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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Georgia, Bush-Cheney reception in Atlanta--80
         Bush-Cheney luncheon in New Orleans--74
         Faith-based and community leaders in New Orleans--69
    Mexico, inauguration ceremony of the Special Summit of the Americas 
        in Monterrey--62
    National Aeronautics and Space Administration--66
    Radio address--54

 Communications to Congress

    Department of the Interior's National Park Service, letter 
        requesting emergency funding--79
    Sierra Leone and Liberia, letter on termination of emergency--86

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    Designation of the State of Kuwait as a Major Non-NATO Ally, 

 Executive Orders

    Termination of Emergency With Respect to Sierra Leone and Liberia--

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     Exchange with reporters in Monterrey, Mexico--64
    News conference with President Fox of Mexico in Monterrey, January 

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Canada, Prime Minister Martin--64
    Chile, President Lagos--60
    Mexico, President Fox--54
    Spain, President Aznar--68


    Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday--79
    National Mentoring Month--53
    National Sanctity of Human Life Day--84
    Religious Freedom Day--86
    To Suspend Entry as Immigrants or Nonimmigrants of Persons Engaged 
        In or Benefiting From Corruption--61

Statements by the President

    India, next steps in strategic partnership--61

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--89
     Checklist of White House press releases--88
     Digest of other White House announcements--87
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--88

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on January 16, 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 
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Week Ending Friday, January 16, 2004
Proclamation 7749--National Mentoring Month, 2004

 January 9, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Mentoring reflects the great strength of America--the heart and soul 
of the American people. During National Mentoring Month, we recognize 
the dedicated individuals who volunteer their time to mentor young 
people, and we encourage more citizens to give back to their communities 
as mentors.
    Mentors are friends, teachers, and role models. They open doors of 
opportunity, convey values, and help provide the stability and 
encouragement that young people need to succeed. By spending time with a 
child and showing compassion and guidance, a mentor can profoundly 
affect a young life. Research shows that adolescents who have an adult 
mentor are far less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors. Mentoring 
relationships create continuing cycles of hope and promise, as they not 
only provide positive influences for individual children, but also 
strengthen families and communities.
    My Administration is working to expand mentoring and other volunteer 
activities across America. Through the USA Freedom Corps, we are 
promoting volunteer service and offering our citizens more opportunities 
to help others. We are also supporting faith-based and community 
organizations, including many who sponsor mentoring programs. In total, 
more than 63 million Americans volunteered in their communities over the 
past year--approximately 4 million more than the previous year.
    The Department of Education will use Federal funds to work with 
national youth-serving organizations, independent community groups, and 
local education agencies to develop, expand, and strengthen school-based 
mentoring programs for disadvantaged middle school students. In 
addition, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of 
Justice, and other agencies will offer grants to help youth-serving 
organizations recruit and train adult mentors for nearly 100,000 
children whose parents are incarcerated.
    These efforts are an important part of our ongoing work to ensure 
that every child can realize the great promise of America. Every life 
has value and potential, and all deserve the opportunity to have a 
bright future. By supporting the individuals and organizations involved 
in mentoring and by encouraging more citizens to participate in their 
good works, we can transform America, one heart and one soul at a time.
    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 January 2004 as National 
Mentoring Month. I call upon the people of the United States to 
recognize the importance of mentoring, to look for opportunities to 
serve as mentors in their communities, and to celebrate this month with 
appropriate activities and programs.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this ninth day of 
January, 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, 9:09 a.m., January 13, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on January 
14. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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The President's Radio Address

January 10, 2004

    Good morning. As the year 2004 begins, America's economy is strong 
and getting stronger. More Americans than ever own their own homes. More 
businesses are investing. More manufacturers are seeing increased 
activity than at any time in the last 20 years. Stock market wealth has 
increased by more than $3 trillion over the past year. And over the past 
5 months, more than a quarter-million Americans started work at new 
jobs. In December, the unemployment rate fell to 5.7 percent, from a 
high of 6.3 percent last June.
    This latest report underscores a choice about the future of our 
economy and the future of those who are looking for work. We can 
continue on the path to prosperity and new jobs, a path marked by a 
progrowth agenda that has cut taxes on paychecks for 109 million 
American taxpayers, or we can reverse the course by raising taxes on 
hard-working Americans. The choice is clear. Tax relief has got this 
economy going again, and tax relief will keep it moving forward.
    In my budget for the upcoming fiscal year, I will call on Congress 
to make permanent all the tax relief we have delivered to the American 
people and our Nation's small businesses. If Congress fails to act, this 
tax relief will disappear, and millions of American families and small 
businesses would see tax hikes starting in 2005. For the sake of our 
economic expansion and for the sake of millions of Americans who depend 
on small businesses for their jobs, we need Congress to act and to make 
tax relief permanent.
    Every American who pays income taxes got a tax cut. They should keep 
that tax cut in the future. American families saw the child credit 
double to $1,000 per child. They should keep that higher credit. 
American investors, including millions of seniors, saw taxes fall on 
dividend income and investment gains. They should keep that tax relief. 
American small businesses received new tax incentives to invest in 
equipment and software. They should keep those incentives. Every 
American family, including every farmer, rancher, and small-business 
owner, will see the death tax disappear in 2010, then reappear in 2011. 
But the death tax should stay buried.
    Now is not the time to turn our backs on America's families and 
workers and entrepreneurs by letting much-needed tax relief expire. 
Making tax relief permanent is a simple step that would keep our economy 
growing so that every American who wants to work can find a job.
    We must continue to take other steps to promote growth and job 
creation throughout our economy. We must promote free and fair trade, 
reform our class action system, and help businesses and their employees 
address the problem of rising health care costs.
    To serve the economic needs of our country, we must also reform our 
immigration laws. Reform must begin by confronting a basic fact of life 
and economics: Some of the jobs being generated in America's growing 
economy are jobs American citizens are not filling. This past week, I 
proposed a new temporary-worker program that would match willing foreign 
workers with willing American employers when no Americans can be found 
to fill the jobs. If an American employer is offering a job that 
American citizens are not willing to take, we ought to welcome into our 
country a person who will fill that job.
    This temporary-worker program represents the best tradition of our 
society. It will help strengthen our economy, return order to our 
immigration system, and secure our homeland.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 9:54 a.m. on January 9 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on January 10. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
January 9 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office 
of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of 

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