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  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: July 11, 2022 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the below statement following a White House event commemorating the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is an important step toward addressing years of inaction and indifference in response to heartbreaking gun violence in our schools and communities. At the U.S. Department of Education, we will work diligently to invest more than $2 billion provided under this law to improve mental health supports for students and expand access to school-based health services. We also will assist states and districts in using these resources to invest in evidence-based practices that support safe schools. And thanks to months of conversations already underway between my team and our collea...
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  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meeting with Irish Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe

    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meeting with Irish Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 2, 2022 U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen met today with Irish Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe. Secretary Yellen welcomed the European Union’s strong partnership in holding Russia accountable for its illegal and unprovoked war against Ukraine and noted appreciation for the Irish government’s commitment to sanctions implementation. The Secretary also welcomed the European Union’s Marco-Financial Assistance package of up to EUR 9.5 billion for Ukraine. Minister Donohoe and Secretary Yellen also discussed the importance of continued progress on the OECD global tax reform agreement. Secretary Yellen underscored the United States’ strong commitment to the Good Friday Agreement....
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  • Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

    Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

    Message from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: May 25, 2022 Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on Shooting in Uvalde, Texas Release Date: May 25, 2022 Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas: “No words can come close to comforting the families of those lost in Uvalde yesterday. We at the Department of Homeland Security are horrified by this callous act of violence. We grieve for the families and loved ones of the children and teachers lost, and with the people of the community of Uvalde. We are hopeful for the full and fast recovery of those who suffered injuries. “We are grateful for the courageous members of our Border Patrol, many of whom are part of the Uvalde and surrounding communities, who immedi...
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  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics - - Condition of Education - - Report

    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics "Condition of Education" Report | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 31, 2022 Following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the National Center for Education Statistics’ “Condition of Education” 2022 report. The report summarizes the latest data on education and includes changes in enrollment from fall of 2019 through fall of 2020, the first year of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I took office, only 46 percent of schools were open for in-person learning. Now, more than 99 percent of schools and colleges are open, and our institutions are beginning to heal. We know COVID-19 disrupted our schools and colleges, and this report serves as an important reminder of the work left to be done on the road to recovery. The Department’s urge...
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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act

    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) press release dated: May 27, 2022


    VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act


    Washington - - President Biden has stated we have a sacred obligation to support Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. As part of his first State of the Union address, he identified supporting Veterans as a key pillar of his Unity Agenda and an issue that can unite the country. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act makes good on that promise.

    In my recent press conference, I spoke in detail about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strong support of the PACT Act because the bipartisan bill will help us advance one of the department’s top priorities: getting more Veterans into
    ...
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  • Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and HHS Principals on Pride Month

    Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and HHS Principals on Pride Month

    Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and HHS Principals on Pride Month | site |




    Earlier today, HHS raised the Progress Pride Flag outside its headquarters building to commemorate Pride Month.



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 1, 2022 Today, after raising the Progress Pride Flag outside of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) headquarters building, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and other HHS leaders from across the Department released the following statements to celebrate Pride Month: “Today, and throughout June, we celebrate Pride Month. As part of our celebration, we will continue our work to ensure all our programs and services are equitable and inclusive, and all our LGBTQI+ colleagues know they and their contributions are valued,” said Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This year, we have unfortunately seen an alarming rise in state laws and ...
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  • U.S. Housing Secretary Fudge Launches “Our Way Home” Initiative to Increase Affordable Housing Supply in Local Communities

    U.S. Housing Secretary Fudge Launches “Our Way Home” Initiative to Increase Affordable Housing Supply in Local Communities | site |





    Secretary Fudge, HUD Regional Administrators to lead a Department-wide Day of Action for Our Way Home Campaign Launch


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press release dated: June 1, 2022

    Washington - - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on Wednesday launched the Our Way Home initiative, a new effort to boost the nation’s affordable housing supply. Our Way Home builds on the Biden-Harris Administration's actions to address communities' housing supply needs in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable fashion.

    Our Way Home is a national initiative that uplifts the unique housing supply successes in local communities and connects cities, counties, Tribal communities, states, and U.S. Territories to the tools
    ...
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  • Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America

    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 25, 2022 Washington, May 25, 2022 - - “Another massacre in America. A statement that is all too common and one we all wish to never speak again. Last week it was a church in California and a grocery store in Buffalo. Yesterday, it was an elementary school in Texas. It’s enough. We cannot and should not be willing to live with this carnage. “I know the pain that a family feels when a child is lost. My heart aches again at the news of so many young lives needlessly cut short. Time and time again parents and loved ones grapple with the heartbreaking, the unbearable, and the unthinkable in this country. One time is far too many. “I know the contribution that a teacher can make and how tragic it is so many young lives will never be inspired to lea...
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  • Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance

    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 27, 2022

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on the release of CDC guidance for K-12 schools and Early Care and Education programs:

    “Nearly 100 percent of our schools are open for in-person learning. As we enter the summer, we need to take the lessons we’ve learned from this school year and continue to do what works to keep all kids and educators healthy. This CDC guidance will help early childhood education centers, summer camps, and K-12 schools provide a healthy environment for their community. By working with local health officials and using layered prevention strategies we can allow our students to continue down the road to recovery this summer and beyond.”
    ...
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  • Remarks by Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference

    Remarks by Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference | site |





    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 25, 2022




    Remarks by Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference

    May 25, 2022


    As Prepared for Delivery Good morning—thank you, Ira, for the warm welcome, and thank you to SIFMA for inviting me to speak with you today. Compliance plays a critical role in protecting the integrity of the financial system, and no one appreciates that more than me and my colleagues at the Treasury Department. I know that many of you have been working around the clock these past few months to ensure that your institutions’ compliance programs keep pace as Russia’s war has r...
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  • Julia Gordon Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner

    Julia Gordon Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 23, 2022

    Washington - - Julia Gordon was sworn in on Friday, May 20, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing (FHA) Commissioner. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Commissioner Gordon during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters. Commissioner Gordon was confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 2022.

