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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, May 29, 2000 Volume 36--Number 21 Pages 1165-1240 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month--1214 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies dinner-- 1221 China, House of Representatives action on permanent normal trade relations--1206 Democratic National Committee Dinner--1205 ``National Tribute to President Clinton''--1207 Illinois, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in Chicago--1168 Maryland, coral reef and marine protected areas initiatives at Assateague Island--1228 Medicare prescription drug benefits, proposed--1210 New markets legislation agreement--1192 New York, Democratic Leadership Council in Hyde Park--1178 Pennsylvania, reception for Representative Joseph M. Hoeffel in Philadelphia--1165 Radio address--1176 Representative Ellen O. Tauscher, reception--1201 Rhode Island, memorial service for Casey Shearer in Providence--1217 Sons of Italy Foundation dinner--1225 South Africa, state visit of President Mbeki State dinner--1191 Welcoming ceremony--1185 Communications to Congress Bahrain-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1197 Bolivia-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1198 Chile-U.S. agreement on Social Security with documentation, message transmitting--1188 Croatia-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1198 El Salvador-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1199 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the Bosnian Serbs, and Kosovo, messages on continuation of national emergency--1220, 1221 Honduras-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1199 Jordan-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1200 Mozambique-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message transmitting--1200 South Korea-U.S. agreement on Social Security with documentation, message transmitting--1189 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Communications to Federal Agencies Automated External Defibrillators in Federal Buildings, memorandum-- 1177 Protection of U.S. Coral Reefs in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, memorandum--1233 Executive Orders Increasing Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses--1195 Marine Protected Areas--1230 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters East Room--1186 Rose Garden--1210 Interview with Tom Brokaw of NBC's ``Nightly News''--1189 Meetings With Foreign Leaders South Africa, President Mbeki--1185, 1186, 1191 Notices Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the Bosnian Serbs, and Kosovo--1218 Proclamations Day of Honor--1209 National Maritime Day--1187 Prayer for Peace, Memorial Day--1236 Small Business Week--1175 To Modify the Quantitative Limitations Applicable to Imports of Wheat Gluten--1235 World Trade Week--1174 Statements by the President Bandelier National Monument fire, Federal compensation for losses-- 1235 Clinical trials, steps to enhance safety--1195 Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance--1218 Peru, upcoming elections--1234 Sierra Leone, efforts to stabilize--1168 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1239 Checklist of White House press releases--1239 Digest of other White House announcements--1237 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1238 [[Page 1165]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1165-1168] Monday, May 29, 2000 Volume 36--Number 21 Pages 1165-1240 Week Ending Friday, May 26, 2000 Remarks at a Reception for Representative Joseph M. Hoeffel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 19, 2000 Thank you, Joe. Thank you for inviting me here, giving me something to do so I didn't have to do the wash this afternoon. [Laughter] Marcel, I thought you did a great job. Thank you for your leadership of our party. I thank Chaka Fattah, my good friend. We just came from his district where we did an education event. And I want to thank Ron Klink for joining us today and for making this race for the United States Senate. If he gets enough funding to get his message out, I predict to you he'll win. And I hope you'll help him do it. Thank you, Ron. I'd like to thank all the other candidates and legislators and other officials who are here. My good friend Marge Mezvinsky, I thank her for coming here. Marjorie is--our children are good friends, and so we always have something besides politics to talk about. There have been occasions in the last 8 years when that's been a great blessing, I might add. [Laughter] I am glad to be here for Joe. I was glad to have a lunch in city hall earlier for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. You may know that if we pick up about five seats, we'll be in the majority. And if we hold the seats that represent swing districts like this one, we will almost certainly do that, because we're bound to win more than five. We just have to hold what we have as well. And I want to just make a couple of points here. First of all, I appreciate what he said about working. My big problem is not that I don't have anything to do, it's that I can't bear to go to sleep now, because I realize I've just got about 8 months left, and I want to get the most out of every day. But yesterday we signed a bill that you were very much involved in, a historic piece of legislation to open trade with Africa and the Caribbean Basin. To be--if they do things that will help educate their people and give them healthy children, and to do more to help our neighbors in the Caribbean and Central America and in Africa--a truly historic piece of legislation. And we signed another good bill earlier in this session to lift the earnings limit for Social Security retirees, so once you become eligible to draw, you can go on and earn all the money you want to. And that will become increasingly important when all the baby boom generation reaches retirement. And under present projections, there will only be two people working for every one person drawing Social Security. So we're actually capable of doing things, even in this partisan election year atmosphere. But I think that how much we get done at the end of the year depends in part on whether I'm modestly successful--as Joe said, we tend to be-- in the budget process, but also in part on what the American people are telling their Representatives in Congress about this election season. And I'll be quite brief, because I realize I'm sort of preaching to the choir here--if you weren't for him, you wouldn't be here. And our friends in the press will say I came here and we raised money, so they probably won't give my arguments out for him. And that's not a criticism, there's only so much they can report. But I think it's important that you understand that for me, as someone who is not a candidate, but is still a citizen, I consider the election of 2000 as important as the election in 1992 or 1996. And I want you to understand why. In 1992 the people took a chance on me and Al Gore. You all heard then-President Bush refer to me as the Governor of a small southern State. I was so dumb and inexperienced, I thought it was a compliment. [Laughter] And I still do. [[Page 1166]] But anyway, you took a chance on me. I said, ``Look, we've got to have a different economic policy. We've got to have a different crime policy. We've got to have a different welfare policy. We've got to get really serious about education. But we've got to get the economy going again or the rest of this stuff won't amount to anything, we'll just all be up here making speeches about it.'' And so the people of America and the people of Pennsylvania and, overwhelmingly, the people of Philadelphia and surround took a chance on us. And then we had some very tough decisions. The budget, the vote Marjorie cast, legendary around here--I got tickled the other day, Hillary and I were with somebody, some political expert, who said, ``You know, if it weren't for your first 2 years, you'd have the highest approval ratings in history.'' I said, ``Yeah, and if it weren't for my first 2 years where my approval ratings went down because we made the hard, right decisions, the last 6 years wouldn't have occurred.'' I say that to make this point. What's that got to do with Joe and this election year? The issue before the American people is not whether we will change. We will. Things are changing too much for us, there is no such thing as a stand pat, status quo. That's not the issue. The issue before the American people is how we will change, and whether we decide that our main mission is to make the most of this magic moment of prosperity. What are we going to do with the longest economic expansion in
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