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    Why Diplomacy Matters

    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas - - (April 15, 2019) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following transcriptions of remarks of U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Why Diplomacy Matters:










    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. And thank you, Jerica, for that kind introduction. Now, as the Secretary of State, we do diplomacy, which means you have to get the protocol right. So, howdy.


    AUDIENCE: Howdy.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be in Texas, one of the greatest countries in the world. (Laughter and applause.) Yeah, I just came back from South America, now Texas, and I’ll return to the United States in the morning, yes. (Laughter.)


    Seeing you all here reminds me of a George Patton quote. He said, “Give me an Army of West Point graduates and I’ll win a battle. But if you give me a handful of Texas Aggies, I’ll win a war.” (Cheers.) That’s tough to take from a West Point graduate.(Laughter).


    Look, I understand that this institution has sent more of its graduates into the military than any other university other than our military academies. It’s because you all are tough, you’re committed, and you want to serve. You should be proud of that, and I love it. And it’s why I really wanted to be here today. I want to thank, too – I want to thank the Wiley family for making this series possible.


    Like Jessicasaid, everyone here – Cadets, Bush school students, anyone looking to give back to America – should consider potentially one day working for the United States Department of State.


    Now, I know, I get it, diplomacy doesn’t sound as thrilling as firing anti-tank weapons, flying F-16s, crawling through mud. There’s no “Top Gun” version of the State Department. Instead we get “Madame Secretary.” No offense to Tea Leoni, those of you who are her fans.


    But there’s a good reason that many former military officers end up working as diplomats serving our country. It’s because the work that we do is important for our soldiers, the soldiers need us, and we need them. Neither diplomacy nor the military can succeed at delivering for presidents and for our country without the other.


    And I’m not the first guy to figure this out. In 1946, President Truman was traveling. President Truman was traveling with Winston Churchill to Missouri, where Churchill would deliver his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. He delivered it there at Westminster at a local college.


    On the train, Truman showed Churchill a recent re-design of the presidential seal. The eagle’s head was turned to the right, so it faced the talons holding olive branches. Now, that represented diplomacy. But rather than having the eagle turn to face the arrows, which represented war, Churchill pondered for a moment and he said, “I think the head should be on a swivel, back and forth.”


    In other words: Diplomacy and military strength go hand in hand. They are indeed intimately related. Each relies on the other.


    I saw this as a young Army captain way back in the 1980s, when I patrolled that very Iron Curtain that Churchill spoke about. I had the incredible privilege, along with my fellow soldiers, we were there to deter the Soviets and indeed prepare this country for the worst. But ultimately, it wasn’t our tanks that delivered that victory. It was diplomacy, backed by the credible threat of force that we had projected.


    Aggies have a long history in the military. But you also have a long history serving America’s diplomatic mission at the State Department, and I’d love that to continue. If you join us, if you work, it will make a difference in the life of every American.


    Now, I’m going to speak just for a couple more minutes because I want plenty of time to take your questions. But before I do, I want to talk briefly about three aspects of my life, of the State Department’s work.


    First, it’s an incredible element of promoting national security.


    As they did during the Cold War, diplomats build relationships to ensure that disagreements never boil over into military conflict.


    Take Jerica, you just heard from, and her team. They’re talking to Mexican authorities to alleviate migrant crisis and to secure our border.


    Her colleagues are confronting the opioid crisis by encouraging partners to cut off the drug flows, that fentanyl that comes in the United States and wreaks so much destruction.


    Just a few months ago, we saw the announcement that China made that they would do their part to deny fentanyl access to our country. It was State Department’s diplomats who sealed that deal.


    And farther from home, State has helped grow the ranks of the Defeat-ISIS coalition, an enormous victory. We’ve seized back 100 percent of the caliphate, liberating millions of Syrians. American diplomats were at the center of creating that coalition and reducing threats to our citizens.


    Just this morning, I spoke with our ambassador, who is working to bring peace in Afghanistan. There’s another graduate of this fine institution, a young lady named Melissa. She is supporting our work there to broker peace between the Taliban and the Afghan Government. We’re trying to end the longest war in United States history and save the lives of Afghans and American soldiers alike.


    Or take a man named Steve Biegun, a truly remarkable fellow. He’s one of my special reps. He’s working on the North Korea file.


    His team has gotten an international coalition together to put the toughest sanctions in history on Chairman Kim Jong-un and his country. But Steve’s work is also important in that we are keeping the door open, working to achieve a diplomatic outcome where North Korea will be denuclearized in a way that brings peace to the peninsula.


