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Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - August 15, 2017

15 Aug 18:22 | US Politics and Govt

Heather Nauert Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC August 15, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing DEPARTMENT NORTH KOREA/REGION IRAN read more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Works to Rebuild America's Infrastructure

15 Aug 17:49 | US Politics and Govt

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP WORKS TO REBUILD AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, and railways gleaming across our very, very beautiful land.” – President Donald J. Trump MODERNIZING AN OUTDATED SYSTEM: The old system for completing environmental reviews was fragmented, inefficient, and unpredictable to the American people. The Federal Government currently lacks a system for tracking the costs of the environmental review and permitting process for major infrastructure projects. The Executive Order will require agencies to track the costs of conducting environmental reviews and making permitting decisions.   With regulatory red tape to jump through, major infrastructure projects are held up for years at significant cost to our ecoread more »

Presidential Executive Order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

15 Aug 17:46 | US Politics and Govt

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - -  ESTABLISHING DISCIPLINE AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AND PERMITTING PROCESS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure that the Federal environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects is coordinated, predictable, and transparent, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Purpose.  America needs increased infrastructure investment to strengthen our economy, enhance our competitiveness in world trade, create jobs and increase wages for our workers, and reduce the costs of goods and services for our families.  The poor condition of America's infrastructure has been estimated to cost a typical American household thousands of dollars each year.  Inefficiencies in curead more »

Multi-Agency Effort Supporting Ongoing Recovery and Building Resiliency

15 Aug 16:39 | U.S. News

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Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina

15 Aug 16:32 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina at the Quinta de Olivos Presidential Office in Buenos Aires. On behalf of President Trump, Vice President Pence recognized President Macri for pursuing a bold reform agenda and improving the investment climate as a model for the region. The two leaders discussed bilateral trade issues, expressing their desire to finalize resolution of key agricultural priorities, and reiterated their commitment to deepening commercial ties. Vice President Pence highlighted Argentina's emerging global leadership role in forums like the G20 and WTO, and reiterated support for the country's bid to start the accession process for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Vice President Pence and President Macri reviewed the strong and growing bilateral security relationship, and recommitted both countries to cooperation on counternarcotics, anti-corruption and the fight against terrread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence to the Argentine and Latin American Business Community

15 Aug 16:20 | US Politics and Govt

La Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires, Argentina 3:41 P.M. Local ET VICE PRESIDENT PENCE:  Thank you, Chargé Cooney, Minister Faurie, Hector Orlando, elected officials, distinguished leaders in the business community, and honored guests.  It is my great honor -- and a great honor to my wife and I -- to be here today at the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.  Thank you for such a warm welcome, for both of us.  In fact, with that rousing round of applause, would you mind welcoming my wife of 32 years, the Second Lady of the United States of America?  (Applause.)  My wife Karen will be joining your First Lady later today, and she’s already been enjoying the extraordinary experience of healthcare for children here in Buenos Aires, earlier today.  This is a historic moment of progress in Argentina and in freedom-loving countries across Latin America.  And I’m read more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Macri of Argentina in Joint Press Conference

15 Aug 15:14 | US Politics and Govt

Quinta de Olivos Buenos Aires, Argentina PRESIDENT MACRI:  (As interpreted.)  Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  And thank you joining us on a special morning.  I would like to welcome and thank the Vice President of the United States for this official visit.   This truly certifies the level of interest and enthusiasm with regard to our country, given that we've started to build trust, to become predictable, and, clearly, that is the beginning of a process of employment generation in our country as it brings investments, most definitely -- investments which are necessary for our country's development. In addition, this reflects a relationship which began to heal 19 months ago, by starting to look for common areas.  And this was obviously certified when I went to Washington and met with President Trump.  This involves the affection there is between our countries. read more »

Press Releases: Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

15 Aug 14:31 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Via Teleconference August 15, 2017 MS NAUERT: Well, welcome to our call today with Ambassador Mike Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak will talk about the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which Secretary Tillerson released about an hour ago here at the State Department. This call is on-the-record, although it’s embargoed until the end of the call. With that, I’ll turn it over to Ambassador Kozak. Thank you, sir. AMBASSADOR KOZAK: read more »

