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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.)

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    The Federal Reserve plans to continue its previously announced periodic testing of the Term Deposit Facility (TDF) with one operation in May. These operations are aimed at ensuring the operational readiness of the TDF and providing eligible institutions with an opportunity to maintain familiarity with term deposit procedures. The TDF test operations are a matter of prudent planning and have no implications for the near-term conduct of monetary policy.


    On May 30, 2019, the Federal Reserve will conduct a floating-rate offering of term deposits with an early withdrawal feature through its TDF. The Federal Reserve will offer seven-day term deposits with a rate set equal to the sum of the interest rate paid on excess reserves plus a fixed spread of 1 basis point. The maximum tender amount per institution will be $250,000,000. The operation window will be open from 10:30 a.m. EDT to 12:30 p.m. EDT, and awarded deposits will settle the same day the operation is executed.



    Description of Operation and Tender Parameters

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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is now Transplanting Kidneys that are Positive for Hepatitis C

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it is now Transplanting Kidneys that are Positive for Hepatitis C | site |


    VA says Some Veterans on waiting list may be eligible for procedure


    (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    Underscoring its mission of improving the quality of life for Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently began offering a new option to patients awaiting kidney transplants: organs that are positive
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    National Transportation Safety Board says Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal Amtrak Train Derailment

    National Transportation Safety Board says Inadequate Planning, Insufficient Training Led to Fatal Amtrak Train Derailment | site |


    Investigation of December 18, 2017 accident of Amtrak Cascades train 501, in DuPont, Washington


    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the following information regarding the December 18, 2017 accident of Amtrak Cascades train 501, in DuPont, Washington:

    Failure to provide an effective mitigation for a hazardous curve and inadequate training of a locomotive engineer led to the overspeed
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    Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson, U.S. State Department, holds Special Briefing, May 23, 2019

    Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson, U.S. State Department, holds Special Briefing, May 23, 2019 | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 23, 2019) - - Today, in a special briefing, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State, provided the following information:

    MS ORTAGUS: Good afternoon.

    QUESTION: Hello.

    MS ORTAGUS: All righty. Got a couple of things to give all of you up front. Happy Thursday. It is Thursday, yeah?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MS ORTAGUS: Okay, good. Good, good, good. So first of all, the presidents of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia had a historic meeting with President Trump on Tuesday of this week. They also met with Secretary Pompeo on Tuesday, Secretary Interior on Monday, and Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan on Tuesday. All three presidents laid a wreath at Arlington Cemetery with Secretary of Veterans Affairs Wilkie on Monday that honored their citizens’ service in the U.S. armed forces.

    These meetings highlighted the unique and special partnership the United States has with these countries, who are critical partners in creating a free and open Indo-Pacific region. After the meeting with President Trump, we released a joint statement with all three countries that reaffirmed our commitment to a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific and the Compact of Free Association, and to partnering on maritime security, combating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and strengthening the rule of law.

    And I would also like to offer congratulations to Prime Minister Modi and his National Democratic Alliance on their decisive victory in India’s national elections. India’s elections, as I said yesterday, are the world’s largest exercise in democracy, a marvel of logistics and planning with 900 million people, an eighth of the world’s population, eligible to vote. We applaud the high turnout, estimated at around 66 percent or roughly 600 million people, and the Government of India for their excellent execution of this incredible event. The United States looks forward to working with the newly elected government to continue to accelerate our strategic partnership, which includes cooperation on a range of critical issues, such as counterterrorism and ensuring a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. As President Trump has said, the U.S.-India partnership has never been stronger and never been better, and we certainly expect it to reach new heights in the coming years.

    And with that, Mr. Lee.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I actually don’t have anything that is worthy —

    MS ORTAGUS: Is this a record? (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: — of opening – no, no, it happens occasionally.

    MS ORTAGUS:
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    SEC, NASAA, and FINRA Issue Senior Safe Act Fact Sheet to Help promote Greater Reporting of Suspected Senior Financial Exploitation

    SEC, NASAA, and FINRA Issue Senior Safe Act Fact Sheet to Help promote Greater Reporting of Suspected Senior Financial Exploitation | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 23, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:


    In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the passage of The Senior Safe Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have issued a fact sheet to help raise awareness among broker-dealers, investment advisers, and transfer agents of the Act and how the Act’s immunity provisions work.

    The Senior Safe Act Fact Sheet provides information on the immunity and training provisions of the Act, as well as additional resources from the SEC, NASAA, and FINRA.

