Monthly Archives: December 2011

Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2012

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Nearly a century and a half ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation — a document that reaffirmed the noble goals of equality and freedom for all that lie at the heart of what it means to live in America.  In the years since, we have tirelessly pursued the realization and protection of these essential principles.  Yet, despite our successes, thousands of individuals living in the United States and still more abroad suffer in silence under the intolerable yoke of modern slavery.  During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with all those who are held in compelled service; we recognize the people, organizations, and government entities that are working to combat human trafficking; and we recommit to bringing an end to this inexcusable human rights abuse.

Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders.  Trafficking networks operate both domestically and transnationally, and although abuses disproportionally affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women, and children of all ages.  Around the world, we are monitoring the progress of governments in combating trafficking while supporting programs aimed at its eradication.  From forced labor and debt bondage to forced commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary domestic servitude, human trafficking leaves no country untouched.  With this knowledge, we rededicate ourselves to forging robust international partnerships that strengthen global anti-trafficking efforts, and to confronting traffickers here at home.

My Administration continues to implement our comprehensive strategy to combat human trafficking in America.  By coordinating our response across Federal agencies, we are working to protect victims of human trafficking with effective services and support, prosecute traffickers through consistent enforcement, and prevent human rights abuses by furthering public awareness and addressing the root causes of modern slavery.  The steadfast defense of human rights is an essential part of our national identity, and as long as individuals suffer the violence of slavery and human trafficking, we must continue the fight.

With the start of each year, we commemorate the anniversaries of the Emancipation Proclamation, which became effective on January 1, 1863, and the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery, which was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and submitted to the States for ratification on February 1, 1865. 

These documents stand as testaments to the gains we have made in pursuit of freedom and justice for all, and they remind us of the work that remains to be done.  This month, I urge all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking.  Together, and in cooperation with our partners around the world, we can work to end this terrible injustice and protect the rights to life and liberty entrusted to us by our forebears and owed to our children.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 2012 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on February 1.  I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
thirtieth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

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West Wing Week: 12/30/11 or Best of the West (Wing Week)

This week, we're taking a look back at the President's third year in office, highlighting behind-the-scenes footage and some of our favorite Presidential moments.

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Using Edison Free Energy In Homes – PROOF

Visit : www.EdisonsEnergy.com And Discover Edisons secret on producing free energy, Tomas Edisons secret is not the solar panels or the wind turbine but the magnetic Earth Core , so this way this generator produces electrical energy, with the help of earth core and grounding, which can be used just like the solar panels and wind turbines.This personal power system can be connected to the entire power grid and excess produced power can be inserted into the grid and if you produce enough power you might even make money. The solar air and water heater are made from every day materials and are so easy to build that even a child can make them; all you need are the instructions.Solar panels, wind turbines can be bought but why spend a lot of money for something you can do yourself. The entire system can be made by anyone without any technical expertise. All you need are the instructions and the materials. Thomas Edisons secret provides detailed instructions on making everything you need for supplying your house with alternate energy sources.If you are interested in reducing or even eliminating your electric bills you have to try out alternative ways (such as the magnetic generator, solar panels and wind turbines) for producing electrical energy and thus creating an eco friendly home. Nowadays, energy sources are being massively exploited due to increased industrialization in the world. This means that in perceivable future fossil fuel reserves would disappear from our planet <b>…</b>

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Texas Ron Paul supporters hit the trail to spread the word

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2011 Year in Review: Top Photos from the White House Flickr Feed

Yesterday, we shared the 10 most popular videos of 2011 from the White House YouTube channel. Today, check out 10 of the year's most viewed photos from the White House Flickr feed.

May 1, 2011: President Obama and his top national security aides gathered in the White House Situation Room receive minute-by-minute updates about the Navy SEAL operation in Pakistan that ended with the death of Osama bin Laden.

