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US Executive Branch Update – May 23, 2022

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

POTUS’ Schedule*

1:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT holds a press conference with Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan (2:00 PM Local) | Akasaka Palace, Tokyo

  • Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Kishida of Japan

  • Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan During Bilateral Meeting

  • Fact Sheet:  The U.S.-Japan Competitiveness and Resilience (CoRe) Partnership

  • Fact Sheet:  U.S.- Japan Climate Partnership

  • Statement:  Japan-U.S. Joint Leaders’ Statement: Strengthening the Free and Open International Order

1:40 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan meet with families of Japanese citizens abducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea several decades ago (2:40 PM Local) | Akasaka Palace, Tokyo

3:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT launches the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (4:30 PM Local) | Izumi Garden Gallery, Tokyo

  • Remarks by President Biden at Indo-Pacific Economic Framework For Prosperity Launch Event

  • Fact Sheet:  In Asia, President Biden and a Dozen Indo-Pacific Partners Launch the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity

  • Transcript:  On-the-Record Press Call on the Launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework

6:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT attends a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Kishida Fumio of Japan (7:00 PM Local) | Kochūan, Tokyo

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

2:45 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will discuss actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to address mental health and wellness during a visit to Children’s National Hospital | Washington, D.C.

*The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change.

Recap of Friday-Sunday, May 20-22, 2022

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 developments.

The White House

Sunday, May 22, 2022

  • Remarks by President Biden and President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea at the Air Operations Center’s Combat Operations Floor on Osan Air Base

  • Remarks by President Biden Before Air Force One Departure | Pyeongtaek, Republic of Korea

  • Remarks by President Biden on Hyundai’s Investments in Savannah, Georgia

  • Readout of President Biden’s Call with Prime Minister-Designate Anthony Albanese

  • Transcript:  Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan En Route Tokyo, Japan

  • DPA Action:  President Biden Announces First Two Infant Formula Defense Production Act (DPA) Authorizations

  • Press Release:  Biden Administration Announces Second Operation Fly Formula Flight

Saturday, May 21, 2022

  • Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Republic of Korea President Yoon Suk Yeol

  • Statement:  United States-Republic of Korea Leaders’ Joint Statement

  • Remarks by President Biden and President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea During Bilateral Meeting

  • Remarks by President Biden and President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea in Joint Press Conference

  • Remarks by President Biden and President Yoon Suk Yeol of the Republic of Korea at Official Dinner

  • Transcript:  Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official Previewing President Biden’s Third Day in the Republic of Korea

  • Bills Signed into Law:

    • H.R. 7691, the “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022,” which provides supplemental emergency appropriations for fiscal year 2022 to Federal agencies to respond to the situation in, and for assistance to, Ukraine; and

    • ​H.R. 7791, the “Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022,” which allows the waiver of certain program requirements in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children due to a supply chain disruption or emergency.

  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on Deputy National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger’s Travel to Brussels

  • Readout of White House Meeting with Reproductive Justice Leaders

Friday, May 20, 2022

  • Remarks by President Biden After Touring Samsung Electronics Pyeongtaek Campus

  • Fact Sheet:  In First Stop on Asia Travel, President Biden Tours Model for Samsung’s New Texas Semiconductor Facility

  • Transcript:  Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official Previewing President Biden’s Second Day in the Republic of Korea

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

  • Statement from President Biden on Record-Low State Unemployment Rates

  • Statement by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on the District Court Ruling on Title 42 

  • Appointment:  President Biden Announces John Kirby as NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications

  • Nominations:  President Biden Announces Key Nominees

  • Readout of Vice President Harris’ Call with President Macron of France

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments in Electric School Buses

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris Before Virtual Meeting on Reproductive Rights

  • Remarks by Vice President Harris at the AAPI Victory Power Fund Celebration

  • Proclamation on National Maritime Day, 2022

  • Proclamation on Armed Forces Day, 2022

  • Proclamation on National Safe Boating Week, 2022

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Transcript:  Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Call with Ukraine’s Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov

  • Advisory:  Austin to Host Second Ukraine Contact Group Meeting Monday

  • Press Release:  U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Defense Consultations

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Meeting with Colombian Minister of National Defense Diego Molano, May 20, 2022

  • Article:  U.S., Colombia Plan Closer Military Ties

  • Article:  West Point Graduates Are What Is Inherent in the U.S. Military, Milley Says

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy Commencement Ceremony (As Delivered)

  • Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks at the National Capital Region Joint Commissioning Ceremony (As Delivered)

  • Article:  Hicks Emphasizes Aptitude for Technology to ROTC Graduates

  • Advisory:  Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen H. Hicks to Travel to Norway, Germany, and the United Kingdom

  • Article:  DOD | It is Not Just State Actors Who Pose Cyber Threat to U.S.

  • Press Release:  Navy to Commission Future Littoral Combat Ship Minneapolis-Saint Paul

  • Contracts for May 22, 2022

Department of State

Asia-Pacific

  • May 20:  Advisory | Secretary of State Blinken’s Travel to Japan on May 21-24

  • May 22:  Statement | Australian Federal Election

Europe

  • May 22:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Colonna

  • May 20:  Statement | U.S. Delegation on Atrocity Prevention and Response to Travel to The Hague

  • May 20:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with French Foreign Ministry Secretary General Delattre

Central Asia

  • May 22:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu’s Travel to the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan (May 23-27)

  • May 21:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Tileuberdi

  • May 20:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Kazakhstani Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi Before Their Meeting

Middle East

  • May 21:  Readout | Meeting with Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud

  • May 20:  Readout | Ambassador Hussain’s Trip to Saudi Arabia

  • May 20:  Statement | Parliamentary Elections in Lebanon

Africa

  • May 20:  Statement | Cameroon National Day

Other Matters

  • May 20:  Statement | Revocation of Five Foreign Terrorist Organizations Designations and the Delisting of Six Deceased Individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists

  • May 20:  Advisory | Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Kerry’s Travel to Switzerland and Germany

  • May 21:  Advisory | U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons Stern’s Travel to Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam (May 21-27)

  • May 22:  Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken At the Graduation Commencement Ceremonies for the Georgetown Class of 2022

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release:  USAID Announces $8 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for People Affected by Super Typhoon Rai and Tropical Storm Megi in the Philippines

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power Meets With Zambia Minister of Foreign Affairs

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the Truman Center National Security Conference 2022

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Syria

  • Transcript:  Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s Interview with Tim Franks of the BBC World Service

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Tribute to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release:  G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting Communiqué

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Targets Hizballah Financial Network’s Abuse of the Business Sector

  • Sanctions List Updates:  Counter Terrorism Designations Removals and Updates

  • Press Release:  Treasury Announces First State Small Business Credit Initiative Awards to Support Underserved Entrepreneurs and Small Business Growth in Key Industries

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release:  SEC Charges Wells Fargo Advisors With Anti-Money Laundering Related Violations

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Statement on Ruling in Louisiana v. CDC (Title 42)

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Releases Guide to State Voting Rules That Apply After Criminal Convictions

  • Press Release:  Panama Intermediaries Each Sentenced to 36 Months in Prison for International Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme

  • Press Release:  Military Contractor Indicted for $15 Million Bid-Rigging Scheme and Conspiracy to Defraud the United States

  • Press Release:  Government Contractor Agrees to Pay $425,000 for Alleged False Claims Related to Conflicts of Interest

  • Press Release:  Defendants Sentenced in Tennessee for Multimillion-Dollar Nationwide Telemedicine Pharmacy Fraud Scheme

  • Press Release:  Physician Assistant Convicted of Distributing Over 1.2 Million Opioid Pills

  • Press Release:  Justice Department and EPA Reach Agreement with Potentially Responsible Parties to Clean Up the Tremont City Barrel Fill Superfund Site in German Township, Ohio

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Files Proposed Settlement in Chambers County, Alabama School Desegregation Case

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces New Initiatives to Address and Prevent Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents

  • Speech:  Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Delivers Remarks at Justice Department Event Commemorating One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

