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Volume 40_Number 13
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Addresses and Remarks

    Cabinet meeting--447
    Congressional Gold Medal, presentation to Dorothy Height--450
    Florida, remarks in Orlando--438
    Massachusetts, Bush-Cheney reception in Boston--473
    NCAA fall championship teams, remarks honoring--448
    New Hampshire, discussion on job training and the economy in 
    New Mexico, remarks in Albuquerque--477
    Radio address--437
    Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner--460
    Saint Patrick's Day Breakfast in South Boston, MA, telephone 
    U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce--451

Communications to Congress

    Deployment of U.S. combat-equipped Armed Forces, letter transmitting 

Communications to Congress--Continued

    Dominican Republic, message transmitting notice of intention to 
        enter into a free trade agreement--462

Communications to Federal Agencies

    Determination to Waive Military Coup-Related Provision of the 
        Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs 
        Appropriations Act, 2004, with Respect to Pakistan, memorandum--

Interviews With the News Media

    Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--447


    Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With the 
        Dominican Republic--461


    Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and 
        American Democracy--472
    National Poison Prevention Week--437


(Continued on the inside of the back cover.)

Editor's Note: The President was in Phoenix, AZ, on March 26, 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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Statements by the President

    House of Representatives passage of budget legislation--472
    Senate passage of the ``Unborn Victims of Violence Act''--472

Supplementary Materials

    Acts approved by the President--488
    Checklist of White House press releases--487
    Digest of other White House announcements--485
    Nominations submitted to the Senate--486

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Week Ending Friday, March 26, 2004
Proclamation 7763--National Poison Prevention Week, 2004

 March 19, 2004

By the President of the United States

of America

A Proclamation

    Each year, approximately 1 million calls to poison control centers 
are made because children may have ingested harmful substances. The 
National Poison Prevention Week Council organizes activities annually to 
raise awareness of the danger of unintentional poisoning and to educate 
adults about how to avoid and handle these emergencies.
    Since the first National Poison Prevention Week in 1962, our Nation 
has taken important steps to protect children from consuming 
inappropriate medicines or household chemicals by heightening awareness, 
supporting poison control centers, and improving packaging. In December, 
I signed the Poison Control Center Enhancement and Awareness Act 
Amendments of 2003 to provide assistance for poison prevention programs 
and to stabilize the funding of regional poison control centers. This 
measure supports those who are working to reduce poisonings in America 
and to improve the safety and health of all Americans.
    The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires child-resistant 
packaging for certain toxic medicines and chemicals. Because packaging 
is never completely child-proof, adults should also lock medicines and 
chemicals out of the reach of children.
    To encourage Americans to learn more about the dangers of accidental 
poisonings and to take appropriate preventive measures, the Congress, by 
joint resolution approved September 26, 1961, as amended (75 Stat. 681), 
has authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation 
designating the third week of March each year as ``National Poison 
Prevention Week.''
    Now, Therefore, I, George W. Bush, President of the United States of 
America, do hereby proclaim March 21 through March 27, 2004, as National 
Poison Prevention Week. I call upon all Americans to observe this week 
by participating in appropriate activities and by learning how to 
prevent poisonings among children.
    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth day 
of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand four, 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, 11 a.m., March 22, 

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

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Week Ending Friday, March 26, 2004
The President's Radio Address

March 20, 2004

    Good morning. One year ago this week, ground forces of a strong 
coalition entered Iraq to liberate that country from the rule of a 
tyrant. For the Iraqi people, it was the beginning of their deliverance. 
For the world, it was the moment when years of demands and pledges 
turned to decisive action.
    The liberation of Iraq was good for the Iraqi people. It was good 
for America and good for the world. The fall of the Iraqi dictator has 
removed a source of violence, aggression, and instability from the 
Middle East. The worst regime in the region was given way to what will 
soon be among the best. The demands of the United Nations were enforced, 
not ignored with impunity. Years of illicit weapons development by the 
dictator have come to an end. The Iraqi people are now receiving aid 
instead of suffering under sanctions. And men and women across

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the Middle East, looking to Iraq, are getting a glimpse of what life in 
a free country can be like.
    Helping Iraq emerge as a free nation is a global responsibility, and 
the nations of the world are meeting their responsibilities. Troops from 
Britain and Poland and Japan are securing important areas of the 
country. Special Forces from El Salvador, Macedonia, and other nations 
are helping to find and defeat Ba'athist and terrorist killers. In all, 
more than 50 nations are helping the Iraqi people emerge from decades of 
tyranny and realize a democratic future.
    There are still violent thugs and murderers in Iraq, and our 
coalition is dealing with them. Not long ago, we intercepted a planning 
document being sent to leaders of Al Qaida by a terrorist named Zarqawi. 
Along with the usual threats, he had a complaint: ``Our enemy,'' said 
Zarqawi, ``is growing stronger, and his intelligence data are increasing 
day by day. This is suffocation!'' Zarqawi is getting the idea. The 
resolve of our coalition is firm. We will never turn over Iraq to 
terrorists who intend our own destruction. We will not fail the Iraqi 
people, who have placed their trust in us. Whatever it takes, we will 
fight and work to assure the success of freedom in Iraq.
    The terrorists hate and target a free Iraq. They also hate and 
target every country that stands for democracy and tolerance and freedom 
in the world. The murders in Madrid have revealed, once again, the 
agenda and the nature of the terrorist enemy. They kill the innocent--
they kill children and their mothers on a commuter train--without 
conscience or mercy. They cause suffering and grief and rejoice in it.
    The war on terror is not a figure of speech. It is the inescapable 
calling of our generation. The terrorists are offended not merely by our 
policies. They are offended by our existence as free nations. No 
concession will appease their malice. No accommodation will satisfy 
their endless demands. No course of therapy will cure them of their 
hatred. There can be no separate peace with the terrorist enemy. 
Whatever it takes, we will seek and find and destroy the terrorists.
    Earlier this week, I traveled to Fort Campbell in Kentucky, where I 
met with Green Berets and Special Force soldiers and members of the 
101st Airborne, the ``Screaming Eagles.'' These men and women are 
defending their fellow citizens against ruthless enemies. They have 
liberated millions from oppression and added to the momentum of freedom 
across the world. Like all of their brothers and sisters in uniform, 
they are making America safer and more secure. Because of their service 

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