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate

15 Aug 11:32 | US Politics and Govt

Dear Mr. Speaker:     (Dear Mr. President:) 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 of 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 13222 of August 17, 2001, as amended by Executive Order 13637 of March 8, 2013, relating to the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979 is to continue in effect for 1 year beyond August 17, 2017. Sincerely, DONALD J. TRUMP read more »

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Export Control Regulations

15 Aug 11:24 | US Politics and Govt

NOTICE - - - - - - - CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY  WITH RESPECT TO EXPORT CONTROL REGULATIONS On August 17, 2001, the President issued Executive Order 13222 pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.).  In that order, the President declared a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States related to the expiration of the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (50 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.).  Because the Congress has not renewed the Export Administration Act, the national emergency declared on August 17, 2001, must continue in effect beyond August 17, 2017.  Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency decread more »

SEC Charges KPMG with Audit Failures

15 Aug 11:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that KPMG has agreed to pay more than $6.2 million to settle charges that it failed to properly audit the financial statements of an oil and gas company, resulting in investors being misinformed about the energy company’s value.  KPMG’s engagement partner in charge of the audit also agreed to settle charges against him. According to the SEC’s order, KPMG was hired as the outside auditor for Miller Energy Resources in 2011 and issued an unqualified audit report despite grossly overstated values for key oil and gas assets.  KPMG and the engagement partner John Riordan failed to properly assess the risks associated with accepting Miller Energy as a client and did not properly staff the audit, which overlooked the overvaluation of certain oil and gas interests that the company had purchased in Alaska the previous year.  Among other audit failures, KPMG and Riordan did not adequately consider and address facts known read more »

SEC Charges KPMG with Audit Failures

15 Aug 11:00 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that KPMG has agreed to pay more than $6.2 million to settle charges that it failed to properly audit the financial statements of an oil and gas company, resulting in investors being misinformed about the energy company’s value.  KPMG’s engagement partner in charge of the audit also agreed to settle charges against him. According to the SEC’s order, KPMG was hired as the outside auditor for Miller Energy Resources in 2011 and issued an unqualified audit report despite grossly overstated values for key oil and gas assets.  KPMG and the engagement partner John Riordan failed to properly assess the risks associated with accepting Miller Energy as a client and did not properly staff the audit, which overlooked the overvaluation of certain oil and gas interests that the company had purchased in Alaska the previous year.  Among other audit failures, KPMG and Riordan did not adequately consider and address facts known read more »

Press Releases: India Independence Day

15 Aug 08:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 15, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate their independence day and continue the journey we began together 70 years ago. The United States is proud to stand with the people of India, the world’s largest democracy, in the cause for freedom and prosperity around the globe. Prime read more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

15 Aug 00:13 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to congratulate the 1.2 billion citizens of India, who will celebrate 70 years of freedom and independence on August 15. The leaders resolved to enhance peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region by establishing a new 2-by-2 ministerial dialogue that will elevate their strategic consultations.  As the leaders of two of the world’s largest and fastest-growing major economies, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi looked forward to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India this November.  President Trump has asked Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump to lead the United States summit delegation.  President Trump further welcomed the first ever shipment of American crude oil to India, which will occur from Texas this month, pledging that the United States would continue to be a reliable, long-term supplier of energy.  Prime Minister Modi thanked President Trumread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Telephone Call with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

15 Aug 00:11 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.  The two leaders exchanged views on the growing threat from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including the DPRK’s most recent threats to United States and Japanese territory.   President Trump reaffirmed that the United States stands ready to defend and respond to any threat or actions taken by North Korea against the United States or its allies, South Korea and Japan.  President Trump and Prime Minister Abe also discussed a range of other regional and global issues of mutual interest. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Appointment of Tomas J. Philipson as a Member of the Council of Economic Advisors

