Category: US Politics and Govt

SEC Files Charges in Trading Scheme Involving Confidential Government Information

10:50 am Eastern | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges in an alleged insider trading scheme involving tips of nonpublic information about government plans to cut Medicare reimbursement rates, which affected the stock prices of certain publicly traded medical providers or suppliers. The SEC’s complaint alleges that David Blaszczak, a former government employee turned political intelligence consultant, obtained key confidential details about upcoming decisions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from his close friend and former colleague at the agency, Christopher Worrall.  According to the SEC’s complaint, Worrall serves as a health insurance specialist in the Center for Medicare and tipped Blaszczak about at least three pending CMS decisions that affected the amount of money that companies receive from Medicare to provide services or products related to cancer treatments or kidney dialysis.  Blaszczak allegedly tipped two analysts at a hedread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni

10:00 am Eastern | World

President Donald J. Trump today held meetings with Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.  The leaders discussed the alliance between the United States and Italy, as well as priorities in the areas of defense cooperation, counterterrorism, and efforts to deny terrorists safe havens from Mali to Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. President Trump thanked Italy for its contributions to global counterterrorism efforts, especially its participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS and its active role in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also complimented Italy on its important diplomatic efforts to end the violence in Libya.  President Trump reaffirmed transatlantic unity in holding Russia accountable for its actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and noted the importance of convincing Russia to fulfill its commitments under the Minsk Agreements. The leaders also discussed goals for the G7 Summit, where heads of state andread more »

Quarterly test

9:22 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

The State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs is conducting a quarterly test of the CodeRed Alert System. This is only a test. No response is required. Had there been an actual emergency you would have received specific response instructions. read more »

Press Releases: United States and Japan Hold Nonproliferation Dialogue in Tokyo

8:30 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 24, 2017 The United States and Japan held their fifth annual Nonproliferation Dialogue in Tokyo, May 23-24. The annual meeting is one of several exchanges the United States and Japan hold each year to strengthen bilateral cooperation to address the threat posed by the proliferation of sensitive dual-use technologies, weapons of mass destruction, and their means of delivery. Interagency experts from both sides met to discuss a rangeread more »

Press Releases: On the Occasion of the State of Eritrea's National Day

8:27 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 24, 2017 On behalf of the government and the people of the United States, congratulations to the people of Eritrea on the 26th anniversary of your nation on May 24th. As the country celebrates, we share the hopes of the Eritrean people for a free, peaceful, and productive future. read more »

H.R.1005

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans. (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1809

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.467

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

VA Scheduling Accountability Act (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.Res.348

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 953) to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes. (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1808

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Improving Support for Missing and Exploited Children Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.2288

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1370

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1329

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1725

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1545

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.2052

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

PRIVATE Act (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.366

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

DHS Stop Asset and Vehicle Excess Act (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1162

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

No Hero Left Untreated Act (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.2473

6:37 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Enforcing Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2017 (05/23/2017 legislative day)read more »

The Leader's Daily Schedule - 5/24/17

23 May 19:59 | US Politics and Govt

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23 May 19:55 | US Politics and Govt

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President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

23 May 18:33 | US Politics and Govt

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY Washington, DC 20503 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 CONTACT: ONDCP Public Affairs: 202-395-6618 Mediainquiry@ondcp.eop.gov President Trump’s First Budget Commits Significant Resources to Fight the Opioid Epidemic FY 2018 budget request includes $27.8 billion in drug control efforts Washington, D.C. – Today, Richard Baum, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, announced drug-related requests in the Trump Administrread more »

Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

23 May 18:07 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump was warmly welcomed today in Bethlehem by President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. President Trump again stressed his belief that peace between Israelis and Palestinians is possible. President Trump and President Abbas reaffirmed their commitment to reach for a genuine and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. President Trump stressed the importance of creating an environment consistent with the desire for peace. The two leaders discussed ways to advance negotiations and considered how Arab states might support those negotiations. President Abbas noted that he was ready to begin negotiating immediately. President Trump and President Abbas condemned the terror attack that occurred in Manchester and offered condolences to the victims and the families of those who lost loved ones. The two leaders expressed their support for the Riyadh Summit leaders’ condemnation of terrorism and corresponding pledge to counter terrread more »

