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US Executive Branch Update – April 8, 2021

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:45 a.m. EDT – the President and the Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

11:45 a.m. EDT – the President, the Vice President, and the Attorney General deliver remarks on gun violence prevention; The First Lady also attends | Rose Garden

1:00 p.m. EDT – the President has lunch with the Vice President | Private Dining Room

4:15 p.m. EDT – the President and the Vice President receive a COVID-19 briefing | Oval Office

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:45 a.m. EDT – the Vice President will receive the President’s Daily Brief in the Oval Office

11:45 a.m. EDT – the President, the Vice President, and the Attorney General will deliver remarks on gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden; The First Lady will also attend

1:00 p.m. EDT – the Vice President will have lunch with the President in the Private Dining Room

4:15 p.m. EDT – the President and the Vice President receive a briefing from members of their COVID-19 Response Team on the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of vaccinations in the Oval Office

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

12:30 p.m. EDT – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change, as is the White House press briefing schedule.


Recap of Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 and reopening developments.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden on the American Jobs Plan

  • Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with King Abdullah II of Jordan

  • Readout of Vice President Kamala Harris Call with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico

  • Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic

  • Fact Sheet: More Details on the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investments in Community Violence Interventions

  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, April 7, 2021

  • Transcript: Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials

  • Fact Sheet: First Lady Jill Biden Sets Course for the Next Phase of Joining Forces

  • Nominations: President Biden Announces his Intent to Nominate Key Roles in the Department of Interior, Department of Transportation, and Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call With Finnish Minister of Defense Antti Kaikkonen

  • Readout of Acting Under Secretary of Defense Amanda Dory’s Participation in a Multinational Roundtable on Ukraine

  • Press Release: DOD Announces New Discharge Appeal Review Board Option

  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, April 7, 2021

  • Article: Ceremony Remembers U.S., Vietnamese Personnel Killed in 2001 Helicopter Crash

  • Article: At Pentagon, Sexual Assault Awareness Is a Full-Time Effort

  • Contracts for April 7, 2021

Department of State

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: United States Announces Additional Assistance for Palestinians

  • Press Release: United States Providing Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Deadly Timor-Leste Floods

  • Press Release: Valuing Health Workers and Health Equity

  • Press Release: Holocaust Remembrance Day

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Readout of a Meeting Between Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

  • Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Kwibuka 27 (re: Rwanda 1994 Anniversary)

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Treasury Releases Made in America Tax Plan Report

  • Press Release: Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Pens Op-Ed in Wall Street Journal

  • Statement on State Fiscal Recovery Funds and Tax Conformity

  • Sanctions: Treasury Sanctions Pakistan-based Transnational Human Smuggling Organization Involved in Smuggling Migrants to the United States

  • Press Release: Treasury, IRS disburse 25 million more Economic Impact Payments under the American Rescue Plan

  • Press Release: Transnational Criminal Organizations Designations

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release: Pakistani National Indicted and Sanctioned for Human Smuggling Conspiracy

  • Press Release: Bidder Pleads Guilty to Riggings Bids at Online Auctions for Surplus Government Equipment

  • Press Release: Leader of Neo-Nazi Group Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime and Conspiracy Charges for Threatening Journalists and Advocates

  • Press Release: Restaurant Chain Manager Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Employment Tax Fraud

  • Press Release: California CEO Pleads Guilty in Employment Tax Scheme

  • Press Release: Maryland Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Readout of Secretary Mayorkas’s Meeting with Portugal’s Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita

  • Press Release: CBP Officers, Facial Biometrics Detect Two Cameroon Impostors to U.S. Passports at Dulles Airport (Virginia) | April 8, 2021

  • Press Release: CBP Air and Marine Operations and Partners Seize Combined 4 Tons of Cocaine in Eastern Pacific (Washington, D.C.)

  • Press Release: “Se Busca” Target Arrested (Mexico)

  • Press Release: USBP Arrests MS-13 Gang Member (California)

  • Press Release: Another Life Saving Rescue Beacon Deployed (Texas)

  • Press Release: RGV Agents Continue To Disrupt Smuggling Operations (Texas)

  • Press Release: Laredo Sector Border Patrol and UISD Police Department Discover Large Group of Individuals Inside a Trailer (Texas)

  • Press Release: Criminal Alien Arrests Continue for Del Rio Sector (Texas)

  • Press Release: 243 Pounds of Methamphetamine Worth Over $2M Seized by CBP (Kentucky)

  • Press Release: CBP Seizes 96 Pounds of Cocaine inside a container on board a Cargo Vessel Arriving to San Juan from the Dominican Republic (Puerto Rico)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: FEMA COVID-19 Vaccinations Update

  • Press Release: FEMA Allocates Nearly $18.4 Million to Repair the Roberto Clemente Stadium (Puerto Rico)

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Fact Sheet: Update on USDA Activities to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Robert Anderson Nominated as Solicitor of the Department of the Interior

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release: New agreement marks critical step forward in delivering reliable drinking water to hundreds of thousands

  • Press Release: EPA Administrator Announces Agency Actions to Advance Environmental Justice

  • Link to Other EPA Press Releases

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor issues guidance, model notices implementing American Rescue Plan’s COBRA premium assistance provisions

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor opens dialogue to ensure equity in employment for people with disabilities from historically underserved communities

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor awards $725K to help at-risk workers overcome barriers to employment

  • Press Release: North Florida contractor faces $61K in federal penalties for exposing employees to fall hazards at Jacksonville-area worksite

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release: HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra Announces Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine Program to All Community Health Centers Across the Country

  • Press Release: HHS Secretary Becerra Announces More Than 500,000 Americans Have Enrolled in Marketplace Coverage During Special Enrollment Period

US Government (USG) COVID-19 Webpages

Non-USG COVID Webpages

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

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Stacy Swanson, Public Policy Specialist, Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm
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Stacy Swanson helps sovereign governments successfully navigate Washington and understand United States Government policy. She regularly provides clients with strategies which effectively leverage existing relationships to advocate policy objectives before the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government. 

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