TODAY: VICE PRESIDENT RELEASES PLAN TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY
Today, Vice President Gore announces a five-point plan to strengthen and improve food safety for the American people, to better protect America,s children and families:
The plan will improve inspections, expand preventive safety measures, increase research to develop new tests that detect risks in the food supply, and build a national Early Warning System --to catch outbreaks of foodborne illness sooner. Vice President Gore said: "When children reach for a piece of food, parents deserve to have peace of mind. This Administration is using the most modern science and a common-sense approach to increase the safety of our nation's food supply and protect the public health."
SATURDAY: PRESIDENT CHALLENGES CONGRESS TO GET TOUGH ON GUNS AND JUVENILE CRIME
In his weekly Radio Address, President Clinton challenged Congress to pass a juvenile justice bill that is tough on gangs, tough on guns, and includes targeted crime prevention to stop crime before it starts:
The President's Juvenile Justice legislation would declare war on gangs with new prosecutors and tougher penalties; extend the Brady Bill so that someone who commits a violent crime as a juvenile is barred from buying a gun as an adult; require child safety locks to be sold with guns, and keep schools open after hours and on weekends.
Last week's House-passed Juvenile Justice bill falls far short of that goal, because it is weak on guns and does not include targeted crime prevention.
President Clinton made a special call for his measures to cut off young people's access to guns, now the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 13 and 24: "Not a single hunter would lose a gun because of child safety locks...but countless young lives would be saved if stolen guns became useless guns."
TOMORROW: FIRST MEETING OF NEW HEALTH CARE COMMISSION
The President's new Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry, co-chaired by HHS Secretary Shalala and Labor Secretary Herman, holds its first meeting tomorrow:
The Commission will begin its work to develop a "Patient's Bill of Rights" so patients get the information and care they need when they need it, and to recommend ways to ensure that the lower cost of many of today's health plans does not mean lower quality.