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NOTE: This notice was released by the Office of letter was released by the Office of the Press Sec-
the Press Secretary on October 17, and it was pub- retary on October 17.
lished in the Federal Register on October 20.
Remarks to the United States
Letter to Congressional Leaders on Chamber of Commerce
Continuation of the National
Emergency With Respect to October 17, 2008
Significant Narcotics Traffickers Good morning. I am pleased to be back
Centered in Colombia to the U.S. Chamber. I want to thank the
October 16, 2008 members of this fine organization for your
efforts to support the spirit of free enterprise
Dear Madam Speaker: (Dear Mr. and to advance the interests of businesses,
President:) large and small, across our great country. I’m
Section 202(d) of the National Emer- grateful for the opportunity to talk to you
gencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1622(d), provides for about a subject that’s on all our minds. And
the automatic termination of a national emer- that’s the economy.
gency unless, prior to the anniversary date Bruce, I want to thank you for your leader-
of its declaration, the President publishes in ship and your friendship. I want to appreciate
the Federal Register and transmits to the the other members of the U.S. Chamber
Congress a notice stating that the emergency leadership group that is with us. I welcome
is to continue in effect beyond the anniver- the entrepreneurs that are with us; fellow
sary date. In accordance with this provision, citizens.
I have sent to the Federal Register for publi- Our Nation is dealing with a serious finan-
cation the enclosed notice stating that the cial crisis. Over the past month, Americans
emergency declared with respect to signifi- have witnessed fast-moving events involving
cant narcotics traffickers centered in Colom- complicated financial issues. I know many of
bia is to continue in effect beyond October our citizens are concerned about their fi-