    “I’m pleased to swear in Julia Gordon as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner,” said Secretary Fudge. “Julia is a respected leader with decades of experience working to create...
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  • Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on Today’s Tragic Events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

    Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on Today’s Tragic Events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas | site | Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 24, 2022 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today issued the following statement in response to the tragic events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas: "My heart is aching for all the families in Uvalde, Texas who are living through every parent’s greatest fear and worst nightmare: a shooting in their children’s school. As a parent, I am filled with grief for the families and students; concern that as our schools move past pandemic closures, the fear of shootings has become all too real once again; and anger at the lack of will by many to pass legislation that can protect our children. I pray our nation has not grown numb to the horrors that unfolded today at Robb Elementary School, when the lives of 18 precious chi...
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  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden's Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage

    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden's Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 18, 2022


    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden's Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage

    Washington, May 18, 2022 - - “We know that this situation is causing stress and anxiety for many families across the country and President Biden has said that this administration will do everything in its power to ensure babies and families have access to the formula that they need. As the President directed, the Department of Agriculture will immediately begin coordinating with the Department of Defense and expand its coordination with our Health and Human Services counterparts to get safe formula on store shelves as quickly as possible. "At USDA, we take seriously our role in saf...
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  • Transcript of Press Conference from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen in Bonn, Germany

    Transcript of Press Conference from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen in Bonn, Germany | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 18, 2022



    Transcript of Press Conference from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen in Bonn, Germany



    May 18, 2022 Thank you for being here. This has been a very productive week already, and I am looking forward to the G7 Ministerial here in Bonn this week. First, I’d like to thank Minister Lindner for his leadership. I have spent the week in Warsaw and Brussels before arriving here in Bonn. The backdrop against this trip is, of course, Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war against Ukraine. My thoughts continue to be with the people of Ukraine as they fight back against Putin’s brutal invasion into their homeland. I was honored to join and hear from refugees that have been welcomed to Poland who we...
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  • Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava Sworn In as HUD Assistant Secretary for Administration

    Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava Sworn In as HUD Assistant Secretary for Administration | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 13, 2022

    Washington - - On Thursday, Elizabeth de León Bhargava was sworn in as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Administration.

    HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Assistant Secretary Bhargava during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters. Assistant Secretary Bhargava was confirmed by the Senate on May 3, 2022.

    “I’m pleased to swear in Elizabeth de León Bhargava as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Administration,” said Secretary Fudge. “Elizabeth is an

    exceptional public servant with a distinguished track record of growing diverse, inclusive, and talented workforces in the...
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    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
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    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: July 11, 2022 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the below statement following a White House event commemorating the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: “The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is an important step toward addressing years of inaction and indifference in response to heartbreaking gun violence in our schools and communities. At the U.S. Department of Education, we will work diligently to invest more than $2 billion provided under this law to improve mental health supports for students and expand access to school-based health services. We also will assist states and districts in using these resources to invest in evidence-based practices that support safe schools. And thanks to months of conversations already underway between my team and our collea...
    07-15-2022, 05:44 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meeting with Irish Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meeting with Irish Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 2, 2022 U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen met today with Irish Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe. Secretary Yellen welcomed the European Union’s strong partnership in holding Russia accountable for its illegal and unprovoked war against Ukraine and noted appreciation for the Irish government’s commitment to sanctions implementation. The Secretary also welcomed the European Union’s Marco-Financial Assistance package of up to EUR 9.5 billion for Ukraine. Minister Donohoe and Secretary Yellen also discussed the importance of continued progress on the OECD global tax reform agreement. Secretary Yellen underscored the United States’ strong commitment to the Good Friday Agreement....
    06-04-2022, 10:59 PM
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    Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas
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    Message from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the Shooting in Uvalde, Texas | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: May 25, 2022 Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on Shooting in Uvalde, Texas Release Date: May 25, 2022 Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas: “No words can come close to comforting the families of those lost in Uvalde yesterday. We at the Department of Homeland Security are horrified by this callous act of violence. We grieve for the families and loved ones of the children and teachers lost, and with the people of the community of Uvalde. We are hopeful for the full and fast recovery of those who suffered injuries. “We are grateful for the courageous members of our Border Patrol, many of whom are part of the Uvalde and surrounding communities, who immedi...
    06-04-2022, 08:54 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics - - Condition of Education - - Report
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on National Center for Education Statistics "Condition of Education" Report | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 31, 2022 Following is a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on the National Center for Education Statistics’ “Condition of Education” 2022 report. The report summarizes the latest data on education and includes changes in enrollment from fall of 2019 through fall of 2020, the first year of schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When I took office, only 46 percent of schools were open for in-person learning. Now, more than 99 percent of schools and colleges are open, and our institutions are beginning to heal. We know COVID-19 disrupted our schools and colleges, and this report serves as an important reminder of the work left to be done on the road to recovery. The Department’s urge...
    06-04-2022, 04:14 PM
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) press release dated: May 27, 2022


    VA Secretary Denis McDonough statement on PACT Act


    Washington - - President Biden has stated we have a sacred obligation to support Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors. As part of his first State of the Union address, he identified supporting Veterans as a key pillar of his Unity Agenda and an issue that can unite the country. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act makes good on that promise.

    In my recent press conference, I spoke in detail about the Department of Veterans Affairs’ strong support of the PACT Act because the bipartisan bill will help us advance one of the department’s top priorities: getting more Veterans into
    ...
    06-04-2022, 11:24 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and HHS Principals on Pride Month
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statements by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and HHS Principals on Pride Month | site |




    Earlier today, HHS raised the Progress Pride Flag outside its headquarters building to commemorate Pride Month.



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: June 1, 2022 Today, after raising the Progress Pride Flag outside of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) headquarters building, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and other HHS leaders from across the Department released the following statements to celebrate Pride Month: “Today, and throughout June, we celebrate Pride Month. As part of our celebration, we will continue our work to ensure all our programs and services are equitable and inclusive, and all our LGBTQI+ colleagues know they and their contributions are valued,” said Secretary Xavier Becerra. “This year, we have unfortunately seen an alarming rise in state laws and ...
    06-03-2022, 11:24 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Housing Secretary Fudge Launches “Our Way Home” Initiative to Increase Affordable Housing Supply in Local Communities
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    U.S. Housing Secretary Fudge Launches “Our Way Home” Initiative to Increase Affordable Housing Supply in Local Communities | site |





    Secretary Fudge, HUD Regional Administrators to lead a Department-wide Day of Action for Our Way Home Campaign Launch


    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press release dated: June 1, 2022

    Washington - - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on Wednesday launched the Our Way Home initiative, a new effort to boost the nation’s affordable housing supply. Our Way Home builds on the Biden-Harris Administration's actions to address communities' housing supply needs in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable fashion.

    Our Way Home is a national initiative that uplifts the unique housing supply successes in local communities and connects cities, counties, Tribal communities, states, and U.S. Territories to the tools
    ...
    06-03-2022, 08:40 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on Ongoing Violence in America | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 25, 2022 Washington, May 25, 2022 - - “Another massacre in America. A statement that is all too common and one we all wish to never speak again. Last week it was a church in California and a grocery store in Buffalo. Yesterday, it was an elementary school in Texas. It’s enough. We cannot and should not be willing to live with this carnage. “I know the pain that a family feels when a child is lost. My heart aches again at the news of so many young lives needlessly cut short. Time and time again parents and loved ones grapple with the heartbreaking, the unbearable, and the unthinkable in this country. One time is far too many. “I know the contribution that a teacher can make and how tragic it is so many young lives will never be inspired to lea...
    06-03-2022, 02:13 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on CDC Guidance | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 27, 2022

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement on the release of CDC guidance for K-12 schools and Early Care and Education programs:

    “Nearly 100 percent of our schools are open for in-person learning. As we enter the summer, we need to take the lessons we’ve learned from this school year and continue to do what works to keep all kids and educators healthy. This CDC guidance will help early childhood education centers, summer camps, and K-12 schools provide a healthy environment for their community. By working with local health officials and using layered prevention strategies we can allow our students to continue down the road to recovery this summer and beyond.”
    ...
    06-02-2022, 07:20 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference | site |





    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 25, 2022




    Remarks by Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson at SIFMA’s Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Conference

    May 25, 2022


    As Prepared for Delivery Good morning—thank you, Ira, for the warm welcome, and thank you to SIFMA for inviting me to speak with you today. Compliance plays a critical role in protecting the integrity of the financial system, and no one appreciates that more than me and my colleagues at the Treasury Department. I know that many of you have been working around the clock these past few months to ensure that your institutions’ compliance programs keep pace as Russia’s war has r...
    05-28-2022, 02:50 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Julia Gordon Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Julia Gordon Sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 23, 2022

    Washington - - Julia Gordon was sworn in on Friday, May 20, as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Housing and the Federal Housing (FHA) Commissioner. HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Commissioner Gordon during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters. Commissioner Gordon was confirmed by the Senate on May 12, 2022.