    The Senior Safe Act was included as Section 303 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law on May 24, 2018. The Act addresses barriers
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    Briefing by U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, May 22, 2019

    Briefing by U.S. State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus, May 22, 2019 | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following transcript of a special briefing Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus presented:

    MS ORTAGUS: Thanks, everybody, for having me. I appreciate it. Hopefully, the first of many. I just got something for you on Africa Day that I’m going to read and then we’ll jump into the questions, if you’re ready.

    Okay. This Saturday marks Africa Day, the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union. In the 56 years since the AU was formed, the continent has made significant democratic and economic strides. We reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the AU’s vision for a free and prosperous continent, and the United States will continue to promote stronger trade and commercial ties with Africa. We are proud of our partnership with the governments and people of Africa, and we’ll continue to work with them to advance our common interests and goals. There you go.
    Mr. Lee, I’m sure you have something for me.

    QUESTION: Okay. That was – yeah, but let’s talk about Africa Day. Welcome.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. It’s lovely to be here.

    QUESTION: I do hope that it will be the first of many.

    MS ORTAGUS: Me too.

    QUESTION: I’m going to start with something that has come up within the last hour or so, and I’m pretty sure we can dispense with this pretty quickly, and that is there’s concern from Democrats on the Hill, particularly Senator Murphy, that you guys are going to use an emergency authorization provision of the Arms Control Act to circumvent congressional approval of some arms sales to Saudi Arabia —

    MS ORTAGUS: Yes.

    QUESTION: — and that it could happen this week. What do you say about that?

    MS ORTAGUS: The only thing is we do not confirm – we do not comment to confirm or deny potential arms sales or transfers until Congress is formally notified.

    QUESTION: So you can’t say if anything is in the works, if his concern is justified?

    MS ORTAGUS: That’s it, sir.

    QUESTION: Okay. Is there an emergency exemption?

    MS ORTAGUS: We do not comment to confirm or deny arms sales.

    QUESTION: Does the law contain a provision that allows you to bypass congressional – the answer is yes, it does.

    MS ORTAGUS: Thank you. I’ll look that up.

    QUESTION: That’s all for me.

    MS ORTAGUS: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: I actually wanted to ask what you can tell us about sort of what your plans are for briefing, returning to briefings.

    MS ORTAGUS: Oh, okay, sure.

    QUESTION: And if you’re going to do this, off-camera but on-the-record gaggles, for a few days, or if you could tell us what you have in mind –

    MS ORTAGUS: Sure.

    QUESTION: — and how often you think they may happen.

    MS ORTAGUS: I think that we’ll do this or maybe even perhaps off camera from the podium tomorrow. I was planning on taking Friday off. That may or may not happen given world events. But then I think next week – so I’m in town Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday next week before I leave with the Secretary. I think all of you have the FFPO on that; some of you are coming. And so I’d like to try to make those on-camera podium
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    Fulbright Program Unveils Updated Brand Identity

    Fulbright Program Unveils Updated Brand Identity | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 22, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson published (today) the following information concerning the Fulbright Program:


    The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs unveiled an updated Fulbright Program
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    U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Applauds President Trump for Historic Meeting with Presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia

    U.S. Interior Secretary Bernhardt Applauds President Trump for Historic Meeting with Presidents of Palau, Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia | site |


    Important Washington Meetings Reaffirm Relationships under the Compacts of Free Association


    (May 21, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today at the White House, President Donald J. Trump held a historic meeting with the Presidents of the freely associated states (FAS) in the Western Pacific: President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr, of the Republic of Palau; President Hilda C. Heine of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI); and President David W. Panuelo of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

    “I applaud President Trump for holding this historic meeting” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt. "This was the first time that the Presidents of these three sovereign Pacific Island
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    Library of Congress announces that News Dispatches from The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930 Now Online

    Library of Congress says News Dispatches from The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930 Now Online | site |


    Collection Includes AP Dispatches from Sinking of the Lusitania, World War I, Women’s Voting Rights, Charles Lindbergh’s Flight and Stock Market Crash


    (May 15, 2019) - - The Library of Congress (LOC) published (today) the following information:

    Historical news reports and breaking news bulletins published by the Washington bureau of The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930, documenting a full chronology of world and national events, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress.
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With the Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Republic of the Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, and Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With the Republic of Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Republic of the Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine, and Federated States of Micronesia President David Panuelo | site |


    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus provided the following information:

    Secretary of State
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    Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Swears in Two New HSAC Members, Announces New Council Tasking Focused on the Security and Resiliency of Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations

    Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan Swears in Two New HSAC Members, Announces New Council Tasking Focused on the Security and Resiliency of Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations | site |



    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:

    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to discuss a range of homeland security
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    U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Limited Exemptions on Huawei Products

    U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Limited Exemptions on Huawei Products | site |


    (May 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Commerce published (today, May 20, 2019) the following information:


    WASHINGTON – Today, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it would issue a Temporary General License (TGL) amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)... read more
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    FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast Episode Featuring San Jose CIO Shireen Santosham

    FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel Releases New Podcast Episode Featuring San Jose CIO Shireen Santosham | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    This morning, Commissioner Rosenworcel released the most recent episode of her podcast Broadband Conversations—the podcast dedicated to amplifying
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture issues Statement on Support for Farmers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture issues Statement on Support for Farmers | site |


    (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following statement:


    From a USDA Spokesperson: “Details on the new farming support program will be forthcoming shortly, but we want to be clear that the program is being designed to avoid skewing planting
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    Federal Reserve releases Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, April 30-May 1, 2019

    Federal Reserve releases Minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee, April 30-May 1, 2019 | site |


    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following F
    ederal Open Market Committee (FOMC) information:

    The Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday released the attached minutes of the Committee meeting held... read more
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    Federal Election Commission Names Tony Baptiste Acting Inspector General

    Federal Election Commission Names Tony Baptiste Acting Inspector General | site |


    (May 22. 2019) - - Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has named Tony Baptiste as Acting Inspector General.

    Mr. Baptiste will join the Commission from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC),
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    Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan

    Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 21, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of remarks made (at a press availability) by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and U.S. Department of Defense Acting Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan:

    SECRETARY POMPEO: First, we shared with both the House and the Senate
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Input on Testing Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Technologies

    U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Input on Testing Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems Technologies | site |


    (May 22, 2019) - - Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today issued advance notices of proposed rulemaking
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    United Nations Official says Libya on Verge of Civil War

    United Nations Official says Libya on Verge of Civil War | site |


    The United Nations, New York City - - (May 21, 2019) - - In a strong plea for attention and action, Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), warned the United Nations Security Council (today) of the seriousness of the situation in Libya. The following is the account of the appeal as reported by the UN:


    Libya on Verge of Civil War, Threatening ‘Permanent Division’, top United Nations Official Warns Security Council
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    U.S. Statement on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons by the Assad Regime in Northwest Syria

    U.S. Statement on the Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons by the Assad Regime in Northwest Syria | site |



    (May 21, 2019) - - Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State issued (today) the following statement:

    The United States continues to closely watch the military operations by the Assad regime in northwest Syria, including indications of any new use of chemical weapons by the regime.
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    National Institutes of Health Study finds Heavily Processed Foods Cause Overeating and Weight Gain

    National Institutes of Health Study finds Heavily Processed Foods Cause Overeating and Weight Gain | site |


    Small-scale trial is the first randomized, controlled research of its kind


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the following information:

    People eating ultra-processed foods ate more calories and gained more weight than when they ate a minimally processed diet, according to results from a National Institutes of Health study. The difference occurred even though meals provided to the volunteers in both the ultra-processed and minimally processed diets had the same number of calories and macronutrients.
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    Holding My Applause

    Holding My Applause | site |


    For_Immediate_Release:

    ***


    Holding My Applause


    by
    Reverend Clarence William Page




    High Point, North Carolina - - (May 21, 2019) - - A wonderful thing happened at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on the occasion of the 2019 Commencement activities. I think a wonderful thing happened; but, I am holding my applause.

    I would love to applaud the fact that the Commencement Speaker, Robert F. Smith, promised to provide funds to pay off all the college
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    FEMA says Buy Flood Insurance Now, Before It’s Too Late

    FEMA says Buy Flood Insurance Now, Before It’s Too Late | site |


    Hurricane Season Begins June 1



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today (May 17, 2019), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published the following information:


    DURHAM, N.C. – Hurricane season begins in two weeks. Homeowners, renters and business owners should consider purchasing flood insurance now. It takes 30 days from the date of purchase
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Phone Call With Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Phone Call With Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following statement issued by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:


    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to discuss Japan’s engagement
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    Department of Interior says it is Improving Transparency and Accountability, Eliminating Waste & Fraud in Financial Assistance Programs

    Department of Interior says it is Improving Transparency and Accountability, Eliminating Waste & Fraud in Financial Assistance Programs | site |