14 Aug 18:53 | US Politics and Govt

Tomas J. Philipson of Illinois has been appointed as a Member of the Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Philipson is an economist who holds the Daniel Levin Chair in Public Policy at The University of Chicago and is the Director of the Health Economics Program of The Becker Friedman Institute. Dr. Philipson previously served as the Senior Economic Advisor to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Philipson has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award of the International Health Economics Association and was a co-founder of the consulting firm Precision Health Economics LLC. Dr. Philipson holds a BS in mathematics from Uppsala University and a PhD in economics from The University of Pennsylvania. read more »

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Bay County for Michigan Survivors

14 Aug 18:37 | U.S. News

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WTAS: Praise President Donald J. Trump's Memorandum on Chinese Trade Practices

14 Aug 17:59 | US Politics and Govt

Gen. Herbert "Hawk" Carlisle USAF (ret.), President and CEO, National Defense Industrial Association: “China’s theft of our intellectual property has had a significant impact on our national security and our economic productivity, the very basis of our strength as a nation.  Our military is simply the best the world has ever seen because of the men and women who volunteer to serve and because of the vitality and quality of our defense industry and entrepreneurs.  Our innovators are the envy of the world, but they simply cannot compete against a Chinese Communist Party led-strategy to steal their ideas and their technological breakthroughs.  Critically, our military and our defense industry will be weakened and undermined if it cannot benefit from private sector innovation. NDIA and all of our members welcome the efforts by the Trump Administration to redress this misconduct, and are hopeful that more action will be taken to arrest China’s aread more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Protects American Intellectual Property

14 Aug 17:57 | US Politics and Govt

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP PROTECTS AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY “Enforcing intellectual property rules alone could save millions of American jobs.” – Then-Candidate Donald J. Trump INVESTIGATING THEFT: Today, President Donald J. Trump is taking the first step to ensure we protect American innovation and the intellectual property (IP) of American companies. President Trump is signing a Presidential Memorandum to direct the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to examine whether China should be investigated for unreasonable or discriminatory policies that may harm American IP rights, innovation, or technological development. President Trump and his Administration have a strong commitment to protecting the IP of Americans and ending the illegal theft and transfer of IP to foreign nations. USTR will analyze issues raised by the read more »

Fact Sheet: President Donald J. Trump Protects American Intellectual Property

14 Aug 17:57 | US Politics and Govt

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP PROTECTS AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY “Enforcing intellectual property rules alone could save millions of American jobs.” – Then-Candidate Donald J. Trump INVESTIGATING THEFT: Today, President Donald J. Trump is taking the first step to ensure we protect American innovation and the intellectual property (IP) of American companies. President Trump is signing a Presidential Memorandum to direct the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to examine whether China should be investigated for unreasonable or discriminatory policies that may harm American IP rights, innovation, or technological development. President Trump and his Administration have a strong commitment to protecting the IP of Americans and ending the illegal theft and transfer of IP to foreign nations. USTR will analyze issues raised by the read more »

Presidential Memorandum for the United States Trade Representative

14 Aug 17:54 | US Politics and Govt

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby directed as follows:  Section 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States for our trade relations to enhance our economic growth, contribute favorably to our balance of trade, promote reciprocal treatment of American goods and investment, and strengthen the American manufacturing base.  The United States is a world leader in research-and-development-intensive, high-technology goods.  Violations of intellectual property rights and other unfair technology transfers potentially threaten United States firms by undermining their ability to compete fairly in the global market.  China has implemented laws, policies, and practices and has taken actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology that may encourage or require the transfer of American technology and intellread more »

Readout of Second Lady Karen’s Pence’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia

14 Aug 17:33 | US Politics and Govt

Upon arrival in Cartgena Sunday afternoon, Second Lady Karen Pence enjoyed a beautiful walking tour through the Old City of Cartagena. After the tour, Mrs. Pence proceeded to the Hyatt Regency Cartagena Hotel to participate in an art therapy roundtable discussion with practitioners from Bogotá and Cali. Art therapy is a new profession within the area of mental health in Colombia. Just over ten years ago, the first Colombian art therapists began practicing in country. Currently, art therapy courses are not offered at any of the universities in Colombia.  Mrs. Pence’s visit helped to raise awareness of the profession and the benefits of receiving the unique treatment. Following the roundtable discussion, the Second Lady joined the Vice President for dinner with the President and First Lady of Colombia.   On Monday morning, the Second Lady joined the Vice President to visit Calvary Church Cartagena where the Pastor does missionary work with Venezuelanread more »