    “I’m pleased to swear in Julia Gordon as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Commissioner,” said Secretary Fudge. “Julia is a respected leader with decades of experience working to create...
    05-28-2022, 12:43 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on Today’s Tragic Events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Education Secretary Cardona on Today’s Tragic Events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas | site | Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: May 24, 2022 U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today issued the following statement in response to the tragic events at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas: "My heart is aching for all the families in Uvalde, Texas who are living through every parent’s greatest fear and worst nightmare: a shooting in their children’s school. As a parent, I am filled with grief for the families and students; concern that as our schools move past pandemic closures, the fear of shootings has become all too real once again; and anger at the lack of will by many to pass legislation that can protect our children. I pray our nation has not grown numb to the horrors that unfolded today at Robb Elementary School, when the lives of 18 precious chi...
    05-26-2022, 11:37 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden's Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden's Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release dated: May 18, 2022


    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Vilsack on President Biden's Actions to Address Infant Formula Shortage

    Washington, May 18, 2022 - - “We know that this situation is causing stress and anxiety for many families across the country and President Biden has said that this administration will do everything in its power to ensure babies and families have access to the formula that they need. As the President directed, the Department of Agriculture will immediately begin coordinating with the Department of Defense and expand its coordination with our Health and Human Services counterparts to get safe formula on store shelves as quickly as possible. "At USDA, we take seriously our role in saf...
    05-25-2022, 12:29 AM
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    Transcript of Press Conference from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen in Bonn, Germany
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    Transcript of Press Conference from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen in Bonn, Germany | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 18, 2022



    Transcript of Press Conference from Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen in Bonn, Germany



    May 18, 2022 Thank you for being here. This has been a very productive week already, and I am looking forward to the G7 Ministerial here in Bonn this week. First, I’d like to thank Minister Lindner for his leadership. I have spent the week in Warsaw and Brussels before arriving here in Bonn. The backdrop against this trip is, of course, Russia’s illegal and unprovoked war against Ukraine. My thoughts continue to be with the people of Ukraine as they fight back against Putin’s brutal invasion into their homeland. I was honored to join and hear from refugees that have been welcomed to Poland who we...
    05-19-2022, 06:52 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava Sworn In as HUD Assistant Secretary for Administration
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Elizabeth De Leon Bhargava Sworn In as HUD Assistant Secretary for Administration | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: May 13, 2022

    Washington - - On Thursday, Elizabeth de León Bhargava was sworn in as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Assistant Secretary for Administration.

    HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Assistant Secretary Bhargava during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters. Assistant Secretary Bhargava was confirmed by the Senate on May 3, 2022.

    “I’m pleased to swear in Elizabeth de León Bhargava as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Administration,” said Secretary Fudge. “Elizabeth is an

    exceptional public servant with a distinguished track record of growing diverse, inclusive, and talented workforces in the...
    05-19-2022, 05:49 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra at the Global COVID-19 Summit | site |



    Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release dated: May 12, 2022

    Xavier Becerra
    May 12, 2022
    Second Global COVID-19 Summit
    Virtual Event


    On Thursday, May 12, 2022, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra delivered remarks at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, co-hosted by the United States, Belize, Germany, Indonesia, and Senegal. During the Summit, Secretary Becerra discussed our continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic—getting shots in arms, enhancing access to tests and treatments, protecting the health workforce, and financing and building health security for future pandemics and other health crises.



    ...
    05-17-2022, 03:47 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY
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    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: May 15, 2022 Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York: “Our nation mourns the loss of life caused by the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. Our hearts break for the families and friends of the victims, and we stand with them and the entire Black community that was targeted by this hateful act of violence. The Department of Homeland Security continues to work closely with our partners across the country to combat violent extremism, including racially or ethnically motivated violent extremism, which continues to pose one of the most significant terrorism-related threats to the homeland. We are devoting every available resource to combat all forms of terrorism ...
    05-17-2022, 02:10 AM
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    Remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards | site |




    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 11, 2022


    Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the Atlantic Council’s Distinguished Leadership Awards

    May 11, 2022


    As Prepared for Delivery I am deeply honored to present the Distinguished Leadership Award to my friend and long-time colleague, a gifted economist and a tireless civil servant—the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi. I really got to know Mario over dozens of dinners at the Bank for International Settlements during the time that he served as the Governor of the Bank of Italy and then as President of the European Central Bank. This was no easy time in the world of central banking. The global economy was shaken by a financial crisis and the ensuing Great Recess...
    05-13-2022, 05:41 PM
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    Testimony of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: May 10, 2022


    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate

    May 10, 2022



    As Prepared for Delivery Thank you, Chairman Brown, Ranking Member Toomey, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to speak with you today about the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s (Council) 2021 annual report. The report is a collaborative effort of the Council member agencies. It is a vehicle for providing Congress and the public with the Council’s collective assessments of potential risks to U.S. financial stability. Today, I will highlight a few topics in the report and provide an update o...
    05-11-2022, 05:15 AM
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    U.S. Secretary State Congratulates new Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: April 14, 2022

    Statement attributed to U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken: I extend my congratulations to Jim O’Brien, who began serving this week after his confirmation by the Senate as the Department’s Head of the Office of Sanctions Coordination with the rank of Ambassador. Ambassador O’Brien brings decades of foreign policy experience to this role, having held senior positions at the Department and in the private sector. The new Office of Sanctions Coordination will oversee work on sanctions and further strengthen cooperation with allies and partners in the use of this critical tool. It will also promote accountability for corruption and human rights abuse and deter and disrupt activities that threaten our national security. This is a cr
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    04-14-2022, 11:21 AM
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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Fudge Delivers Remarks at Fair Housing Month Virtual Ceremony
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) press release dated: April 6, 2022

    Washington - - Secretary Marcia L. Fudge on Tuesday delivered virtual remarks at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity annual Fair Housing Month Ceremony.

    View the recording of Tuesday’s Fair Housing Month Ceremony here.

