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STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Signing of the "Assistance for International Malaria Control Act"

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                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           December 27, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today I am pleased to sign into law S. 2943, the "Assistance for
International Malaria Control Act."  In doing so, however, I note that
section 405(b) of the Act purports to restrict the President's
constitutional authority to appoint "Officers of the United States" by
requiring that individuals be appointed to the Pacific Charter Commission
only "after consultation" with specified members of the Congress and by
requiring that not more than four of the appointees "may be affiliated with
the same political party."  Because the work of the Commission may
interfere with the constitutional authority vested in the President to
conduct foreign affairs, the restrictions in section 405(b) are
constitutionally problematic and I therefore construe these restrictions to
be precatory only.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    December 27, 2000.

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