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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, July 26, 1999 Volume 35--Number 29 Pages 1387-1470 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Camp David, MD, remarks on returning from--1403 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty--1424 Democratic Business Council dinner--1432 Democratic National Committee dinner--1418 Iowa Amos Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines--1387 Senator Tom Harkin Dinner in Des Moines--1392 Reception in Des Moines--1397 Kennedy, John F., Jr., disappearance of aircraft--1403 Legal community representatives--1426 Michigan Medicare, conversation in Lansing--1453 Overflow crowd in Lansing--1466 Patients' Bill of Rights--1391 Radio address--1401 Women's Leadership Forum dinner--1432 Women's World Cup soccer champion U.S. team--1405 Bill Signings Y2K Act, statement--1431 Communications to Congress Albania, emigration policies and trade status, message transmitting report--1415 Deployment of military forces for stabilization of areas of the former Yugoslavia, letter reporting--1416 Education, letter on proposed legislation--1417 Iraq, U.S. national emergency, message transmitting notice--1438 Libya, U.S. national emergency, message reporting--1415 Communications to Federal Agencies Delegation of authority, memorandum--1405 Military compensation, ninth quadrennial review, memorandum--1437 Executive Orders Further Amendments to Executive Order 12757, Implementation of the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative--1467 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Iowa, Des Moines--1391 Rose Garden--1424 News conferences July 19 (No. 178) with Prime Minister Barak of Israel --1406 July 21 (No. 179)--1438 Joint Statements Joint Statement by President Clinton and Prime Minister Ehud Barak-- 1412 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Israel, Prime Minister Barak--1403, 1406, 1412 Notices Continuation of Iraqi Emergency--1437 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Crime rate statistics--1403 House action ``African Growth and Opportunity Act''--1392 Republican tax plan--1466 Representative Michael P. Forbes, decision to join Democratic Party--1402 Senate action on hate crimes legislation--1467 Senate inaction on nomination for Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division--1453 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1470 Checklist of White House press releases--1470 Digest of other White House announcements--1468 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1469 [[Page 1387]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1387-1391] Monday, July 26, 1999 Volume 35--Number 29 Pages 1387-1470 Week Ending Friday, July 23, 1999 Remarks at Amos Hiatt Middle School in Des Moines, Iowa July 16, 1999 The President. You know, when Tom Harkin said that anybody with any sense would take their coat off--[laughter]--I didn't know whether that meant I didn't have any sense or he just gets hot under the collar quicker than I do. [Laughter] Actually, I think the answer is a lighter suit. I am delighted to be here, and I thank you all for your wonderful welcome. And I don't mind that it's a warm one. I always love coming to Iowa, coming back here to this wonderful city. I want to thank Ruth Ann Gaines for her dedication and her remarkable remarks this morning. I want to say that as long as young people like Catherine Swoboda are exhibit A for Iowa education, this country is going to do just fine. I thought she was terrific. I thank Secretary Riley for coming with me. Many of you in Iowa may not know it, but Dick Riley and I began our careers as Governors together 20 years ago this year, and we've been working at education for a long, long time. I think that history will record that he is the finest Secretary of Education this country has ever had. And I'm very grateful to him, and I thank him. I would like to thank Superintendent Witherspoon and your principal, Gary Eyerly, for welcoming us to this school. And I want to thank all the public officials who are here. I know in addition to the Governor we have Lieutenant Governor Pederson, Attorney General Miller, Secretary of State Culver, and State Treasurer Fitzgerald. They're all over there. I thank them for joining me today. And Senate Minority Leader Michael Gronstal, thank you all for being here. I'd like to say a special word of appreciation to my good friend Congressman Leonard Boswell, who is also a stout supporter of education. And I think it is appropriate that he's here because he's here with his wife, Dody, and I'd like to her to stand, because yesterday she retired as a teacher after 31 years. Thank you very much, bless you. Thank you. [Applause] And I want to acknowledge that Ruth Harkin is here with Tom today, and to tell you that for most of my administration she was a very valuable member of the Clinton-Gore team and played a major role in our economic programs. And I want to thank her. And finally, let me say that, as you can