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pd17se01 Proclamation 7460--National Birmingham Pledge Week, 2001...
The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war. This will require our country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack. The American people need to know we're facing a different enemy than we have ever faced. This enemy hides in shadows and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover. But it won't be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy that tries to hide, but it won't be able to hide forever. This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe, but they won't be safe forever. This enemy attacked not just our people but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world. The United States of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy. We will rally the world. We will be patient; we will be focused; and we will be steadfast in our determination. This battle will take time and resolve. But make no mistake about it: We will win. The Federal Government and all our agencies are conducting business, but it is not business as usual. We are operating on heightened security alert. America is going forward, and as we do so, we must remain keenly aware of the threats to our country. Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms. This morning I am sending to Congress a request for emergency funding authority so that we are prepared to spend whatever it takes to rescue victims, to help the citizens of New York City and Washington, DC, respond to this tragedy, and to protect our national security. I want to thank the Members of Congress for their unity and support. America is united. The freedom-loving nations of the world stand by our side. This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail. Thank you very much. Note: The President spoke at 10:53 a.m. in the Cabinet Room at the White House. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1302-1303] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 Remarks While Touring Damage at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia September 12, 2001 The Secretary and I--first of all, I must tell you I am overwhelmed by the devastation. I am so grateful for the people who are working here. We're here to say thanks to not only the workers on this site but the workers who are doing the same work in New York City. I want to say thanks to the folks who have given blood to the Red Cross. I [[Page 1303]] want to say thanks for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who pray for the victims and their families. Secretary Rumsfeld told me, when I talked to him, that he felt the blast shake the Pentagon; even though he was on the other side of the building, the building rocked. And now I know why. Coming here makes me sad, on the one hand; it also makes me angry. Our country will, however, not be cowed by terrorists, by people who don't share the same values we share, by people who are willing to destroy people's lives because we embrace freedom. The Nation mourns, but our Government will go on; the country will function. We are on high alert for possible activity. But coming here confirms what the Secretary and I both know, that this is a great Nation. People here working hard prove it; people out here working their hearts out to answer families' questions, to remove the rubble and debris from this office. I want to thank everybody not only on this site but all across America for responding so generously, so kindly, in their prayers, in their contributions of love and their willingness to help in any way they can. Note: The President spoke at 5:53 p.m. at the site of the attack. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1303] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 Memorandum on Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees Affected by the Attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon September 12, 2001 Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies Subject: Excused Absence and Assistance to Federal Employees Affected by the Attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon I am deeply saddened and outraged by the loss of life and suffering caused by the attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. I convey my deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow to our fellow Americans and their families who have been affected by these senseless acts of violence. Many parts of the Federal Government have been mobilized to respond to this tragedy. As part of this effort, I ask the heads of executive departments and agencies having Federal civilian employees in the affected areas to excuse from duty, without charge to leave or loss of pay, any such employee who is prevented from reporting to work or faced with a personal emergency because of the terrorist attacks and who can be spared from his or her usual responsibilities. This policy should also be applied to any employee who is needed for emergency law enforcement, relief, or recovery efforts authorized by Federal, State, or local officials having jurisdiction. I have directed the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Labor to establish teams of specialists to assist with Federal benefits and workers' compensation claims of those employees who were injured or killed in the attacks. Finally, I have directed OPM to establish an emergency leave transfer program to assist employees affected by this major disaster. The emergency leave transfer program will permit employees in an executive agency to donate unused annual leave for transfer to employees of the same or other agencies who have been adversely affected by the attacks and who need additional time off from work without having to use their own paid leave. George W. Bush <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1303-1304] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 Memorandum on Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act