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    Remarks by President Trump in Roundtable Discussion on the Economy and Tax Reform | Burnsville, MN

    Issued on: April 15, 2019


    Washington, DC - - Today, the U.S. White House published the following transcript of Remarks by President Trump in Roundtable Discussion on the Economy and Tax Reform | Burnsville, MN:


    Nuss Truck & Equipment
    Burnsville, Minnesota

    1:43 P.M. CDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. We’re in communication with France. They’re having a terrible, terrible fire. You probably saw. Some of you have heard. Some of you have not because you’ve been here. But I will tell you, the fire that they’re having at the Notre Dame Cathedral is something like few people have witnessed. When we left — we had a whole group of your great representatives. And when we left the plane, it was — it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn.

    It’s one of the great treasures of the world. The greatest artists in the world. Probably, if you think about it, I would say, Jovita, it might be greater than almost any museum in the world. And it’s burning very badly. It looks like it’s burning to the ground.

    So — so that puts a damper on what we’re about to say, to be honest, because that is beyond countries, that’s beyond anything. That’s a part of our growing up. It’s a part of our culture. It’s a part of our lives. That’s a truly great cathedral. And I’ve been there and I’ve seen it, and there’s no cathedral, I think — I could say there’s probably no cathedral in the world like it.

    It’s a terrible scene. They think it was caused by — at this moment, they don’t know — but they think it was caused by renovation. And I hope that’s the reason. Renovation — you know, what’s that all about? But it’s a terrible sight to behold.

    With that being said, I want to tell you that a lot of progress has been made by our country in the last two and a half years. Hard to believe we’re already starting to think about — (applause) — yeah. We’re already starting to think about our next election. And it’s moving along. We’re moving along very nicely. We’ve raised far more money than anybody, and not that that’s the critical factor. In fact, I was criticized — coming up, I was criticized that I didn’t raise as much money as Hillary Clinton, that I only spent half. It’s actually much less than half. (Laughter.) But I don’t want to tell.

    And in the old days, if you would spend less and win, you got credit. Today you have to spend more and win. So if I would’ve spent more, I would’ve been given a lot more credit. But the fact is we did spend a lot less money — much, much less money — than the Democrats. And we won. And I think now we’re in a much better position than we were because we’ve done so much.

    You know, I used to stand up and say, “We’re going to cut your taxes.” Well, we cut your taxes. Biggest tax cut in history. “We’re going to give you ANWR.” I gave you ANWR. That hasn’t been done. Everyone has been trying to do that since Ronald Reagan. That’s the energy — one of the largest in the world, as you know, in Alaska. “We’re going to cut regulations at a level that nobody has ever seen.” “We’re going to get rid of the individual mandate from Obamacare,” which we did. We’ll do even further than that. (Applause.) That was a big thing. By far, the most unpopular thing in Obamacare.

    And we’re going to have something, after the election — assuming you elect Republicans — we’re not only going to save all of your private plans — that’s 180 million people — but we’re going to give you something much better as an alternative, just as an alternative to Obamacare. Much less expensive in terms of premiums. And the deductible will be much, much less. Right now you have a deductible — they’re averaging $7,500; much more in some cases. And people don’t get to use it. And if they do, they have bigger problems than the deductible. They have some very big problems.

    But this has been a very special state. It’s been a rare — a rare victory for Republicans. And we almost won it. One more speech. (Applause.) One more speech. And I think they’ve treated you very unfairly on immigration. I think you’ve been treated extremely unfairly in the world of immigration. And a lot of things are going to change.

    But under the previous administration, America’s rich, natural resources were put under lock and key. You know that. And thousands of acres in Superior National Forest, jobs, and everything else, were just taken away. Ripped away.

    Last June, I traveled to Duluth and announced that we would be taking the first steps to rescind the federal withdrawal in Superior National Forest and restore mineral exploration for the miners and the workers of Minnesota. And we have really done that to a point that — in fact, your great congressmen; I’m going to introduce them in a little while. They’re here. And they — first thing they said is that — to protect our security and our workers in the Minnesota Iron Range. Okay? The Iron Range.

    And, you know, I opened that up, and we’re now — our steel industry is vibrant again. It was dead. It was going to — we weren’t going to have a steel industry, if you can even believe that. No, obviously, you need that for military and for protection. You need that for a lot of things. But you need it for military. You need it — we can’t play games. We had no steel industry. It was going to die, the rest of it — the remaining little bit. You’d see these massive plants that used to take care of so much of the world’s steel, and they’d be using a little corner or they’d be using nothing.

    And U.S. Steel — U.S. has steel. And if you look at — well, United States Steel has one, but you have many steel companies, they’re adding plants all over the country, or they’re expanding plants. And they’re going to be getting their iron ore right from here. I hear you have among the best in the world, they say.

    I put a tariff on the dumping. They were dumping — China and other countries were dumping steel all over the United States, and in many cases, it was very inferior product, very bad stuff. And we need it for the military. We need it for structural buildings. We need it for a lot of structures. You got to have great steel. And we get it right from you.

    And I remember I was here about six, seven months ago, and a man came up to me — and I’ve been here a lot, by the way, campaigning for your great representatives. (Applause.) But if you remember, Tom, a man came up to me and he was crying. A strong man. A big, tough guy. But he was crying. And he said, “President Obama took our life away when he closed the Range…” Chose those words. He said, “Took our life away, took our blood, and you gave it back to us.” And that’s really moving along rapidly, and it’s — a lot of great things are happening. A lot of great things. But I never forgot that statement. You were standing with me, and I never forgot that statement.

    Today, unemployment in Minnesota, because of your federal government policies that I have been very insistent on, is down to the lowest level I think that you’ve ever had: 3.1 percent. And jobless claims in Minnesota have reached their lowest level in 22 years.

    We have — Minnesota — (applause) — Minnesota has added more than 7,500 brand new mining, logging, and construction jobs, which nobody expected. If I would have said that prior to the election, everybody would say, “Oh, that’s terrible. What he’s saying, it’s an exaggeration. That can’t happen. We’re going to lose those jobs.” Well, 7,500 brand new mining, logging, and construction jobs. Thanks to our tremendous tax cuts — the biggest — Minnesota families are saving more than $5 billion on their 2018 tax bills. Five billion. (Applause.)

    And 1.2 million Minnesotans have seen a reduction in their utility bills — think of that — as a direct result of the tax cuts alone. That’s not to mention all of the other things that we’ve done. 1.2 million Minnesotans.

    And the average Minnesotan has seen an annual income gain of more than $1,700 since my election. So you’re up $1,700, and some are up tremendously more than that.

    The total number of new business applications in Minnesota has skyrocked — skyrocketed to almost 20 percent. And that’s just in a very short period of time. It’s been really pretty amazing. It’s been pretty amazing. (Applause.)

    And I want to introduce Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who’s here with us. Steve, wherever you may be. Steve? (Applause.)

    Treasurer Jovita Carranza. And I’ll tell you, Jovita, who’s been with from the beginning — she liked Trump early on. Very early on.

    TREASURER CARRANZA: Yes, I did. (Laughter.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Before it was fashionable. Before. (Applause.) And she’s done a great job as your Treasurer. And now she’s moving over. Linda McMahon is going to be some — doing something very exciting for us. And Jovita is going to be taking Linda McMahon’s place at the Small Business Administration. And you are going to do a fantastic job. So, thank you very much.

    TREASURER CARRANZA: Thank you. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: And Jovita will be sitting, actually, on the Cabinet. That’s a Cabinet position, in some cases. We have a choice. I had a choice: Do I put her in the Cabinet or not? That was one where it was my decision, and that decision took me how long? About two seconds to make, right? (Laughter.)

    TREASURER CARRANZA: About that second. Thank God. (Laughs.)

    THE PRESIDENT: She’s on the Cabinet. And you’re going to do — (laughter) — well, it’s always nice, right? The Cabinet is the Cabinet. It’s pretty good. So that’s good.

    And Representative Tom Emmer. Thank you very much, Tom. You’ve been fantastic. (Applause.)

    And Bob Nuss, you know, put this whole thing together and worked so hard with your family — your great family. And Bob has been a friend for a long time. And what’s really impressive is this room is packed, but outside you could pack this room, probably 20 times over. You have a lot of people out there, Bob. A lot of people. Thank you. (Applause.)

    MR. NUSS: Thank you very much, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Please, go ahead.

    MR. NUSS: Thank you. Thank you much, Mr. President. And I’d like to formally welcome you to Burnsville, Minnesota and home of the — I can’t list all the sports teams —

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s true. (Laughs.)

    MR. NUSS: — so I better not.

    THE PRESIDENT: Some good ones. Some good ones.

    MR. NUSS: Yes. Anyway, we’re very happy that you’re here. On behalf of our — all of our employees at our Burnsville operation and my family, we welcome you to our facility. Thank you very much.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. It’s really great. Thank you very much. (Applause.) I appreciate it. I appreciate it.

    MR. NUSS: Well, I would just add that the setting — this shop was just filled with work just a few days ago — a couple days ago — and it was engines down, transmissions, loaders, work excavators. And when we came to the employees and said, “What do you think?” “Whoa, what, is the President of the United States coming to visit us?” “Yeah!” (Laughter.) Well, we sell Mack trucks and we sell Volvo construction equipment.

    THE PRESIDENT: Right.

    MR. NUSS: And what a better setting to have a Volvo loader and a Mack truck. And these two represent everything that builds America and moves America. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s good. Good. I love them. I love them. I’ve been on many a loader. I’ve been on many a truck. People don’t know that about me. (Laughter.) It’s — I guess they do actually, otherwise —

    MR. NUSS: Well, I saw you at the White House on a Mack.

    THE PRESIDENT: The 5th Avenue stuff doesn’t play nearly as well as that, I will tell you. I’ve been on many, many a truck — between Volvo and Caterpillar, and John Deere and so many of the great companies. But this is a real beauty and considered a very high-end loader. It’s great that you do that.

    I want to say that today is Tax Day that we’re celebrating, okay? Tax Day.

    AUDIENCE: Booo —

    THE PRESIDENT: So — and we’re getting historic tax relief. That’s the good part. Historic. (Applause.)

