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  • U.S. Secretary of State on United State's Leadership Role in LGBTQI Movement

    U.S. Secretary of State on United State's Leadership Role in LGBTQI Movement

    U.S. Secretary of State on United State's Leadership Role in LGBTQI Movement | site |



    Washington, DC, June 21, 2021 - - Today the U.S. Department of State issued a press release in which the Secretary of State spoke of the United State's leadership role in the LGBTQI movement.

    The release is located at https://www.state.gov/secretary-antony-j-blinken-at-the-atlantic-councils-front-page-pride-edition-virtual-conversation-with-jonathan-capehart-on-pressing-for-equality-engaging-on-lgbtqi-issues-around-t or press HERE
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  • U.S. Department of State Renews Charter of Overseas Schools Advisory Council

    U.S. Department of State Renews Charter of Overseas Schools Advisory Council | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note dated: June 17, 2021) On March 26, 2021, the Department of State renewed the charter of the Overseas Schools Advisory Council (OSAC) to provide a formal channel for consultation and advice from U.S. corporations and foundations regarding American-sponsored overseas schools. The Under Secretary for Management has determined that renewal of the advisory committee charter is necessary and in the public interest. The Assistant Secretary for Administration will appoint the members of the committee. The committee will follow the procedures prescribed by the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). Meetings will be open to the public unless a determination is made in accordance with the FACA Section 10(d) and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) that a meeting or a portion of the meeting should b...
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  • Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program

    Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's Office of the Spokesperson press release media note dated: June 15, 2021)


    The following joint statement was released by Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas.

    Begin Text: The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration have been making progress toward reinstituting and improving the Central American Minors (CAM) program since our agencies launched the first phase of its reopening on March 10. As part of this focus on a responsible, phased approach, we continue to reopen cases that were closed when CAM was terminated in 2018. This is just one component of the Pres
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  • Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, U.S. House of Representatives

    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, U.S. House of Representatives | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 10, 2021)


    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, U.S. House of Representatives


    Chairwoman Lee, Ranking Member Rogers, and members of the Subcommittee, it’s a pleasure to join you today. When I took office, one of my greatest concerns was a K-shaped recovery from the pandemic; a recovery where high-income households rebounded quickly – or even emerged better-off – while low- and middle-income families suffered for a very long time. We can be confident now that’s not going to happen, thanks in part to your support of the fiscal stimulus in the American Rescue Plan. The same, tho...
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  • CVS Health signs Human Rights Campaign's Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation

    CVS Health signs Human Rights Campaign's Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation | site |



    (Information contained in CVS Health press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - - We take great pride in joining more than 100 companies that have signed the Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation, which builds on our history of support for the LGBTQ community. We’ll continue to use our voice and the collective power of our employees, members, and customers to promote inclusiveness and equal treatment for all.






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  • U.S. Department of State outlines change to U.S. Citizenship Transmission and Assisted Reproductive Technology

    U.S. Department of State outlines change to "U.S. Citizenship Transmission and Assisted Reproductive Technology" | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 18, 2021)

    U.S. Department of State press statement
    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson
    May 18, 2021
    Recognizing the advances in assisted reproductive technology (ART), the State Department is updating our interpretation and application of Section 301 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which establishes the requirements for acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth. Children born abroad to parents, at least one of whom is a U.S. citizen and who are married to each other at the time of the birth, will be U.S. citizens from birth if they have a genetic or gestational tie to at least one of their parents and meet the INA’s other requirements. Previously, the Department’s interpretation and application of the INA required that child
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  • U.S. Department of Education says Washington State's Melito Ramirez Named America's First ‘Recognizing Inspiring School Employees - - - RISE '- - - Awardee

    U.S. Department of Education says Washington State's Melito Ramirez Named America's First ‘Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE)’ Awardee | site |




    New Award Honors One Classified School Employee Annually



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education dated: May 18, 2021)

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced today the selection of Melito Ramirez, an intervention specialist at Walla Walla High School in Washington state, as the nation's first Recognizing Inspiring School Employees (RISE) awardee. This new honor, established by Congress in 2019, spotlights classified school employees' outstanding contributions to quality K-12 education in the United States. Classified school employees include paraprofessionals, clerical and administrative services, transportation services, food and nutrition services, custodial and maintenance services, security services, health and student serv
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  • U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 14, 2021)

    May 14, 2021
    Spokesperson Ned Price, U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson:


