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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, December 20, 2004 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-iv] Pages 2939 2991 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Appointments and Nominations; Bill Signings; Meetings With Foreign Leaders; Resignations and Retirements Maryland, visit with wounded troops in Bethesda--2942 President's health--2942 Presidential Medal of Freedom, presentation--2944 Radio address--2941 White House Conference on the Economy Closing remarks--2978 Financial Challenges for Today and Tomorrow, panel discussion-- 2964 High Cost of Lawsuit Abuse, panel discussion--2949 Appointments and Nominations Health and Human Services, Secretary, remarks--2943 Bill Signings Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, remarks-- 2985 Communications to Federal Agencies Presidential Determination To Waive the Application of Section 901(j) of the Internal Revenue Code With Respect to Libya, memorandum--2941 Renewal of Trade Agreement With the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, memorandum--2941 Suspension of Limitations Under the Jerusalem Embassy Act, memorandum--2963 Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued Waiver of Restrictions on Assistance to the Republic of Uzbekistan Under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and Title V of the FREEDOM Support Act, memorandum--2946 Executive Orders Committee on Ocean Policy--2987 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Bethesda, MD--2942 Oval Office--2946 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Italy, Prime Minister Berlusconi--2946 Proclamations Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week--2940 60th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge--2963 To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act With Respect to Burkina Faso--2939 Wright Brothers Day--2987 Resignations and Retirements Health and Human Services, Secretary, remarks--2943 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--2991 Checklist of White House press releases--2990 Digest of other White House announcements--2989 Nominations submitted to the Senate--2990 [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 2939]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2939-2940] Pages 2939 2991 Week Ending Friday, December 17, 2004 Proclamation 7853--To Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act With Respect to Burkina Faso December 10, 2004 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation 1. Section 506A(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the ``1974 Act'') (19 U.S.C. 2466a(a)(1)), as added by section 111(a) of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (title I of Public Law 106-200) (AGOA), authorizes the President to designate a country listed in section 107 of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3706) as a ``beneficiary sub-Saharan African country'' if the President determines that the country meets the eligibility requirements set forth in section 104 of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3703), as well as the eligibility criteria set forth in section 502 of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2462). 2. Section 104 of the AGOA authorizes the President to designate a country listed in section 107 of the AGOA as an ``eligible sub-Saharan African country'' if the President determines that the country meets certain eligibility requirements. 3. Section 112(b)(3)(B) of the AGOA (19 U.S.C. 3721(b)(3)(B)) provides special rules for certain apparel articles imported from ``lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries.'' 4. Pursuant to section 104 of the AGOA and section 506A(a)(1) of the 1974 Act, I have determined that Burkina Faso meets the eligibility requirements set forth or referenced therein, and I have decided to designate Burkina Faso as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country. 5. Burkina Faso satisfies the criterion for treatment as a ``lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country'' under section 112(b)(3)(B) of the AGOA. 6. Section 604 of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the President to embody in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and of other acts affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction. Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, acting under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 506A and 604 of the 1974 Act and section 104 of the AGOA, do proclaim that: (1) Burkina Faso is designated as an eligible sub-Saharan African country and as a beneficiary sub-Saharan African country. (2) In order to reflect this designation in the HTS, general note 16(a) to the HTS is modified by inserting in alphabetical sequence in the list of beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries ``Burkina Faso.'' (3) For purposes of section 112(b)(3)(B) of the AGOA, Burkina Faso is a lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African country. (4) The modification to the HTS made by this proclamation shall be effective with respect to articles entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, 15 days after the date of this proclamation. (5) Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that are inconsistent with this proclamation are superseded to the extent of such inconsistency. In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty- ninth. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:39 a.m., December 13, 2004] [[Page 2940]] Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on December 14. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 2940] Pages 2939 2991 Week Ending Friday, December 17, 2004 Proclamation 7854--Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2004 December 10, 2004 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation During Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, we celebrate the founding ideals of our Nation and emphasize the importance of protecting human liberty throughout the world. As a Nation, we cherish the values of free speech, equality, and religious freedom, and we steadfastly oppose injustice and tyranny. Since the founding of America, the Bill of Rights has protected basic human rights and liberties. In the United States, all citizens have the opportunity to voice their opinions, practice their faith, and enjoy the blessings of freedom. After the tragedies of World War II, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of a global effort to curb the cruelty and systematic injustice that had destroyed so many lives. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the inalienable rights of people everywhere. In the time since, progress has been made in ensuring that human dignity is respected, and we have witnessed the rise of democratic governments around the world. No other system of government has done more to protect minorities, secure the rights of labor, raise the status of women, or channel human energy to the pursuits of peace than democracy. My Administration continues to encourage free and open societies around the world. In Burma, we have called on the ruling junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi and engage in dialogue to bring democracy to that country. We are helping lead the international effort to end the suffering in Sudan. We seek to help the people of North Korea, who are struggling to survive under severe repression and difficult living conditions, and our Nation continues to stand with those who strive for democracy in Belarus, Cuba, Iran, and Zimbabwe. My Administration also has advanced the fight against human trafficking and the abuse and exploitation of women and children, particularly of young girls in the sex trade. In addition, we have expanded our Nation's support for democracy promotion programs globally and have increased the budget for the National Endowment for Democracy to strengthen support for free elections, free markets, free speech, and human rights advocacy around the world. Freedom and dignity are God's gift to each man and woman in the world. During this observance, we encourage all nations to continue working towards freedom, peace, and security, which can be achieved only through democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law. 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 December 10, 2004, as Human Rights Day; December 15, 2004, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week beginning December 10, 2004, as Human Rights Week. I call upon the people of the United States to honor the legacy of human rights passed down to us from previous generations and to mark these observances with
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