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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Monday, September 29, 2003 Volume 39--Number 39 Pages 1253-1271 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. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents will be furnished by mail to domestic subscribers for $80.00 per year ($137.00 for mailing first class) and to foreign subscribers for $93.75 per year, payable to the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. The charge for a single copy is $3.00 ($3.75 for foreign mailing). The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents is also available on the Internet on the GPO Access service at http://www.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.html. There are no restrictions on the republication of material appearing in the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. [[Page i]] Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Congressional conferees on Medicare modernization, meeting--1264 New York City Luncheon hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Annan--1261 U.N. General Assembly--1256 U.S. reception--1261 Radio address--1253 Virginia, hurricane damage at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond--1254 Communications to Congress International Assistance Programs, letter transmitting budget amendment--1264 Communications to Federal Agencies Waiving Prohibition on United States Military Assistance to Parties to the Rome Statute Establishing the International Criminal Court, memorandum--1263 Executive Orders Volunteers for Prosperity--1266 Interviews With the News Media Exchanges with reporters Cabinet Room--1264 New York City--1262 Letters and Messages Rosh Hashanah, message--1268 Meetings With Foreign Leaders Germany, Chancellor Schroeder--1262 Iraq Minister of Electricity Alsammarae--1254 Minister of Public Works Berwari--1254 Spain, President Aznar--1260 United Nations, Secretary-General Annan--1256, 1261 Proclamations Gold Star Mother's Day--1266 National Farm Safety and Health Week--1265 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was at Camp David, MD, on September 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]] Contents--Continued Statements by the President Congressional passage of the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2004--1263 Death of Hugh Gregg--1263 National Do Not Call Registry--1265 North Atlantic Treaty Organization, transition of the Secretary General--1256 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--1271 Checklist of White House press releases--1270 Digest of other White House announcements--1268 Nominations submitted to the Senate--1270 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 1253]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1253-1254] Monday, September 29, 2003 Volume 39--Number 39 Pages 1253-1271 Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2003 The President's Radio Address September 20, 2003 Good morning. Every day, millions of Americans put in long hours building businesses of their own. Their hard work strengthens the economy, creates most of the new jobs in America, and supplies the innovation that drives our future prosperity. As we mark National Small Business Week, our Nation honors the enterprise and hard work of small- business owners and employees. Small businesses are a key to upward mobility, particularly for women and minorities. There are over 3 million minority-owned small businesses across America, and that number is rising. And women-owned businesses now employ more than 9 million Americans. For the sake of all small businesses and our entire economy, my administration is pursuing an aggressive pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda. The tax relief I have signed since I took office will save 25 million small-business owners an average of more than $2,800 this year. Income tax relief is particularly helpful for business owners who pay their business taxes at their individual income tax rates. We have reduced the burden of unnecessary regulation on small businesses, and we have passed much needed incentives for investment and new equipment, which will help our small businesses grow and create high-paying jobs. These policies are working. A recent survey of small businesses shows rising optimism among owners, evidence of improving sales, and more plans to invest and hire new workers. This is good news for our communities and good news for people looking for work. Still, there is more to be done. I have proposed a six-point plan to create jobs, strengthen small businesses, and build employer confidence. First, people are more likely to find work if we can control health care costs. We can help by allowing small businesses to band together and pool their risks so they have the bargaining power of big companies. Also, I have proposed reasonable limits on the lawsuits that are raising health care costs for everyone. Second, we need to address the broader problems of frivolous litigation. We need effective legal reforms that will make sure that settlement money from class actions and other litigation goes to those harmed and not to trial lawyers. Third, we need a sound national energy policy. Growing businesses depend on affordable and reliable supplies of energy and a modern electrical grid so that we can avoid crippling blackouts. I submitted an energy bill to the Congress 2 years ago, and it's time for Congress to pass it so I can sign it into law. Fourth, we must continue to reduce the burden of needless regulation on employers. My administration's policy is to make sure every proposed regulation does not place an undue burden on the small businesses of America. Fifth, we are encouraging trade by opening markets for our goods and services. When the rules are fair and enforced and the playing field is level, our workers, farmers, ranchers, and small-business owners can compete with anybody in the world. Sixth, we need to make sure tax relief is permanent. Businesses and families need to have the confidence that all the benefits of tax relief will not disappear in coming years. And small-business owners, ranchers, farmers want the death tax buried for good. Over the past 2 years, Americans have been tested at home and abroad, but our confidence and optimism have never wavered. We are defending the peace of the world. We are building the prosperity of our country. And we are turning loose the great energy and enterprise of one of the Nation's [[Page 1254]] great strengths, the drive and determination of our entrepreneurs. Thank you for listening. Note: The address was recorded at 6:40 p.m. on September 17 in the Cabinet Room at the White House for broadcast at 10:06 a.m. on September 20. The transcript was made available by the Office of the Press Secretary on September 19 but was embargoed for release until the broadcast. The Office of the Press Secretary also released a Spanish language transcript of this address. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 1254] Monday, September 29, 2003 Volume 39--Number 39 Pages 1253-1271 Week Ending Friday, September 26, 2003 Remarks Following a Briefing on Hurricane Damage at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond, Virginia September 22, 2003 If I may have your attention for a second, first, I want to thank Governor Warner for his hospitality and leading this important State through Hurricane Isabel. I also want to congratulate those of you who work with me at the Federal level. You're doing a fabulous job, and I'm proud of you. I know a lot of you have come from other parts of our country and your families are at home, and I want to thank you for just taking a little extra effort to help a fellow citizen in need. The response to this hurricane has been really great. The planning for it has been great. The response during the hurricane was great, and the response after the hurricane has been great. And I want to thank you all for working hard to make it happen. You make me proud to be a fellow employee of the people at the Federal level. We've got a lot of work to do. The Governor and I were discussing the needs here of the citizens of Virginia. We're going to keep working hard to get the electricity up and running. There are crews working 24/7 so that people can get the electricity they need. I was talking to Congressman Bobby Scott and Congressman Eric Cantor about the needs of their district. And they're, like the Governor, deeply concerned about the fact that too many of the citizens don't have electricity. A lot do now, but too many don't. But I want to thank the companies for bringing in extra workers. And I want to thank those workers, who are manning the chainsaws and getting the lines back up so people can have electricity. In the meantime, we're working to make sure that we get water and ice to the people so that they can move on with their lives. I want to thank the local folks, State folks, and the county and city police, firefighters and emergency responders and the mayors for their hard work as well. The truth of the matter is, the frontline on any emergency is the local people. And you've done your State proud, and you've done your citizens proud. I want to thank the people who are loving their neighbor just like they'd like to be loved themselves. There's a lot of neighborliness taking place in the State of Virginia and North Carolina and Maryland, where somebody hurts and somebody's lonely, somebody needs help is finding refuge and solace because a fellow citizen has taken it upon him or herself to help somebody in need.
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