    Steve and our team have gotten enormous results. I was privileged to be in North Korea where Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song, and Tony Kim were able to climb on an American airplane and return home from their – to their families from being held hostage in that country, a remarkable diplomatic achievement. Indeed, I’ll never forget the moment, the very moment when they met their families on the tarmac. President Trump was there to greet them too, and I was thinking that morning –it was 3:00 a.m. Washington D.C. time – about the amazing work that our team had done not just that day, but in the weeks and months before that. Absent that great work, absent the work of people like you who decided to join the Department of State, they might well still be held in the hands of the North Koreans.


    The second thing we do every day at the State Department people don’t truly see directly: We make sure that our diplomacy impacts the American people by strengthening the United States economy.


    The truth is we have to compete in a global economy. The United States businesses need access to markets all across the world. President Trump is determined to open those markets for our products. That’s certainly true of companies and businesses here in Texas where exports benefit your economy to the tune of $260 billion a year. It supports more than 900,000 Texas jobs.


    And we help. We help by supporting these economic opportunities through our diplomats. We work to open these markets where there are some 1,600 economic officers stationed all across the world. We try to take down barriers. We try to make the case for American companies and why they can deliver true value to nations all across the world. Indeed, it’s the case that there is seldom an engagement – I was in South America just before coming here today. Not a single one of my conversations– not in Chile, not in Peru or Paraguay or in Colombia did we miss the opportunity to make sure they understood that America was there prepared to help create value for their countries as well.


    You’ve seen it in the work we’ve done to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.


    But you should know it’s more than just commerce. There’s a strategic element to this too. In Houston last month, I spoke to a group to talk about how energy impacts each and every one of us, how there is a national security component to America’s capacity to deliver energy all around the world. We watch as a pipeline is being built in Europe, which will tether Germany to Russia in a way that is not good for German security or the security of the United States of America. The work that’s being done here in Texas and Kansas and Oklahoma, all of the energy fields and in North Dakota – if done well, can work with our diplomacy to deliver true security not only to America, but to Europe as well.


    And you should know Aggies are also helping State create a program to transport excess natural gas from right here in Texas to the Dominican Republic, so it can be sold throughout the Caribbean. We want to make sure the lights are on for your next spring break. (Laughter.)


    We’ve got another team, a team that’s working to warn our friends and partners against buying Chinese 5G technology and build out their infrastructure with Chinese equipment. These are companies like Huawei, which will take your private information and transfer it to the Chinese Government. It makes no sense. And American diplomats are at the forefront of sharing this information with the world.


    None of us want our privacy, our freedom falling into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.


    The final thing before I close: The State Department helps with our American diplomats promoting and protecting our values – indeed, our very way of life.


    The U.S. is the global standard-bearer for democracy, for freedom, for liberty, and for human rights as well. If we don’t speak up, no one else will.


    A few months back, the United States made the decision to leave the United Nations Human Rights Council. We did so because it had become under the control of authoritarians and dictators, people that didn’t really care about human rights. We made the decision to move our embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing facts on the ground. And our diplomats are even, as we speak, all across the world promoting American values and human rights all across the globe.


    We’re working on various missions, including making sure that the nature of Chinese Orwellian systems, particularly their clampdown on people of faith, are impacting us right here at home. I recently had the privilege to meet with a group of Uighur Muslims that came to my office. They talked about the systemic imprisonment, they talked about oppression, and even torture happening in parts of China today. This cannot be allowed to stand.


    We’re exerting maximum pressure to change the very nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran to make sure that that regime simply behaves like a normal country and does not spread terror throughout the world. Today as we stand here, Iran is engaged in conducting an assassination campaign throughout Europe. Our diplomats are working to push back against them so this will stop.


    And my most recent trip was part of the effort that’s being led by the Organization of American States and the Lima Group as we work to restore human rights and democracy in Venezuela. I know that we will ultimately be successful and that Mr. Maduro will leave that country.


    Our diplomats also go on offense to promote American values, in part simply by building and maintaining a set of relationships that are centrally important to our country. These deep friendships matter as time moves on.

    Jerica mentioned some of the work that she does with the youth in Ciudad Juarez.

    That’s a long-term investment in our relationship with our partners to the south in Mexico. We trust that the young people that she’s working with will come to understand America, that they will come to understand how much we care about them. And when it’s their time to lead, they will become good partners for our great nation.


    We do something different on a truly national scale as well with foreign aid. We provide assistance to countries like no other country in the world.


    Our goal is often to turn struggling nations into strong, long-term partners, democratic partners for the United States.