    (May 17, 2019) - - In the following article (published today), the U.S. Department of the Interior says it is improving transparency and accountability and eliminating waste and fraud in financial assistance programs:


    WASHINGTON – To ensure the responsible use of the $6 billion awarded in annual grants
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    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference

    Remarks by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference | site |



    (May 8, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following:


    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the National Rural Health Association Annual Conference

    (As prepared for delivery – May 8, 2019)



    Thank you, Tim for that kind introduction. I’m excited to be here. I must admit when I first heard the conference was in Atlanta, my initial reaction was, “Atlanta, that’s not rural!” On a more serious note, I would like to thank the National Rural Health Association and all of you…for your hard work and commitment… to improving healthcare in rural America. Our Administration shares that commitment and our Rethinking Rural Health Initiative
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    International Competition Network Adopts Framework for Competition Agency Procedures and Recommended Practices on Investigative Process and Announces the U.S. Agencies will Host the 2020 ICN Annual Conference

    International Competition Network Adopts Framework for Competition Agency Procedures and Recommended Practices on Investigative Process and Announces the U.S. Agencies will Host the 2020 ICN Annual Conference | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information regarding the proceedings and actions of the International Competition Network:

    At its annual conference, the International Competition Network (ICN) established a Framework on Competition Agency Procedures (CAP) that reflects... read more
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    SEC and CFTC Participate in the Signing Ceremony for the IOSCO Enhanced Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cross-Border Enforcement

    SEC and CFTC Participate in the Signing Ceremony for the IOSCO Enhanced Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Cross-Border Enforcement | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following information:


    Washington D.C., May 20, 2019 — At the 44th Annual International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) Conference in Sydney, Australia, the
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    Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison’s Travel to Vientiane, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand

    Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison’s Travel to Vientiane, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided (today) the following information regarding Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison’s Travel to Vientiane, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand:

    Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement
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    Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes' Visit to the Appalachian Region

    Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes' Visit to the Appalachian Region | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published the following information regarding Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes' visit to the Appalachian Region:






    PA House of Representatives Roundtable

    On Thursday, Under Secretary Menezes participated in a roundtable discussion with Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai, Policy Chair Donna
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    U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso

    U.S. Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso | site |



    (May 20, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued (today) the following statement:

    The United States condemns in the strongest terms last week’s terror attacks in Niger, as well as recent attacks in Mali and Burkina Faso, which have taken the lives of security
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with the Pasteur Institute

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Meets with the Pasteur Institute | site |


    (May 18, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:





    Today, May 18, 2019, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar participated in a meeting with the Pasteur Institute . He and other U.S. health officials met with Stewart Cole, President of the Pasteur Institute, and other members of the
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Receives Microstrategy's 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Receives Microstrategy's 2019 Federal IT Innovation Award | site |


    Department receiving award for advancements in data analytics and digital transformation


    (May 17, 2019 - - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published the following information:


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) yesterday received
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    IRS' Large Business and International Division Announces Large Corporate Compliance Program

    IRS' Large Business and International Division Announces Large Corporate Compliance Program | site |



    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today announced a key advancement in how it identifies its biggest and most complex large corporations.

    On May 15, the IRS's Large Business and International Division (LB&I) began a
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    U.S. Education Groups Speaking Out on Political Issues

    U.S. Education Groups Speaking Out on Political Issues | site |


    (May 20, 2019) - - At least two major education organizations in the U.S.A. are commenting on issues being raised in the current national political campaigns. Two examples follow:


    Example 1: American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
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    Food Safety Alert - Salmonella outbreak linked to Karawan brand Tahini

    Food Safety Alert - Salmonella outbreak linked to Karawan brand Tahini | site |


    (May 20, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC food safety alert about a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to Karawan brand tahini has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/concord-05-19/index.html

    Key points:


    • CDC, public health and regulatory
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Community-focused Public Health Model to Prevent Veteran Suicide

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Launches Community-focused Public Health Model to Prevent Veteran Suicide | site |


    New initiative encourages shared responsibility among stakeholders to promote protective factors and mitigate risks


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
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    Political Prisoners in Nicaragua

    Political Prisoners in Nicaragua | site |


    (May 18, 2019) - - Today, Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson of the U.S. Department of State, issued the following statement:

    More than 500 Nicaraguans unjustly languish in Daniel Ortega’s jails and courts on political charges. Yesterday, Nicaraguan police killed one of these political prisoners — U.S. citizen Eddy Montes.