    Remarks as delivered by Secretary Fudge:

    I am thrilled to join you to commemorate the 54th anniversary of a law that guarantees one of our most basic rights—the right to be free from housing discrimination. On April 11, 1968, 54 years ago, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. The Fair Housing Act recognized what generations have k
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    04-11-2022, 12:28 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meeting with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury release dated: April 1, 2022 U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen met yesterday with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Finance Minister Nigel Clarke, and Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith to underscore our countries’ close partnership and shared priorities for building climate resilience, strengthening sustainable infrastructure development, and promoting digitalization, all of which the Build Back Better World initiative advances. The Secretary welcomed Jamaica’s commitment to sustainable public finances, investment climate strengthening, and targeted social investments. The Secretary discussed the impact on Jamaica of the commodity shock triggered by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, including the President’s decision to tap the ...
    04-05-2022, 01:37 AM
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    HUD Secretary Travels to Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands to Observe Recovery Efforts, Discuss Housing Challenges, Strengthen existing Relationships
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development press release dated: April 1, 2022 Washington - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge traveled to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, March 29 and to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Friday, April 1 to tour the islands’ disaster recovery efforts, meet with residents, local leaders, and elected officials about housing challenges and their experiences during reconstruction, and strengthen existing relationships to ensure ongoing collaboration and an equitable recovery. The Secretary traveled to San Juan, Ponce, and Loiza while in Puerto Rico. In San Juan, Secretary Fudge joined Governor Pedro Pierluisi to meet with recovery agencies and discuss Puerto Rico’s recovery process since Hurricane...
    04-04-2022, 11:03 PM
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    U. S. Education Secretary Cardona, Rep. Soto Join Roundtable with LGBTQI+ Students and Families from Florida on Transgender Day of Visibility
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    Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: March 31, 2022 Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Florida Congressman Darren Soto met with Floridian LGBTQI+ students and families on Transgender Day of Visibility and participated in a closed press, roundtable discussion to hear about the impact that recent anti-LGBTQI+ legislation has on them, and their communities and school experiences. Throughout the roundtable, Secretary Cardona and Rep. Soto affirmed the Biden-Harris Administration's support for the LGBTQI+ community, shared mental health and other resources available from the federal government, and heard from students and families about stress and fear recent anti-LGBTQI+ legislation has caused for them. "On Transgender Day of Visibility and e...
    04-02-2022, 11:32 PM
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona, U.S. Labor Secretary Walsh, Swiss President Parmelin Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Expand Registered Apprenticeship Programs in the United States
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    Coincides with National Apprenticeship Week


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: November 18, 2021) Washington - - U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves, and Switzerland's President Guy Parmelin signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today to expand apprenticeships among Swiss companies and Swiss-invested companies in the United States, and to promote job creation in both countries. Swiss companies actively invest in U.S. manufacturing and directly support more than 500,000 U.S. jobs, with an average annual salary of $101,800. The signing took place at the Department of Labor's Frances Perkins Building as the...
    11-25-2021, 01:28 AM
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    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Canada’s Suspension of Potatoes from Prince Edward Island, Canada, to the United States
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    Statement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Canada’s Suspension of Potatoes from Prince Edward Island, Canada, to the United States |site



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture press release dated: November 22, 2021) Washington, Nov. 22, 2021 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commends Canada for implementing the necessary plant health (phytosanitary) measures to safeguard against the transmission of potato wart disease from Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, to the United States. “I appreciate Canada’s action to suspend the movement of all potatoes from Prince Edward Island to the United States,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Our risk assessment demonstrated that this action is necessary to protect U.S. potato producers from possible exposure to the Federally designated select agent Synchytrium endobioticum, commonly known as potato wart. We look forward to working with the Can...
    11-24-2021, 11:45 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: November 19, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to all members of Congressional leadership regarding the debt issuance suspension period (DISP).

    The full text of the letter is also available below. The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Madam Speaker: On October 18, I informed you that I had determined that a debt issuance suspension period (DISP) would continue through December 3, 2021 with respect to the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund (CSRDF). I am writing to notify you, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 8348(l)(2), of my determination that, by reason of the statutory debt limit, I will be unable to fully invest the portion of the CSR
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    11-24-2021, 11:18 PM
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    DHS Secretary Mayorkas’s Meeting with Haitian Ambassador to the United States Edmond
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Meeting with Haitian Ambassador to the United States Edmond | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: September 29, 2021) Washington - - Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas met with Haitian Ambassador to the United States Bocchit Edmond to discuss our nations’ continued cooperation. “I appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with Ambassador Edmond about our shared commitment to ensuring that Haitian migrants are treated with dignity and respect,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “I look forward to continuing to work with the government of Haiti and other partners throughout the hemisphere as we work toward safe, orderly, and humane management of migration in the region.” Secretary Mayorkas thanked the Government of Haiti for supporting the safe return and re-integration of Haitian nationals...
    10-13-2021, 08:05 PM
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    Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the Countdown Summit
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release remarks dated: October 12, 2021)




    Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at the Countdown Summit

    October 12, 2021


    As prepared for delivery: Hello, everyone. I’m Janet Yellen, the United States Treasury Secretary. I want to thank Vice President Gore for the invitation and for his many years of leadership on this issue. We’re now three weeks out on the road to Glasgow, and it’s a road crowded with many different travelers. A generation ago, the road, so to speak, was a much lonelier place, deserted by comparison. There was a cohort of environmental activists and government officials, like Vice President Gore, who cared deeply about climate change, but it was nothing like the broad cross-se...
    10-13-2021, 01:30 PM
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    Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to CEOs and Business Leaders at the White House on Debt Limit
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release remarks dated: October 6, 2021)


    Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to CEOs and Business Leaders at the White House on Debt Limit

    October 6, 2021


    As prepared for delivery I want to thank business and community leaders for joining us here today. I wish we could be meeting to discuss another topic, like finding solutions to climate change or how to better invest in the future of our economy. But the urgency of the debt limit situation demands immediate attention. I want to be clear about my position. First, this is an urgent matter which must be resolved immediately. Treasury is on the cusp of exhausting its extraordinary measures if Congress has not acted to raise or suspe...
    10-11-2021, 09:36 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: September 8, 2021)


    September 8, 2021 - -Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to Congressional leadership regarding the debt limit.

    The full text of the letter and also available below.

    The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker

    U.S. House of Representatives

    Washington, DC 20515

    Dear Madam Speaker:

    I am writing to follow up on my previous letters regarding the debt limit and to provide additional information regarding the Treasury Department’s ability to continue to finance the government in the absence of Congressional action to address the debt limit. After th
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    09-18-2021, 04:07 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Defence Andrii Taran
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Defence Andrii Taran | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 31, 2021)

    Today, August 31, 2021, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met today with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Defence Andrii Taran to reaffirm the strategic defense partnership between the United States and Ukraine. Secretary Austin reiterated unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. He condemned Russia’s continued occupation of Crimea and perpetuation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. With President Biden’s approval of a new $60 million package for additional Javelin anti-armor syste
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    09-04-2021, 05:55 PM
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    Photo Release - - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Travels the Country to Amplify Build Back Better Agenda
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: August 20, 2021)

    Washington - - Throughout the summer, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia L. Fudge traveled around the country to amplify the Biden-Harris administration’s Build Back Better agenda. Secretary Fudge visited multiple cities across the U.S. to discuss the investments in housing construction and rehabilitation, economic development, and community revitalization in the Build Back Better agenda. Secretary Fudge was joined by various leaders at the state, local, and federal levels.

