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US Executive Branch Update – November 17, 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*

12:00 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing | The White House

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 p.m. ICT – THE VICE PRESIDENT and THE SECOND GENTLEMAN will arrive in Bangkok, Thailand

*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 Wednesday, November 17, 2022

Note: All colored text denotes hyperlinks.

The White House

  • Statement by President Joe Biden (re: mid-term election results; U.S. House of Representatives in Republican control)

  • Statement By President Joe Biden on Senate Cloture of the Respect for Marriage Act

  • G20 Bali Leaders’ Declaration | Bali, Indonesia

  • Readout of President Joe Biden’s Meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom | Bali, Indonesia

  • Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Sunak of the United Kingdom Before Bilateral Meeting | Bali, Indonesia

  • Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Maritime Attack Against the MV Pacific (Iran alleged perpetrator)

  • Statement by National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson (Poland)

  • Readout of Principal Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer’s Meeting with Kazakhstan’s Special Representative for International Cooperation Erzhan Kazykhan

  • Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Groundbreaking, as Prepared for Delivery

  • Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at the College Promise Careers Institute, as Prepared for Delivery

  • Proclamation on National Rural Health Day, 2022

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Opening Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III at the Seventh Ukraine Defense Contact Group (As Delivered)

  • Transcript:  Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Army General Mark A. Milley, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hold a Press Briefing Following Ukrainian Defense Contact Group Meeting

  • Article:  Ukraine Defense Contact Group Remains United, Determined, Austin Says

  • Article:  Ukraine Contact Group Is Key to Helping Ukraine’s Defense

  • Press Release:  Department of Defense Awards $78 Million Grant to Sierra Sands School District for Richmond Elementary School on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake

  • Contracts for November 16, 2022

Department of State

Daily Schedule | Thursday, November 17, 2022


  • November 16:  Readout | Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Meeting with Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Hasler

  • November 16:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Kang travels to Helsinki and Stockholm


  • November 16:  Readout | Second U.S.-ROK Working Group Meeting on the DPRK Cyber Threat

  • November 16:  Readout | Japan-U.S. Extended Deterrence Dialogue

Middle East

  • November 16:  Statement | Sanctioning Senior Officials of Iranian Broadcaster

  • November 16:  Advisory | Assistant Secretary Leaf’s Travel to Bahrain

Western Hemisphere

  • November 16:  Statement | Joint Statement of the U.S.-Ecuador Bilateral Expanded Political Dialogue

Climate Change | COP27

  • November 16:  Statement | The United States Announces the First Cohort of Countries to Endorse the Ocean Conservation Pledge at COP27

  • November 16:  Fact Sheet | U.S. Announcements on Ocean-Climate Action at COP27

Outer Space

  • November 16:  Statement | Artemis I Advances International Cooperation, Inspires Next Generation

  • November 16:  Fact Sheet | International Cooperation in NASA’s Artemis I Program

South Caucasus

  • November 16:  Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Call with Azerbaijani President Aliyev

Other Matters

  • November 16:  Advisory | Deputy Secretary McKeon Visits the University of the District of Columbia

  • November 16:  Transcript | Department Press Briefing

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Simon Coveney, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence, Republic of Ireland

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power’s Meeting with Nadia Murad, Nobel Laureate and Founder of Nadia’s Initiative

  • Readout:  Administrator Samantha Power Meets with Lebanese-American Diaspora

  • Press Release:  USAID Announces Progress on Support for Indigenous Peoples, Conserving Global Forests

  • Press Release:  The United States Announces $43.5 Million to Support Youth Empowerment in South Sudan

  • Press Release:  USAID Announces $15 million, Five-Year Award for Global Family Planning Partnership

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

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Russia’s War Against Ukraine

  • Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Crimea and the City of Sevastopol, Ukraine

  • Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the G5 Sahel

  • General Statement on a U.S.-Led Resolution in the Third Committee on the Human Rights Situation in the Syrian Arab Republic

  • Explanation of Vote on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

  • Explanation of Position on a Third Committee Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights of Rohingya Muslims and Other Minorities in Myanmar

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen on Recent Crypto Market Developments

  • Readout:  Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen’s Meeting with People’s Bank of China Governor Yi Gang

  • Remarks by Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen at Bilateral Meeting with Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Giancarlo Giorgetti

  • Readout:  Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo’s Meeting with German State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Udo Philipp

  • Readout:  Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo’s Meeting with United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch

