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the King of Jordan, for example.
    But one of the things that I will do is use whatever persuasive 
powers I have to create an environment in which peace can flourish. I've 
got great confidence in the Prime Minister, and so do the Israeli 
people. He got 66 percent of the vote. He did a little better at the 
polls than I did. [Laughter] You know what I mean, Mr. Prime Minister.

Future Middle East Negotiations

    Q. Prime Minister Sharon, did you manage to convince the President 
Bush that you will not negotiate underfire? Do you think that this 
message is clear, and do you think that President Bush agrees with you 
about this issue?
    Prime Minister Sharon. I didn't have to talk to President Bush about 
that. I think what I understand the policy of this great democracy, the 
United States, is that one should not surrender to terror and pressure 
and violence. And therefore, I don't have to work too hard on this 
thing. I even didn't try.
    But I understand, and I believe that they do, and I appreciate that 
respect that--to that approach that one should never surrender to terror 
and that the free world should struggle against terror, local, regional, 
and international terror. And I'm sure that the United States leads such 
a struggle, and we are a partner in the struggle. I think that is in the 
interest of every democratic state, because in order to keep stability--
and I'm a great supporter of the President's policy of keeping stability 
in the Middle East--the main danger to stability is terror. And that, I 
believe, will be--should be the common goal of every democratic country 
in the free world.
    Q. Do you think that Arafat is the danger for the stability in the 
Middle East, Mr. Sharon?
    Prime Minister Sharon. I don't think that I have to add about 
Arafat. Everyone knows what are the steps of terror and who is behind 
the steps. I don't think I have to add anything about that. It's clear.

Note: The President spoke at 1 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White 
House. In his remarks, he referred to King Abdullah II of Jordan. A tape 
was not available for verification of the content of these remarks.

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Monday, March 26, 2001
Volume 37--Number 12
Pages 463-508
Week Ending Friday, March 23, 2001
Remarks to Central Intelligence Agency Employees in Langley, Virginia

March 20, 2001

    Thank you, all. I learned that move from my mother. [Laughter]
    Thank you very much, George. I appreciate your kind introduction. I 
also want to thank you for agreeing to continue to serve as the Director 
of the Central Intelligence Agency. You've done really good work here. 
The people that work here appreciate it, and I appreciate it, as well.
    I also wanted to visit early in my administration to tell you all 
how much I value your work. The CIA and all the members of our 
intelligence community make a vital contribution to our Nation's 
security. I know this firsthand; I'm your customer. [Laughter] I see 
your product every morning at 8 o'clock sharp, and it's always first-
    I appreciate the work that goes into the briefing. I realize that 
the information inside it contains--represents the work of thousands of 
dedicated and daring men and women, at home and abroad. It is truly an 
honor to be among you and to be in this building.
    I've flown into an airport once called George Bush. [Laughter] But 
I've never been in a Center like this. [Laughter] Seeing that sign on 
the way in, as you can imagine, made me feel really proud. But I was 
also struck by the contrast between today's world

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and the world as it looked 25 years ago, when my dad was the DCI.
    To say that a lot has changed is an understatement. Back then, 
America faced an overarching threat, and everything we did, from 
strategy to resource allocation, was oriented to defending against that 
threat. Today, that single threat has been replaced by new and different 
threats, sometimes hard to define and defend against; threats such as 
terrorism, information warfare, the spread of weapons of mass 
destruction and the means to deliver them. Back then, freedom was in 
peril. Today, freedom is taking root in more and more lands around the 
    In retrospect, the world of 1976 looks staid and static compared to 
the revolutions of change that characterize our times. But what hasn't 
changed, what isn't different is the fact that sound intelligence is 
still critically important to America's national security. The 
challenges are new, but we still need your work to help us meet them. 
The opportunities are new, but we need your help to take advantage of 
them. But perhaps most of all, in a world where change, itself, seems to 
be the only constant, we need your help to anticipate change and to 
shape it in a way that favors freedom.
    Yours is a mission of service and sacrifice in a world of great 
uncertainty and risk. America's commitments and responsibilities span 
the world and every time zone. Every day you help us meet those 
responsibilities with your quiet excellence. And nothing speaks louder 
to your legacy of service and sacrifice than the 77 stars on the wall 
behind me.
    The American people aren't told much about your labors. In fact, you 
might be the only Federal agency where not making the newspapers or 
network news qualifies as good news. [Laughter] This is by necessity. 
But you need to know your President knows about your fine contributions 
to our Nation's security. And you also need to know that Americans are 
proud of you and the vital work that each of you does for your country. 
The operations officers, the analysts, the scientists, the technical 
experts, the intelligence officers who work for other agencies--each of 
you is important to the cause of freedom. And for that I say, God bless 
you, and God bless America.

Note: The President spoke at 4:25 p.m. in the original headquarters 
building lobby at the George Bush Center for Intelligence.

