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Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    African Growth and Opportunity Act Forum, videotape remarks--70
    Michigan affirmative action case--71
    Pennsylvania, University of Scranton in Scranton--73
    Radio address--59
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center, remarks after visiting wounded 
        soldiers--80
    Welfare-to-Work graduates--66

Communications to Congress

    Afghanistan, letter on modifying duty-free treatment under the 
        Generalized System of Preferences--61
    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        letter on review of Title III--80
    Sierra Leone and Liberia, national emergency
         Letter on continuation--79
         Letter transmitting report--80
    Colombia, letter transmitting report on U.S. individuals involved in 
        the antinarcotics campaign--63

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Pedestal Actuator Imports From the People's Republic of China, 
        memorandum--82
    Waiver of Conditions on Obligation and Expenditure of Funds for 
        Planning, Design, and Construction of a Chemical Weapons 
        Destruction Facility in Russia, memorandum--62

Communications to Federal Agencies--Continued

    Waiver of Restrictions on Assistance to Russia Under the Cooperative 
        Threat Reduction Act of 1993 and Title V of the FREEDOM Support 
        Act, memorandum--63

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--64

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Poland, President Kwasniewski--64

Notices

    Continuation of the National Emergency With Respect to Sierra Leone 
        and Liberia--79

Proclamations

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday--81
    National Sanctity of Human Life Day--69
    Religious Freedom Day--72
    The Centennial of Korean Immigration to the United States--62
    To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of 
        Preferences--60

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--85
    Checklist of White House press releases--84
    Digest of other White House announcements--82
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--84

  

  Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on January 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, January 17, 2003
 
The President's Radio Address


January 11, 2003

    Good morning. As a new Congress convenes, we must take steps to 
speed up the economic recovery and to strengthen public confidence in 
the integrity of American corporations. This week in Chicago, I 
announced my growth-and-jobs plan, specific proposals to help workers, 
employers, and investors across America.
    For unemployed Americans whose benefits expired on December 28th, I 
asked Congress to act to extend those benefits. Congress did so quickly, 
and I signed the extension of unemployment benefits into law this week.
    For Americans who face the greatest difficulty finding work, I 
propose special reemployment accounts. These accounts will provide up to 
$3,000 to help pay for training, moving expenses, or other costs of 
finding a job.
    For all income-tax payers, I propose speeding up the tax cuts 
already approved by Congress, because Americans need that relief today. 
Instead of gradually reducing the marriage penalty between now and 2009, 
we should do it now. Instead of waiting until 2008 to move more 
taxpayers from the 15-percent bracket to the 10-percent bracket, we 
should make that change now. Instead of slowly raising the child credit 
to $1,000 by 2010, we should raise it now. When these changes are made, 
92 million Americans will keep an average of $1,083 more of their own 
money.
    And for America's 84 million investors and those who will become 
investors, I propose eliminating the double taxation on stock dividends. 
Double taxation is unfair and bad for our economy. It falls especially 
hard on seniors, many of whom rely on dividends for a steady source of 
income in their retirement. Abolishing double taxation of dividends will 
leave nearly 35 million Americans with more of their own money to spend 
and invest, which will promote savings and return as much as $20 billion 
this year to the private economy.
    Overall, my tax cut proposals will add nearly $59 billion to the 
economy in 2003 alone.
    Our Government is also acting to restore investor confidence in the 
integrity and honesty of corporate America. In response to the abuses of 
some corporations, we passed serious reforms, and we will vigorously 
enforce them. Our Corporate Fraud Task Force has obtained convictions or 
guilty pleas in over 50 cases. More than 160 defendants have been 
charged with criminal or civil wrongdoing. And 130 new corporate fraud 
investigations have been launched.
    In my budget for the coming year, I will also propose major 
increases in funding for the prosecutors of corporate crime. My 2004 
budget funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission will be 73 
percent higher than 2002 levels. This will allow the agency to hire 
hundreds of new accountants, lawyers, and examiners.
    I'm also requesting an extra $25 million for the Department of 
Justice to expand the corporate fraud investigations. This will allow 
the Department to create 118 new positions in the FBI, including 56 
agents. In addition, 94 new people will be hired to serve in the U.S. 
attorneys' offices and legal divisions across the Nation.
    The SEC and Justice Department are the referees of corporate 
conduct. Under my budget, they will have every resource they need to 
enforce the laws that punish fraud and protect investors.
    I ask the Congress to support these enforcement measures and to pass 
my growth-and-jobs plan as soon as possible. Our country has made great 
progress in restoring investor confidence and putting the recession 
behind us. We cannot be satisfied, however, until every corporate 
wrongdoer is held to account, and every part of our economy is

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strong, and every person who wants to work can find a job.
    Thank you for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 10:45 a.m. on January 10 in the 
Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on January 
11. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press 
Secretary on January 10 but was embargoed for release until the 
broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish 
language transcript of this address.


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Week Ending Friday, January 17, 2003
 
Proclamation 7637--To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized 
System of Preferences

 January 10, 2003

 By the President of the United States

 of America

 A Proclamation

    Pursuant to section 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the 
``1974 Act'') (19 U.S.C. 2462), the President is authorized to designate 
countries as beneficiary developing countries, and to designate any 
beneficiary developing country as a least-developed beneficiary 
developing country, for purposes of the Generalized System of 
Preferences (GSP).
    Pursuant to section 503(c)(1) of title V of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 
2463(c)(1)), the President may withdraw, suspend, or limit the 
application of duty-free treatment accorded under this title with 
respect to any article.
    Section 503(d)(5) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2463(d)(5)) provides 
that any waiver granted under section 503(d) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 
2463(d)) shall remain in effect until the President determines that such 
waiver is no longer warranted due to changed circumstances.
    Section 506A(b)(1) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2466a(b)(1)) 
authorizes the President to provide duty-free treatment for any article 
described in section 503(b)(1)(B) through (G) of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 
2463(b)(1)(B)-(G)) that is the growth, product, or manufacture of a 
designated beneficiary sub-Saharan African country, if, after receiving 
the advice of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), 
the President determines that such article is not import-sensitive in 
the context of imports from beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries.
    Pursuant to section 502 of the 1974 Act, and taking into account the 
factors set forth in section 502(c) (19 U.S.C. 2462(c)), I have decided 
to designate Afghanistan as a beneficiary developing country for 
purposes of the GSP.
    Pursuant to section 502 of the 1974 Act, and having considered the 
factors set forth in sections 501 and 502(c), I have also decided to 
designate Afghanistan as a least-developed beneficiary developing 
country for purposes of the GSP.
    Pursuant to section 503(c)(1) of the 1974 Act, and having considered 
the factors set forth in sections 501 and 502(c), I have determined to 
withdraw the application of duty-free treatment under the GSP accorded 
to a certain article from Chile.
    Pursuant to section 503(d)(5), I have determined that the waiver 
granted under section 503(d) to Chile for a certain article is no longer 
warranted due to changed circumstances.
    Pursuant to section 506A(b)(1) of the 1974 Act, and having received 
the advice of the USITC, I have determined that a certain article is not 
import-sensitive in the context of imports from beneficiary sub-Saharan 
African countries. I have decided to provide duty-free treatment to this 
article when imported from any beneficiary sub-Saharan African country.
    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.

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