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News Archive - December, 2006
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News Archive - December 2006

News releases for December 2006

December 31, 2006
Presidential Message for New Year's Day, 2007
 
Military pallbearers carry the casket of former President Gerald R. Ford up the East Steps of the U.S. Capitol, Saturday evening, Dec. 30, 2006 in Washington, D.C., to the State Funeral ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda. White House photo by Shealah Craighead December 30, 2006
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
 
December 29, 2006
President Bush's Statement on Execution of Saddam Hussein
     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
President to Welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House
     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
President Signs H.R. 5782, the "Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006"
President Signs H.R. 6344, the "Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 2006"
Presidential Message on Eid al-Adha
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Missouri
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Oregon
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Illinois
Statement on the African Growth and Opportunity Act
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Memorandum for the Secretary of the Treasury
Proclamation To Eliminate Tariffs on Certain Pharmaceuticals and Chemical Intermediates
Proclamation To Extend Nondiscriminatory Treatment (Normal Trade Relations Treatment) to the Products of Vietnam
Proclamation to Take Certain Actions Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Generalized System of Preferences
Proclamation To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, to Adjust Rules of Origin Under the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement and for Other Purposes
 
President George W. Bush is joined by, from left to right, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace, as he speaks with reporters following his meeting with his national Security team Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas.  White House photo by Paul Morse December 28, 2006
President Bush Meets with His National Security Team
     Fact sheet In Focus: National Security
     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
National Day of Mourning for President Gerald R. Ford
     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
Executive Order: Providing for the Closing of Government Departments and Agencies on January 2, 2007
     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
Personnel Announcement
 
President George W. Bush delivers a statement on the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford from Crawford, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006. "As a congressman from Michigan, and then as Vice President, he commanded the respect and earned the good will of all who had the privilege of knowing him," said President Bush. "On August 9, 1974, he stepped into the presidency without ever having sought the office. He assumed power in a period of great division and turmoil. For a nation that needed healing and for an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when we needed him most."  White House photo by Paul Morse December 27, 2006
President Bush Extends Condolences, Mourns Loss of Gerald R. Ford
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     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
Proclamation Announcing the Death of Gerald R. Ford
     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
National Mentoring Month, 2007
 
President George W. Bush, Former President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford greet the media at the end of his visit in Rancho Mirage, California, Sunday, April 23, 2006.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 26, 2006
President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Passing of Former President Ford
     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
     Fact sheet President Gerald R. Ford
Vice President Cheney's Statement on Death of Former President Gerald R. Ford
     Fact sheet Remembering President Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006)
 
December 25, 2006
President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Death of James Brown
 
President George W. Bush makes Christmas Eve telephone calls to members of the Armed Forces at Camp David, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 24, 2006
President Bush Makes Christmas Eve Telephone Calls to Members of the Armed Forces
     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
 
President George W. Bush discusses Iraq policy with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace at Camp David, Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 23, 2006
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
 
President George W. Bush shakes the hand of SSgt. Marcus Wilson after awarding him two Purple Hearts at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, as Mrs.Laura Bush and members of the Marine's family look on. Wilson, who is from Dermott, Arkansas, is recovering from wounds suffered in Operation Iraqi Freedom. White House photo by Eric Draper December 22, 2006
President and Mrs. Bush Participate in a Holiday Service Project
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Bill Signings
 
December 21, 2006
President's Statement on S. 2370, the "Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act of 2006"
President's Statement on H.R. 5076, the "National Transportation Safety Board Reauthorization Act of 2006"
Executive Order: Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay
     Fact sheet 2007 Salary Tables and Related Information
Memorandum for the Secretary of Transportation
President Signs H.R. 1492, H.R. 3248, H.R. 6342, and H.R. 6429
 
President George W. Bush gestures as he addresses reporters during his news conference Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, in the Indian Treaty Room at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., speaking on the challenges in Iraq and working with the new Congress in 2007.  White House photo by Kimberlee Hewitt December 20, 2006
Press Conference by the President
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President Bush Signs the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
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     Fact sheet President's Statement on Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
     Fact sheet In Focus: Health Care
     Fact sheet In Focus: Jobs and Economy
President's Statement on Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
     Fact sheet President Bush Signs the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006
President's Statement on H.R. 6407, the "Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act"
Statement by the Press Secretary on Bill Signings
Executive Order: National Aeronautics Research and Development
Personnel Announcement
 
