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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, October 25, 1999
Volume 35--Number 42
Pages 2065-2124

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    AmeriCorps, fifth anniversary--2098

    Democratic National Committee dinner--2110
    Economic team meeting--2071

    Hurricane Floyd disaster relief funding--2076

    National Association of Police Organizations' ``Top Cops''--2102
    National Board for Professional Teaching Standards--2112
    National Italian American Foundation dinner--2068
    New Jersey
        Arrival in Newark--2076
        Democratic Assembly dinner in Elizabeth--2078

    Radio address--2065
    Reception for Senator Edward M. Kennedy--2108
    Voices against violence congressional teen conference--2083
    White House Conference on Philanthropy--2119

Bill Signings

    Agriculture appropriations legislation, radio remarks--2118

Bill Signings--Continued

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, statement on legislation 
    Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development, 
        and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000

Bill Vetoes

    ``Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs 
        Appropriations Act, 2000'', message--2074

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Signings; Bill Vetoes
    Colombia, messages on the emergency with respect to significant 
        narcotics traffickers--2089, 2102
    Medicare reform, letter--2090
    Nuclear Regulatory Commission, message transmitting report--2076

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Hiring people with disabilities in the Federal Government, 
    Waiver and certification of statutory provisions regarding the 
        Palestine Liberation Organization, memorandum--2112
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Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--2071

        Newark, NJ--2076

        Oval Office--2091


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to Significant Narcotics 
        Traffickers Centered in Colombia--2089


    National Character Counts Week--2068

    National Day of Concern About Young People and Gun Violence--2107

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Commemoration of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin--2106

    House action
        Education legislation--2106

        ``Work Incentives Improvement Act''--2088

Statements by the President--Continued

        President Wahid, election--2102
        East Timor, vote to accept the referendum results--2088
    Nation's financial system, legislation to reform--2121
    Nobel Peace Prize, award to Doctors Without Borders--2065
    Senate action to block campaign finance reform--2088
    Social Security Administration cost-of-living adjustment--2087
    Uniform Crime Report, 1998--2071
    U.N. Security Council action against international terrorism and the 

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2123
    Checklist of White House press releases--2123
    Digest of other White House announcements--2122
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2122

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Week Ending Friday, October 22, 1999
Statement on the Award of the
Nobel Peace Prize to Doctors Without Borders

October 15, 1999

    Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres) richly deserves 
the Nobel Peace Prize. They work around the world, under difficult and 
often dangerous conditions, to provide medical assistance to the victims 
of conflict and natural disasters. They have cared for the sick and the 
wounded at refugee camps in Kosovo and Timor, aided flood victims in the 
Philippines, treated disease in Sudan and Sierra Leone, Vietnam and 
Peru. Their work is emblematic of the commitment of so many people of 
good will today to build a global community where compassion, 
cooperation, and progress increasingly know no borders.
    I am proud that the United States Government has provided 
substantial annual assistance to Doctors Without Borders, and that we 
work together closely in times of crisis. Humanitarian relief of this 
kind is not only the right thing to do for our values; it also helps 
build peace and stability and thereby strengthens America's own 

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Statement on United Nations Security Council Action Against 
International Terrorism and the Taliban

October 15, 1999

    I applaud the U.N. Security Council for taking a strong stand 
against international terrorism today and demanding that the Taliban 
stop harboring Usama bin Ladin. The Security Council's resolution, which 
passed by a unanimous vote, will result in economic sanctions being 
placed on the Taliban if they do not deliver bin Ladin within 30 days to 
a country where he can be brought to justice.
    The Security Council's action demonstrates the international 
community's understanding of the threat posed by bin Ladin and his 
network of terrorists. Despite the condemnation of scores of countries 
after the 1998 bombing of our Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the 
Taliban has continued to allow bin Ladin and his network to operate 
training camps, make threats against the United States and others, and 
plan terrorist operations from their bases in Afghanistan. Now the 
international community has spoken with one voice. The sanctions the 
U.N. has chosen parallel the unilateral ones that the United States 
placed on the Taliban in July and will result in the restriction of 
landing rights of airlines owned, leased, or operated by or on behalf of 
the Taliban, the freezing of Taliban accounts around the world, and the 
prohibition of investment in any undertaking owned or controlled by the 
    The international community has sent a clear message. The choice 
between cooperation and isolation lies with the Taliban.

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Week Ending Friday, October 22, 1999
The President's Radio Address

October 16, 1999

    Good morning. Today I want to talk about what we must do to make 
sure people with disabilities who are ready, willing, and able to work 
can be part of our Nation's prosperity.
    Work is an awfully important part of who we are as Americans. It 
connects us with our communities and provides dignity for our families. 
Today, more Americans are working than ever before. Since 1993, in 
January, when I took office, we've had the largest

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peacetime expansion in our history and created more than 19 million new 
jobs. Unemployment is at a 29-year low; welfare rates, a 30-year low; 
poverty, a 20-year low, with the first back-to-back budget surpluses in 
42 years.
    But in spite of the good economic news, there are people in places 
still not touched by our prosperity. Among them are almost three out of 

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