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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, February 3, 2003 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 107-148 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation State of the Union--109 Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Cabinet meeting--108 Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief--137 Michigan, remarks in Grand Rapids--117 Radio address--107 USA Freedom Corps, anniversary--129 Communications to Congress Chile, message transmitting notification of intention to enter into a free trade agreement--126 Eastern Bloc States, message transmitting report on the extension of normal trade relations status for certain former--123 Groom Lake, NV, message on the U.S. Air Force operating location-- 128 Homeland Security Department, message transmitting reorganization plan modification--136 Iraq, message transmitting report on national emergency--128 Kosovo, message transmitting report on achieving militarily significant benchmarks for a sustainable peace--144 Communications to Congress--Continued Singapore, message transmitting notification of intention to enter into a free trade agreement--127 Western Balkans, message transmitting report on national emergency-- 123 Communications to Federal Agencies Determination Pursuant to Section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as Amended, memorandum--125 Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for 2003, memorandum--136 Executive Orders President's Council on Service and Civic Participation--123 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--133 News conference with Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom, January 31--141 Letters and Messages Lunar New Year, message--116 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--133 United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--141 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Notices Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With Chile--125 Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With Singapore--127 Proclamations American Heart Month--135 National Consumer Protection Week--108 Statements by the President Governors Island, return to the people of New York--144 International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor collaboration--134 Statements by the President--Continued Israel, reelection of Prime Minister Sharon--123 Senate confirmation of John Snow as Secretary of the Treasury--134 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--148 Checklist of White House press releases--147 Digest of other White House announcements--145 Nominations submitted to the Senate--146 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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). The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http://www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 107]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 107] Pages 107-148 Week Ending Friday, January 31, 2003 The President's Radio Address January 25, 2003 Good morning. This coming Tuesday, I will deliver the State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Our Nation faces many great challenges all at once. We will meet all of them with courage and steady purpose. In 2003, we must work to strengthen our economy, improve access to affordable, high-quality health care for all our seniors, encourage compassion at home and abroad, and defend our Nation against the threats of a new era. The war on terror is an ongoing priority for our Nation. We will take every measure that is necessary to protect the American people from terrorist groups and outlaw regimes. The world depends on America's strength and purpose, and we will meet our responsibilities for peace. Today I want to speak to you about a few key domestic priorities. When I address Congress, I will urge them to pass my plan to strengthen our economy and help more Americans find jobs. The tax relief already planned for later in this decade should be made effective this year, including income tax reduction, marriage penalty relief, and an increase in the child-tax credit. When Congress acts, I will direct the Treasury to return this money to taxpayers right away, which will provide immediate help to our economy. We can also lay the foundation for future prosperity by encouraging investment and helping Americans to prepare for the new jobs a growing economy will bring. I will ask Congress to eliminate the unfair double taxation of dividends and raise the deduction limit for small businesses that invest in new machinery and equipment. And to help unemployed workers find a job as soon as possible, I propose new reemployment accounts. These accounts will assist with the cost of finding work, including training and child care and moving expenses, and provide a cash bonus to workers who find a job quickly. Strengthening and improving Medicare is also a priority for my administration in the coming year. I will urge Congress to join me in keeping our commitment to America's seniors by working to modernize Medicare and include a prescription drug benefit to help seniors who are squeezed by rising drug prices. As a prosperous nation, we have an obligation to help Americans who are struggling to build better lives for themselves. So I will propose new initiatives to bring the work of faith-based and community groups to the needs of our fellow citizens. All of these priorities will be reflected in the budget I submit to Congress in early February. As we fund important priorities, however, we must also practice spending discipline in Washington. Spending restraint is important to economic growth and job creation. And it is critical to reducing the deficit caused by war and national emergency and recession. Under my budget, discretionary Federal spending will rise by 4 percent, about the same as the increase in family incomes. Government should not grow faster than workers' paychecks. Government should follow the example of American families by setting priorities and staying with them. In this session of Congress, we must work to make our Nation safer, more prosperous, and more compassionate. I look forward to working with the Republicans and Democrats in this important year for America and the world. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 12:03 p.m. on January 24 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on January 25. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on January 24 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address. [[Page 108]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 108] Pages 107-148 Week Ending Friday, January 31, 2003 Proclamation 7643--National Consumer Protection Week, 2003 January 27, 2003 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Few technologies have become fixtures in our daily lives as quickly as computers and the Internet. Today, more than half of all Americans log on to the Internet, and that number is growing. Our access to information, entertainment, credit and banking, products, and services from every corner of the world is greater than ever before. As our personal information becomes more accessible, consumers, corporations, and government agencies must take precautions against the misuse of that information. Computer technology and the Internet have revolutionized our ability to communicate and share knowledge. This new freedom offers incredible opportunities; but as individuals and as a Nation, we must guard against the misuse of personal information and identity theft. The theme of this year's National Consumer Protection Week is ``Information Security,'' and during this week we resolve to help all Americans learn how to keep personal information secure. For consumers, securing a computer is a matter of routine maintenance and caution. Effective passwords, firewalls, and up-to-date antivirus software can help protect computers, and the personal or business information we store on them, from those who would damage a network operation or steal personal information to commit a crime. By practicing effective information security measures, all citizens can contribute to the protection of our national information infrastructure. To assist consumers, public and private entities have joined forces to highlight the importance of information security. They include the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Consumer Information Center, the National Association of Attorneys General, the National Consumers League, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Better Business
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