Press Releases: Liechtenstein National Day

14 Aug 16:36 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 14, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, we offer our best wishes to the people of the Principality of Liechtenstein as you celebrate your National Day. The partnership between the United States and Liechtenstein is founded on our shared commitment to democracy and human rights and built on common interests. Together, we will continue to promote prosperread more »

Denham Springs Elementary Embraces Temporary Campus

14 Aug 15:39 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson To Deliver Address On International Religious Freedom

14 Aug 15:27 | US Politics and Govt

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 14, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the release of the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (IRF) at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in the Treaty Room at the U.S. Department of State. Religious freedom is both a core American value and a fundamental human right. Mandated by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, the IRF Report describes the status of relread more »

Application Period Opens for More than $250 Million in FEMA Grants

14 Aug 14:36 | U.S. News

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Press Releases: Pakistan Independence Day

14 Aug 14:07 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 14, 2017 On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the Pakistani people as they celebrate their 70th anniversary of independence. In an August 14, 1947 message to then Governor General Muhammed Ali Jinnah, President Truman pledged the firm friendship and good will of the United States, saying, “The American people anticipread more »

Statement by President Trump

14 Aug 13:43 | World

Diplomatic Room 12:38 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  I’m in Washington today to meet with my economic team about trade policy and major tax cuts and reform.  We are renegotiating trade deals and making them good for the American worker.  And it's about time.   Our economy is now strong.  The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and businesses are more optimistic than ever before.  Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them.  We have already created over one million jobs since I took office.     We will be discussing economic issues in greater detail later this afternoon, but, based on the events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, I would like to provide the nation with an update on the ongoing federal response to the horrific attaread more »

More Federal Resources for Missouri Disaster Survivors

14 Aug 12:37 | U.S. News

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Mattis and Tillerson: “We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account”

14 Aug 11:24 | World

“In response, the Trump administration, with the support of the international community, is applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to achieve the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime’s ballistic-missile programs. We are replacing the failed policy of ‘strategic patience,’ which expedited the North Korean threat, with a new policy of strategic accountability.” We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account By Jim Mattis and Rex Tillerson Wall Street Journal August 14, 2017 In the past few months, multiple illegal North Korean ballistic-missile and ICBM tests—coupled with the most recent bellicose language from Pyongyang about striking the U.S., Guam, our allies and our interests in the Asia-Pacific region—have escalated tensions between North Korea and America to levels not experienced since thread more »

Press Releases: Republic of Korea National Day

14 Aug 11:00 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 14, 2017 On behalf of the United States of America, congratulations to the people of the Republic of Korea as you celebrate your national day on August 15th. On the anniversary of your independence, we also congratulate the people of the Republic of Korea on the election of President Moon Jae-in. We reaffirm the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic ofread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

13 Aug 23:00 | US Politics and Govt

Vice President Mike Pence met today with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the Presidential Guest House in Cartagena. The leaders discussed a range of issues central to the bilateral relationship, including cooperation on counternarcotics, implementation of Colombia’s historic peace accord, and building the trade and economic relationship. Vice President Pence expressed concerns about the continuing rise of coca production, and reiterated US support for Colombia’s counternarcotics and eradication efforts. The two leaders discussed progress implementing the Peace Accords, including recent disarmament actions, and spoke frankly about the challenges that lie ahead. Highlighting the economic relationship and successful free trade agreement, Vice President Pence announced new market access for Colombian Hass avocados into the United States, and President Santos released measures to expand US exports of rough rice to Colombia. The Vice President also expressed supportread more »

Remarks by Vice President Pence and President Santos of Colombia in Joint Press Conference

