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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-ii] Monday, March 29, 2004 Volume 40_Number 13 Pages 437 488 Contents WEEKLY COMPILATION OF ------------------------------ PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS Published every Monday by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC 20408, the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents contains statements, messages, and other Presidential materials released by the White House during the preceding week. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is published pursuant to the authority contained in the Federal Register Act (49 Stat. 500, as amended; 44 U.S.C. Ch. 15), under regulations prescribed by the Administrative Committee of the Federal Register, approved by the President (37 FR 23607; 1 CFR Part 10). Distribution is made only by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. 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[[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] 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 Nashua--462 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 remarks--444 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce--451 Communications to Congress Deployment of U.S. combat-equipped Armed Forces, letter transmitting report--444 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-- 460 Interviews With the News Media Exchange with reporters in the Cabinet Room--447 Notices Notice of Intention To Enter Into a Free Trade Agreement With the Dominican Republic--461 Proclamations 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. [[Page iii]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page iii-vii] Monday, March 29, 2004 Volume 40_Number 13 Pages 437 488 Contents--Continued 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 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 437]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 437] Monday, March 29, 2004 Volume 40_Number 13 Pages 437 488 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- eighth. George W. Bush [Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 11 a.m., March 22, 2004] 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. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 437-438] Monday, March 29, 2004 Volume 40_Number 13 Pages 437 488 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 [[Page 438]] 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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