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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, April 26, 1999 Volume 35--Number 16 Pages 671-703 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 massacre--680 China's acquisition of nuclear weapons information and the development of future weapons, damage assessment--690 Congressional action on proposed education flexibility partnership legislation--689 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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[[Page 671]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 671] 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 appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 671-675] 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. [[Page 672]] 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 partnership. 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 down. 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 [[Page 673]] 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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