  • Press Release:  Treasury International Capital Data for September

  • Remarks by Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Nellie Liang at the 2022 Treasury Market Conference

  • Press Release:  New Treasury Report Shows Fintech Industry Requires Additional Oversight to Close Gaps, Prevent Abuses and Protect Consumers

  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Senior Officials and “Interrogator Journalists” of Iran’s State-Run Media

Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases

  • Press Release:  Iowa Construction Firm Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

  • Press Release:  Tax Attorneys and Insurance Agent Indicted for Promoting and Selling Fraudulent Tax Shelter

  • Press Release:  Dallas Attorney and Members of Accounting Firm Charged with Promoting Illegal Tax Shelter

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Announces Director of the Office of Environmental Justice

  • Press Release:  Former Washington, D.C. Metro Transit Police Officer Found Guilty of Civil Rights Violation for Using Excessive Force

  • Press Release:  Man Convicted for Health Care Fraud and Prescription Drug Diversion Scheme

  • Press Release:  Chinese Government Intelligence Officer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Espionage Crimes, Attempting to Steal Trade Secrets from Cincinnati Company

  • Press Release:  Justice Department Launches Disability Rights Investigation into Missouri’s Use of Skilled Nursing Facilities

  • Press Release:  Two Pharmacy Owners Plead Guilty in COVID-19 Money Laundering and Health Care Fraud Case

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

  • Statement from DHS on Court Granted Stay That Temporarily Keeps the Title 42 Public Health Order in Place


  • Press Release:  Laredo Sector Border Patrol disrupts human smuggling operation at a stash house

  • Press Release:  El Paso Port of Entry to Expand SENTRI And Commercial Hours During Upcoming Holiday Period

  • Press Release:  CBP Announces Measures to Facilitate Upcoming Thanksgiving, Black Friday Holiday Traffic at the Laredo Port of Entry


  • Press Release:  Cincinnati CBP Seizes $1.2 Million Worth of Cocaine and Meth in Outbound Shipments

Puerto Rico

  • Press Release:  US Border Patrol Seizes 198 Pounds of Cocaine during a maritime smuggling event in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Link to daily press releases

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

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

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $5.5 Million to Nebraska in ‘Internet for All’ Planning Grants

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release:  FTC Takes Action to Stop DK Automation and Kevin David Hulse From Pitching Phony Amazon and Crypto Moneymaking Schemes

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release:  FCC Announces Nearly $84 Million in Emergency Connectivity Funding

  • Press Release:  FCC Announces Agenda for Nov. 17 Hearing on Hurricanes Fiona and Ian

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Press Release:  CFPB Supervisory Examinations Find Credit Reporting Failures, Junk Fees, and Mishandling of COVID-19 Protections

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Memorandum:  As Thanksgiving Approaches, Americans Who Want a Turkey Will Be Able to Get One

  • Press Release:  USDA Invests $21.6M in Small Business-Led Innovations

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration, Trout Unlimited Invest up to $40 Million to Restore Watersheds on National Forests

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $74 Million to Advance Domestic Battery Recycling and Reuse, Strengthen Nation’s Battery Supply Chain

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Press Release:  EPA Announces Supplemental Proposed Rule to Modify Toxic Substances Control Act Fees Rule

  • Link to other EPA press releases

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release:  FRA Publishes Northeast Corridor Project Inventory, Laying Out Priorities for Intercity Passenger Rail Development on the NEC

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • Press Release:  FAA Mandates Medical Requirements for Commercial Balloon Pilots

Department of Labor

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor issues statement following sentencing of Northeast Carpenters Benefit Funds’ former plan administrator

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor recovers $1.2M in back wages for 599 home healthcare workers employed by four agencies in Texas, Louisiana

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor initiative finds violations in 80% of care industry investigations; recovers $28.6M for nearly 25K workers, mostly women

  • Press Release:  U.S. Department of Labor grants Alliance Ambassador status on Great Plains OSHA Education Center for continued commitment to safety, health

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release:  FDA Spurs Innovation for Human Food from Animal Cell Culture Technology

  • Press Release:  FDA Warns Firms for Selling Illegal E-cigarettes That Look Like Toys, Food, and Cartoon Characters

General Services Administration (GSA)

  • Press Release:  Biden-Harris Administration Announces U.S. Government’s First Initiative with a Utility to Work Toward 24/7 Carbon Pollution-Free Electricity

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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.