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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, April 26, 1999
Volume 35--Number 16
Pages 671-703

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Columbine High School, Littleton, CO, attack--683, 685
    Economic team meeting--683
    Massachusetts, Majority 2000 dinner in Weston--671
    National Teacher of the Year, award ceremony--676
    Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation to former Chancellor 
        Kohl of Germany--681
    Radio address--675
    Virginia, roundtable discussion with students at T.C. Williams High 
        School in Alexandria--691
    White House volunteers--687

Appointments and Nominations

    Defense Department
        U.S. Army, Chief of Staff, statement--689
        U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant, statement--689

Communications to Congress

    Federal agency climate change programs and activities, message 
        transmitting account--685

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of authority, memorandum--671
    Humanitarian relief for Kosovar refugees, memorandum--690

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Briefing Room--685

Letters and Messages

    Bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, fourth 
        anniversary, message--676

Statements by the President

    See also Appointments and Nominations
    Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, commemorating deportation and 
    China's acquisition of nuclear weapons information and the 
        development of future weapons, damage assessment--690
    Congressional action on proposed education flexibility partnership 
    Deaths of David and Penny McCall--680
    Earth Day--700

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--703
    Checklist of White House press releases--702
    Digest of other White House announcements--701
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--702

Editor's Note: In order to meet publication and distribution deadlines 
during the NATO 50th anniversary weekend, the cutoff time for this issue 
has been advanced to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. Documents released 
after that time will appear in the next issue.


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Monday, April 26, 1999
Volume 35--Number 16
Pages 671-703
Week Ending Friday, April 23, 1999
Memorandum on Delegation of Authority

April 16, 1999

Memorandum for the Attorney General

Subject: Delegation of Authority Under Sections 212(f) and 215(a)(1) of 
the Immigration and Nationality Act

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, including sections 212(f) and 
215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (8 U.S.C. 
1182(f) and 1185(a)(1)), and in light of Proclamation 4865 of September 
29, 1981, I hereby delegate to the Attorney General the authority to:
    (a) Maintain custody, at any location she deems appropriate, and 
      conduct any screening she deems appropriate in her unreviewable 
      discretion, of any undocumented person encountered in vessels 
      interdicted on the high seas in the general area of the Northern 
      Mariana Islands in 1999, including the stateless vessel located 
      west of the Northern Mariana Islands and identified by United 
      States authorities on or about April 12, 1999; and
    (b) Undertake any other appropriate actions with respect to such 
      aliens permitted by law.
    This memorandum is not intended to create, and should not be 
construed to create, any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, 
legally enforceable by any party against the United States, its agencies 
or instrumentalities, officers, employees, or any other person, or to 
require any procedures to determine whether a person is a refugee.
    You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the 
Federal Register.
                                            William J. Clinton

Note: This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Monday, April 26, 1999
Volume 35--Number 16
Pages 671-703
Week Ending Friday, April 23, 1999
Remarks at a Majority 2000 Dinner in Weston, Massachusetts

April 16, 1999

    Well, first of all, I would like to thank Senator Kennedy and 
Senator Daschle for their introductions. [Laughter] I don't want Senator 
Kennedy to be upset at Senator Daschle. I told Senator Daschle I did not 
want Kennedy to introduce me. [Laughter] And he drew the wrong 
conclusion--I just didn't want Patrick up here making those gestures 
introducing me. [Laughter]
    I tell you, Patrick, I have never heard you so funny; you've got a 
second career. [Laughter]
    Like everyone else, I want to thank Alan and Susan and all of the 
others who helped to raise the funds tonight. I'd also like to thank the 
people who provided our meal and those who served it. And I want to 
thank our wonderful, wonderful musicians, Gary Burton and his pianist. 
They were terrific. Thank you very much. You guys were great. Thank you.
    As Senator Kennedy said, I am profoundly indebted to the people of 
Massachusetts. Massachusetts has been wonderful to me and to Hillary, to 
Al and to Tipper Gore, to give our administration the support that we 
need and to send such remarkable people to the Congress. A majority of 
all of the Congress people from Massachusetts, all Democrats, are here 
tonight. And I thank Congressman Moakley, Congressman Delahunt and 
Congressman Meehan, Congressman Markey and Congressman Tierney, along 
with Congressman Kennedy.
    We're also glad to be joined tonight by Congressman Earl Blumenauer 
who is from Oregon. He's a long way from home, and we're glad he's here. 
Thank you very much.

