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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Christmas tree, lighting of national--2133
    Eid al-Fitr--2132
    Hanukkah, menorah lighting--2129
        Luncheon for senatorial candidate Suzanne Haik Terrell in New 
        Shreveport, remarks--2116
    Radio address--2109

Bill Signings

    Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003
    Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002, remarks--2126
    North American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act, remarks--

Communications to Congress

    Federal employees, letter transmitting an alternative plan for 
        locality pay increases--2108
    Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) and Kosovo, 
        letter transmitting report on national emergencies--2130

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Designation of Officers of the Federal Emergency Management Agency 
        To Act as Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 
    Imposition and Waiver of Sanctions Under Section 604 of the Foreign 
        Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003, memorandum--2110

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--2130
        Roosevelt Room--2126

Letters and Messages

    Eid al-Fitr, message--2132

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Ethiopia, Prime Minister Meles--2130
    Kenya, President Moi--2130


    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--2125
    World AIDS Day--2107

Resignations and Retirements

    Treasury Department, Secretary, statement--2134
    White House, National Economic Council Director, statement--2134
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Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements

    Death of George Christian--2115

    100th birthday of Senator Strom Thurmond--2129

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--2135
    Checklist of White House press releases--2135
    Digest of other White House announcements--2134
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--2135

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Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002
Proclamation 7631--World AIDS Day, 2002

 November 27, 2002

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    The HIV/AIDS pandemic has taken the lives of more than 20 million 
people and is projected to take millions more. On World AIDS Day, 
countries around the world are united to support the individuals, 
families, and communities affected by this disease, and to renew our 
commitment to preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, developing and 
delivering more effective treatments, and finding a cure.
    To support our struggle against HIV/AIDS, we must call upon the 
compassion, energy, and generosity of all people. Through their service 
and dedication, faith-based and volunteer organizations are providing 
local and global communities with strategies to confront the HIV/AIDS 
pandemic. By responding to the needs of their neighbors, these 
organizations and individual citizens offer invaluable support and hope 
to countless people. These organizations also help overcome dangerous 
barriers to HIV prevention, care, and treatment such as the stigma and 
discrimination that often attaches to those suffering from HIV/AIDS. By 
raising awareness and promoting acceptance of people living with HIV/
AIDS, we help improve the lives of millions of people around the world 
and demonstrate the compassion of our Nation.
    My Administration remains strongly committed to supporting research 
that treats those living with HIV/AIDS, prevents the spread of this 
disease, and that can develop a cure. For this coming year, my 
Administration has requested $2.9 billion for research on vaccines and 
treatments to combat the disease. This is a significant increase over 
prior year funding for these efforts, and expresses my Administration's 
commitment to helping find a cure.
    To help stop the global spread of AIDS we must prevent mothers from 
passing the HIV virus to their children. My Administration has committed 
$500 million to the new International Mother and Child HIV Prevention 
Initiative, which will focus on countries in Africa and the Caribbean 
where the problem is the most severe. This Initiative seeks to treat 1 
million women annually and to reduce mother-to-child transmission of 
HIV/AIDS by 40 percent within 5 years. It also increases the 
availability of preventative care and drug treatment therapy, and seeks 
to improve critical healthcare delivery systems. The International 
Mother and Child Prevention Initiative will save thousands of lives, and 
assist our vital effort to overcome the global devastation of HIV/AIDS.
    The United States intends to provide more than $1.3 billion in 2003 
to international efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, a 30 percent increase over 
the prior year's commitment. I was very pleased to help launch the 
Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria together with 
U.N. Secretary-General Annan and Nigerian President Obasanjo. My 
Administration has since then pledged $500 million to the Global Fund, 
and we are committed to further support the Fund as it continues to 
demonstrate its success.
    On World AIDS Day, I urge world leaders and citizens to join the 
efforts to combat HIV/AIDS. By working together, we can provide hope and 
comfort to all those affected by this devastating disease.
    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 December 1, 2002, as World 
AIDS Day. I invite the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of 
Puerto Rico, officials of other territories

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subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American 
people to join me in reaffirming our commitment to combating HIV/AIDS. I 
encourage all Americans to participate in appropriate commemorative 
programs and ceremonies in houses of worship, workplaces, and other 
community centers to remember those who have lost their lives to this 
deadly disease and to comfort and support those living with and impacted 
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh 
day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, 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., December 3, 

Note: This proclamation was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on November 29, and it was published in the Federal Register 
on December 4. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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Week Ending Friday, December 6, 2002
Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting an Alternative Plan for 
Locality Pay Increases for Civilian Federal Employees

November 27, 2002

Dear Mr. Speaker:  (Dear Mr. President:)

    I am transmitting an alternative plan for locality pay increases 
payable to civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule 
(GS) pay system in January 2003.
    Under title 5, United States Code, civilian Federal employees 
covered by the GS pay system would receive a two-part pay increase in 
January 2003: (1) a 3.1 percent across-the-board increase in scheduled 
GS rates of basic pay linked to the part of the Employment Cost Index 
(ECI) that deals with changes in the wages and salaries of private 
industry workers, and (2) a locality pay increase based on Bureau of 
Labor Statistics' salary surveys. For Federal employees covered by the 
locality pay system, the overall average pay increase would be about 
18.6 percent.
    For each part of the two-part pay increase, title 5, United States 
Code, authorizes me to implement an alternative pay plan if I view the 
adjustment that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate due to 
``national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the 
general welfare.'' For the reasons described below, I have determined 
that it would be appropriate to exercise my statutory alternative plan 
authority to limit the locality pay portion of the January 2003 GS pay 
    A national emergency has existed since September 11, 2001. Full 
statutory civilian pay increases in 2003 would interfere with our 
Nation's ability to pursue the war on terrorism. They would cost about 
$13.6 billion in 2003 alone--$11.2 billion more than the 2.6 percent 
overall Federal civilian pay increase I proposed in my 2003 Budget--and 

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