    We vehemently condemn
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    U.S. Administration Recognizes Federal Employees’ Contributions with Gears of Government President’s Awards

    U.S. Administration Recognizes Federal Employees’ Contributions with Gears of Government President’s Awards | site |


    (May 6, 2019) - - The U.S. Administration published (today, May 6, 2019) the following information:

    Washington - Today, the Administration announces the winners of the Gears of Government President’s Award. Established as the Gears of Government Awards, this program recognizes the contributions of individuals and teams across the federal workforce who make a profound difference in the... read more
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    Department of Homeland Security Issues Waivers to Expedite Border Wall Projects in Tucson and El Centro

    Department of Homeland Security Issues Waivers to Expedite Border Wall Projects in Tucson and El Centro | site |


    (May 15 2019) - - Today (May 15, 2019), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided the following information:

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two waivers, which will ensure expeditious construction of new bollard wall within the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson and El Centro Sectors in Arizona and California, respectively. The projects covered by the waivers include up to approximately... read more
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi

    Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi | site |



    (May 18, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided (today) the following statement made by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:


    Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. They
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    Boeing Statement on 737 MAX Certification and Return to Service

    Boeing Statement on 737 MAX Certification and Return to Service | site |



    (May 16, 2019) - - Today (May 16, 2019), Boeing issued the following statement:


    CHICAGO, May 16, 2019 – Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours
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    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on the Removal of Section 232 Tariffs

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on the Removal of Section 232 Tariffs | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., May 17, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after the Section 232 Tariffs were removed from Canada and Mexico:

    “Today’s
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    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Poland, Germany, Italy

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch Travels to Poland, Germany, Italy | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following overview of Assistant Secretary Carl Risch's Travels to Poland, Germany and Italy:


    Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl
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    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Launches 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Launches 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey | site |



    (May 15, 2019) - - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) provided (today) the following information regarding the launching of the 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey:

    WASHINGTON, DC – OPM has launched the 2019 OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS). The survey will go
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    Federal Communications Commission announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting

    Federal Communications Commission announces Tentative Agenda for June Open Meeting | site |


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following:

    WASHINGTON, May 16, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced that the items below are tentatively on the agenda for the June Open Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 6, 2019:


    Clarification
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    U.S. General Services Administration Launches New Cloud Information Center

    U.S. General Services Administration Launches New Cloud Information Center | site |



    New Initiative Creates Repository of All Things Cloud for Federal Agencies and Industry Partners



    (May 16, 2019) - - The U.S. General Services Administration says it has launched a new "Cloud Information Center". The announcement was made as follows:

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today launched its first central... read more
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Public Input on Draft Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Seeks Public Input on Draft Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input on a draft study of oil and gas extraction wastewater management. Today, the EPA announced its intentions as follows:

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input on a draft study that takes a holistic look at how the agency, states,
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    Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request

    Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury published (today) the following link (to a letter) titled, Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request:



    Treasury May 17 Response to Chairman Neal Regarding Tax Return Request





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    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Todd Willens as Chief of Staff

    U.S. Department of the Interior Announces Todd Willens as Chief of Staff | site |


    (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) provided (today) the following information regarding the appointment of Mr. Todd Willens to the position of Chief of Staff:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the appointment of Todd Willens to serve as Chief of Staff. Mr. Willens joined the Department
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    How to Identify a 21st Century "Religious" Cult

    How to Identify a 21st Century "Religious" Cult | site |


    In true Christianity, we do not coerce. We lead. We guide. We teach. We encourage. We edify. We do not coerce.

    In true Christianity, we do not give "faith tests". We observe and seek to discern the quality and nature of one's faith; but, we do not administer "faith tests".

    In true Christianity, the individual is always free to exercise his or her free will to remain in the congregation (or body) or to choose to freely walk away. We do not "capture" people. We do not "control" people.

    In true Christianity, we exercise oversight of congregations, churches, organizations, ministeries, etc. In accordance with the Holy Bible, we "bear rule". Yet, in "bearing rule" we neither bind nor enslave a person. We never imprison a person.

    In true Christianity, the worshipper/adherent is free - - totally free. He or she may remain or leave (at any time) on his or her own free will. There is no bondage.

