THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Columbus, Ohio) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release May 4, 2000
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Today's vote is a key milestone toward enactment of legislation that will launch a new era of cooperation between the United States and our partners in Africa and the Caribbean Basin. This important measure will strengthen our economic partnership with these nations, lower trade barriers, help developing nations to lift their people out of poverty, and create a more secure world. I congratulate those members of Congress who have worked hard to reach agreement on this bill. I look forward to signing this historic legislation into law upon final passage.