President Obama Receives an Update in the Situation Room

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. Seated, from left, are: Brigadier General Marshall B. “Brad” Webb, Assistant Commanding General, Joint Special Operations Command; Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Standing, from left, are: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; National Security Advisor Tom Donilon; Chief of Staff Bill Daley; Tony Binken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; Audrey Tomason Director for Counterterrorism; John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Please note: a classified document seen in this photograph has been obscured. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

September 11, 2011: President Obama takes a moment to reflect at the newly opened September 11 memorial in New York on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. The memorial features two reflecting pools built over the towers' footprints where the names of the victims are etched in bronze

President Barack Obama Pauses At The North Memorial Pool

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, pause at the North Memorial Pool of the National September 11 Memorial in New York, N.Y., on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The North Memorial pool sits in the footprint of the north tower, formerly 1 World Trade Center. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

July 16, 2011: President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama.

President Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House. July 16, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

July 15, 2011: Norman Rockwell's iconic painting "The Problem We All Live With," depicting the desegregation of New Orleans schools, hangs in the West Wing at President Obama's request. Ruby Bridges, the girl portrayed in the image, joined the President to see how a painting commemorating this personal and historic milestone looks hanging on the wall outside of the Oval Office.

President Obama with Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges

President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges, and representatives of the Norman Rockwell Museum view Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” hanging in a West Wing hallway near the Oval Office, July 15, 2011. Bridges is the girl portrayed the painting.

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Presidential Trade Proclamation — To Modify Duty-Free Treatment Under the Generalized System of Preferences and for Other Purposes

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

1.  Pursuant to section 503(b)(1)(G) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the "1974 Act") (19 U.S.C. 2463(b)(1)(G)), articles that the President determines to be import-sensitive in the context of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) are not eligible to receive benefits under the GSP.

2.  Pursuant to section 503(b)(1)(G) of the 1974 Act, and after receiving advice from the United States International Trade Commission (the "Commission"), I have determined that certain articles are import-sensitive in the context of the GSP.

3.  On April 22, 1985, the United States and Israel entered into the Agreement on the Establishment of a Free Trade Area between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Israel (USIFTA), which the Congress approved in the United States-Israel Free Trade Area Implementation Act of 1985 (the "USIFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 2112 note).

4.  Section 4(b) of the USIFTA Act provides that, whenever the President determines that it is necessary to maintain the general level of reciprocal and mutually advantageous concessions with respect to Israel provided for by the USIFTA, the President may proclaim such withdrawal, suspension, modification, or continuance of any duty, or such continuance of existing duty-free or excise treatment, or such additional duties as the President determines to be required or appropriate to carry out the USIFTA.

5.  In order to maintain the general level of reciprocal and mutually advantageous concessions with respect to agricultural trade with Israel, on July 27, 2004, the United States entered into an agreement with Israel concerning certain aspects of trade in agricultural products during the period January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2008 (the "2004 Agreement").

6.  In Proclamation 7826 of October 4, 2004, consistent with the 2004 Agreement, the President determined, pursuant to section 4(b) of the USIFTA Act, that it was necessary in order to maintain the general level of reciprocal and mutually advantageous concessions with respect to Israel provided for by the USIFTA, to provide duty-free access into the United States through December 31, 2008, for specified quantities of certain agricultural products of Israel.

7.  In 2008, 2009, and 2010, the United States and Israel entered into agreements to extend the period that the 2004 Agreement was in force for 1-year periods to allow additional time for the two governments to conclude an agreement to replace the 2004 Agreement.

8.  To carry out the extension agreements, the President in Proclamation 8334 of December 31, 2008; Proclamation 8467 of December 23, 2009; and Proclamation 8618 of December 21, 2010, modified the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States to provide duty-free access into the United States for specified quantities of certain agricultural products of Israel, each time for an additional 1-year period.

9.  On December 6, 2011, the United States entered into an agreement with Israel to extend the period that the 2004 Agreement is in force through December 31, 2012, to allow for further negotiations on an agreement to replace the 2004 Agreement.

10.  Pursuant to section 4(b) of the USIFTA Act, I have determined that it is necessary, in order to maintain the general level of reciprocal and mutually advantageous concessions with respect to Israel provided for by the USIFTA, to provide duty-free access into the United States through the close of December 31, 2012, for specified quantities of certain agricultural products of Israel.

11.  In Proclamation 8742 of October 31, 2011, I modified the HTS to promote the uniform application of the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System and to alleviate unnecessary administrative burdens.  Those modifications became effective on December 3, 2011.  Certain conforming changes to the HTS were inadvertently omitted from Annex I to that proclamation.  I have determined that certain technical corrections to the HTS are necessary to provide the tariff treatment intended to certain products that were subject to the modifications made in Proclamation 8742.