Press Releases: On-the-Record-Briefing: The President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID

23 May 17:32 | US Politics and Govt

Special Briefing Douglas Pitkin, Director, Bureau of Budget and Planning, U.S. Department of State; Hari Sastry, Director, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, U.S. Department of State; and Peter A. Wiebler, Acting Director, Office of Budget and Resource Management, U.S. Agency for International Development on the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of State and USAID Via Teleconference May 23, 2017 MS NAUERT: All right. John, thank you, and thank you, everybody, for joining us for this call. Today the President requested $37.6 billion for the State Department and alread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

23 May 17:20 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: J. Paul Compton Jr of Alabama to be General Counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. Compton is a partner in the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (formerly Bradley, Arant, Rose & White) in its Birmingham, Alabama office and serves as Chairman of its Finance Committee. He joined the firm in 1989 upon his graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law. Since that time he has been involved in advising clients regarding consumer lending and regarding loans and investments by banks and other financial institutions in affordable housing and community development projects. He is also outside General Counsel to the Alabama Affordable Housing Association and a member, and former state chairman, of the American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development. read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Ecuador to attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Lenín Moreno

23 May 17:17 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the Presidential Inauguration of His Excellency Lenín Moreno on May 24, 2017. Mr. Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South America, will lead the delegation. Members of the Presidential Delegation: The Honorable Todd Chapman, United States Ambassador to Ecuador read more »

Press Briefing on the FY2018 Budget

23 May 14:57 | SciTech

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 11:12 A.M. EDT DIRECTOR MULVANEY:  Good morning.  I wanted to make a brief statement before we start about things that are probably more important than the numbers.  And folks like me sometimes get caught up in the numbers.  I want to talk very briefly about what happened in Manchester, England. The President this morning summed it up emotionally for a lot of us who just called these people who perpetrated this -- the one person, there may be more -- “evil losers.”  The President has -- I think Barron is 11 or 12.  I took my son to his first concert when he was 11 or 12.  And I think all of us who have children that age and take them to concerts, this is something that hits especially close to home.   And we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our ally and our friends in the UK, and also have the victims and their families in our hearts as we taread more »

Press Releases: Department of State and USAID FY 2018 Budget Request

23 May 14:56 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 23, 2017 Today, President Trump requested $37.6 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) budget in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. This budget request reflects the President’s “America First” agenda that prioritizes the well-being of Americans, bolsters U.S. national security, secures our borders, and advances U.S. economic interestsread more »

SEC and MSRB to Hold Webinar on Series 50 Exam for Municipal Advisors

23 May 14:45 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced a joint educational webinar to assist municipal advisors with understanding their professional qualification requirements. The live webinar, scheduled for Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. ET, will provide information on signing up for the MSRB's Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Examination (Series 50 exam), preparing to take the Series 50 exam, and fulfilling municipal advisor firms' SEC registration obligations. "Providing and maintaining accurate and up-to-date information on municipal advisor firms' initial registration forms and subsequent amendments is essential to ensuring the effectiveness of the municipal advisor registration system," said Jessica Kane, Director of the SEC's Office of Municipal Securities. "In particular, information about associated persons on Form MA-I promotes confidence in the municipal advisor registration regime read more »

Presidential Sequestration Order for Fiscal Year 2018

23 May 13:01 | US Politics and Govt

SEQUESTRATION ORDER FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 PURSUANT TO SECTION 251A OF THE BALANCED BUDGET AND EMERGENCY DEFICIT CONTROL ACT, AS AMENDED By the authority vested in me as President by the laws of the United States of America, and in accordance with section 251A of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act (the "Act"), as amended, 2 U.S.C. 901a, I hereby order that, on October 1, 2017, direct spending budgetary resources for fiscal year 2018 in each non-exempt budget account be reduced by the amount calculated by the Office of Management and Budget in its report to the Congress of May 23, 2017. All sequestrations shall be made in strict accordance with the requirements of section 251A of the Act and the specifications of the Office of Management and Budget's report of May 23, 2017, prepared pursuant to section 251A(9) of the Act.   read more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam

23 May 12:13 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam to the White House on May 31.  President Trump looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen our bilateral relationship and deepen regional cooperation with one of America’s important partners in Southeast Asia.     read more »

Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin

23 May 11:40 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump was warmly welcomed by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin yesterday at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. The two Presidents spoke about the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and they committed to strengthening that bond. President Trump also reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security. The two Presidents discussed the opportunities and challenges facing the region, and President Trump shared conclusions from the extremely successful Arab Islamic American Summit held in Riyadh yesterday. At the conclusion of their meeting, President Rivlin took President Trump to view the tree that had been planted in the garden of the Presidential Residence in honor of President Trump’s historic visit. read more »

Readout of Meeting Between President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

23 May 11:36 | US Politics and Govt

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on President Trump’s first official visit to Israel as President.  The two leaders reaffirmed the special bond between the United States and Israel.  President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed their joint plan to further improve relations by focusing on increased cooperation across a range of issues, including regional and cyber security, trade, technology, innovation, and research.  President Trump underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including to the maintenance of Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge.  The two leaders also agreed on the need to counter Iran and its proxies, including by building strong military capabilities to protect Israel and the region from Iranian aggression.  The two leaders commended the Riyadh summit’s condemnation of terrorism and extremism and pledged to work together to defeat terrorisread more »

Joint Statement Between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States of America

23 May 10:00 | US Politics and Govt

At the invitation of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America made an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Saturday, May 20, 2017 to Monday, May 22, 2017. During the visit, the two leaders reviewed the strong historical and strategic relations between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which have grown and flourished over the past eight decades in the political, economic, cultural, military, security, energy, and other fields. The leaders observed that the two countries have developed a productive partnership built upon trust, cooperation, and shared interests. The two leaders praised the contribution of this visit to strengthening the relations between the two countries, in order to achieve greater stability, security, and prosperity. The leaders declared that they stand together to thwart ourread more »

Statement of Extraordinary Summit of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the United States of America

23 May 10:00 | US Politics and Govt

At the invitation of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the leaders of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) and the United States of America held their meeting in Riyadh on May 21, 2017, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the two sides. During the meeting, regional and international issues of common concern were discussed. The parties aligned on the importance of concerted efforts to achieve stability, security and prosperity. The leaders reviewed the significant progress achieved since the previous summit in April 2016, including the measures taken to enhance cooperation and deepen the strategic partnership between the two sides. The leaders expressed their commitment to tackling the root causes of crises in the Middle East, as well as taking more urgent steps to intensify efforts to defeat Daesh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Iread more »

Press Releases: Government of Hungary's Legislation Impacting Central European University

23 May 09:17 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC May 23, 2017 The United States again urges the Government of Hungary to suspend implementation of its amended higher education law, which places discriminatory, onerous requirements on U.S.-accredited institutions in Hungary and threatens academic freedom and independence. The Government of Hungary should engage directly with affected institutions to find a resolution that allows themread more »

Remarks by President Trump at the Israel Museum

23 May 09:02 | US Politics and Govt

Jerusalem 2:28 P.M. IDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It's very nice.   And thank you to Prime Minister Netanyahu.  And I also want to thank Sara for hosting us last night in really a very unforgettable dinner.  We had a great time.  We talked about a lot of very, very important things.  And thank you to Ambassador David Friedman and Mrs. Friedman for joining us, along with a number of very good friends who have come from our country to yours, as we reaffirm the unshakable bond between the United States of America and Israel.  Thank you.  (Applause.)   I'd like to begin my remarks today by sending the thoughts and prayers of the entire American people to the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester.  You know -- you've all been watching.  You've seen just a horrible thing going on.  I want to send our condolences to the many fread more »

