Appointment of Ambassador Arnold Chacon to serve as Chargé d’Affaires to Canada

29 May

Office of the Spokesperson

Today, Secretary Blinken designated Ambassador Arnold Chacon to serve as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at U.S. Embassy Ottawa.  A career diplomat with the rank of Career Minister, Ambassador Chacon is currently detailed from the Department of State to the National Defense University as Senior Vice President. Ambassador Chacon previously served as the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources and U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala.

Ambassador Chacon’s appointment underscores the United States’ strong commitment to Canada and the Canadian people.  He will lead the U.S. government’s diplomatic engagement in Canada by advancing the Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership, including trade, climate change, COVID-19 response and recovery, and global and regional security issues.

The United States highly values its close partnership with Canada, and Ambassador Chacon is dedicated to advancing the bilateral relationship.

LOCAL NEWS: President Biden Calls Out Republicans for Touting Relief They Opposed

28 May

Headed into Memorial Day weekend, America is on the move: the COVID-19 pandemic in retreat, over 250 million doses of vaccine administered, cases down in all 50 states, and deaths down significantly. Yesterday, weekly unemployment numbers hit yet another pandemic-era low.

As President Biden reminded the American people yesterday, the remarkable progress is thanks to Democrats’ American Rescue Plan — and no thanks to the Republicans in Congress who all voted against it, no matter how desperately they now want to claim credit.

Here’s a look at what people across the country are reading this morning about Republicans trying to tout the COVID-19 recovery aid they opposed…

In Texas: 

The Dallas Morning News: Biden chides Rep. Beth Van Duyne for touting COVID relief she voted against: ‘Some people have no shame’
President Joe Biden accused Dallas-area freshman Rep. Beth Van Duyne on Thursday of taking credit for part of a COVID relief package that, like every other Republican, she opposed.

“Some people have no shame,” he said.

Biden didn’t mention her by name. But during a visit to Cleveland to tout economic recovery since he took office, he held up a list of 13 GOP lawmakers – in type large enough for sharp-eyed photojournalists to focus on.

Van Duyne, R-Irving, was fourth on the president’s list, two spots below Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and just above Indiana Rep. Greg Pence, brother of the former vice president.

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In North Carolina:

The Charlotte Observer: Biden’s keeping a list of Republicans — and NC’s Cawthorn is on it. Here’s why.
President Joe Biden called out congressional Republicans, including a freshman representative from North Carolina, for voting against his COVID-19 relief package and then touting some of its provisions to their constituents.

During a speech on the economy in Ohio on Thursday, Biden pulled out a list of 13 Republicans. He did not name them in his speech.

But a photographer captured a picture of the list, which included Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a freshman representative from Western North Carolina.

…Bobbie Richardson, the chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, criticized Cawthorn for the messages in late March.

“You can’t have your cake and vote against it, too. That’s exactly what Rep. Cawthorn is doing by shamelessly taking credit for a bill that he tirelessly attacked and voted against,” she said in a statement.

In New York:

New York Daily News: Four N.Y. Republicans land on Biden’s ‘no shame’ list for touting COVID aid they voted against
They give New York a bad name.

Four GOP lawmakers from the Empire State were included on a “no shame” list that President Biden pulled out during a speech Thursday to ridicule Republicans who have touted the benefits of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue plan even though they voted against it.

“I’m not going to embarrass any one of them, but I have here a list of how back in their districts they’re bragging about the rescue plan,” Biden said at an event in Ohio, holding up the list for audience members to see. “I mean, some people have no shame, but I’m happy they know that it benefitted their constituents.”

Biden did not call out any of the 13 Republicans on the list by name, but observant photographers snapped pictures of it, divulging that New York Reps. Elise Stefanik, Lee Zeldin, Andrew Garbarino and Nicole Malliotakis all made the ignominious cut.

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In Mississippi:

WLBT: Sen. Wicker on Biden’s list of Republicans who ‘bragged’ about the American Rescue Plan
JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – President Joe Biden is calling out thirteen Republicans who he says “bragged” about his American Rescue Plan even after they voted against it.

At an event Thursday, Biden commented that no Senate or House Republican voted for his $1.9 trillion stimulus package that was passed at the beginning of his presidency.

…Senator Roger Wicker (R, Miss.) was one of the names on the list, with it stating that Wicker “touted the restaurant revitalization fund.”

This in reference to Wicker’s RESTAURANTS Act, which provided $28.6 billion for restaurants that had struggled to keep business during the pandemic. This was included in the American Rescue Plan.

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Update from the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly – 28 May 2021

28 May
  • New resolutions on the health and care workforce and strategic directions for nursing and midwifery
  • Decisions on patient safety; health, environment and climate change; chemicals management; coordination of work on noncommunicable diseases
  • Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All
  • Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

Protect, safeguard and invest in the health and care workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the critical role of all health and care workers at the forefront of the pandemic, who have faced multiple risks related to their health, well-being and safety.