    And, you know, over the last very short period of time, we passed the Tax Cuts and the Jobs Act, which really — we don’t talk about the Jobs Act, but it’s made a tremendous — the number of jobs. We have over 6 million new jobs in this country. Nobody would have believed that was possible. That’s a number that, if I would have said that also — (applause) — nobody would have believed it’s possible. (Applause.)

    And it’s the largest package of tax cuts and reforms in American history. We got something done that’s truly historic. Largest in history.

    Over 80 percent of American families now are receiving that big tax cut. And it’s very interesting, because I have an article here from one of the newspapers — that’s one of the interesting newspapers — the very fake New York Times. See? (Laughter.) And they must have made a mistake. I’m sure these writers will be fired very shortly. (Laughter.) But they said in the article, “Face It: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut.” In other words, they’re really — pretty upset. (Laughter.) You could tell where they’re coming from, right? “Face it: You (Probably) Got a Tax Cut.” That’s the headline.

    Then, “If you’re an American taxpayer, you probably got a tax cut last year. [But] there’s a good chance [that] you [won’t] believe it.” Or, putting it differently, “There’s a good chance that you don’t believe it.” And they go on to talk about the fact that people have really benefitted. And some people don’t know it. Many people don’t know it. A lot of — a lot of businesses know it because they’re the ones that are supplying the jobs. And, because of the tax cuts, because of the big companies who are able to bring back money into the country, tremendous things are happening with respect to jobs.

    So, we lowered income tax rates across the board. Right across the board. Over 80 percent of the American families, as I said, get a tax cut. And the typical family earning $75,000 is saving more than $2,000 of their income. So they’re picking up $2,000 every year because of this. But many are picking up much, much more than that, depending on the situation.

    We increased productivity all over the board; lowered income tax rates across the board. We doubled the standard deduction for everybody. That’s a doubling of the standard deduction, from $6,500 to $12,000 for individuals, and from $13,000 to $24,000 for married couples. And if I’m wrong on any of these numbers, Steve Mnuchin, our Treasury Secretary, I’m sure will — he’s not shy; he will change it. He will call me out, right? But I think we’re going to get it exactly right, Steve.

    We doubled the child tax credit. These are things that a lot of people — and that’s possibly what the article is saying. I didn’t read the rest of the article, frankly. I read the headline. I was so shocked to see it. You don’t want to delve too much into the New York Times because nothing good comes from the New York Times. (Laughter.)

    We doubled — (applause) — that’s true. Such — such fake news. Such phony stories. It’s unbelievable. But there was one that, sort of, I couldn’t believe.

    We eliminated Obamacare’s individual mandate, as I said. We eliminated the very unfair — this is something that I think is a tremendous thing for people. You have children — and you love your children — and you want to leave your farm or your small business to your children, but you can’t because of a lot of reasons: They don’t have the money. The business, maybe, it’s sort of asset-rich but not cash-rich. And you just worry about it because you know they’re going to lose it because they’re going to go to the banks, they’re going to borrow money, and the banks are going to end up owning it. It happened thousands and thousands and hundreds of thousands of times. So we virtually eliminated the unfair estate tax, or death tax. We eliminated it for small business and small farm. (Applause.) Right?

    So now, if you love your children — which most of you do, but not all — (laughter) — but if you love your children, seriously love them, you can leave your farm, you can leave your small business, you can leave it to your children and they won’t have to borrow money. They have no tax. And that’s good. And if you don’t love your children, it doesn’t really matter. (Laughter.) Just disregard the statement that —

    But the death tax or the estate tax, as they call it, is now gone for your smaller businesses and farms and things. And that’s a tremendous thing for your kids who — I mean, seriously, they were going out, borrowing money, and borrowing it at a tremendous disadvantage. They hadn’t borrowed before. And it’s really — it’s tragic what had been going on. We were able to get that out. Something nobody talks about, with respect to what we got in the tax cut and jobs bill.

    To promote American jobs, we lowered the business tax rate from the highest in the developed world to one of the most competitive, one of the lower — one of the lowest, in many ways. We took it down to 21 percent. (Applause.)

    And I think one of the reasons that we’re doing so well is we brought that down. And you could say any number. I mean, because, Steve, it was really a combination of numbers depending on who you were, but you could say 40 percent, 41 percent, 38 percent. We brought it down to 21 percent. And that’s a tremendous advantage. And those people are going out, hiring all the people, building new jobs, expanding.

    A very big thing is you couldn’t get your money back into the country. And we came up with a plan where you can bring — where they can bring billions and billions and billions of dollars back. And that’s what’s happened. And they’re now investing it in the United States instead of investing it in other countries.

    We also lowered the taxes on small businesses that pay their taxes through the individual returns, which was a very big deal and was actually very complex, very hard to get. And we got it. So the small business, we lowered the tax.

    And to promote investment in low-income and distressed communities, we created tax advantages that you wouldn’t believe, where people have an advantage, they have an incentive to go and invest in small communities where, in many cases, you have a lot of real problems and tremendous unemployment.

    We created tax-advantaged Opportunity Zones. Tim Scott helped us with that, from South Carolina, and so many other senators. We were really — it was really a great thing. Nobody thought we could get that through, and we got it through. So we have low-income and distressed communities, and they’re getting a tremendous incentive to have a lot of money going to those communities. And it’s having a very, very big effect. It’s been great.

    We promised that these tax cuts would be rocket fuel for the American economy, and we were absolutely right. More than 6 million American jobs received pay raises. People are receiving pay raises all across the country. And, you know, that really is a great thing. Because, for 21 years, if you look back — I used to say this during the campaign, two years ago — a little more than two years ago — I’d talk about people made more money 21 years ago than they made today. That was two and a half years ago. And I said, “How is that?” And they’d work two jobs and even three jobs. And they did better 21 years ago than they did two and half years ago. Well, now they’re getting money. And it’s really happening at a very, very fast past. And that’s a great thing. And business owners like it too because they have people that want the job.

    One of the things you get, though, as an employee is you now can go around and look. It’s choice. Like we got Choice approved for the military with doctors. We got Choice, where, if they have to wait on line, they go to a private doctor and we pay for it. And, number one, it’s great for the military. And, number two, believe it or not, we save a lot of money, but we say a lot of lives. People were waiting for three, four, five weeks to see a doctor. Now they go immediately out, they see a doctor. They’ve been trying to get that for 44 years in the military. They never were able to get it.

    Well, you also have choice with jobs. Because now the economy is so great. We’re doing so well. Maybe as good as it’s ever been. I mean, it’s incredible what’s happening. We’re rebuilding so much. We’re rebuilding our military, but we’re doing things that people are amazed at — that we’re the envy of the world. Every time I meet with a president or a prime minister or a head of a country, almost every time they come in, it’s, “Sir, congratulations on the economy of the United States. We’re trying to follow you. We’re trying to cut taxes.” But it hasn’t worked anywhere nearly as well.

    We’re in massive trade negotiations, as you know, because our farmers haven’t been treated properly for many years. In fact, Bob was telling me, really, for many years that’s been going on, where the farms have not been treated well. For 15 years, you can go back and it’s just a graph downward. Well, we’re changing that. You — wait until you see what’s going to happen.

    So we’ll see if it all works out with China. But we’re doing well in the negotiation. It’s very comprehensive in the sense that it’s a very complete negotiation. We’re talking about theft of intellectual property. We’re talking about so many other things.

    But we’re also talking about the farmers and the ranchers and people that have not been treated fairly by, really, the world. But they haven’t been treated by the people that sat in this seat — the presidents and the representatives of the presidents — because other countries have taken advantage of us, if you look at the European Union with the barriers they have to agricultural products and cars and so many other things. But the agricultural products — they barely take our agriculture products. And yet, they can sell Mercedes-Benz and they can sell anything they want in our country, including their farm products. And it’s not fair. And those days are changing rapidly. They understand it.

    We had, on average, a loss of $160 billion a year with the European nations. If you look at Europe and take a look at what’s going on with Europe and how badly we’ve been treated for so many years. And I talk to them and I say, “Fellas, it has to change. Has to change.”

    And, you know, I said, frankly, “Look, if it doesn’t change, we’re going to tariff all of your cars and everything else that comes in. You can’t treat our farmers that way. You can’t treat our people that way.” And I think you’re going to be very happy. You’ll be very happy. (Applause.)

    I want to finish off by saying that small and independent businesses have invested an additional $35 billion in new equipment and facilities since I signed the tax relief law. And new venture capital deals have totaled nearly $165 billion. Cyber and 5G, I think, will be coming out to your area pretty soon.

    You know, you’ve been treated very badly by past administrations in terms of the Internet, in terms of getting access to the Internet and everything else. And we’re making it a priority. We call it “rural America,” but rural America is a big place, and it’s very red on a map. You know, when you look at those maps from the election, there’s a lot of red. (Applause.) But we’re getting a lot of Internet — a lot of Internet access.

    New venture capital deals have totaled nearly $165 billion. And after tax cuts, unemployment dropped to the lowest rate in more than 50 years. And you’ve heard me say it many, many times. We’ve had the lowest rate in history for African Americans. Lowest rate in history for Hispanic Americans. Lowest rate in history for Asian Americans. And women are the lowest now in 65 years, and soon, I think that will be history too. (Applause.) It’s really been pretty amazing.

    The numbers of blue-collar jobs have recently grown the fastest rate in more than 31 years. So that’s, you know, what we’re talking about. They can talk all they want about socialism. All socialism is is a method into the poorhouse. You know, socialism is not so easy to beat. When an economy is really doing well, like ours — we probably have the economy — we may have the best economy we’ve ever had. (Applause.)

    We have the highest stock market. I think we’ve created a stock market record 38 times or so. It might be more than that. But 38 times. We have a record stock market, and that’s good for everybody. You have 401(k)s and you have so many other things. These are usually the big public companies.

    But we’ve created a tremendous stock market. People are making a lot of money. They’re setting records to themselves. The wives or the husbands are coming home and saying, “Whoever runs the 401(k) is a total genius. Darling, you are brilliant. You are brilliant.” (Laughter.) For 20 years, she or he has been criticizing her or him, and now, all of a sudden, they look like financial geniuses. So, it’s good. Some of those 401(k)s are up 60, 70 percent. So it’s really something great.

