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*

10:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

5:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on his robust plan to stop the spread of the Delta variant and boost COVID-19 vaccinations | State Dining Room

VPOTUS’ Schedule*

11:00 a.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will deliver opening remarks at the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue (HLED). Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar will also participate | Indian Treaty Room

3:30 p.m. EDT – THE VICE PRESIDENT will meet with abortion and reproductive health providers and patients from Texas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and New Mexico to discuss the impact of Texas Senate Bill 8 and other restrictions on reproductive care | Vice President’s Ceremonial Office.

White House Press Briefing Schedule*

1:00 p.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 Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Note: Bold hyperlinks spotlight COVID-19 developments.

The White House

  • Remarks by President Biden in Honor of Labor Unions
  • Transcript: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, September 8, 2021
  • Press Release: Addressing Concentration in the Meat-Processing Industry to Lower Food Prices for American Families
  • Disaster Declaration: President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Approves North Carolina Disaster Declaration
  • Appointment: President Biden Announces Intent to Appoint Dr. Tony Allen as Chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Nominations: President Biden Names Seventh Round of Judicial Nominees
  • Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne Announcing the Inaugural U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting | September 9, 2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

  • Readout: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Visit to Bahrain
  • Transcript: Secretary Lloyd J. Austin Meets with Bahrain Foreign Minister at Bahrain International Airport, Near Manama, Bahrain
  • Transcript: Secretary of Defense Austin Meets with Service Members, Interagency Personnel at Naval Support Activity Bahrain
  • Press Release: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III’s Visit to Kuwait
  • Article: Hicks Says DOD to Link Strategy, Capabilities to Meet China Challenge
  • Article: DARPA Looks to Microbes to Process Rare Earth Elements
  • Article: DOD Extends ‘Firefly,’ Related ‘FireGuard’ Support to Extinguish Wildfires
  • Press Release: Leveraging the Capabilities of Small Businesses
  • Press Release: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) – Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation and Screening Testing for Unvaccinated Personnel
  • Publication: Force Health Protection Guidance (Supplement 23) – Department of Defense Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Attestation and Screening Testing for Unvaccinated Personnel
  • Publication: DD Form 3150
  • Publication: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Installation Status Update, Sept. 8, 2021
  • Press Release: DOD Awards 2021 STEM Scholars
  • Contracts for September 8, 2021

Department of State

  • Daily Schedule | Thursday, September 9
  • September 8: Advisory | Secretary Blinken to Participate in U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (Sept. 9)
  • September 8: Readout | Secretary Blinken’s Ministerial with Allies and Partners on Afghanistan
  • September 8: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken Opening Remarks at Ministerial on Afghanistan
  • September 8: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a Joint Press Availability
  • September 8: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at Top of Meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
  • September 8: Fact Sheet | Secretary Blinken Travels to Germany
  • September 8: Remarks | Secretary Antony J. Blinken at Meet and Greet with Evacuation Operations Staff
  • September 8: Readout | Under Secretary Fernandez’s Call with Republic of Korea (ROK) Second Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon
  • September 8: Statement | Tajikistan Independence Day
  • September 8: Statement | North Macedonia National Day
  • September 8: Statement | Andorra’s National Day

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

US Mission to the United Nations (UN)

  • Remarks at the Briefing on the Humanitarian Response Plans for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras
  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Open Debate on Peacekeeping and Transitions
  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at the UN Human Rights Council Pledging Event Hosted by Amnesty International and the ISHR

Department of the Treasury

  • Press Release: Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen Sends Letter to Congressional Leadership on the Debt Limit
  • Press Release: Release of the 2020 Terrorist Assets Report

Department of Justice

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) | Daily Press Releases
  • Press Release: Former Ericsson Employee Charged for Role in Foreign Bribery Scheme
  • Press Release: International Money Launderer Sentenced to More Than 11 Years in Prison for Laundering Millions of Dollars in Cyber Crime Schemes
  • Press Release: Home Health Agency Operator BAYADA to Pay $17 Million to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations for Paying Kickback
  • Press Release: Commercial Flooring Executive Indicted on Money Laundering Charge as Part of a Long-Running Bid Rigging Investigation
  • Press Release: California Man Agrees to Plead Guilty in Federal Hate Crime Case for Attacking Family-Owned Restaurant and Making Death Threats

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

  • Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Press Release: CISA to Host Fourth Annual National Cybersecurity Summit
  • Press Release: CBP Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Press Release: MS-13 Gang Member Arrested by USBP Agents (California)
  • Press Release: Five Criminal Migrants Arrested After Illegally Entering U.S. (Texas)
  • Press Release: Border Patrol Interdicts Two Human Smuggling Events in the Rio Grande Valley (Texas)
  • Press Release: Brownsville CBP Officers Seize $286K Worth of Cocaine in Two Seizures (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Officers Prevent Human Smuggling Attempt (Arizona)
  • Press Release: CBP Stands Tall on the Agriculture Front, Uncovering Violations, Issuing $20K in Penalties in August 2021 at Laredo Port of Entry (Texas)
  • Press Release: CBP Offers Enrollment on Arrival in Cleveland & Indianapolis (Ohio; Indiana)
  • Press Release: CBP, Law Enforcement partners Seize 566 Pounds of Cocaine, Arrest 5 Smugglers and Apprehend 25 Undocumented Migrants from Haiti and the Dominican Republic during Labor Day Weekend (Puerto Rico)

Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR)

  • Readout of Ambassador Katherine Tai’s Call with WTO Director General Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Department of Commerce

  • Press Release: Department of Commerce Establishes National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee
  • Blog: Announcing the 2021 Class of Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental (SEE) Ambassadors

US International Trade Commission (USITC)

  • Press Release: USITC Institutes Section 337 Investigation of Certain Video Security Equipment and Systems, Related Software, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

  • Press Release: FTC Announces Tentative Agenda for September 15 Open Commission Meeting
  • Press Release: FTC Approves Changes to Five FCRA Rules

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

  • Press Release: Hurricane Ida Communications Status Report for September 8, 2021
  • Press Release: Starks Statement on Fifth Broadcast Station Ownership Report

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Statement by CFPB Acting Director Uejio on CFPB Victory in Legal Challenge to Payday Lending Rule Protections
  • Press Release: CFPB Takes Action Against Student Lender for Misleading Borrowers about Income Share Agreements

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • Press Release: USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers

Department of Energy (DOE)

  • Press Release: DOE Releases Solar Futures Study Providing the Blueprint for a Zero-Carbon Grid

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

  • Press Release: FERC Staff issues Report on Energy and Ancillary Services Market Reforms to Address Changing System Needs

Department of Interior (DOI)

  • Press Release: Bryan Newland Ceremonially Sworn In as Interior Department Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Department of Labor

  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor recovers $14K for Illinois retirement plan after investigation finds company owner failed to forward contributions
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor awards more than $6.7M in worker safety, health training grants to 37 recipients
  • Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor announces proposed rule to require mine operators to improve safe usage of mobile, powered-haulage equipment
  • Press Release: Court finds personal injury law firm, owner failed to pay overtime; Department demands payment of $26K in back wages, liquidated damages to 42 Alabama workers

Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Press Release: FDA Announces Public Workshop to Reconsider Mandatory Prescriber Education for Opioids