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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, July 24, 2000
Volume 36--Number 29
Pages 1649-1661

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

        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, 

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--

Joint Statements

    Russia-U.S. Joint Statement on Cooperation on Strategic Stability--

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Russia, President Putin--1658


    Captive Nations Week--1650

Statements by the President

    Alzheimer's disease, funding for research on the prevention and 
    Community Reinvestment Act--1653
    Death of Senator Paul Coverdell--1655
    German agreement to compensate victims of Nazi slave and forced 
    Group of Eight meeting, Tokyo--1656
    House of Representatives action on foreign operations appropriations 
    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.


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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.

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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 

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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.

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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 
    This rising tide of freedom is no accident of history; it was 

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