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[Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents]

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Monday, July 23, 2001
Volume 37--Number 29
Pages 1043-1075

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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Congressional Medal of Honor, presentation to Capt. Ed W. Freeman--
    Italy, satellite remarks from Genoa to a tax relief celebration in 
        Kansas City, MO--1071
    Radio address--1043
    United Kingdom, departure from Oxford--1067
    Winston Churchill, bust--1045
    World Bank--1048

 Communications to Congress

    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, 
        letter on review of Title III--1048
    Sierra Leone, message transmitting report on national emergency--

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
         London, United Kingdom--1060
         Oval Office--1045
     Interview with foreign journalists--1051
    News conference with Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom in 
        Halton, July 19 (No. 12)--1062

Joint Statements

    G-7 Statement--1068

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    G-7 leaders--1068
    United Kingdom, Prime Minister Blair--1062

Statements by the President

    Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act, Title III--1047
    Death of Katharine Graham--1051
    House of Representatives action
         Faith-Based and Community Initiative--1061
         National energy policy, by committees--1051

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1075
     Checklist of White House press releases--1075
     Digest of other White House announcements--1072
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1073


  Editor's Note: The President was in Genoa, Italy, on July 20, 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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Monday, July 23, 2001
Volume 37--Number 29
Pages 1043-1075
Week Ending Friday, July 20, 2001
The President's Radio Address

July 14, 2001

    Good morning. This week in Washington, we have turned our attention 
to the goal of better health care for all Americans. I have asked 
Congress to send me a strong Patients' Bill of Rights, one that provides 
immediate access to specialists and an immediate appeal to a panel of 
doctors when an HMO denies care. I hope to sign a bill that gets people 
help when they need it, not a bill adding hundreds of dollars to the 
high premiums they already pay.
    I am also asking Congress to join me in modernizing and 
strengthening Medicare. All of us, young and old, have a stake in the 
outcome of this discussion. From its beginning 36 years ago, Medicare 
has represented a basic binding commitment to our seniors. That 
commitment will always stand. And as medicine advances and the needs of 
our seniors change, Medicare must advance and improve, as well.
    The most pressing challenge is the lack of coverage for prescription 
drugs. To begin solving this problem, I am proposing a new national drug 
discount program for seniors. This is a straightforward, nonbureaucratic 
program which can be in place by January. Everyone in Medicare will be 
eligible for a drug discount card, costing no more than $1 or 2 per 
month. Present this card at a participating pharmacy, and you will 
receive a substantial discount--at least 10 percent. It's as simple as 
that, and it's convenient, as well.
    This program will provide immediate help to seniors without 
destabilizing Medicare's finances. Yet, my prescription drug plan is 
only a first step. We need broader reform to bring Medicare into the 
21st century. We need to expand coverage, improve services, strengthen 
Medicare financing, and give seniors more control over the health care 
they receive. And as Congress takes up legislation, they should be 
guided by some basic principles.
    First, for everyone in retirement or near retirement, any changes in 
their Medicare coverage should be up to them. No senior should have to 
accept something different if they like Medicare just the way it is.
    Second, all seniors should be offered a range of new Medicare plans, 
both Government and private. Every plan offered to seniors should have 
at least the same benefits as the Government plan. And all plans must 
offer prescription drug coverage.
    Third, everyone enrolled in Medicare should have the power to choose 
which plan works best for him or her. The plans will compete with each 
other, forcing them to offer better service, extra benefits, and lower 
    Fourth, reform must provide special help to seniors with low incomes 
and unusually high medical costs. We must put caps on the amount any 
senior can be asked to pay in a year. And since the reformed Medicare 
will cover prescription drugs, low income seniors will no longer have to 
pay for costly Medigap insurance.
    And finally, we must strengthen Medicare's finances and make sure 
that the benefits promised to our seniors will be always there.
    Medicine in America is constantly improving, and Medicare must 
improve at the same pace. By these principles, we can assure that 
Medicare will always offer seniors the care they need with the quality 
they deserve.
    Thank you very much for listening.

