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Monday, January 24, 2000
Volume 36--Number 3

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Agenda for higher education and lifetime learning--117
    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington--91
    California, California Institute of Technology in Pasadena--122
    Democratic National Committee gala--111
    Health insurance initiative--107
    Israel-Palestinian peace talks--120
        Democratic National Committee dinner in Boston--105
        National firearms enforcement initiative in Boston--92
    Radio address--89

Communications to Congress

    Comprehensive Trade and Development Policy for Africa, letter 
        transmitting report--131
    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        letter reporting--89
    Terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process, 
        letter transmitting notice on continuation of emergency--115

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington--90
        Oval Office--107, 120

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

    Interview with Francine Kiefer and Skip Thurman of the Christian 
        Science Monitor in Boston--96

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--120


    Continuation of Emergency Regarding Terrorists Who Threaten To 
        Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process--114


    National Biotechnology Month--116

Statements by the President

    Chile, election of Ricardo Lagos as President--92
    Federal budget surplus, indications of a third consecutive--130
    Geneva protocol on child soldiers--130
    Senator Bob Kerrey's decision not to seek reelection--122
    University of Mississippi, James and Sally Barksdale's pledge--122

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--132
    Checklist of White House press releases--132
    Digest of other White House announcements--131
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--132

Editor's Note: The President was in Los Angeles, CA, on January 21, 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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Week Ending Friday, January 21, 2000
Letter to Congressional Leaders on Action on Title III of the Cuban 
Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996

January 14, 2000

Dear __________:

    Pursuant to section 306(c)(2) of the Cuban Liberty and Democratic 
Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-114), (the ``Act''), I 
hereby determine and report to the Congress that suspension for 6 months 
beyond February 1, 2000, of the right to bring an action under title III 
of the Act is necessary to the national interests of the United States 
and will expedite a transition to democracy in Cuba.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: Identical letters were sent to Jesse Helms, chairman, and Joseph 
R. Biden, Jr., ranking member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; 
Ted Stevens, chairman, and Robert C. Byrd, ranking member, Senate 
Committee on Appropriations; Benjamin A. Gilman, chairman, and Sam
Gejdenson, ranking member, House Committee on International Relations; 
and C.W. Bill Young, chairman, and David R. Obey, ranking member, House 
Committee on Appropriations. This letter was released by the Office of 
the Press Secretary on
January 15.

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Week Ending Friday, January 21, 2000
The President's Radio Address

January 15, 2000

    Good morning. On Monday America will celebrate, through reflection 
and service, the birth of the 20th century's great champion for justice 
and civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King. Today I want to talk with you 
about new steps we're taking to fulfill Dr. King's dream and redeem 
America's promise.
    Of course, we've come a long way. I'm joined today by a woman named 
Charlotte Filmore. Mrs. Filmore is 100 years old. Through the years, 
she's seen her share of discrimination. A good while ago, she worked at 
the White House and back then, even here, she had to use a side door. 
Well, today Charlotte Filmore came to the White House through the front 
door, and all the way to the Oval Office. But there is still more to do. 
So, this morning I want to tell you about what we're doing to open more 
doors of opportunity for all Americans.
    In his last speech, Dr. King reminded us that the work of dignity 
and justice is as old as America itself. He said it's about going back 
to those great wells of democracy dug deep by our Founding Fathers and 
the Constitution. To draw from that well, Dr. King challenged us to dig 
deep within our own hearts to face our flaws, renew our values, live up 
to our Nation's creed.
    We are doing better. We have the strongest economy in a generation, 
the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years, and thankfully, the lowest 
African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates ever recorded, the 
lowest African-American poverty rate ever recorded, and the lowest 
Hispanic poverty rate in 25 years. We are coming together as a 
community. Our social fabric is on the mend.
    But still there are people and places throughout America that have 
been left behind by this economic recovery. Minority unemployment and 
poverty still is about twice the national average. Still there are too 
many barriers on the road to opportunity, too many examples of Americans 
facing discrimination in daily life.
    No American in the 21st century should have to face such 
discrimination when it comes to finding a home, getting a job, going to 
school, securing a loan. That's why I'm very proud that my budget for 
the coming year will include the largest ever investment to enforce our 
civil rights laws, to help make sure that protections in law are 
protections in fact. I'm proposing a 20 percent increase for the Civil 
Rights Division of the Justice

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Department. That would almost double the annual budget for the office 
since I became President 7 years ago.
    Under the leadership of Acting Assistant Attorney General Bill Lann 
Lee, the Civil Rights Division has enforced our civil rights laws justly 
and fairly. And so, again, on behalf of all Americans, I ask the Senate 
to confirm Mr. Lee as our Nation's top civil rights enforcer.
    Our budget also includes a 14 percent increase for the Equal 
Employment Opportunity Commission, so that it continue its work to 
enforce laws prohibiting employment discrimination. And we're beefing up 
our other civil rights enforcements effort throughout our National 
    We must also do more to root out forces of hate and intolerance. 
We've seen far too many acts of violence targeted at others solely 
because of who they are, from the dragging death of James Byrd to the 
brutal killing of Matthew Shepard to the murder of the African-American 
basketball coach and the Korean-American student in the Midwest to the 
shooting at the Jewish school in Los Angeles and the murder of the 
Filipino postal worker. Such hate crimes leave deep scars, not just on 
the victims but on our larger community, for they take aim at others for 
who they are. And when they do, they take aim at America. So once again, 
I ask Congress to stop the delay and pass strong hate crimes 
    Taken together, these efforts will move us closer to building one 
America in the 21st century.
    Dr. King taught us the most important civil right is to provide 
every citizen with the chance to live the American dream. This is the 
best chance we've had in my lifetime--maybe even in Mrs. Filmore's 
lifetime--to give every American a shot at that dream.
    So as we celebrate Dr. King's life and legacy, let's keep following 
his footsteps to draw from that deep well of democracy and deepen the 
meaning of freedom for all Americans.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from the Oval Office at the 
White House.

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Week Ending Friday, January 21, 2000
Exchange With Reporters at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington

January 17, 2000

Israel-Syria Peace Talks

    Q. Mr. President, are the peace talks still on track?
    The President. We're working on it. That's what I've been doing this 
    Q. Who are you talking to?
    The President. Just our team, so far today.
    Q. Mr. President, the Syrians say there is an issue that needs to be 
resolved before they can come; they may not come on Wednesday. Is that 
    The President. I'll probably put out something later today. I'm 
working on it, trying to make sure--we're trying to figure out what the 
most effective way to go forward is. The good news is I'm convinced they 
both still want to do it. They're not as far apart as they might be; 
they're not as far apart as they have been. So that's the good news.
    The difference is right now about how or what the best way to go 
forward in the--so I'm working on it. We'll try to make a decision by 

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