    And in times of crisis, when we’ve offered a hand, I can tell you that people like Melissa, the former Aggie stationed there in Afghanistan today, will benefit from the American aid which we’ve provided to that country.


    About four years ago Melissa was in a tour in Nepal when a devastating earthquake hit that country, killing nearly 9,000 people.


    She said it was one of her proudest moments as an American diplomat. She watched as the embassy rallied to the people’s side, allowing those in need to come seek services at our embassy, to shower and to seek food and shelter at the American embassy.


    For her next tour, she went to Kabul. And just moments after she landed, another earthquake. Everyone in the airport thought it was an explosion, but she knew. She’d been through this before.


    She next traveled to Mexico City. The year was 2017.


    You’ll all remember it was one of the most devastating earthquakes to hit the Mexican – Mexico City in decades. And Melissa saw the great work that the embassy did to make sure that the people of Mexico City got back on their feet.


    I made sure that Melissa did not come to visit with us today. (Laughter.)


    She will tell you that as a diplomat, there was nothing more rewarding than watching American excellence, American graciousness, American resources in power, to meet and help people in times of adversity. This is the life of an American diplomat, and a noble undertaking, and one of true public service.


    There is a story. It’s about President Reagan’s secretary of state, Secretary George Shultz. He understood diplomacy.


    He would meet with our ambassadors as they went to the field. He would ask every ambassador who came by his office just before they went out for their first assignment – he would give them a pop quiz.


    He would take them over to the side of his room, he would point them to a globe, and he would ask them – he would say, “Now that you’ve been confirmed by the Senate, point to the country that you now represent.”


    And they’d all fail, because they’d point to the country which they were leaving. Indeed, the correct place to point for every one of our diplomats is their service to the United States of America.


    Secretary of State Shultz knew that, President Reagan knows that, President Trump and I know that too.

    I know that you all have a tremendous sense of duty, a tremendous sense of service. I hope that today you can see that America’s State Department is committed to living up to those standards.

    And if our mission appeals to you after your time serving elsewhere, we would love to have you come be part of our team.


    Thank you all for letting me be here today. Thank you for allowing me to be with you. Good luck, God bless you, and I look forward to taking your questions. Thank you. (Applause.)












    MR PETROFF: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. Well, welcome to Aggieland.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s great to be here.


    MR PETROFF: I wanted to start first by asking about – if there are some young people in the crowd that really did hear that call to serve, what are the steps they should take in order to join the State Department and make a difference in the world?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Talk to the team standing right in the back on your way out. We’ll sign you up.(Laughter.) So there’s lots of different ways to serve at the State Department. We have folks from all different backgrounds – engineers, event planners, speechwriting teams, all the skills that the Lord gives different people. You can go take a look on our website, and then for those who want to make a career working in the Foreign Service, study hard and prepare for the Foreign Service exam, and then the process is pretty straightforward from there.


    MR PETROFF: Okay, great. As we sort of look towards the future, what does – how does the State Department meet the technological challenges that the 21st century presents?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So there’s two things as we look forward that I think are absolutely paramount. As Jerica said, I’m now two weeks short of being Secretary of State for one full year. There’s two things, as I stare at the State Department to make sure that we’re ready for the 21st century. One of them is what you identified. We need the capacity to move at the speed of our adversaries. They move quickly. Whether that’s al-Qaida or ISIS or the Russians or the Cubans, they make decisions quickly. They – none of those are democracies, with all the process that’s attached to that. And I wouldn’t trade it for the world, don’t make – don’t confuse. But we have to make sure that American diplomacy can move at that speed. There’s an information component to that, there’s a technology component to that, and there’s places that we have real work to do.


    The second thing we need – and by the way, that space, that information management space, we saw this with the Russian efforts to impact our elections. We see this in the information space in Iran today. That information space is an incredibly important component of being able to deliver the American message around the world in ways that it wasn’t 20 or 30 years ago. The capacity for cheap, simple information readily available on your handset is different and presents a different information challenge for us. And we need to make sure that we’re sitting there right on people’s handset sharing the American message in the same way that our adversaries want to share in those countries as well.


    The second piece is cultural, inside an institution. I have run a tank platoon. I was an executive officer in a cavalry troop. I ran two small businesses then was the director of the CIA, and now I am running the State Department. Every organization has to have an ethos, a central mission set that is clearly understood so that every single officer of the State Department understands the commander’s intent.