    Photos courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


    Alexandria, Virginia August 13, 2021
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    08-31-2021, 09:44 PM
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    Defense, Military Officials Hold News Conference
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] video publication dated: August 30, 2021)


    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby and Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., commander of U.S. Central Command, brief the media at the Pentagon













    Courtesy: Defense.gov Aug. 30, 2021 | 26:35...
    08-31-2021, 01:21 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State publication dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken's Remarks on Our Efforts in Afghanistan







    Courtesy: U.S. Department of State and Brightcove...
    08-31-2021, 12:35 PM
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    Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III On the End of the American War in Afghanistan
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 30, 2021)



    Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III On the End of the American War in Afghanistan
    ​​

    Today, we completed the U.S. military evacuation of civilians and the removal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan. I am deeply saddened that, in the course of this historic evacuation mission, we lost 13 of our own, along with so many others who were killed and wounded days ago by cruel terrorists. We mourn alongside the families of those who were lost, and we will never forget your loved ones’ heroism and sacrifice. They gave their lives trying to save the lives of others. And I know that you share my pride in them. I hope that all Americans also share my pride in all the troo...
    08-31-2021, 03:18 AM
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    Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Today's Dignified Transfer Ceremony at Dover Air Force Base
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 29, 2021)



    Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on Today's Dignified Transfer Ceremony at Dover Air Force Base



    A solemn honor to attend today’s dignified transfer ceremony of the 13 U.S service members who lost their lives outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26th.

    These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice so that others could live. They were and will be forever remembered as heroes.

    My heart and my thoughts are with their families, especially today. They, too, have made the ultimate sacrifice.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 03:08 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Australian Foreign Minister Payne | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    Today, August 30, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne about recent events in Afghanistan, including the attack on U.S. forces there. They also discussed our mutual efforts to assist Afghan refugees and partners.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 02:52 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 30, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Remarks on Afghanistan

    Remarks to the Press

    Treaty Room

    Washington, DC

    August 30, 2021




    SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good evening, everyone. Eighteen days ago, the United States and our allies began our evacuation and relocation operation in Kabul. As you just heard from the Pentagon, a few hours ago, that operation was completed. More than 123,000 people have been safely flown out of Afghanistan. That includes about 6,000 American citizens. This has been a massive military, diplomatic, and humanitarian undertaking – one of the most difficult in our nation’s history – and an extr...
    08-31-2021, 02:44 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Barham Salih
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Iraqi President Barham Salih | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Iraqi President Barham Salih and reaffirmed the U.S. government’s long-term commitment to a strong, stable, and prosperous Iraq. He expressed his belief that a long-term, deep, multifaceted, and strategic partnership with Iraq serves the American people. The Secretary reiterated that the Defeat-ISIS mission is not over but is shifting to a new phase based on the enhanced capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces. The United States, as leader of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and part of the NATO Mission to Iraq, will continue to train, a
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    08-31-2021, 12:27 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss our cooperation in Afghanistan and our continuing efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of our citizens, allies, and partners.
    ...
    08-31-2021, 12:11 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 28, 2021)


    Today, August 28, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. They discussed a broad range of shared priorities, including continued coordination on Afghanistan and in the United Nations. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar agreed to remain closely coordinated on shared goals and priorities to deepen the U.S.-India partnership.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 11:53 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Norwegian Foreign Minister Søreide | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 27, 2021)


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Søreide discussed the security situation in Kabul and diplomatic efforts to form a coordinated international approach to challenges in Afghanistan. The Secretary expressed gratitude for the Norwegian medical providers at HKIA who treated over 50 victims of the horrific August 26 terrorist attack in Kabul and for Norwegian contributions to the evacuation of U.S. citizens, our allies, and vulnerable Afghan citizens.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 11:41 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Al-Thani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 27, 2021)


    Today, August 27, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of maintaining operations at Hamid Karzai International Airport after the withdrawal of Coalition forces to enable humanitarian aid and essential travel to continue. Secretary Blinken again thanked the Minister for Qatar’s steadfast support, its humanitarian efforts, and its tireless work to facilitate the safe tr
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    08-30-2021, 11:32 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken And Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett Before Their Meeting
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 26, 2021)


    Remarks to the Press

    Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

    Naftali Bennett, Israeli Prime Minister

    Washington, D.C.

    August 26, 2021




    PRIME MINISTER BENNETT: Mr. Secretary, I appreciate you taking time on a pretty active day here (inaudible). It means a lot (inaudible). Israel has no stronger and more reliable ally than the United States of America. From our inception and to this day, especially these days, you’re always with us, you have our back, and that matters a lot to us. I can ensure you that you’ll find no friend which is more reliable and appreciative than us. I bring from Israel a new spirit – a spirit of folks wh...
    08-30-2021, 10:18 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bennett
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 25, 2021)


    Today, August 25, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett today in Washington, D.C. Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Bennett emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Israel partnership and discussed regional security issues, including Iran. The Secretary and the Prime Minister underscored our strong bilateral relationship, and the Secretary reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security. The Secretary also emphasized that Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and dignity, which is important in its own right and as a means to ad
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    08-30-2021, 09:59 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 25, 2021)


    Secretary Antony J. Blinken On Afghanistan

    Remarks to the Press

    Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

    Press Briefing Room

    Washington, D.C.




    SECRETARY BLINKEN: Good afternoon. I’d like to give you all an update on the situation in Afghanistan and our ongoing efforts there, particularly as they relate to U.S. citizens, and then I’m very happy to take your questions. Let me begin with my profound appreciation for our diplomats and service members who are working around the clock at the airport in Kabul and at a growing number of transit sites to facilitate the evacuation of Americans, their families, citizens of allied and partner nations, Afghans who have partnered w...
    08-30-2021, 09:34 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with German Foreign Minister Maas
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with German Foreign Minister Maas | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)


    Today, August 24, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Maas shared their views about our close coordination in Afghanistan, including the transit of thousands of people out of Afghanistan through Ramstein Air Base and other locations in Germany. The Secretary and Foreign Minister also discussed the broader situation in Afghanistan and the way ahead.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 09:08 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 24, 2021)


    Today, August 24, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss our continuing cooperation in Afghanistan and our efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of our citizens, allies, and partners.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 08:39 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, August 24, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau about Afghanistan and the continued efforts to ensure safe passage for those who wish to leave Afghanistan. The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed the ongoing humanitarian response, agreeing to remain in close contact.
    ...
    08-30-2021, 08:23 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Bahraini Foreign Minister al-Zayani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Bahraini Foreign Minister al-Zayani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 22, 2021)


