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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, June 26, 2000
Volume 36--Number 25
Pages 1385-1468

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
        Democratic National Committee luncheon in Phoenix--1440
        Departure for Phoenix--1432
        Federal Victory Fund reception in Phoenix--1437
        Democratic National Committee dinner in San Diego--1452
        Reception for congressional candidate Susan Davis in San Diego--
        U.S. Olympic community in Chula Vista--1458
    Congressional Medal of Honor, presentation to Asian-American heroes 
        of World War II--1418
    District of Columbia College Access Act--1413
    Hillary 2000 dinner--1425
    Irish-American Democrats, dinner honoring Terence McAuliffe--1421
    Medicare prescription drug coverage--1413, 1432
    Morocco, state visit of King Mohamed VI
        Welcoming ceremony--1412
    New York, reception for Representative Edolphus Towns in New York 
    Radio address--1391

Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee, videotape remarks--1421
        Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
            Dinner in Austin--1408
            Luncheon in Houston--1399
            Reception in Austin--1403
        Southwest Voter Registration Education Project reception in 

Bill Signings

    Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000
        Radio remarks--1415

Communications to Congress

    Energy, letter on national long-term needs--1447
    Iran, message transmitting report on national emergency--1432
    Kosovo International Security Force, letter reporting on deployment 
        of U.S. military personnel as part--1387
    Montreal Protocol, letter transmitting amendment--1448
    Russian Federation, message on national emergency--1430
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Los Angeles, CA, on June 23, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.


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Communications to Federal Agencies

    Fatherhood, memorandum on joint guidance supporting responsible 
    Jerusalem Embassy Act, memorandum on suspension of limitations--1394
    U.S.-Israel Cooperation on Affordable Housing and Community 
        Development, memorandum--1411
    Young people, memorandum on promoting health through physical 
        activity and participation in sports--1464

Executive Orders

    Blocking Property of the Government of the Russian Federation 
        Relating to the Disposition of Highly Enriched Uranium Extracted 
        From Nuclear Weapons--1429
    Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Sex, Color, National Origin, 
        Disability, Religion, Age, Sexual Orientation, and Status as a 
        Parent in Federally Conducted Education and Training Programs--

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the South Portico--1432
    Interview with Rebecca Rankin of VH1--1385


    50th Anniversary of the Korean War and National Korean War Veterans 
        Armistice Day--1465

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms report--1421
    Death of former Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita of Japan--1417
    Ethiopia-Eritrea cease-fire agreement--1394
    European security and defense policy--1416
    Geneva Protocol, anniversary--1393
    Government meat inspectors, shootings--1447
    Greece, entry into Economic and Monetary Union--1407
    Gun laws, proposed legislation to bolster enforcement--1446
    House of Representatives action on tobacco legislation--1417
    North Korea, easing sanctions--1408
    School modernization, proposed legislation--1446
    Senate action on hate crimes legislation--1416
    Tobacco settlement lawsuit
        Congressional action--1407
        House of Representatives action--1465

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1467
    Checklist of White House press releases--1467
    Digest of other White House announcements--1466
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1467

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Week Ending Friday, June 23, 2000
Interview With Rebecca Rankin of VH1 in New York City

June 16, 2000

``VH1 Save The Music''

