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

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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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