    Today, August 22, 2021, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani. The Secretary expressed gratitude to Bahrain for the government’s humanitarian support in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens and evacuees from Afghanistan. The Secretary underscored the importance and strength of the U.S.-Bahrain partnership.
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    08-30-2021, 08:09 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to the UAE for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens, Embassy Personnel, and Others from Afghanistan
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    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to the UAE for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens, Embassy Personnel, and Others from Afghanistan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, August 20, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement: The United States is grateful to the United Arab Emirates for its humanitarian efforts and its gracious offer to facilitate the safe transit of U.S. citizens, embassy personnel, and foreign nationals evacuated from Kabul to third countries. The United States greatly appreciates the Emirati government’s support; it is emblematic of our strong and enduring partnership. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including our diplomats and service members in Afghanistan. We thank our Emirati partners for their support in
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    08-30-2021, 07:56 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to Bahrain for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens and Embassy Personnel from Afghanistan
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    U.S. Secretary of State expresses Gratitude to Bahrain for Facilitating the Transit of U.S. Citizens and Embassy Personnel from Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, August 20, 2021, U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken issued the following statement:

    The United States is grateful to Bahrain for its humanitarian efforts and its gracious offer to facilitate the safe transit of U.S. citizens and evacuees. The United States greatly appreciates the Bahraini government’s support; it is emblematic of our strong and enduring partnership. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including our military and diplomats serving in Afghanistan. We thank our Bahraini partners for their support in this effort.
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    08-30-2021, 07:46 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Phone Call With Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 27, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone today with Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar to thank Turkey for its longstanding and significant support to the mission at Hamid Karzai International Airport. They agreed to stay closely engaged with respect to any future arrangements at the airport. The Secretary thanked Minister Akar for his condolences for the U.S. service members lost in yesterday’s attack in Kabul. The Secretary reaffirmed the enduring U.S.-Turkey defense relationship as demonstrated most recently by the strong cooperation between both countries on Afghanistan.
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    08-28-2021, 01:16 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 27, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah about the situation in Afghanistan.

    The Secretary thanked Minister Al-Attiyah for Qatar’s generous support in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens, Embassy Kabul personnel, and at-risk Afghans through Qatar. Both leaders acknowledged the strong U.S.-Qatar partnership, which quickly enabled Qatar’s critical support to Afghanistan evacuation operations.
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    08-28-2021, 01:00 AM
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    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport
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    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 26, 2021)


    Statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the Attack at Hamid Karzai International Airport


    On behalf of the men and women of the Department of Defense, I express my deepest condolences to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and wounded in Kabul today. Terrorists took their lives at the very moment these troops were trying to save the lives of others. We mourn their loss. We will treat their wounds. And we will support their families in what will most assuredly be devastating grief. But we will not be dissuaded from the task at hand. To do anything less -- especially now -- would dishonor the purpose and sacrifice these men and women have ...
    08-28-2021, 12:15 AM
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    Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby on Morning of August 26 Attack on HKIA
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    Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby on Morning of August 26 Attack on HKIA | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 26, 2021)


    Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby on Morning of August 26 Attack on HKIA


    We can confirm that a number of U.S. service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport. A number of others are being treated for wounds. We also know that a number of Afghans fell victim to this heinous attack.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones and teammates of all those killed and injured.
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    08-28-2021, 12:04 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Meeting With Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 25, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Today in Washington, D.C., Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the strategic partnership and addressing regional security challenges together. Additionally, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks met with Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General Amir Eshel, and Under Secretary of Defense Colin Kahl hosted Director General Eshel and a delegation of senior Israeli officials for the annual Defense Policy Advisory Group. The leaders discussed the wide range of threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program, support of terrorism and maritime aggression
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    08-27-2021, 11:46 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 25, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with German Federal Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to exchange perspectives on the ongoing evacuation operations from Kabul. The principals noted strong cooperation and coordination among Allies, and agreed to remain in touch as the operation continued.
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    08-27-2021, 11:36 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call with Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Phone Call with Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    On August 22, 2021, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan about ongoing operations in Afghanistan.

    The two leaders underscored the critical importance of close, continuous coordination between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Canadian Department of National Defence to ensure the safe transit of American and Canadian personnel and citizens from Kabul.

    Secretary Austin thanked Minister Sajjan for Canada’s leadership in accepting vulnerable Afghan nationals for resettlement.
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    08-27-2021, 11:27 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    On August 22, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone with Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, H.E. Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Ali Al-Sabah. Secretary Austin thanked Defense Minister Al-Sabah for helping to facilitate the transit of U.S. citizens and personnel from Afghanistan through Kuwait.

    The two leaders reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-Kuwait defense partnership.
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    08-27-2021, 11:14 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Phone Call With Italy's Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Phone Call With Italy's Minister of Defense, Lorenzo Guerini | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Italian Minister of Defense Lorenzo Guerini regarding the latest developments in Afghanistan. He expressed appreciation for the continued close coordination between Italy and the United States to safely evacuate our citizens, at-risk Afghans who supported the coalition war effort, and vulnerable Afghan nationals. In particular, Secretary Austin thanked Minister Guerini for Italy’s agreement to temporarily host Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants and other Afghan evacuees at U.S. installations in Italy, as they are screened for onward travel to other destina
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    08-27-2021, 10:59 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke today with Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to thank Bahrain for the government’s support in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens and evacuees from Afghanistan. The Secretary underscored the strong U.S.-Bahrain partnership, which enabled rapid and critical support to the situation in Afghanistan.
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    08-27-2021, 10:51 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 22, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone with U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace today about the situation in Afghanistan. Secretary Austin expressed his appreciation for the U.K.’s contributions to security and stability in Afghanistan as the United States, Allies, and partners continue their evacuation. The leaders agreed to remain in close contact as both countries evacuate as many people as possible.
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    08-27-2021, 10:40 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin Issues Guidance for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Austin Issues Guidance for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 25, 2021) Today, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III issued a memorandum for Mandatory Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination of Department of Defense Service Members. The memo directs the Secretaries of the Military Departments to immediately begin full vaccination of all members of the Armed Forces under DoD authority on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 will only use COVID-19 vaccines that receive full licensure from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in accordance with FDA-approved labeling and guidance. Service members voluntarily immunized with a COVID-19 vaccine u...
    08-25-2021, 02:06 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 24, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg shared their views on the August 20 NATO Foreign Ministerial and discussed the situation in Afghanistan. They welcomed Allies’ expression of unity and emphasis on close consultation at the Foreign Ministerial, as well as their offers to help Afghans in need. The Secretary and Secretary General discussed NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. They stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this und
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    08-25-2021, 01:49 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you"
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Tells Alachua and Broward County School Districts: "We stand with you" | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona issued the following statement in response to the Florida State Board of Education’s August 20th orders to Alachua and Broward County school districts: "The Biden Administration is fully committed to a safe and healthy return to in-person learning for all students this fall. It is deeply troubling to see state leaders putting politics ahead of the health and safety of our students, and that instead of supporting our educators for doing the right thing, state leaders are trying to punish them. This week, the President asked me to do everything I can to help protect our nation's students and support the local leaders who are fighting for them. Let me reiterate: we stand ready to assist any
    ...
    08-21-2021, 01:48 PM
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    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs
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    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] information release dated: 20 August 2021)



