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  • Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service

    Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service

    Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service | site |



    (Information contained in Association of Flight Attendants CWA, AFL-CIO press release: November 18, 2020)

    Washington, DC (November 18, 2020) — Following the Boeing 737 MAX return to service order by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement: “As aviation’s first responders and last line of defense, Flight Attendants understand that our jobs and our lives depend on this industry meeting the highest possible standards of safety and security. After nearly two years of reviews and the redesign of critical aircraft systems, U.S. regulators are clearing the 737 MAX to resume flying. "This day is the result of the persistence of engineers and manufacturing workers at Boeing. But this day is also a reminder of why this plane has not flown for two years and the responsibility we all h...
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  • SEC Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: November 23, 2020) Washington D.C., Nov. 23, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a Policy Statement and Guidance focused on central counterparties (CCPs) authorized under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that may seek to access and operate in the U.S. securities markets. The Statement provides transparency into the Commission’s processes and highlights efficient ways that CCPs based in the European Union (EU) can register as a clearing agency or request exemptions from certain requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The SEC has a longstanding and collaborative relationship with its European counterparts with respect to supervision and enforcement of regulate...
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  • Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS

    Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: November 24, 2020)

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a Notice published in the Federal Register announced a policy to enhance transparency at HHS by requiring that all assumptions, working papers, models, and other information used as part of any impact analysis associated with a rule or demonstration project are shared at the time the results of that analysis are publicly disclosed. HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison issued the following statement:

    “We are providing needed transparency by requiring the Department to show its math so the American people can know and challenge the methods government uses to calculate effects of regulations it imposes on them.”

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  • U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies

    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 22, 2020)


    Statement attributed to Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State:

    On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date. Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.
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  • AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care

    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care

    American Hospital Association Statement On U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care | site |




    (Information contained in American Hospital Association [AHA] press release: November 20, 2020)




    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care



    Tom Nickels
    Executive Vice President
    American Hospital Association

    November 20, 2020


    The actions taken today by the Department of Health and Human Services will significantly benefit patients by allowing their health care providers to work together to improve their care. The AHA greatly appreciates the leadership of Deputy Secretary Hargan in finalizing this rule and listening to the concerns of hospitals and health systems. The AHA has long called for the ability to coordinate care among providers to provide comprehensive patient care. Outd...
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  • American Hospital Association Statement on Most Favored Nation Model Interim Final Rule

    American Hospital Association Statement on Most Favored Nation Model Interim Final Rule | site |


    (Information contained in American Hospital Association [AHA] press release: November 20, 2020)



    AHA Statement on Most Favored Nation Model Interim Final Rule


    Tom Nickels
    Executive Vice President
    American Hospital Association


    November 20, 2020


    America’s hospitals and health systems have very deep concerns about the substance and legality of today’s Most Favored Nation Model interim final rule. Instead of holding drug companies accountable for drug prices, it slashes reimbursement to hospitals for drugs. In addition to the continued concerns we have expressed about the impact this model has on the 340B drug pricing program, we strongly question whether attempting to institute such a sweeping and controversial policy in an interim final rule is legally permissible. B...
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  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Marking of Country of Origin

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo concerning Marking of Country of Origin | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 19, 2020)

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: Today, the Department of State is initiating new guidelines to ensure that country of origin markings for Israeli and Palestinian goods are consistent with our reality-based foreign policy approach.  In accordance with this announcement, all producers within areas where Israel exercises the relevant authorities – most notably Area C under the Oslo Accords - will be required to mark goods as “Israel”, “Product of Israel”, or “Made in Israel” when exporting to the United States.  This approach recognizes that Area C producers operate within the economic and administrative framework of Israel and their goods should be treated accordingly
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  • Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Unapproved Drugs Initiative

    Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Unapproved Drugs Initiative | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: November 20, 2020)


    Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Unapproved Drugs Initiative

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a Notice published in the Federal Register announced the withdrawal of guidance documents issued as part of the Unapproved Drugs Initiative. HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison issued the following statement:

