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Monday, June 2, 2003
Volume 39--Number 22
Pages 659-695

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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
    Radio address--659
    Virginia, Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington--660
    World Series Champion Anaheim Angels--661

Bill Signings

    Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, remarks--666
    Taiwan, legislation concerning participation in the World Health 
        Organization, statement--679
    U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 
        2003, remarks--663

Communications to Congress

    Belarus, letter transmitting documentation on the extension of 
        normal trade relations status--692

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Joint Convention on Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the 
        Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, letter certifying 
        actions responsive to ratification--692
    Lapse of the Export Administration Act of 1979, letter on 
        continuation of the national emergency--693
    Vietnam, letter transmitting documentation on the extension of 
        normal trade relations status--691
    Yugoslavia and Kosovo, letter transmitting report on national 
    Yugoslavia and the Western Balkans, letter on national emergencies--

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Determination Under Subsection 402(d)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, 
        as Amended--Continuation of Waiver Authority for the Republic of 
        Belarus, memorandum--692
    Determination Under Subsection 402(d)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, 
        as Amended--Continuation of Waiver Authority for Vietnam, 
(Contents continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Krakow, Poland, on May 30, the 
closing date of this issue. Releases and announcements issued by the 
Office of the Press Secretary but not received in time for inclusion in 
this issue will be printed next week.

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Executive Orders

    Establishing the Bob Hope American Patriot Award--674
    European Central Bank--679
    Extension of the President's Information Technology Advisory 
        Committee and the President's Council of Advisors on Science and 
    Termination of Emergencies With Respect to Yugoslavia and 
        Modification of Executive Order 13219 of June 26, 2001--670

Interviews With the News Media

        Al Arabiyya of the United Arab Emirates--677
        Nile TV of Egypt--676

Interviews With the News Media--Continued

        Print journalists--680
        TV3 of France--675
        TVP of Poland--689

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Congressional action on tax cut legislation--659

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--694
    Checklist of White House press releases--694
    Digest of other White House announcements--693
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--694

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Week Ending Friday, May 30, 2003
Statement on Congressional Action on Tax Cut Legislation

May 23, 2003

    I commend the House and Senate for acting in a bipartisan fashion to 
bring tax relief to American families, small businesses, and 
entrepreneurs. In passing this jobs-and-growth plan, Congress has taken 
a major step forward in the effort to boost economic growth and create 
jobs. One hundred thirty-six million taxpayers, including 12 million 
seniors and 23 million small-business owners, will directly benefit from 
this plan. A married couple with two children and household income of 
$40,000 will see their taxes cut by 96 percent this year. A growing 
economy is an urgent priority for all Americans, and I look forward to 
signing this bill and to seeing that tax relief is felt in paychecks 

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The President's Radio Address

May 24, 2003

    Good morning. This week Congress took vital action to create jobs in 
America. Following the outlines of a jobs-and-growth package I announced 
in January, Members of the House and Senate reached agreement on a bill 
to strengthen our Nation's economy by reducing income tax rates, 
lowering the marriage penalty, increasing the child credit from $600 to 
$1,000, increasing the expensing allowance for small-business 
investment, and significantly reducing taxes on dividends. These tax 
cuts will go into effect immediately and some retroactively.
    About 25 million families with children will see their child credit 
increase and will receive checks of up to $400 per child. And 136 
million Americans who pay income taxes, including 23 million small-
business owners who pay taxes at the individual rate, will see their 
taxes lowered.
    By leaving American families with more to spend, more to save, and 
more to invest, these reforms will help boost the Nation's economy and 
create jobs. When people have extra take-home pay, there's greater 
demand for goods and services, and employers will need more workers to 
meet that demand.
    A higher expensing allowance will help small firms, including farms 
and ranches, to buy new equipment so they can become more productive and 
expand their operations. They will also have more money to add new 
employees. And reducing the tax rate on dividends will help shareholders 
across America, from teachers invested in 401(k) accounts to seniors who 
depend on dividends for their financial well-being.
    I appreciate the leadership of Congressman Bill Thomas of California 
and Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who worked with their colleagues to 
hammer out a final agreement. This achievement is a victory for every 
family struggling to pay the bills, every entrepreneur hoping to expand 
the business and create new jobs, and every American looking for work. I 
look forward to signing this jobs-and-growth legislation in the coming 
    I will also work with Congress to bring down the budget deficit that 
has resulted from war, recession, and terrorist attacks. Faster growth 
in the economy will bring more revenues into the Federal Treasury. Yet 
moving toward a balanced budget also requires that we hold Federal 
spending to a responsible level. Spending discipline is crucial to my 
economic program. I urge the Congress to set priorities and stick to the 
responsible budget plan they passed back in April.
    By that measure, discretionary Federal spending will rise by 4 
percent, about the same as the increase in the average American family's 
income. Governments should not

