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<DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i] Monday, June 30, 2003 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 <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page i-vii] Pages 795 832 Contents [[Page ii]] Addresses and Remarks See also Meetings With Foreign Leaders Biotechnology Industry Organization Conference--800 Black Music Month--810 California, Bush-Cheney luncheon in San Francisco--826 Congressional leaders, meeting--813 Corporate Council on Africa's United States-Africa Business Summit-- 820 Georgia, Bush-Cheney reception in Greensboro--795 Medicare reform legislation--813 National Do Not Call Registry, creation--825 New York City, Bush-Cheney reception--803 Radio address--799 Communications to Congress Colombia, letter transmitting report on U.S. individuals involved in the antinarcotics campaign--795 Interviews With the News Media News conferences June 24 with President Musharraf of Pakistan at Camp David, MD-- 807 June 25 with European Union leaders--814 Joint Statements President George W. Bush and European Council President Konstandinos Simitis and European Commission President Romano Prodi Hydrogen Cooperation--817 Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction--818 Transatlantic Aviation Negotiations--820 Meetings With Foreign Leaders European Union Commission President Prodi--814, 817, 818, 820 Council President Simitis--814, 817, 818, 820 Pakistan, President Musharraf--807 (Continued on the inside of the back cover.) Editor's Note: The President was in Los Angeles, CA, on June 27, 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 Proclamations Black Music Month--812 Statements by the President Congress Congressional passage of the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003--820 House of Representatives action on homeland security legislation--813 House of Representatives action on Medicare reform legislation-- 829 Senate passage of Medicare reform legislation--829 Statements by the President--Continued Deaths Bob Stump--813 Strom Thurmond--830 Supreme Court decision on the Michigan affirmative action cases--803 U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture--824 Supplementary Materials Acts approved by the President--832 Checklist of White House press releases--832 Digest of other White House announcements--830 Nominations submitted to the Senate--831 [[Page v]] ? <GRAPHIC(S) NOT AVAILABLE IN TIFF FORMAT> [[Page 795]] <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 795] Pages 795 832 Week Ending Friday, June 27, 2003 Letter to Congressional Leaders Transmitting a Report on United States Individuals Involved in the Antinarcotics Campaign in Colombia June 20, 2003 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Consistent with section 3204(f), title III, chapter 2 of the Emergency Supplemental Act, 2000 (the ``Act''), as enacted in the Military Construction Appropriations Act, 2001, Public Law 106-246, I am submitting a report prepared by my Administration that provides ``the aggregate number, locations, activities, and lengths of assignment for all temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and U.S. individual civilians retained as contractors involved in the antinarcotics campaign in Colombia.'' This report is classified because of force protection considerations and the high level of terrorist threat in Colombia. However, the aggregate numbers given below are unclassified. The report indicates that as of May 13, 2003, the end of this reporting period, there were 358 temporary and permanent U.S. military personnel and 308 U.S. civilians retained as individual contractors in Colombia involved in supporting Plan Colombia. This report further indicates that during March, April, and May 2003, these figures never exceeded the ceilings established in section 3204(b) of the Act, as amended. Sincerely, George W. Bush Note: Identical letters were sent to J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Richard B. Cheney, President of the Senate. This item was not received in time for publication in the appropriate issue. <DOC> [Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 795-799] Pages 795 832 Week Ending Friday, June 27, 2003 Remarks at a Bush-Cheney Reception in Greensboro, Georgia June 20, 2003 The President. Thank you all very much. Thanks a lot for coming out tonight. So I'm walking up on the stage, and Saxby says, ``If you keep it short, we might be able to get a round of golf in.'' [Laughter] I want to thank you all for being here. I came without my wife, unfortunately. Audience members. Aaahh. The President. I know it. There's a lot of good, discerning people out here in the crowd who understand who the real star of our family is. She was in Chattanooga today working. You drew the short straw. [Laughter] But I can't tell you how proud I am of the job she is doing. She is a fabulous First Lady for our country, and she sends her best and her thanks. Standing up on the stage here with Sonny and Saxby reminded me about what it means to offer a hopeful and optimistic vision, because that's precisely what we did last fall. In this State, we said, ``If you elect these good people, you'll get good government for everybody.'' And thanks to your hard work and your efforts, you elected the first Republican Governor in 130 years. And he's doing the job you expect him to do. He's a straight shooter. He does in office what he said he would do. And that's the same with Saxby. I've got no stronger ally in the United States Senate than Saxby Chambliss, and I want to thank you all for sending him. And thanks to your help, starting tonight, we're going to build on what you did last fall and deliver a strong nationwide victory next fall. And I'm getting loosened up. [Laughter] I'm getting ready, but I'm going to have to count on you all to energize the grassroots, to make the phone calls, to put the signs in the yard, and to spread our message, which is a positive and hopeful message [[Page 796]] for every single citizen who lives in this country. The political season will come in its own time. But right now, I am focused on the people's business in Washington, DC. We've got a lot on the agenda. We've got a lot to do before the political season. But I can assure you that we will keep earning the confidence of Americans by keeping this Nation secure and strong and prosperous and free. Along with Sonny, there's a lot of State officials here, and I want to thank you all for coming. And along with Saxby came a--members of one of the finest congressional delegations in Washington, DC: Congressmen Jack Kingston, Johnny Isakson, Mac Collins, Charlie Norwood, Max Burns, and John Linder, and I want to thank you all for coming. I appreciate you being here. I want to thank my close friend Mercer Reynolds for agreeing to be the national finance chairman of the Bush-Cheney campaign. I want to thank Jamie--that would be Jamie Reynolds--for hosting this event tonight. I want to thank all the cochairmen who have helped. I want to thank Harold Reynolds. I want to thank my friend Fred Cooper. But most of all, I want to thank you all. You put the wind at my back. You give me a lot of confidence to take on the task ahead. And I appreciate you coming. In the last 2\1/2\ years, our Nation has acted decisively to confront great challenges. I came to the office of the Presidency to solve problems instead of passing them on to other Presidents or other generations. I came to seize opportunities instead of letting them slip away. We are meeting the tests of our time. Terrorists declared war on the United States of America, and war is what they got. We have captured or killed many key Al Qaida leaders, and the rest of them know we're on their trail. In Afghanistan and in Iraq, we gave ultimatums to terror regimes. Those regimes chose defiance, and those regimes are no more. Fifty million people in those two countries once lived under tyranny, and now they live in freedom. Two-and-a-half years ago, our military was not receiving the resources it needed, and morale was beginning to suffer. We've increased the defense budget to prepare for the threats of a new era. And today, no one in the world can question the skill and the strength and the spirit of the United States military. Two-and-a-half years ago, we inherited an economy in recession. Then
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