Laura Bush stands by President George W. Bush as he signs S. 843, the Combating Autism Act of 2006, in the Oval Office Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 19, 2006
President's Statement on Combating Autism Act of 2006
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Combating Autism Act of 2006
Fact Sheet: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006
     Fact sheet President Thanks House and Senate for Reauthorizing the Ryan White CARE Act
     Fact sheet In Focus: HIV/AIDS
President Signs H.R. 5466, H.R. 6143, S. 843, and S. 3678
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Combating Autism Act of 2006
 
Vice President Dick Cheney swears in Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon Monday, Dec. 18, 2006. Mr. Gate's wife Becky is pictured holding the Bible during the ceremony. White House photo by Eric Draper December 18, 2006
President Bush Attends Swearing-In Ceremony for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
President Signs U.S.-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: The United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act
     Fact sheet In Focus: Energy
President's Statement on H.R. 5682, the "Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006"
President and Mrs. Bush Host Hanukkah Reception at the White House
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     Fact sheet Presidential Message: Hanukkah 2006
     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
Fact Sheet: Implementation of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza: Six-Month Status Report
     Fact sheet In Focus: Pandemic Flu
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
President Designates United States Postal Service and Federal Office Building Facilities
Presidential Message: Christmas 2006
     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
Presidential Message to the Men and Women of the United States Armed Forces
Presidential Message: Kwanzaa 2006
     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
 
December 16, 2006
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Jobs and Economy
 
President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shake hands following President Bush's remarks honoring outgoing Secretary Rumsfeld during an Armed Forces Full Honor Review at the Pentagon Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, as Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Peter Pace applauds.  White House photo by Paul Morse December 15, 2006
President Attends Armed Forces Full Honor Review for Secretary Rumsfeld
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
President Bush Honors Medal of Freedom Recipients
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     Fact sheet Citations Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
Presidential Message: Hanukkah 2006
     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
President Signs H.R. 3699, the "Federal and District of Columbia Government Real Property Act of 2006"
Wright Brothers Day, 2006
 
President George W. Bush welcomes President Boni Yayi of Benin to the White House Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006. Among other issues, the two leaders talked about joint efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and malaria in Benin. White House photo by Eric Draper December 14, 2006
President Bush Attends White House Summit on Malaria
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: The White House Summit on Malaria
     Fact sheet The White House Summit on Malaria
President Bush Meets with President Yayi of Benin
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Africa
     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
Executive Order: Amendment to Executive Order 13317, Volunteers for Prosperity
     Fact sheet The White House Summit on Malaria
 
President George W. Bush answers questions from reporters following his meeting on Iraq with U.S military leaders at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006. Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani is seen at right.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 13, 2006
President Bush Meets with Senior U.S. Defense Officials on Iraq
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Defense
     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
President's Statement on the Government of Syria
President Bush to Welcome European Commission President Jose Barroso
President Signs H.R. 4377
Personnel Announcement
 
President George W. Bush meets with Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi of Iraq in the Oval Office Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. The two men spent their time together talking about the conditions in Iraq and what the United States can do to help the country's government succeed.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 12, 2006
President Bush Meets with Vice President Hashemi of Iraq
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
Statement on Holocaust Denial Conference Sponsored by Iranian Regime
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for New York
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Washington
President Signs H.R. 2383, H.R. 3817, H.R. 4000, H.R. 4559, H.R. 4559, H.R. 5061, H.R. 5103, H.R. 5585, H.R. 5690, and H.R. 6121.
 
President George W. Bush stands with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Vice President Dick Cheney as he speaks to the media following a meeting Monday, Dec. 11, 2006, with senior U.S. Department of State officials on Iraq at the State Department in Washington, D.C.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 11, 2006
President Bush Meets with Senior State Department Officials on Iraq
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
Personnel Announcement
 
December 10, 2006
President Bush Appalled by Genocide in Darfur, Urges Support for Darfur Peace Agreement
     Fact sheet In Focus: Africa
 
December 9, 2006
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
President Commends Congressional Support of U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative
President Applauds Congress for Passage of Magnuson-Stevens Act
President Thanks House and Senate for Reauthorizing the Ryan White CARE Act
     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006
     Fact sheet In Focus: HIV/AIDS
President Commends Congress for its Support of Authorizing Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Vietnam
President Commends Congress for Passage of Outer Continental Shelf Legislation
President Signs H.J. Res. 102
 
