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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, December 26, 1994
Volume 30--Number 51
Pages 2509-2531

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Announcing the selection of Joseph Brann as Top Cop--2513
    Empowerment zones and enterprise communities--2517, 2520
    Medal presentation for service in Operation Uphold Democracy--2515
    Middle class bill of rights--2511
    North Korea--2511
    Radio address--2509

Appointments and Nominations

    National Bankruptcy Review Commission, Chair and members--2530
    State Department, Ambassador to Israel--2524

Communications to Congress

    Continuation of Libyan emergency, letter transmitting notice--2525
    Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, letter--2525

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Uruguay Round Agreements, memorandum--2529

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Briefing Room--2523


    Continuation of Libyan Emergency--2524


    To Implement the Trade Agreements Resulting From the Uruguay Round 
        of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and for Other Purposes--2526
    Wright Brothers Day--2509

Statements by the President

    Death of Dean Rusk--2522
    Disaster assistance for Florida and Georgia--2530
    Helicopter tragedy in North Korea--2511
    Northwest Forest Plan--2523

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2531
    Checklist of White House press releases--2531
    Digest of other White House announcements--2530
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2531


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Monday, December 26, 1994
Volume 30--Number 51
Pages 2509-2531
Week Ending Friday, December 23, 1994
Proclamation 6762--Wright Brothers Day, 1994

December 15, 1994

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    On a windy December day 91 years ago, Orville and Wilbur Wright made 
history. In 12 seconds of flight, they demonstrated to the world that 
mortals really could touch the sky in powered flight. In the decades 
since, Americans have continued to make history with countless 
achievements in aviation and aerospace technology.
    America leads the world in aeronautics technology, and that 
leadership is directly reflected in the success of our aircraft 
industry. The legacy of the Wright brothers is clear: in the past year, 
the U.S. aeronautics industry sold more than $100 billion in products 
and employed more than a million people in high-quality jobs. Aircraft 
are the Nation's top manufactured export, with more than $40 billion in 
sales in 181 countries around the world.
    We have a grand history and a promising future in aeronautics. The 
enactment of the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994, which I 
signed into law last August, provides a significant opportunity to 
reassert America's global leadership in general aviation aircraft. 
Offering the promise of new jobs and an enhanced economic climate, this 
measure applies the kind of innovation, creativity, and vision 
exemplified so many years ago by the Wright brothers.
    Today, Orville and Wilbur's perseverance continues to challenge and 
inspire us as we take the lead in cutting-edge aeronautics technology. 
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working with 
industry to develop technologies that will make conventional aircraft 
safer, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly. Government 
and industry researchers are also working in partnership to transform 
the concept of affordable commercial supersonic flight into a reality 
early in the next century. These technological advancements in aviation 
and aerospace will continue to contribute to our success and prosperity. 
The dream that began on a lonely stretch of beach near Kitty Hawk, North 
Carolina, has taken us through the sound barrier and into space--and the 
future holds endless possibilities.
    The Congress, by a joint resolution approved December 17, 1963 (77 
Stat. 402; 36 U.S.C. 169), has designated December 17 of each year as 
``Wright Brothers Day'' and has authorized and requested the President 
to issue annually a proclamation inviting the people of the United 
States to observe that day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, do hereby proclaim December 17, 1994, as Wright 
Brothers Day.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day 
of December, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-four, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and nineteenth.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:35 a.m., December 16, 

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on December 16, and it was published in the Federal Register 
on December 19. This item was not received in time for publication in 
the appropriate issue.

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Monday, December 26, 1994
Volume 30--Number 51
Pages 2509-2531
Week Ending Friday, December 23, 1994
The President's Radio Address

December 17, 1994

    The President. Good morning. Today I'm speaking from the Northern 
Virginia Com- 

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munity College in Annandale, Virginia, where I'm joined by 50 students 
and the Secretary of Education, Dick Riley, who will speak with you in a 
    In this holiday season, families come together to reflect on the 
past year and plan for the year ahead. It's a time to be with our 
children and think about their futures. For students near the end of 
high school, it's a time to think about continuing their education after 
    Our people face greater challenges than ever to get ahead. For too 
long, too many Americans have worked harder for less. I ran for 
President to change that, to help ordinary people compete and win in the 
new American economy, to restore the American dream for middle class 
    For 2 years, we've pursued an economic strategy that has helped to 
produce over 5 million new jobs. But this growth has not produced higher 
incomes for most Americans, especially those without more than a high 
school education, at the very time it's more important than ever to get 
a good education after high school and then to keep learning throughout 
adult life.
    It's more expensive than ever before. In the decade before I took 
office, the cost of college tripled. Too many people are being priced 
out of a fair shot at high-quality education. If we can't change that, 
we're at risk of losing our great American middle class and of becoming 
a two-tiered society with a few successful people at the top and 
everyone else struggling below.
    Fifty years ago, an American President proposed the GI bill of 
rights. It helped World War II veterans go to college, buy a home, raise 
their children; it built this country. Last Thursday night, I proposed a 
middle class bill of rights, four new ideas to help middle class 
Americans get ahead. Here's how it will work.
    The first proposal is especially important to people at this 
community college. If your family makes less than $120,000, the tuition 
you pay for college, community college, graduate school, professional 
school, vocational education, or worker training will be fully 
deductible from your taxable income, phased up to $10,000 a year. 
Nothing like this has ever been done before.
    Second, if your family makes $75,000 a year or less, you'll receive 
a tax cut phased up to $500 for every child under the age of 13.
    Third, if your family makes less than $100,000 a year, you'll be 
able to put $2,000 a year, tax-free, into an individual retirement 
account, but you'll also be able to withdraw the money, tax-free, for 
education, a first home, or the care of an elderly parent.
    Finally, the middle class bill of rights will take the billions of 
dollars that Government spends on job training and make that money 
directly available to American workers so that you can spend it as you 
decide, when you need to learn new skills to get a new job or a better 
    Of course, we have to pay for all this. On Thursday night I proposed 
dramatic reductions in three more Cabinet departments. And Monday 
morning Vice President Gore and I will outline these cuts in more 
detail. But today I want to ask Secretary Riley to talk about why 
education is a top priority in the middle class bill of rights.
    Secretary Riley.

[At this point, Secretary Riley discussed the middle class bill of 
rights and education.]

    The President. Thank you, Secretary Riley.
    My fellow Americans, this middle class bill of rights will further 
the agenda of this administration and, more importantly, our common 
mission as Americans: to expand middle class incomes and opportunities; 
to promote the values of work and family, responsibility and community; 
and to help Americans compete and win in the new American economy of the 
    With all the challenges we face today, ours is still the greatest 
country in the world. Let's keep it that way for our children and for 
future generations. I thank Secretary Riley for joining me and wish you 
all a very happy holiday season.
    Thanks for listening.

Note: The President spoke at 10:06 a.m. from Northern Virginia Community 
College, Annandale, VA.

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