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did get to see the inner city and then the Note: The President spoke at 9:10 a.m. at outreaches of Charleston, as well as going to a disaster relief site. In his remarks, he rural areas.
referred to South Carolina Representatives And I must say, I want to first thank Gov- Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Floyd Spence, John M. ernor Campbell for his tremendous coop- Spratt, Jr., and Robin Tallon. eration. I want to thank the four Congressmen that came down with me—three of whom are with me here—Senator Strom Thurmond, who was so instrumental in passing an emergency bill that permitted Statement on Signing a Bill Making me to sign today $1.1 billion of assistance to
Continuing Appropriations For the South Carolina and Puerto Rico and the
Fiscal Year 1990, Including Hurricane Virgin Islands
Hugo Disaster Assistance Even though the trip was short, I had a
September 29, 1989 chance to talk to some of the people and I commend the spirit of the people of South Today I have signed into law H.J. Res. Carolina. I expect it's true for North Caroli
407, a continuing resolution that includes na and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. funds to address the extensive damage But you couldn't help be impressed to hear caused by Hurricane Hugo and that prothe people saying, “Look, we're going to vides funds to maintain the activities of the bounce back."
Federal Government through October 25, I was grateful to them for their under- 1989, or until the date of enactment of standing of the Federal Government's role pending appropriations bills, whichever here. I do know that there's been a critic or
occurs first. two, perhaps less than I would have expect
The resolution provides $1.1 billion for ed. But to the critics, I simply say, I under
the Federal Emergency Management stand. We are trying very hard, and there
Agency to provide critically needed Federal are men and women in the U.S. Services, of
disaster relief assistance to Charleston and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
other communities in South Carolina, North Agency), out there giving of themselves just
Carolina, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin as the people's neighbors are here. And I Islands. The assistance provided by these think when all the dust is settled and the
additional funds is imperative for those who debris removed, people are going to under- are suffering from the devastating effects of stand that this has been a total team effort. Hurricane Hugo. I would like to commend And I'm proud to have been in the compa- the Congress for its immediate and compasny of these leaders who were so concerned sionate response to the Administration's reabout their own State, concerned about quest for additional funds. Together with their country as well.
the other disaster relief programs of the One thing that touched me very much Federal Government and the important was a young homeowner there saying that contributions of State and local governhe had had offers of help from all over this ments, private industry, and charitable orcountry. And I think it does bring out the
ganizations, these funds will help the vicvery best in the men and women of Amer- tims of Hurricane Hugo rebuild their ica who want to help in a tragedy of this
homes, communities, businesses, and lives. nature. It's tough, it was devastating, but I also want to commend the Congress for the spirit of South Carolina came through
presenting me with a resolution that does loud and clear. And so, we'll be alert to do not contain extraneous and unnecessary legwhat additionally we might do. But I'm
islative provisions. This resolution is needed proud of those Federal workers and those because the Congress has not completed civilians that are out there doing their level action on all 13 appropriations bills, and best to snap back after a terrible tragedy. funding for most Federal Government op
Thank you all very much. And, Governor, erations would otherwise expire on Septemgood luck, stay in touch. Thank you all. ber 30, 1989. Although I support this resolution, I do not intend to support any exten- Remarks at the Retirement Ceremony sion beyond October 25. I expect that for Admiral William J. Crowe, Jr., action on the remaining FY 1990 appropria- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tions bills will be completed as expeditious- in Annapolis, Maryland ly as possible and before expiration of this September 29, 1989 resolution.
Thank you, Secretary Cheney, Members George Bush of the United States Congress here today,
members of the Cabinet. And let me just The White House,
acknowledge a few of the many distinSeptember 29, 1989.
guished men and women here this morn
ing. I understand, though I haven't yet seen Note: H.J. Res. 407, approved September 29,
him, that Jack Vessey, a former Chairman was assigned Public Law No. 101-100. of the Joint Chiefs, is here. Governor Schae
fer and Mayor Callahan, and all the Service Secretaries, Service Chiefs, and the Commanders-in-Chief of the Unified and Specified Commands seated here. And, of course,
the men and women of our Armed Forces. Memorandum on Administrative
I want to give a special welcome to the Dismissal of Federal Employees
members of the Crowe family who are here Affected by Hurricane Hugo
today—Bill's wife, Shirley; their children,
Brent, Bambi, and Blake. And that is CapSeptember 29, 1989
tain Blake Crowe of the U.S. Marines. And Memorandum for the Heads of Executive
finally, the man with the difficult task of Departments and Agencies
filling Admiral Crowe's shoes, our incoming
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Colin Subject: Administrative Dismissal of
Powell. Employees Affected by Hurricane Hugo Days like this one are bittersweet. And We have all been deeply moved by the
I've just shared with Admiral Crowe his terrible losses so many of our fellow Ameri
final inspection of members of the finest cans have suffered due to the ravages of
fighting forces in the world. And many of Hurricane Hugo.