    And so we’re working to build out life-cycle training programs and making sure that the ethos of the 21st century diplomat, the commitments that I spoke about in my remarks, are at the forefront of every officer’s mind. So when you get to a place and you get to a time when there is a decision to be made, and perhaps the guidance isn’t detailed sufficiently, you’ll have the principles, you’ll have the core understanding of what it is the expectations are for American diplomats, and you’ll make a really good decision. I’m confident that we’re in a good place there, but there’s always more that can be done.


    MR PETROFF: Great. Our campus is so excited to welcome you here today, and in the leadup to today we gave the community the opportunity to submit some questions. And Wiley has gathered some of those great submissions, and so now I’d like to turn to our audience for some more questions.


    Can you please stand?


    QUESTION: Howdy.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Hi.(Laughter.) Howdy. Get it right. I got it. (Applause.)


    QUESTION: Good job. Good job.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m from Kansas. I can – (laughter).


    QUESTION: So my name is Riley Ferrell (ph). I’m a sophomore here, and I have a question for you. Here at Texas A&M we have a very strong tie to the military, which is very similar to your alum, West Point. How has this exposure to military culture when you were younger shaped your perceptions of diplomacy?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, that is a fantastic question. You do have that same culture here for sure. Throughout the whole institution, the commitment to duty and service permeates this institution in the same way it did the place that I did my undergraduate time.


    I will tell you the other thing that I really took away from my time as a young officer in the military that I think is of enormous value in my current role, and I ask all of our diplomats to do this, which is to listen. I remember – I’ve told this story before – there’s an E7 named Sgt. 1st Class Petry, who, when I was a young second lieutenant, I went to my first assignment. I got out of what was an MI51 Jeep. Very few of you would remember these. And I climbed out and I walked over to him, and I had my gold bar and I’d been commissioned for all of, I don’t know, 90 days or 120 days. And I walked up to Sgt. Petry, and he saluted and said, “Young man, you’ll do well if you just shut up for a while.” (Laughter.) He was right. I was also afraid of him, so it all worked. (Laughter.)


    The capacity to understand, the capacity to listen in the military, is critical – to listen to your soldiers to make sure you understand, to listen to your commanders so you understand exactly what it is they’re trying to get at – the same thing as here. I spend a great deal of my time talking and engaged with my counterparts around the world. I was with Chilean President Pinera a few days back, right? I wanted to not only hear him, to hear what he’d said, the things he had on his mind, but to listen in a way to try and comprehend what it was he really wanted and how our two countries could work best together.


    If you said what’s the one thing that I remember from my time in service, I learned a lot about leadership, but one of the things I truly did come to appreciate was the value of listening and taking onboard the ideas of others so that you can execute the mission more effectively. I hope all of the folks who work here at the State Department take that lesson onboard as well.


    Thank you.


    QUESTION: Thank you so much for your answer and for joining us here in Aggieland.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Riley.


    QUESTION: Hi, Mr. Secretary. Thank you for the opportunity. My name is Angelita Garcia (ph). I am a third-year Ph.D. student. My question to you is: How does the State Department handle time-sensitive issues such as the humanitarian crisis currently gripping Venezuela? Thank you.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So you have a big government, and that means sometimes we don’t move just as fast as we need to. The great news is, is when a crisis breaks, we’re good, we’re very effective. So we have a group that is called the USAID. They provide aid and assistance, usually medicine and food. And literally within a handful of days of the recognition that the crisis, the humanitarian element of the crisis in Venezuela, had spiraled, it had spiked – it had been difficult; this has been years in the making, but it had taken a step change in the wrong direction– we were able to move not only food and medicine, but water. We were able to mobilize airlift from our military, C-17s flying to – I flew in here from Cucuta, Colombia, to take it to the border. The American people are enormously generous. It’s still sitting. I walked through the warehouse, where there is still food and medicine sitting.


    We can’t always get it– as in the case of Venezuela, we weren’t able to get it to the people who needed it. Maduro is still denying food to the starving and medicine to sick children. I saw some of those sick children yesterday who had crossed the border into Colombia. It’s truly tragic. But you should know the State Department in a crisis, and those crises can range from humanitarian crisis to– I recall very early in President Trump’s term – I was not in this job, I was the director of the CIA at the time – when Bashar Assad had used chemical weapons against his own people. Your government was able to, in the course of a very eventful 36 hours, do all the groundwork that was needed to make sure that we could respond, to let them – the leader there in Syria understand that this was unacceptable and this administration wasn’t going to allow the use of chemical weapons – Assad to use chemical weapons against his own people. We moved quickly, we moved accurately. The Department of Defense did its task flawlessly. It was a demonstration of American capacity to move in crisis moments in a way that is very effective.