    Cults
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    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy Travels to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand

    Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy Travels to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 17, 2019) - - The following summary of the planned itinerary of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary W. Patrick Murphy's upcoming travels to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand were provided (today) by the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson:... read more
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    President Trump Declares National Emergency to Secure the Information and Communications Technology Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain

    President Trump Declares National Emergency to Secure the Information and Communications Technology Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Commerce published (today, May 15, 2019) the following information under the title, President Trump Declares National Emergency to Secure the Information and Communications Technology Critical Infrastructure Supply Chain:


    WASHINGTON – Today,
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    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Announces Public Meeting to Solicit Input for 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook

    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Announces Public Meeting to Solicit Input for 2020 Emergency Response Guidebook | site |


    (May 7, 2019) - - The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) published (today, May 7, 2019) the following information regarding a public meeting scheduled for June 17, 2019:

    On May 7, 2019, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
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    Assistant Secretary Kevin E. Moley's Travel to Geneva

    Assistant Secretary Kevin E. Moley's Travel to Geneva | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 17, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided (today) the following information regarding Assistant Secretary Kevin E. Moley's upcoming travel to Geneva:

    Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Kevin E. Moley will travel to Geneva,... read more
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries to Host Memorial Day Ceremonies

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries to Host Memorial Day Ceremonies | site |



    (May 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provided the following information regarding plans for the VA National Cemeteries to host Memorial Day ceremonies:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will host Memorial Day ceremonies from May 25 to May 27... read more
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    Federal Open Market Committee announces Tentative Meeting Schedule for 2020

    Federal Open Market Committee announces Tentative Meeting Schedule for 2020 | site |


    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the Federal Open Market Committee's tentative meeting schedule for 2020:


    The Federal Open Market Committee on Friday announced its tentative meeting schedule for 2020:

    January 28-29 (Tuesday-Wednesday)

    March 17-18 (Tuesday-Wednesday)

    April 28-29
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    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes U.S. Airlines and Cities for New Tokyo Haneda Routes

    U.S. Department of Transportation Proposes U.S. Airlines and Cities for New Tokyo Haneda Routes | site |


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published the following information regarding proposed U.S. airlines and cities for new Tokyo Haneda routes:


    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation today proposed to select four U.S. airlines to provide new daytime service to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda airport as early as summer 2020.
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan meets with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojša Stefanović

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary McAleenan meets with Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojša Stefanović | site |



    (May 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information:

    On May 14, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan met with Serbia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Nebojša Stefanović,
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    U.S. Department of State issues Statement on Death of Tith Rorn and Proceedings Against Opposition Officials

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement on Death of Tith Rorn and Proceedings Against Opposition Officials | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued the following statement:


    The United States is deeply troubled by the death of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) member Tith Rorn while
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture says U.S. Beef Gains Full Access to Japan

    U.S. Department of Agriculture says U.S. Beef Gains Full Access to Japan | site |



    (May 17, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the United States and Japan have agreed on new terms and conditions that eliminate Japan’s longstanding restrictions on U.S. beef exports, paving the way for expanded sales
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    GSA and OMB Submit Phase 2 Implementation Plan for Commercial e-Commerce Portals Program to Congress

    GSA and OMB Submit Phase 2 Implementation Plan for Commercial e-Commerce Portals Program to Congress | site |


    Plan Issued Today Outlines Key Decision Points For Implementation


    (May 2, 2019) - - Today (May 2, 2019) the U.S. General Services Administration published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) have issued the phase 2 joint implementation plan
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    CDC Investigation Notice: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Live Poultry

    CDC Investigation Notice: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Live Poultry | site |


    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:

    A CDC investigation announcement of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks has been posted https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/backy...-19/index.html.
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

    Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan | site |


    Washington, DC - - (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following statement issued by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:‎


    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan today in Washington,
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    HUD Awards 1.5 Billion Dollars to Support Seven States in their Recovery from 2018 Disasters

    HUD Awards $1.5 Billion to Support Seven States in their Recovery from 2018 Disasters | site |


    Disaster recovery funds to repair damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure


    (May 14, 2019) - - Today, 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 awarded nearly $1.5 billion to support seven states in their recovery from major disasters that occurred last year, including Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence and devastating wildfires in California.

    These funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address
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    Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue

    Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue | site |



    Washington, DC - - (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    The text of the following joint statement was issued by the governments of the Caribbean states and the United States on the Tenth Anniversary of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, following the Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington, DC on May 16, 2019.