see, every time he talks, there is no one in the United States Senate who is more passionate about what he believes than Tom Harkin. And he believes in the education of our children. It's easy to understand why, from his own experience. Most of you probably know that his father was a coal miner who didn't finish the eighth grade; his mother was an immigrant with little formal education. Thanks to an ROTC scholarship, he put himself through college. Now he sits next to a Rockefeller in the United States Senate. [Laughter] It's America, and Tom Harkin is the best of America. You know, I must say, Jay Rockefeller always hates it when we do that to him. [Laughter] He is also a very good man. And you heard Tom Harkin say that because of his efforts, Iowa will receive another $10 million this year to help renovate schools. But I want to do that for all our schools that need it. I want to thank some people who are involved in this issue who are not here today: Congressman Charles Rangel, the House sponsor of our school bill; the many members of the AFT, the NEA, the Council of Great City Schools; the building and construction trades who have fanned out to Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Buffalo, Houston, Chicago, and Miami today to roll up their sleeves and help communities begin to repair their neediest schools. [[Page 1388]] You know, it is ironic that we're here talking about this school issue, because we are in America in the last year of the 20th century, in this millennium, enjoying the longest peacetime economic expansion in our history, nearly 19 million new jobs in the last 6\1/2\ years, the lowest unemployment rate in 30 years, the lowest crime rate in 26 years, the lowest welfare rolls in 30 years, the lowest minority unemployment ever recorded, the highest homeownership in history. Here in Iowa, unemployment is a whopping 2.6 percent. Homeownership is almost at 75 percent. Wages are rising nationwide for the first time in 20 years for all classes of workers, and even faster here. I feel good about that. I feel good about the fact that compared to 6\1/2\ years ago the air and water are cleaner, the food is safer, and 90 percent of our children are immunized against serious childhood diseases for the first time in the entire history of our country. I feel good about the 100,000 young people who have signed up to serve their communities in AmeriCorps and earn money to go to college. I am grateful, with the help of people like Tom Harkin and Leonard Boswell, that this administration has been able to preserve or set aside more land for the American people and our children's future, from the California redwoods to the Mojave Desert to the Florida Everglades than any administration in history, except those of Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt. I am grateful for all of that. But what I came here to ask you is, what are we going to do with our prosperity, and what are we going to do with our surplus? This is a time of confidence and pride. But, as many people have said, the time to fix the roof is when the Sun is shining. And that is literally true in the case of school construction. Are we going to develop some sort of collective amnesia and pretend that these times have always been here, always will be here, and we can do whatever we want to do that feels best in the moment, or seems most politically popular? Or are we going to think about the children here and the 21st century and what America will be like 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now, when they will have children in these schools? That is what I want to say. You know, you folks should be glad to see me in Iowa. I'm the only guy that's been here in weeks that's not running for anything. [Laughter] What I am doing is trying to think about everything we can possibly do in these last days of this century. The Clinton-Gore administration is not running out the clock, hoping the good times will last. We are trying to push the ball down the field. We are trying to think about what it takes to build that bridge to tomorrow that all our children can walk across, what it would take to give opportunity to all of our people, to build a community of all of our people, to maintain our Nation's leadership for peace and freedom and prosperity around the world, to look at the long-term challenges. I'll just mention three today, to get to the school construction issue. But you have to understand where the school construction issue is; you have to see it as a part of the big debate going on in Washington: What are we going to do with our prosperity? How should we handle this surplus, the one we have today and the one we're projected to have tomorrow? Otherwise, you couldn't begin to figure out why in the world we just don't do this. I mean, you must all be sitting out there thinking this is a no-brainer, just from what everybody else has already said before I got up here. I believe that when you look at where we were just 6\1/2\ years ago,
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