Category: US Politics and Govt

H.J.Res.83

12:42 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to "Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness". (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

S.J.Res.34

12:42 am Eastern | US Politics and Govt

A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services". (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1365

11:06 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.372

11:06 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1238

11:06 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Securing our Agriculture and Food Act (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1302

11:06 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel Exercise Act of 2017 (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1101

11:06 pm Eastern | US Politics and Govt

Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (03/22/2017 legislative day)read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/22/2017, #26

22 Mar 17:40 | SciTech

James S. Brady Briefing Room 1:41 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  First, at the top, I wanted to note that the President has been briefed on the situation in London.  He just spoke to Prime Minister May, and we’ll have a readout on that situation and that call soon.  We obviously condemn today’s attack in Westminster, which the United Kingdom is treating as an act of terrorism.  And we applaud the quick response that the British police and their first responders made to the situation.  The victims in this are in our thoughts and our prayers. The City of London and Her Majesty's government have the  full support of the U.S. government in responding to the attack and bringing those to justice who are responsible.  We will provide you with further updates as warranted and, as I mentioned, a readout of the President's call with the Prime Minister. read more »

The Detroit News: Judge Gorsuch “the very image of a thoughtful jurist”

22 Mar 16:54 | US Politics and Govt

Editorial: Gorsuch turns back Democratic attacks The Detroit News After two days of often hostile hearings, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is proving himself an even-tempered, deeply knowledgeable nominee who should be confirmed by the Senate. Gorsuch calmly turned back attempts by Democrats on the Judicial Committee to paint him as an extremist whose rulings as an appeals court judge heavily favored corporate and big money special interest, the evidence to support that charge is flimsy. At the start of Tuesday’s session, Gorsuch deflated the claims that he is a threat to women by stating the Roe v. Wade precedent “has been reaffirmed many times.” And through often accusatory questioning aimed at distorting his record, he forcefully defended his rulings on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals while schooling senators on the law. He reminded the senators that “97 percent of the 2,700 cases I've read more »

President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Wyoming

22 Mar 16:37 | U.S. News

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White House to Make Financial Disclosures Public

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

Fulfilling the President’s commitment to ensure an ethical and transparent government, on March 31, 2017, the White House will be making the U.S. Office of Government Ethics Form 278 financial disclosure reports filed by high-level officials in the White House Office available to the public. Additionally, in the future, members of the public will be able to make requests through an online portal and receive access to the public financial disclosure reports of officials who have filed their form at least 30 days prior to the date of the request. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION As per the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 and the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012, high-level officials in the White House are required to file public financial disclosure reports. These reports are reviewed by the White House and are used to identify and prevent potential financial conflicts of interest. The reports of the highest-level offread more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President met today with EU High Representative and Vice President Federica Mogherini. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States' partnership with the European Union. The leaders underscored their commitment to work together to address transnational threats and discussed issues of mutual concern including Syria, Iraq, Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Building on the dialogue that began last month in Brussels, Belgium, the Vice President and High Representative and Vice President Mogherini agreed to remain in close contact as the United States and the European Union consider the way forward on these and other shared challenges. read more »

Remarks by President Trump Before Meeting with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus

22 Mar 15:41 | US Politics and Govt

Cabinet Room 3:10 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I’m deeply honored to welcome the members of the Congressional Black Caucus to the White House.  We’re going to have a lot of meetings over the years, and I very much appreciate you being here. Throughout my campaign, I pledged to focus on improving conditions for African American citizens.  This means more to me than anybody would understand or know.  Every American child has a right to grow up in a safe community, to attend great schools, to graduate with access to high-paying jobs.   America has spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas.  I guess -- I heard just recently in the Middle East we’ve spent as of about two months ago $6 trillion -- $6 trillion, and you know where we are over there -- while neglecting the fate of American children in cities like Baltimore and Chicago and Detroit.   African Amerread more »

Press Releases: Statement by Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS

22 Mar 15:19 | US Politics and Govt

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The following is the text of a statement by the Ministers of the Global Coalition: Meeting on the Defeat of ISIS. Begin text: 1. Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition met in Washington today at the invitation of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to review and accelerate the campaign for the lasting defeat of ISIS. We remain firmlyread more »

Readout of the President's Call with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom

