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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, November 24, 1997 Volume 33--Number 47 Pages 1817-1883 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings California 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,'' announcement--1868 Kansas, Cessna employees in Wichita--1842 Man of Peace Award--1877 Missouri Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in St. Louis-- 1848 Senatorial candidate Jay Nixon reception in St. Louis--1847 Nevada 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-- 1875 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, statement--1874 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1998, statement-- 1861 Savings Are Vital to Everyone's Retirement Act of 1997, statement-- 1873 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 veto--1875 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,'' memorandum--1872 Importation of modified semiautomatic assault-type rifles, memorandum--1825 Kazakhstan-U.S. agreement on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, memorandum--1846 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Joint Statements U.S.-Kazakhstan relations--1853 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Kazakhstan, President Nazarbayev--1853 Proclamations 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 [[Page 1817]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1817-1821] 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. [Laughter] 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 initiatives. 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 [[Page 1818]] 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 others. 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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