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ICYMI: Why Business Supports The House Republican Healthcare Plan

7:07 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Why business supports the House Republican healthcare plan The Hill By Thomas Donohue Our country’s healthcare system is at a crossroads and inaction is not an option. The cost of health insurance has increased significantly while the number of private coverage options has decreased. These failings have all come at a very high cost to the federal government, to employers, and to individuals. … The AHCA will improve access to affordable coverage by repealing ObamaCare’s tax on health insurance, which merely drives up premiums. Repealing the prescriptive platinum, gold, silver, and bronze plan limitations in the individual and small group market will open the door to a wider range of coverage options. By changing the age-rating rule, the AHCA will improve coverage affordability for younger workers. The expansion of health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts will make healthcare more affordablread more »

Message to the Congress Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan

6:48 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  In accordance with this provision, I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 of April 3, 2014, with respect to South Sudan is to continue in effect beyond April 3, 2017. The situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers,read more »

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to South Sudan

6:48 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY  WITH RESPECT TO SOUTH SUDAN On April 3, 2014, by Executive Order 13664, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706), to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers and humanitarian workers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations. The situation in and in relation to South Sudan continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to tread more »

Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 23, 2017

6:45 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 23, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UNITED KINGDOM D-ISIS DEPARTMENT read more »

Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary -- #27

4:32 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  1:38 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I want to start by acknowledging, as the President did a little while ago, that a great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the terror attack in London yesterday. Our prayers are with his family and friends.  We’re aware of reports that another American citizen was injured, as well as the potential as this story continues to develop -- we stand ready to provide consular assistance, but considering some privacy concerns, I'm not going to further discuss the current state of any of those individuals at this time. As I said yesterday, the President spoke with UK Prime Minister May to offer his condolences and pledge the full cooperation and support of the United States government in responding to this attack and bringing those responsible to justice. Now, a little bit on today’s schedule. &nbread more »

Press Releases: Iraq: U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Efforts Help Defeat ISIS

3:56 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 23, 2017 The United States has invested more than $333 million in Iraq since 2003 toward the clearance and safe disposal of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and securing excess conventional weapons and munitions. This assistance, directed through several Iraqi and international nongovernmental organizations, has made significant progress toward countering the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This progress includes making possible read more »

Remarks by the President in Meeting with Truckers and CEOS on Healthcare

2:45 pm Eastern | World

Cabinet Room 3:20 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  First of all, I want to thank you for your support on healthcare.  That’s been great.  I know you had a big problem with Obamacare, and everybody, so welcome to the crowd.  But I very much appreciate you being here and I very much appreciate your support. I’m honored to welcome all of the many truckers and the trucking industry leaders to the White House.  And I must say, really, you are the leaders.  You are the big ones.  I’m very impressed I was able to get you -- I think it was the White House that was able to get you.  (Laughter.)   No one knows America like truckers know America.  You see it every day, and you see every hill and you see every valley and you see every pothole in our roads that have to be redone.  Every town, every forest, from border to border, to ocean to ocean -- it’s true.  It’s true. &nbsread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Meeting with Members of the House Freedom Caucus

1:58 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump held a productive meeting with more than 30 members of the House Freedom Caucus in the Cabinet Room today to discuss the building momentum toward repealing and replacing Obamacare. Members of the House Freedom Caucus thanked the President for engaging with them throughout the negotiations. The President thanked the group for their willingness to work closely with the White House and their colleagues in Congress to craft the strongest possible bill. The group agreed that their ultimate goal is to implement a system that will drive down costs and increase access to healthcare for millions of Americans. This meeting was a positive step toward that goal. The President will also be meeting with the Tuesday Group later this afternoon and looks forward to further discussing our efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare.   read more »

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark

12:34 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark to the White House on Thursday, March 30.  The Prime Minister’s visit will occur on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Denmark formally ceding the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States.  During their meeting, the President and Prime Minister will discuss our strong bilateral relationship and how we can progress on our shared priorities, including deepening already robust economic ties, defeating ISIS, and strengthening our defense and security relationship, both bilaterally and through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.   read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras

11:42 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President met today with President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras at the White House. The Vice President recognized the important progress that Honduras has made over the past two years in fighting violent crime and corruption and strengthening citizen security, including through its police reform efforts. President Hernandez emphasized that Honduras is focused on improving the economy and creating jobs through its Alliance for Prosperity Plan, which will address the root causes that drive illegal immigration. The Vice President pledged to maintain close relations with Honduras as part of the Administration's overall engagement with the Northern Triangle of Central America. read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

