Proclamations, May 17, 1985

Proclamation 5340 -- Modification of Import Quotas on Certain Sugar Containing Articles

May 17, 1985

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

1. By Proclamation No. 5294 of January 28, 1985, I imposed, on an emergency basis, import quotas on certain sugar containing articles pursuant to Section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, as amended (7 U.S.C. 624) (``Section 22''). These quotas were to remain in effect pending investigation by the United States International Trade Commission (the ``Commission'') and Presidential action on the report and recommendations of the Commission.

2. The Secretary of Agriculture has advised me that, due to unexpected circumstances, it is appropriate to modify those import quotas, pending the investigation, report, and recommendations of the Commission, to permit the entry of certain articles currently excluded by those quotas.

3. I agree that it is appropriate to modify those quotas immediately while awaiting the investigation, report, and recommendations of the Commission.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, by the authority vested in me by Section 22 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, as amended, and the Constitution and statutes of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim as follows:

A. Part 3 of the Appendix to the Tariff Schedules of the United States is amended by:

(1) inserting in the superior heading for items 958.16 through 958.18 --

(a) ``(Proclamation No. 5294, effective January 29, 1985)'' after ``on the effective date of this proclamation'';

(b) ``over 10 percent by dry weight of'' immediately after ``Articles containing''; and

(c) the words ``(a) articles not principally of crystalline structure or not in dry amorphous form that are prepared for marketing to the retail consumers in the identical form and package in which imported, or (b)'' immediately after ``except'';

(2) deleting --

(a) the column heading ``Effective Period'' above the superior heading for items 958.16 through 958.18;

(b) ``Until 10/1/85'' for each of items 958.16 through 958.18; and

(c) items 958.20, 958.25, and 958.30 together with their superior headings;

(3) inserting in item 958.18 the words, ``except cake decorations and similar products to be used in the same condition as imported without any further processing other than the direct application to individual pastries or confections; finely ground or masticated coconut meat or juice thereof mixed with those sugars; and minced seafood preparations within the scope of item 183.05 containing 20 percent or less by dry weight of those sugars'' immediately after ``183.05''; and

(4) effective on October 1, 1985 --

(a) the superior heading to items 958.16 through 958.18 is modified by striking out the words ``During the period beginning on the effective date of this proclamation (Proclamation No. 5294, effective January 29, 1985) through September 30, 1985, if'' and inserting in their place ``Whenever, in any 12-month period beginning October 1 in any year,''; and

(b) by striking out the quota quantities ``1,000 short tons'', ``2,500 short tons'', and ``28,000 short tons'' from items 958.16, 958.17, and 958.18, respectively, and inserting in their place ``3,000 short tons'', ``7,000 short tons'', and ``84,000 short tons'', respectively.

B. This proclamation shall be effective as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on the second day following the date of signing.

C. The quotas for items 958.16 through 958.18 shall terminate upon the filing of a notice in the Federal Register by the Secretary of Agriculture that the Department of Agriculture is no longer conducting a price support program for sugar cane and sugar beets.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this 17th day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and ninth.

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 4:25 p.m., May 17, 1985]

Proclamation 5341 -- Senior Center Week, 1985

May 17, 1985

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

Older Americans are as diverse and fascinating as America itself. The memories they carry with them constitute a living treasury of knowledge about the history of our times. But older Americans are far more than just a repository of knowledge about the past. They are living active lives today and contributing greatly to enriching the lives of their families, friends, and communities.

One of the objectives of the Older Americans Act is to help older Americans secure the full enjoyment of their freedom to participate in our Nation's life. Senior centers play a very important role in achieving this goal by tapping older people's experience, skills, and knowledge and providing a focus for their energies. These centers are helping to realize the theme of this year's Older Americans Month, which is now in progress: ``Help Yourself to Independence.''

The activities sponsored by senior centers are as various and interesting as the citizens who make use of them. Courses on art and literature, discussions of current events, and training sessions on how to use a computer are among the wide variety of events that occur in senior centers. The staffs of these centers are to be commended for their spirit of innovation and their dedication to enhancing the lives of older Americans. Once again, Americans are showing that anything is possible if we have the faith, the will, and the heart.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 60, has designated the week beginning May 12, 1985, through May 18, 1985, as ``Senior Center Week'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of May 12, 1985, as Senior Center Week, and I call upon the people of the United States to honor older Americans and those local organizations that bring together activities and services for their benefit.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and ninth.

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:02 a.m., May 20, 1985]

Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 18.

Proclamation 5342 -- National Digestive Diseases Awareness Week, 1985

May 17, 1985

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

Digestive diseases rank third in contributing to the total economic burden of illness in the United States. In terms of human discomfort and pain, mortality, and impact on the Nation's economy, they represent one of our most serious health problems. Digestive diseases are the leading cause of hospitalization and surgery in this country, and each day some 200,000 people miss work because of digestive problems. Twenty million Americans are treated for some type of chronic digestive disorder each year, and almost half of the United States population suffers an occasional digestive disorder, creating a yearly expenditure of approximately $17 billion in direct health care costs and a total economic burden of $50 billion.

Research into the causes, cures, prevention, and clinical treatment of digestive diseases and related nutrition problems is a national concern. The week of May 12, 1985, marks the second anniversary of the initiation of a national digestive diseases education program. Its goals are to involve the digestive diseases community, including the Coalition of Digestive Disease Organizations, the Federation of Digestive Disease Societies, the National Digestive Diseases Advisory Board, the National Digestive Diseases Education and Information Clearinghouse, and the National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes, and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, in educating the public and health care practitioners to the seriousness of these diseases and the methods available to prevent, treat, and control them.

In recognition of these important efforts to combat digestive diseases, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 94, has designated the week beginning May 12, 1985, as ``National Digestive Diseases Awareness Week'' and has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation calling for observance of this week.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of May 12, 1985, as National Digestive Diseases Awareness Week. I urge the people of the United States and educational, philanthropic, scientific, medical, and health care organizations and professionals to participate in appropriate ceremonies to encourage further research into the causes and cures of all types of digestive disorders so as to alleviate the suffering of their victims.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and ninth.

Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11:03 a.m., May 20, 1985]

Note: The proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 18.