President George W. Bush meets with the Bicameral Congressional leadership in the Cabinet Room Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. "I assured the leaders that the White House door will be open when the new Congress shows up. And I think we ought to meet on a regular basis; I believe there's consensus for that," said the President in a statement to the press.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 8, 2006
President Meets with the Bicameral Congressional Leadership
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President Bush Meets with President Mbeki of South Africa
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
President Highlights Strong U.S. Economy and Pro-Growth Policies
President and Mrs. Bush Saddened by Death of Jeane Kirkpatrick
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
Memorandum for the Attorney General
Fact Sheet: Job Creation Continues-More Than 7 Million Jobs Created Since August 2003
     Fact sheet In Focus: Job & Economy
Statement on Federal Disaster Assistance for Alaska
Human Rights Day, Bill of Rights Day, and Human Rights Week, 2006
 
President George W. Bush responds to a question during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006, in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building. December 7, 2006
President Bush Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
President Bush Attends Lighting of the National Christmas Tree
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     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients
Memorandum for the Secretary of State
President Bush to Welcome President Boni Yayi of the Republic of Benin to the White House
Nomination Sent to the Senate
Personnel Announcement
 
President George W. Bush addresses the press during a meeting with the Iraq Study Group in the Cabinet Room Wednesday, Dec. 6. 2006. Pictured with the President are the group's co-chairmen former Representative Lee Hamilton, left, and former Secretary of State James Baker. The group presented a report assessing the situation in Iraq. In his comments to the press, the President said, ". this report will give us all an opportunity to find common ground, for the good of the country -- not for the good of the Republican Party or the Democratic Party, but for the good of the country."  White House photo by Eric Draper December 6, 2006
President Bush Receives Report from the Iraq Study Group
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
President Bush Meets with Members of Congress
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President Bush Welcomes President Arias of Costa Rica to the White House
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Global Diplomacy
President Bush Pleased by Senate Confirmation of Robert Gates as Next Secretary of Defense
Executive Order Establishing An Emergency Board to Investigate Disputes Between Metro-North Railroad and Certain of Its Employees Represented by Certain Labor Organizations
Nominations and Withdrawals Sent to the Senate
Personnel Announcement
 
President George W. Bush and Robert Gates, the President's nominee for Secretary of Defense, stand before the press Tuesday morning, Dec. 5, 2006, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. Said the President, "Bob Gates will be a fine Secretary of Defense. I hope for a speedy confirmation so he can get sworn in and get to work." White House photo by Eric Draper December 5, 2006
President Bush Meets with Secretary of Defense Nominee Robert Gates
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Executive Order: Strengthening Surface Transportation Security
Nominations Sent to the Senate
Nomination Sent to the Senate
 
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush sit with children of deployed U.S. military personnel and watch a performance of "Willy Wonka" by members of The Kennedy Center Education Department in the East Room Monday, Dec. 4, 2006. White House photo by Eric Draper December 4, 2006
President Bush Meets with His Eminence Abdul-Aziz Al-Hakim, Leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
President Bush Meets with United Nations Ambassador John Bolton
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President Bush Accepts Ambassador John Bolton's Resignation as U.S. Representative to the United Nations
President and Mrs. Bush Host Children's Holiday Reception at the White House
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     Fact sheet Holidays at the White House 2006
President to Host British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the White House
Presidential Delegation to Attend Inauguration of His Excellency Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Nomination Sent to the Senate
Personnel Announcement
 
President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush stand with the Kennedy Center honorees in the Blue Room of the White House during a reception Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. From left, they are: singer and songwriter William "Smokey" Robinson; musical theater composer Andrew Lloyd Webber; country singer Dolly Parton; film director Steven Spielberg; and conductor Zubin Mehta.  White House photo by Eric Draper December 3, 2006
President Bush Welcomes Kennedy Center Honorees to the White House
 
December 2, 2006
President's Radio Address
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     Fact sheet In Focus: Renewal in Iraq
 
President George W. Bush and Laura Bush host a meeting on World AIDS Day in the Roosevelt Room at the White House, Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. As this World AIDS Day marks the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the HIV virus, President Bush said, “It is a day for the world to recognize the fact that there are 39 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and a day to remember the fact that 25 million people have died of AIDS.”  White House photo by Eric Draper December 1, 2006
President Discusses World AIDS Day
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: World AIDS Day
     Fact sheet In Focus: HIV/AIDS
President's Statement on Northern Ireland Agreement
Executive Order: Assignment of Certain Pay-Related Functions
President Signs H.R. 409, H.R. 860, H.R. 1129, H.R. 3085, H.R. 5842, S. 101, S. 1140, and S. 4001
National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, 2006
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2006