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Author: George W. Bush  | Date: April 13, 2004

Statement on Signing Legislation To Provide for the Conveyance to the Utrok Atoll Local Government of a Decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship, and for Other Purposes,
April 13, 2004

Today, I have signed into law H.R. 2584, a bill to provide for the conveyance to the Utrok Atoll local government of a decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship, and for other purposes.

Section 101(c) of the bill purports to require the Utrok Atoll local government, in consultation with the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, to submit a plan to four committees of the United States Congress for the use of the ship to be conveyed. The Republic of the Marshall Islands, of which Utrok is a political subdivision, is a self-governing republic with a sovereign right to self-determination whose government has the capacity to conduct foreign affairs. Accordingly, in light of the status of the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the exclusive authority of the President with respect to the conduct of the foreign affairs of the United States, the executive branch shall construe section 101(c) as asking the President to request, rather than as requiring, that the Utrok political subdivision submit a plan for use of the ship to be conveyed. The Secretary of State, after consultation with the Secretary of Commerce, shall communicate on my behalf as appropriate with the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to effectuate to the extent permissible the purposes of section 101.

George W. Bush
The White House,
April 13, 2004.

Note: H.R. 2584, approved April 13, was assigned Public Law No. 108-219.

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Chicago: George W. Bush, "Statement on Signing Legislation to Provide for the Conveyance to the Utrok Atoll Local Government of a Decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship, and for Other Purposes, April 13, 2004," Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004 in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:579 Original Sources, accessed December 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=SSL8JR22YVJSC6B.

MLA: Bush, George W. "Statement on Signing Legislation to Provide for the Conveyance to the Utrok Atoll Local Government of a Decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship, and for Other Purposes, April 13, 2004." Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004, in United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:579, Original Sources. 3 Dec. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=SSL8JR22YVJSC6B.

Harvard: Bush, GW, 'Statement on Signing Legislation to Provide for the Conveyance to the Utrok Atoll Local Government of a Decommissioned National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ship, and for Other Purposes, April 13, 2004' in Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004. cited in , United States. Executive Office of the President, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, Week Ending Friday, April 16, 2004 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2004), 40:579. Original Sources, retrieved 3 December 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=SSL8JR22YVJSC6B.