Statement by the President: Norman Y. Mineta (7/22/00)
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                             (Okinawa, Japan)

For Immediate Release                                     July 22, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     I am grateful that the Senate has acted expeditiously to confirm
Norman Y. Mineta as Secretary of Commerce, and am pleased that he was sworn
in to office today.

     As a member of Congress for 21 years, Mr. Mineta was a leader on
trade, technology and other issues critical to the emerging digital
economy.  He brings to his new post not only an in-depth understanding of
American business and the needs of our high-tech economy, but also a deep
concern for people - especially those not yet fully participating in this
economy. He will play a crucial role in keeping our economic strategy on
track, opening trade around the world, investing in our people, promoting
high technology, and bridging the digital divide.

     Mr. Mineta also has been a passionate voice for opportunity and
justice for all.  Stirred by his experiences as a young boy during World
War II, when he and his family were relocated to a Japanese American
internment camp, he has fought tirelessly to ensure that others are spared
such injustice.  I am proud to welcome him as the first Asian Pacific
American ever to hold a post in the President?s Cabinet, and congratulate
him on his confirmation.


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