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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

[Page i-iii]
Monday, May 29, 2000
Volume 36--Number 21
Pages 1165-1240

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Weekly Compilation of



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Addresses and Remarks

    Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month--1214
    Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies dinner--
    China, House of Representatives action on permanent normal trade 
    Democratic National Committee
        ``National Tribute to President Clinton''--1207
    Illinois, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dinner in 
    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 
    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 

    Bolivia-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message 

    Chile-U.S. agreement on Social Security with documentation, message 

    Croatia-U.S. bilateral investment treaty with documentation, message 

    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 

    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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Communications to Federal Agencies

    Automated External Defibrillators in Federal Buildings, memorandum--
    Protection of U.S. Coral Reefs in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, 

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


    Continuation of Emergency With Respect to the Federal Republic of 
        Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro), the Bosnian Serbs, and 


    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--
    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

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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 
    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.

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    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 
    What are we going to do with the longest economic expansion in 

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