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 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--
    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--

 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
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    Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With 
    Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With 


    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


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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.

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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 
    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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