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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, September 27, 1999 Volume 35--Number 38 Pages 1769-1820 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 Arrival--1779 United Nations General Assembly--1779 Luncheon hosted by Secretary-General Annan--1784 North Carolina, community in Tarboro--1776 Radio address--1771 Receptions 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'' Message--1795 Remarks--1793 Communications to Congress See also Bill Vetoes Denmark-U.S. tax convention with documentation, message transmitting--1787 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-- 1788 National Money Laundering Strategy for 1999, message transmitting-- 1799 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, memorandum--1791 Waiver of Sanctions on India and Pakistan, memorandum--1785 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http:// www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Oval Office--1798 West Portico--1790 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Palestinian Authority, Chairman Arafat--1798 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to UNITA--1786 Proclamations 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 recipients--1784 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 [[Page 1769]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1769-1770] 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 risks. 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 [[Page 1770]] 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, 1999] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1770-1771] 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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