Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1994

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: September 30, 1994

Statement on Signing the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995,
September 30, 1994

Today I have signed into law H.R. 4650, the "Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995." H.R. 4650 supports the Administration’s major defense priorities and reflects a spirit of cooperation between the Administration and the Congress to provide for a strong national defense. My number one defense priority remains the training and readiness of our military forces. I am very pleased that the Congress has resolved difficult budget issues in such a manner that supports this priority. I also appreciate the support the Congress has given to key defense investment and modernization proposals.

The Act provides $299 million in urgently needed supplemental FY 1994 funding for emergency relief for Rwanda and for emergency migrant processing and safe haven costs in and around Cuba. I designate the $299 million provided as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(D)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1995, as amended. I am concerned, however, with the inflexibility of the provisions concerning the U.S. mission and military participation in Rwanda. I will interpret this legislation consistent with my constitutional authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States and my responsibility as Commander in Chief and as Chief Executive.

I am also concerned about section 8118 of this Act, which limits the Administration’s flexibility to make reductions in certain personnel categories. This provision runs counter to the recommendations of the National Performance Review and this Administration’s efforts to streamline Federal activities. It will hamper DOD’s ability to manage its civilian personnel efforts efficiently.

I would point out that section 8136, which relates to changes in obligations under the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty), cannot restrict the constitutional options for congressional approval of substantive modifications of treaties, and I sign this bill with that understanding.

William J. Clinton

The White House,
September 30, 1994.

Note: H.R. 4650, approved September 30, was assigned Public Law No. 103–335. This statement was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on October 1.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Statement on Signing the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995, September 30, 1994," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1994 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 7, 1994 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), Vol. 30 Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ADSNQ59Q5QZRDW.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Statement on Signing the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995, September 30, 1994." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1994, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 7, 1994 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), Vol. 30, Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ADSNQ59Q5QZRDW.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Statement on Signing the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1995, September 30, 1994' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1994. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, October 7, 1994 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), Vol. 30. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4ADSNQ59Q5QZRDW.