Excerpts from the Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, September 25, 2003 (Full Transcript)QUESTION: -- has passed its legislation to make sure that the Do Not Call law goes into effect next week. Will the President sign that?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, two things here. One, the President strongly supports the congressional efforts to ensure the implementation of the Do Not Call Registry. This is aimed at getting rid of annoying, intrusive calls that are all too common in American society. People should have the right to choose if they don't want to receive those solicitations at home when they're trying to help their children with their homework, or they're trying to have dinner with their family. That's a right that Americans should have.
The President strongly supports the efforts of the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to implement it. As you are aware, the FTC is continuing to pursue this in the courts, and at the same time, Congress is moving forward on the legislative front. And we strongly support those efforts. I'm pleased -- the President is pleased that the House acted and moved quickly on this legislation.
QUESTION: Why won't you just say, yes, he'll sign the bill?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we'll see what the final one looks like. But, of course, he supports their efforts. I mean, I think that makes it pretty clear, that we're very supportive of what the House is doing. But at the same time, keep in mind that this is being pursued in the courts. So it could be resolved in the courts.
QUESTION: So you just want to see --
MR. McCLELLAN: It could be resolved in the courts at the same time.
QUESTION: You want to make sure nothing else is --
MR. McCLELLAN: -- I have no reason to expect that he wouldn't, because he strongly supports what they're doing.