Note: The address was recorded at 11:21 a.m. on July 13 in the Cabinet 
Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on July 14. The 
transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
July 13 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of 
the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this 

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Monday, July 23, 2001
Volume 37--Number 29
Pages 1043-1075
Week Ending Friday, July 20, 2001
Remarks on Presenting the Congressional Medal of Honor
to Captain Ed W. Freeman

July 16, 2001

    The President. Please be seated. Good morning, and welcome to the 
White House. Today, for the first time, I will present the Medal of 
Honor. It's a unique privilege to present the Nation's highest military 
distinction to Ed Freeman of Boise, Idaho. This moment is well deserved, 
and it's been long in coming.
    Our White House military unit is accustomed to a lot of great 
events, but I can assure you they started this day with a great sense of 
anticipation. After all, they know how rare this kind of gathering is 
and what it means. To be in the presence of one who has won the Medal of 
Honor is a privilege; to be in the room with a group of over 50 is a 
moment none of us will ever forget. We're in the presence of more than 
50 of the bravest men who have ever worn the uniform, and I want to 
welcome you all to the White House.
    It's an honor, as well, to welcome Barbara--a name I kind of like--
[laughter]--Ed's wife, along with his family members and members of his 
unit from Vietnam. As well, I want to welcome the Vice President, the 
Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Chief of 
the Joint Chiefs, as well as members of the Joint Chiefs. I want to 
welcome Senator McCain. I want to welcome Senator Craig, Congressman 
Otter, and Congressman Simpson from the delegation of Idaho. I want to 
welcome you all.
    It was in this house, in this office upstairs, that Abraham Lincoln 
signed into law the bills establishing the Medal of Honor. By a custom 
that began with Theodore Roosevelt, the Medal of Honor is to be 
presented by the President. That duty came to Harry S. Truman more than 
70 times. He often said that he'd rather wear the medal than to be the 
Commander in Chief. Some of you might have heard him say that. 
[Laughter] Perhaps you were also here on May 2, 1963, when John F. 
Kennedy welcomed 240 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    By all rights, another President from Texas should have had the 
honor of conferring this medal. It was in the second year of Lyndon 
Johnson's Presidency that Army Captain Ed Freeman did something that the 
men of the 7th Cavalry have never forgotten. Years pass, even decades, 
but the memory of what happened on November 14, 1965, has always stayed 
with them.
    For his actions that day, Captain Freeman was awarded the 
Distinguished Flying Cross. But the men who were there, including the 
commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Crandall, felt a still 
higher honor was called for. Through the unremitting efforts of 
Lieutenant Colonel Crandall and many others, and the persuasive weight 
from Senator John McCain, the story now comes to its rightful 
    That story began with the battalion surrounded by the enemy in one 
of Vietnam's fiercest battles. The survivors remember the desperate fear 
of almost certain death. They remember gunfire that one witness 
described as the most intense he had ever seen. And they remember the 
sight of an unarmed helicopter coming to their aid.
    The man at the controls flew through the gunfire not once, not 10 
times, but at least 21 times. That single helicopter brought the water, 
ammunition, and supplies that saved many lives on the ground. And the 
same pilot flew more than 70 wounded soldiers to 
    In a moment, we will hear the full citation, in all its heroic 
detail. General Eisenhower once observed that when you hear a Medal of 
Honor citation, you practically assume that the man in question didn't 
make it out alive. In fact, about one in six never did. And the other 
five, men just like you all here, probably didn't expect to.
    Citations are also written in the most simple of language, needing 
no embellishment or techniques of rhetoric. They record places and names 
and events that describe themselves. The medal itself bears only one 
word, and needs only one: Valor.
    As a boy of 13, Ed Freeman saw thousands of men on maneuvers pass by 
his home in Mississippi. He decided then and there that he would be a 
soldier. A lifetime later, the Congress has now decided that he's even

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more than a soldier, because he did more than his duty. He served his 
country and his comrades to the fullest, rising above and beyond 
anything the Army or the Nation could have ever asked.
    It's been some years now since he left the service and was last 
saluted. But from this day, wherever he goes, by military tradition, Ed 

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