    And these things don’t happen by accident. And it can all go away very quickly. You put the wrong people in office — everything that I’ve done and we’ve done as a group — we have some great — really tremendously talented people. And everything that we’ve done can be undone, and bad, bad things can happen.

    I think Norm Coleman — somebody told me Norm Coleman is here. Where’s Norm Coleman? (Applause.) Oh. (Inaudible.)

    You know, as an example, we just recently, as you know — the Golan Heights, we took care of that. And that’s been under study for, what, almost 50 years, I think. (Applause.) Fifty-two years. Fifty-two years. And we did that, and that’s very important for the security of Israel.

    And, of course, Jerusalem — moving the embassy. Not only moving it; I also built it. (Applause.) We got it done. We got that done. And we got that built for a little less. They thought it was going to take a billion-one. I got it built for $490,000. And they said, “How do you do that?” Well, we had a better location. Norm knows that. We ended up that we wanted to buy a very expensive piece of land that was in a bad location, and I said, “Don’t we have something better than this?” And our Ambassador, David Friedman, did a great job. He said, “Sir, we actually have a building that’s in a much better location. Why don’t we renovate it and make that the embassy?” We did it in about four months. And instead of spending $1.1 billion, we spent less than $500,000. (Applause.) We’re using all Jerusalem stone. And it opened four months later.

    We do many things like that; you just don’t read about it. And I’m going to introduce you to a couple of other people later, but I think what we’ll do is maybe we’ll go around the table a little bit and we’ll say hello to your friends and some of the folks that have done a fantastic job for Minnesota.

    And again, I want to reiterate something that’s different from what we’re talking about today. But I think you’ve been treated extremely unfairly with respect to immigration. Extremely unfairly. (Applause.) We’re going to change that. We’re changing that.

    Please, go ahead.

    MR. GAZITUA: Thank you, Mr. President. My name is Carlos Gazitua. I’m the President for Sergio’s Family Restaurants in Miami, Florida. Our business has been in business for over 44 years. I’m third generation running the business. It’s a woman-based organization that started in 1975. And now we currently have over 650 employees in just South Florida. (Applause.)

    I want to tell you that the tax cuts are working. Here’s what we’re doing: We’re investing in equipment, in technology. We’ve created jobs in our corporate infrastructure to create a franchise system and for our stores. And today, I am proud to announce, with you, that we’ll be offering 401(k)s to all of our employees —

    THE PRESIDENT: Great.

    MR. GAZITUA: — tomorrow. (Applause.)

    We are doing what the tax cuts were meant to do — a small business to compete against big investment: invest in our people, invest in growth.

    And to the right of me is first — Manny Rodriguez, our first franchisee, who signed the development deal to do 25 store in the next several years, adding hundreds of jobs to South Florida. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s great.

    MR. RODRIGUEZ: As Carlos said, my name is Manny Rodriguez. And before anything, thank you for letting us share our story and for everything you’ve accomplished since you’ve taken office.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

    MR. RODRIGUEZ: It’s been amazing. (Applause.)

    We were — I’m a son of Cuban immigrants that fled Cuba in the early 1960s. And thanks to this country, here we are.

    Thanks to the strong economy and the tax cuts, our employees are benefitting from higher wages, bonuses that they weren’t able to receive before; benefits that they weren’t able to receive before.

    We, as a company, have currently two restaurants out of the 25. We’re currently building three more. But thanks to the tax cuts, that expansion is going to accelerate, and hopefully soon we’ll be able to create an extra 500 jobs thanks to (inaudible). (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Manny. Thank you. And I’ll bet you that the one-year expensing has been one of the great things.

    You know, that’s something that nobody talks about, but it’s — to me, it’s one of the most important elements of what we got approved. Nobody thought that would be possible. But the one-year expensing has been very special.

    Tom Emmer, and perhaps you could say hello to and introduce a couple of your —

    REPRESENTATIVE EMMER: I will.

    THE PRESIDENT: — very good friends that are here from Congress that have done a fantastic job for other parts of Minnesota.

    REPRESENTATIVE EMMER: Well, thank you, Mr. President. I will. I was going to say, thank you for caring about Minnesota and making this your third trip to our great state in just the last year. (Applause.)

    Thank you for putting America and Americans first. We’ll always appreciate that. (Applause.)

    Thank you for your leadership in working with Republicans to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Thank you very much. And I want to say, I’m here because I got the opportunity to work with you and get it passed. I know I have two new members over there that would have voted for this if they had the opportunity: Jim Hagedorn from Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District and Pete Stauber from Minnesota’s 8th. (Applause.)

    Mr. President, I think people forget that it was a little bit more than two years ago that economic growth in this country was anemic. It was less than 2 percent. Americans were being told to get used to it and that our better days were behind us.

    Then came your administration that eliminated $33 billion in burdensome federal regulations and — (applause) — yeah. Republican Congress that teamed up with you and your administration to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

    Over the first nine months of this administration — your administration — our economy is now experiencing strong growth, the lowest unemployment in a half century. Americans are confident again. Americans are optimistic again. And in your words, Mr. President, America is winning again. So thank you. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: True. Thank you, Tom.

    REPRESENTATIVE EMMER: I could go on and on because you’ve got great entrepreneurs from all across the country that can talk about what misrepresented during the campaign last year. They talk about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as being a gift to the wealthy corporations and upper-income Americans. The ones I heard complaining were the upper-income, wealthy Americans saying, “You just cost me a whole bunch of money.”

    But you know what, Mr. President? They’re making more money. Middle-class America is making more money. They have more take-home pay. And we now have more jobs available in this country, because of your policies, than we have people to fill them.

    We got a lot of work left to do. The healthcare bill is one I can think of. And on the tax cuts, we still got to eliminate the Cadillac Tax and the healthcare tax. And we’ve got to take care of the medical device tax and make them permanent. And the individual tax cuts, we got to make those permanent.

    But a great start. And thank you for everything you’re doing. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.

    And we will always be protecting preexisting conditions. Remember that. That’s number one. Very, very important. Very important, right? (Applause.)

    Please, Jake.

    MR. BOLDEN: Hey, my name is Jake Bolden with Liberty Landscape Supply. We’re located in Jacksonville, Florida. I am the general manager of one of our retail locations. I have over 13 years industry experience.

    And because of the tax reform, our owner, Mike, was able to bring me on board with specific goals to expand our business presence in Jacksonville.

    And during my short four-month tenure with Mike, we’ve been able to — at my location, we’ve increased the number of employees from 7 to 15. We have seen 102 percent total revenue increase over the same period last year. And we’ve also invested 170,000 in capital investments: new trucks, machinery, stuff like that.

    And both Mike and I are extremely excited about the direction of our company and the future. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Jake. Thank you. Thank you very much.

    Mike?

    MR. ZAFFARONI: Thanks for having us, Mr. President. And we appreciate the opportunity to be here today. And thanks to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act for being able to hire more Jakes. That’s really what we’re looking forward to being able to do.

    I originally started — or bought this business in 2007. I had one employee. We’ve been fortunate to grow over the years. Of course, it’s been difficult and challenging.

    But at the time that the act was passed, we had 31 employees. So this is back in December of 2017. We have — well, I should say, as were driving here today, our 50th employee accepted the position, so we’re making — (applause) — making great progress towards continuing to add jobs here in America.

    We have invested in a number of new trucks. We bought our first tax-cut truck in February of last year. We have — (applause) — thank you.

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s good.

    MR. ZAFFARONI: We’ve since added two more tax-cut trucks. And Bob and I have an appointment after this meeting to talk about more trucks. (Laughter.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Good. Good luck.

    MR. ZAFFARONI: He wasn’t going to let me out of here without that.

    We — lastly, just on Friday, Mr. President, we received our very first — we were rewarded our very first multimillion-dollar contract, and it is — the performance bond is guaranteed by the SBA. So we’ve been able to kind of benefit from a bunch of the different initiatives that are going on during our presidency.

    So thank you very much. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Fantastic. Thank you very much. Good luck. That’s great.

    Megan?

    MS. BRUCKWAY: Thank you. First of all, Mr. President, I just want to thank you for taking the time to come to Minnesota and letting Nuss Truck & Equipment host this awesome opportunity. Even with the snow on the ground, hopefully you’re —

    THE PRESIDENT: It’s true.

    MS. BROCKWAY: — finding it comfortable.

    Well, I’m Megan Brockway, and I am the Human Resources Manager here at Nuss Truck & Equipment. I’ve been with the Nuss organization for five years and find it very rewarding. The Nuss family and organization is fantastic to work for. It’s a great place to work.

    I have two young kids at home, so some of the stuff that comes along with the tax cut act has really impacted my family.

    Born and raised in Minnesota. I live in small-town America, population of 3,000. So definitely have seen some real impacts from this.

    Working in human resources, I get the chance to work firsthand with many different employees and their families and hear the different stories. You know, one of the main things that I can acknowledge from when they first got their checks, after the 2017 tax cut act came into effect, was their take-home pay, seeing that disposable income — you know, seeing that they would have a little bit more to spend on things that they may have otherwise not been able to afford. So that’s been really great.

    And as a company, Nuss was able to give all employees in 2018 a bonus, regardless if they worked there for a day, they still received a bonus. So that was a really neat thing.

    And just to hear firsthand from the employees what they were able to spend that money on — you know, a lot of people would say that they were able to have extra great Christmas family with their family, maybe donate more to charity, invest in their kids’ college expenses, maybe 401(k), you know, up that contribution a little bit.

    So it’s been really great to see what people have been able to do with that extra money that they’re getting and just to see how it benefits the Nuss organization as well.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. That’s beautiful. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

    And Bob is a great man to work for, right? And his family.

    MS. BROCKWAY: Absolutely.

    THE PRESIDENT: Good. Good.

    MR. NUSS: Thank you, Mr. President. I — again, it’s great to have you here and talk about our business and to talk about the story.

    I’ve been in the industry 50 years this year, and started working at my dad’s dealership in Rockford, Illinois, back in 1969 as a parts manager. I graduated from college at St. Cloud State University here in Minnesota. (Applause.)

    The economy in Rockford, Illinois, where we lived — in ’73, the economy was getting very slow. And as you might know, Rockford was the second largest machine tool center in the world after the ’50s and ’60s. And you saw the degradation of the jobs that left and the factories that are boarded up. And when you combine that with the location we had, when my dad wanted to retire, I said, “We’re going to come to Minnesota.”

