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  • Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

    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...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Listening, Learning Roundtable with Rural Youth From Across the Nation

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

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

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



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

    The release is located at https://www.state.gov/secretary-antony-j-blinken-at-the-atlantic-councils-front-page-pride-edition-virtual-conversation-with-jonathan-capehart-on-pressing-for-equality-engaging-on-lgbtqi-issues-around-t or press HERE
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  • Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Representative Xochitl Torres Small to Serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development

    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...
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  • U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning

    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...
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  • Veterans Affairs Secretary statement on Richard Stone, M.D. stepping down as Acting Under Secretary for Health

    Veterans Affairs Secretary statement on Richard Stone, M.D. stepping down as Acting Under Secretary for Health | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs [VA] press release dated: June 10, 2021) The contributions of Dr. Richard Stone, Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. to the country and Department of Veterans Affairs are immeasurable. I admire and rely on him a great deal and have been discussing this important assignment and his role with him for months. I respect his decision to leave, especially given the reason he told me he would do so: to ensure the incoming Under Secretary, whom I strongly believe needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, has the opportunity to fully assume leadership of the Veterans Health Administration. We owe Dr. Stone an immense debt of gratitude for his leadership, especially during the pandemic. When COVID-19 first began to spread, Dr. Stone was among the first people Veterans and their...
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  • Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 16, 2021)


    Statement by Miguel Cardona Secretary of Education on the U.S. Department of Education Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request



    Good morning Chairwoman Murray and Ranking Member Blunt. I am pleased to join you today, and I am proud to testify on behalf of 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 color—and teachers confront every day i...
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  • Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] press release dated: June 14, 2021)

    Washington - - Today, Adrianne Todman was officially sworn in as the twelfth Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

    HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge issued the oath of office to Deputy Secretary Todman during a ceremony at HUD’s headquarters that was livestreamed to the department’s staff. Deputy Secretary Todman was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on June 10.

    Deputy Secretary Todman most recently served as the CEO of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO). Before
    Adrianne Todman Sworn in as Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
    (Photo courtesy HUD)

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  • Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives

    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 17, 2021)


    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives


    Chairman Neal, Ranking Member Brady, it’s a pleasure to be with you. When I took office back in January, the first – and most urgent – problem confronting our economy was obviously the pandemic: helping people make it to the other side of the crisis and ensuring they were met there by a robust recovery. Thanks to this Congress – and its passage of the American Rescue Plan – I believe we are well on our way towards that goal. But we have to be clear-eyed about something: The pandemic was not our only economic problem. Long before a single American was infected w...
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  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Statement on the Conclusion of the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Statement on the Conclusion of the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit | site |



    U.S. Department of Commerce said, "This year’s Investment Summit was the largest in its history with representatives from every U.S. state and territory participating for the first time ever"


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Commerce press release dated: June 11, 2021) On the final day of the 2021 SelectUSA Investment Summit, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo released the following statement: “The United States offers unmatched diversity, a culture of innovation, and the world’s most productive workforce to global companies of all sizes looking to grow and succeed in the U.S. market. This week’s Investment Summit showcased that America is back and open for business, and I am thrilled to share it was a record-shattering success. “This year’s event was attended by over...
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  • Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate

    Testimony of Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen to the Committee on Finance, U.S. Senate | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of the Treasury press release dated: June 16, 2021) Chairman Wyden, Ranking Member Crapo, it’s a pleasure to be with you. When I took office back in January, the first – and most urgent – problem confronting our economy was obviously the pandemic: helping people make it to the other side of the crisis and ensuring they were met there by a robust recovery. Thanks to this Congress – and its passage of the American Rescue Plan – I believe we are well on our way towards that goal. But we have to be clear-eyed about something: The pandemic was not our only economic problem. Long before a single American was infected with COVID-19, millions of people in this country were running up against a series of long-term, structural economic challenges that undermined their ability to make a good living. For instanc...
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Mexico

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Mexico

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Mexico | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    Washington - - On June 14-15, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas visited Mexico during his first international trip as Secretary — a reflection of the Department of Homeland Security’s commitment to a close and deep partnership with the Government of Mexico.

    “I am proud of the partnership we are building with Mexico,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “I am looking forward to our work together on a wide range of issues, including our emergence from the

    Secretary Mayorkas is welcomed by Secretary Ebrard
    (Photo courtesy: U.S. Department of Homeland Security / DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp)

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  • Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 15, 2021) With today’s release of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, President Biden is demonstrating his steadfast commitment to addressing the most significant and persistent terrorism-related threat to the homeland today. In furtherance of the National Strategy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remain focused on addressing violence, while at the same time protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. DHS is undertaking a number of actions as part of an all-of-government effort to fight domestic terrorism. DHS is enhancing its analysis of open-source information to identify threats and leverage credible threat-analysis produced by others. The Department is contin...
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  • Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Results of April 2021 NAEP Survey on School Reopening

    Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Results of April 2021 NAEP Survey on School Reopening
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    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Education press release dated: June 10, 2021) “Today's data reaffirms what we’ve been seeing and hearing for months – that we’ve met and exceeded President Biden’s goal of reopening the majority of K-8 schools, and that as a nation we continue to make significant progress in reopening as many schools as possible before the summer. As of April, 96 percent of K-8 schools were offering in-person learning options and 59 percent of these schools were offering full-time in-person instruction. From speaking with educators, students, parents, and districts across the country, we know that additional reopening progress was made in May and the early weeks of June. While today’s data show that for the first time this year more Black and Hispanic fourth graders were attend...
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  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Los Angeles - - Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti visited the Los Angeles Cyber Lab and received a briefing on its operational capabilities. The Cyber Lab is a prime example of how a public-private partnership can shore up our cyber defenses across every level of government as called for by President Biden. “As cyber threats continue to evolve, we must adapt to ensure the resilience of our nation’s institutions and critical infrastructure,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “The federal government cannot do this alone. DHS is committed to strengthening its partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector entities across the country. The LA Cyber Lab is a t...
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    Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule
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    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, 10:52 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, 08:11 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
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    06-22-2021, 07:38 AM
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    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, 07:09 AM
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    U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Holds Virtual Roundtable with Early Childhood Stakeholders to Discuss Priorities for Early Learning
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    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, 06:28 AM

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