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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, August 4, 2003 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. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 983-1028 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Cabinet meeting--1024 Death of Bob Hope--983 Maryland, departure from Andrews Air Force Base--983 Medicare, 38th anniversary--1015 Pennsylvania, National Urban League Conference in Pittsburgh--984 Radio address--983 Bill Signings Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 and the accompanying Executive order, statement--990 Communications to Congress Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003 and the accompanying Executive order, letter--993 Clean Diamond Trade Act, implementing Letter on waiver certification--1002 Letter transmitting Executive order--1001 Emergency Response Fund, letter on the reallocation of funds previously transferred--1023 Iraq, national emergency Letter on continuation--1023 Letter transmitting report--1023 Communications to Congress--Continued Sierra Leone and Liberia, letter transmitting report on national emergency--1003 Communications to Federal Agencies Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance to Parties to the Rome Statute Establishing the International Criminal Court, memorandum--1003 Executive Orders Blocking Property of the Government of Burma and Prohibiting Certain Transactions--991 Delegation of Certain Congressional Reporting Functions--1019 Homeland Security Information Sharing--998 Implementing the Clean Diamond Trade Act--999 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--1024 News conferences July 29 with Prime Minister Sharon of Israel--995 July 30--1003 (Contents continued on the inside of the back cover.) [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Meetings With Foreign Leaders Israel, Prime Minister Sharon--995 Notices Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Iraq--1022 Proclamations Death of Bob Hope--984 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Earth Observation Summit--1019 Statements by the President--Continued International initiative to help developing countries stop illegal logging--990 Senate filibuster of judicial nominees--1025 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1028 Checklist of White House press releases--1028 Digest of other White House announcements--1026 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1027 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 983]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 983] Pages 983-1028 Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003 The President's Radio Address July 26, 2003 Good morning. This weekend marks the 13th anniversary of the Americans With Disability Act, one of the great compassionate acts of American Government. Since becoming law, the ADA has helped to improve the quality of life for more than 50 million Americans with physical and mental disabilities. As a result, it is easier today for people with disabilities to find a job, to enter public buildings, and to live more independently in their communities. These are all welcome changes in American life. Many citizens have dedicated themselves to serving the interests of persons with disabilities, and some of them are here with me at the White House. I am joined by members of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation. The men and women on this committee include people with disabilities as well as parents, teachers, health care workers, and advocates. They recently voted to change the committee's name to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, and I was pleased to sign an Executive order instituting that change. There is much more we can do to assure that Americans with disabilities are treated with dignity and respect. In 2001, I announced the New Freedom Initiative to further promote the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of society. As part of the New Freedom Initiative, we're giving States funding to help people with disabilities commute to work or purchase equipment that allows them to work from home. We are promoting homeownership for people with disabilities and educating builders about the need for more accessible rental housing. We are working with Congress to provide record levels of funding for special education programs and to make sure the money is used to provide the most help to the most children. And we are making Government web sites more accessible to people with disabilities so that they can more easily find information about services and programs of the Federal Government. We're also focused on providing better care to people with mental illness. I'm committed to making sure people get the treatment and support they need and don't fall through the cracks. My administration continues to work with States to ensure full implementation of the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. That decision rightly mandates that individuals with disabilities who can receive support and treatment in a community setting should be given an opportunity to live close to their families and friends whenever possible. People with disabilities now have more freedom to do productive work and live independent lives. We're making good progress toward ensuring that persons with disabilities know the American Dream is meant for them. With changes in old ways of thinking, the development of new technologies, and the Federal Government's firm commitment to equality, more and more people with disabilities continue to become full participants in the American life. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 2 p.m. on July 25 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on July 26. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on July 25 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 983-984] Pages 983-1028 Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003 Remarks on Departure From Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland July 28, 2003 Death of Bob Hope Today America lost a great citizen. We mourn the passing of Bob Hope. Bob Hope made us laugh, and he lifted our spirits. Bob [[Page 984]] Hope served our Nation when he went to battlefields to entertain thousands of troops from different generations. We extend our prayers to his family. And we mourn the loss of a good man. May God bless his soul. Thank you all. Note: The President spoke at 9:50 a.m. prior to boarding Air Force One. A tape was not available for verification of the content of these remarks. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 984] Pages 983-1028 Week Ending Friday, August 1, 2003 Proclamation 7694--Death of Bob Hope July 28, 2003 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Today, America mourns the loss of one of its great treasures. A gifted comedian who entertained audiences for decades with his unique talents, Bob Hope brought joy and laughter to our Nation. By tirelessly entertaining America's troops, he demonstrated his extraordinary love of country and devotion to the men and women who have served in our military.
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