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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, December 15, 2003 WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 1765 1794 Contents [[Page ii]] 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 Remarks--1771 Statement--1774 Communications to Congress Japan-U.S. Convention on Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion With Respect to Taxes on Income, message transmitting--1780 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 transmitting--1780 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-- 1770 Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, memorandum--1779 (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. [[Page iii]] Contents--Continued 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 Proclamations 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 Deaths 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 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1765]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1765] Pages 1765 1794 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 status.'' George W. Bush The White House, December 3, 2003. [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., December 5, 2003] 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 appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1765-1766] Pages 1765 1794 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. [[Page 1766]] 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- eighth.
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