    Begin text:



    We, the Governments of the Caribbean States and the United States of America have gathered in Washington, DC, on the Tenth (10th) Anniversary of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), to:

    REAFFIRM the CBSI Partnership launched on April 17, 2009 at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago;

    BEAR in mind our common commitments stated in the Caribbean-United States Declaration of Principles; the Caribbean-United States Plan of Action on Security Cooperation; and the Caribbean-United States Framework for Security Cooperation;

    ACKNOWLEDGE the efforts of the United States of America, Caribbean States, and international
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    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Certification Rule for Women-Owned Small Businesses

    U.S. Small Business Administration Proposes Certification Rule for Women-Owned Small Businesses | site |


    Seeking Comments by July 15


    (May 14, 2019) - - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published (today) the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration published a proposed rule that will provide a free online application process for women-owned small businesses to be certified
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Attends G7 Health Ministerial Meeting and Participates in Bilateral Meetings

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Attends G7 Health Ministerial Meeting and Participates in Bilateral Meetings | site |


    (May 16, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information:


    Today, May 16, 2019, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar participated in bilateral meetings with health ministers and attended the first day of the G7 Health Ministerial
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    Statement from the U.S. Department of Energy Press Secretary

    Statement from the U.S. Department of Energy Press Secretary | site |


    (May 13, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published (today, May 13, 2019) the following information:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy Press Secretary released the following statement in response to reports of efforts to disrupt oil shipping:

    “The Department of Energy is aware of efforts to disrupt
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leader Martin Lee

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Leader Martin Lee | site |




    Washington, DC - - (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following statement issued by Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Martin Lee... read more
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    Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico

    Department of State Breaks Ground on the New U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico | site |


    Washington. DC - - (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:

    Consul General Virginia L. Staab, Managing Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Marjorie Phillips, Management Counselor Marco Sims, and Mexican and U.S.... read more
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    Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al Sa’id

    Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al Sa’id | site |




    Washington, DC - - (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following statement issued by Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke yesterday with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id Al Sa’id. The Secretary thanked
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    Condolences on the Passing of His Beatitude Cardinal Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir

    Condolences on the Passing of His Beatitude Cardinal Patriarch Emeritus Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus issued the following statement:

    On behalf of Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and the American people, we were saddened by the news of the passing of His Beatitude Cardinal
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Actions to Improve Cross-Border Application of Security-Based Swap Requirements

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Actions to Improve Cross-Border Application of Security-Based Swap Requirements | site |




    (May 10, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published the following:


    Washington D.C., May 10, 2019 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today proposed a package of rule amendments and interpretive guidance to improve the framework for regulating cross-border security-based swaps transactions and market participants.

    The proposals are intended to improve the regulatory framework by pragmatically addressing implementation issues and efficiency concerns, and in some cases further harmonizing the regulatory regime governing security-based swaps administered by the
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    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo’s Meeting With Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana | site |



    (May 16, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following statement issued by Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:


    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana today. The Secretary reiterated the
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    Statement by Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell on the Passing of Alice Rivlin

    Statement by Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell on the Passing of Alice Rivlin | site |



    (May 14, 2019) - - Today, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shared the following Statement by Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome H. Powell on the passing of Alice Rivlin:

    Alice Rivlin, who served as Vice Chair of the Board of Governors from 1996 to 1999, made... read more
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Program notifies Veterans of Potential Loan Fee Waiver

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Home Loan Guaranty Program notifies Veterans of Potential Loan Fee Waiver | site |


    (May 13, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs published the following information:


    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award... read more
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    United States and Republic of Korea Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission

    Meetings of United States and Republic of Korea Environmental Affairs Council and Environmental Cooperation Commission | site |


    (May 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson provided the following information:


    On May 13-14, the United States and the Republic of Korea held the third meetings of the Environmental Affairs Council (EAC) under
    ... read more
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    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 20 States

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 20 States | site |

    Investments will Benefit 111,000 Rural Americans


    (May 13, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – Acting Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is investing in 40 projects in 20 states to improve rural water infrastructure .

    “These investments
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    Centers for Disease Control and Protection Updates Guidelines for Cancer Cluster Investigations

    Centers for Disease Control and Protection Updates Guidelines for Cancer Cluster Investigations | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) published the following information:

    CDC is seeking public comment on updating federal guidelines used by public health agencies to assess and respond to potential cancer clusters in communities. The request for comment was... read more
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    U.S. Department of Labor Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale Leaving Department at the End of May

    U.S. Department of Labor Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale Leaving Department at the End of May | site |


    (May 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Labor published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the upcoming resignation of Chief of Staff Nicholas Geale effective May 31, 2019.


