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Monday, November 24, 2003
Volume 39_Number 47
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 Addresses and Remarks

    See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders
    Arrival from Camp David, MD--1623
    Congressional leaders, meeting--1643
    Iraq, meeting with members of the Governing Council and Baghdad 
        Advisory Council--1639
    NCAA spring championship teams--1641
    Radio address--1621
    United Kingdom
         Dinner hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in London--1651
        Sedgefield Community College in Sedgefield--1667
         Whitehall Palace in London--1645

 Bill Signings

    Animal Drug User Fee Act of 2003, statement--1644

 Communications to Congress

    Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, message transmitting--
    Kosovo International Security Force, letter reporting on deployment 
        of U.S. military personnel--1620
    National Money Laundering Strategy, message transmitting--1645

 Communications to Federal Agencies

    Return of Activated Military Members to Federal Civilian Employment, 
    Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance to Parties 
        to the Rome Statute Establishing the International Criminal 
        Court, memorandum--1671

 Executive Orders

    Presidential Management Fellows Program--1669

Interviews With the News Media

     Exchanges with reporters
        Oval Office--1639
         Sedgefield, United Kingdom--1666, 1667
         South Lawn--1623
         Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed of Al-Sharq Al-Awsat in London--1661
         Sir David Frost of BBC Television--1625
         Trevor Kavanagh of The Sun--1632
    News conference with Prime Minister Blair of the United Kingdom in 
        London, November 20--1652
(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

  Editor's Note: The President was en route to Washington, DC, from the 
United Kingdom on November 21, 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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Joint Statements

    Declaration on Iraq by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister 
        Tony Blair--1660
    Effective Multilateralism To Build a Better World: Joint Statement 
        by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair--1658

Meetings With Foreign Leaders

    United Kingdom
         Prime Minister Blair--1652, 1658, 1660, 1666, 1667
         Queen Elizabeth II--1651
         Secretary of State for Defense Hoon--1645
         Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Straw--


    National American Indian Heritage Month--1619
    National Farm-City Week--1650

Statements by the President

    See also Bill Signings
         Bipartisan agreement on Medicare legislation, announcement--
         Congressional action on comprehensive energy legislation--1619
         House of Representatives action on comprehensive energy 
    Iraqi Governing Council, announcement of a transition plan--1622
    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision on the State's ban of 
        same sex marriages--1644
    Turkey, terrorist attacks in Istanbul--1622

Supplementary Materials

     Acts approved by the President--1675
     Checklist of White House press releases--1675
     Digest of other White House announcements--1671
     Nominations submitted to the Senate--1673

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Week Ending Friday, November 21, 2003
Statement on Congressional Action on Comprehensive Energy Legislation

November 14, 2003

    I applaud the House and Senate for reaching agreement on a 
comprehensive energy bill. America will be safer and stronger with a 
national energy policy that will help keep the lights on, the furnaces 
lit, and the factories running. A good energy bill is part of my six-
point economic plan to create the conditions for job creation and a 
sustained recovery. By making America less reliant on foreign sources of 
energy, we also will make our Nation more secure. I commend the Congress 
for its hard work on this important issue.

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Week Ending Friday, November 21, 2003
Proclamation 7735--National American Indian Heritage Month, 2003

November 14, 2003

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    During National American Indian Heritage Month, we honor the 
accomplishments and culture of American Indians and Alaska Natives and 
recognize their contributions to our country. To help educate Americans 
and illustrate the important role of these native people to our Nation, 
the new National Museum of the American Indian will open next year.
    American Indians and Alaska Natives have a long tradition of serving 
with pride and accomplishment in the United States Armed Forces. Today, 
their patriotism is reflected in the more than 13,000 American Indians 
and Alaska Natives serving on active duty and the more than 6,400 
reservists. In Iraq, Specialist Lori Piestewa of the Army's 507th 
Maintenance Company and a member of the Hopi tribe, was the first 
American servicewoman killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the only 
known American Indian woman killed in action in any conflict. Her 
bravery, service, and sacrifice are an inspiration to our men and women 
in uniform and to all Americans.
    To ensure the future success of America's tribal communities, my 
Administration is committed to improving education, increasing 
employment and economic development, and ensuring better access to 
health and human services for all American Indians and Alaska natives. 
Government-wide, we proposed in the 2004 Budget to spend over $11 
billion on Native American programs. The Department of Education's 
Office of Indian Education is working to implement the No Child Left 
Behind Act of 2001 within the Native American community. Indian tribes, 
schools, and local education agencies that serve American Indian and 
Native Alaska children will have access to nearly $122 million in grants 
to improve education opportunities. In addition, the Department of the 
Interior's 2004 program includes over $49 million for America's tribal 
colleges and universities. This investment will help American Indian 
students reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. We are 
also working to address the healthcare needs of American Indians, 
particularly the rising incidence of diabetes.
    The United States has a strong relationship with American Indian 
tribes and Alaska Native entities. By continuing to work on a 
government-to-government basis with these tribal governments, we are 
fostering greater understanding and promoting tribal self-determination 
and self-governance.
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by

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the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim 
November 2003 as National American Indian Heritage Month. This month, I 
encourage citizens to learn more about the rich heritage of American 
Indians and Alaska Natives and the role they have played in building and 
sustaining our Nation and to commemorate this month with appropriate 
programs and activities.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day 
of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-
                                                George W. Bush

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 8:45 a.m., November 18, 

Note: This proclamation was published in the Federal Register on 
November 19. This item was not received in time for publication in the 
appropriate issue.

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