    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, thank you for being here today. I am a Dreamer. What would you tell the Dreamers in this country who have love for this country, who attended these universities like I have, and who fear this administration?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So --


    QUESTION: And thank you for being here.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you very much, sir. Look, this administration has been clear: There was a –there was work that was done early on in the administration, try to achieve comprehensive immigration reform which would have impacted many. I don’t know your particular situation, but would have impacted many. Couldn’t make the political machine work.


    It is also the case that President Trump is determined. He is determined to ensure that there’s American sovereignty on our southern border and that we know who’s coming in and out of our country. That seems like a – there seems to be widespread agreement – I served in Congress for six years, so I suppose you could say I’m part of the problem too, but suffice it to say I think there’s consensus there, and yet we can’t get our laws tweaked in a way that I think would fundamentally recognize the central values of America in a way that would do honor to all those who want to come here and want to come here in a way that is lawful and those that are trying to come here legal, which is something President Trump has made clear. And I think there’s consensus on both sides of the aisle, frankly, that that’s something that we need to be capable of stopping as well, so --


    QUESTION: Excuse me, Mr. Secretary. I’m 100 percent disabled veteran, and she is – the lady here –she’s active Army. And due to my service to the country and her service to the country – I (inaudible) – that we are not able to go to see our family, as you know better than everyone in this room. And I just need my family. I have not seen my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law for seven years. And your subordinate in Embassy Dubai – they denied the case, although we dealt – we told them we just need to see them for 12 days to show them the country and see me. And –but they denied the case.


    And I served the country, I – disabled 100 percent. After (inaudible), I lost 25 friends just in my last deployment, but no one taking care of my kids. And I told them they’re not going to be staying here as an immigrant, they just want to come here to see me, to see my home, and that’s all I need, for just 10 days. And they did even not listen to me, sir. Okay, thank you.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, thank you. Thank you for your service. I can’t comment. I don’t know your particular case, so I just can’t – I apologize. I can’t answer your question about that particular situation.


    MR PETROFF: If we could please hold questions to those with the mike, please. (Applause.)


    QUESTION: He is the state representative.


    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, with the new designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization, I was wondering how heavily the United States would be pursuing sanctions against companies with alleged dealings with this organization.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Vigorously. (Applause.) So I’ll – so we never talk about sanctions, any particular sanction before we get to the place where we can make a decision, but this was – if you back up a step – it’s – you have to back up a step. Our mission is to try and create peace and stability in the Middle East. That’s the macro objective. And so we’ve worked on that by building out an enormous coalition to defeat ISIS. We’re still working to take down the remnants of ISIS. There are various estimates, from 5 to 12 to 21,000 members of ISIS who are still there, moving around in Iraq and Syria and Turkey. Our efforts to continue to prevent them from attacking around the globe are real and serious and will continue.


    The second piece of that has been to identify the other great threat, which is the Islamic Republic of Iran, which remains the largest sponsor of terror, who has supported Lebanese Hizballah, has supported Hizballah’s actions in Syria. The Shia militias under the stranglehold of the ayatollah who are working in Iraq aren’t working for the best interests of the Iraqi people. You see what’s happened in Yemen – an enormous – an enormous humanitarian crisis. The UN did good work in Stockholm to reach an agreement, but the Iranians won’t let the Houthis actually implement the Stockholm agreement. So the second piece of this is to convince Iran it’s not in their best interest to continue to foment terror and engage in malign activity all throughout the Middle East.


    So a – so the next step down from that is how do you do it. One of the pieces of that is our sanctions effort. We have lots of efforts apart from that. With respect to the designation, which actually came into effect just this week, some – the unclassified – some 20 percent of the Iraqi economy is controlled by the IRGC. So my wisdom for those of you who are connected to companies that might be doing business with them or if you’re the general counsel for a European bank that’s doing business with a company that might have a 20 percent share holder, the IRGC, is you should check your work.


    QUESTION: Howdy, Mr. Secretary. My question for you is: Given your experience as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, can you elaborate on the intersection between U.S. intelligence operations and U.S. diplomatic operations, as well as how the two cooperate or clash?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, ma’am, I can. Howdy to you. So it’s amazing – I’m the only person ever in American history to hold both of those jobs consecutively. We’ll find out if that’s a good idea or a bad idea. The history books will get to write that. (Laughter.)


    It was fascinating. It was great preparation, because I had a couple of advantages coming into this job. I had had a chance to work on almost every one of these same problem sets from a different optic in this administration, so it gave me a good jump start when I came to be Secretary of State.