12.  Section 604 of the 1974 Act (19 U.S.C. 2483) authorizes the President to embody in the HTS the substance of the relevant provisions of that Act, and of other Acts affecting import treatment, and actions thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including but not limited to title V and section 604 of the 1974 Act, and section 4 of the USIFTA Act, do proclaim that:

(1)  In order to provide that one or more articles should no longer be treated as eligible articles for purposes of the GSP, the Rates of Duty 1-Special subcolumn for the corresponding HTS subheading is modified as set forth in Annex I to this proclamation. 

(2)  The modification to the HTS set forth in Annex I to this proclamation shall be effective with respect to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after January 1, 2012.

(3)  In order to implement U.S. tariff commitments under the 2004 Agreement through December 31, 2012, the HTS is modified as provided in Annex II to this proclamation.

(4)  (a)  The modifications to the HTS set forth in Annex II to this proclamation shall be effective with respect to eligible agricultural products of Israel that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after January 1, 2012.

(b)  The provisions of subchapter VIII of chapter 99 of the HTS, as modified by Annex II to this proclamation, shall continue in effect through December 31, 2012.

(5)  In order to make the technical corrections necessary to provide the tariff treatment intended to certain footwear products, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annex III to this proclamation.

(6)  The modifications to the HTS set forth in Annex III to this proclamation shall be effective with respect to goods that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after December 3, 2011.

(7)  Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that are inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation are superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

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2011 in Review: What People Were Talking About on Facebook

More than 1.2 million people “Like” WhiteHouse.gov on Facebook, and one thing we noticed throughout 2011 is that many of you also like sharing your thoughts on the stories and videos we post on our page. Here are the top 10 stories people commented on in 2011:

December 20, 2011: What Does $40 Mean to You? What would you have to give up or go without? Share your story here and add your voice to the debate.

August 6, 2011: President Obama outlines a number of steps that can be taken right away to create jobs and help grow the economy.

December 10, 2011: "Do Republicans in Congress think our financial crisis was caused by too much oversight of mortgage lenders or debt collectors?  Of course not.  And every day America has to wait for a new consumer protection watchdog is another day that dishonest businesses can target and take advantage of students, seniors, and service members." – President Obama

October 1, 2011: “These are the people who need a win, and I will be fighting for this jobs bill every day on their behalf.  If anyone watching feels the same way, don’t be shy about letting your Congressman know.  It is time for the politics to end.  Let’s pass this jobs bill." – President Obama 

September 17, 2011: President Obama discusses the need for Congress to pass the American Jobs Act to put more people back to work, and more money back in the pockets of people who are working

May 1, 2011: President Obama praises those Americans who carried out the operation to kill Osama bin Laden, tells the families of the victims of September 11, 2001 that they have never been forgotten, and calls on Americans to remember the unity of that tragic day.

June 4, 2011: Speaking from a Chrysler plant in Toledo, Ohio, the President commends the work of America's dedicated autoworkers, who have helped reinvigorate the domestic auto industry.

July 30, 2011: "Now all of us – including Republicans in the House of Representatives – need to demonstrate the same kind of responsibility that the American people show every day. The time for putting party first is over. The time for compromise on behalf of the American people is now." – President Obama 

October 8, 2011: "The economy is too fragile for us to let politics get in the way of action…I need you to remind these folks who they work for. And I need you to tell your Senators to do the right thing by passing this jobs bill right away." –President Obama 

August 13, 2011: "While members of Congress are at home in their districts, President Obama asks Americans that agree that it’s time to put country before party and pass stalled bills to help grow our economy to let them know."

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Presidential Trade Proclamation — To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and for Other Purposes

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

1. Section 1205(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (the "1988 Act") (19 U.S.C. 3005(a)) directs the United States International Trade Commission (the "Commission") to keep the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) under continuous review and periodically to recommend to the President such modifications to the HTS as the Commission considers necessary or appropriate to accomplish the purposes set forth in that subsection. The Commission has recommended modifications to the HTS pursuant to sections 1205(c) and (d) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005(c) and (d)) to conform the HTS to amendments made to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (the "Convention").