us here today know Bill Crowe, count him
a friend; all of us admire him. In a As a part of our national effort to recover moment, we'll hear from the man himself. from the effects of this storm, I request
And maybe he'll tell us the story of how a heads of executive departments and agen
fella from a State that's landlocked chose cies who have Federal civilian employees in
the Navy, rose to the rank of Admiral and the geographic areas designated disaster to the Chairmanship of the Joint Chiefs of areas because of the damage caused by
Staff. Hurricane Hugo to consider their agency
But what Bill Crowe will be too modest and OPM regulations and where appropri
to talk about is his stellar career, his many ate excuse from duty, without charge to
achievements in 47 years in uniform, a few leave or loss of pay, any such employee who
of which we've just heard about. For those can be spared from duty and who is faced
who measure heroism and dazzling acts of with a personal emergency because of the
concentration and courage, the Admiral's
Bronze Star for Valor is testament storm. Such excusal from duty should also
enough-proud evidence of the man's reapply for any employee who is needed for
solve and character. But Admiral Crowe's emergency law enforcement, relief, or
heroism has reached far beyond serving in clean-up efforts authorized by State or local
combat, through a lifetime of acts of quiet officials having jurisdiction.
valor; through work, words, and deeds done
for sheer love of country. Admiral Crowe George Bush has done so much for peace.
William James once wrote that, “civic warm heart for what makes America worth courage, as we call it in times of peace, “is fighting for. a kind of valor to which the monuments of Bill Crowe's 4 years as Chairman have nations should most of all be reared.” What coincided with a time of transition in interspeaks to the Admiral's civic courage more national affairs. And he's been steady at the eloquently than any monument is the kind helm, and he's kept a clear eye on emergof integrity, honesty, and patriotism he's ing opportunities and on changing internagleaned from his roots in Oklahoma. Before tional conditions, and on the one unchangBill would mention titles like Admiral or ing demand of national security-preservDoctor of Philosophy or Diplomat, he'd ing the peace and freedom of this great sooner tell you about the one title he truly nation. Admiral Crowe, I've seen your poise cherishes: Oklahoman. One hundred years and professionalism in times of crisis; I have ago Bill's grandfather was among the first to benefited from your experience and counmake the run into the Oklahoma territory. sel; I know you as an adviser and friend. And those were strong people, staking And so, Bill, on behalf of a grateful nation, I claims and standing firm in hard and hostile thank you for the lifelong service you have lands. And today, when Shirley Crowe takes offered our country. I wish you Godspeed. her measure of someone, she asks herself, May God bless you, and your family, and Would he have made the run? Today, a the United States of America. Thank you nation looks proudly toward Admiral Crowe, and we know in our hearts that in his service he has made the run.
Note: The President spoke at 11:30 a.m. at The summer before last, Bill added a hat
Worden Field at the United States Naval to his famous collection that he probably Academy. In his remarks, he referred to thought he'd never see: a Soviet seaman's
Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney, cap given to him by the Marshal of the
Gov. William D. Schaefer of Maryland, and Soviet Union, Sergei Akhromeyev, on the
Mayor Dennis M. Callahan of Annapolis. first of a series of icebreaking visits involving the American and Soviet military. Even more astounding was another gift, given to Admiral Crowe and to all of us, in the moment when he stood on the decks of that Statement by the President on Signing Soviet cruiser, Kirov. The sailors that he'd the Energy and Water Development spent a career thinking of as adversaries Appropriations Act, 1990 were determined to honor him, and they September 29, 1989 did, by playing “The Star-Spangled Banner. Moments like that are rare and Today I have signed into law H.R. 2696, precious, not merely in the lifetime of men, the Energy and Water Development Apbut in the lifetime of nations.