    Press Conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg following the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs










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    08-21-2021, 01:24 PM
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida
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    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Visit to Miami, Florida | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 19, 2021) Washington - - On Thursday, August 19, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Miami, Florida to participate in a series of important engagements with the Cuban and Haitian diaspora communities in Miami focused on hearing from community leaders about critical issues in their countries of origin and providing updates on the latest actions from the Administration. Secretary Mayorkas was joined by Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein. The Secretary’s meetings with community leaders were the latest engagements carried out...
    08-21-2021, 12:43 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 20, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani about the latest developments in Afghanistan. The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s assistance in facilitating the safe transit of U.S. citizens, Embassy Kabul personnel, and at-risk Afghans through Doha, and commended Qatar for our strong partnership to promote regional security.
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    08-21-2021, 12:16 PM
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    Opening Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs
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    Opening Remarks by North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] information release dated: 20 August 2021)



    Opening Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Extraordinary Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs







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    08-21-2021, 11:57 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Spanish Foreign Minister Albares
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Spanish Foreign Minister Albares | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares about continued coordination with allies and partners in Afghanistan. They discussed ongoing evacuation efforts and ways to promote the safety and security of all Afghans and international citizens.
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    08-21-2021, 01:30 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar. Secretary Blinken and Minister Jaishankar discussed Afghanistan and agreed to continued coordination.
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    08-20-2021, 08:43 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Meeting with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah
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    U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Meeting with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III met today with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah. The two leaders affirmed the strength of the U.S.-Qatar strategic partnership. They discussed shared interests regarding regional security and, in particular, Qatar’s critical support to evolving operations in Afghanistan. Secretary Austin thanked Qatar for its long-standing hospitality in hosting U.S. forces and offered deep gratitude to Minister Al-Attiyah for Qatar’
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    08-20-2021, 07:17 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter with U.S. Secretary of the Department of Labor Martin J. Walsh to Congressional Leaders on Unemployment Insurance
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    U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter with Secretary of the Department of Labor Martin J. Walsh to Congressional Leaders on Unemployment Insurance | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen and Secretary of the Department of Labor Martin J. Walsh sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Wyden and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Neal on the expiration of emergency unemployment insurance.

    The full text of the letter is available here and below. Dear Chairman Wyden and Chairman Neal: We write on behalf of President Biden with an update on the steps our Departments are taking in advance of the expiration of emergency unemployment insurance (UI) programs on September 6, 2021. As you know, these programs were first enacted in the CARES Act, and were extended
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    08-20-2021, 06:40 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Videoconference with G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the European Union on Afghanistan
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Videoconference with G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the European Union on Afghanistan | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the High Representative of the European Union to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. All leaders underscored the imperative of safe passage for those who wish to leave Afghanistan and the need for an inclusive political resolution that protects the fundamental human rights of all Afghans. The leaders agreed that the international community’s relationship with the Taliban will depend on their actions, not their words. Secretary Blinken, the G7 Fore
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    08-20-2021, 12:41 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today. Secretary Blinken and Secretary General Stoltenberg look forward to a virtual meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on Friday, August 20. The meeting will bring Allies together to discuss developments in Afghanistan and NATO’s efforts to ensure the safe and orderly evacuation of Allied personnel and our Afghan partners. The Secretary and the Secretary General stressed that close coordination with our Allies and partners is essential in this undertaking as well as to plan for NATO’s path forward on engaging on Afghanistan.
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    08-19-2021, 11:00 PM
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Call with Counterparts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Call with Counterparts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    Washington - - On August 17, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas participated in a call with Five Eyes counterparts from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to discuss the ongoing situation in Afghanistan. Secretary Mayorkas and the Ministers discussed efforts to facilitate the relocation of our citizens and their families, Afghan nationals who have worked for and on behalf of the United States and our allies, and other eligible vulnerable Afghans. The group discussed the necessity of providing safe passage in Kabul for vulnerable individuals and committed to coordinating further on relocation and resettlement efforts.
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    08-19-2021, 09:07 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary State Blinken’s Call with Albanian Prime Minister Rama
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    U.S. Secretary State Blinken’s Call with Albanian Prime Minister Rama | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 19, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama yesterday. The Secretary and Prime Minister consulted about NATO Ally Albania’s offer to temporarily take in Afghans in need. Secretary Blinken also thanked Prime Minister Rama for continuing Albania’s proud tradition of sheltering people in need. The Secretary and the Prime Minister reaffirmed the close partnership between our two countries.
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    08-19-2021, 06:59 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio about continued coordination with Allies and partners in Afghanistan. They discussed ongoing evacuation efforts and ways to promote the safety and security of all Afghan and international citizens.
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    08-19-2021, 02:23 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed Afghanistan and ways the international community can support the Afghan people. They also discussed other shared regional priorities.
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    08-19-2021, 01:22 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with UK Foreign Secretary Raab | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab about continued coordination in Afghanistan, including ways to encourage adherence to international obligations as well as the safety and security of all Afghan and international citizens.
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    08-18-2021, 11:51 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Canadian Foreign Minister Garneau | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 18, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau last night about the situation in Afghanistan, including our efforts to bring American and Canadian citizens to safety and to assist vulnerable Afghans. The Secretary expressed his profound appreciation to Canada for resettling 20,000 vulnerable Afghans and for Canada’s ongoing coordination with international efforts to address the situation in Afghanistan.
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    08-18-2021, 02:10 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call with German Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
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    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call with German Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Defense [DOD] press release dated: August 17, 2021)

    Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following information:

    Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with German Federal Minister of Defense, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Both Principals noted the need to rapidly and safely evacuate as many personnel as possible in the coming days. They agreed to remain in close contact as the situation evolves in Afghanistan.
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    08-18-2021, 12:30 PM
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    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
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    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press release dated: August 17, 2021)


    Press briefing on Afghanistan by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg



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    Good afternoon. The North Atlantic Council has met to discuss Afghanistan. The situation is extremely seri...
    08-17-2021, 05:23 PM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Al-Sabah
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Al-Sabah | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 17, 2021)


    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah. The Secretary expressed gratitude to the Government of Kuwait for helping to facilitate the transit of U.S. citizens and Embassy Kabul personnel through Kuwait and underscored the importance of our enduring bilateral partnership.
    ...
    08-17-2021, 04:18 PM
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani
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    U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s Call with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Thani | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of State, Office of the Spokesperson, press release dated: August 17, 2021)

    Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price provided the following information:

    Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, and thanked him for Qatar’s assistance in facilitating the transit of U.S. citizens and Embassy Kabul personnel through Doha. Secretary Blinken and the Foreign Minister discussed the close collaboration on Afghanistan and other bilateral efforts to advance regional security.
    ...
    08-17-2021, 03:58 PM
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    NATO Secretary General to hold Online Briefing on Situation in Afghanistan
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    NATO Secretary General to hold Online Briefing on Situation in Afghanistan | site |


    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press notice dated: August 16, 2021)

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization has announced that at 15:00 (CEST) on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 its Secretary General will hold an online briefing on the situation in Afghanistan.
    ...
    08-17-2021, 04:32 AM
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    NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan
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    NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan | site |




    (Information contained in North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] press release dated: August 13, 2021)



    NATO Secretary General statement on Afghanistan

    NATO Allies met in the North Atlantic Council today to consult on the situation in Afghanistan. We continue to assess the developments on the ground, and we are in constant contact with the Afghan authorities and the rest of the international community.