September 12, 2001 Presidential Determination No. 2001-26 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of the Treasury Subject: Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities Under the Trading With the Enemy Act Under section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223 (91 Stat. 1625; 50 U.S.C. App. 5(b) note), and a previous determination on September 12, 2000 (65 Fed. Reg. 55883), the exercise [[Page 1304]] of certain authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act is scheduled to terminate on September 14, 2001. I hereby determine that the continuation for 1 year of the exercise of those authorities with respect to the applicable countries is in the national interest of the United States. Therefore, pursuant to the authority vested in me by section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223, I continue for 1 year, until September 14, 2002, the exercise of those authorities with respect to countries affected by: (1) the Foreign Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 500; (2) the Transaction Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 505; and (3) the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515. The Secretary of the Treasury is authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 12:37 p.m., September 13] Note: This memorandum was published in the Federal Register on September 14. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1304] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives Requesting Supplemental Appropriations To Address the September 11 Terrorist Attacks September 12, 2001 Sir: Yesterday, evil and despicable acts of terror were perpetrated against our fellow citizens. Our way of life, indeed our very freedom, came under attack. Our first priority is to respond swiftly and surely. We need to do so in a way that will make Americans proud, especially those heroes who are struggling so valiantly to deal with yesterday's tragedy. Immediate steps are being taken to protect our citizens at home and around the world. I implemented our Government's emergency response plans, and the functions of our Government continue without interruption. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. Now Congress must act. I ask the Congress to immediately pass and send to me the enclosed request for $20,000,000,000 in FY 2001 emergency appropriations to provide resources to address the terrorist attacks on the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, and the consequences of such attacks. Passing this supplemental appropriations bill without delay will send a powerful signal of unity to our fellow Americans and to the world. If additional resources are necessary, I will forward another request for additional funding. I designate the entire amount as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended. Sincerely, George W. Bush Note: This letter was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 13. The transcript released by the Office of the Press Secretary also included the request for $20 billion in FY 2001 emergency appropriations. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1304-1308] Pages 1291-1317 Week Ending Friday, September 14, 2001 Remarks in a Telephone Conversation With New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and New York Governor George Pataki and an Exchange With Reporters September 13, 2001 President Bush. Good morning, men. Mayor Giuliani. Good morning, Mr. President. Governor Pataki. Good morning, Mr. President. President Bush. Thank you all very much for taking my phone call. First of all, I can't tell you how sad I am, and America is, for the people of New York City and the tri-state area. I want to let you know there is a quiet anger in America that really is real. Also, though, I can't tell you how proud I am of the good citizens of your part of the world and the extraordinary job you all are doing. You're doing, really, a great job on [[Page 1305]] behalf of the citizens of New York City, New York State, and in the tri- state area. So I want to thank you very much for your leadership and dedication. Mayor Giuliani. Thank you, Mr. President. President Bush. Secondly, I've been in touch with you all. You've extended me a kind invitation to come to New York City. I accept. I'll be there tomorrow afternoon, after the prayer service at the National Cathedral. I look forward to joining with both of you in thanking the police and fire, the construction trade workers, the restaurant owners, the volunteers--all of whom have really made a huge display for the world to see of the compassion of America and the bravery of America and the strength of America. Every world leader I've talked to in recent days has been impressed by what they have seen about our Nation and the fabric of our Nation. And I want to thank everybody when I come; so thank you for your hospitality. Governor Pataki. Well, Mr. President, thank you for coming to New York. I'm sure it's going to be a great inspiration to all of us and, particularly, those thousands of men and women still downtown trying to help us with the rescue efforts. I also want to thank you for all the help we've gotten from the Federal Government--it's been tremendous--and for your words. You are right, our Nation is united as never before, and we will triumph over this evil with your leadership and your inspiration. And I also have to congratulate the mayor for the tremendous effort he has made. Mr. President, you would be proud of the leadership and the cooperation we've seen here. The city has taken the lead. Your people have been enormously supportive, and we're very grateful. President Bush. Well, thanks, George and Rudy; thank you all. I know you've put in a request, and I've directed the Attorney General to expedite any payments of benefits for those fallen public safety officers to their families, any benefits to their families. And the
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