22 Mar 21:36 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President met today with Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson. The Vice President expressed condolences on behalf of President Trump and the American people for the loss of life in the terrorist attack that occurred today in London. He noted that the American people stand in solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom and offered the United States’ assistance in the aftermath of the attack. The Vice President and Foreign Secretary Johnson reaffirmed the critical importance of the special relationship and expressed the desire to strengthen U.S.-U.K. cooperation across a wide range of bilateral and global issues. read more »

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus

22 Mar 20:32 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump met with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) leadership team and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn. During the meeting, the participants discussed various issues pertaining to the African American community, including the President’s commitment to improving conditions for distressed communities. The President voiced his desire to work with the CBC to improve educational and economic opportunities, enhance public safety, reduce the cost of prescription drugs, and invest in infrastructure. The following congressmen participated in the meeting: Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Chairman of the CBC Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), House Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/22/2017, #26

22 Mar 17:40 | SciTech

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:41 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  First, at the top, I wanted to note that the President has been briefed on the situation in London.  He just spoke to Prime Minister May, and we’ll have a readout on that situation and that call soon.  We obviously condemn today’s attack in Westminster, which the United Kingdom is treating as an act of terrorism.  And we applaud the quick response that the British police and their first responders made to the situation.  The victims in this are in our thoughts and our prayers. The City of London and Her Majesty's government have the  full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those to justice who are responsible.  We will provide you with further updates as warranted and, as I mentioned, a readout of the President's call with the Prime Minister. read more »

The Detroit News: Judge Gorsuch “the very image of a thoughtful jurist”

22 Mar 16:54 | US Politics and Govt

Editorial: Gorsuch turns back Democratic attacks The Detroit News After two days of often hostile hearings, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is proving himself an even-tempered, deeply knowledgeable nominee who should be confirmed by the Senate. Gorsuch calmly turned back attempts by Democrats on the Judicial Committee to paint him as an extremist whose rulings as an appeals court judge heavily favored corporate and big money special interest, the evidence to support that charge is flimsy. At the start of Tuesday’s session, Gorsuch deflated the claims that he is a threat to women by stating the Roe v. Wade precedent “has been reaffirmed many times.” And through often accusatory questioning aimed at distorting his record, he forcefully defended his rulings on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals while schooling senators on the law. He reminded the senators that “97 percent of the 2,700 cases I've read more »

White House to Make Financial Disclosures Public

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

Fulfilling the President’s commitment to ensure an ethical and transparent government, on March 31, 2017, the White House will be making the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Form 278 financial disclosure reports filed by high-level officials in the White House Office available to the public. Additionally, in the future, members of the public will be able to make requests through an online portal and receive access to the public financial disclosure reports of officials who have filed their form at least 30 days prior to the date of the request. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION As per the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, high-level officials in the White House are required to file public financial disclosure reports. These reports are reviewed by the White House and are used to identify and prevent potential financial conflicts of interest. The reports of the highest-level offread more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Meeting with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 3:10 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m deeply honored to welcome the members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the White House.  We’re going to have a lot of meetings over the years, and I very much appreciate you being here. Throughout my campaign, I pledged to focus on improving conditions for African American citizens.  This means more to me than anybody would understand or know.  Every American child has a right to grow up in a safe community, to attend great schools, to graduate with access to high-paying jobs.   America has spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas.  I guess -- I heard just recently in the Middle East we’ve spent as of about two months ago $6 trillion -- $6 trillion, and you know where we are over there -- while neglecting the fate of American children in cities like Baltimore and Chicago and Detroit.   African Amerread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States' partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and discussed issues of mutual concern including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Building on the dialogue that began last month in Brussels, Belgium, the Vice President and High Representative and Vice President Mogherini agreed to remain in close contact as the United States and the European Union consider the way forward on these and other shared challenges. read more »

Press Releases: Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

22 Mar 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to review and accelerate the campaign for the lasting defeat of ISIS. We remain firmlyread more »

Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

22 Mar 14:43 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice. read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

22 Mar 14:04 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ capability to respond to threats and conduct counter-terrread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 13:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: On the Attack in London

22 Mar 13:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference. read more »

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Announces Legislative Affairs Staff Appointments

