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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Cinco de Mayo celebration--792
    Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, meeting--799
    Indiana, arrival in South Bend--727
    Iowa, remarks in Dubuque--806
         Kalamazoo, Bush-Cheney reception--740
        Niles, remarks and a question-and-answer session--728
         Sterling Heights, remarks--748
    National Day of Prayer--804
         Cincinnati, remarks--781
         Dayton, remarks and a question-and-answer session--763
         Lebanon, remarks--775
         Maumee, remarks--754
    Radio address--725

 Addresses and Remarks--Continued

    Republican National Committee dinner--794
    White House Correspondents' Association dinner--726
    Wisconsin, remarks in Lancaster--813

 Communications to Congress

    Budget amendments, letter transmitting--806

 Executive Orders

    Issuance of Permits With Respect to Certain Energy-Related 
        Facilities and Land Transportation Crossings on the 
        International Boundaries of the United States--723

Interviews With the News Media

         Al Arabiya Television--789
         Alhurra Television--786
    News conference with King Abdullah II of Jordan, May 6--800
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was in LaCrosse, WI, on May 7, 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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Letters and Messages

    Cinco de Mayo, message--793

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Jordan, King Abdullah II--800


    Law Day, U.S.A.--720
    Loyalty Day--721
    National Charter Schools Week--719
    National Day of Prayer--722
    Older Americans Month--719

Statements by the President

    Contingency reserve fund, announcing a request to Congress for the 
    European Union, enlargement--748

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--816
     Checklist of White House press releases--815
     Digest of other White House announcements--814
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--815

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Week Ending Friday, May 7, 2004
Proclamation 7776--Older Americans Month, 2004

 April 30, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    More than 47 million Americans are 60 years old or older. During 
Older Americans Month, we honor our senior citizens for enriching and 
strengthening our Nation, and we pledge to continue working to enhance 
their quality of life.
    This year's theme, ``Aging Well, Living Well,'' reflects the many 
ways that older Americans contribute to our national character. Many are 
working beyond traditional retirement age, while others volunteer their 
time serving worthy causes. Through the Senior Corps program of the USA 
Freedom Corps, more than half a million older Americans donated time to 
their communities last year, and many others are volunteering through 
the Peace Corps and other programs.
    My Administration is committed to helping our senior citizens lead 
better, healthier, and longer lives. Late last year, I was proud to sign 
into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization 
Act of 2003. This historic legislation represents the greatest 
improvement in senior health care since President Lyndon Johnson signed 
the Social Security Act Amendments that created Medicare in 1965. It 
gives seniors access to affordable prescription drug coverage, provides 
for preventive screenings to diagnose and treat health conditions early, 
and updates the Medicare system to let seniors choose coverage that best 
meets their needs. These changes are vital to ensuring that seniors can 
obtain the health care and prescription drugs they deserve.
    Older Americans help others to understand the past, and they teach 
timeless lessons of courage, endurance, and love. Through their legacy 
of patriotism, service, and responsibility, America's seniors also unite 
families and communities and serve as role models for younger 
    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 May 2004 as Older 
Americans Month. I commend older Americans for the contributions they 
make to our communities. I further commend Federal officials, State, and 
local governments, tribal organizations, service and health care 
providers, caregivers, volunteers, and all those who work on behalf of 
our senior citizens. I encourage all Americans to honor their elders and 
publicly reaffirm our Nation's commitment to older Americans during this 
month and throughout the year.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day 
of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, 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., May 4, 2004]

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Week Ending Friday, May 7, 2004
Proclamation 7777--National Charter Schools Week, 2004

 April 30, 2004

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    America looks to its schools to give all students the skills they 
need to realize their

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dreams and reach their potential. Charter schools help fulfill this 
mission. During National Charter Schools Week, we celebrate the 
successes of these institutions.
    Charter schools are an important part of our effort to improve the 
public school system and offer broader educational options to every 
family. Like other public schools, charter schools are open to all 
students. Because they are subject to fewer State and district 
regulations than other public schools, charter schools offer teachers 
and administrators more freedom in tailoring programs to meet specific 
student and community needs. In exchange for this freedom, they must 
meet stricter accountability standards.
    Now in their second decade, the demand for charter schools is 
growing among families from all backgrounds. During this school year, 
our Nation's charter schools will educate nearly 700,000 students. Many 
families choose charter schools because of the innovative curriculum and 
focus on academic achievement, and because these schools can be a 
promising alternative to a low-performing neighborhood school.
    Charter schools are an important part of the No Child Left Behind 
Act. They provide parents with more choices for their children's 
education. The greater autonomy of charter schools allows them to employ 
innovative educational practices. Studies have shown that many charter 
schools improve academic achievement for their students and that parents 
of students in charter schools are satisfied with their children's 
    My fiscal year 2005 budget includes an overall 49 percent increase 
for elementary and secondary education over 2001 levels, and it proposes 
$219 million for charter school grants and $100 million for charter 
school facilities. Together, funding for these two charter school 
programs has increased 68 percent over 2001 levels. By raising 
expectations, insisting on results, and refusing to accept failure, we 
are strengthening our public schools and improving education for all 
children in America.
    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 May 2 through May 8, 2004, 
as National Charter Schools Week. I commend our Nation's charter 
schools, and I call on parents of charter school students to share their 
successes to help all Americans understand more about the important work 
of charter schools.

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