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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 8, 2002
Volume 38--Number 27
Pages 1111-1143

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 Addresses and Remarks

    Lewis and Clark's Voyage of Discovery, celebrating the 
    Ohio, rally on inner-city compassion in Cleveland--1115
    President's health--1111
    Radio address--1112
    Vilnius Ten group of nations, videotape remarks--1141
    West Virginia, ``Saluting Our Veterans'' celebration in Ripley--1138
    Wisconsin, faith-based welfare initiative in Milwaukee--1123

 Bill Signings

    Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, statement--1112

 Communications to Congress

    Bosnia and Herzegovina, message transmitting report on benchmarks 
        for a sustainable peace process--1131
    Colombia, message transmitting report on U.S. individuals involved 
        in the antinarcotics campaign--1130
    Emergency Response Fund, letter on reallocation of funds previously 
        transferred from--1122

 Communications to Congress--Continued

    Export Administration Act of 1979, message transmitting report on 
        national emergency--1132
    Former Eastern Bloc states, letter transmitting report on the 
        extension of normal trade relations status--1137
    Iran, message transmitting report on national emergency--1132
    Netherlands-U.S. agreement on social security, message transmitting 
        second protocol--1131
    Powers and duties of President of the United
         Letter on resuming--1113
         Letter on temporary transfer--1113
    Taliban, national emergency
         Letter on termination--1130
         Letter transmitting final report--1130

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of Authority Under Section 124 of the National Defense 
        Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2001, memorandum--1132
    Emergency Military Counterterrorism Assistance to the Armed Forces 
        of the Philippines, memorandum--1115
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was in Kennebunkport, ME, on July 5, 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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 Executive Orders

    Expedited Naturalization of Aliens and Noncitizen Nationals Serving 
        in an Active-Duty Status During the War on Terrorism--1136
    Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Taliban and Amendment 
        of Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001--1129
    Tribal Colleges and Universities--1134

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Milwaukee, WI--1123
        South Lawn--1111


    Lewis and Clark Bicentennial--1114


    To Provide for the Efficient and Fair Administration of Safeguard 
        Measures on Imports of Certain Steel Products--1137

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
    Clear Skies Initiative--1121
    Representative J.C. Watts, Jr.'s decision not to seek reelection--

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1143
     Checklist of White House press releases--1143
     Digest of other White House announcements--1142
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1143

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Monday, July 8, 2002
Volume 38--Number 27
Pages 1111-1143
Week Ending Friday, July 5, 2002
Remarks and an Exchange With Reporters on Departure for Camp David, 

June 28, 2002

President's Health

    Q. Mr. President, what's the story?
    The President. Hold on, I'll tell you.
    As you know, I've been recommending that Americans take 
precautionary measures for their health and that people should be 
screened on a regular basis, particularly those of us over 50. And 
tomorrow I'm going to have a colonoscopy at Camp David. It is the third 
such procedure I've had. The doctor has recommended I have another one 
because the last time, they found some benign polyps. And so this is 
kind of a routine physical examination that will be done at Camp David.
    I'm going--I'm going to be sedated for a period of time and will 
transfer power to the Vice President during that time. And I look 
forward to exercising tomorrow afternoon, after the procedure takes 
    Q. Do you know how long it's going to be, sir?
    The President. Well, it's--you know, the last time I did this, it 
wasn't very long. I mean, the definition of long--the docs will be 
briefing here pretty soon. But you know, it shouldn't take too long to--
    Q. Is there anything that triggered this?
    The President. No, not at all, John [John Roberts, CBS News]. I feel 
great. This is a part of the ongoing--you know, it's a kind of part of 
the annual physical. And so I just decided to do it at this time; it fit 
in with my schedule. And I feel great--no signs, no symptoms.
    The last time we did one of these colonoscopies, they found benign 
polyps, and they recommended that--I think it was 2 years ago, and they 
recommended they take another look and see if there's anything in there.
    Q. Should we read anything into the fact that you are going to 
transfer the power, the length of time of this?
    The President. No, not at all. It's just that I made the decision. 
We looked at the precedent. I'm the first President to have done so 
under this type of procedure and/or physical examination. I did so 
because we're at war, and I just want to be super--you know, super 
    And I informed the Vice President of this, and he's fully prepared 
to--standing by. He'll realize he's not going to be President that long. 
    Q. Is he back in Washington, sir?
    The President. He is. Yes, he is.
    Q. What time will you be doing this tomorrow?
    The President. Well, the time is--you know, I really don't want to 
put out a time, and I hope you understand why.
    Q. Where's the Vice President, here?
    The President. He'll be--I'm not sure where he'll be.
    Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. We'll hold a briefing. We'll fill you 
    The President. Yes, I need to find out where he's----
    Q. Any family history of colon cancer?
    The President. Let's see, not really. Well, my brother--yes, I had a 
brother who had colitis. And so there's some history there.
    I do recommend and urge that people take--get these precautionary 
tests and take a look. I had my first ``scope,'' as we say in the 
business, I think maybe 5 or 6 years ago. They discovered polyps for the 
first time. And it gets your attention a little bit. Fortunately, they 
were benign. And I think it's important to continue to get good 
checkups, and that's what this is about.
    So anyway, I'm glad to be able to share that with you. [Laughter] 
Thank you all very much.

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Note: The President spoke at 4 p.m. on the South Lawn at the White 
House. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Monday, July 8, 2002
Volume 38--Number 27
Pages 1111-1143
Week Ending Friday, July 5, 2002
Statement on Signing the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002

June 28, 2002

    I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 327, the ``Small Business 
Paperwork Relief Act of 2002.'' This legislation will help achieve an 
important objective of my Administration to reduce the cost and burden 
on small businesses of government paperwork and increase the resources 
available to small businesses to create jobs and economic growth.
    Section 3 of the bill creates a new section 3520 in title 44 of the 
United States Code to create an interagency task force on information 
collection and dissemination to help the heads of departments and 
agencies reduce the government burden on small businesses. Section 3520 
purports to require task force publication of differences in views among 
executive officers and transmittal of recommendations to congressional 
committees. The executive branch shall construe section 3520 in a manner 
consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise 
the unitary executive branch, to protect the confidentiality of 
executive deliberations, and to recommend to the consideration of the 
Congress such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.
                                                George W. Bush
 The White House,
 June 28, 2002.

Note: H.R. 327, approved June 28, was assigned Public Law No. 107-198. 
An original was not available for verification of the content of this 
statement. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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