    And I came up here, managed the — so we’re continuously over 50 years in the business, from ’59, when my dad became a dealer — more than 50. And anyway, what we did was, I bought the dealership. I came up — there was a dozen employees in 1979. And today, we have over 350 employees in eight locations. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Great.

    MR. NUSS: And we’re — as Megan said, we talk about the 401(k) and trying to bring — incentivize our employees. And, like, a lot of businesses, wait for somebody to be in there a year or so, and they’re limited on what they can put in. We established the auto enroll, and we went from 65 percent participation to 98, overnight. Which, when you look at all the employee — I can remember when that 401(k) for all of our employees, when it hit a million dollars, I thought, “Wow, we’re…” — well, it’s over $23 million today. And it’s our employees’ money. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Wow. That’s what’s happening. Thank you, Bob. Thank you very much.

    Please.

    MR. BONVINO: My name is Chris Bonvino. First of all, thank you, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Chris.

    MR. BONVINO: This is quite an honor for us. This is Ross Cooney, Operations Manager. We’re with Gemini Athletic Wear. We are the — one of the largest hockey jersey manufacturers in the country. (Applause.)

    I started the business at 25, in my apartment, and we’ve grown significantly since.

    The tax cuts — we have to ask our accountants, really, to explain them to us. We’re not Steve Mnuchins. We do our best. But at any rate, we looked at it and, you know, we said, we’re going to have a quite a bit of money left over. It was substantial for us. Those crumbs that they pejoratively talked about really were not crumbs to us.

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

    MR. BONVINO: Ross could probably agree to that. But Ross is 32 years old, very good at what he does. He’s been with me for six years. He is — because of the tax break, the tax reduction that we got on the amount we pay, he’s going to buy his first home. And I’m so proud as a business owner. (Applause.) You know, you — (applause) —

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. Thank you. Go ahead, please.

    MR. COONEY: Yes, hi. I’m Ross Cooney, Operations Manager for Chris Bonvino. Immediately, thanks to the tax act, I immediately saw bigger paychecks. With the cuts to small businesses, received a significant pay raise, as well as bonus. And be living the American Dream soon, being a first-time homeowner.

    So thank you very much, Mr. President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Ross. (Applause.) Thank you. Congratulations.

    Steve?

    SECRETARY MNUCHIN: Mr. President, I just want to say, I remember during the campaign, sitting around tables like this and listening to business people. And you promised when you were elected that you would deliver tax cuts. You promised economic growth. And thank you. You’ve delivered on those promises. (Applause.)

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you.

    Please.

    MS. RANKER: I guess it’s my turn. Hi, Mr. President, thank you for inviting me here. I’m actually quite humbled to be here, to be honest with you, listening to all the stories here. My name is Kristen Ranker. I own a very small corner market in Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania. That’s about 45 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh.

    I just have one location. I have about four to five employees, including myself. So — and the employees that I do have are — the majority of the time are single moms, college students, high school students, things like that. Pretty much knowing that my business is not so much a career, as much I get to pretty much train them as far as like customer service and actually learning certain things that we just take for granted, we think people know.

    The location I’m at has actually been — there’s always been a corner market or a company store there since the 1800s. So when I was told that, I was actually thrilled knowing that I’m actually part of history as long as I keep it going. And because of the small business tax deduction, I didn’t get to buy equipment or hire hundreds of employees, but — and I was actually able to continue to sustain the business that I have, because it has been rough for us. Only because of the business that these gentlemen do — the people, their employees weren’t coming into my store. So with those breaks and those things, and buying the equipment, and (inaudible) the jobs, I actually get to sell them their milk, bread, eggs, and cheese, and I’m kind of happy with that.

    THE PRESIDENT: That’s great. (Applause.)

    MS. RANKER: So I do thank you for that, Mr. President. Thank you.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.

    Mr. POMA: Mr. President, my name is Vic Poma. I’m father of eight. Twenty grandchildren. I’m Vice President of Universal Plumbing & Heating in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company has been in business for 55 years.

    With the tax cuts, we were able — with tax reform, we were able to give all of our employees bonuses. We’ve bought new vehicles, purchased complete new computers, iPads for the field to make us more profitable. We’ve been able to reinvest in our company.

    And I want to thank you for the support to the American people, American companies. I appreciate it. And thank you. And stay your course.

    THE PRESIDENT: I will.

    Mr. POMA: Thank you very much. Thank you.

    THE PRESIDENT: I will. (Applause.)

    Please.

    MR. KERZETSKI: Good afternoon, Mr. President. My name is David Kerzetski. I’m with Universal Plumbing from Las Vegas, Nevada.

    And I don’t know if you remember, but we’ve met one time during the caucusing at the high school when you went there. I got to shake your hand and get a picture with you and everything. You’re very personable and I can’t stop talking about you.

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, that’s nice. (Laughter and applause.) I hope that doesn’t change. Thank you.

    MR. KERZETSKI: I’m a third-generation plumber. Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. I’ve been working 25 years in the trades to help ensure the health and safety of a nation through our plumbing systems.

    I also have been teaching 12 years in our apprenticeship program, our PHCC national apprentice program. I’ve been thinking about it. I can remember, three years ago, we couldn’t find enough apprentices to fill our class. Now we don’t have enough — a big enough building for the amount of guys that want to come work in the trades. (Applause.)

    So what you’ve done with the tax and jobs reform has really boosted our economy in Vegas, and we saw it overnight go from nothing to, you know, 60 miles an hour. It’s unbelievable. And without that, I don’t know where we would be at. We’ve gone from 15 to 35 employees in our company, and from 30 apprentices to over 85 apprentices in our program.

    THE PRESIDENT: Wow, that’s great.

    MR. KERZETSKI: And without the trades and without the infrastructure, the country wouldn’t be possible. And we want to thank you for that.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, David. That’s great. Thank you. (Applause.)

    Jovita?

    TREASURER CARRANZA: Mr. President, as much as I love to serve with you, he’s offering $50 an hour now in his plumbing trade. (Laughter.) They start low but they end up high. So congratulations. We had a little conversation there.

    But I am very grateful — very privileged to be sitting here before you and then in support of the President — President Trump’s pro-growth policies.

    He premised a very comprehensive package — pro-growth package, as Secretary Mnuchin has indicated — which included not only the tax reductions or tax cuts, but also the regulatory reforms as well as reciprocal trading — trade agreements. And I think you have delivered on all of them and then some.

    And so, I’m here to applaud everyone here in this roundtable that have done so well and that are just — are just starting out. Because this is our only second year in this process. So thank you very much, President.

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, Jovita. (Applause.) And good luck in your new position. You’re doing to do fantastic.

    So, to the great people of Minnesota, we’re working with your local government who unfortunately is opposing us and you on this. The pipeline. You know about the pipeline and the pipelines. Very important that we get that approved. I think it’s something that will bring down your cost and bring down the cost for the whole country. For some reason, Democrats don’t like pipelines. They don’t like energy. But we’re working on it and you’re going to be very happy with the result.

    The Iron Range is so important, and that is really big. And that’s in final stages. And it’s already moving along beyond anything anybody could have even anticipated. It was a closed subject. And that’s good for you, but it’s great for the nation because you have the best there is in the world sitting there, right there, and a lot of people going back to work. So that’s very important.

    And — (applause) — and again, you see what’s happening at the border and you know how unfairly you’ve been treated as a state. And you’ve really been treated unfairly. And I just want to let you now it’s all changing. We’re doing very well.

    We have to — it would be a lot easier if Congress would get together and the Democrats would agree to get rid of these loopholes. These horrible and foolish loopholes: catch and release and chain migration and visa lottery. You take people out of a lottery; you bring them into the country. What do you think — I mean, who do you think these countries are giving us? They’re not giving us their finest, that I can tell you. So it’s just insane.

    And, of course, asylum. Asylum is a ridiculous situation. People come in, they read a line from a lawyer that a lawyer hands them out online. They read it. You look at some of these people; you want protection from them. And they’re saying, “We need protection from our country.” In the meantime, they’re carrying their country’s flag thousands — 2,000 miles walking up the journey. It’s a big con job. That’s what it is. (Applause.)

    And Congress — and Congress has to get smart. And honestly, when I say, “Congress,” I can’t blame the Republicans. The Republicans want to do it. But you need the votes of the Democrats. You need 60 votes in the Senate, and we’re a little bit short in the House. We can retake the House. I think, over this issue, I think we can retake. Look, as soon as we do, we’re going to get this straightened out. (Applause.)

    So I just want to thank — it’s been an incredible experience for me being in Minnesota. I have so many friends here anyway. But I just want to thank the people of Minnesota and everybody for making this day possible. I mean, you have to see outside to believe what’s going on. This was supposed to be a little roundtable, as they call it. And this is wonderful. But you have to see what’s happening outside. You wouldn’t believe it. And it’s beautiful. I see American flags waving all over. I see everybody.

    You know, the — (applause) — right? And a lot of the — a lot of the public doesn’t really get the picture because, you know, you could have 10,000 people pro and two people against. And those two people will make the front page of the papers. “Why are you against the President?” (Laughter.) But everybody gets it. Everybody gets what’s going on.

    There’s a great movement in this country, and it started with that very special day in November. Remember that day? Was that a great day? (Applause.) November. November 2016.

    And we actually did very well in ’18 also. We won the Senate. We got extra seats in the Senate. We had a lot of victories: Ohio and Georgia and Florida and Oklahoma. And lots of states and the governorships. And I went out and campaigned a lot, and we had a very, very high record of success wherever we went. Couldn’t campaign for everybody in the House, I’m sorry, Tom. But the ones we campaigned for, they did very well, generally speaking, I guess.

    And we’re going to have an election coming up. I think that that’s going to be something — it’s going to be really a carry forward from what we did in ’16. It’s going to be a great carry forward. And it’s going to be, I think, also a very, very special day.

    You know, we had the theme, “Make American Great Again.” That’s what we’ve done. We’ve made American great again. We’re not only winning again, as Tom said, but we’re respected again as a nation. We’re respected again. (Applause.)