    The two institutions have very different mission sets. The CIA’s mission set is clean and simple: deliver the best data set to the most important leader in the world and deliver it in a timely fashion and a consumable fashion. So as CIA director, you spend every moment worried that you didn’t get the president of the United States or the secretary of state or the secretary of defense the information they needed to make a really world-class decision in a tough space. So that’s the CIA mission.


    It doesn’t come into conflict with the Department of State all that often. Indeed, I spoke with Director Haspel just this morning. I had a handful of questions about a particular problem set I was working on. I asked her to go make sure that tomorrow when I have the opportunity, I get a chance to see their latest and best information set. So they will be providing a tool for us. Done well, the Intelligence Community – more broadly than just the CIA, there are many other elements, we have folks that do lots of other pieces of intelligence collection– the Intelligence Community will provide that fundamental underpinning.


    I talked about the Syria chemical strike. The first in the barrel to respond to that was the CIA. The President wanted to know immediately were they really chemical weapons that were fired or was this – right? We’ve all seen YouTube videos that turned out not to be true. Were the chemical weapons actually fired by the regime? Did they actually hit civilians? What was the magnitude, what was the scope, what was the nature of those chemical weapon systems? Before he could make a decision or even consider a recommendation by his secretary of state about how to respond, he needed to have best-in-class data.


    And we were under the gun. The CIA, the Intelligence Community doesn’t get things right every time. It has a history, it’s made mistakes, it’s imperfect like the rest of us. So we were under the gun. The President gave us just a handful of hours, and we deployed an amazing team – a team of chemists and physicists and engineers and battlefield experts and explosive device experts and folks who spend their whole life looking at potholes in the road to decide what it was that actually created that crater. It’s a great life.


    It took us a few more hours than I wished, but in a matter of hours I was able to deliver a very clear response to the President, identify places that were risks, what we knew, what we didn’t know, but it gave him sufficient information that he could then move on to look for the then-secretary of state to give him a recommendation about the foreign policy that we ought to pursue there, and then in this case he turned to the Department of Defense to consider potential responses as well. It was a place where you see a perfect example of America’s military and diplomacy and intelligence all working together to deliver to the President of the United States a clean set of options based on real data.


    QUESTION: Thank you, sir.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, ma’am.


    QUESTION: Howdy, Mr. Secretary.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Howdy.


    QUESTION: My name is Sanjay Letchuman (ph), and I was wondering, in the light of recent diplomatic efforts abroad with nations such as North Korea and Syria, which you talked about a little bit, do you see sanctions being lifted off these nations in the foreseeable future?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Sanjay (ph), I hope so. I would love nothing more than to lift the sanctions on North Korea, I truly would, because it would mean we were successful. It would mean that North Korea no longer had a nuclear weapons program or a weapons of mass destruction program. It would mean we’d had the opportunity to verify that that was the case, so we knew we weren’t taking anyone’s word for that. It would be a glorious thing. President Trump talks frequently and tweets almost as often – (laughter) – about a brighter future for North Korea, right?


    We desperately want that. Steve Biegun – I mean, the work that he’s done and our team has done – we have – it’s remarkable. We have the toughest sanctions in history on North Korea today. And frankly, the work that’s been done at the United Nations –they’re not American sanctions. These are UN Security Council resolutions. These are the world’s sanctions on North Korea. They’re the toughest in history, and yet we have also made more progress on negotiating the leader of North Korea to make a strategic shift, to make this decision that says, no, it’s the – these – the history which said that a nuclear weapon system is the only defense, it’s our only lever for security, to make the shift to say no, that’s actually what threatens our nation the most.


    We haven’t gotten there. Chairman Kim signed a document in Singapore in June. He’s told me no fewer than half a dozen times that he is prepared to denuclearize. I’ve now spent more time with Chairman Kim than Dennis Rodman. I’m very proud of that. (Laughter.) We’re not home yet, but I pray that one day that President Trump gets to announce that we’re removing the sanctions regime from North Korea.


    Syria – I put Syria in the same bucket. There are those who think that Assad has prevailed. I don’t know that there’s a need to declare winners and losers, but the facts on the ground are that today Assad rules over a very broken country with 6 million displaced persons. He controls, depending on how you count it, a third to 40 percent of the real estate of Syria. Much of the oil wealth, the thing that has driven Syria’s economy for an awfully long time, is not in the control of the Assad regime, and he faces a determined coalition put together in part by the institution that I am so privileged to run, whether they are European countries or Gulf state nations or countries even in Africa who recognize that we can’t begin to rebuild Syria until there is a political resolution there.


