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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, November 24, 1997
Volume 33--Number 47
Pages 1817-1883

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
        Arrival in Sacramento--1827
        Democratic National Committee
            Dinner in Los Angeles--1838
            Luncheon in Sacramento--1830
        Rock the Vote reception in Beverly Hills--1835
        Yolo Basin Wetlands in Davis--1828
    Council of Jewish Federations, teleconference--1855
    Democratic Business Council--1856
    Democratic National Committee dinner--1860
    Ecumenical breakfast--1866
    Health Care ``Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities,'' 
    Kansas, Cessna employees in Wichita--1842
    Man of Peace Award--1877
        Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in St. Louis--
        Senatorial candidate Jay Nixon reception in St. Louis--1847
        Democratic National Committee dinner in Las Vegas--1821
        Women's Leadership Forum in Las Vegas--1817
    Radio address--1826

Bill Signings

    Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, remarks--1863

Bill Signings--Continued

    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998, statement--1854
    District of Columbia appropriations legislation, statement--1865
    Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997, remarks--
    Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, statement--1874
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, statement--
    Savings Are Vital to Everyone's Retirement Act of 1997, statement--
    Veterans' Compensation Rate Amendments of 1997, statement--1864

Bill Vetoes

    Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
        Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 1998, letter on line item 
    Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
        1998, letter on line item veto--1874

Communications to Congress

    See Bill Vetoes

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Health Care ``Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities,'' 
    Importation of modified semiautomatic assault-type rifles, 
    Kazakhstan-U.S. agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, 

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Joint Statements

    U.S.-Kazakhstan relations--1853

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Kazakhstan, President Nazarbayev--1853


    National Great American Smokeout Day--1872
    Thanksgiving Day--1880

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Korean Peninsula peace process--1880

Statements by the President--Continued

    Representative Ron Dellums' decision not to seek reelection--1846
    Representative Vic Fazio's decision not to seek reelection--1846
    Terrorist attack in Luxor, Egypt--1846

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1882
    Checklist of White House press releases--1881
    Digest of other White House announcements--1881
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1881

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Monday, November 24, 1997
Volume 33--Number 47
Pages 1817-1883
Week Ending Friday, November 21, 1997
Remarks to the Women's Leadership Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada

November 14, 1997

    Thank you very much. Thank you all for being here, for being in such 
a good humor. [Laughter] You know why they're sitting down now? Because 
they think I'm going to talk a lot longer than previous speakers. 
    I want to thank Senator Reid and Senator Bryan and Governor Miller, 
for being here, for their service, and for their remarkable friendship 
to me. I'd like to thank the national chair of the Women's Leadership 
Forum, Cynthia Friedman, who is also up here on the stage with us. And 
we have other people here from the National Democratic Party--I see 
Carol Pensky out there--I thank all of them. But I want to say a special 
word of thanks to Shelly Berkeley and to Cassandra Williams, and to you, 
Mayor Jones, all of you who made this night possible.
    This is an event sponsored by the Women's Leadership Forum, but I 
see there are a few lucky men out here in the audience--[laughter]--and 
I thank you for showing up, too. I'd be lonely if you weren't here.
    I got tickled when the mayor was telling that story about my mother, 
which is a true story. That's not one of those things you make up 
because it sounds good on the podium. My mother spent the last weekend 
of her life in Las Vegas. [Laughter] And she had been quite ill for a 
long time. And the night she passed away she called me, and we had a 
long and perfectly normal conversation. And I thought to myself that in 
her own mind she got to go to heaven 4 days early. She looked at it that 
way. [Laughter] So whenever I land at the airport here, I always imagine 
that my mother is landing with me because she loved to come here so much 
and had so many friends here.
    Let me say very briefly to all of you, this is a very exciting, 
interesting, and good time for America. Congress just went home. We had 
a very good year. We passed an historic balanced budget agreement. It 
had the largest investment for children's health that your National 
Government has made since 1965. It has a huge effort to improve research 
and care in the area of diabetes, an illness that affects 16 million 
Americans. The diabetes foundation said it's the most important thing 
done in diabetes since the discovery of insulin 70 years ago.
    It has a major, major investment, the largest investment in 
education since 1965, everything from more Pell grants to more work-
study positions to more funds to put computers in every classroom in 
this country by the year 2000. It, for the first time, puts us on record 
as favoring national academic standards and a voluntary testing system 
to see how all our children are doing. This was a great budget, and it 
is going to make a huge difference in America. Yesterday I signed the 
last big piece of it, dealing with the health care and the education 
    The Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention that will make 
all of you young people here and your children less likely to be exposed 
to deadly chemicals from terrorists and organized criminals, a terribly 
important thing.
    The Congress passed landmark reform of the Food and Drug 
Administration which will enable us to continue to test medicines to 
make sure they're safe for the American people but will move them to the 
market a lot quicker, so that people who have serious illnesses in 
America and want to know they're going to get access to the medicine 
that's the best in the world as quickly as possible will know that we're 
doing the best job in the world of both protecting their safety and 
getting them medicines that can save their lives. This is a huge issue.
    The Senate and the House passed a landmark reform of our adoption 
system in America to give massive new incentives and speed

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up the system by which families can adopt children, which is a terribly 
important issue. Just last year we passed a $5,000 adoption tax credit, 
and in a few days, when Hillary comes home from her trip--she worked 
hard on this--we're going to have a nice little signing ceremony and 
describe to the world what this adoption initiative does. But it is very 
important, and I'm proud of it, and every woman in America should be 
proud of it.
    So this was a good year, a historic year. And it was another step 
along the way in trying to implement the vision that I ran for President 
6 years ago to try to implement. One that, thank goodness, has received 
the support of a substantial majority of America's women and has helped 
us to build a party for the future.
    But it's pretty simple. I know that we are moving into a very 
different time. We are dramatically changing the basis of economic 
activity. We are seeing dramatic changes in the way people live as well 
as the way they work and the way we relate to each other. Our own 
country is changing dramatically; we're getting more and more diverse in 
every conceivable way but especially in racial and ethnic and religious 
terms. The way we relate to the world is different. We are the world's 
strongest military power and have the world's strongest economy, but we 
are still only 4 percent of the world's population, with about 20 
percent of its income, so that, increasingly, our ability to succeed in 
ensuring our own future depends on our willingness to get involved in 
issues beyond our border and our willingness to recognize that we are 
interdependent with others and that we have to work in partnership with 
    What are the big security problems of the future? Terrorism, weapons 
of mass destruction proliferation, organized crime, international drug 
dealing, international environmental crisis, the spread of new diseases 
across national borders--none of these can be dealt with unless we're 
willing to work as partners. We can lead, but we have to lead in a world 
increasingly interdependent.
    In Bosnia, we are there with soldiers from more than two dozen other 
countries, including Russian soldiers working side by side. That is a 
metaphor for what we'll have to do in the future.
    And what I want to do is to have an America in which every person, 
without regard to his or her circumstances in life, has a chance to live 
out his or her dreams if they're responsible enough to work for it and 
to be a good citizen; a country in which we're coming together instead 
of being driven apart, as so many other societies are; and a nation 
still strong enough to lead the world for peace and freedom and 
prosperity. We've been working at it for 6 years now.
    The economy is stronger; we have the lowest unemployment rate in 24 
years; we have the lowest inflation rate in 30 years. We had another big 
drop in the crime rate last year. The murder rate in America has dropped 
22 percent in just 3 years, 10 percent last year alone. We've had the 
biggest drop in welfare rolls in the country's history. And even though 
we've had two decades of immigration, lots and lots of poor people 

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