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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, December 9, 2002 [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Pages 2107-2136 Contents [[Page ii]] 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 Louisiana Luncheon for senatorial candidate Suzanne Haik Terrell in New Orleans--2121 Shreveport, remarks--2116 Radio address--2109 Bill Signings Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003 Remarks--2112 Statement--2114 Dot Kids Implementation and Efficiency Act of 2002, remarks--2126 North American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act, remarks-- 2111 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, memorandum--2110 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 Proclamations 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 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 [[Page 2107]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2107-2108] Pages 2107-2136 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 [[Page 2108]] 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 by HIV/AIDS. 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- seventh. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 3, 2002] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2108-2109] Pages 2107-2136 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 increase. 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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