"Administration of George W. Bush, 2005"
Administration of George W. Bush, 2005 267 There’s more to do. Small-business owners February 12 across America fear that one junk lawsuit In the morning, the President had an intel- could force them to close their doors for ligence briefing. good. Medical liability lawsuits are driving up the cost for doctors and patients and entre- February 14 preneurs around the country. Asbestos litiga- In the morning, the President had an intel- tion alone has led to the bankruptcy of doz- ligence briefing and met with the National ens of companies and cost tens of thousands Security Council. Later, he had a telephone of jobs, even though many asbestos claims conversation with Crown Prince Abdullah of are filed on behalf of people who aren’t actu- Saudi Arabia to commemorate the 60th anni- ally sick. versary of the meeting between former Presi- Overall, junk lawsuits have driven the total dent Franklin D. Roosevelt and King cost of America’s tort system to more than Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and to discuss $240 billion a year, greater than any other elections in Saudi Arabia and major industrialized nation. It creates a need- counterterrorism efforts. less disadvantage for America’s workers and In the afternoon, in the Oval Office, the businesses in a global economy, imposes un- President met with outgoing Administrator fair costs on job creators, and raises prices Sean O’Keefe of the National Aeronautics to consumers. and Space Administration to thank him for We have a responsibility to confront frivo- his service. lous litigation head on. I will continue work- The President announced his intention to ing with Congress to pass meaningful legal nominate Lester M. Crawford to be Commis- reforms, starting with reform in our asbestos sioner of Food and Drugs at the Department and medical liability systems. of Health and Human Services. Once again, I want to thank you all for February 15 the hard work on this important legislation. In the morning, the President had an intel- Class-action reform will help keep America ligence briefing. the best place in the world to do business. The White House announced that the It will help ensure justice for our citizens, President and Mrs. Bush will host King and I’m confident that this bill will be the Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway for first of many bipartisan achievements in the lunch at the White House on March 7. year 2005. The President declared a major disaster in And now it is my honor to sign the Class- Ohio and ordered Federal aid to supplement Action Fairness law. State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms, flooding, and NOTE: The President spoke at 11:37 a.m. in the mudslides on December 22, 2004, through East Room at the White House. S. 5, approved February 1, 2005. February 18, was assigned Public Law No. 109–2. February 16 In the morning, the President had an intel- ligence briefing. Later, in the Oval Office, he had breakfast with congressional leaders. Later in the morning, the President trav- Digest of Other eled to Portsmouth, NH, where, upon arrival, White House Announcements he met with USA Freedom Corps volunteer Reggie Wright. In the afternoon, the President returned The following list includes the President’s public to Washington, DC. schedule and other items of general interest an- February 17 nounced by the Office of the Press Secretary and not included elsewhere in this issue. In the morning, the President had an intel- ligence briefing. VerDate jul 14 2003 01:54 Feb 23, 2005 Jkt 205250 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 1244 Sfmt 1244 E:\PRESDOCS\P07FET4.018 P07FET4 268 Administration of George W. Bush, 2005 During the day, in the Oval Office, the supplement Territory and local recovery ef- President and Mrs. Bush met with Paul forts in the area struck by Tropical Cyclone Rusesabagina, whose actions to shelter refu- Olaf, including high winds, high surf, and gees during the 1994 Rwanda genocide were heavy rainfall, beginning on February 15 and depicted in the film ‘‘Hotel Rwanda,’’ and continuing. his wife, Tatiana Rusesabagina. February 18 In the morning, the President had an intel- ligence briefing. Nominations The President announced his intention to Submitted to the Senate nominate Jonathan Brian Perlin to be Under Secretary for Health at the Department of The following list does not include promotions of Veterans Affairs. members of the Uniformed Services, nominations The President announced his intention to to the Service Academies, or nominations of For- appoint Becky Norton Dunlop (Chairman) eign Service officers. and Richard Barber Ainsworth, Jr., as mem- bers of the Federal Service Impasses Panel. The President announced his intention to Submitted February 14 designate Raymond F. DuBois as Acting Under Secretary of the Army. John B. Bellinger III, The President announced his intention to of Virginia, to be Legal Adviser of the De- designate Peter F. Allgeier as Acting U.S. partment of State, vice William Howard Taft Trade Representative. IV. The President declared a major disaster in Arizona and ordered Federal aid to supple- R. Nicholas Burns, ment State and local recovery efforts in the of Massachusetts, to be an Under Secretary area struck by severe storms and flooding on of State (Political Affairs), vice Marc Isaiah December 28, 2004, through January 12, Grossman, resigned. 2005. The President declared an emergency in C. David Welch, Nevada and ordered Federal aid to supple- of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of ment State and local recovery efforts in the State (Near Eastern Affairs), vice William J. area struck by record and/or near record Burns. snow on December 29, 2004, through Janu- ary 2, 2005. Terrence W. Boyle, The President declared an emergency in of North Carolina, to be U.S. Circuit Judge Connecticut and ordered Federal aid to sup- for the Fourth Circuit, vice J. Dickson Phil- plement State and local recovery efforts in lips, Jr., retired. the area struck by record snow on January 22–23. Janice R. Brown, The President declared an emergency in of California, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for Massachusetts and ordered Federal aid to the District of Columbia Circuit, vice Ste- supplement Commonwealth and local recov- phen F. Williams, retired. ery efforts in the area struck by record and/ or near record snow on January 22–23. Richard A. Griffin, The President declared an emergency in of Michigan, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Rhode Island and ordered Federal aid to Sixth Circuit, vice Damon J. Keith, retired. supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by record snow on January Thomas B. Griffith, 22–23. of Utah, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Dis- The President declared a major disaster in trict of Columbia Circuit, vice Patricia M. American Samoa and ordered Federal aid to Wald, retired. VerDate jul 14 2003 11:15 Feb 23, 2005 Jkt 205250 PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 1244 Sfmt 1244 E:\PRESDOCS\P07FET4.018 P07FET4