Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008

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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: May 21, 2008

Remarks on Signing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008,
May 21, 2008

I want to thank the Members of Congress who’ve joined us as I sign the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. It’s a piece of legislation which prohibits health insurers and employers from discriminating on the basis of genetic information. In other words, it protects our citizens from having genetic information misused. And this bill does so without undermining the basic premise of the insurance industry.

I also want to pay homage today to—and not only to Members of the Congress who are behind me but also to Senator Ted Kennedy, who has worked for over a decade to get this piece of legislation to a President’s desk. All of us are so pleased that Senator Kennedy has gone home, and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Now it’s my honor to sign the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

[At this point, the President signed the bill.]

Thank you.

Note: The President spoke at 2:05 p.m. in the Oval Office at the White House. H.R. 493, approved May 21, was assigned Public Law No. 110-233.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Remarks on Signing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, May 21, 2008," Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:736 Original Sources, accessed July 17, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=MWUSH7WKJAZPLKW.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Remarks on Signing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, May 21, 2008." Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:736, Original Sources. 17 Jul. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=MWUSH7WKJAZPLKW.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Remarks on Signing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, May 21, 2008' in Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, May 23, 2008 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2008), 44:736. Original Sources, retrieved 17 July 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=MWUSH7WKJAZPLKW.