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Monday, March 26, 2001
Volume 37--Number 12
Pages 463-508
Week Ending Friday, March 23, 2001
Statement on Signing Legislation To Repeal Federal Ergonomics 

March 20, 2001

    Today I have signed into law S.J. Res. 6, a measure that repeals an 
unduly burdensome and overly broad regulation dealing with ergonomics. 
This is the first time the Congressional Review Act has been put to use. 
This resolution is a good and proper use of the Act because the 
different branches of our Government need to be held accountable.
    There needs to be a balance between and an understanding of the 
costs and benefits associated with Federal regulations. In this 
instance, though, in exchange for uncertain benefits, the ergonomics 
rule would have cost both large and small employers billions of dollars 
and presented employers with overwhelming compliance challenges. Also, 
the rule would have applied a bureaucratic one-size-fits-all solution to 
a broad range of employers and workers--not good government at work.
    The safety and health of our Nation's workforce is a priority for my 
Administration. Together we will pursue a comprehensive approach to 
ergonomics that addresses the concerns surrounding the ergonomics rule 
repealed today. We will work with the Congress, the business community, 
and our Nation's workers to address this important issue.
                                                George W. Bush
 The White House,
 March 20, 2001.

Note: S.J. Res. 6, approved March 20, was assigned Public Law No. 107-5.

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Monday, March 26, 2001
Volume 37--Number 12
Pages 463-508
Week Ending Friday, March 23, 2001
Exchange With Reporters at the George Bush Center for Intelligence in 

March 20, 2001

Visit to the Central Intelligence Agency

    Q. Good briefing, Mr. President?
    The President. It was really interesting. Our Nation is fortunate to 
have so many dedicated men and women serve the country, and a lot of 
really good folks who work here. They've got one thing in mind, and that 
is how to serve America, how to provide the best information possible so 
that we can live in a peaceful world.
    There are a lot of people in this world that really resent our 
country and resent what we stand for. The good folks in this building 
are doing everything they can to provide enough information for us to be 
able to protect our way of life and protect our people. And I'm really 
touched by being here. And I'm so grateful for the hospitality, Mr. 

Situation in Macedonia

    Q. Mr. President, a quick question on Macedonia. What should the 
United States do about the fighting that is taking place?
    The President. Well, we're going to work with our allies to bring 
peace to that region. We're very much involved through the NATO process, 
and we'll work with the Macedonian Government to help Macedonia protect 
its own borders.
    Q. Should the U.S. be giving the Macedonian military assistance?
    The President. We'll work with NATO to develop a strategy that will 
help Macedonia protect herself.

Note: The exchange began at 6:26 p.m. at CIA headquarters. A tape was 
not available for verification of the content of this exchange.

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Monday, March 26, 2001
Volume 37--Number 12
Pages 463-508
Week Ending Friday, March 23, 2001
Letter to Governor Angus S. King, Jr., on Disaster Assistance to Maine

March 20, 2001

Dear Governor King:

     As requested, I have declared an emergency under the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 USC 5121 
(Stafford Act), for the State of Maine due to the emergency conditions 
resulting from record/near record snow on March 5-7, 2001. I have 
authorized Federal relief and recovery assistance in the affected area.
     Emergency protective measures (Category B) under the Public 
Assistance program to save lives, protect public health and safety, and 
property will be provided. This emergency assistance will be provided 
for a period of 48 hours. Consistent with the requirement that Federal 
assistance be supplemental, any Federal funds provided under the 
Stafford Act for Public Assistance will be limited to 75 percent of the 
total eligible costs in the designated areas.
     The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will coordinate 
Federal assistance efforts and designate specific areas eligible for 
such assistance. The Federal Coordinating Officer will be Mr. David 
Rodham of FEMA. He will consult with you and assist in the execution of 
the FEMA-State Disaster Assistance Agreement governing the expenditure 
of Federal funds.
                                                George W. Bush

Note: This letter was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on 
March 21.

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Monday, March 26, 2001
Volume 37--Number 12
Pages 463-508
Week Ending Friday, March 23, 2001
Remarks at the American College of Cardiology Convention in Orlando, 

March 21, 2001

    Thank you all. Thank you very much. George, thank you very much for 
your kind introduction. Doctor. Doctor. [Laughter] I'm honored to be 
here, and it's an honor to be your President.
    I thought about inviting Vice President Cheney to travel with me 
today. [Laughter] He said he's seen enough cardiologists lately. 
[Laughter] I'm pleased to report that he's feeling great, and you'll be 
happy to know that when it comes to following doctor's orders, he's a 
model patient.
    I appreciate so very much the leadership of this august organization 
having me here, and I appreciate the fact that they invited

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my bigger little brother. [Laughter] I can't tell you how proud I am of 
Jeb. He is a really fine Governor of this important State.
    I'm also pleased to be traveling with Members of the United States 
Congress from the State of Florida, John Mica, Ric Keller, and Dave 
Weldon. Thank you all for coming with me. Weldon informed me he's a 
doctor. He's representing your interests in the Halls of Congress.
    And today we're in the hometown of the new Secretary of Housing, Mel 
Martinez. I'm proud that Mel is the first Cuban-American to serve in a 
President's Cabinet. Mr. Secretary, welcome home, but don't stay too 

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