President's Greetings: Labor Day, 2000
                                 THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Skaneateles, New York)

For Immediate Release                                September 1, 2000

                              LABOR DAY, 2000

     Warm greetings to all Americans as we celebrate Labor Day and honor
the millions of working men and women across our nation whose achievements
have brought us to this moment of unprecedented economic strength and

     When I took office in 1993, I committed my Administration to putting
in place an agenda to get America back on its economic feet while restoring
the values of opportunity, responsibility, and community.  I believed that
we could create a strong economy that was pro-labor as well as
pro-business; that was pro-family as well as pro-work.  I am proud that we
succeeded in raising the minimum wage, signing into law the Family and
Medical Leave Act, and cutting taxes for millions of low-income working
families by doubling the earned income tax credit.  And today, thanks to
the hard work, creativity, and determination of the American people, our
country is enjoying the longest economic expansion in our history, with
more than 22 million new jobs, the lowest unemploy-ment rate in 30 years,
the lowest African American and Hispanic unemployment rates ever recorded,
the lowest female unemployment rate in 40 years, and the smallest welfare
rolls in 35 years.

     But there is still much to do if we are to build the future we want
for our children.  We must use this rare moment of peace and prosperity to
protect Social Security, modernize Medicare, provide prescription drug
coverage for our nation's senior citizens, and enact a strong and
enforceable Patients' Bill of Rights.  We must raise the minimum wage again
so that all our workers are able to earn a decent income.  We must bridge
the digital divide and encourage new investments in underserved regions so
that every American community shares in the promise and opportunity of
today's dynamic economy.  And we must provide America's children with the
quality education they need to reach their full potential.

     The 20th century was a time of enormous growth and progress for our
nation, in large part because of the skill, imagination, and dedication of
America's workers.  As we celebrate the first Labor Day of this new
century, let us honor and thank the working men and women of our nation by
building on their accomplishments to create a brighter future for all our

     Best wishes for a wonderful holiday.

                              WILLIAM J. CLINTON

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