    "I want to thank the dedicated and professional
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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Hold Public Meeting on Revisions to Draft Framework on Endangered Species Act Process for Pesticides

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Hold Public Meeting on Revisions to Draft Framework on Endangered Species Act Process for Pesticides | site |


    Revisions respond to 2018 Farm Bill requirements to streamline and improve the process the agency follows to review the impacts pesticides have on endangered species



    (May 10, 2019) - - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published (today) the following information:


    WASHINGTON -- Today, the U.S.... read more
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    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Orders Suspension of Air Service Between the U.S. and Venezuela

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Orders Suspension of Air Service Between the U.S. and Venezuela | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation published the followng iinformation:

    With the approval of the Secretary of State and in close coordination with the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has issued an order today suspending air service between... read more
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    U.S. Homeland Security Determines that Conditions in Venezuela Threaten the Safety and Security of Passengers, Aircraft, and Crew, Requiring an Immediate Suspension of Air Transportation

    U.S. Homeland Security Determines that Conditions in Venezuela Threaten the Safety and Security of Passengers, Aircraft, and Crew, Requiring an Immediate Suspension of Air Transportation | site |


    (May 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following information:

    Under 49 U.S.C. § 44907 Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan determined... read more
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    Court of Appeals issues Order in CREW, et al. v. FEC

    Court of Appeals issues Order in CREW, et al. v. FEC | site |



    (May 14, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today issued an Order in CREW, et al. v. FEC (Case No. 17-5049), denying a petition for rehearing en banc from Citizens... read more
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    After Meeting with Russian President Putin, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo makes Remarks to Traveling Press

    After Meeting with Russian President Putin, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo makes Remarks to Traveling Press | site |



    Sochi, Russia - - (May 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of remarks made to the traveling press by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo (at the Bocharov Ruchey) after having met with Russian President Putin:


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So we had – I don’t know – an hour-and-a-half, almost two-hour meeting. President Putin was there, Foreign Minister Lavrov was there, a couple others in attendance as well. And we talked about nearly every issue facing our
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    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Announces another Step in Fight against Spoofed Robocalls

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Announces another Step in Fight against Spoofed Robocalls | site |


    SHAKEN/STIR Robocall Summit in July Will Examine Progress Toward Caller ID Authentication Implementation


    (May 13, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON, May 13, 2019—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today announced another significant step
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    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's Remarks with Russian President Vladimir Putin

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's Remarks with Russian President Vladimir Putin | site |




    Sochi, Russia - - (May 14, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's remarks (at the Bocharov Ruchey) with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    PRESIDENT PUTIN: (Via interpreter) Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues, we are glad to welcome you in Russia. As you know, several
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    Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's Press Availability with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

    Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's Press Availability with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov | site |


    Sochi, Russia - - (May 14, 2019) - - The U.S. Department of State provided the following transcript of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo's Press Availability today at the Rus Hotel with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov:

    MODERATOR: (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning a joint press conference. Secretary of State, and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, please.

    FOREIGN MINISTER LAVROV: (Via interpreter) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. First of all, I would like to once again welcome Mike Pompeo on Russian soil. This is his first visit to Russia in his capacity of Secretary of State of the U.S., though he used to come here in his other capacities before. Today we have had negotiations as a follow-up to a meaningful one-hour-and-a-half telephone conversation between our presidents which took play on the 3rd of May. And following up on that conversation, heads of state instructed us to intensify our dialogue.

    We have started to tackle this task several days ago in Rovaniemi in Finland on the margins
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    Remarks by Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma at the Medical Device Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting

    Remarks by Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma at the Medical Device Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting | site |



    (May 2, 2019) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:


    Remarks by Administrator Seema Verma at the Medical Device Manufacturers Association Annual Meeting

    (As prepared for delivery - - May 2, 2019)



    Thank you, Paul, for that kind introduction, and it’s a pleasure to be with all of you today. Earlier this year, we at CMS set forth 16 strategic initiatives, one of which is Fostering Innovation. This spans across the agency -- reducing burden through Patients over Paperwork, regulatory reform, and enhancing access to new transformative technologies. Today, I’m pleased to discuss our plan for Fostering Innovation as we focus on overhauling and modernizing CMS’s policies for new technologies.

    At CMS, we
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    Federal Trade Commission Announces Agenda for the 14th and Final Session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century

    Federal Trade Commission Announces Agenda for the 14th and Final Session of its Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century | site |



    June 12 hearing at Creighton University will focus on areas of commonality



    (May 10, 2019) - - Today, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) published the following information:


    The Federal Trade Commission today announced the 14th session of its Hearings Initiative at Creighton University... read more
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