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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Volume 37--Number 33
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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Bill Signings
         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--

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         Albuquerque, NM--1168
         Rocky Mountain National Park, CO--1159, 1160

Statements by the President

    Death of Representative Floyd Spence--1182
    Macedonia, telephone conversation with President Boris Trajkovski--
    Thailand, floods--1181
    White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, 

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.


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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.

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    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.

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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.

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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 
    Q. Is this a rematch?
    The President. Yes, it is.

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