2. Section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(a)) authorizes the President to proclaim modifications to the HTS based on the recommendations of the Commission under section 1205 of the 1988 Act, if he determines that the modifications are in conformity with United States obligations under the Convention and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States. I have determined that the modifications to the HTS proclaimed in this proclamation pursuant to section 1206(a) of the 1988 Act are in conformity with United States obligations under the Convention and do not run counter to the national economic interest of the United States.

3. Presidential Proclamation 6763 of December 23, 1994, implemented with respect to the United States, the trade agreements resulting from the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations, including Schedule XX-United States of America, annexed to the Marrakesh Protocol to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (Schedule XX), that were entered into pursuant to sections 1102(a) and (e) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 2902(a) and (e)), and approved in section 101(a) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA) (19 U.S.C. 3511(a)).

4. Pursuant to the authority provided in section 111 of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3521) and sections 1102(a) and (e) of the 1988 Act, Proclamation 6763 included the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the terms of Schedule XX. In order to ensure the continuation of such rates of duty for imported goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed, including certain technical or conforming changes within the tariff schedule.

5. Presidential Proclamation 7747 of December 30, 2003, implemented the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (USSFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USSFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.2, 2.5, 2.6, and 2.12 of the USSFTA and the schedule of reductions with respect to the Republic of Singapore set forth in Annex 2B of the USSFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

6. Presidential Proclamation 7746 of December 30, 2003, implemented the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (USCFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "CFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 3.3 (including the schedule of United States duty reductions with respect to originating goods set forth in Annex 3.3 to the USCFTA), 3.7, 3.9, and 3.20(8), (9), (10), and (11) of the USCFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

7. Presidential Proclamation 7857 of December 20, 2004, implemented the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement (USAFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USAFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, and 2.6 of the USAFTA and the schedule of reductions with respect to Australia set forth in Annex 2B of the USAFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

8. Presidential Proclamation 7971 of December 22, 2005, implemented the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (USMFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USMFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 4.1, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 4.3.11, 4.3.13, 4.3.14, and 4.3.15 of the USMFTA and the schedule of reductions with respect to Morocco set forth in Annex IV of the USMFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

9. Presidential Proclamations 7987 of February 28, 2006, 7991 of March 24, 2006, 7996 of March 31, 2006, 8034 of June 30, 2006, 8111 of February 28, 2007, 8331 of December 23, 2008, and 8536 of June 12, 2010, implemented the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (the "CAFTA-DR Agreement") with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "CAFTA-DR Act") (19 U.S.C. 4031), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 3.3, 3.5, 3.6, 3.21, 3.26, 3.27, and 3.28, and Annexes 3.3 (including the schedule of the United States duty reductions with respect to originating goods), 3.27, and 3.28 of the CAFTA-DR Agreement. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

10. Presidential Proclamation 8039 of July 27, 2006, implemented the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (USBFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USBFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in rates of duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2.8, and 3.2.9, and the schedule of reductions with respect to Bahrain set forth in Annex 2-B of the USBFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

11. Presidential Proclamation 8332 of December 29, 2008, implemented the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement (USOFTA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (the "USOFTA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2.8, and 3.2.9, and the schedule of duty reductions with respect to Oman set forth in Annex 2-B of the USOFTA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

12. Presidential Proclamation 8341 of January 16, 2009, implemented the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (USPTPA) with respect to the United States and, pursuant to section 201 of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement Implementation Act (the "USPTPA Act") (19 U.S.C. 3805 note), the staged reductions in duty that the President determined to be necessary or appropriate to carry out or apply articles 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.3.13, and Annex 2.3 of the USPTPA. In order to ensure the continuation of such staged reductions in rates of duty for originating goods under tariff categories that are being modified to reflect the amendments to the Convention, I have determined that additional modifications to the HTS are necessary or appropriate to carry out the duty reductions previously proclaimed.

