Tag Archives: Joe Biden

Dawn O’Connell to Be Nominated HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness, Response

Dawn O Connell

President Biden intends to nominate Dawn O'Connell, a senior counselor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, the White House announced Friday. In her current capacity, O'Connell helps the HHS secretary coordinate departmentwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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House Lawmakers Call on White House to Cut DOD Budget

Capitol Hill

A group of 50 House lawmakers has asked President Biden to reassess spending priorities by reducing the Department of Defense’s budget to help pay for public health, research and other activities. “We could cut the Pentagon budget by more than ten percent and still spend more than the next ten largest militaries combined,” they added.

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National Intelligence Director Avril Haines Supports President Biden’s General Counsel Nomination

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, issued a statement supporting President Biden's nominee for the general counsel position at the Office of the DNINominee Chris Fonzone holds years of experience in the national security area across a range of roles, having served with the departments of Defense and Justice (DOJ). 

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USDA Needs Public Input to Inform Agriculture-Driven Climate Strategy

Department of Agriculture

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks the public's input on a strategy that aims to address climate change through efforts in forestry and agriculture. USDA said Monday that it needs information on climate-smart agriculture and forestry approaches, bioproducts, renewable energy and wildfire. Interested parties may submit responses through April 30 via the Federal Register

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Rep. Marcia Fudge Receives Senate Confirmation as HUD Secretary

Marcia Fudge

The Senate has confirmed Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a 66-34 vote. Fudge said in her Senate confirmation hearing she will focus on addressing housing issues brought by the COVID-19 pandemic under her new role.

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President Biden Names Timothy Wu as Special Assistant for Tech, Competition Policy

Timothy Wu

President Biden has appointed Timothy Wu, formerly a senior adviser at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as special assistant to the president for technology and competition policy. Wu, a professor at Columbia Law School, said in a tweet that he will join the White House as part of the National Economic Council (NEC).

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Connecticut-Based Educator Miguel Cardona Confirmed to Lead Education Department

Miguel Cardona

Miguel Cardona, President Biden's nominee for leadership over the Department of Education, has received Senate confirmation for the role. Cardona, who most recently was Connecticut's education commissioner, won the Senate's favor to become the secretary of education with a 64-33 vote on Monday. His swearing-in ceremony is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

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CIA Nominee William Burns Appears Before Senate Intelligence Committee for Confirmation Hearing

William Burns

William Burns, President Biden’s nominee to lead the CIA, said in his opening statement during his Senate confirmation hearing that politics should not interfere with intelligence work. Burns told lawmakers how he would deal with China if confirmed as CIA director. He cited the importance of “firmness and consistency” in responding to Russian aggression.

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Biden Vows Commitment to NATO Alliance, Collaboration to Address Security Threats

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President Biden said the U.S. remains committed to the transatlantic alliance and will work closely with partners in the European Union to address the shared security threats and other challenges. "The transatlantic alliance is back. And we are not looking backward; we are looking forward, together,” Biden said Friday in a speech during the virtual Munich Security Conference.

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Biden Names David Turk, Julie Su as Picks for Energy, Labor Deputy Secretaries

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President Biden has selected David Turk, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and Julie Su, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to serve as deputy secretaries of the departments of Energy and Labor, respectively. Su, on the other hand, works to advise Governor Gavin Newsom on labor issues and employment programs in California.

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