and strength of character did so much to shape our 
country's destiny.
    Presidents Washington and Lincoln led America at pivotal moments in 
our history, moments that profoundly affected our nation's character and 
course for decades to follow. George Washington helped to win our 
liberty and give us a democracy strong enough to endure through the 
centuries and flexible enough to survive the fresh challenges that face 
each generation of Americans. During the dark days of the Civil War, 
Abraham Lincoln held together the frayed fabric of our Union and 
reaffirmed our founders' commitment to the self-evident truths of 
liberty and equality.
    Today we stand at another defining moment in our national journey. 
We must chart a course for America into a new century and a new 
millennium. Inspired by the wisdom of Washington and strengthened by the 
determination of Lincoln, we will build a new American community, based 
on responsible citizenship and a resolve to realize the full potential 
of all our citizens. In this way, we can best keep faith with the 
remarkable leaders whose memory we honor today.
    Best wishes for a wonderful observance.
                                                  Bill Clinton

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Monday, February 24, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 8
Pages 195-225
 
Week Ending Friday, February 21, 1997
 
Statement Announcing the Emergency Board in the Dispute Between American 
Airlines and the Allied Pilots Association

February 14, 1997

    As you know, I have been closely following the labor negotiations 
between American Airlines and its pilots represented by the Allied 
Pilots Association. I want to compliment the parties, the National 
Mediation Board, its chairman Kenneth Hipp, and mediator Harry Bickford 
for their hard work to date. Progress has been made over the last 
several days and especially in the last few hours. Despite these good 
faith efforts, however, the parties have been unable to reach a 
tentative agreement by the 12:01 a.m. strike deadline.
    To facilitate an agreement, and because I believe that a strike 
would have an immediate and adverse impact on the traveling public, I am 
creating a Presidential emergency board to work with the parties and to 
make recommendations regarding a resolution. No strike will occur while 
the Presidential emergency board is in place.
    A strike would cause a severe disruption to both domestic and 
international air transportation. American Airlines is the Nation's 
second largest airline; it carries over 220,000 passengers every day. It 
would be extremely difficult for other carriers to fill the void. The 
Department of Transportation has estimated that approximately 43,000 
passengers per day would not be accommodated by other airlines. The 
disruption would be particularly felt in Dallas, Miami, Chicago, New 
York, and Puerto Rico where American provides a large percentage of 
existing flights. It would also affect the nations of the Caribbean, 
many of whom rely heavily on American Airlines for air service to and 
from their shores.
    In the event of a strike, most of the 90,000 American and American 
Eagle employees would be placed on leave. The majority of these 
employees are based in Texas, Illinois,

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New York, California, Florida, and Oklahoma. Many of the elected 
officials from the States led by Senators Graham and Hutchison and 
Representative Martin Frost and Governor Chiles have made clear to my 
administration that a strike would severely affect their economies.
    American transports almost 10 percent of the Nation's air cargo. A 
strike could increase and cause delays for shippers and the U.S. Postal 
Service.
    I was also particularly concerned that a strike would be especially 
disruptive over a holiday weekend, when hundreds of thousands of 
citizens rely on our air transit system.
    This dispute needs to be resolved as soon as possible. I urge the 
parties to continue to use the National Mediation Board and the 
Presidential emergency board to redouble their efforts to reach an 
agreement. They owe that to each other and to the traveling public.

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Monday, February 24, 1997
 
Volume 33--Number 8
Pages 195-225
 
Week Ending Friday, February 21, 1997
 
The President's Radio Address

February 15, 1997

    Good morning. Today I'm pleased to announce a major new step in our 
efforts to protect America's children, a universal system for attaching 
child safety seats in cars. This system, developed by a blue ribbon 
commission of industry and consumer groups, will make safety seats 
easier to install and more secure on the road. It will save young lives.
    In my State of the Union Address, I issued a call to action to all 
Americans to prepare our people for the 21st century. Building strong 
families is central to that mission. That's why we must do all that we 
can to help parents do all they can to live up to one of the greatest 
responsibilities anyone can have, to care for a child.
    Parents are always on the lookout to make sure their children are 
safe. That's especially true when you get in the car. Thousands of 
children are killed in car accidents every year; tens of thousands more 
are injured.
    Even though America's cars and roads are the safest in the world, we 
must make them safer. That's why today, the final day of National Child 
Passenger Safety Week, I'd like to talk with you about the steps we're 
taking to save more lives on the road.
    First, we will continue to stress the fundamental rules of safety: 
seatbelts, safety seats for small children, children 12 and under 
buckled up and in the back seat. Last month, I instructed the outgoing 
Transportation Secretary, Federico Pena, to develop a plan to get more 
Americans to wear seatbelts. I'm delighted to be joined today by our new 
Transportation Secretary, Rodney Slater, who came to us from the Federal 
Highway Administration. He knows a lot about this issue, and he will 
present that plan to me in March. When he does, I will be ready to 
review it and act on it.
    We must also continue to support law enforcement in its effort to 
increase compliance with safety laws.
    Second, we have taken action to make it clear that on America's 
roads there is no room for alcohol or drugs. We fought to make it 
illegal for all young people under 21 to drive with any alcohol in their 
blood, and 34 States now have these zero-tolerance laws. We're also 
developing a plan to make teens pass a drug test as a condition of 
getting a driver's license.
    Third, we've worked to make air bags, one of our most important 
safety tools, safer for children. All cars and safety seats now come 
with warning labels to remind drivers to keep children in the back seat. 
Plans are underway to permit manufacturers to install less powerful air 
bags and to phase in a new generation of ``smart'' air bags. Air bags 
have saved a lot of lives. With these improvements, they'll save even 
more.
    And today we're taking a fourth step: We will make child safety 
seats safer. These seats are the most effective safety device to protect 
very young children. In car crashes, they reduce the risk of death or 
serious injury to infants by 70 percent. They cut the fatality and 
injury rate for children aged 1 to 4 in half. But while all 50 States 
have car seat laws, studies show that 40 percent of the time young 
children do not even ride in safety seats, and even when they are placed 
in child

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safety seats, 80 percent of the time children are either not fully 
secured or the car seats are not properly attached.
    The fact is, despite parents' best efforts, car seats are hard to 
install. Not all 100 models of car seats fit in all 900 models of 
passenger cars. And even when they do, it's no simple task to put them 

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