22 Mar 13:32 | US Politics and Govt

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, President Trump’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Marc Short, announced the following additions to the Legislative Affairs Senate staff team. “I’m honored to work alongside this team that is committed to advancing the President’s agenda,” Short said. “With extensive experience and relationships on Capitol Hill, they offer abundant knowledge and valuable insight that will undoubtedly help the White House and Congress pass legislation to deliver on our promises to the American people.” Amy Swonger will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. Bethany Scully will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Senate and House Special Assistant. Andy Koenig will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant. Virginia Boney will serve as Special Assistaread more »

President Trump Approves Wyoming Disaster Declaration

22 Mar 12:57 | US Politics and Govt

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Wyoming and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm and straight-line winds from February 6 to February 7, 2017.    Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and straight-line winds in Teton County. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Ms. Nancy M. Casper as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.  Additional designations may be read more »

H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017

22 Mar 12:19 | US Politics and Govt

March 22, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017 (Rep. Black, R-TN) The Administration strongly supports H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). This bill begins to fulfill the President's commitment to rescue Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and expand access to affordable, quality healthcare. The AHCA offers patient-centered healthcare solutions that will promote innovation, reduce health insurance premiums, and empower doctors and patients to make healthcare choices. The AHCA makes significant and important changes as part of a three step process to repeal and replace the ACA. The AHCA would provide tax credits for Amread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Administrator Seema Verma in Women in Healthcare Panel Meeting

22 Mar 12:13 | US Politics and Govt

Roosevelt Room 11:24 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much for being here.  It’s a great honor, very great honor.  I want to thank Vice President Pence, Secretary Tom Price, and Administrator Seema Verma -- who’s done an incredible job, by the way -- for all of the time and energy they’ve put into repairing and replacing Obamacare ahead of tomorrow’s crucial vote.  Big vote tomorrow in the House.   I want to especially thank Seema, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services --a wonderful job she’s doing, and definitely a complex job, but you have it under control, right -- for hosting this very important meeting to discuss the vital role women play in healthcare and the hardships inflicted on them by the Obamacare catastrophe.  It’s been bad. Administrator Seema Verma is playing the leading role for us in helping us to repeal and replace Obamacare.read more »

Press Releases: The Global Coalition - Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 11:07 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through local partners for military operations; supporting the stabilization of territory liberated from ISIS; and, enhancing international cooperation against ISIS&rsquread more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

22 Mar 11:00 | US Politics and Govt

This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian heritage will come together with their families during this time to commemorate the arrival of spring. Nowruz means “new day” in Persian.  It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land. For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history. They come from diverse religious backgrounds—including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i—but all share an affection for their ancestral heritage. Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously sread more »

Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings

21 Mar 22:06 | US Politics and Govt

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Remarks by the President at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner

21 Mar 21:17 | US Politics and Govt

National Building Museum Washington, D.C.  7:38 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Wow.  You know, I asked how many people would be here tonight.  They said a couple of hundred.  It was just like a little fundraiser.  They didn’t say you broke -- 23 years, you broke the all-time record tonight -- $30.1 million.  And broke it by $10 million -- that's not so close.  So, congratulations.  We're going to have a great eight years together.  (Applause.) And Rasmussen just came out with a very good poll -- you’ll be liking this poll.  This poll is good.  We're going to do a good job.  More importantly, we're going to do a great job, and then we're going to win it the old-fashioned way -- we're just going to win it.  And I want to thank everybody.   This is a lot more than 200 peread more »

President Donald J. Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017

21 Mar 18:42 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years. The bill demonstrates strong bipartisan support for our Nation’s space program and helps ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of exploration and discovery. “With this legislation, we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery,” said President Trump during a signing ceremony at the White House. “America’s space program has been a blessing to our people and to the entire world. Almost half a century ago, our brave astronauts first planted the American flag on the moon. That was a big moment in our history.  Now this nation is ready to be the first in space once again. Today we’re taking the initial steps toward a bold and brave new future for American space flight.” The Act, passed unanimousread more »

Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - March 21, 2017

21 Mar 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 21, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UNITED KINGDOM/NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTERTERRORISM/ISIS DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT read more »

Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary - #25

21 Mar 16:42 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  1:56 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  The hearing is still -- Judge Gorsuch’s hearing is ongoing, and considering the significant attention, I'm going to try to keep this a little on the shorter side today. The President is making a full day of progress towards some of his biggest promises that he’s made to the American people.  This morning he met with the House Republican Conference members on Capitol Hill, ahead of the House’s scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act, which is currently scheduled for Thursday. During the meeting, the President reminded members of the House Conference that repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a promise that Republicans have been making to voters for years. Members have made it clear that if voters put a Republican in the White House and continue Republican majorities in the House and the Senatread more »

