For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 5, 2001
Remarks by the President
On Education Reform
2:45 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very
much. Looking forward to spending the weekend with my
family. I know Congress is spending weekends with their
families as well. And when they come back, there's going to
be a lot of work to do. And there's nothing more important
than getting the education bill to my desk.
I urge Congress to come back to work hard to
reconciling differences that may exist between the House and the Senate
bill, and to get a bill to my desk quickly. It's important
to do so. All you've got to do is ask the governors and
superintendents and local officials standing behind me.
These good folks have come to Washington to
urge me to urge Congress to get the people's business
done. Because they've got plans to make for the public
schoolchildren of America.
Behind me are three Governors and
superintendents from around the country -- education leaders who know
full well what is required to plan an education year. And if
the rules are to be changed -- and I hope they are in a constructive
way -- Congress must act quickly so people at the local level can
Our bill out of the House and the Senate
passed with large majorities and bipartisan support. There's
no reason to delay. The Secretary of Education joins me in
urging the Congress to act. And I'm confident if the will is
there, we can resolve any differences and get the bill to my desk.
This is a good bill. It's a good
piece of legislation because it aligns authority and responsibility at
the local level, because it believes in setting high standards, it
challenges the soft bigotry of low expectations, and its cornerstone is
strong accountability measures so that we can make sure not one single
child gets left behind in America.
So I wish the members of Congress a great
weekend, but I remind them the people's work's ahead.
Thank you all for coming.
Q Mr. President, do you
feel there needs to be a change in the culture at the FBI?
THE PRESIDENT: Have a great