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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, July 24, 2000 Volume 36--Number 29 Pages 1649-1661 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Japan Departure for Okinawa--1655 National Peace Memorial Park in Okinawa--1656 Middle East Peace Summit--1655 Radio address--1651 Communications to Congress Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, letter on review of title III--1651 District of Columbia, message transmitting budget request--1656 Iraq, letter transmitting report on compliance with U.N. Security Council resolutions--1654 Taliban, message transmitting report on national emergency--1654 Communications to Federal Agencies 2000 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, memorandum--1653 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Okinawa, Japan--1658 Thurmont, MD--1655 Interview with Michael Kramer of the New York Daily News, excerpt-- 1652 Joint Statements Russia-U.S. Joint Statement on Cooperation on Strategic Stability-- 1658 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Russia, President Putin--1658 Proclamations Captive Nations Week--1650 Statements by the President Alzheimer's disease, funding for research on the prevention and treatment--1653 Community Reinvestment Act--1653 Death of Senator Paul Coverdell--1655 German agreement to compensate victims of Nazi slave and forced labor--1654 Group of Eight meeting, Tokyo--1656 House of Representatives action on foreign operations appropriations legislation--1649 Japan-U.S. agreement on interconnection rates--1655 Marriage penalty tax legislation--1654 Senate action on legislation to provide permanent funding to protect critical lands--1649 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1661 Checklist of White House press releases--1660 Digest of other White House announcements--1659 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1660 Editor's Note: The President was in Okinawa, Japan, on July 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. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1649]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1649] Monday, July 24, 2000 Volume 36--Number 29 Pages 1649-1661 Week Ending Friday, July 21, 2000 Statement on Senate Action on Legislation To Provide Permanent Funding To Protect Critical Lands July 14, 2000 I am pleased that a bipartisan agreement was reached today in the Senate on legislation to provide permanent funding to protect critical lands across America. We have before us an historic opportunity to build a truly enduring conservation endowment. I commend Senator Bingaman and Senator Murkowski for their leadership in moving us closer to that goal. I am committed to working with Congress in the bipartisan spirit reflected in today's agreement so that future generations will have the resources to protect precious lands, from city parks to threatened farmland to our grandest natural treasures. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1649-1650] Monday, July 24, 2000 Volume 36--Number 29 Pages 1649-1661 Week Ending Friday, July 21, 2000 Statement on House of Representatives Action on Foreign Operations Appropriations Legislation July 14, 2000 Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a foreign operations bill which includes certain positive elements but is nonetheless deeply flawed. I am pleased that members of both parties joined together to support debt relief for the poorest of the poor nations, as illustrated by the vote on Representative Maxine Waters amendment. While this is an encouraging step, I urge Congress to build on this support by fully funding my request for debt reduction to fully implement the landmark Cologne debt initiative. I am also pleased that a majority in the House supports our efforts to halt the global spread of AIDS. In Africa, AIDS is a leading cause of death and is undermining decades of effort to reduce mortality, improve health, expand educational opportunities, and lift people out of poverty. However, it is unfortunate and unacceptable that this bill fails to provide the resources necessary to support our efforts to keep building peace and stability around the world. The House bill imposes deep, untenable cuts to U.S. contributions to multilateral development banks, including the International Development Association which provides loans for the world's neediest countries in areas like health, clean water supplies, education, and other infrastructure needed for lasting poverty reduction. It is counterproductive to slash development loans that are aimed at lifting the world's poorest nations from poverty, as they reform their social and economic policies, while providing debt relief to these same nations for the same purpose. To do so undermines efforts to lift these countries from deepest poverty and sends them in the wrong direction just when they are working to reverse the devastating spread of AIDS among their people. This bill also denies funding for other multilateral development banks, including draining resources from efforts to encourage developing nations to promote sound environmental policy. We must support the efforts of multilateral development banks, and we must fully fund our obligation to debt relief for the world's poorest nations. This bill includes deep cuts in military assistance for nations working with the United States to advance stability; in particular, it would drain essential funds necessary to support Mid-East peace. It also cuts funding from the Ex-Im bank which supports the export of American products overseas. Support for combating terrorism and nuclear proliferation is inadequate. This bill fails to provide sufficient resources for work with scientists of other nations to reduce the threat of nuclear proliferation, and it denies funds to an administration initiative for anti- [[Page 1650]] terrorism security training. By significantly cutting my request for funds to support Eastern Europe and voluntary peacekeeping, the bill also fails to provide the resources needed to implement a lasting peace in Kosovo and the Balkans and to bring our troops home from that region as quickly as possible. In addition, Congress should not maintain the unnecessary restrictions on international family planning. We should not impose limitations on foreign nongovernmental organizations' use of their own money or their ability to participate in the democratic process in their own country. The bill also fails to provide sufficient funding for international family planning and other USAID development activities, thereby inhibiting our efforts to increase development assistance to Africa and Latin America. As this bill moves forward, I call on Congress to address the numerous and serious problems in it and to produce a foreign operations bill I can sign. Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1650-1651] Monday, July 24, 2000 Volume 36--Number 29 Pages 1649-1661 Week Ending Friday, July 21, 2000 Proclamation 7330--Captive Nations Week, 2000 July 14, 2000 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation When President Eisenhower signed the first Captive Nations Week Proclamation in 1959, the fate of freedom around the world was still far from certain. While the United States and our Allies had defeated Adolf Hitler and the Axis Powers in World War II, a partitioned Berlin stood as a bleak symbol of a divided Europe, and millions throughout Asia, Africa, and South America continued to suffer under communist and authoritarian regimes. Today, as we embark on a new century, democracy is on the rise across the globe. More than half the world's people live under governments of their own choosing. The Iron Curtain has been lifted, allowing the light of liberty into the nations of Central and Eastern Europe. Democratic rule has swept through the countries of Latin America, replacing abusive military regimes with elected civilian governments. And in Africa and Asia, many nations have finally gained independence. This rising tide of freedom is no accident of history; it was
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