H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

21 Mar 14:08 | US Politics and Govt

March 21, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (Rep. Johnson, R-TX, and 37 cosponsors) The Administration supports H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017. The Administration is committed to providing American workers with new options for access to quality, affordable care. The bill would strengthen access to health coverage for workers in the Nation's small businesses, many of which struggle to provide their employees with healthcare benefits due to dramatic increases in premiums and healthcare costs under the Affordable Care Act. H.R. 1101 would enable small businesses to provide health benefits to their workers through trade and prread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 21, 2017, as National Agriculture Day

21 Mar 13:56 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.  The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined. The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly innovative.  It continuously builds on its centuries of progress through advances in science, research, technology, safety, production, and marketing to meet the demands of changing consumer needs and complex world markets.  The agriculture sector provides jobs across our Nation, not just for farmers and ranchers, but for foresters, scientists, processors, shippers, firefighters, police, and retailers.  read more »

H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017

21 Mar 13:50 | US Politics and Govt

March 21, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (Rep. Gosar, R-AZ, and 20 cosponsors) The Administration supports H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017. Many Americans have seen their health insurance premiums increase, and healthcare options decrease, significantly under the Affordable Care Act. The Administration supports efforts to restore competition to the health insurance marketplace in order to lower costs and expand choices for consumers. H.R. 372 would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act to ensure that Federal antitrust laws apply to the business of health insurance. The bill supports the goal of giving Americanread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 442 into Law

21 Mar 13:44 | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 442, which (1) authorizes appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 2017; (2) provides for improvements to the International Space Station program; (3) authorizes medical monitoring and treatment for former astronauts; (4) authorizes a space technology program; and (5) authorizes third-party indemnification for certain hazardous commercial space services. read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq

21 Mar 11:38 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq built upon their productive meeting last month at the Munich Security Conference during a working breakfast at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory this morning.  The Vice President commended Iraqi Security Forces for their progress in western Mosul and thanked Prime Minister Abadi for the sacrifices of the Iraqi people in our shared fight against ISIS. The Vice President also thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership in protecting religious and ethnic minorities, including Christians, Yezidis, and others, and urged the Prime Minister to continue efforts to ensure inclusive governance. The leaders also discussed opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship and advance mutual interests, including read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

21 Mar 11:28 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If confirmed, Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky will serve as a Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The son of Indian-American immigrants, Judge Thapar serves on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  With his 2008 nomination by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation and appointment, Judge Thapar became the Nation’s first Article III judge of South Asian descent.   Before his service on the bench, he was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Before that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia.  He began his legal career in private practice, after clerkships with Judge S. Arthur Spiegel on the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio anread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

21 Mar 11:27 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced key additions to his Administration. Benjamin Cassidy of Massachusetts will serve as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security.  Mr. Cassidy serves as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Homeland Security in the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the Department, he was a senior executive at The Boeing Company, leading international business development and government relations assignments in the defense sector. While at Boeing during the Bush Administration, Mr. Cassidy worked extensively to advance strategic missile defense relationships with international industry partners in support of U.S. Government policy. He has also served as the Defense and Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant for Senator John Warner of Virginia. Before his Senate work, Mr. Cassidy served in a variety of Marine Corps command and staff assignments, including rread more »

Joint Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

20 Mar 21:45 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to the Oval Office to reaffirm America’s support for Iraq and the Iraqi people in our shared fight against the terrorist group ISIS/Da’esh.  The United States and Iraq stand fully committed to a comprehensive partnership, rooted in mutual respect and grounded in the United States-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement, which provides a framework for political, economic, cultural, and security cooperation.  President Trump was particularly honored that Prime Minister al-Abadi was one of the first foreign leaders he has hosted at the White House, a testament to the close bonds between the American and Iraqi people and the importance of the relationship between our governments.   In today’s meeting, President Trump and Prime Minister al-Abadi praised the unprecedented cooperation between the militaries of the United States and Iraq in the fight against ISIS/Da’esh, includiread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Make America Great Again Rally | Louisville, KY

20 Mar 21:44 | US Politics and Govt

Kentucky Exposition Center Louisville, Kentucky 7:40 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  I am thrilled to be here in the great state of Kentucky and the beautiful city of Louisville!  (Applause.)  And this place is packed.  (Applause.)  There are a lot of people outside that aren’t getting in, but that's all right.  We love them, too, right?  We love them, too.  (Applause.)   We're in the heartland of America, and there is no place I would rather be than here with you, tonight.  (Applause.)  Our first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, was born right here in Kentucky.  (Applause.)  That's not bad.  The legendary pioneer, Daniel Boone, helped settle the Kentucky frontier.  (Applause.)  And the great 19th century American statesman, Henry Clay, represented Kentucky in the United States Conread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with the House Pro-Life Caucus