Remarks by President Trump at Yad Vashem

23 May 08:36 | US Politics and Govt

Jerusalem 1:27 P.M. IDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Sara Netanyahu, Chairman Avner Shalev, and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau for hosting us for this moving wreath-laying ceremony. We are here at Yad Vashem to honor the memory of six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.  Two-thirds of the Jews in Europe were sent to their deaths.  Words can never describe the bottomless depths of that evil, or the scope of the anguish and destruction. It was history’s darkest hour.  Millions of innocent, wonderful and beautiful lives -- men, women and children -- were extinguished as part of a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people.  It was the most savage crime against God and his children.  And it is our solemn duty to remember, to mourn, to grieve and to honor every single life that was so cruelly and viciously taken. As Elie Wiesel said: “For the dead and tread more »

Remarks by President Trump and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority in Joint Statements

23 May 08:35 | US Politics and Govt

Presidential Palace Bethlehem 11:05 A.M. IDT PRESIDENT ABBAS:  (As interpreted.)  In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful -- Your Excellency, Mr. President and dear friend, Donald Trump, it's my pleasure to welcome you here in Palestine and receive you as a great guest of our people here in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus -- peace be upon Him -- from which the message of love, peace, and tolerance has spread out all across the globe. Allow me at the beginning to condemn the horrible terrorist attack that occurred in Manchester city -- the British city of Manchester -- leaving tens of casualties and innocent people.  I do offer my warm condolences to the Prime Minister of Britain, families of victims, and the British people. Your Excellency, meeting you in the White House early this month has given us and our Palestinian people, as well as also giving all the nations acread more »

Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Phone Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

23 May 08:10 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke this morning from Jerusalem with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom about the apparent terrorist act in Manchester, England. The two leaders agreed that this attack—which targeted teenage children and their friends at a joyous event—was particularly wanton and depraved.  The President reassured the Prime Minister that Americans stand with the people of the United Kingdom and that our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism. He offered American aid in the United Kingdom’s investigation and vowed to continue the mutual fight against terrorism. Both leaders commended the courage, speed, and professionalism of those who responded to the wounded, secured the innocent, and tended to the survivors and their families.  The President said he looks forward to seeing Prime Minister May in person this week and discussing America’s unbreakable commitment to the United Kingdom andread more »

Press Releases: Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

23 May 07:40 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 23, 2017 Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government and supporting their efforts to investigate and respond to this attack. read more »

H.R.1188

23 May 06:08 | US Politics and Govt

Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017 (05/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.695

23 May 06:08 | US Politics and Govt

Child Protection Improvements Act of 2017 (05/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1862

23 May 06:08 | US Politics and Govt

Global Child Protection Act of 2017 (05/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1625

23 May 06:08 | US Politics and Govt

TARGET Act (05/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.883

23 May 06:08 | US Politics and Govt

Targeting Child Predators Act of 2017 (05/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1842

23 May 06:08 | US Politics and Govt

Strengthening Children's Safety Act of 2017 (05/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

The Leader's Daily Schedule - 5/23/17

22 May 20:49 | US Politics and Govt

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22 May 20:47 | US Politics and Govt

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

22 May 19:46 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Annie Caputo of Virginia to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of a five-year term expiring June 30, 2021. Ms. Caputo currently serves as senior policy advisor for Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. She also held this position for previous Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) from 2007 to 2012. From 2005 to 2006 and from 2012 to 2015, Ms. Caputo worked for the House Committee on Energy & Commerce handling nuclear energy issues. Prior to working for the Congress, Ms. Caputo worked as an executive assistant and congressional affairs manager for Exelon Corporation. Ms. Caputo has more than 20 years of experience advising the United States House of Representatives and Senate, and industry on nuclear energy regulation, policy development, legislaread more »

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