The resolution on Protecting, safeguarding and investing in the health and care workforce calls for action to guarantee that investments in our workforce ensure they are: skilled, trained, equipped, supported and enabled. It stresses the need for decent pay, recognition, a safe working environment, and protection of their rights.

The resolution highlights the need to:

It mandates the Director-General to update and strengthen implementation of WHO’s action plan on health employment and inclusive economic growth, working with Member States and relevant partners.

The Global Strategic Directions for Nursing and Midwifery 2021–2025 and its accompanying resolution provide policy recommendations on education, jobs, leadership, and service delivery that will help countries ensure that their nurses and midwives have maximum impact on population health outcomes. These policies are derived from the evidence published in the State of the World’s Nursing Report (2020) and the State of the World’s Midwifery Report (2021).

2021 is the International Year of the Health and Care Workers. At the heart of this Year is the recognition that in order to manage the pandemic, maintain health services, improve health workforce readiness, education and learning, and roll out COVID-19 vaccination equitably, the world must protect and invest in health and care workers.

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Decision on Patient Safety aims to eliminate avoidable harm in health care globally

Delegates agreed on concrete action to eliminate avoidable harm in health care by adopting the first ever “Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021–2030”. Every year, millions of patients suffer injuries or die due to unsafe health care globally, with 134 million adverse events occurring annually in low- and middle-income countries alone, contributing to 2.6 million deaths.  Even in high-income countries, about 1 in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care.  It is estimated that almost half of these events can be prevented.

In 2019 a WHA resolution on global action on patient safety recognized patient safety as a key global health priority, requesting WHO to consult with countries and stakeholders to formulate a global patient safety action plan.

Today’s decision provides strategic and practical direction to countries to formulate policies and implement interventions at all levels and settings aimed at improving patient safety. The action plan outlines priority actions to be taken by governments, civil society, international organizations, intergovernmental organizations, WHO and, most importantly, by health care facilities across the world. WHO will work in cooperation with Member States in the development of their respective implementation plans, according to their national context.

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Global strategy on health, environment and climate change

Important steps have already been taken to implement the 2019 WHO global strategy on health, environment and climate change: the transformation needed to improve lives and well-being sustainably through healthy environments.

These include the manifesto for a green and healthy recovery from COVID-19, a plan of action on biodiversity and health; advocacy for water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care facilities; launch of the Hand Hygiene for All Global Initiative; health messages for the upcoming COP-26 (UN Climate Change Conference of Parties); the global campaign to prevent lead poisoning; various regional action plans and fora to support country action on health and environment. WHO has provided support to a number of countries on health and environment related projects.

Delegates at the WHA have now decided to report on progress on the strategy in 2, 4, and 8 years’ time.

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International Chemicals Management and the role of the health sector

Delegates also decided to report again in 2 years’ time on progress towards the implementation of the WHO Chemicals Road Map, highlighting the critical role of health in sound chemicals management, and need to mainstream chemicals management into all health programmes.  They also requested the Secretariat to update the road map to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020.

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Extension of the Global Coordination Mechanism for Noncommunicable Diseases

The Global Coordination Mechanism (GCM) for Noncommunicable Diseases will be extended until 2030. The GCM was established in 2014. 

A number of measures have been recommended to improve its effectiveness. These include development of a workplan for the delivery of the 5 functions for which the GCM has responsibility. The plan will include a clear vision, a robust results framework, performance and outcome indicators and clarity on how the mechanism will carry out its functions in a way that is integrated with WHO’s ongoing work on NCDs. The plan will be submitted to the World Health Assembly in 2022, after consideration by the Executive Board.  

Practical tools for sharing knowledge and disseminating information about innovative activities from a variety of stakeholders working at country level will be developed. So will a global stock-take of action from various stakeholders at country level, together with guidance to Member States on engagement with non-State actors, including on the prevention and management of potential risks. Advice will be provided to civil society on how to develop national multi-stakeholder responses to NCDs and hold governments to account; and the capacity of people living with NCDs to participate in the co-creation of whole-of-society responses to NCDs will be strengthened.

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Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Wellbeing for All – SDG GAP

Delegates highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed a decade of progress on SDG targets and underscored the need to redouble efforts by accelerating implementation of SDG3 GAP, WHO’s 13th general programme of work, and the Primary Health Care special programme.

There was wide support for the SDG3 GAP and WHO's convening role.  Delegates noted the GAP’s key role in strengthening primary health care and advancing progress towards the targets set out in the Global Strategy on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' health.  They also emphasized its focus on country-level impact and its critical role in supporting equitable and resilient recovery.  

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Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse

At the Strategic briefing Preventing sexual exploitation and abuse: from policy to practice in health emergencies, the Secretariat outlined what WHO is doing across all levels of the organization to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and harassment.

