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PROCLAMATION 6515—DEC. 16, 1992 107 STAT. 2589 The Congress, by House Joint Resolution 457, has designated January 16, 1993, as "Religious Freedom Day" and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this day. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim January 16, 1993, as Religious Freedom Day. I urge all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities in their homes, schools, and places of worship as an expression of our gratitude for the blessings of liberty and as a sign of our resolve to protect and preserve them. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereimto set my hand this ninth day of December, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ninety-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and seventeenth. GEORGE BUSH Proclamation 6515 of December 16, 1992 To Modify the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, To Extend Tariff Reductions on Certain Tropical Products, To Reduce Duties on Peach, Apricot, Raspberry, or Cherry Jams, and for Other Purposes By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation 1. Section 1205(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 ("1988 Act") (19 U.S.C. 3005(a)) directs the United States International Trade Commission ("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. Section 1205(a) sets forth five categories of such potential modifications to the HTS, including changes to conform the HTS with amendments made to the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System ("Convention"), to promote the imiform application of the Convention and its Annex, to ensure that the HTS is kept up-to-date in light of changes in technology or in patterns of international trade, to alleviate unnecessary administrative burdens, and to make technical rectifications. 2. Section 1205(d) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005(d)) provides that the Commission may not recommend any modification unless it is consistent with the Convention and that any amendment thereto recommended for adoption is consistent with sound nomenclature principles, ensures substantial rate neutrality, and does not alter existing conditions of competition for the affected United States industry, labor, or trade. Section 1205(d) further provides that any change to a rate of duty must be consequent to, or necessitated by, nomenclature modifications that are recommended under this section. 3. Pursuant to section 1205(b) of the 1988 Act (19 U.S.C. 3005(b)), the Commission instituted Investigations Nos. 1205-1 and 1205-2. The Conunission included in its notices of investigation the proposed