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Monday, January 29, 1996
Volume 32--Number 4
Pages 83-118

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Addresses to the Nation

    State of the Union--90

Addresses and Remarks

        Community in Louisville--102
        Community policing, roundtable discussion in Louisville--99
    Radio address--83
        Barbara Jordan, funeral service in Houston--85
        Space Shuttle Endeavour astronauts, arrival in Houston--86
    U.S. Conference of Mayors--108

Communications to Congress

    Department of Transportation, message transmitting report--115
    Libya, message reporting on U.S. national emergency--88

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Food assistance to developing countries, memorandum--89

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--87

Letters and Messages

    Ramadan, message--83

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Israel, Foreign Minister Barak--87

Resignations and Retirements

    General Services Administration, Administrator, statement--114

Statements by the President

    See also Resignations and Retirements
    George Burns, 100th birthday--87
    Northern Ireland peace process--98
    Space Shuttle Challenger, 10th anniversary--115

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--118
    Checklist of White House press releases--117
    Digest of other White House announcements--115
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--116


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Monday, January 29, 1996
Volume 32--Number 4
Pages 83-118
Week Ending Friday, January 26, 1996
Message on the Observance of Ramadan

January 19, 1996

    Greetings to everyone observing the holy month of Ramadan.
    As the crescent moon signals the approach of this most sacred time 
in the Islamic year, Muslims the world over commemorate the revelation 
of the Koran to Muhammad. For Muslims, this marks a time of quiet 
reflection and religious devotion through fasting, self-examination, and 
intensive study of the teachings of Islam. Encouraging gratitude for our 
blessings and compassion for those in need, Ramadan cleanses the heart 
and lifts the soul.
    During this time of unprecedented movement toward peace in the 
Middle East, Muslims and people of all faiths have the opportunity to 
join together in creating a new world of harmony. Ramadan, with its 
promise of renewal, helps to nourish the spirit of brotherhood in us 
all. In this season of hope, let us resolve to work together for a 
better, brighter future--a future in which children of every religion 
can live together in peace.
    Hillary and I offer best wishes to Muslims everywhere for a 
memorable observance.
                                                  Bill Clinton

Note: This message was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
January 20.

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Week Ending Friday, January 26, 1996
The President's Radio Address

January 20, 1996

    Good morning. Before I speak with you this morning about our budget, 
I want to take just a moment to remember someone very special, a 
national treasure our Nation lost this week, former Texas Congresswoman 
Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman elected to Congress 
from the South.
    In her years in public service, she gave voice to our national 
conscience and brought reasoned thought and eloquence to even the most 
emotional debates. After she left the Congress, she went home to Texas 
to teach at the University of Texas and to continue her work in public 
service. I appointed her to chair the United States Commission on 
Immigration Reform. And Barbara Jordan was very instrumental in the 
progress we have made in tightening our border to keep illegal 
immigrants out and securing our workplace for American citizens and 
legal immigrants.
    In developing a comprehensive system to keep us both a nation of 
immigrants and a nation of laws, her work was pure Barbara Jordan: fair, 
principled, and strong. Our Nation has lost a great American, a 
stateswoman, a representative of the people with a powerful voice and a 
great spirit. And many of us have lost a friend and an inspiration. We, 
the people, will greatly miss her.
    Now I'd like to talk about our efforts to reach common ground on a 
balanced budget, a balanced budget that also protects Medicare, 
Medicaid, education, and the environment, and does not raise taxes on 
working families. The budget talks are suspended now because the 
Republican congressional leaders walked away from the table. I wish they 
hadn't done that, and I hope they'll come back and soon, because I 
believe our goal can be met. After all, we've both agreed on enough 
savings to balance the budget in 7 years according to the Congress' own 
estimates, without having to hurt our economy or sacrifice the values 
that I've talked about.
    That's what we ought to do: balance the budget, protect the things 
we're committed to protect. And we ought not to delay in getting on with 
the people's business. In less than a week now, the Republican Congress 
could once again shut down our Government for the third time in 2 
months. I urge them not to do that. In the last shutdown alone, the 
Federal Housing Administration was unable to insure single family home 
loans for

