Statement by the President: Signing of H.J. Res. 109, a Short-Term Continuing Resolution for FY 2001 (9/29/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release                           September 29, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today I have signed into law H.J. Res. 109, a short-term continuing
resolution for FY 2001.

     The Resolution provides 2001 appropriations for continuing projects
and activities of the Federal Government through October 6, 2000, except
for those funded by the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2001, and
the Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001, which I have signed
into law.

     In February, I sent a budget to the Congress that funded critical
investments in our future.  We need realistic levels of funding for
critical Government functions that the American people expect their
Government to perform well, including education, law enforcement,
environmental protection, preserva-tion of our global leadership, air
safety, food safety, economic assistance for the less fortunate, research
and technology, administration of Social Security and Medicare, and other
important programs.  None of the funding bills for the programs that
support these functions have been sent to the White House.

     I urge the Congress to approve the 11 remaining 2001 spending bills as
quickly as possible, in an acceptable form.

                                   WILLIAM J. CLINTON

    September 29, 2000.

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