US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:50 a.m. EDT – The President receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

1:30 p.m. EDT – The President hosts H.E. Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, for an Official Working Visit | Oval Office

2:30 p.m. EDT – The President hosts H.E. Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, for an expanded bilateral meeting | State Dining Room

4:15 p.m. EDT – The President participates in a press conference with H.E. Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan | Rose Garden

5:30 p.m. EDT – The President departs the White House en route Wilmington, Delaware

6:25 p.m. EDT – The President arrives in Wilmington, Delaware

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

11:00 a.m. EDT – the Vice President will host H.E. Suga Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, for a bilateral meeting in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

10:30 a.m. EDT – Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and public health officials | The White House

11:00 a.m. EDT – Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki | 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 Thursday, April 15, 2021

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

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden on Russia
  • Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation
  • Letter to Congress on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation
  • Fact Sheet: Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government
  • Transcript: Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on Russia
  • Statement from President Joe Biden on House Passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act
  • Transcript: Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official on the Official Working Visit of Japan
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, April 15, 2021
  • Readout of Oval Office Meeting with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership
  • Remarks by President Biden Before Meeting with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Executive Committee
  • Fact Sheet: The American Jobs Plan Supports Veterans
  • Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Announces American Rescue Plan Funding to Rescue the Child Care Industry so the Economy Can Recover
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Key Administration Leaders in the State Department
  • Nominations: President Biden Announces His Intent to Nominate Nine Career Members of the Senior Foreign Service as Ambassadors
  • Nominations: Nominations Sent to the Senate

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s Remote Signing With Norwegian Defense Minister Frank Bakke-Jensen
  • Article: Partnerships Are Vital to U.S. Military, Security Challenges in Europe
  • Article: SOUTHCOM Can Use More Security Cooperation, Commander Says
  • Article: U.S. Must Get ‘On the Field’ in Arctic to Defend National Interests There
  • Contracts for April 15, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Friday, April 16
  • April 15: Statement | Holding Russia To Account
  • April 15: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani
  • April 15: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Afghanistan High Commission for National Reconciliation Chair Abdullah Abdullah
  • April 15: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at a Press Availability | Kabul, Afghanistan
  • April 15: Statement | Houthis Attack While the International Community Commits to End Conflict in Yemen
  • April 15: Readout | Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale’s Visit to Lebanon
  • April 15: Statement | U.S.-Norway Supplementary Defense Cooperation Agreement
  • April 15: Statement | Imposing Visa Restrictions on Ugandans for Undermining the Democratic Process
  • April 15: Statement | New U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the South Sudan Crisis Response
  • April 15: Statement | U.S. Applauds Partners’ COVAX AMC Commitments to Fight COVID-19

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Press Release: The United States Announces More Than $95 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for the People of South Sudan
  • Speech: USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele’s Closing Remarks at the Launch of COVAX Investment Opportunity

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at the Adoption of the UN Financing for Development Ministerial Declaration
  • Statement by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield on the Situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region
  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Yemen

Department of the Treasury

  • Statement:  Treasury Escalates Sanctions Against the Russian Government’s Attempts to Influence U.S. Elections
  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Russia with Sweeping New Sanctions Authority
  • Sanctions:  Treasury Sanctions Russian Persons in the Crimea Region of Ukraine
  • Guidance: Issuance of Executive Order Blocking Property With Respect To Specified Harmful Foreign Activities Of The Government Of The Russian Federation and related Frequently Asked Questions; Russia-related Designations
  • Readout: Secretary Yellen and Gene Sperling’s Meeting with National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee
  • Congressional Testimony: Brian Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Federal Finance, to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets
  • Press Release: Treasury International Capital Data for February

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)

  • Press Release: SEC Awards Over $50 Million to Joint Whistleblowers

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Former Chief Executive Officer of Publicly Traded Petrochemical Company Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery and Securities Law Violations
  • Press Release: Justice Department and FTC Announce Action to Stop Deceptive Marketing of Purported COVID-19 Treatments
  • Press Release: Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the City of West Monroe, Louisiana, Under the Voting Rights Act
  • Press Release: Louisiana Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Receive Health Care Kickbacks
  • Press Release: Maine Man Charged with Hate Crime Offenses for Arson of Predominantly Black Church
  • Press Release: Tax Attorney Indicted for Facilitating Tax Fraud

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

  • Readout of Secretary Mayorkas’s Virtual Meeting with Bahraini Minister of Interior General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Seize  Methamphetamine Near Port Angeles (Washington State)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers At Columbus Port Apprehend Homicide Suspect (New Mexico)
  • Press Release: Alien Smuggling Attempts Foiled by Rio Grande Valley Agents (Texas)
  • Press Release: RGV Agents Arrest Three Convicted Sex Offenders (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Agents Arrest Convicted Murderer (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Seizes Counterfeit N95 Masks (Texas)
  • Press Release: Rio Grande Valley Sector Hosts “Head of the Class” Ceremony (Texas)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Press Release: Philadelphia’s Center City Vaccination Center to Extend Operations Until May 25 (Pennsylvania)
  • Press Release: FEMA Provides Over $104.4 Million to the Vermont Agency of Human Services for COVID-19 Vaccinations in 2021
  • Press Release: FEMA approves additional $9.2 million for Florida Division of Emergency Management for Hurricane Michael recovery expenses

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Remarks from Ambassador Katherine Tai on Trade Policy, the Environment and Climate Change
  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s virtual meeting with Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Skin Rejuvenation Resurfacing Devices, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same

US Export-Import Bank (EXIM)

  • Press Release: EXIM Board Extends COVID-19 Temporary Relief Measures Benefiting Small Business, Transportation and Other Exports Through April 2022

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: DOE Announces $162 Million to Decarbonize Cars and Trucks

Department of Interior

  • Press Release: Biden Administration Resumes White House Council on Native American Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Press Release: Administrator Regan Announces $300 Million in Water Infrastructure Investments

Department of Transportation

  • Press Release: Polly Trottenberg Joins U.S. Department of Transportation as Deputy Secretary

Department of Labor

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