22 Mar 14:43 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom to offer his condolences on today’s terror attack in London and his praise for the effective response of security forces and first responders. He pledged the full cooperation and support of the United States Government in responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice. read more »

Press Releases: U.S. Security Cooperation With Iraq

22 Mar 14:04 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 The United States is committed to building a strategic partnership with Iraq and the Iraqi people. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement between Iraq and the United States, we remain dedicated to helping Iraq improve security, maintain sovereignty, and defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups. U.S. security cooperation activities are increasing the Iraqi Security Forces’ capability to respond to threats and conduct counter-terrread more »

Press Releases: Remarks at the Ministerial Plenary for the Global Coalition Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 13:57 | US Politics and Govt

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi The Department of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 read more »

Press Releases: On the Attack in London

22 Mar 13:38 | US Politics and Govt

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 22, 2017 On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled individuals or by terrorists, the victims know no difference. read more »

White House Director of Legislative Affairs Announces Legislative Affairs Staff Appointments

22 Mar 13:32 | US Politics and Govt

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, President Trump’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Marc Short, announced the following additions to the Legislative Affairs Senate staff team. “I’m honored to work alongside this team that is committed to advancing the President’s agenda,” Short said. “With extensive experience and relationships on Capitol Hill, they offer abundant knowledge and valuable insight that will undoubtedly help the White House and Congress pass legislation to deliver on our promises to the American people.” Amy Swonger will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs. Bethany Scully will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Senate and House Special Assistant. Andy Koenig will serve as Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant. Virginia Boney will serve as Special Assistaread more »

President Trump Approves Wyoming Disaster Declaration

22 Mar 12:57 | US Politics and Govt

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Wyoming and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm and straight-line winds from February 6 to February 7, 2017.    Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and straight-line winds in Teton County. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Robert J. Fenton, Acting Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Ms. Nancy M. Casper as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.  Additional designations may be read more »

H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017

22 Mar 12:19 | US Politics and Govt

March 22, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1628 – American Health Care Act of 2017 (Rep. Black, R-TN) The Administration strongly supports H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). This bill begins to fulfill the President's commitment to rescue Americans from the failures of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and expand access to affordable, quality healthcare. The AHCA offers patient-centered healthcare solutions that will promote innovation, reduce health insurance premiums, and empower doctors and patients to make healthcare choices. The AHCA makes significant and important changes as part of a three step process to repeal and replace the ACA. The AHCA would provide tax credits for Amread more »

Remarks by President Trump and Administrator Seema Verma in Women in Healthcare Panel Meeting

22 Mar 12:13 | US Politics and Govt

Roosevelt Room 11:24 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much for being here.  It’s a great honor, very great honor.  I want to thank Vice President Pence, Secretary Tom Price, and Administrator Seema Verma -- who’s done an incredible job, by the way -- for all of the time and energy they’ve put into repairing and replacing Obamacare ahead of tomorrow’s crucial vote.  Big vote tomorrow in the House.   I want to especially thank Seema, the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services --a wonderful job she’s doing, and definitely a complex job, but you have it under control, right -- for hosting this very important meeting to discuss the vital role women play in healthcare and the hardships inflicted on them by the Obamacare catastrophe.  It’s been bad. Administrator Seema Verma is playing the leading role for us in helping us to repeal and replace Obamacare.read more »

SEC Adopts T+2 Settlement Cycle for Securities Transactions

22 Mar 12:10 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted an amendment to shorten by one business day the standard settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities transactions.  Currently, the standard settlement cycle for these transactions is three business days, known as T+3.  The amended rule shortens the settlement cycle to two business days, T+2.  The amended rule is designed to enhance efficiency, reduce risk, and ensure a coordinated and expeditious transition by market participants to a shortened standard settlement cycle.  “As technology improves, new products emerge, and trading volumes grow, it is increasingly obvious that the outdated T+3 settlement cycle is no longer serving the best interests of the American people,” said SEC Acting Chairman Michael Piwowar.  “The SEC remains committed to ensuring that U.S. securities regulation is reflective of modern times, and in shortening the settlement cycle by one day we aim to increase efficiency and reduce risk read more »