20 Mar 19:42 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President today met with Chairman Chris Smith and members of the House Pro-Life Caucus to discuss the American Health Care Act and President Trump's commitment to repealing and replacing Obamacare with a health care system that actually works. The House legislation, which could be considered by the House of Representatives this week, includes protections against taxpayer funding being used for abortions. The National Right to Life Committee last week endorsed the American Health Care Act for 'restoring the longstanding principles of the Hyde Amendment with respect to federally funded health coverage.' At the conclusion of the meeting, Vice President Pence reaffirmed his and President Trump's ongoing commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn.read more »

Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Authority Under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017

20 Mar 17:37 | US Politics and Govt

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE SUBJECT:         Delegation of Authority Under the National Defense                              Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows: I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the functions and authorities vested in the President by section 3132 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-328) (the "Act"). Any reference in this memorandum to the Act shall be deemed to be a reference to any future Act that is the same or substantially the same as such provision. You are authorized and directedread more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/20/2017

20 Mar 16:46 | US Politics and Govt

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:45 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  As you all know, the President will be speaking this afternoon in Louisville, and we've got an event coming up, so I'll try to keep this relatively short to focus on -- let the President focus on his message for the day. In regard to the news of the day, this morning, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, the President met with Bill Gates, the co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The President and Mr. Gates talked about their shared commitment to finding and stopping disease outbreaks around the world.  The President particularly commended Mr. Gates for the Gates Foundation's work in global health and health security.  Generous and innovative private philanthropy groups, like the Gates Foundation, are critical to our mission of finding the cures of tomorrow.  read more »

Remarks by President Trump in a Bilateral Meeting with Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq

20 Mar 16:07 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 3:28 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Prime Minister, it’s an honor to have you here before our Cabinet, which I hope in years to come will be thought of one the great Cabinets in the history of the United States.  We just spent a few minutes speaking in the Oval Office and learning and giving each other ideas.  One of the things I did ask is why did President Obama sign that agreement with Iran, because nobody has been able to figure that one out.  But maybe someday we’ll be able to figure it out. I want to thank you very much for being here, great respect for you.  I know you're working very hard, and General Mattis and General McMaster and Rex Tillerson have all been telling me that you're doing a job -- it’s not an easy job, it’s a very tough job.  Your soldiers are fighting hard.  I know Mosul is moving along, but Mosul was ours until we left.  So perhaps we sread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

20 Mar 14:44 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate David J. Glawe of Iowa, to be Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security.   Mr. Glawe is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, currently serving as the Assistant Commissioner at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Intelligence.  Recently, Mr. Glawe served as acting Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the Department.  He has more than 24 years of national security and law enforcement experience, including service as Deputy National Intelligence Manager for Threat Finance and Transnational Organized Crime at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, as a Counterterrorism Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and as a Federal Agent with the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Mr. Glawe began his career as a police officer with the Houston Police Department.&nbread more »

Press Releases: World Water Day at State

20 Mar 08:23 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 20, 2017 On March 22, World Water Day, the U.S. Water Partnership will host the 2017 U.S. Water Partnership All Partners Meeting in the Department of State’s George C. Marshall Conference Center. The meeting will be open to the press from 9:a.m. to 10:10 a.m. The U.S. Water Partnership is a 120-member public-private partnership that was launched in 2012 to unite and mobilize U.S. knowledge, expertise, and resources to imread more »

Readout of the President’s Day

19 Mar 18:21 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump held meetings regarding North Korea and China. President Trump also met with military personnel. He spoke to President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to discuss our bilateral relationship, including our close cooperation on trade and security issues. President Trump expressed concern over the situation in Venezuela, and the leaders agreed on the importance of advancing democratic principles throughout the Western Hemisphere. read more »

Press Releases: Secretary Tillerson's Meeting With President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.)

19 Mar 15:00 | US Politics and Govt

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 19, 2017 The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Rex Tillerson met with President Xi Jinping for 30 minutes on Sunday at The Hall of the People in Beijing. The two leaders discussed the progress in China-U.S. relations since the historic opening 40 years ago. Both President Xi and Secretary Tillerson agreed there are opportunities for greater cooperation between China and the United States, but acknowread more »

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