    And all of these countries — including allies, people that I like very much — they — I say, “How did this happen? How were you allowed to do this to our country?” You look at trade deals where we lose on every one of them. Practically every one of them. There’s not a trade deal we have that’s any good. And $25 billion here, $60 billion here.

    With China, $375 billion lost a year. Nobody even believes it. We rebuilt China, just so you understand. We rebuilt China. They did a hell of a job, but they did it using our money. And how they could have allowed that to happen, our previous representatives — and I’m not just talking about President Obama; I’m talking about many of them — how they could have allowed that to happen to our country is disgraceful. But we’re turning it around. And we’re in the throes and the, you know, really, pretty final stages. We’ll see what happens.

    Look, we’re going to win either way. We’re either going to win by getting a deal, and we also win if we don’t get a deal, because we do other things. But that we were put in this position.

    And North Korea, that’s moving along. You know, when I came in, we were — there were missiles going all over the place, there was nuclear testing. Mountains were being moved over a little bit. Mountains. They said, “Boy, that’s terrible what’s happening over there.” They thought it was earthquakes. I said, “That’s not an earthquake. That’s called nuclear testing.”

    But I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un. He just said the other day he looks forward to more talk. Talk is okay. Talk is okay. They’ve been talking for a long time.

    You know, it’s interesting, we’ve been talking now — we were in Singapore, what, a year ago. And so we’ve been doing this for a pretty short period of time. They’ve been talking for many, many years. For decades. And we’ve done a great job there.

    It’s interesting when the media said, “It’s not moving fast enough.” Well, what about the last 40 years? Nobody talks about that. (Laughter.) For 40 years, they don’t talk about it. With me, it’s like nine months. “Why isn’t it moving?” I don’t want it to move fast. It doesn’t have to move fast. Right now it’s moving along just perfectly. And we have a good relationship. The sanctions are on. We got our hostages back. We got — (applause) — our remains are coming back. And there’s a lot of constructive things going on.

    And you could look at many other things. Middle East — we took over 100 percent of the caliphate. A hundred percent. ISIS. The ISIS caliphate. (Applause.)

    And when I took over two and a half years ago, you look at that map and you see ISIS was all over the place. And you never say you won, because you have a couple of whack-jobs who go blow up a store and people get killed. They blow up something else, people get killed. They’re crazy. They’re whacky. They’re bad people. And we’re going to make sure it happens as little as possible.

    But you can never claim victory because you always have a nut-job someplace that’s going to do something, okay? I don’t want to be in a position, “Oh, he said 100 percent.” Well, we do have — we have 100 percent of the land, of the area. A hundred percent. We took it over very quickly. Very quickly. But you always have somebody out there, so we don’t want to be put in a positon where we say “100 percent” and then somebody gets killed by some mad maniac.

    So I will just tell you, Minnesota, I’m with you a 1,000 percent, not 100. But 1,000 percent. (Applause.) And I think you would say — even Minnesota would say — more importantly, I’m with this country 1,000 percent, okay? Because we love our country. (Applause.) And great things are happening. And I just want to thank everybody for being here today. Very special day for me. I hope everything works out well.

    We all want to extend our regards and our hopes and God bless you to Paris and to France. What they’re going through, it’s just — you’ll go back and you’ll see what’s happening. It’s a very, very sad thing. I’ve never quite — I mean, you take a look at this. This is one of the true catastrophes. And hopefully they did better than they were doing when I left the plane, but it was not a good situation with respect to Notre Dame Cathedral.

    Thank you all very much. It’s a great honor to be with you. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

    END

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    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers to resolve their significant tax debts to avoid putting their passports in jeopardy. They should contact the IRS now to avoid delays in their travel plans later.

    Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the IRS notifies the State Department (State) of taxpayers certified as owing a seriously delinquent tax debt, which is currently $52,000 or more. The law then requires State to deny their passport application or renewal. If a taxpayer currently has a valid passport, State may revoke the passport or limit a taxpayer’s
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes nine Health Hacks for Back-to-School Success

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes nine Health Hacks for Back-to-School Success | site |


    CDC says Research shows healthy students are better learners


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today (August 8, 2019), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    To have a great school year, kids need to stay healthy. Healthy students are better learners. CDC has tips and resources for parents and schools to help children and teens get fit and stay healthy whether they’re just starting kindergarten or heading off to high school.

    “As a parent and grandparent, I know that back-to-school time is a busy time. Yet, I encourage parents and
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    Joint Statement by the Governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the Truce in Libya

    Joint Statement by the Governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the Truce in Libya | site |



    (August 11, 2019) - - Today (August 11, 2019), the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the information and text listed below:

    The following is the text of a joint statement by the governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom,... read more
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    Departments of Commerce and Transportation Announce 109 Million Dollars in Grants to Modernize 911 Services for States and Tribal Nations

    U.S. Departments of Commerce and Transportation Announce $109 Million in Grants to Modernize 911 Services for States and Tribal Nations | site |



    (August 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced more than $109 million in grants to 34 states and two tribal nations as part of the 911 Grant Program, which will help 911 call centers upgrade to Next Generation 911 capabilities.

    The funding will power basic improvements such as providing digital and IP network capabilities to 911 emergency call centers and will assist implementation of advanced mapping systems that will make it easier to identify a 911 caller’s location. NG911 will help 911 call centers manage call overload, as call-takers will be able to transfer calls, messages and data between public safety answering points that are interconnected to the IP network. The 911 Grant Program also provides funding for training costs directly related to NG911 implementation.

    “Advances in public safety technology will allow critical information to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 networks and on to first responders,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These 911 grant awards are a significant step toward a faster, more resilient emergency system.”
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches August Women’s Health Mini Residency Program

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs launches August Women’s Health Mini Residency Program | site |


    VA says the initiative offers unique training experience to those caring for women Veterans.


    (August 9, 2019) - - Today (August 9, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partners with the University of
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    U.S. Department of State addresses Presidential Elections in Guatemala

    U.S. Department of State addresses Presidential Elections in Guatemala | site |



    (August 12, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State reported that U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo issued the following statement:


    The United States congratulates Alejandro Giammattei on his election as the next president of Guatemala. We commend the people of Guatemala for their
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    U.S. Homeland Security Press Conference in Yuma, AZ on August 8, 2019

    U.S. Homeland Security Press Conference in Yuma, AZ on August 8, 2019 | site |



    (August 9, 2019) - - Today (August 9, 2019), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following transcript of a press conference held in Yuma, AZ on August 8, 2019:

    Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik:

    Well. Good morning. Well, thank you all and welcome. Thank you all for braving the Arizona summer heat to be out here with us today. We have a little bit of shade here.

    I want to say that I'm honored to introduce the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan. Secretary McAleenan was designated as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security by President Trump on April 8th, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after U.S. Senate confirmation in
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    Remarks of Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks at Comcast Internet Essentials Expansion Kickoff Event

    Remarks of Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks at Comcast Internet Essentials Expansion Kickoff Event | site |


    (August 7, 2019) - - Today (August 7, 2019) the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:




    REMARKS OF
    COMMISSIONER GEOFFREY STARKS
    COMCAST INTERNET ESSENTIALS EXPANSION KICKOFF EVENT
    MIAMI, FL
    AUGUST 6, 2019

    Thank you, David, for that introduction and for inviting me here today. Thank you also
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces Agenda and Panelists for 2019 Small Business Forum in Omaha

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces Agenda and Panelists for 2019 Small Business Forum in Omaha | site |



    (August 7, 2019) - - Today (August 7, 2019), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:


    Washington D.C., Aug. 7, 2019 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the agenda and panelists for the 2019 Government-Business Forum on
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    U.S. General Services Administration releases FY 2020 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers

    U.S. General Services Administration releases FY 2020 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers | site |



    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration today released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 travel per diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2019. By law,... read more
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    Corrected: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs

    Corrected: U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Ombudsman For Federal Contract Compliance Programs | site |


    (August 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the appointment of the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Ombudsman, Marcus Stergio. OFCCP first... read more
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    U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus provides Information in August 8, 2019 Briefing

    U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus provides Information in August 8, 2019 Briefing | site |



    Washington, DC - - (August 8, 2019) - - Today (August 8, 2019), the U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of information provided in a briefing (in the Press Room) by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

    Okay, let’s get going. I’d like to turn to Secretary Pompeo’s recent trip to Asia, which is a very successful effort that underscored the United States firm commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region. This trip allowed the Secretary to personally reinforce America’s support for our allies and partners in the region, as well as our commitment to effective, meaningful multilateralism.

    In Bangkok, the Secretary participated in the ASEAN-U.S. Ministerial, the ASEAN Regional Forum Ministerial, the East Asia Summit Ministerial, and the Lower Mekong Initiative, which has just celebrated the tenth anniversary. The Secretary held very positive bilateral meetings with a variety of his counterparts, including leaders from Thailand, the Philippines, China, and India. He also participated in a trilateral meeting with foreign ministers of Japan and South Korea as well as a trilateral meeting with Australia and Japan, after which those three nations released a statement expressing serious concerns about negative developments in the South China Sea.

    Our diplomacy within ASEAN nations has been consistently guided by our desire for partnership, our respect for sovereignty, and a shared commitment to the rule of law, human rights, and sustainable economic growth – all points the Secretary reiterated in his speech at the Siam Society in Bangkok, which I’d encourage everyone to read.

    In Sydney, the Secretary underscored our ironclad commitment to Australia, an unbreakable alliance based on shared democratic values and overlapping strategic interests. Secretary Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Esper led the U.S. delegation to AUSMIN, the Australian-U.S. Ministerial consultations, and discussed shared priorities – our work to achieve our shared vision for a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific; the denuclearization of North Korea; freedom of navigation and global shipping and air lanes; the eradication of ISIS and other terrorist groups; and the campaign to counter foreign interference in our elections.

    And finally, in Micronesia, Secretary Pompeo was warmly welcomed and became the first secretary of state to visit to the Federated States of Micronesia, where he stressed the importance of our decades-old partnership with the freely associated states and our continued support for the security, economic development, and prosperity of the region. Secretary Pompeo announced the United States’ intent to begin negotiating amendments to certain provisions of the Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands and our intent to begin the compact review discussions with Palau.