propriations Act, 1990. I want to take this I want to share a story about the Soviet opportunity to commend the Congress for Marshal's visit here—Akhromeyev—in July two reasons: first, for keeping funding con1988. First, of course, came the trips, the tained in this Act at acceptable levels; and mandatory trips, if you will, to a series of second, for the speed with which they proU.S. military installations. But after Admiral duced the bill. Crowe introduced his Soviet guest to Amer- The Energy and Water bill is the first ican troops and American firepower, and to fiscal year 1990 appropriations bill to be the kids—the greatest kids in the fighting presented to me for signature. I am pleased force anywhere, ever-he decided it was that the Congress has completed its work time to introduce him to America. And so on this bill before the end of the fiscal year. Bill took Marshal Akhromeyev out to Okla- I strongly urge the Congress to complete homa for an old-fashioned barbecue, the action on the remaining 12 appropriations likes of which that Marshal had never seen bills quickly. back in his own hometown. And that's Bill I am also pleased that the Congress and Crowe. A no-nonsense toughness, a resolve the Administration agreed on several acwhen it comes to defending Am ica, and a tions that represent investment in Ameri
ca's future and protection of our environ- (c) Federal Advisory Council on Occupament, particularly:
tional Safety and Health; Executive Order • Providing funds for construction of the No. 12196, as amended (Department of
Superconducting Super Collider. This Labor). will be the largest and most ambitious (d) President's Commission White basic research facility ever built. It is a House Fellowships; Executive Order No. critical part of this Administration's ini
11183, as amended (Office of Personnel tiatives to strengthen the position of
Management). the United States as a world leader in
(e) President's Committee on the Arts science and technology.
and the Humanities; Executive Order No. • Fully funding atomic energy defense activities. The problems of cleaning up
12367, as amended (National Endowment
for the Arts). the environment will not be solved overnight, but a major step has been
(f) President's Committee on the Internataken. Success in this endeavor will re
tional Labor Organization; Executive Order quire continuing cooperation between
No. 12216 (Department of Labor). the States, the Congress, and the Ad
(g) President's Committee on Mental Reministration.
tardation; Executive Order No. 11776 (DeI encourage the Congress to continue to partment of Health and Human Services). present me with spending bills that recog
(h) President's Committee on the Nationnize important national priorities but keep
al Medal of Science; Executive Order No. funding at acceptable levels.
11287, as amended (National Science Foun
dation) George Bush
(i) President's Council on Physical Fitness The White House,
and Sports; Executive Order No. 12345, as September 29, 1989.
amended (Department of Health and
Human Services). Note: H.R. 2696, approved September 29, (j) President's Export Council; Executive was assigned Public Law No. 101-101. Order No. 12131, as amended (Department
(k) President's National Security Telecom
munications Advisory Committee; ExecuExecutive Order 12692-Continuance
tive Order No. 12382, as amended (Departof Certain Federal Advisory
ment of Defense). Committees
Sec. 2. Notwithstanding the provisions of
any other Executive order, the functions of September 29, 1989
the President under the Federal Advisory By the authority vested in me as Presi
Committee Act that are applicable to the dent by the Constitution and laws of the
committees listed in Section 1 of this order, United States of America, and in accord
except that of reporting annually to the ance with the provisions of the Federal Ad
Congress, shall be performed by the head of visory Committee Act, as amended (5
the department or agency designated after U.S.C. App.), it is hereby ordered as follows:
each committee, in accordance with guideSection 1. Each advisory committee listed
lines and procedures established by the Adbelow is continued until September 30,
ministrator of General Services. 1991:
Sec. 3. The following Executive orders, (a) Advisory Committee on Small and Mi
which established committees that have ternority Business Ownership; Executive
minated or whose work is completed, are Order No. 12190 (Small Business Adminis
(a) Executive Order No. 12462, as amend(b) Committee for the Preservation of the
ed by Executive Order No. 12533, establishWhite House; Executive Order No. 11145, ing the President's Advisory Committee on as amended (Department of the Interior).
Mediation and Conciliation.
[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:08 a.m., October 2, 1989)
Message to the Congress Transmitting the Annual Report of the Railroad Retirement Board
September 29, 1989 Executive Order 12693—Exclusion of the Defense Mapping Agency Reston
To the Congress of the United States: Center and Elements Under the Joint
I hereby submit to the Congress the Special Operations Command From the
Annual Report of the Railroad Retirement Federal Labor-Management Relations
Board for Fiscal Year 1988, pursuant to the Program
provisions of section 7(bX6) of the Railroad September 29, 1989
Retirement Act, enacted October 16, 1974,
and section 12(1) of the Railroad UnemployBy the authority vested in me as Presi
ment Insurance Act, enacted June 25, 1938. dent by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including section Over 900,000 railroad retirees, their fami7103(bX1) of title 5 of the United States lies, and 300,000 railroad employees rely on Code, and having determined that the De- the railroad retirement system for social sefense Mapping Agency Reston Center and curity equivalent benefits, rail industry penthe elements under the operational control sions, and unemployment, disability, and of the Joint Special Operations Command sickness insurance benefits. These beneficihave as a primary function intelligence, aries depend on the solvency and financial counterintelligence, investigative, or nation- integrity of the railroad retirement trust al security work and that the provisions of funds to receive their benefits.