Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1995

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Author: William J. Clinton  | Date: February 9, 1995

Message to the Congress Transmitting the "Major League Baseball Restoration Act",
February 9, 1995

To the Congress of the United States:

I am pleased to transmit for your immediate consideration and enactment the "Major League Baseball Restoration Act." This legislation would provide for a fair and prompt settlement of the ongoing labor-management dispute affecting Major League Baseball.

Major League Baseball has historically occupied a unique place in American life. The parties to the current contentious dispute have been unable to resolve their differences, despite many months of negotiations and the assistance of one of this country’s most skilled mediators. If the dispute is permitted to continue, there is likely to be substantial economic damage to the cities and communities in which major league franchises are located and to the communities that host spring training. The ongoing dispute also threatens further serious harm to an important national institution.

The bill I am transmitting today is a simple one. It would authorize the President to appoint a 3-member National Baseball Dispute Resolution Panel. This Panel of impartial and skilled arbitrators would be empowered to gather information from all sides and impose a binding agreement on the parties. The Panel would be urged to act as quickly as possible. Its decision would not be subject to judicial review.

In arriving at a fair settlement, the Panel would consider a number of factors affecting the parties, but it could also take into account the effect on the public and the best interests of the game.

The Panel would be given sufficient tools to do its job, without the need for further appropriations. Primary support for its activities would come from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, but other agencies would also be authorized to provide needed support.

The dispute now affecting Major League Baseball has been a protracted one, and I believe that the time has come to take action.

I urge the Congress to take prompt and favorable action on this legislation.

William J. Clinton
The White House,
February 8, 1995.

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Chicago: William J. Clinton, "Message to the Congress Transmitting the Major League Baseball Restoration Act, February 9, 1995," Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1995 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 10, 1995 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 31:2238 225. Original Sources, accessed August 8, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4TWH8JZ5FPMENUR.

MLA: Clinton, William J. "Message to the Congress Transmitting the "Major League Baseball Restoration Act", February 9, 1995." Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1995, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 10, 1995 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 31:2238, page 225. Original Sources. 8 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4TWH8JZ5FPMENUR.

Harvard: Clinton, WJ, 'Message to the Congress Transmitting the "Major League Baseball Restoration Act", February 9, 1995' in Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, 1995. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, February 10, 1995 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1995), 31:2238, pp.225. Original Sources, retrieved 8 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4TWH8JZ5FPMENUR.