13 Aug 22:26 | US Politics and Govt

Casa de Huespedes Ilustres Cartagena, Colombia 6:26 P.M. Local ET   PRESIDENT SANTOS:  (As interpreted.)  Good afternoon.  Mr. Vice President, Mike Pence, welcome.  Welcome to Colombia.  We are truly honored to have you here.     I had the honor of being the first head of state of the Western Hemisphere to take a phone call from you after your inauguration, and I am very grateful for it because I interpreted it as you recognizing the very special relationship that our two countries have had.   Last May, you had me over in your home, the Naval Observatory in Washington, and now you have had another kind gesture, because Colombia is the first country you visit in Latin America.     And this reaffirms our strategic alliance and our friendship with your government and the people of the United States.  Colombians are very proud read more »

Press Releases: Statement on the Murders of Syrian Civil Defense Workers in Idlib

13 Aug 13:55 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 13, 2017 We are saddened and horrified to hear about the brutal murders of seven Syrian Civil Defense Members, more widely known as the White Helmets, in Sarmeen, Idlib. These cowardly acts of masked men took the lives of civilian volunteers who work tirelessly as first responders in order to save lives in incredibly dangerous environments. We want to send our read more »

H.R.339

11 Aug 21:35 | US Politics and Govt

Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act (08/11/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.2288

11 Aug 21:35 | US Politics and Govt

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (08/11/2017 legislative day)read more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Workforce/Apprenticeship Discussion

11 Aug 17:48 | US Politics and Govt

Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, New Jersey 3:32 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you Secretary Acosta and Secretary DeVos for joining us today.  And thank you all, because we have been working very hard on being sure that Americans have the training they need for the jobs in the future.  I also want to thank Ivanka, my daughter, for her leadership on workforce training and her efforts.  You're working very, very hard to create new economic opportunities for women across America and, actually, for women across the world.  You've been working with the Chancellor of Germany on helping women all over the world.   In the past seven months, we've made enormous gains in getting Americans back to work.  The stock market is at record highs.  Unemployment is at a 16-year low.  And manufacturers have never expressed more optimism about the future.  The optimread more »

FEMA in the News

11 Aug 17:37 | U.S. News

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Official Governor's Portrait Unveiling

11 Aug 16:17 | US Politics and Govt

Indiana Statehouse Indianapolis, Indiana 2:27 P.M. EDT   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  To Governor Holcomb, thank you for those overly generous words.  You have known me too long to believe them.  (Laughter.)  But I couldn't be more proud of the job Governor Eric Holcomb and First Lady Janet Halcomb are doing for the state of Indiana.  (Applause.)    And to my friend, Jim Atterholt, my chief of staff here at the State House, thank you for your efforts in putting together this incredible reunion.   And thank you for your integrity, and thank you for your ongoing service to the people of Indiana.  Jim, you are a cherished friend, and you are loadstar of what service to the people of Indiana really means.  Thank you.  (Applause.)   On behalf of my family, my extended family, my mom, and all the people of the Pence team who have come near aread more »

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Isabella County for Michigan Survivors

11 Aug 15:46 | U.S. News

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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ten Point Coalition's Annual Luncheon

11 Aug 15:10 | US Politics and Govt

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown   Indianapolis, Indiana 1:00 P.M. EDT   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, all.  Thank you, Erin, for that wonderful, warm introduction and for your friendship and your contributions to this occasion and to this community.  We admire you greatly.  And to Reverend Harrison, Governor and First Lady Holcomb, Congressman Messer, Lieutenant Governor Crouch, Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann, Attorney General Hill, members of the Indiana General Assembly, Mayor Joe Hogsett, Chief of Police Roach, distinguished guests, it is great to be back home again.  (Applause.)  My wife Karen sends greetings.  She's going to be joining me for a small occasion at the State House in just a little bit, but she went to the Indiana State Fair.  She just -- you know.  (Laughter and applause.)     It's a particular joy to be here with sread more »

Artists Compete for a Chance to Have Their Artwork Appear on Dessert Plates at the Vice President’s Residence

