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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-ii]
Monday, March 27, 1995
Volume 31--Number 12
Pages 443-475

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings
    College Press Forum--457
    Radio address--444
    Saint Patrick's Day reception--443

Appointments and Nominations

    Justice Department, Director of the Office of Violence Against 
        Women, remarks--448

Bill Signings

    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995, remarks--453

Communications to Congress

    Export controls, message reporting--450
    Haiti, letter reporting--452
    National Science Foundation, message transmitting report--449
    Welfare reform, letter--446
    West Bank and the Gaza Strip, message--471

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Customer service, memorandum--456
    Savings bond campaign, memorandums--455


    Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and 
        American Democracy--467
    To Amend the Generalized System of Preferences--471
    To Implement Certain Provisions of the Trade Agreements Resulting 
        From the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and 
        for Other Purposes--468

Statements by the President

    Line-item veto legislation--446, 467
    Welfare reform, House action--467, 472

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--474
    Checklist of White House press releases--474
    Digest of other White House announcements--472
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--473


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Monday, March 27, 1995
Volume 31--Number 12
Pages 443-475
Week Ending Friday, March 24, 1995
Remarks at a Saint Patrick's Day Reception

March 17, 1995

    Is the microphone on? Now it is. Taoiseach and Mrs. Bruton, let me 
say again, welcome to the White House. Ceade mile failte.
    We have been breaking out the green for many years on St. Patrick's 
Day, but this is truly an historic St. Patrick's Day. For the first time 
we have invited leaders of all the major political groups from Northern 
Ireland to join us, and I am delighted that so many are here tonight. 
Those who take risks for peace are always welcome under this roof.
    President Kennedy, with his marvelous Irish understatement, once 
pointed out, and I quote, ``The observance of St. Patrick's Day is 
almost as old in America as the Irish themselves. And some say they 
arrived in the 6th century.'' Actually, the first recorded mention of 
St. Patrick in America was in 1636, when an Irish ship bearing that name 
sailed into, where else, Boston Harbor. It, however, did not receive a 
warm welcome. The Puritans were not well disposed toward the Catholics, 
but as history shows, it was only a temporary setback as--[laughter].
    During the Revolutionary conflict, George Washington even paid his 
own compliment to the holiday in 1776. On March 17th, he ordered that 
the password of the day be ``Boston,'' and the response, ``St. 
Patrick.'' By the way, the Colonies' general at that time was a 
    A few months later, at least a dozen Irishmen signed the Declaration 
of Independence, and another, Mr. Dunlap of Philadelphia, printed the 
Declaration for the first time. He also lost the original copy. 
[Laughter] But that setback, too, was temporary because the Irish knew 
then how to back winners.
    The Irish first became a force in our politics in the 1790's when 
they supported Thomas Jefferson. To their eternal credit, many of their 
descendants have seen fit to back his Democratic descendants in the 
years since. Taoiseach, as you know, I am on my mother's side Irish; her 
name was Cassidy. What you may not know was that the decisive battle for 
the nomination for President in 1992 was in Illinois and Michigan on St. 
Patrick's Day.
    It is said that Ireland's greatest export is its people. No country 
has benefited more from that export, Catholic and Protestant, than the 
United States. These two traditions have been intertwined, and together 
have contributed immensely to our success as a nation and to our 
greatness as a people. More than a dozen Presidents descended from Irish 
ancestors, from Andrew Jackson, the son of immigrants from Carrickfergus 
near Belfast, who was our first President of Irish Protestant heritage, 
to John Kennedy, the great-grandson of a cooper who left County Wexford 
and was our first Irish-Catholic President. I might say we're honored to 
have his sister as our Ambassador to Ireland, and his brother and two of 
his nephews in the United States Congress today. They're now seeking to 
expand their stranglehold; one of his nieces is the Lieutenant Governor 
of Maryland. The next thing you know they'll insist on a position on 
every city council in America. They have enough relatives to fill that. 
    In the fight for our independence, and in the fight to preserve our 
Union, there were Irishmen from both traditions serving side by side in 
all-Irish units. In both wars they were among the most feared warriors. 
They put freedom over faction, and they helped to build our Nation.
    Finley Peter Dunne, the great Irish-American humorist, wrote that a 
fanatic is someone who is sure God would be on his side if only He knew 
all the facts. [Laughter] Today with good humor, but complete 
seriousness, I urge all our guests from Northern

