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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iii] Monday, March 12, 2001 Volume 37--Number 10 Pages 397-429 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Congressional leaders, meeting--401 Illinois Chicago Mercantile Exchange in Chicago--407 Meeting with Mayor Richard M. Daley in Chicago--406 North Dakota Departure for Fargo--416 North Dakota State University in Fargo--417 Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA football and women's softball champions--403 Radio address--397 Santana High School shootings--401 South Dakota, Sioux Falls--421 Swearing-in ceremony for Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Joe M. Allbaugh--401 Tax cut legislation, House vote--416 Treasury Department Employees--415 Meeting with Secretary O'Neill--413 Virginia Arrival in Hampton--398 U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, christening ceremony in Newport News--398 Communications to Congress Cuba, message transmitting report on telecommunications payments-- 410 Cyprus, letter transmitting report--409 Trade Policy Agenda and Trade Agreements Program, message transmitting report--410 Communications to Federal Agencies Delegation of authority, memorandum--405 Executive Orders Establishing an Emergency Board To Investigate a Dispute Between Northwest Airlines, Inc., And Its Employees Represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association--426 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Chicago, IL--406 Oval Office--401, 410 Treasury Department--413 Joint Statements United States of America and the Republic of Korea--413 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Lafeyette, LA, on March 9, the closing date of this issue. 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[[Page iii]] Contents--Continued Letters and Messages Eid al-Adha, message--409 Meetings With Foreign Leaders South Korea, President Kim--410, 413 Proclamations Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy--405 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month--421 Save Your Vision Week--404 Statements by the President Death of James Rhodes--400 National Guard aircraft tragedy in Georgia--398 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--429 Checklist of White House press releases--428 Digest of other White House announcements--426 Nominations submitted to the Senate--428 [[Page 397]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 397-398] Monday, March 12, 2001 Volume 37--Number 10 Pages 397-429 Week Ending Friday, March 9, 2001 The President's Radio Address March 3, 2001 Good morning. As I begin, I want to say a few words about the people of Washington State. Earlier this week, that State was rocked by a powerful earthquake, which affected countless lives and caused billion dollars of damage. The Director of the Federal Emergency Management Association, Joe Allbaugh, went immediately to Seattle, and my administration is providing help. Our prayers are with the people of Washington State. A few days ago, I had the honor of addressing a joint session of Congress. I hope you had a chance to tune in and hear my plans for the Federal budget and my priorities for the country. After making my case to Congress, I headed out early the next morning on a swing through five States to bring my case directly to you, the American people. I approach our budget as American families do. First, we set priorities and funded them. My top priority is education reform. And I have asked that the Department of Education receive the largest percentage increase of any Federal agency. We increase funding for our reading programs and character education and recruiting good teachers. This time around, however, we won't be just spending more money; we will be setting higher standards and expecting real results for all our children. We're going to keep the promise of Social Security and keep the Government from raiding the Social Security surplus. And to safeguard the system against long-term threats, I will form a Presidential commission to reform Social Security and place it on firm financial ground. We will spend more on Medicare, as well, nearly doubling its budget in 10 years. But just as important, we will modernize Medicare to provide a prescription drug benefit for senior citizens. We will also support and strengthen America's military, starting with a pay increase and better housing for our troops. After meeting these national priorities, my budget pays down a record amount of national debt. We will pay off $2 trillion of debt over the next decade. That will be the largest debt reduction of any country, ever. Future generations shouldn't be forced to pay back money that we have borrowed. We owe this kind of responsibility to our children and grandchildren. And in addition to funding our priorities and reducing debt by a record amount, we set up a contingency fund of nearly $1 trillion, and we still have money left over. The surplus money that remains will be used for a broad, fair tax relief. A surplus, after all, is an overcharge of American taxpayers. And on your behalf, I am asking for a refund. My tax plan reduces income tax rates across the board, giving the largest percentage reductions to working families who need the most help. My plan reduces the marriage penalty and gets rid of the death tax. It will boost the economy and help create new businesses, new jobs, and new growth at a time when we need all three. When the tax cut takes effect, the typical family of four will save $1,600 every year. Some say that's not much. But they ought to talk to people like Steven and Josefina Aramos, young parents trying to build a better life for their family. Right now they pay about $8,000 a year in Federal income taxes. My plan will save this hardworking family more than $2,000. Steven says, and I quote, ``Two thousand dollars is a lot to my family. If we had this money, it would help us reach our goal of paying off our personal debt in 2 years time.'' Well, I want the Aramos family and millions of others like them to meet their goals, and to live out their best hopes for themselves and their children. Our Federal budget must be good for the family budget. [[Page 398]] That was my message to Congress on Tuesday. And now, I hope you'll send a message in favor of tax relief to your Congressman or your Senator. After all, the surplus is your money. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 1:05 p.m. on March 2 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on March 3. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on March 2 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 398] Monday, March 12, 2001 Volume 37--Number 10 Pages 397-429 Week Ending Friday, March 9, 2001 Statement on the National Guard Aircraft Tragedy in Georgia March 3, 2001 I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of 21 members of the Florida and Virginia National Guard aboard a C-23 transport plane that crashed this morning outside Macon, Georgia. This tragic loss on a routine training mission reminds us of the sacrifices made each and every day by all of our men and women in uniform. The price of freedom is never free. Today's events remind us that it is sometimes unspeakably high. On behalf of the entire Bush family, I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to all members of the 171st Aviation Battalion of the Florida Army National Guard and the 203d Red Horse Flight of the Virginia Air National Guard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 398] Monday, March 12, 2001 Volume 37--Number 10 Pages 397-429 Week Ending Friday, March 9, 2001 Remarks on Arrival in Hampton, Virginia March 4, 2001 Well, thank you all very much. And thank you for your service to
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