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Monday, September 29, 2003
Volume 39--Number 39
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 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 

 Communications to Congress

    International Assistance Programs, letter transmitting budget 

 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
         Minister of Electricity Alsammarae--1254
         Minister of Public Works Berwari--1254
    Spain, President Aznar--1260
    United Nations, Secretary-General Annan--1256, 1261


    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.

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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 

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

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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 
    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 
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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.

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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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