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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-iv] Monday, December 22, 2003 Volume 39_Number 51 Pages 1795 1833 Contents 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 [[Page ii]] Addresses to the Nation Capture of Saddam Hussein--1799 Addresses and Remarks See also Bill Signings North Carolina, 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first flight at Kill Devil Hills--1813 Radio address--1797 Walter Reed Army Medical Center, remarks to medical personnel--1827 Bill Signings American Dream Downpayment Act, remarks--1810 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, statement--1798 Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, statement--1795 Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act, statement--1795 Communications to Congress Department of the Treasury's Counterterrorism Fund, letter on providing funds--1826 Executive Order on Appointments During National Emergency, letter reporting--1816 Iraq, letter transmitting report--1810 Communications to Federal Agencies Determination to Authorize Drawdown for Afghanistan, memorandum-- 1813 Directives Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection--1816 Directives--Continued National Preparedness--1822 Executive Orders Appointments During National Emergency--1815 Interviews With the News Media News conference, December 15--1800 Joint Statements President Bush, President Chirac, and Chancellor Schroeder--1812 Letters and Messages Christmas 2003, message--1829 Hanukkah 2003, message--1829 Kwanzaa 2003, message--1829 Proclamations Wright Brothers Day--1815 Statements by the President See also Bill Signings Death of William V. Roth, Jr.--1800 Kabul-Kandahar highway, completion--1812 Senator John Breaux's decision not to seek reelection--1810 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1832 Checklist of White House press releases--1831 Digest of other White House announcements--1830 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1831 [[Page iv]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1795]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1795] Monday, December 22, 2003 Volume 39_Number 51 Pages 1795 1833 Week Ending Friday, December 19, 2003 Statement on Signing the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 December 12, 2003 Today, I have signed into law H.R. 1828, the ``Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003.'' The Act is intended to strengthen the ability of the United States to conduct an effective foreign policy. Section 5 of the Act purports to impose upon the President requirements to take certain actions against Syria unless the President either determines and certifies to the Congress that the Government of Syria has taken specific actions, or determines that it is in the national security interest of the United States to waive such requirements and reports the reasons for that determination to the Congress. A law cannot burden or infringe the President's exercise of a core constitutional power by attaching conditions precedent to the use of that power. The executive branch shall construe and implement section 5 in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to conduct the Nation's foreign affairs and as Commander in Chief, in particular with respect to the conduct of foreign diplomats in the United States, the conduct of United States diplomats abroad, and the exportation of items and provision of services necessary to the performance of official functions by United States Government personnel abroad. Section 6 of the Act requires an officer in the executive branch to furnish information to the Congress on various subjects involving Syria and terrorism. The executive branch shall construe section 6 in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to withhold information the disclosure of which could impair foreign relations, national security, the deliberative processes of the Executive, or the performance of the Executive's constitutional duties. My approval of the Act does not constitute my adoption of the various statements of policy in the Act as U.S. foreign policy. Given the Constitution's commitment to the Presidency of the authority to conduct the Nation's foreign affairs, the executive branch shall construe such policy statements as advisory, giving them the due weight that comity between the legislative and executive branches should require, to the extent consistent with U.S. foreign policy. George W. Bush The White House, December 12, 2003. Note: H.R. 1828, approved December 12, was assigned Public Law No. 108- 175. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1795-1797] Monday, December 22, 2003 Volume 39_Number 51 Pages 1795 1833 Week Ending Friday, December 19, 2003 Statement on Signing the Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act December 12, 2003 Today, I have signed into law H.R. 2115, the ``Vision 100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act.'' The Act is designed to strengthen America's aviation sector, provide needed authority to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and enhance the safety of the traveling public. Subtitle A of title II of the Act amends section 106 of title 49 of the United States Code to abolish the Air Traffic Services Subcommittee of the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council and creates, separate from the Council, an Air Traffic Services Committee (ATSC). Section 106 as amended vests in the ATSC substantial governmental authority, including the power to approve the FAA's strategic plan for the air traffic control [[Page 1796]] system, certain large procurements, appointment and pay of the FAA Chief Operating Officer, FAA major reorganizations, and the FAA cost accounting and financial management structure. Under section 106(p)(6)(C), as amended, the members of the abolished Air Traffic Services Subcommittee of the Council automatically become the members of the ATSC, but only to ``serve in an advisory capacity,'' with the ATSC beginning to exercise non-advisory authority when the ATSC members have been appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Accordingly, in light of section 106(p)(6)(C), the executive branch shall construe the provisions of section 106(p) and 106(r) that refer to approval or other non-advisory functions of the ATSC to require, from the date of enactment of the Act through the date on which the last Senate-confirmed Presidential appointment is made to the ATSC, only notice to the ATSC and an opportunity for the ATSC to express its views. Section 106(p)(7)(B)(iii) of title 49, as enacted by section 202 of the bill, purports to limit the qualifications of the pool of persons from whom the President may select ATSC members in a manner that rules out a large portion of those persons best qualified by experience and knowledge to fill the office. Congressional participation in such appointments is limited by the Appointments Clause of the Constitution to the Senate's provision of advice and consent with respect to Presidential nominees. The executive branch shall construe the provisions concerning qualifications in section 106(p)(7)(B)(iii) as advisory, as is consistent with the Appointments Clause. Section 47171 of title 49, as enacted by section 304(a) of the Act, purports to mandate the process for cooperation among agencies in the executive branch in conducting environmental reviews for certain airport projects. In particular, section 47171(i) purports to require one part of the executive branch to report to committees of Congress when a second part of the executive branch has not met the first part's deadlines for action on certain environmental reviews, and then requires the second part to explain to the committees why it did not meet the deadline and what actions it intends to take to complete the relevant matter. The executive branch shall implement section 47171 in a manner and to the extent consistent with the President's constitutional authority to supervise the unitary executive branch. The executive branch shall construe and implement section 323(b)(2) of the Act, relating to certain disputes, in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority of the President to supervise the unitary executive branch. The executive branch shall construe the provisions of section 411(i) of the Act, concerning the provision of executive branch information and records to the National Commission on Small Community Air Service, in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to withhold information the disclosure of which could impair the foreign relations, the national security, the deliberative processes of the Executive, or the performance of the Executive's constitutional duties. The executive branch shall construe and implement section 46111 of title 49, as enacted by section 601(a) of the Act, relating to access to and use of classified information, in a manner consistent with the President's constitutional authority to classify and control access to information bearing on the national security. The executive branch shall implement sections 702 and 703 of the Act, which relate to the award of certain government scholarships, in a manner consistent with the equal protection requirements of the Due
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