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tens of thousands of deserving applicants. Many, many thousands of 
citizens couldn't get passports. Some veterans couldn't get benefits. 
Many Medicare claims couldn't be processed. Small businesses--lots of 
them--couldn't get loans to create new jobs. Environmental cleanup 
actions were halted.
    The shutdown also put hundreds of thousands of Federal workers with 
families to support under a horrible strain. Like most American workers, 
most of them live paycheck to paycheck. They simply cannot afford a 
third shutdown, and they don't deserve it.
    Let's remember, since I've been President we have reduced the size 
of the United States Government by 205,000 employees. Your Government 
has closed thousands and thousands of offices, eliminated hundreds of 
programs. It's now the smallest Federal Government since 1965. As a 
percentage of our work force, it's the smallest Federal Government since 
1933. You probably didn't know that. And one big reason is that the 
Federal employees who have been left behind are working harder, working 
smarter, and doing a better job for you. They deserve to be able to do 
their work and not to be thrown out of work.
    Two Government shutdowns so far have cost taxpayers about a billion-
and-a-half dollars--a billion-and-a-half dollars. That's not Monopoly 
money. Shutting down the Government again would be unbelievably 
irresponsible. So again I say to the Republican Congress, don't do that. 
We can't afford to bleed money and productivity at a time when we should 
be putting all our efforts into saving money, serving the American 
people, strengthening our economy, and moving forward.
    I also urge the Congress to deal responsibly with the Federal debt 
ceiling. Congress should never threaten to default on America's debts. 
I'm encouraged that Republican leaders have acknowledged that Congress 
should not put the creditworthiness of the United States at risk in our 
budget negotiations. And we look forward to working with the 
congressional leadership to draft a clean debt limit increase, to allow 
the United States to meet our obligations and maintain our integrity.
    I am committed--let me say again, I am committed to finishing the 
job of balancing the budget. I have gone the extra mile in our talks. 
The Republicans asked for a 7-year plan to balance the budget; I gave 
them a plan. They asked that we use the figures from the Congressional 
Budget Office. Even though I disagreed with them, I did that, too. I 
tried every way I can to accommodate Republican demands and bargain in 
good faith. But there are areas of disagreement, and they involve far 
more than money. They involve our values and different visions about 
what kind of people we're going to be and how we're going to get to the 
next century.
    The Republicans insist on cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, education, and 
the environment that I believe are unwarranted. I know they're not 
necessary to balance the budget. They admit they're not necessary to 
balance the budget. And I believe they violate our commitment to our 
children, our parents, and our future. Among other things, their 
proposals would raise Medicare premiums; repeal Medicaid's guarantee of 
adequate medical coverage for pregnant women, people with disabilities, 
children and older Americans; cut our efforts to keep drugs and violence 
out of public schools and to help schools reach high national standards 
of excellence in learning; and dramatically cut the enforcement of 
environmental laws to keep our air and water clean. My budget shows we 
don't need these drastic steps, and we can still give a modest tax cut 
to people who need it.
    We can end this budget stalemate. Both the Republican leaders and I 
have already agreed to more than $700 billion in savings. That is more 
than enough to balance the budget in 7 years. We can give the American 
people their balanced budget and a modest tax cut. They deserve it, and 
we ought to do that immediately.
    So let me say again to the Republicans: We don't agree on 
everything, but we agree on a lot. And we agree on more than enough to 
balance the budget, so let's do it. Come on back to the table. Don't 
shut the Government down. Don't make America default on its debt. Let's 
do the right thing. My door is open. Let's talk. Let's get the job done 
for the American people.

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    Thanks for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 4:49 p.m. on January 19 in the 
Roosevelt Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on January 

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