Press Releases: The Global Coalition - Working to Defeat ISIS

22 Mar 11:07 | US Politics and Govt

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2017 Since its formation in 2014, the Global Coalition has worked diligently to reduce the threat ISIS poses to international security and our homelands. Coalition members are united in common cause to defeat ISIS through a robust approach, including working by, with, and through local partners for military operations; supporting the stabilization of territory liberated from ISIS; and, enhancing international cooperation against ISIS&rsquread more »

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

22 Mar 11:00 | US Politics and Govt

This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian heritage will come together with their families during this time to commemorate the arrival of spring. Nowruz means “new day” in Persian.  It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land. For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history. They come from diverse religious backgrounds—including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i—but all share an affection for their ancestral heritage. Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously sread more »

S.Res.81

22 Mar 00:17 | US Politics and Govt

A resolution recognizing the 196th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States. (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1228

22 Mar 00:17 | US Politics and Govt

To provide for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to replace members whose terms expire during 2017, and for other purposes. (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.244

22 Mar 00:17 | US Politics and Govt

Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017 (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.J.Res.69

22 Mar 00:17 | US Politics and Govt

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to "Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska". (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.Res.209

21 Mar 22:36 | US Politics and Govt

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 372) to restore the application of the Federal antitrust laws to the business of health insurance to protect competition and consumers. (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.372

21 Mar 22:36 | US Politics and Govt

Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.Res.210

21 Mar 22:36 | US Politics and Govt

Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 1101) to amend title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to improve access and choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees. (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

S.305

21 Mar 22:36 | US Politics and Govt

Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1297

21 Mar 22:36 | US Politics and Govt

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Technical Corrections Act of 2017 (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1353

21 Mar 22:36 | US Politics and Govt

Transparency in Technological Acquisitions Act of 2017 (03/21/2017 legislative day)read more »

Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings

21 Mar 22:06 | US Politics and Govt

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Remarks by the President at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner

21 Mar 21:17 | US Politics and Govt

National Building Museum Washington, D.C.  7:38 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Wow.  You know, I asked how many people would be here tonight.  They said a couple of hundred.  It was just like a little fundraiser.  They didn’t say you broke -- 23 years, you broke the all-time record tonight -- $30.1 million.  And broke it by $10 million -- that's not so close.  So, congratulations.  We're going to have a great eight years together.  (Applause.) And Rasmussen just came out with a very good poll -- you’ll be liking this poll.  This poll is good.  We're going to do a good job.  More importantly, we're going to do a great job, and then we're going to win it the old-fashioned way -- we're just going to win it.  And I want to thank everybody.   This is a lot more than 200 peread more »

President Donald J. Trump signs NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017

21 Mar 18:42 | US Politics and Govt

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years. The bill demonstrates strong bipartisan support for our Nation’s space program and helps ensure that NASA remains at the forefront of exploration and discovery. “With this legislation, we support NASA’s scientists, engineers, astronauts and their pursuit of discovery,” said President Trump during a signing ceremony at the White House. “America’s space program has been a blessing to our people and to the entire world. Almost half a century ago, our brave astronauts first planted the American flag on the moon. That was a big moment in our history.  Now this nation is ready to be the first in space once again. Today we’re taking the initial steps toward a bold and brave new future for American space flight.” The Act, passed unanimousread more »

The Leader's Daily Schedule - 3/22/17

21 Mar 18:02 | US Politics and Govt

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Press Releases: Department Press Briefing - March 21, 2017

21 Mar 17:08 | US Politics and Govt

Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Department Press Briefing Washington, DC March 21, 2017 Index for Today's Briefing UNITED KINGDOM/NORTHERN IRELAND COUNTERTERRORISM/ISIS DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT read more »

Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary - #25

21 Mar 16:42 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  1:56 P.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  The hearing is still -- Judge Gorsuch’s hearing is ongoing, and considering the significant attention, I'm going to try to keep this a little on the shorter side today. The President is making a full day of progress towards some of his biggest promises that he’s made to the American people.  This morning he met with the House Republican Conference members on Capitol Hill, ahead of the House’s scheduled vote on the American Health Care Act, which is currently scheduled for Thursday. During the meeting, the President reminded members of the House Conference that repealing and replacing Obamacare has been a promise that Republicans have been making to voters for years. Members have made it clear that if voters put a Republican in the White House and continue Republican majorities in the House and the Senatread more »

