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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, July 1, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Pages 1073-1109 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Arizona, firefighters and displaced families in Eagar--1091 Florida, Republican Party of Florida majority dinner in Orlando-- 1073 Middle East--1088 New Jersey Homeland security in Port Elizabeth--1081 Representative Mike Ferguson, luncheon in Newark--1084 President's Fitness Challenge--1077 Radio address--1078 Representative Connie Morella, luncheon--1101 Bill Signings International terrorism conventions, statement on legislation to implement--1093 Communications to Congress Cyprus, letter transmitting report--1080 Public debt limit, letter on legislation to increase--1093 Western Balkans, national emergency Message on continuation--1080 Message transmitting report--1080 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters in Kananaskis, Canada--1094, 1095, 1099 Letters and Messages Independence Day, message--1106 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Canada, Prime Minister Chretien--1094 Russia, President Putin--1099 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--1095 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to the Western Balkans--1079 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings House of Representatives action on defense appropriations legislation--1101 Iran, earthquake--1079 Supreme Court decision on Cleveland's school choice program--1101 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1109 Checklist of White House press releases--1108 Digest of other White House announcements--1106 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1107 Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on June 28, the closing date of this issue. 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The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1073]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1073-1077] Pages 1073-1109 Week Ending Friday, June 28, 2002 Remarks at the Republican Party of Florida Majority Dinner in Orlando, Florida June 21, 2002 Gosh, thanks for that warm welcome. It's an honor to be back here in the great State of Florida. I want to--I appreciate all of you who have come tonight. I'm here to help support the Republican Party of this State and make sure your unbelievably great Governor gets reelected. It was a real treat for me to be able to see mi cunada, my sister- in-law, Columba. Jeb and I both married above ourselves. [Laughter] I know you're proud of the job that Columba's doing as the first lady of Florida. And I'm really proud of the job Laura's doing as the First Lady of America. I'm pleased to report that our mother is still telling both of us what to do. [Laughter] And we're both listening--most of the time. But it's great to be here with my family. As you know, we love our--we've got a great family; we love each other a lot. And anything I can do to help Jeb stay in the Governor's office I'll do, even if that means keeping Brogan as the Lieutenant Governor. [Laughter] I appreciate you, Frank. Frank Brogan is a very good man, and you're doing a great job, Frank. I appreciate you. I want to thank an Orlando product who traveled with me today for his service to the country. Mel Martinez is doing a great job in my Cabinet. I want to thank former Senator Connie Mack for staying involved with the Republican Party and for helping a lot. I appreciate so very much Congressman Ric Keller, who's doing a fine job in the United States Congress. Ric, thank you very much. Mike Bilirakis is here, and Mike is a great Congressman from up the coast. I appreciate you being here, Mike. They tell me Congressmen Miller and Foley and Weldon may be here. If you're not here, I can understand--I'm going to give a long speech. [Laughter] If you are here, thank you for your service to the State of Florida and to the country. And finally, they've been a little lax on the immigration laws here in Florida; you let a man from Georgia come in. He's a great Congressman from south Georgia, Charlie Norwood--Congressman Norwood. I appreciate members of the elected--who have been elected statewide here in Florida: Charlie Bronson, Charlie Crist, and Tom Gallagher. I'm honored you all are here. I want to thank the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, Al Cardenas, for his hard work and noble efforts for this party. And I want to thank Al Hoffman and Al Austin for their loyal friendship and longtime support for both Jeb and me. I want to thank you for your hard work. I want to thank the mayor of this fine city, and the mayor of Sarasota as well for coming--both Carolyn Mason and Glenda Hood. Thank you all for being here. I appreciate so very much members of the Florida legislature, starting with the speaker, Tom Feeney, and Senate Leader John McKay. Thank you both for being here, and all of you for coming. But most of all, I want to thank you all for supporting a great cause and a great slate of candidates. I want to thank those of you who have contributed your money, and I want to thank those of you who contribute your time. We understand--at least Jeb and I understand--how important it is to have a viable, vibrant grassroots organization. And for those of you who spent hours dialing phones and putting up signs and passing out pamphlets, thanks for your hard work. Get a little rest over the next couple of weeks--[laughter]--and get ready. We need you this fall. My attitude is, when you find a man