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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, September 27, 1999
Volume 35--Number 38
Pages 1769-1820

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Vetoes; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Adoption bonus awards--1801
    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner--1772
    Democratic Business Council luncheon--1811
    Democratic National Committee, fall meeting--1804
    Hay-Adams Hotel, departure for--1790
    Hurricane Floyd--1779
    Lane Kirkland, memorial service--1796
    Middle East peace process--1798
    National Democratic Institute dinner--1800
    New York City
        United Nations
            General Assembly--1779
            Luncheon hosted by Secretary-General Annan--1784
    North Carolina, community in Tarboro--1776
    Radio address--1771
        Gore 2000--1791, 1792
        Regina Montoya Coggins--1788
    Russia, radio remarks on terrorist attacks--1772
    Tobacco companies, U.S. lawsuit--1790

Bill Signings

    Organ Donor Leave Act, statement--1817

Bill Vetoes

    ``Taxpayer Refund and Relief Act of 1999''

Communications to Congress

    See also Bill Vetoes
    Denmark-U.S. tax convention with documentation, message 
    Germany-U.S. tax convention, message transmitting protocol--1787
    Iran, message transmitting report on national emergency--1799
    Italy-U.S. tax convention with documentation, message transmitting--
    National Money Laundering Strategy for 1999, message transmitting--
    UNITA, message on continuation of the national emergency--1786

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Drawdown of commodities and services for the U.N. Interim 
        Administration Mission in Kosovo, memorandum--1785
    Military assistance for states participating in the Multinational 
        Force for East Timor, memorandum--1785
    U.S. contributions to the International Fund for Ireland, 
    Waiver of Sanctions on India and Pakistan, memorandum--1785
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Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--1798
        West Portico--1790

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--1798


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1786


    National Farm Safety and Health Week--1769
    National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week--1770

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of Raisa Gorbacheva--1779
    Education appropriations legislation--1799
    National Medal of the Arts and National Humanities Medal 
    Taiwan, earthquake--1779
    Tobacco companies, U.S. lawsuit--1791

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1820
    Checklist of White House press releases--1820
    Digest of other White House announcements--1818
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1819

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Monday, September 27, 1999
Volume 35--Number 38
Pages 1769-1820
Week Ending Friday, September 24, 1999
Proclamation 7224--National Farm Safety and Health Week, 1999

September 17, 1999

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    President Franklin Roosevelt once called America's farmers and 
ranchers ``the source from which the reservoirs of our nation's strength 
are constantly renewed.'' It was during his Administration, in the 
critical years of World War II, that Americans began to realize that 
thousands of agricultural workers and their families suffered disabling 
and fatal injuries each year in their work of producing food for our 
Nation and the world. The tragic statistics were so troubling that 
President Roosevelt, with the encouragement of his Secretary of 
Agriculture and the President of the National Safety Council, signed the 
initial proclamation for National Farm Safety Week in 1944.
    We have achieved substantial progress in the decades since that 
first proclamation. Farm equipment manufacturers have engineered safety 
features into their machinery that have decreased the likelihood of 
severe injuries among operators. Chemical manufacturers have 
reformulated pest control products to reduce the potential for poisoning 
incidents. Personal protective equipment is now available to protect 
farm and ranch workers. And safety and health professionals have made 
great strides in the development and implementation of educational 
initiatives that raise awareness among agricultural workers of measures 
and equipment they can use to reduce on-the-job injuries and health 
    But we cannot afford to become complacent. Children continue to be 
the most vulnerable members of farming and ranching families. Those who 
work with livestock and around farm machinery should be carefully 
supervised and should be assigned chores that are commensurate with 
their level of awareness, knowledge, and ability to perform the job 
safely. Older Americans working in agriculture also are at risk; farmers 
and ranchers often work well past retirement age in a determined effort 
to maintain the farming heritage of their families and to continue 
contributing to the vocation they love. Many of these older men and 
women have suffered work-related hearing impairment over the years, and 
many also have limited mobility due to previous injuries or arthritis. 
Their families and coworkers should be vigilant in overseeing the 
activities of these older workers to help ensure their safety as they 
carry out their daily responsibilities.
    America's farmers and ranchers are the backbone of our economy and 
the lifeblood of our land, and their skill, effort, and determination 
provide food and fiber for our country and the world. Our farming and 
ranching families stand for the values that have kept America strong for 
more than 220 years--hard work, faith and family, perseverance and 
patience. We all have a vital interest in their success, and we can all 
play an important role in ensuring their continued well-being. As we 
observe this year's theme of ``Protecting Agriculture in the Next 
Century,'' I urge all Americans to show their appreciation for the 
dedication and sacrifices of our Nation's farmers and ranchers by 
renewing our efforts to protect their safety and health. Together, we 
can ensure that the time-honored traditions of American farming and 
ranching will flourish in the new century.
    Now, Therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United 
States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 
19 through September 25, 1999, as National Farm Safety and Health Week. 
I call upon government agencies, businesses, and professional 
associations that serve our agricultural

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sector to strengthen their efforts to promote safety and health programs 
among our Nation's farm and ranch workers. I ask agricultural workers to 
take advantage of the many diverse education and training programs and 
technical advancements that can help them avoid injury and illness. I 
also call upon our Nation to recognize Wednesday, September 22, 1999, as 
a day to focus on the risks facing young people on farms and ranches. 
Finally, I call upon the citizens of our Nation to reflect on the bounty 
we enjoy thanks to the labor and dedication of agricultural workers 
across our land.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day 
of September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-nine, 
and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and twenty-fourth.
                                            William J. Clinton

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 9:16 a.m., September 21, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
September 22. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, September 27, 1999
Volume 35--Number 38
Pages 1769-1820
Week Ending Friday, September 24, 1999
Proclamation 7225--National Historically Black Colleges and Universities 
Week, 1999

September 17, 1999

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    America's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have 
provided a crucial avenue to educational and economic advancement for 

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