    Ms. Rankin.  ``VH1 Save The Music,'' you've been involved for a 
while. When did you first hear about the program, and why did it draw 
    The President.  Well, I'm trying to remember whether I first heard 
about it from my wife or whether I read something about it. But I 
actually wrote a letter to John Sykes because I was so excited about 
what they were doing. I had been in school music when I was a young 
person, starting at the age of 9. And I had been really, really upset 
about all these schools dropping their music programs when I was 
Governor. And Hillary and I redid the school standards in Arkansas. We 
tried very hard to protect the music programs and the arts programs and 
the physical education programs for the people who weren't in team 
sports. And so I realized that all over the country these schools were 
under more and more financial pressure, and they thought that maybe the 
path of least resistance was just to get rid of the music programs. And 
so here was someone trying to do something about it. I was just 
thrilled, and I wanted to help.
    Ms. Rankin.  Very cool. Growing up--I know, I've watched a lot of 
tapes on you. We did ``Rock and Roll President'' a while back with you.
    The President.  Yes, in 1992. I loved it.
    Ms. Rankin. Exactly. They gave me a copy of that. Music education 
was really important to you, obviously, growing up----
    The President.  Really important.
    Ms. Rankin. ----and music was really important. Looking at where you 
are now, arguably one of the most important people on the planet, what 
did music education do for you, and how has it come to play in your life 
    The President.  Well, first of all, it gave me an outlet for all 
this energy I had. It gave me a constructive way to be creative. It also 
taught me discipline, and it taught me that to create something 
beautiful required hard work and discipline. It taught me how to be--to 
create alone, and also how to work with a group, in a band, a jazz band 
or a combo. And it made me happy. I mean, it just made me happy. It's 
such a wonderful--when I was a kid and I'd have a tough time, as long as 
I could play, I could always be okay. I could just be in a private 
place. And it fueled my imagination. And it gave me an appreciation of 
things in life that has stayed with me to the present day.
    I can still go in my music room that Hillary built me upstairs in 
the White House and play for 15 or 20 minutes, and all the cares of the 
world go away.

Congressional Resolution on Music Education

    Ms. Rankin.  Very nice. So you guys have got to remember that when 
you're playing. Mr. Clinton said it.
    Let's talk about, there was a resolution passed in Congress a few 
days ago, unanimous resolution saying that music education was extremely 
important. Why is it so important that this was passed, and what's it 
going to do in the future?
    The President.  Well, I think it was important that it was passed 
because it shows that the Representatives of the people of both parties 
have now--are acknowledging that it's important, and it's a problem 
because there are so many schools that don't offer it anymore. And I 
think it will tend to increase public awareness of this, public support 
for maintaining the music programs.
    The President's Advisory Commission on Music and the Arts did a 
study a couple of years ago, and Hillary was the honorary chair

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of the committee. They found that local pressure, parental involvement, 
community involvement was the single most important factor in either 
keeping or restoring music programs to the schools. And so I think 
that's why it matters.
    I think also, though, the Congress and the President have a 
responsibility to keep putting as much money out there to the schools to 
pay for their other expenses as possible--the buildings, the teachers to 
have smaller classes--so the schools will have the money they need for 
the music programs.
    But, you know, there's lots and lots of research on this now which 
shows that if a good school music program increases academic 
performance, that a lot of young people learn in different ways and are 
dramatically stimulated by music. So that's another reason we ought to 
be for this. It actually will help the overall learning enterprise.
    Ms. Rankin.  Yes. That's an important point because I think 
everybody thinks of it as just an art, and it stops there----
    The President.  Not true.

``VH1 Save The Music''

    Ms. Rankin. ----and it's culture and it carries through.
    We've had a lot of artists helping us this week with ``VH1 Save The 
Music'' week and the ``Today Show.'' Mariah Carey was out yesterday; 
A.J. McLean from the Backstreet Boys; the Goo Goo Dolls. Today we have 
Bon Jovi playing at the ``Today Show'' in Rockefeller Center. Are you a 
Bon Jovi fan?
    The President.  I love Bon Jovi. I really--I think he's great. I'm a 
music fan of his. I like his acting. He's doing very well in the movies 
now. And he's a marvelous young man. He's been to the White House to 
visit Hillary and me on several occasions. He's really--he's a very nice 
man. And I'm pleased for his success, and I'm grateful that he's helping 
    Ms. Rankin.  What does it say to the public to have such important 
sort of star power behind a program like ``VH1 Save The Music?''
    The President.  Well, I hope that it increases the public's 
awareness. I hope it says, hey, this is really important. I mean, these 

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