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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, August 20, 2001 Volume 37--Number 33 Pages 1153-1184 Contents [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings Colorado Fundraising dinner for Senator Wayne Allard and Gov. Bill Owens in Denver--1164 Rock Mountain National Park Trail tour--1159 YMCA picnic--1161 New Mexico Dinner honoring Senator Pete V. Domenici in Albuquerque--1176 Griegos Elementary School in Albuquerque--1169 Hispano Chamber of Commerce in Albuquerque--1174 Radio address--1153 Bill Signings Agriculture economic assistance legislation, remarks--1156 Communications to Federal Agencies Waiver of Sanctions for the Export of Select U.S. Munitions List U.S.-Origin Helicopter and Armored Personnel Carrier Spare Parts and Ammunition From the United States to Pakistan, memorandum-- 1154 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Albuquerque, NM--1168 Rocky Mountain National Park, CO--1159, 1160 Texas Crawford--1156 Meridian--1154 Statements by the President Death of Representative Floyd Spence--1182 Macedonia, telephone conversation with President Boris Trajkovski-- 1163 Thailand, floods--1181 White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, report--1182 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1184 Checklist of White House press releases--1183 Digest of other White House announcements--1182 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1183 Editor's Note: The President was at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, on August 17, 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. 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page 1153]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1153-1154] Monday, August 20, 2001 Volume 37--Number 33 Pages 1153-1184 Week Ending Friday, August 17, 2001 The President's Radio Address August 11, 2001 Good morning. This week I made a decision on a complex and difficult issue, the Federal role in embryonic stem cell research. Based on preliminary work, scientists believe these cells, which may have the ability to replace diseased or defective human tissue, offer great promise. They could help improve the lives of those who suffer from many terrible diseases--from juvenile diabetes to Alzheimer's, from Parkinson's to spinal cord injuries. While stem cells come from a variety of sources, most scientists, at least today, believe that research on stem cells from human embryos offers the most promise because these cells have the potential to develop into all the tissues of the body. This research offers great hope for treatments and possible cures. Research on embryonic stem cells also raises profound ethical questions because extracting the stem cell destroys the embryo and thus destroys the potential for life. Some argue this small cluster of cells is not yet a human life because it cannot develop on its own. Yet an ethicist argued, this is the same way you and I started our lives. ``One goes with a heavy heart if we use these,'' he said, ``because we are dealing with the seeds of the next generation.'' At its core, this issue forces us to confront fundamental questions about the beginnings of life and the ends of science. It lies at a difficult moral intersection, juxtaposing the need to protect life in all its phases with the prospect of saving and improving life in all its stages. As the genius of science extends the horizons of what we can do, we increasingly confront complex problems about what we should do. In recent weeks we learned that scientists have created human embryos in test tubes solely to experiment on them. This is deeply troubling and a warning sign that should prompt all of us to think through these issues very carefully. We recoil at the idea of growing human beings for spare body parts or creating life for our convenience. I strongly oppose cloning. And while we must devote enormous energy to conquering disease, it is equally important that we pay attention to the moral concerns raised by the new frontier of human embryo stem cell research. Even the most noble ends do not justify any means. Embryonic stem cell research offers both great promise and great peril, so I have decided we must proceed with great care. As a result of private research, more than 60 genetically diverse stem cell lines already exist. They were created from embryos that have already been destroyed, and they have the ability to regenerate themselves indefinitely, creating ongoing opportunities for research. I have concluded that we should allow Federal funds to be used for research on these existing stem cell lines where the life and death decision has already been made. Leading scientists tell me research on these 60 lines has great promise that could lead to breakthrough therapies and cures. This allows us to explore the promise and potential of stem cell research without crossing a fundamental moral line by providing taxpayer funding that would sanction or encourage further destruction of human embryos that have at least the potential for life. I also believe that great scientific progress can be made through aggressive Federal funding of research on umbilical cord, placenta, adult, and animal stem cells, which do not involve the same moral dilemma. This year the Government will spend $250 million on this important research. As we go forward, I hope we'll always be guided by both intellect and heart, by both our capabilities and our conscience. I have made this decision with great care, and I pray it is the right one. [[Page 1154]] Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 9:40 a.m. on August 10 at the Bush Ranch in Crawford, TX, for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on August 11. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 10 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1154] Monday, August 20, 2001 Volume 37--Number 33 Pages 1153-1184 Week Ending Friday, August 17, 2001 Memorandum on Waiver of Sanctions for the Export of Select U.S. Munitions List U.S.-Origin Helicopter and Armored Personnel Carrier Spare Parts and Ammunition From the United States to Pakistan August 9, 2001 Presidential Determination No. 2001-23 Memorandum for the Secretary of State Subject: Waiver of Sanctions for the Export of Select U.S. Munitions List U.S.-Origin Helicopter and Armored Personnel Carrier Spare Parts and Ammunition from the United States to Pakistan Pursuant to the authority vested in me as President of the United States, and consistent with Title IX of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2000 (Public Law 106-79), I hereby waive the application of the restrictions contained in sections 101 and 102 of the Arms Export Control Act, as they have been applied under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, and determine and certify to the Congress that the application of such restrictions would not be in the national security interests of the United States: With respect to Pakistan, insofar as such restriction would otherwise apply to the sale of certain specified U.S.-origin helicopter and armored personnel carrier spare parts and ammunition to Pakistan for use in its deployment in Sierra Leone in support of UN peacekeeping operations. You are authorized and directed to transmit this determination and certification to the appropriate committees of the Congress and to arrange for its publication in the Federal Register. George W. Bush Note: This memorandum was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on August 13. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1154-1155] Monday, August 20, 2001 Volume 37--Number 33 Pages 1153-1184 Week Ending Friday, August 17, 2001 Exchange With Reporters Prior to a Round of Golf in Meridian, Texas August 13, 2001 Terrorist Attack in Israel Q. How are you doing, sir? The President. I'm doing great, thank you. Q. What's your response to the suicide---- The President. I'll see you at the ranch--my response to what? Q. The latest suicide bombing in Israel. The President. Ask me at the ranch. We're going to have a little press avail after I sign the bill. President's Round of Golf Q. How's it going? The President. Really good. Q. How's your swing? Q. No flaws? The President. You saw it--needs a little work. Q. Don't we all. The President. I'm glad you asked who's winning the contest. Team sport. Q. Is this a rematch? The President. Yes, it is.
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