who brings integrity to office, you've got to send him back into that office. And that's Jeb Bush. He's a man with strong principles. He fights for what he believes in. He sets high [[Page 1074]] standards. The thing I'm most proud about Jeb, he is the Governor of everybody in the State of Florida. His vision--he doesn't think about keeping people out or doesn't think about keeping special people in. When Jeb thinks and acts, he thinks about how best to improve the lives of everybody. And I want the citizens of Florida to stay focused on his education agenda and his education vision. Jeb Bush understands and believes that every child in the State of Florida can learn. He knows that if you set low standards, certain children aren't going to learn. He believes that he's got to set high standards to make sure that every child in this great State learns how to read and write and add and subtract. He's a man of enormous principle who believes in holding people accountable. He understands that in order to make sure every child learns, you must measure. You see, there used to be a system in Florida that said--it must have said certain kids can't learn, so the easy way out is just to move them through. And guess who got moved through-- inner-city African American kids. Let's just quit on them and move them through and hope nobody notices. How about children whose parents don't speak English as a first language? They're easy to quit on. But under the leadership of Governor Jeb Bush, because he set high standards and holds people accountable for results, his program and his vision will do more to make sure that every child--I mean every single child in this great State--is going to get a good education, and no child will be left behind. I'm proud of you, brother. It hasn't been easy times for Governors around the country when it comes to managing the budget. But fortunately, you've got a Governor who didn't run up the baselines of your budget when it seemed like times were plenty. You've got a fiscally sound Governor, somebody who understands that the people's money is their money, not the Government's money, somebody who's done a fabulous job on behalf of the taxpayers of the people of Florida. I've enjoyed very much working with Jeb on a lot of key issues, and I know for the State of Florida there is no more key issue than making sure that the coastline of Florida didn't have a lot of oil and gas drilling. As a matter of fact, under our vision, it's not going to have any. And so we worked together on Destin Dome--we worked together on Destin Dome and the Collier property in the Everglades. And thanks to the leadership of this Governor, thanks to the leadership of Jeb Bush-- he has been a strong environmental steward for the people of the State of Florida. This guy is doing a great job for the people. And I'm confident with your help, you're going to send him back up to Tallahassee. We've got work to do in Florida, and we've got work to do in Washington. And I want to share some thoughts about how I think things are going. First, I know there's a lot of talk about statistics in Washington, DC. They're always quoting this person's statistic or this smart person's statistic. Here's my attitude: If somebody wants to work and can't find a job, we've got a problem. If somebody's looking for work and can't find that job, all of us involved in public policy must do everything we can to expand the job base. The role of Government is not to create wealth. The role of Government is to create an environment in which the entrepreneur can flourish, in which the small-business owner has a chance to realize his or her dreams. And that's why I insisted last year that the United States Congress join me in cutting the taxes on the working people all around America. I readily concede some people in Washington read a different economic textbook than I have. They believe that when the economy slows down, you've got to keep more of the money in Washington. I believe that if you let people have their own money, they'll spend it. And they'll demand a good and service, and when they demand a good or a service, somebody is going to produce that good and service. And when somebody produces that good and service, somebody is more likely to have a job. It is essential in Washington and in Tallahassee that you have leaders understand the entrepreneurial potential of our country and of the State of Florida. So whether it be on tax policy or terrorism insurance--and by the way, I want to thank the Senate and the House for passing me [[Page 1075]] a terror insurance bill, so that we can make sure large-scale construction projects can go forward in the State of Florida. But they've got to make sure they send me a bill that doesn't enrich plaintiffs' attorneys but instead encourages workers to be able to find work. And you're going to see, there's going to be some budget struggles in Washington, DC. The temptation is to spend, and I understand that. But they've given the President the veto for a reason. And one of the reasons is to make sure that there is fiscal discipline in Washington, DC. And I intend to use the veto to make sure we do not overspend in our nation's capital. We're making progress on the economic security front. But I'm telling you, we've got a lot more to do, and we will. We will. And we're making progress on the defense of our homeland as well. As you probably have heard, I have asked Congress to help me in streamlining and making more effective the ability for all of us
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