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Monday, March 22, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 12
Pages 403	436
 
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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Health care access, discussion--415
    Kentucky, military personnel at Fort Campbell--425
    Operation Iraqi Freedom, anniversary--430
    Pennsylvania, discussion on homeownership in Ardmore--409
    Radio address--408
    Saint Patrick's Day shamrock presentation ceremony--424
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center, remarks after visiting wounded 
        soldiers and their families--433

 Communications to Congress

    Azerbaijan, letter transmitting report on assistance--424
    Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States 
        Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, letter on funding--403
    Czech Republic-U.S. Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, message 
        transmitting--403

 Communications to Congress--Continued

    Estonia-U.S. Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, message 
        transmitting--405
    Latvia-U.S. Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, message 
        transmitting--407
    Lithuania-U.S. Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, message 
        transmitting--406
    Poland-U.S. Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, message 
        transmitting--405
    Slovak Republic-U.S. Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal 
        Encouragement and Protection of Investment Treaty, message 
        transmitting--404

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Delegation of Certain Authority Under the National Defense 
        Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, Public Law 108-136, 
        memorandum--430
  
  
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Contents--Continued

 Executive Orders

    Amending Executive Order 13257 To Implement the Trafficking Victims 
        Protection Reauthorization Act of 2003--428

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchange with reporters in the Oval Office--413

Letters and Messages

    Saint Patrick's Day, message--423

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    Ireland, Prime Minister Ahern--424
    Netherlands, Prime Minister Balkenende--413

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--436
     Checklist of White House press releases--435
     Digest of other White House announcements--434
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--435

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Monday, March 22, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 12
Pages 403	436
 
Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004
 
Letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Funding for the 
Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States 
Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction


March 12, 2004

Dear Mr. Speaker:

    I am notifying the Congress of my intent to use funds provided in 
Public Law 107-38, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for 
Recovery from and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States, FY 
2001, for the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United 
States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (the ``Commission'').
    At this time, $4 million will be transferred from the Emergency 
Response Fund for the Commission. As provided in Public Law 107-38, 
these funds will be made available to the Commission immediately.
    The details of this action are set forth in the enclosed letter from 
the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
     Sincerely,
                                                George W. Bush

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Monday, March 22, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 12
Pages 403	436
 
Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004
 
Message to the Senate Transmitting the Czech Republic-United States 
Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection 
of Investment Treaty

March 12, 2004

To the Senate of the United States:

    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to 
ratification, I transmit herewith the Additional Protocol Between the 
United States of America and the Czech Republic to the Treaty Between 
the United States of America and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic 
Concerning the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment of 
October 22, 1991, signed at Brussels on December 10, 2003. I transmit 
also, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of 
State with respect to this Protocol.
    I have already forwarded to the Senate similar Protocols for Romania 
and Bulgaria and now forward simultaneously to the Senate Protocols for 
the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the Slovak 
Republic. Each of these Protocols is the result of an understanding the 
United States reached with the European Commission and these six 
countries that will join the European Union (EU) on May 1, 2004, as well 
as with Bulgaria and Romania, which are expected to join the EU in 2007.
    The understanding is designed to preserve U.S. bilateral investment 
treaties (BITs) with each of these countries after their accession to 
the EU by establishing a framework acceptable to the European Commission 
for avoiding or remedying present and possible future incompatibilities 
between their BIT obligations and their future obligations of EU 
membership. It expresses the U.S. intent to amend the U.S. BITs, 
including the BIT with the Czech Republic, in order to eliminate 
incompatibilities between certain BIT obligations and EU law. It also 
establishes a framework for addressing any future incompatibilities that 
may arise as EU authority in the area of investment expands in the 
future, and endorses the principle of protecting existing U.S. 
investments from any future EU measures that may restrict foreign 
investment in the EU.
    The United States has long championed the benefits of an open 
investment climate, both at home and abroad. It is the policy of the 
United States to welcome market-driven foreign investment and to permit 
capital to flow freely to seek its highest return. This

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Protocol preserves the U.S. BIT with the Czech Republic, with which the 
United States has an expanding relationship, and the protections it 
affords U.S. investors even after the Czech Republic joins the EU. 
Without it, the European Commission would likely require the Czech 
Republic to terminate its U.S. BIT upon accession because of existing 
and possible future incompatibilities between our current BIT and EU 
law.
    I recommend that the Senate consider this Protocol as soon as 
possible, and give its advice and consent to ratification at an early 
date.
                                                George W. Bush
 The White House,
 March 12, 2004.

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Monday, March 22, 2004
 
Volume 40_Number 12
Pages 403	436
 
Week Ending Friday, March 19, 2004
 
Message to the Senate Transmitting the Slovak Republic-United States 
Additional Protocol Amending the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection 
of Investment Treaty

March 12, 2004

To the Senate of the United States:

    With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to 
ratification, I transmit herewith the Additional Protocol Between the 
United States of America and the Slovak Republic to the Treaty Between 
the United States of America and the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic 
Concerning the Reciprocal Encouragement and Protection of Investment of 
October 22, 1991, signed at Brussels on September 22, 2003. I transmit 
also, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of 
State with respect to this Protocol.
    I have already forwarded to the Senate similar Protocols for Romania 
and Bulgaria and now forward simultaneously to the Senate Protocols for 
the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the Slovak 
Republic. Each of these Protocols is the result of an understanding the 
United States reached with the European Commission and these six 

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