STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Adarand Constructors, Inc. (9/28/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release                                   September 28, 2000



                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     This week in Adarand Constructors, Inc. v. Slater, the Tenth Circuit
upheld the constitutionality of a major affirmative action program dealing
with federal transportation construction contracting.  I am very pleased
with the court?s decision.  It strongly affirms what I have consistently
stated: federal affirmative action programs are still needed to remedy past
and present discrimination and can be implemented in a constitutional
manner.  My Administration has worked very hard to mend, but not end,
federal affirmative action programs and we are gratified that the court has
validated our efforts.

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