    Next I’d like to go – it has been 11 years since Russia’s military invasion of Georgia, when hundreds were killed or injured and over 190,000 civilians were displaced. For many, the impact of the conflict continues. Livelihoods remain destroyed; families remain separated; freedom of movement has not been restored; and property has not been returned. Within the last 24 hours, we received reports that Russian-backed de facto authorities have started the process of borderization at a village near a South Ossetia administrative boundary line. If completed, this action would cut the village off from its irrigation system. These actions are a threat to peace and stability.

    As today’s actions show, Russia consistently violates the Georgian people’s right to security and property. Further, Russia’s invasion and occupation of 20 percent of Georgian
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    Treasury and IRS Issue Improved Form W-4 for 2020 to Simplify Filing and Increase Transparency

    Treasury and IRS Issue Improved Form W-4 for 2020 to Simplify Filing and Increase Transparency | site |



    (August 9, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury provided (today) the following information:

    Washington—Today, the Treasury Department and the IRS introduced a redesigned Form W-4 for tax year 2020. Several changes were made to the draft form based on extensive feedback from stakeholders with the goal of... read more
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    U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant for Disaster Response after Severe Storms and Flooding in Arkansas

    U.S. Department of Labor Awards National Dislocated Worker Grant for Disaster Response after Severe Storms and Flooding in Arkansas | site |


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor provided the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today approved Disaster Recovery National Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) funding of up to $5,411,294,... read more
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    Federal Housing Administration to Promote Greater Residential and Commercial Development in Opportunity Zones

    Federal Housing Administration to Promote Greater Residential and Commercial Development in Opportunity Zones | site |


    (August 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - To stimulate greater multifamily residential and commercial development in Opportunity Zones, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson today announced the Federal Housing... read more
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    National Institutes of Health-funded Study will Test Seasonal Flu Vaccines with Two Experimental Adjuvants

    National Institutes of Health-funded Study will Test Seasonal Flu Vaccines with Two Experimental Adjuvants | site |


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    An early-stage clinical trial is evaluating two licensed seasonal influenza vaccines, administered with or without novel adjuvants, for their safety and ability to generate an immune response. Adjuvants are compounds added to vaccines to induce stronger and longer-lasting immune responses. The Phase 1 study is enrolling healthy... read more
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    Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt to Lead U.S. Delegation to Tuvalu for Partners Dialogue at the Pacific Islands Forum

    Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt to Lead U.S. Delegation to Tuvalu for Partners Dialogue at the Pacific Islands Forum | site |


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt will lead a U.S. government delegation—comprised of senior officials from the White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Indo-Pacific
    ... read more
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements in 10 States

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure Improvements in 10 States | site |


    USDA says Investments will Benefit 213,295 Residents and Businesses


    (August 9, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe today announced that USDA is investing $181 million to upgrade rural electric... read more
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Awards Contract for Region 4 of Community Care Network to Increase Veteran Access to Health Care

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Awards Contract for Region 4 of Community Care Network to Increase Veteran Access to Health Care | site |



    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded a contract Aug. 6 to TriWest Healthcare Alliance to serve as Third Party Administrator in managing Region 4 of VA’s new Community Care Network... read more
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Final Statement of Enforcement Priorities Regarding Service Animals on Flights

    U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Final Statement of Enforcement Priorities Regarding Service Animals on Flights | site |



    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued a Final Statement of Enforcement Priorities Regarding Service Animals that provides greater clarity to passengers, airlines, and other stakeholders about the DOT’s interpretation and enforcement of the existing service animal rules.

    In this Final Statement, the Department’s Enforcement Office
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    State Department Hosts Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Minerals, Responsible Sourcing, and the Jewelry Supply Chain

    State Department Hosts Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment: Minerals, Responsible Sourcing, and the Jewelry Supply Chain | site |



    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:


    The State Department’s Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs hosted a conference today entitled Women’s Economic Empowerment: Minerals, Responsible Sourcing, and
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    Federal Communications Commission Establishes New Digital Opportunity Data Collection

    Federal Communications Commission Establishes New Digital Opportunity Data Collection | site |



    Will Collect Granular Geospatial Data Critical to Identifying Gaps in Fixed Broadband Availability


    (August 6, 2019) - - Today (August 6, 2019), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued the following information:

    WASHINGTON, August 1, 2019—Moving to better identify gaps in broadband coverage across the nation, the Federal Communications Commission today initiated a new process for collecting
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    Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XIX, South Asia

    Office of the Historian, Foreign Service Institute Release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XIX, South Asia | site |



    (August 8. 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    The Department of State released today Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977–1980, Volume XIX, South Asia. This volume is
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Codify Exemption to Credit Rating Agency Rule

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Codify Exemption to Credit Rating Agency Rule | site |



    (August 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Aug. 7, 2019 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it has voted to adopt rule amendments codifying an existing exemption for credit rating agencies registered with the Commission as nationally recognized statistical rating organizations (NRSROs).

    Rule 17g-5(a)(3) under the Securities Exchange Act provides for
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    Trump Administration Officials Visit Bloomington, IN as Baxter Signs Pledge to America's Workers

    Trump Administration Officials Visit Bloomington, IN as Baxter Signs Pledge to America's Workers | site |


    (August 2, 2019) - - Today (August 2, 2019), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:

    Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Joe Grogan visited Baxter International Inc.’s Bloomington, Indiana facility where Baxter
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    Department of Homeland Security Rescinds Public Notice Regarding Security Conditions at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila

    Department of Homeland Security Rescinds Public Notice Regarding Security Conditions at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila | site |


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON–Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan ordered today, effective immediately, rescission of the Public Notice regarding
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 24 States

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 24 States | site |


    Investments will Benefit 133,000 Residents in Rural Communities


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe today announced that USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud | state |



    (August 7, 2019) - - Today (August 7, 2019), the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson reported that Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Saudi Crown Prince
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    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Completes South American Trip

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Completes South American Trip | site |


    The Secretary Magnified the Importance of Strong U.S. Ties to the Region


    (August 8, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce provided the following information:

    From July 29th to August 6th, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross visited three South American countries – Brazil, Argentina, and Peru – in order to further solidify the strong... read more
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    Federal Election Commission addresses Use of Campaign Funds for Childcare Expenses

    Federal Election Commission addresses Use of Campaign Funds for Childcare Expenses | site |



    In the Mary Jennings Hegar case Opinion, the Federal Election Commission said campaign funds may be used to pay for a candidate’s childcare expenses that are incurred as a direct result of campaign activity.



    (August 1, 2019) - - In Advisory Opinion 2019-13 (AO 2019-13), the Federal Election Commission... read more
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    Dana Schulze Named Director of National Transportation Safety Board Office of Aviation Safety

    Dana Schulze Named Director of National Transportation Safety Board Office of Aviation Safety | site |





    Dana Schulze



    (July 25, 2019) - - Today (July 25, 2019), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:

    ​WASHINGTON (July 25, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday a change in leadership
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    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Annual Publication Examines Potential Credit and Market Risks

    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Annual Publication Examines Potential Credit and Market Risks | site |



    (July 30, 2019) - - Today (July 30, 2019). the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation published the following information:

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) today published its 2019 Risk Review, an annual publication highlighting emerging risks and exposures in the banking system. The publication will be... read more
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    Federal Communications Commission Bans Malicious Caller ID Spoofing of Text Messages and Foreign Robocalls

    Federal Communications Commission Bans Malicious Caller ID Spoofing of Text Messages and Foreign Robocalls | site |


    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON, August 1, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules banning malicious caller ID spoofing of text messages and foreign calls. These new rules will close a loophole in the law that
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Transcript of August 6, 2019 Press Briefing titled, CDC Vital Signs: Naloxone

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Transcript of August 6, 2019 Press Briefing titled, CDC Vital Signs: Naloxone | site |


    (August 7, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following uneditied* version of their August 6, 2019, CDC Vital Signs: Naloxone press briefing transcript:


    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    OPERATOR: Welcome, and thank you for standing by. All participants win in listen-only mode until the question-and-answer session. At that time, please press star-one. Please unmute your phone and record your name at the prompt. Today’s conference is being recorded. If you have any objections, you may disconnect at this time. I would now like to turn the call over to your host, Kathy Harben, you may begin.

    MODERATOR: Thank you, Malinda, and thank you all for joining us today for the release of a new CDC Vital Signs, which covers trends in pharmacy-based dispensing of naloxone. We’re joined today by CDCs Principal Deputy Director, Dr. Anne Schuchat. She will share key findings from the Vital
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    Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab

    Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo And United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab | site |


    Washington, DC - - (August 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided a transcript of remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. The following remarks were made in the Treaty Room:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone.

    It’s my pleasure to welcome Foreign Secretary Raab – Dominic – on your first visit to the United States in your new role. Great to have you with us. I enjoyed our first conversation today here in Washington, although we had already spoken a couple times before that.

    As everyone knows, this relationship is truly special. I said that in
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    U.S. Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Yuma, AZ

    U.S. Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Yuma, AZ | site |


    (August 7, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will be traveling to Yuma, AZ to meet with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Arizona National Guard... read more
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Agency Efforts to Reduce Risk from Cash-out Refinance Lending

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Agency Efforts to Reduce Risk from Cash-out Refinance Lending | site |


    FHA and Ginnie Mae seek to preserve homeowner equity and, boost investor confidence


    (August 1, 2019) - - Today (August 1, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced joint policy actions designed to reduce risk
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    U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Changes To Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

    U.S. Department of Labor Seeks Public Comment on Changes To Family and Medical Leave Act Forms | site |



    (August 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 60-day period for public comment on proposed revisions to optional use forms that the Department’s Wage and... read more
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    Joint Statement on the Ministerial Meeting of the United States, Greece, Republic of Cyprus, and Israel Regarding Cooperation in the Field of Energy

    Joint Statement on the Ministerial Meeting of the United States, Greece, Republic of Cyprus, and Israel Regarding Cooperation in the Field of Energy | site |


    (August 7, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    The text of the following statement was released by the governments of the United States of America, the Hellenic Republic, the Republic of Cyprus, and the State of Israel regarding cooperation
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hosts Initiative that Assists in Securing Financial Futures for Veterans, Service Members and their Families

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hosts Initiative that Assists in Securing Financial Futures for Veterans, Service Members and their Families | site |


    (August 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:


    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will host the Economic Investment (EI) Initiative Puget Sound 2019, Aug. 6 – 8 at the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Washington, to help those who serve or have served in uniform find continued success in civilian life.... read more
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    U.S Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Upcoming Awards of more than 400 Million Dollars in Grants to Help Veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Announces Upcoming Awards of more than $400 Million in Grants to Help Veterans who are Homeless or At Risk of Homelessness | site |



    (August 1, 2019) - - Today (August 1, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members will continue to have access to crucial homelessness services as
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    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement to Examine Building a Versatile Test Reactor in the U.S.

