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Monday, December 22, 2003
 
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 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

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Monday, December 22, 2003
 
Volume 39_Number 51
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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.


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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

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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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