    And so before those sanctions go away, before not only the UN sanctions but the American sanctions, the sanctions that the European Union has put in place go away, UN Security Council Resolution 2254 will have to have been fulfilled, which means a political resolution to the outcome, so the migrants who have left Syria for Turkey and for Lebanon and for Jordan can return home and a political process can begin to move forward. These sanctions are never something we do with glee, and we do them only as a means to try and achieve an outcome that’s good for the United States and good for the world.


    QUESTION: Thank you so much.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Sanjay (ph).


    QUESTION: Mr. Secretary.


    SECRETARY POMPEO:
    Yes, sir.


    QUESTION: My name is Oren Shed (ph) and I am a freshman at A&M, and it’s an honor to have you here. My question is: What are some important parts of the State Department’s work that many people are unaware of?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: I talked about the economic work we do. You cannot have an effective national security policy without an economy that is growing. We should all be mindful that America remains $22 trillion in debt. That is a challenge. For those of you who – my son is 28 years old. I figure we’ll pay the bills while I’m here. I wonder if we will for his whole life. You have to have an economy that is thriving and flourishing, and the State Department takes this mission on.


    There is no other American institution that has officers in the field at nearly every American embassy – 180-plus American embassies – where we have economic officers who, for those of you who go decide to start your own business or run a company or become part of a global operation, touch base with our team. We are unabashed in the Trump administration about making sure that American businesses get every opportunity to go compete.


    I talked about the aid distribution that we do. I don’t think people often connect up the State Department with the humanitarian assistance work that we do, not only the money but the work that we do to coordinate. It is almost always the case that when you see a catastrophe like you saw in Mozambique now a few weeks ago, it is almost always the case it is a State Department officer from the United States that among – that are among the first people that the government of that country turns to to begin to coordinate and develop effective responses. We’re incredibly proud of that work.


    The last thing that I didn’t get a chance to talk about that we do is we run big programs that are cultural exchange programs. You would have students here at Texas A&M who came in from other parts of the world to come and study and be part of America. We also work to make sure that students here in America get a chance to go study in other nations. It is remarkable how often I’ll be meeting with a foreign leader and I find that his English is better than mine. That is often because of a State Department program that gave them the opportunity to come visit, understand the United States of America, and the dividends that that pays to our nation from having invested those resources are really important.


    So there’s a couple, three thoughts about things the State Department does that don’t make the front page of the local paper.


    QUESTION: Thank you very much.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, sir.


    QUESTION: Howdy, Mr. Secretary. Could you please share more with us about how you see the relationship between the United States and Latin America developing in the areas of trade and immigration?


    SECRETARY POMPEO: So our administration is an enormous beneficiary of the changes that have taken place in South America. For those of you who know the history of South America, democracies have been too few and free-market economies have been far too scarce. Today, South America is turning back in the right direction. You see that in Peru, you see that in Chile, you see that in Brazil, you see it in Ecuador, you see it in many, many South American countries where people have recognized that the old model – call it – I don’t want to use a pejorative, but these weren’t free-market economies – but that the old model had failed them and that they need to rejoin the global world and compete and produce product and add value.


    So on trade I think there’s an enormous opportunity for American businesses to go to these places, to go to South American countries and sell our products. There’s growing middle classes in these countries as well. And they will also continue to deliver product into our country, so they will continue to move up the value chain and deliver goods for American consumers at prices that are affordable. I think that trade opportunity down there is enormous.


    When those countries become successful, the migration issues become mitigated, right? People want to stay in their own countries. When I was on the – it’s been – 36 hours now. I was on the bridge between Colombia and Venezuela. I watched hundreds of people streaming into Colombia. This was on Palm Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of people steaming in there. And I had a chance to talk with a couple of dozen of them. With one exception, they all wanted to return home to their own country. They had family there, they had deep roots there. But they had nothing. There was no economic opportunity for them. Indeed, many of them said that they had stayed in Venezuela longer than they probably should’ve. I met two mothers who had begun to feed their children every other day. That’s breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking.


    So as – so the solution to that, there’s now a million-five migrants in Colombia, there are three-quarters of a million migrants in Peru from Venezuela, hundreds of thousands strewn in other countries in South America. The solution to that is creating democracy and opportunity inside of Venezuela. That’s – the answer to the migration problem which is burdening Peru and Colombia and Chile, and now Ecuador, the solution to that is creating economic opportunity at home so these people can stay in the first instance.