    U.S. Department of Energy Announces Preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement to Examine Building a Versatile Test Reactor in the U.S. | site |



    (August 5, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Energy published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register announcing that the... read more
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Release Mitigation Funds in two Tranches

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Release Mitigation Funds in two Tranches | site |


    (August 2, 2019) - - Today (August 2, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a Federal Register notice will
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    Dorel Juvenile Group USA Recalls Inclined Sleepers Due to Safety Concerns About Inclined Sleep Products

    Dorel Juvenile Group USA Recalls Inclined Sleepers Due to Safety Concerns About Inclined Sleep Products | site |


    (July 31 2019) - - The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning that certain types of inclined sleep products can be dangerous. The specific class of products being currenlty addressed are inclined sleep products for children.

    Information published by CPSC includes the following:




    Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet (Model BT055CSY)





    Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet (Model BT071DHS)



    Name
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    U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Plumbing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards Following Fatality

    U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Plumbing Contractor For Exposing Employees to Trenching Hazards Following Fatality | site |


    (August 2, 2019) - - Today (August 2, 2019), the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    DAYTON, OH ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Payne Enterprises Inc. – a plumbing contractor based in Dayton, Ohio
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    IRS, Treasury issue Guidance on Making or Revoking the Bonus Depreciation Elections

    IRS, Treasury issue Guidance on Making or Revoking the Bonus Depreciation Elections | site |


    (July 31, 2019) - - Today (July 31, 2019), the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued a revenue procedure allowing a taxpayer to make a late election, or to revoke an election, under section 168(k) for certain property acquired by the taxpayer after September 27, 2017, and... read more
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    U.S. State Department says The United States Imposes Maximum Pressure on Former Maduro Regime

    U.S. State Department says The United States Imposes Maximum Pressure on "Former Maduro Regime" | site |


    (August 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:


    On August 5, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order blocking all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator

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    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    Washington – The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to analyze the exchange rate policies of other countries. Under Section 3004 of the Act, the Secretary must "consider... read more
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    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Department of Transportation Tentatively Grants Antitrust Immunity for Delta-Air France-KLM-Virgin Atlantic Joint Venture

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces Department of Transportation Tentatively Grants Antitrust Immunity for Delta-Air France-KLM-Virgin Atlantic Joint Venture | site |


    Tentative decision is subject to conditions that will protect competition and consumers


    (August 2, 2019) - - Today (August 2, 2019), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:
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    NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST ON AUGUST 7

    NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST ON AUGUST 7


    FEMA and the FCC Remind the Public About Upcoming Test Alert
    on TVs and Radios


    (August 5, 2019) - - Today (August 5, 2019), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON, August 5, 2019—FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, reminds the public that it will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency
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    U.S. Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Met with Officials in Guatemala City to Further Implement DHS Initiatives

    U.S. Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Met with Officials in Guatemala City to Further Implement DHS Initiatives | site |



    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON–Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, departed Guatemala City last Thursday after engaging... read more
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    Federal Reserve Announces Plan to Develop a New Round-the-clock Real-time Payment and Settlement Service to Support Faster Payments

    Federal Reserve Announces Plan to Develop a New Round-the-clock Real-time Payment and Settlement Service to Support Faster Payments | site |


    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:

    The Federal Reserve Board on Monday announced that the Federal Reserve Banks will develop a new round-the-clock real-time payment and settlement service, called the FedNow℠ Service, to support faster
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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on U.S. and E.U. Beef Agreement

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on U.S. and E.U. Beef Agreement | site |



    (August 2, 2019) - - Today (August 2, 2019), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., August 2, 2019) - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after an agreement was signed between the United
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    U.S. State Department refers to Australia and the United States as An Alliance for the Future

    U.S. State Department refers to Australia and the United States as An Alliance for the Future | site |


    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:


    Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Marise Payne, Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper met for AUSMIN 2019 in Sydney on 4 August 2019. The Ministers and Secretaries set a path forward for the Australia–U.S. alliance to build a secure, prosperous future. The two countries intend to work together to:

    INDO-PACIFIC PROSPERITY AND STABILITY:

    • Provide principles-based, sustainable and inclusive infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific, including through the Australia-Japan-US Trilateral Infrastructure Partnership. Following the successful trilateral mission to Papua New Guinea, both sides intend to support a Trilateral Infrastructure Partnership mission to Southeast Asia in the second half of 2019




    • Build effective institutions and governance through coordinated
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Clayton Announces Event for Main Street Investors in Chicago

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Clayton Announces Event for Main Street Investors in Chicago | site |


    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:

    Washington D.C., Aug. 5, 2019 — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton today announced an event for Main Street investors to be held in Chicago on Thursday, August 15.

    Chairman
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Still Not Enough Naloxone Where It’s Most Needed

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Still Not Enough Naloxone Where It’s Most Needed | site |


    Despite huge overall increase in prescribing, more needed in rural areas


    (August 6, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information;

    The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves lives – but only if it’s readily available when an overdose occurs.

    Despite a huge increase in naloxone prescribing in recent years, CDC researchers report in the latest Vital Signs study published today that far too little naloxone is being dispensed in many areas of the country that need it the most.
    ... read more
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    U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Spotlights Maine Businesses Signing the Pledge To America’s Workers and Visits Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

    U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Spotlights Maine Businesses Signing the Pledge To America’s Workers and Visits Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge | site |


    (July 24, 2019) - - Today (July 24, 2019), the U.S. Department of the Interior published the following information:

    Portland, ME - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt highlighted outdoor recreation during a visit to the Sterling Rope Company, where he was joined by representatives from the Sterling Rope Company, Good To-Go, and Flowfold for a signing of President... read more
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    Federal Communications Commission updates Cable Franchising Rules to Promote Broadband Deployment by Cable Operators

    Federal Communications Commission updates Cable Franchising Rules to Promote Broadband Deployment by Cable Operators | site |



    (August 2, 2019) - - Today (August 2, 2019), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the following information:

    WASHINGTON, August 1, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules to promote broadband investment and deployment. Specifically, the Order prohibits excessive franchise fees and explains
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2019 Preparedness Grants

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2019 Preparedness Grants | site |


    (August 2, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information:

    WASHINGTON— As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan today announced... read more
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    Ohio Governor DeWine Statement on Dayton Shooting

    Ohio Governor DeWine Statement on Dayton Shooting | site |


    (August 4, 2019) - - On August 4, 2019, the Office of the Governor of Ohio published the following information:


    (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement:

    "Fran and I are absolutely heartbroken over the horrible attack that occurred this morning in Dayton. We join
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    Texas Governor Abbott Statement On El Paso Shooting

    Texas Governor Abbott Statement On El Paso Shooting | site |


    (August 3, 2019) - - On August 3, 2019 the Office of the Governor of Texas published the following information:

    Governor Greg Abbott today issued the following statement regarding the shooting in El Paso. The Governor will also be traveling to El Paso this afternoon.

    "Today, the El Paso community
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    Federal Reserve Board approves actions by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Kansas City

    Federal Reserve Board approves actions by the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Kansas City | site |



    (August 1, 2019) - - Today (August 1, 2019), the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information:


    The Federal Reserve Board
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    National Transportation Safety Board says Insufficient Training, Inadequate Bridge Operating Procedures, Lack of Operational Oversight Led to Fatal Ship Collision

    National Transportation Safety Board says Insufficient Training, Inadequate Bridge Operating Procedures, Lack of Operational Oversight Led to Fatal Ship Collision | site |


    (August 5, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON (Aug. 5, 2019) — The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday that the Aug. 21, 2017, collision between the USS John S McCain and the tanker Alnic MC was caused by insufficient training,... read more
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    Remarks in Australia by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo refer to The Unbreakable Alliance

    Remarks in Australia by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo refer to “The Unbreakable Alliance” | site |


    Sydney, Australia - - (August 4, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo while at the State Library of New South Wales:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. It always concerns me, though, when you applaud before the speech. (Laughter.) So hang on, hear what I say, and see what you think.

    I was reminded – I walked through a little bit earlier and I saw these card catalogs in the library – reminded me I’ve used those. I see young people, you have no idea what’s in those drawers. Reminds me how old I am.

    It’s great to be with you all today. Foreign Minister Payne, thank you for the very kind introduction. We had a great meeting this afternoon alongside our counterpart Minister Reynolds and my new counterpart Mark Esper. And we – you and I had just seen each other in Bangkok, so I’m sure she’s getting sick of me by now.