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And our wonderful Democratic whip, Dave Bonior, who took me to his 
district in Michigan today to meet with the Albanian-Americans and to 
hear their stories, along with Congressman Gephardt.
    I, too, want to say how profoundly grateful I am for what Senator 
Kerry said, how much it means and for what he does for you, and for 
Senator Kennedy. And as others have said, we could not have better 
leaders in the United States Congress than Senator Daschle and 
Congressman Gephardt.
    I could give you 1,000 examples. But suffice it to say that I do not 
believe that we would be here tonight in the position we're in with the 
country in the position it is in had it not been for their leadership 
and their support for me, and their always willingness to come in and 
have these fascinating discussions and, even when they think I'm wrong, 
to tell me they think I'm wrong. And we try to work it out, work 
together, and go forward together. And it's been a remarkable 
    I also would say, to echo something Dick Gephardt said--and I want 
all of you to know--you know, most of you have been to enough of these 
political fundraisers that you're used to politicians getting up and 
blowing smoke over one another, you know, and saying that they think 
this one is the greatest person since the redwoods began to grow in 
California and all of that--[laughter]--the other one was born in a log 
cabin he built himself--all of those. [Laughter] You're used to hearing 
all that sort of stuff. I know that. And you think that we all leave, we 
go back to telling bad stories on one another, and cutting each other 
    I'm telling you, the team of leaders we have now and the people that 
represent you in Massachusetts, there is a profound mutual respect borne 
of shared goals and shared dreams for the American people. I told all my 
folks when I became President--I said, ``I didn't work in Washington 
before, and I'm going to make my fair share of mistakes. But one of the 
great advantages that I have is that I lived in a little State where I 
was expected to show up for work every day and where I didn't have to 
spend half my time worrying about what was in the newspaper that day and 
who was up and who was down and who was leaking and who was not.''
    And my theory is, if we stay together and work together and we're 
loyal to each other and we air our differences honestly, and we show up 
for work every day, eventually something good will happen for the 
American people.
    Now, I think the evidence is that that happened. But what you need 
to know is that's the sort of leadership we have in our party. Dick and 
David and Tom and the rest of our crowd, they're like what you expect 
from the Massachusetts delegation. They show up for work every day. They 
do not get paralyzed by this story or that story, or spending all their 
time trying to manipulate who's up and who's down in Washington today. 
They have an agenda, rooted in their concerns for you and our children's 
future, and they show up.
    And it's just like any other job. I know we'd like for you to 
believe that you've got to be just one step short of Albert Einstein to 
do all these jobs we do. But a lot of it is deciding what the right 
thing to do is, clearly laying it out, and going at it day-in and day-
out, year-in and year-out.
    So I want to thank you for investing in the future of the Democratic 
majority in the Congress, because they have proved for 6 long years that 
they have good ideas, good values, and great work habits, and they will 
deliver for the United States of America, thanks to your help. And I 
thank you very much.
    I also want to say, Alan, thank you very much for collecting the 
money for the relief effort in Kosovo. Let me just briefly say the camps 
in Albania are teeming tiny Macedonia, with its own ethnic difficulties 
to deal with, trying to preserve its democracy. It's deeply strained. We 
need all the help we can get. And frankly, the relief agencies are very, 
very good; they are very efficient; they don't waste the money, and cash 
is better than in-kind contributions, because the needs shift daily. And 
anything you can do to help that, I hope you will.
    Now, I'm not going to put you through another speech of any length, 
but I want to take 5 minutes and ask you to think about why you should 
want these people in the majority in 2000. And when it happens, I'm

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going to miss it. [Laughter] But I just want to tell you for 5 minutes, 
I want you to think about this.

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