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Ireland and all the parties concerned to put aside all extremism for the 
common good of peace.
    The Prime Minister of Ireland and the Prime Minister of Great 
Britain, at no inconsiderable risk to themselves, have paved the way to 
a new era of peace. I urge all of you to follow that path. The tough 
tasks of compromise still lie ahead. The hard, unending work of 
democracy is never easy. Even here, after all these years, two centuries 
of it, we still have our difficulties from time to time, living with 
those who differ from us. But as you work to forge a new future, free of 
violence, free of intimidation, with the participation of all the people 
of Northern Ireland, the United States will stand by you.
    American has received so many gifts from Ireland, so many people who 
have enriched our Nation, people who continue to come to the present 
day. We perhaps have many to give back. Some are perhaps financial in 
nature, but maybe the most important thing we could give to Ireland, 
and, indeed, to a very troubled world today, is the example of what is 
possible when people find unity and strength in their diversity.
    We know from our own hard experience, from the blood we have shed on 
our own land, from the struggles we have been engaged in for a long 
time, and the joys that we draw every day from the increasing diversity 
of our people, that strength can be drawn from differences, differences, 
which are celebrated, respected, appreciated. That kind of strength can 
build a future worthy of all the people of Northern Ireland.
    Tonight, our hopes and our prayers are with all the people of 
Ireland, and especially with you, Mr. Prime Minister, and with your fine 
wife and your family. We loved having you here. We love every St. 
Patrick's Day, but this one especially, we will remember above the rest.
    Thank you. Godspeed.

Note: The President spoke at 10 p.m. in the East Room at the White 
House. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, March 27, 1995
Volume 31--Number 12
Pages 443-475
Week Ending Friday, March 24, 1995
The President's Radio Address

March 18, 1995

    Good morning. This morning I want to talk about responsibility, the 
responsibility all parents have to support their children. I'm please to 
be joined by Gerri Jensen, the president of the leading child support 
enforcement group in America, along with six other conscientious parents 
who have struggled to raise their children without the child support 
they were entitled to.
    Our generation, at the end of the 20th century, has two great 
responsibilities: first, to keep the American dream alive and well for 
all our children and, second, to help our country remain the strongest 
force for freedom and democracy in the world. We can't do that if we 
don't have strong families and responsible parenting.
    In Washington we're having a great debate about what we ought to do 
here to support these goals. On one side is the old Washington view that 
big, bureaucratic, one-size-fits-all Government can provide big 
solutions to America's big problems. On the other side is the new 
extreme view that Government is the source of all our problems and if we 
just get rid of it every problem would go away as well.
    I've got a different view based on practical experience. I think we 
have to chart a course between the old way of big Government and the new 
rage of no Government. I think Government's job is to expand opportunity 
while shrinking bureaucracy, to get more jobs and higher incomes with 
less burden from Government, to empower people to make the most of their 
own lives through more education and training and technology and support 
for families and for work, and to enhance our security on our streets 
and around the world.
    To achieve these ends, the Federal Government has to be a partner, a 
partner with the private sector, with State and local governments, with 
individual citizens to strengthen our communities, a partner in 
promoting opportunity and at the same time demanding more 
responsibility. That's what the New Covenant is all about.

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    Nowhere is the lack of values, the lack of opportunity and 
responsibility more apparent than in our own failed welfare system. We 
all agree we have to end welfare as we know it. I think to do it we'll 
have to offer more opportunity to move people from welfare to work and 
demand more responsibility in return, to have a requirement that anyone 
on welfare who can work must go to work, and to discourage irresponsible 
behavior that lands people on welfare in the first place by insisting on 
tougher child support enforcement and responsible parenting. We have to 
make responsibility a way of life.
    I've been working on this issue for the last 15 years. Last year I 
sent Congress a sweeping welfare reform plan. Congress didn't act last 
year, but I applaud the new Republican majority and the Democrats, both 
of them for making welfare reform a priority this year. Meanwhile, in 
the last 2 years, we've cut through Federal redtape to give 26 States, 
more than half the country, the authority to conduct their own welfare 
reform experiments. And Republicans and Democrats now agree on tougher 
child support enforcement. They all agree that we have to have national 
action on tougher child support enforcement because 30 percent or more 
of the child support cases that are delinquent cross State boundaries.
    I've worked hard on this. Since I've been President, child support 
collections are up substantially. And I just issued a tough Executive 
order to crack down on delinquency by Federal employees.
    If deadbeat parents paid all the child support they should in this 
country, we could immediately move over 800,000 mothers and children off 
welfare. Let me say that again. If deadbeat parents paid the child 
support they owe, we could move immediately over 800,000 mothers and 
children off welfare. This goes way beyond welfare. Millions of children 

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