    “We are committed to putting American patients first by ending government programs like the Unapproved Drugs Initiative that, while well-intentioned, have distorted markets and produced the unintended consequences of price spikes and drug shortages.” – HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison

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  • HHS Secretary Alex Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First COVID-19 Test for Home Self-Tests

    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Statement on FDA Authorization of First COVID-19 Test for Home Self-Tests | site |




    (November 17, 2020) - - On November 17, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information: On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic at-home test, the Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit, a molecular test that provides results in 30 minutes or less and is authorized for use by prescription only. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “Making it possible for Americans to do their own rapid COVID-19 self-test at home by prescription is the latest addition to our constantly expanding arsenal of COVID-19 testing options. The Trump Administration has built the world’s largest testing system, and we will continue supporting both the development and manufacturing of cuttin...
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  • HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement | site |



    (November 16, 2020) - - Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the following information:


    HHS Secretary Azar Statement on Moderna Vaccine Announcement

    On Monday, the National Institutes of Health announced that an independent data and safety monitoring board’s interim review of data from Moderna’s investigational COVID-19 vaccine suggests that the vaccine is safe and effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in adults. HHS Secretary Alex Azar issued the following statement: “The Moderna/NIH vaccine candidate is now the second vaccine to show the potential for very high efficacy in Phase 3 trials. Operation Warp Speed has provided about $2 billion in funding and operational support for development, manufacturing, and eventual potential delivery of the Moderna/NIH vaccine. Th...
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  • Quarterly Refunding Statement of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Brian Smith

    Quarterly Refunding Statement of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance Brian Smith | site |



    (November 4, 2020) - - On November 4, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury is offering $122 billion of Treasury securities to refund approximately $60.9 billion of privately-held Treasury notes maturing on November 15, 2020. This issuance will raise new cash of approximately $61.1 billion. The securities are:
    • A 3-year note in the amount of $54 billion, maturing November 15, 2023;
    • A 10-year note in the amount of $41 billion, maturing November 15, 2030; and
    • A 30-year bond in the amount of $27 billion, maturing November 15, 2050.
    The 3-year note will be auctioned on a yield basis at 1:00 p.m. ET on Monday, November 9, 2020. The 10-year note will be auctioned on a yield basis at 1:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. The 30-year bond will be auctioned...
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  • Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

    Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

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    (November 5, 2020) - - On November 5, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System published the following information: The Federal Reserve is committed to using its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time, thereby promoting its maximum employment and price stability goals. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing tremendous human and economic hardship across the United States and around the world. Economic activity and employment have continued to recover but remain well below their levels at the beginning of the year. Weaker demand and earlier declines in oil prices have been holding down consumer price inflation. Overall financial conditions remain accommodative, in part reflecting policy measures to support the economy and the flow of credit to U.S. households and businesses. The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course of the virus. The ongoing pu...
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  • Assistant Secretary Michael Faulkender Economy Statement for the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

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



    (November 2, 2020) - - On November 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:


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

    The United States was in an historically strong economic position before the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Real GDP rose 2.3 percent in 2019 on a Q4/Q4 basis and was poised to maintain a solid pace of growth until the pandemic. In January and February, nonfarm payroll employment rose an average of 232,500 per month, the unemployment rate hovered near the five-decade low of 3.5 percent, and the labor force participation rate reached a six-year high of 63.4 percent. In March, however, th...
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  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on DOL H2A Wage Rule

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on DOL H2A Wage Rule

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on DOL's H2A Wage Rule | site |



    (November 2, 2020) - - Today, November 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published the following information:

    (Washington, D.C., November 2, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new H2A Wage Rule, which delivers on President Trump’s promise to stabilize farm labor costs and reform the H-2A wage rate. “This rule shows once again President Trump’s commitment to America’s farmers by delivering lower costs when they need it the most,” said Secretary Perdue. “Over the past several years farm wages have increased at a higher pace than other industries, which is why this DOL rule could not come at a better time. This is an example of good government that will ensure greater stability for farmers and help them make long term business decisions rather than facing uncertainty year after ...
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  • Statement from Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin

    Statement from Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin

    Statement from Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin | site |


    (October 29, 2020) - - Today, October 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following information:

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement regarding offsets applied by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to payments due to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY): “For over a decade, the FDNY has been forced to shoulder the burden of debts owed by the NYC government. Since this issue was brought to my attention, I have been personally engaged in ensuring that New York’s Bravest receive everything that they are due from the U.S. government. “The firefighters who answered the call of duty in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 deserve the nation’s total support. I am delighted that CMS has wired payments to the FDNY refunding the past offsets applied to cover unpaid NYC debts. I am
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    Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service
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    Flight Attendant Union Statement on the Boeing 737 MAX Return to Service | site |



    (Information contained in Association of Flight Attendants CWA, AFL-CIO press release: November 18, 2020)

    Washington, DC (November 18, 2020) — Following the Boeing 737 MAX return to service order by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), AFA-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement: “As aviation’s first responders and last line of defense, Flight Attendants understand that our jobs and our lives depend on this industry meeting the highest possible standards of safety and security. After nearly two years of reviews and the redesign of critical aircraft systems, U.S. regulators are clearing the 737 MAX to resume flying. "This day is the result of the persistence of engineers and manufacturing workers at Boeing. But this day is also a reminder of why this plane has not flown for two years and the responsibility we all h...
    11-28-2020, 02:31 AM
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    SEC Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC
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    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Issues Statement on European Central Counterparties Seeking to Register or Request Exemptions From the SEC | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] press release: November 23, 2020) Washington D.C., Nov. 23, 2020 - - The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a Policy Statement and Guidance focused on central counterparties (CCPs) authorized under the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that may seek to access and operate in the U.S. securities markets. The Statement provides transparency into the Commission’s processes and highlights efficient ways that CCPs based in the European Union (EU) can register as a clearing agency or request exemptions from certain requirements under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The SEC has a longstanding and collaborative relationship with its European counterparts with respect to supervision and enforcement of regulate...
    11-25-2020, 06:37 AM
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    Statement from HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS
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    Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Chief of Staff Brian Harrison on Efforts to Increase Transparency at HHS | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release: November 24, 2020)

    Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through a Notice published in the Federal Register announced a policy to enhance transparency at HHS by requiring that all assumptions, working papers, models, and other information used as part of any impact analysis associated with a rule or demonstration project are shared at the time the results of that analysis are publicly disclosed. HHS Chief of Staff Brian Harrison issued the following statement:

    “We are providing needed transparency by requiring the Department to show its math so the American people can know and challenge the methods government uses to calculate effects of regulations it imposes on them.”

    Frequently
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    11-24-2020, 09:24 PM
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    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies
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    U.S. Department of State issues Statement addressing Treaty on Open Skies | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release: November 22, 2020)


    Statement attributed to Cale Brown, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State:

    On May 22, 2020, the United States exercised its right pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article XV of the Treaty on Open Skies by providing notice to the Treaty Depositaries and to all States Parties of its decision to withdraw from the Treaty, effective six months from the notification date. Six months having elapsed, the U.S. withdrawal took effect on November 22, 2020, and the United States is no longer a State Party to the Treaty on Open Skies.
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    11-24-2020, 08:18 AM
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    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care
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    American Hospital Association Statement On U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care | site |




    (Information contained in American Hospital Association [AHA] press release: November 20, 2020)




    AHA Statement On HHS Final Rules Removing Barriers To Coordinated Care



    Tom Nickels
    Executive Vice President
    American Hospital Association

    November 20, 2020


    The actions taken today by the Department of Health and Human Services will significantly benefit patients by allowing their health care providers to work together to improve their care. The AHA greatly appreciates the leadership of Deputy Secretary Hargan in finalizing this rule and listening to the concerns of hospitals and health systems. The AHA has long called for the ability to coordinate care among providers to provide comprehensive patient care. Outd...
    11-24-2020, 04:49 AM

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