13. Section 604 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the "Trade Act") (19 U.S.C. 2483), authorizes the President to embody in the HTS the substance of the provisions of that Act, or other acts affecting import treatment, and actions taken thereunder, including the removal, modification, continuance, or imposition of any rate of duty or other import restriction. Section 1206(c) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3006(c)) provides that any modifications proclaimed by the President under section 1206(a) of that Act may not take effect before the thirtieth day after the date on which the text of the proclamation is published in the Federal Register.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including but not limited to sections 1102 and 1206 of the 1988 Act, section 111 of the URAA, section 201 of the USSFTA Act, section 201 of the CFTA Act, section 201 of the USAFTA Act, section 201 of the USMFTA Act, section 201 of the CAFTA-DR Act, section 201 of the USBFTA Act, section 201 of the USOFTA Act, section 201 of the USPTPA Act, section 604 of the Trade Act, and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, do proclaim that:

(1) In order to modify the HTS to conform it to the Convention or any amendment thereto recommended for adoption, to promote the uniform application of the Convention, to establish additional subordinate tariff categories, and to make technical and conforming changes to existing provisions, the HTS is modified as set forth in Annex I of Publication 4276 of the United States International Trade Commission, entitled, "Modifications to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Under Section 1206 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988," which is incorporated by reference into this proclamation.

(2) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Singapore under the USSFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the dates specified in subsections F1 and F2 of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in subsection F1 of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such subsection followed by the symbol ("SG") inserted in lieu thereof; and

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection F2 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II.

(3) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Chile under the USCFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in subsections C1 and C2 of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in subsection C1 of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such subsection followed by the symbol ("CL") inserted in lieu thereof; and

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection C2 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II.

(4) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Australia under the USAFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in subsections A1 through A4 of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section A1 of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such subsection followed by the symbol ("AU") inserted in lieu thereof;

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsections A2 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II;

(c) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for the subheading enumerated in subsection A3 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II; and

(d) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection A4 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II.

(5) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Morocco under the USMFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in sections G1 through G4 of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in subsection section G1 of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such section followed by the symbol ("MA") inserted in lieu thereof;

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection G2 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II;

(c) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection G3 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II; and

(d) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for the subheadings enumerated in subsection G4 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II.

(6) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods under general note 29 to the HTS that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in sections D and I of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section D of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such section followed by the symbol ("P") inserted in lieu thereof; and

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in section I shall be modified as set forth in that section of Annex II.

(7) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Bahrain under the USBFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in subsections B1 and B2 of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section B1 of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such section followed by the symbol ("BH") inserted in lieu thereof; and

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection B2 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II.

(8) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Oman under the USOFTA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for
consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in subsections E1 and E2 of Annex II of Publication 4276,

(a) the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in subsection E1 of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such section followed by the symbol ("OM") inserted in lieu thereof; and

(b) the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the subheadings enumerated in subsection E2 shall be modified as set forth in that subsection of Annex II.

(9) In order to provide for the continuation of previously proclaimed staged duty reductions in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for originating goods of Peru under the USPTPA that are classifiable in the provisions modified by Annex I of Publication 4276 and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after each of the dates specified in section H of Annex II of Publication 4276, the rate of duty in the HTS set forth in the Rates of Duty 1 Special subcolumn for each of the HTS subheadings enumerated in section H of Annex II shall be deleted and the rate of duty provided in such section followed by the symbol ("PE") inserted in lieu thereof.

(10) The United States Trade Representative is authorized to fulfill my obligations under section 103 of the USSFTA, section 103 of the USCFTA, section 104 of the USAFTA, section 104 of the USMFTA, section 104 of the USBFTA, and section 104 of the USOFTA to obtain advice from the appropriate advisory committees and the Commission on the proposed implementation of an action by presidential proclamation; to submit a report on such proposed action to the appropriate congressional committees; and to consult with those congressional committees regarding the proposed action.

(11) Any provisions of previous proclamations and Executive Orders that are inconsistent with the actions taken in this proclamation are superseded to the extent of such inconsistency.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

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2012 Elections Cancelled Obama Ron Paul Newt Romney

It is possible, based on the many incredible signs I’ve been getting of the west coast prophecies being possibly fulfilled at the end of this 2012 summer, that we could see the elections cancelled. If they are not cancelled, Obama would then be a shoe in for being re-elected in the face of all the fear and chaos from the destructions, the tsunami, then mega quake weeks later hitting California. The people would then turn to government for answers in the face of the chaos. That means big government Obama would be easily re-elected. So watch out for the end of summer as the time that these prophecies may be fulfilled. See qwakeup.org for the incredible signs on this

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Barack Obama Farting

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