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US Executive Branch Update – December 13, 2022

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

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing | The White House

3:30 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT will host a ceremony on the South Lawn to sign the Respect for Marriage Act; The Vice President, The First Lady, and The Second Gentleman attend | South Lawn

This week, the U.S. Government is hosting the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, along with the AGOA Forum.  The Agenda for the three-day Summit is available here.

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

1:20 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT will deliver remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit’s African and Diaspora Young Leaders Forum | National Museum of African American History and Culture

3:30 p.m. EST – THE VICE PRESIDENT and the Second Gentleman will attend the President’s ceremony to sign the Respect for Marriage Act | South Lawn

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

2:15 p.m. EST – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre | James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

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

Recap of Monday, December 12, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

  • Statement:  Strengthening the U.S.-Africa Partnership in Space

  • Fact Sheet:  U.S-Africa Partnership in Health Cooperation

  • Fact Sheet:  U.S-Africa Partnership in Supporting Conservation, Climate Adaptation and a Just Energy Transition

December 12

  • G7 Leaders’ Statement

  • Statement from President Joe Biden on Bicentennial of United States-Mexico Bilateral Relations

  • Remarks by President Biden at the 75th Anniversary Toys for Tots Event

  • Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at the 75th Anniversary Toys for Tots Event

  • Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at a Virtual Educator Appreciation Event, as Prepared for Delivery

  • Transcript:  Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

  • Statement from Homeland Security Advisor Dr. Liz Sherwood-Randall on Arrest of Abu Agila Mohammad Mas’ud Kheir Al-Marimi

  • Statement from White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Inter-Agency Group to Counter Antisemitism

  • Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Serious Human Rights Abuse and Corruption

  • Message to Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Serious Human Rights Abuse and Corruption

  • Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Global Illicit Drug Trade

  • Message to Congress on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Global Illicit Drug Trade

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Transcript:  Senior Military Official Holds a Background Briefing

  • Article:  Official Says Fighting Remains Intense in the Donbas

  • Advisory:  Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri Pre-Trial Hearing

  • Article:  Department Names Vendors to Provide Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability

  • Article:  Medal of Honor Monday | Army Tech Sgt. Ralph Neppel

  • Contracts for December 12, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Tuesday, December 13, 2022


  • December 12:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Reception for African Innovators as Part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

  • December 12:  Statement | Updates to the Zimbabwean Sanctions Program

  • December 12:  Statement | Kenya National Day

Western Hemisphere

  • December 12:  Statement | 200th Anniversary of U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Relations

  • December 12:  Readout | Special Presidential Advisor Christopher J. Dodd’s Meeting with Mexican President López Obrador

  • December 11:  Advisory | Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Dodd’s Travel to Mexico, Ecuador, and Costa Rica December 11-14


  • December 12:  Statement | Alleged Pan Am Flight 103 Bombmaker in U.S. Custody


  • December 12:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Uzbekistani Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov

  • December 12:  Remarks | Secretary Blinken and Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Vladimir Norov Before Their Meeting

Other Matters

  • December 12:  Statement | Tent Partnership for Refugees

  • December 12:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Signing Ceremony for a New Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) With the Tent Partnership for Refugees

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Advisory:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Participation at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit 2022

  • Press Release:  USAID Announces Central Europe Program

  • Advisory:  USAID Deputy Administrator Paloma Adams-Allen Travels to Thailand

U.S. Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Department of the Treasury

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Takes Additional Actions in Zimbabwe

  • Sanctions List Updates:  Zimbabwe Designations and Designations Removals; North Korea Designation Update; Iran-related Designation Removal; Syria Designations Removals; Foreign Sanctions Evaders Determination Removals

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) at Thirty Breakfast

  • Press Release:  Treasury’s Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Issues Consumer Advisory to Protect Against Cyber Fraud During the Holiday Shopping Season

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Awards More Than $20 Million to Whistleblower

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Pan Am Flight 103 Terrorist Suspect in Custody for 1988 Bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland

  • Press Release:  Baltimore Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Employment Tax Crimes

  • Speech:  Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Delivers Remarks at the National Public Safety Partnership Violent Crime Reduction Summit

  • Press Release:  Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Issues Statement on 2021 FBI Hate Crimes in the United States Statistics

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

  • Readout of Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas Trip to Bogotá, Colombia

  • Press Release:  DHS and DOL Announce Availability of Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2023

  • Press Release:  New Orleans Field Office Seizes $29.5 Million Worth of Counterfeits (Louisiana)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release:  What They Are Saying | Ambassador Katherine Tai Confirms Amendments to the Beef Safeguard Trigger Level Under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement

Department of Commerce/National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)

U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release:  USITC Makes Determination in Five-Year (Sunset) Review Concerning Stainless Steel Wire Rod from India

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Disapproves Anti-Doping and Medication Control Proposed Rule Submitted by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Proposes Fines for Noncompliance with Reassigned Numbers Database

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release:  CFPB Proposes Rule to Create Repeat Offender Registry of Nonbank Financial Institutions

U.S. Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release:  Export-Import Bank of the United States Hosts Joint Meeting of 2022-2023 Advisory Committees and Subcommittees to Kick Off EXIM Annual Conference

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces an Additional $325 Million in Pilot Projects through Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities, for Total Investment of $3.1 Billion

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  U.S. Secretary of Energy Hosts Battery Workforce Initiative Roundtable

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Energy Announces $2.5 Billion Loan to Ultium Cells for Three Domestic Battery Cell Manufacturing Facilities

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Releases Annual Automotive Trends Report

  • Press Release:  EPA Announces $25.7 Million in Grants to Support Water Systems in Rural and Small Communities

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nearly $98 Million in Loans for Safety Improvements on Virginia’s I-81

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor reports more than $1.4B in recoveries for employee benefit plans, participants, beneficiaries in fiscal year 2022

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers more than $40K in back pay, damages for Louisiana home healthcare workers denied overtime

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor awards $614K to continue cleanup, recovery needed in 9 counties after West Virginia’s severe storms in 2021

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor finds manufacturer exposed workers to machine, other hazards at Kewaunee, Wisconsin, facility

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Press Release:  HHS Releases Policies to Make Coverage More Accessible and Expand Behavioral Health Care Access for Millions of Americans in 2024

General Services Administration (GSA)

  • Press Release:  GSA Awards $13.8M Contract for Design of a New Land Port of Entry at Highgate Springs, Vermont, Funded by the Biden-Harris Administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

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Stacy Swanson, Public Policy Specialist, Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm
Public Policy Specialist

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.