11 Aug 13:50 | US Politics and Govt

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Second Lady Karen Pence visited the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis to view pieces of art displayed by members of the Indiana World Organization of China Painters, who are competing for the chance to hand paint a design on porcelain china plates for the Vice President’s Residence in Washington, DC.     “Hoosier China Painters are gifted artists and I am thrilled that they want to contribute their time and talent to painting china plates for the Vice President’s Residence, which will become a part of our country’s history,” said Karen Pence.  “The artists have amazing examples of their work on display at the Indiana State Fair and I can’t wait to find out who Hoosiers decide will participate in the project.”   The artists submitted examples of their work to the Indiana State Fair where people who attend the fair are able to cast a vote at the Indiana China Painters exhibit in the Inread more »

Press Releases: Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Enbridge Energy's Line 67 Pipeline

11 Aug 12:29 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 11, 2017 The State Department is publishing today the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Final Supplemental EIS) for the proposed Line 67 Expansion. The State Department has prepared the Final Supplemental EIS as part of its review of the Presidential permit application submitted by Enbridge Energy, Limited Partnership (Enbridge). The Final Supplemental EIS is not a decisional document on whether to approve or deread more »

Press Releases: United States and India To Co-Host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30

11 Aug 11:02 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 11, 2017 The United States and India will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) November 28-30 in Hyderabad, India.  Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the Summit, which will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.  President Donald J. Trump announced the Summit during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi read more »

Press Releases: Enhancing the Ability of Individuals in Recovery To Fight Addiction, in the U.S. and Abroad

11 Aug 11:01 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 11, 2017 As part of a U.S. government-wide effort to combat the opioid crisis, the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) launched an initiative this week to help current users fight addiction, both domestically and overseas.  INL has supported international programs to treat heroin and opium addiction for more than 30 years, and now seeks to offer some of those lessons learned overseas read more »

SEC Files Charges in Oil Drilling Investment Scheme

11 Aug 10:55 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged two Tennessee men and an accomplice in Fort Lauderdale with allegedly defrauding investors they lured by false promises of high returns from an oil drilling investment opportunity. According to the SEC’s complaint filed in federal court in Savannah, Georgia, David R. Greenlee and David A. Stewart Jr. orchestrated the $15 million scheme by recruiting and controlling a network of salesmen who offered and sold investors a stake in various companies purportedly using enhanced oil recovery techniques like fracking to extract and sell oil from wells in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Investors were allegedly promised profits of 15 to 55 percent per year for decades.  The SEC alleges that Greenlee and Stewart weren’t registered to sell investments and used fake names like “Dave Johnson” when speaking to investors in order to hide their past criminal records, and they diverted nearly two-thirds of the money raised from invesread more »

Press Releases: United States and India to Co-Host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India, November 28-30

11 Aug 10:20 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC August 11, 2017 The United States and India will co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) November 28-30 in Hyderabad, India.  Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump will lead the United States’ delegation to the Summit, which will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.  President Donald J. Trump announced the Summit during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi read more »

Press Releases: Chad National Day

11 Aug 09:47 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 11, 2017 On behalf of the people of the United States, our congratulations to the people of Chad as you celebrate your 57th year of independence on August 11. The United States commends Chad’s contributions to international peacekeeping operations and Chad’s hosting of Exercise FLINTLOCK 2017. The United States and Chad share a strong bilateral relationship. We aread more »

Second Lady Karen Pence to Meet with Art Therapists in Central and South America

11 Aug 09:03 | US Politics and Govt

WASHINGTON, DC – Second Lady Karen Pence will travel to Cartagena, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; and Panama City, Panama August 13-18, 2017. During her travel, Mrs. Pence will observe art therapy sessions and participate in roundtable discussions with art therapists. The visits will give the Second Lady an opportunity to listen to art therapists as they discuss their profession and how their profession helps individuals who need the treatment. In Colombia, art therapy is an established practice with an association of Colombian art therapists in the country. In Argentina and Chile, there are schools to train art therapists and well-established art therapy programs. In Panama, art therapy is an emerging profession. “I look forward to the opportunity to highlight art therapy and bring more awareness of the profession’s existence and benefits to the countries in Central and South America,” said Karen Pence. “Each timeread more »

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