    And I’d be remiss too if I didn’t extend my thanks to the people of Australia for such a warm welcome here for myself and Susan. The same goes for those of you who are here today, the dignitaries, including Minister Turnbull; Penny Wong, the shadow minister of foreign affairs; Ambassador Hockey; our ambassador, A.B. Culvahouse; Jennifer Westacott, the chair of the business council; and Dr. John Vallance,
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    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

    Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria | site |

    (August 1, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON—Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, announced that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation... read more
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    Federal Communications Commission sets December 17 as Date for Bidding in Experimental Auction of Toll Free Numbers

    Federal Communications Commission sets December 17 as Date for Bidding in Experimental Auction of Toll Free Numbers | site |


    Public Notice Sets Procedures for First-Ever U.S. Auction of Toll Free Numbers


    (August 1, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, August 1, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today set December 17 as the date for bidding in its experimental auction of certain sought-after toll free numbers in the 833
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and DeepMind develop Machine Learning System to Predict Life-threatening Disease Before it Appears

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and DeepMind develop Machine Learning System to Predict Life-threatening Disease Before it Appears | site |


    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in partnership with DeepMind Health, published results in the July 31 edition of Nature, on the development of
    ... read more
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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on Labor Agreement with Guatemala

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on Labor Agreement with Guatemala | site |



    (August 1, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the following information concerning a labor agreement with Guatemala:

    (Washington, D.C., August 1, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the Department of Labor and Guatemala on... read more
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    U.S. Department of Energy Authorizes Liquefied Natural Gas Exports from the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project in Mississippi

    U.S. Department of Energy Authorizes Liquefied Natural Gas Exports from the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Project in Mississippi | site |


    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy today issued an order to Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC (GLLC) approving exports of domestically produced liquefied natural... read more
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    U.S. State Department Officials give Background Briefing to Traveling Press

    U.S. State Department Officials give Background Briefing to Traveling Press | site |


    Bangkok, Thailand - - (August 2, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of a special briefing provided (by senior State Department officials) to the traveling press:

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL TWO: The last two days build on what began last year, which is the launch of a strategic engagement with the region under the heading of the Indo-Pacific strategy. And over the past year, we’ve seen significant advances in complementary moves by other powers in the region, including Japan, India, Australia, but more importantly, among Southeast Asian states, an awareness of the importance of working more aggressively towards regional development, economic integration, and a common position on the key security questions of the day, to include transparent negotiations on a code of conduct for the South China Seas, and an emphasis on diversification and balancing of economic ties and awareness of the danger of embracing China too closely.

    The discussions that took place over the two days reflected that evolution, with a keen awareness of the importance of keeping the forward momentum going.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: [Senior State Department Official Three], do you have anything to add? No. Okay. Jump in.

    QUESTION: As far as that code of conduct goes, what’s the U.S. position? I know that there were some advancements earlier in the week between China and ASEAN. Do we feel like that’s something that we have a role in? Do we feel like we’re being kind of cut out of that process?

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL THREE: We’re privy to the discussions, but clearly not part of them since they and the PRC all insisted this is related to those with direct interest. However, the consensus seems to be that we already have
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    U.S. General Services Administration Awards Next Generation Maintenance Repair Facility Supplies Solution

    U.S. General Services Administration Awards Next Generation Maintenance Repair Facility Supplies Solution | site |



    (July 29, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration has awarded the first 30 Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) on its next generation Maintenance Repair Facility Supplies (MRFS) purchasing channel, further streamlining the acquisition of maintenance, repair, janitorial, and sanitation products governmentwide. The MRFS Purchasing Channel combines GSA’s Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) and the Janitorial and Sanitation (JanSan) Purchasing Channels into one program. The BPAs awarded under Multiple Awards Schedules 51V, 73, and 75, are designed to help federal agencies purchase maintenance supplies at best value prices.

    “MRFS is smart one-stop shopping that saves taxpayer dollars, helps agency budgets, and supports our small business partners,” explained GSA Heartland Regional Commissioner and Category Manager for Facilities and Construction Mary Ruwwe. “Combining these two commodity classes into one solution doesn’t just make things more convenient for
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    Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association July 30, 2019

    Minutes of the Meeting of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association July 30, 2019 | site |



    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    The Committee convened in a closed session at the Department of the Treasury at 9:15 a.m. All members were present. Deputy Secretary Justin Muzinich, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Small Business, Community Development, and Affordable Housing Policy Kipp Kranbuhl, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Brian Smith, Director of the Office of Debt Management Fred Pietrangeli, and Deputy Director of the Office of Debt Management Nick Steele welcomed the Committee. Other members of Treasury staff present were Ayeh Bandeh-Ahmadi, Chris Cameron, Dave Chung, Courtney Demartini, Bernadette Goodwin, Brendan Griffiths, Daniel Harty, Sarah Hirsch,
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    Quarterly Refunding Statement of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Brian Smith

    Quarterly Refunding Statement of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Brian Smith | site |



    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury is offering $84 billion of Treasury securities to refund approximately $57.3 billion of privately-held Treasury notes and bonds maturing on August 15, 2019. This issuance will raise new cash of approximately $26.7 billion. The securities are:

    - A 3-year note in the amount of $38 billion, maturing August 15, 2022;
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    Report to the Secretary of the Treasury from the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

    Report to the Secretary of the Treasury from the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association | site |




    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:




    July 30, 2019

    Letter to the Secretary

    Dear Mr. Secretary:

    Economic activity grew at a moderate pace in the second quarter, with a 2.1% annualized increase in real GDP. Real GDP rose 2.3% over the past four quarters, somewhat above estimates of the economy’s longer run potential. Going forward, the easing in financial conditions since the start of this year will likely provide a boost to growth, while the
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    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Announces Marketable Borrowing Estimates | site |


    (July 29, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced its current estimates of privately-held net marketable borrowing[1] for July – September 2019 and October – December 2019 quarters:


    • During the July – September 2019 quarter, Treasury expects to borrow $433 billion in privately-held
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    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Faulkender Economy Statement for the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Michael Faulkender Economy Statement for the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association | site |



    (July 29, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


    In July, the U.S. economic recovery entered its 121st month, becoming the longest expansion on record. The advance estimate for real GDP in the second quarter of 2019 showed economic growth at an annual rate of 2.1 percent, above market expectations, after a 3.1 percent annual
    ... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo speaks On The U.S. In Asia: Economic Engagement for Good

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo speaks On The U.S. In Asia: Economic Engagement for Good | site |



    Bangkok, Thailand - - (August 2, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of remarks made (at Siam Society) by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Peter, thank you for the kind introduction. I also want to thank the Siam Society and your president for hosting me. I know too we have many prominent businesspeople here in the room with us today.

    I want to recognize Greg Bastion, the president of AmCham Thailand. He’s a West Point grad, so that’s always good.

    I especially want to thank the incoming Thai ambassador to the United States as well for joining us here today. Thank you for being here, sir.

    And there’s no bigger VIP than my wife, Susan, who’s sitting in the front row as well. (Laughter.) All right, I hit my mark on that one, it’s all good. (Laughter.)

    This is my first visit to Bangkok as the Secretary of State. I’ve been here before. I’ve been in the region many, many times. It’s special to be here in this place at this time. The United States has a long, cherished relationship, as the charge said, of 200 years. And I know we will remain great and good friends for the next two centuries as well.

    This place that we’re standing today has a motto. Siam Society’s motto is, quote, “Knowledge gives rise to friendship.” In that spirit, I’d like to share with you today my perspective on our economic engagement in the region. I don’t know that any element of our relationship could be more important. It is a history that has been forgotten at times, and worse, distorted by those who don’t have our mutual best interests at heart.

    It’s a story of partnerships which were once unimaginable, but are now absolutely indispensible to all
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    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Major Infrastructure Investment in America

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Major Infrastructure Investment in America | site |


    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes $856 Million in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America Grants


    (July 25, 2019) - - Today (July 25, 2019), the U.S. Department of Transportation published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced $855,950,000 in proposed grants through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America... read more
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    U.S. Department of the Interior says 2018 Economic Impact on U.S. Insular Areas Estimated at 888 Million Dollars, Supports More than 26,000 Jobs

    U.S. Department of the Interior says 2018 Economic Impact on U.S. Insular Areas Estimated at $888 million, Supports More than 26,000 Jobs | site |



    (July 25, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published (today, July 25, 2019) the following information:


    WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) released an analysis on the economic impact of grants... read more
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    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Establishing 20.4 Billion Dollars Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

    Federal Communications Commission Proposes Establishing $20.4 Billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund | site |


    Program Targets Areas With At Least 4 Million Rural Homes, Small Businesses That Lack Modern Broadband Service


    (August 1, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, August 1, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today proposed taking its biggest single step to date toward closing the rural
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Amendments to the Coal Ash Regulations

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Amendments to the Coal Ash Regulations | site |


    Reconsiders the Beneficial Use Provisions and Provides Greater Clarity on Managing Piles of Coal Ash


    (July 30, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the following information:

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing further amendments to the regulations governing the disposal of coal combustion... read more
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in June 2019

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau Report New Residential Sales in June 2019 | site |


    (July 24, 2019) - - Today (July 24, 2019), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:


    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau jointly announced the following new residential sales statistics for June 2019:







    New Home Sales


    Sales of new single-family
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    Special Representative Abrams to Discuss Venezuela Crisis with Canadian Officials

    Special Representative Abrams to Discuss Venezuela Crisis with Canadian Officials | site |


    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams will travel to Ottawa, Canada, August 1 where he will meet with Canadian officials to discuss... read more
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    Department of Veterans Affairs Enhances Research and Education Efforts related to Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposure with Newly Restructured Research Hub

    Department of Veterans Affairs Enhances Research and Education Efforts related to Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposure with Newly Restructured Research Hub | site |


    (July 26, 2019) - - Today (July 26, 2019), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently established the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) as part of its ongoing efforts to improve health care for Veterans.

    “VA is
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    The Federal Reserve issues Federal Open Market Committee Statement

    Federal Reserve issues Federal Open Market Committee Statement | site |


    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement:

    Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market remains strong and that economic activity has been rising at a moderate rate. Job gains... read more
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    Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pig Ear

    Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pig Ear | site |


    (July 31, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC update regarding a multistate outbreak of Salmonella illness linked to contact with pig ear dog treats has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/pet-t...-19/index.html
    .

    • CDC and FDA are now advising
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    U.S. Commerce publishes article titled - - - Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Responds to Contempt Vote by House Democrats

    U.S. Commerce publishes article titled, "Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Responds to Contempt Vote by House Democrats" | site |


    U.S. Commerce says Department of Commerce Remained Cooperative with Oversight Requests for Months


    (July 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Commerce published (today, July 17, 2019) the following information:


    Today, House Democrats took the unnecessary step to hold the U.S. Secretary
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Traveling Press En Route to Bangkok, Thailand

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Traveling Press En Route to Bangkok, Thailand | site |


    En Route to Bangkok, Thailand - - (July 30, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following transcript of remarks made to the traveling press by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: So just a couple things, if I may, just to sort of set what caused me to take this trip. So we’ll be gathering with a bunch of countries that we have worked closely with on many different things, and you’ll see that I’ll have a series of bilats. Many of these are like-minded countries who share our vision for what the region should look like and how economic growth will – ought to be achieved. And so I’m looking forward to that. I’ve seen... read more
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