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grow faster than workers' paychecks. Governments should follow the 
example of American families by setting priorities and staying with 
    Our citizens and our economy have endured great challenges over the 
last 2\1/2\ years. Yet this Nation's workers and entrepreneurs, who 
remain the most productive in the world, are rising to meet every 
challenge. Our economy continues to grow, and inflation and interest 
rates remain low. With new relief for the taxpayers, we have laid the 
foundation for even stronger growth in the years ahead and more jobs for 
American workers.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 2:38 p.m. on May 23 at the Bush Ranch 
in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on May 24. The transcript 
was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 23 but 
was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press 
Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address.

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Remarks at a Memorial Day Ceremony in Arlington, Virginia

May 26, 2003

    Thank you all very much for the warm welcome. Mr. Secretary, thank 
you for your leadership. Secretary Principi, Members of the United 
States Congress, General Myers, members of the Joint Chiefs, General 
Jackson and Colonel Ray and Colonel Steedley, veterans, honored guests, 
and my fellow Americans, we come to this Memorial Day with deep 
awareness of recent loss and recent courage.
    Beyond the Tomb of the Unknowns, in Section 60 of Arlington 
Cemetery, we have laid to rest Americans who fell in the battle of Iraq. 
One of the funerals was for Marine Second Lieutenant Frederick Pokorney, 
Jr., of Jacksonville, North Carolina. His wife, Carolyn, received a 
folded flag. His 2-year-old daughter, Taylor, knelt beside her mother at 
the casket to say a final goodbye.
    An uncle later said of this fine lieutenant, ``He was proud of what 
he was doing and proud of his family, a hard-working guy--the best guy 
you can ever know. I hope the American people don't forget.'' This 
Nation does not forget.
    Last month, in Section 60, First Lieutenant Rob Jenkins was buried, 
along with five other members of a bomber crew. They were lost when 
their plane was shot down over North Africa in 1942. Rob Jenkins had 
joined the Army Air Corps after Pearl Harbor, and he was 20 years old on 
his final mission.
    Six decades later, his plane was found and the remains of the crew 
were carefully identified, returned home, and buried with military 
honors. Rob's sister, Helen, said, ``We were very proud that the 
Government would care that much. After all, it was such a long time 
ago.'' This Nation does not forget.
    On Memorial Day, Americans place flags on military graves, walk past 
a wall of black granite in Washington, DC, and many families think of a 
face and voice they miss so much. Today we honor the men and women who 
have worn the Nation's uniform and were last seen on duty. From the 
battles of Iraq and Afghanistan to the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam to 
the trials of World War to the struggles that made us a nation, today we 
recall that liberty is always the achievement of courage.
    And today we remember all who have died, all who are still missing, 
and all who mourn. And on this day, especially, our Nation is grateful 
to the brave and fallen defenders of freedom. In every generation of 
Americans, we have found courage equal to the tasks of our country. The 
farms and small towns and city streets of this land have always produced 
free citizens who assume the discipline and duty of military life. And 

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