    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani today. Secretary Blinken conveyed Eid greetings and expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those lost in recent violence in Afghanistan, including in the horrific attack on a girls’ school in Kabul last week. The Secretary conveyed America’s steadfast support for the U.S.-Afghan partnership and for Afghanistan’s security forces. The two leaders discussed the importance of national unity in Afghanistan at this time as well as regional efforts to advance the peace process....
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  • U.S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul Communicates to Congress about the State of Social Security Services

    U.S. Social Security Administration Commissioner Saul Communicates to Congress about the State of Social Security Services | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Social Security Administration press release dated: April 26, 2021) Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, wrote to key members of Congress to raise awareness of the resources Social Security needs to recover from the ongoing pandemic and improve service. “Since becoming Commissioner, I have focused our actions and our resources on efforts to improve the service we provide to the millions of people who turn to us for help. I have been clear in my budget requests about what it takes to improve service and maintain the integrity of our programs: both additional frontline staff to help people now, and information technology (IT) investments to improve our future,” said Commissioner Saul. “2021 is a critical year to shape the agency for post-pandemic success, but our resource constraint...
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  • U.S. Department of State announces Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya

    U.S. Department of State announces Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    U.S. State Department Press Statement
    By: Ned Price, Department Spokesperson
    May 10, 2021


    The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland will now also serve in the capacity of U.S. Special Envoy for Libya in addition to Chief of Mission for Libya. In his role as U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador Norland will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote international support for a Libyan-led, inclusive, and negotiated political solution to the conflict, facilitated through the UN. Ambassador Norland, a Career Minister in the Foreign Service and a three-time ambassador, has served as Chief of Mission at the Libya External Office in Tunis since August 2019. The addition of the U.S. Sp...
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  • Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver 350 Billion Dollars

    U.S. Department of the Treasury Launches Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to Deliver $350 Billion | site |


    Aid to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments will help bring back jobs, address pandemic’s economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong, equitable recovery


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 10, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the launch of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to provide $350 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments. Treasury also released details on the ways funds can be used to respond to acute pandemic-response needs, fill revenue shortfalls among state and local governments, and support the communities and populations hardest-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. Eligible state,...
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  • U.S. Department of State’s 45-Day Review following the Revocation of Proclamations 9645 and 9983 Press Statement

    U.S. Department of State’s 45-Day Review following the Revocation of Proclamations 9645 and 9983| site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State's press release dated: March 8, 2021)


    March 8, 2021
    Press Statement
    Ned Price, Department Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State


    On January 20, President Biden signed Proclamation 10141, “Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to the United States.” President Biden has made clear that the now-rescinded Proclamations 9645 and 9983 were a stain on our national conscience, contravened our values, jeopardized our alliances and partnerships, separated loved ones, and undermined our national security. Applicants from the affected countries may no longer be denied on the basis of nationality, and the Department has taken a number of steps to ensure that applicants previously refused visas under Proclamations 9645 and 9983 will not have future visa applic...
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  • A Foreign Policy for the American People - - - Speech of Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State

    A Foreign Policy for the American People - - - Speech of Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: March 3, 2021)



    A Foreign Policy for the American People
    Speech of Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State

    Ben Franklin Room

    Washington, D.C.

    March 3, 2021







    SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good morning. My fellow Americans, five weeks ago I was sworn in as your Secretary of State. My job is to represent the United States to the world, to fight for the interests and values of the American people. When President Biden asked me to serve, he made sure that I understood that my job is to deliver for you – to make your lives more...
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  • Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm

    Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Offers Comprehensive Support to the State of Texas to Combat Winter Storm | site |



    (Information contained in Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that efforts are underway to support Texas in response to severe winter storms that have affected the state over the past several days. On February 17, 2021, Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Norris Cochran declared a public health emergency (PHE) for Texas retroactive to February 11, 2021. CMS is working to ensure hospitals and other facilities can continue operations and provide access to care despite the effects of the storm.

    Below are key administrative actions CMS is taking in response to the PHE declared in Texas:

    Waivers and Flexibilities for Hospitals and other Healthcare Facilities: CMS has
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  • Federal and State Financial Regulatory Agencies issue Interagency Statement on Supervisory Practices regarding Financial Institutions affected by Texas Winter Storms

    Federal and State Financial Regulatory Agencies issue Interagency Statement on Supervisory Practices regarding Financial Institutions affected by Texas Winter Storms | site |



    (Information contained in Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System press release dated: February 22, 2021)

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Conference of State Bank Supervisors
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
    National Credit Union Administration
    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the state regulators, collectively the agencies, recognize the serious impact of Texas Winter Storms on the customers and operations of many financial institutions and will provide appropriate regulatory assistance to affected institutions subject to
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