    Now, some 3 million of a population of roughly 30 million – 10 percent of the people of Venezuela –have been forced to flee their country. We need to do two things. First, we need to fix that, allow the Venezuelan people to fix that so that the next 10 percent don’t leave. That’s the estimate for 2019; somewhere between another 2 and 3 million people will have to flee Venezuela because of economic hardship. And then if we do it well and are good enough to do it quickly and begin to rebuild Venezuela, we can get some of the 3 million who have left back home – back home to their families, back home to their homes, back home to what they know and love so that they can be part of the rebuilding of Venezuela. I see those same opportunities with respect to migration issues all throughout South America and Mexico too.


    MR PETROFF: All right, I think we have time for one last question.


    QUESTION: Hi, Mr. Secretary. My name is Ben Allen (ph), and I’m a civil engineering student. My question for you is: How do you balance condemnations with concessions in diplomacy with a controversial government such as Saudi Arabia? Thank you.


    SECRETARY POMPEO:
    So I always begin with a deep understanding that no secretary of state gets through their first day without recognizing it’s a tough world out there. We don’t appreciate how glorious it is to be here in the United States of America on a consistent enough basis and with enough fervor. Maybe you do here at Texas A&M, but I think too many Americans don’t understand how blessed we are. These are – are many, many tough places out there.


    Having said that, not all tough places are the same. They each present a different set of challenges. I – it reminds me, you would know this as – it’s a bit of an aside. But in terms of how you think about problem sets, I – when I was a cadet, what’s the first – what’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. (Laughter.) It’s – it was like – we had entire training courses. (Applause.) It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.


    And so when you deal with these countries, you have to just recognize they’re not all the same. Some of these difficult, nasty places want to partner with the United States and just haven’t gotten to the right place yet, just haven’t been able to move their own institutions. And some of them may only be trying half as much as they ought to be trying, but they’re trying to move in the right direction. That presents a very different way of thinking about how the United States ought to address them. In those cases, we ought to assist them.


    We should never shy away from calling them out. We have to be consistent. The State Department puts out every year a Human Rights Report. It’s just a compendium of bad acts around the world during the last 12 months. It’s way too long a book. But you should look at it. We call out friends, we call out adversaries, we call out everyone in between. But we have to find places where some of these countries that aren’t living up to our human rights standards – we address it, we work to fix it, we hold them accountable as best we can, and then we work to make sure those things don’t happen again.


    There are another set of bad actors who’d just as soon see you all perish from this planet. That calls out for a different American response. And so sorting those through, figuring out exactly the right mix of American tools – diplomatic tools, economic tools, political tools, military tools, figuring out precisely what the right mix is the task that we engage in at the State Department, but we do it with all of our partners in the national security apparatus as well. So the leadership in the White House, the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, the Department of Treasury – we were talking about sanctions – all of those have an important piece of figuring out what exactly the right mix is.


    And so just two things. One, we need to constantly evaluate if we have that right with respect to every one of those actors. Have we got the right balance? Are they still in the same place? Are they still making progress? Are they still serious about addressing the shortcomings that we identify? And then second, we have to be relentless, whether they are friends or adversaries, in making sure when a nation falls short that America will never shy away from calling them out for that behavior that didn’t rise to the level that we hope every nation can achieve.

    MR PETROFF: All right. Well, I think that’s all the time we have today. Thank you so much for taking our questions.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all very much. (Applause.)


    MR PETROFF: It was a pleasure to meet you, sir.


    SECRETARY POMPEO: Thankyou. I appreciate it. Thank you all. (Applause.)














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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


    USDA says Investments will Benefit 213,295 Residents and Businesses


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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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


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

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



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


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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


    Investments will Benefit 133,000 Residents in Rural Communities


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

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

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



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

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

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


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


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

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

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



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



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

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





    Dana Schulze



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

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

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



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

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

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


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


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

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


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


    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

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

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


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

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    Information published by CPSC includes the following:




    Eddie Bauer Slumber and Soothe Rock Bassinet (Model BT055CSY)





    Disney Baby Doze and Dream Bassinet (Model BT071DHS)



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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Designates China as a Currency Manipulator | site |



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

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

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


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


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

    NATIONWIDE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM TEST ON AUGUST 7


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


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


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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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


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

    INDO-PACIFIC PROSPERITY AND STABILITY:

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




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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

    Ohio Governor DeWine Statement on Dayton Shooting | site |


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


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

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

    Texas Governor Abbott Statement On El Paso Shooting | site |


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

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

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

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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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




    July 30, 2019

    Letter to the Secretary

    Dear Mr. Secretary:

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

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


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


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

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



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


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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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







    New Home Sales


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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Pig Ear | site |


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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