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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, remarks 
        following meeting--1304
    Hispanic Heritage Month, reception--1300
        Bush-Cheney luncheon in Chicago--1282
        Business leaders, remarks following meeting in Chicago--1286
    Radio address--1273
    Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils--1279
        Bush-Cheney reception in Milwaukee--1314
        Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee--1306

Bill Signings

    Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2004, statement--1289
    Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004
    Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2004, statement--1287

Bill Signings--Continued

    Legislation to ratify the authority of the Federal Trade Commission 
        to establish a Do-Not-Call Registry, remarks--1280

Communications to Congress

    Department of Homeland Security's Counterterrorism Fund, letter on 
        providing funds--1288
    Emergency Response Fund, letter on reallocation of funds previously 
    Memorandum of Understanding Between the Secretaries of State and 
        Homeland Security Concerning Implementation of Section 428 of 
        the Homeland Security Act of 2002, message transmitting--1282

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Transfer of Funds from International Organizations and Programs 
        Funds to the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund, 

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Chicago, IL--1286
        South Lawn--1304
    Interview with African journalists--1293
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Interviews With the News Media--Continued

    News conference with President Putin of Russia at Camp David, MD, 
        September 27--1274

Joint Statements

    United States of America and the Russian Federation--1279

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Pakistan, Prime Minister Jamali--1290
    Russia, President Putin--1274, 1279


    Report to the Congress on the Memorandum of Understanding Between 
        the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security Concerning 
        Implementation of Section 428 of the Homeland Security Act of 


    Minority Enterprise Development Week--1273

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Death of Althea Gibson--1281
    House of Representatives passage of legislation banning partial-
        birth abortion--1304

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1323
    Checklist of White House press releases--1322
    Digest of other White House announcements--1319
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1320

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Week Ending Friday, October 3, 2003
Proclamation 7710--Minority Enterprise Development Week, 2003

 September 26, 2003

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    America's more than 3 million minority-owned businesses represent 
one of the fastest-growing segments of our Nation's economy. Through 
skill, hard work, and determination, these businesses are strengthening 
our Nation and our economy. During Minority Enterprise Development Week, 
we recognize these businesses, their owners, and their employees for 
their commitment to free enterprise and equal opportunity.
    Most businesses in America--including those that are minority-
owned--are small businesses. Small businesses are a path to the American 
Dream and must be accessible to all of our citizens. Through the 
Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency and the 
Small Business Administration, we are promoting both the growth of 
minority-owned businesses and equal access to Federal contracts, 
capital, and management and technical assistance.
    Small businesses also create most of the new jobs in our economy, 
and my Administration is acting to create an environment where small 
businesses grow and thrive. On May 28, I signed the Jobs and Growth Tax 
Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, allowing entrepreneurs to keep more 
of their hard-earned money. My Administration is also pursuing an 
ambitious trade agenda. This year, I signed legislation implementing 
Free Trade Agreements with Chile and Singapore. These new Free Trade 
Agreements, and others that my Administration is seeking, not only will 
provide cheaper goods for consumers, but also will create new high-wage 
jobs for American workers.
    I encourage all Americans to recognize the strength and importance 
of our country's minority entrepreneurs and their employees. The 
talents, skills, and dedication of these citizens enrich our 
communities, and we honor their contributions to our Nation.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and 
laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 28 through 
October 4, 2003, as Minority Enterprise Development Week. I encourage 
all Americans to celebrate this week with appropriate programs, 
ceremonies, and activities to recognize the many contributions of our 
Nation's minority enterprises.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-six day 
of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., September 30, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on October 
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The President's Radio Address

September 27, 2003

    Good morning. Earlier this week, I spoke to the United Nations, 
which has become, like our country, a target of terrorism. In the past 
month, terrorists have made two bombing attacks on the U.N. headquarters 
in Baghdad, killing Iraqi citizens, U.N. officials, and international 
aid workers. On Tuesday, I conveyed the sympathy of our country for the 
losses of the U.N. and the gratitude of our country for the relief 
efforts of the U.N.

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in Iraq. I also expressed America's determination to fight and win the 
war on terror for the safety of our own people and for the benefit of 
all mankind.
    The world is safer today because, in Afghanistan, our broad 
coalition destroyed the training camps of terrorists and removed the 
brutal regime that sponsored terror. The world is safer today because we 
continue to hunt down Al Qaida and its terrorist allies and have 
captured or killed nearly two-thirds of Al Qaida's known leaders and key 
    The world is safer today because, in Iraq, our coalition ended a 
regime that cultivated ties to terror while it built weapons of mass 
destruction. And for the safety of the people of Iraq and of all free 
nations, our forces are now conducting a systematic campaign to defeat 
holdouts of the old regime and other terrorists who have joined them.
    In the struggle between terrorist killers and peaceful nations, 
there is no neutral ground. All nations must join in confronting this 
threat where it arises, before the terrorists can inflict even greater 
harm and suffering. And all nations should stand with the people of 
Afghanistan and Iraq as they build a future based on freedom and 
    Our coalition is helping the Iraqi people to build a secure, 
hopeful, and self-governing nation which will stand as an example of 
freedom to all the Middle East. We are rebuilding more than a thousand 
schools, supplying and reopening hospitals, rehabilitating powerplants, 
water and sanitation facilities, bridges, and airports. We are training 
Iraqi police, border guards, and a new army, so that the Iraqi people 
can assume full responsibility for their own security. Iraq now has its 
own Governing Council, has appointed interim government ministries, and 
is moving toward elections. Iraq's new leaders are showing the openness 
and tolerance that democracy requires, and also the courage. Yet every 

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