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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Arizona, remarks in Phoenix--1868
    Colorado, remarks in Denver--1880
    Indiana, remarks in South Bend--1898
    Judicial confirmation process--1890
    New Hampshire, remarks in Portsmouth--1917
    New Mexico, remarks in Alamogordo--1874
    Pennsylvania, remarks in Harrisburg--1911
    Radio address--1865
    South Dakota, remarks in Aberdeen--1893
    West Virginia, remarks in Charleston--1906

 Bill Signings

    Help America Vote Act of 2002
    Medical Device User Fee and Modernization Act of 2002, statement--
    Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Study Act, statement--1892

 Communications to Congress

    Sudan, national emergency
        Letter on continuation--1889
        Letter transmitting report--1890

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchange with reporters in Los Cabos, Mexico--1866

Joint Statements

    Joint United States-Japan-Republic of Korea Trilateral Statement--

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Mexico, President Fox--1866


    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Sudan--1889


    National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month--1904
    National Diabetes Month--1905
    National Family Caregivers Month--1888
    To Implement the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act--

Statements by the President

    See Bill Signings

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1924
     Checklist of White House press releases--1924
     Digest of other White House announcements--1922
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1924

  Editor's Note: The President was in Louisville, KY, on November 1, 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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Week Ending Friday, November 1, 2002
The President's Radio Address

October 26, 2002

    America's health care system has advantages no other nation can 
match but also challenges we cannot ignore. The quality of American 
medicine is excellent. Yet too many Americans live in communities 
lacking good clinics and basic health care. Others are forced to wait 
for new medical devices that are delayed in an overburdened approval 
process. And the high cost of prescription drugs is placing a heavy 
financial burden on many Americans, especially our seniors.
    This week, we are taking steps to address all of these problems. 
Today I have signed legislation that will expand the number of community 
health centers across the country. Community health centers are 
America's health care safety net, providing prenatal care, checkups, and 
preventative treatments to anyone who walks in the door. They serve more 
than a million people, mainly in remote areas or in inner-city 
neighborhoods, places where too many people do not have the access to 
the quality health care they deserve.
    I have set a goal of creating 1,200 new and expanded community 
health centers by the year 2006. The bill I signed today will help my 
administration achieve this goal. If Congress funds my budget request 
for these important health centers, we can help an additional 1 million 
Americans get health care in 2003 and 4 million more by 2006.
    Also today I'm signing legislation that provides faster access to 
safe and effective medical devices. Each year, American companies are 
creating new technologies to save and improve lives, technologies like 
coronary stints and increasingly sophisticated pacemakers, which have 
helped reduce the death rate from heart disease by 35 percent since 
    Medical devices are often very complex and require careful testing 
before they're approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But the FDA 
is overwhelmed by the volume of new technologies, making delays more 
frequent and undermining the quality of device reviews. Under the new 
law, we're going to speed up and improve the approval process. Companies 
that manufacture medical devices will be required to pay a reasonable 
fee to the FDA, so the FDA can afford more expert staff to conduct 
thorough reviews within reasonable time limits. The entire Nation will 
benefit from a faster approval of lifesaving innovations.
    Earlier this week, I also announced action to bring lower cost 
generic drugs to market more quickly. Right now, some brand-name drug 
companies are using legal maneuvers to delay the approval of generic 
drugs, sometimes for years. We're setting new limits on those delays. By 
reducing the public's wait for quality generic drugs, we will reduce the 
cost of prescriptions in this country by more than $3 billion each year. 
These savings will help employer health plans, State Medicaid programs, 
and seniors who buy medicines on their own.
    On health care reform, we still have much work ahead of us. I 
applaud the House of Representatives for passing a prescription drug 
benefit for seniors and for its efforts to fix the Nation's badly broken 
medical liability system, which is driving up the cost of medicine and 
driving good doctors out of the profession. I'm disappointed that the 
Senate has failed to act on these important reforms.
    With these reforms and the actions we have taken this week, we will 
bring the benefits of our health care system into the lives of more 
Americans. Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 3:35 p.m. on October 25 at the Bush 
Ranch in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on October 26. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
October 25 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 Following Discussions With President Vicente Fox of Mexico and 
an Exchange With Reporters in 
Los Cabos, Mexico

October 26, 2002

[President Fox made opening remarks in Spanish, and no translation was 

    President Bush. Vicente, thank you for inviting us here. This is a 
very beautiful part of the world, and we're so honored you're hosting 
this convention.
    We did have a very good discussion, but I'm not surprised. After 
all, we're close friends. We discussed trade. We discussed commerce. We 
did discuss migration. Ever since I have been the President and Vicente 
has been the President, we have had a mutual desire to deal with the 
migration issue in a way that recognizes reality and in a way that 
treats the Mexican citizens who are in the United States with respect. 
And we will continue to work on this issue.
    And we did talk about world peace and Iraq. Mexico is a member of 
the Security Council. We discussed how to keep the world peaceful, how 
to hold people to account, how to make sure the United Nations is 
effective. And I appreciate so very much the President and the Foreign 
Minister's desire to consult closely with the United States as we move 
forward to making the world more peaceful.
    So we're--it's an honor to be here. It's going to be a very 
important conference, being held in a beautiful spot and hosted by a 
good friend, Mr. President.
    We'll take a couple of questions.


    Q. President Bush, we know that--we understand President Fox was 
going to talk to you about the impact that your subsidies would 
eventually have on Mexican illegal migration to the U.S. Did you have an 
answer for him?
    President Bush. Ask the question again--agricultural subsidies?
    Q. Migration----
    President Bush. Oh, yes. Well, here's the answer. The answer is, the 
long-term answer for the migration issue is to work a way that 
encourages commerce on both sides of the border, so people can find jobs 
here in Mexico, for starters. That's the long-term solution.
    And the short-term solution, we've got to recognize that wage 
differentials are going to cause people to want to come to the United 
States. And when they come to the United States, we've got to work to 
make sure they're treated with respect. And the issue is, how do we 
recognize the reality of two societies with a wage differential the way 
they are? Here on the border, the wage differential is narrowing--or on 
the border, wage differential is narrowing, so the migration pressure 
tends to come from interior of Mexico and the south of Mexico.
    And one of the things that the President and I have discussed in the 
past is, how best to develop industry together in the midst of Mexico, 
in the south of Mexico, so that people are more likely to find work at 
    Heidi [Heidi Pryzbyla, Bloomberg News]. Oh, sorry.

North Korea

    Q. A senior administration official told us this morning that the 
goal with North Korea is to isolate them. What is your strategy for 
doing that without winding up in the same position that we were in, in 
1994, with a failed agreement?
    President Bush. Well, I'm glad you asked a senior administrative 
official. Our goal is to work with our friends in the region to convince 
Kim Chong-il to disarm. I made a positive step yesterday in Crawford 
when the President of China made a public declaration that--he said, 

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