    Our aim remains to support the Afghan government and security forces as much as possible. The security of our personnel is paramount. NATO will maintain our diplomatic presence in Kabul, and













    (Courtesy: NATO)
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    08-16-2021, 08:07 AM
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary appoints new Veterans Law Judges to Adjudicate more Appeals for Veterans
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary appoints new Veterans Law Judges to Adjudicate more Appeals for Veterans | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: August 9, 2021) Washington - - The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Board of Veterans’ Appeals appointed 20 new Veterans Law Judges to deliver more Veterans appeals decisions — bringing the total to 113 VLJs. Most of the new VLJs will arrive prior to the end of fiscal year 2021, with additional judges to be appointed in fiscal year 2022. They will further VA’s effort to deliver enhanced benefits and services to Veterans. “Veterans Law Judges are a key part of ensuring Veterans receive the benefits and services they have earned and deserve” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Once I swear in the new judges, this puts in place added resources to reduce the appeals inventory.” The judges will receive extensive training from s...
    08-14-2021, 01:43 PM
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce
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    U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for HHS Health Care Workforce | site |



    Becerra: ‘Our Number One Goal Is the Health and Safety of the American Public, Including Our Federal Workforce’


    Action Will Impact More Than 25,000 Workers at IHS, NIH, and Members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release dated: August 12, 2021)

    To increase vaccination coverage and protect more people from COVID-19, including the more transmissible Delta variant, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require more than 25,000 members of its health care workforce to be vaccinated against COVID-19.




    Secretary Xavier Becerra
    Staff at the Indian Health...
    08-13-2021, 05:47 PM
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    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education
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    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 24, 2021)



    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Education



    Good morning Chair Scott and Ranking Member Foxx. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify about the policies and priorities of the Department of Education, including President Biden's fiscal year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Education. The full fiscal year 2022 Budget Request, which was released a little over two weeks ago, makes good on President Biden's campaign commitment to reverse years of underinvestment in Federal education programs and would begin to address the significant inequities that millions of students—primarily students of...
    07-14-2021, 02:46 PM
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on Department’s Extension of Moratoriums on Foreclosures and Evictions
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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough statement on Department’s Extension of Moratoriums on Foreclosures and Evictions as well as new Mortgage Repayment assistance to help Stabilize vulnerable Households | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 24, 2021) As the nation emerges from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an estimated millions of Americans remain in need of mortgage and rental assistance. To provide continued relief to the Veteran and service member community — the Department of Veterans Affairs is extending by an additional month — the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums through July 31. Extending the COVID-19 moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions will allow households that may have fallen behind on their mortgages more time to recover. Ultimately the extension will help thousands of VA home loan borrowers stay in their homes,...
    06-25-2021, 11:42 AM
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Portugal
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    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Portugal | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 22, 2021) Washington - - On June 21-22, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Portugal to represent the United States alongside the Department of Justice at the biannual U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Ministerial. Secretary Mayorkas met bilaterally with European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas, European Commissioner Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner Didier Reynders, Portuguese Minister of Interior Eduardo Cabrita, and Portuguese Minister of Justice Francisca Van Dunem. He also met with DHS employees based in Portugal. “The United States is proud to stand with the European Union as a steadfast partner and we look forward to continued cooperation across shared interests, such as addressing violent e...
    06-25-2021, 08:11 AM
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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to Travel to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Venice, Italy
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    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to Travel to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Venice, Italy | site |



    Will Also Travel to Brussels, Belgium To Advance U.S. Policy Priorities

    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 24, 2021) Washington - - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that Secretary Janet L. Yellen will attend the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Venice, Italy from July 9-10, 2021. While in Venice, Secretary Yellen will continue to reinforce the U.S. commitment to multilateralism and advance U.S. policy priorities on global tax policy, climate change, an inclusive economic recovery, and global health. She will also hold bilateral meetings with G20 counterparts. On July 11, the Secretary will attend the Venice International Conference on Climate with G20 counterparts, thought leaders, privat...
    06-25-2021, 07:58 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: June 17, 2021) Washington, June 17, 2021 - - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the following statement today in regard to the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule: “We intend to reconsider the prior Administration’s interpretation that the Organic Foods Production Act does not authorize USDA to regulate the practices that were the subject of the 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. I have directed the National Organic Program to begin a rulemaking to address this statutory interpretation and to include a proposal to disallow the use of porches as outdoor space in organic production over time and on other topics that were the subject of the OLPP final rule. We anticipate sen...
    06-23-2021, 05:52 AM
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Listening, Learning Roundtable with Rural Youth From Across the Nation
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Listening, Learning Roundtable with Rural Youth From Across the Nation | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 21, 2021) Today, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable conversation with rural students from grades 6-12. The Secretary discussed with participants what it was like to be a rural student during the pandemic as well as hear from them on what the Department can do to support them and improve their learning experience. After welcoming the students to the roundtable, Secretary Cardona opened the discussion saying that he has been talking to different students from across the country to hear their perspectives and incorporate their experiences into the Department's work. "Compared to urban schools, rural community schools have a hard time offering a wider variety of classes and extracurriculars," he said. "Ou...
    06-23-2021, 03:11 AM
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    U.S. Secretary of State on United State's Leadership Role in LGBTQI Movement
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    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
    ...
    06-22-2021, 02:38 AM
  • Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small to Serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development
    by Staff Reporter 1
    Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small to Serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA] press release dated: June 18, 2021)

    Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small to Serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development

    Washington, June 18, 2021 – “Representative Xochitl Torres Small’s nomination to serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing rural prosperity. Her nomination is responsive to rural stakeholders and Congress; both have emphasized the importance of having a dedicated advocate for rural communities among the Department’s Subcabinet. As the daughter of migrant farm workers and a native of rural New Mexico, Torres Small represents the heart...
    06-22-2021, 02:09 AM
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 15, 2021) Today, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona held a virtual roundtable conversation with a diverse group of early childhood stakeholders and leaders who bring perspective from the experiences of early educators, families, and communities during the public health emergency. Today's conversation will help inform the Department's early learning priorities. Topics that the early childhood stakeholders discussed included the early educator workforce, childcare and pre-K, early intervention and early childhood special education services, and family supports. Secretary Cardona opened the discussion saying, "We know that this upcoming year is going to be critically important, and this conversation t...
    06-22-2021, 01:28 AM

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