H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017

21 Mar 14:08 | US Politics and Govt

March 21, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 1101 – Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017 (Rep. Johnson, R-TX, and 37 cosponsors) The Administration supports H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act of 2017. The Administration is committed to providing American workers with new options for access to quality, affordable care. The bill would strengthen access to health coverage for workers in the Nation's small businesses, many of which struggle to provide their employees with healthcare benefits due to dramatic increases in premiums and healthcare costs under the Affordable Care Act. H.R. 1101 would enable small businesses to provide health benefits to their workers through trade and prread more »

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 21, 2017, as National Agriculture Day

21 Mar 13:56 | US Politics and Govt

NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY, 2017 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION America's farmers and ranchers help feed the world, fuel our Nation's economy, and lead global markets in output and productivity.  The efficiency of American agriculture has provided this country with abundance our ancestors could not have imagined. The agriculture sector of the United States is endlessly innovative.  It continuously builds on its centuries of progress through advances in science, research, technology, safety, production, and marketing to meet the demands of changing consumer needs and complex world markets.  The agriculture sector provides jobs across our Nation, not just for farmers and ranchers, but for foresters, scientists, processors, shippers, firefighters, police, and retailers.  read more »

H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017

21 Mar 13:50 | US Politics and Govt

March 21, 2017 (House) STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY H.R. 372 - Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017 (Rep. Gosar, R-AZ, and 20 cosponsors) The Administration supports H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act of 2017. Many Americans have seen their health insurance premiums increase, and healthcare options decrease, significantly under the Affordable Care Act. The Administration supports efforts to restore competition to the health insurance marketplace in order to lower costs and expand choices for consumers. H.R. 372 would amend the McCarran-Ferguson Act to ensure that Federal antitrust laws apply to the business of health insurance. The bill supports the goal of giving Americanread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 442 into Law

21 Mar 13:44 | US Politics and Govt

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 442, which (1) authorizes appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY 2017; (2) provides for improvements to the International Space Station program; (3) authorizes medical monitoring and treatment for former astronauts; (4) authorizes a space technology program; and (5) authorizes third-party indemnification for certain hazardous commercial space services. read more »

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq

21 Mar 11:38 | US Politics and Govt

The Vice President and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq built upon their productive meeting last month at the Munich Security Conference during a working breakfast at the Vice President's Residence at the Naval Observatory this morning.  The Vice President commended Iraqi Security Forces for their progress in western Mosul and thanked Prime Minister Abadi for the sacrifices of the Iraqi people in our shared fight against ISIS. The Vice President also thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership in protecting religious and ethnic minorities, including Christians, Yezidis, and others, and urged the Prime Minister to continue efforts to ensure inclusive governance. The leaders also discussed opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship and advance mutual interests, including read more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

21 Mar 11:28 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate Judge Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. If confirmed, Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky will serve as a Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The son of Indian-American immigrants, Judge Thapar serves on the District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  With his 2008 nomination by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation and appointment, Judge Thapar became the Nation’s first Article III judge of South Asian descent.   Before his service on the bench, he was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Before that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and the District of Columbia.  He began his legal career in private practice, after clerkships with Judge S. Arthur Spiegel on the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio anread more »

President Donald J. Trump Announces Key Administration Posts

21 Mar 11:27 | US Politics and Govt

President Donald J. Trump today announced key additions to his Administration. Benjamin Cassidy of Massachusetts will serve as Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security.  Mr. Cassidy serves as Special Counsel to the Secretary of Homeland Security in the Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the Department, he was a senior executive at The Boeing Company, leading international business development and government relations assignments in the defense sector. While at Boeing during the Bush Administration, Mr. Cassidy worked extensively to advance strategic missile defense relationships with international industry partners in support of U.S. Government policy. He has also served as the Defense and Foreign Policy Legislative Assistant for Senator John Warner of Virginia. Before his Senate work, Mr. Cassidy served in a variety of Marine Corps command and staff assignments, including rread more »

H.R.1029

20 Mar 22:04 | US Politics and Govt

Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017 (03/20/2017 legislative day)read more »

H.R.1309

20 Mar 22:04 | US Politics and Govt

TSA Administrator Modernization Act of 2017 (03/20/2017 legislative day)read more »

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