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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Meetings With 
        Foreign Leaders
    Cabinet meeting--1782
    Iraqi National Symphony, meeting with members--1781
    Kennedy Center Honors reception--1768
    Radio address--1767
    Virginia, Bush-Cheney luncheon in McLean--1783

 Appointments and Nominations

    Housing and Urban Development Department, Secretary, remarks--1788

 Bill Signings

    Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement,
        and Modernization Act of 2003

 Communications to Congress

    Japan-U.S. Convention on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention 
        of Fiscal Evasion With Respect to Taxes on Income, message 

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Railroad Retirement Board, message transmitting report--1775
    Romania-U.S. Additional Protocol Concerning the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment, message 

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Determination Consistent With Section 620(q) of the Foreign 
        Assistance Act of 1961, as Amended, and Section 512 of the FY 
        2002 and 2003 Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related 
        Programs Appropriations Acts, memorandum--1775
    Imposition and Waiver of Sanctions Under Section 604 of the FY 2003 
        Foreign Relations Authorization Act, memorandum--1788
    Presidential Determination on Waiver of Conditions on Obligation and 
        Expenditure of Funds for Planning, Design, and Construction of a 
        Chemical Weapons Destruction Facility in Russia, memorandum--
    Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, 
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on December 12, 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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Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Transfer of Funds Appropriated to the President Under the Heading 
        Operating Expenses of the Coalition Provisional Authority, and 
        Delegation of the Functions of the President Under the Heading 
        Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund, in the Emergency 
        Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense and for the 
        Reconstruction of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2004, memorandum--1766

Executive Orders

    Amendment to Executive Order 13183, Establishment of the President's 
        Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status--1765
    Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal 
        Government on Friday, December 26, 2003--1779

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchanges with reporters
        Cabinet Room--1782
        Oval Office--1777
        Roosevelt Room--1788

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    China, Premier Wen--1776, 1777


    Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week--1782
    National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month--1775
    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day--1765

Resignations and Retirements

    Housing and Urban Development Department, Secretary, statement--1778
    White House staff, Assistant to the President and Director of the 
        USA Freedom Corps, statement--1779

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings; Resignations and Retirements
        Bob Bartley--1781
        Paul Simon--1781
        Joe Skeen--1775

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--1793
    Checklist of White House press releases--1793
    Digest of other White House announcements--1791
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--1792

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Week Ending Friday, December 12, 2003
Executive Order 13319--Amendment to Executive Order 13183, Establishment 
of the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status

December 3, 2003

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and 
the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered that 
Executive Order 13183 of December 23, 2000, as amended, is further 
amended as follows:
    (1) Section 2 is amended by deleting the second and third sentences, 
and inserting in lieu thereof the following: ``It shall be composed of 
designees of each member of the President's Cabinet and the Deputy 
Assistant to the President and Director for Intergovernmental Affairs. 
The Task Force shall be co-chaired by the Attorney General's designee 
and the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director for 
Intergovernmental Affairs.''
    (2) By deleting section 4, and inserting in lieu thereof the 
following: ``Sec. 4. Report. The Task Force shall report on its actions 
to the President as needed, but no less frequently than once every 2 
years, on progress made in the determination of Puerto Rico's ultimate 
                                                George W. Bush
The White House,
December 3, 2003.

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 5, 

Note: This Executive order was released by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on December 5, and it was published in the Federal Register on 
December 8. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
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Week Ending Friday, December 12, 2003
Proclamation 7742--National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2003

December 5, 2003

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    More than 60 years ago, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told 
Americans that December 7, 1941, was ``a date which will live in 
infamy.'' On that morning, America was attacked without warning and 
without provocation. More than 2,400 Americans died and 1,100 were 
wounded. Our country was changed forever. Following that attack, our 
citizens responded with the strength and resolve that characterizes 
America in times of adversity, and that same spirit and courage carried 
us to victory in World War II. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 
we honor the lives lost in that attack and salute the veterans of World 
War II. We also pay tribute to all those now serving America to advance 
freedom around the world.
    The USS ARIZONA Memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, stands as a monument 
to that ship's 1,177 crew members who died as a result of the attack. 
Since the Memorial's dedication, more than 40 million visitors have 
honored the heroism of these brave sailors and marines. Laura and I had 
the opportunity to visit the Memorial in October of this year. It is a 
fitting tribute to the lives lost in defense of our freedom during the 
greatest global conflict in history.
    America's liberty is sustained by the courage of the American 
people. Every generation of Americans has answered the call to protect 
the blessings of freedom and democracy. With the help of our friends and 
allies, the brave men and women of our Armed Forces are now engaged in a 
global war on terrorism. And as in the aftermath of the terrible attack 
on Pearl Harbor, our Nation will stay the course, and we will prevail.

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    The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated 
December 7, 2003, as ``National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.''
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2003, as National Pearl Harbor 
Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn 
occasion with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal 
agencies, interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the 
flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of 
those who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of 
December, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-

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