  • Speech:  Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta Delivers Remarks at Justice Department Event Commemorating One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

  • Speech:  Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Delivers Remarks at Justice Department’s Event Commemorating One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

  • Speech:  Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco Delivers Remarks at American University Washington College of Law Commencement

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

  • Press Release:  DHS Statement on District Court Ruling on Title 42

  • Press Release:  RGV Agents Apprehend Criminal Migrants and Gang Members (Texas)

  • Press Release:  Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Delivers Baby Boy (California)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Press Release:  Joint media release of the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and New Zealand on the occasion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade meeting, 21-22 May 2022

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Indonesian Minister of Trade Muhammad Lutfi

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with New Zealand’s Minister for Trade and Export Growth Damien O’Connor

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Thailand Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Brunei Minister of Finance and Economy Amin Liew

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Meeting with Taiwan Minister-Without-Portfolio John Deng

Department of Commerce

  • Readout:  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo Hosts Roundtable with President Biden, Minister Lee Chang-yang, and U.S. and Korean Business Leaders

  • Readout of Secretary Raimondo’s Meeting with Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Lee Chang-yang

  • Advisory:  Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to Join Economic Cooperation Talks in Asia, Represent Biden Administration at World Economic Forum in Switzerland

  • Readout of Deputy Secretary Graves’ Travel to Brazil

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Modernizes and Improves Its Priority Services Rules

  • Press Release:  FCC Proposes Higher Speed Goals for Small Rural Broadband Providers

  • Press Release:  FCC Acts to Stop International Robocall Scams

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release:  EXIM President and Chair Reta Jo Lewis Promotes Make More in America at Atlanta Small Business Roundtable, Meeting with Local Officials

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release:  USDA Announces Additional Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  Biden Administration Launches $7 Million Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Initiative to Further Decarbonize Manufacturing

  • Press Release:  DOE Announces Nearly $25 Million to Study Advanced Clean Hydrogen Technologies for Electricity Generation

  • Press Release:  Biden Administration Launches $3.5 Billion Program To Capture Carbon Pollution From The Air

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release:  Secretary Haaland Provides Updates on Offshore Leasing Program During Senate Testimony

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Makes $500 Million Available for Clean School Buses Through EPA

  • Press Release:  EPA and Army to Host Midwest-Focused Virtual Regional WOTUS Roundtable (May 23)

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  Air Travel Consumer Report | March 2022 and 1st Quarter 2022 Numbers

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Press Release:  Aviation Education Takes Off This Summer with ACE Academies

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh to highlight good jobs, worker protections, responsible supply chains with labor ministers in Germany

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor releases Final Rule on changes for the 2022 Form 5500 Series Annual Return/Report

  • Press Release:  U.S. Marshals arrest Virginia landscaping company owner who failed to comply with federal court orders

Department of Education

  • Press Release:  Building on President Biden’s Unity Agenda, Education Department Urges Colleges to Use American Rescue Plan Funds to Provide Mental Health Supports to Students

Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Speech:  New Surgeon General Advisory Sounds Alarm on Health Worker Burnout and Resignation

  • Press Release:  HHS Secretary Becerra Invokes Defense Production Act to Accelerate Delivery of Raw Materials and More Needed to Manufacture Infant Formula

  • Remarks by HHS Deputy Secretary Palm at the One-Year Anniversary of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act

  • Press Release:  DOJ, Joined by HHS, Announce New Initiatives to Address and Prevent Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents

  • Statement from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on FDA and CDC Expanding Eligibility for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters for 5-11 Year Olds

  • Press Release:  Biden Administration Announces $1.5 Billion Funding Opportunity for State Opioid Response Grant Program

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Approves First Treatment for Eosinophilic Esophagitis, a Chronic Immune Disorder

  • Press Release:  FDA Roundup | May 20, 2022

  • Press Release:  FDA Urges Drug Manufacturers to Develop Risk Management Plans to Promote a Stronger, Resilient Drug Supply Chain

  • Press Release:  New FDA Draft Guidance Aims to Increase Safety Information About Dietary Supplement Marketplace

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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. 

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