WHO is committed to taking a comprehensive, holistic and survivor-centred approach to PSEA and sexual harassment, and is taking actions in the areas of policy, capacity-development and operations. PSEA focal points in Ukraine, Guinea and Bangladesh informed Member States of their work in crisis settings for communities and staff, including regular and mandatory PSEA training for WHO staff, implementation of hotlines to safely report complaints, designation of trusted community focal points, and continued liaison with partner agencies in prevention efforts.

The Director-General addressed the 5th meeting of Committee B on Agenda item 30.2 – the report of the Internal Auditor on preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (A74/36). The Director-General assured Delegates that they will receive regular monthly updates on the investigations of the Independent Commission on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse during the response to the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Secretariat will also provide quarterly briefings to Member States, as required by the Executive Board, and have dedicated agenda items on this topic for future WHO governance meetings. In addition, WHO will:

  • establish a WHO task team, led by a senior female staff member, to accelerate the implementation of organization-wide WHO policies and procedures, adopting a holistic approach to prevention and management of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment. The task team will also oversee the implementation of the Independent Commission recommendations;
  • establish an informal consultative group of external experts who can advise on ‘best in class’ approaches, recognizing that Member States and other entities have valuable experience and expertise that WHO can draw upon.

Director-General’s introductory remarks on agenda item 30.2, report A74/36 on the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, and the report of PBAC A74/51

 

State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) FY 2022 Budget Request

28 May

Office of the Spokesperson

The President’s FY 2022 Budget requests $58.5 billion for the State Department and USAID. The funding request invests in the core foundations of our country’s strength and delivers for the American people, including by working with allies and partners to address the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis, promote and defend our democratic values, and engage China in the Indo-Pacific and globally from a position of collective strength. This budget will enable the Department of State and USAID to help achieve the President’s vision of restoring U.S. leadership and delivering security and prosperity for all Americans.

The Department of State and USAID use diplomatic and development tools to advance U.S. interests and deliver for all Americans. After four years of neglect, the State and USAID Budget request significantly increases funding for climate initiatives, makes needed investments in global health security, enhances our support for the promotion and protection of democracy, human rights, labor rights, and rule of law, reasserts U.S. global humanitarian leadership, including rebuilding U.S. refugee resettlement, increases economic and security assistance to Central America to address the root causes of irregular migration, reinvigorates the diplomatic and development workforce, and meets our international obligations, all while supporting efforts to advance racial equity and inclusion in foreign assistance and within foreign affairs agencies.

The President’s FY 2022 budget request includes $58.5 billion for the Department of State and USAID, an increase of $5.5 billion or 10 percent over the FY 2021 enacted level. It:

 

  • Ensures the United States is Better Prepared to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Future Biological Threats and Pandemics. The budget request expands American leadership in global health security in order to address long-term impacts of COVID-19 and to prevent, prepare for, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks, whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate. The budget request includes $10.1 billion for global health programs of which nearly $1 billion would fund global health security programs and support to end the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase of over $800 million above the FY 2021 enacted level. This nearly $1 billion would expand Global Health Security Agenda capacity-building programs to additional countries and increase investments in crosscutting research and viral discovery programs to detect and stamp out future infectious disease outbreaks before they become pandemics. These funds also support global pandemic preparedness efforts, including a health security financing mechanism developed alongside U.S. partners and allies to catalyze increased investment in pandemic prevention and preparedness for future outbreaks. Funding would also support the global Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator platform to deploy tests, treatments, and vaccines around the world. Global health activities supported in the FY 2022 budget request build upon existing global health security infrastructure developed through decades of U.S. investment as well as emergency supplemental funding over the past year and the $10.8 billion provided in the American Rescue Plan Act for the Department and USAID to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Responds to the Climate Crisis. The budget request tackles the climate emergency head-on, providing more than $2.5 billion across all government agencies for international climate programs, more than four times the 2021 enacted level, to rally the world against this urgent threat that cannot be defeated by a single nation alone. The budget request includes $1.25 billion for the Green Climate Fund, with funding split between the Department and Treasury. The request also includes over $700 million in State and USAID bilateral, regional, and global climate-related assistance. The United States would provide $485 million to support other multilateral climate initiatives, including $100 million for international climate adaptation programs. The budget request also proposes funding for staffing increases to develop new centers of climate expertise at the Department of State and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. By reestablishing U.S. leadership on climate change, these increased climate investments would revitalize America’s coalitions with its allies and help mobilize the rest of the international community to increase its contributions.
  • Revitalizes Collaborative U.S. Leadership in Central America. It is critical to revitalize U.S. leadership in Central America and to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America to the United States. To that end, the budget request invests $861 million in the region as a first step toward a four-year commitment of $4 billion. These resources would allow the United States to work with partners in the region to strengthen host government accountability in curtailing endemic corruption, expanding economic opportunity, improving governance, and reducing violence and insecurity.
  • Restores America’s Standing in International Organizations. To ensure we are in a position to uphold and defend the principles and values of the international order we helped build, we must meet U.S. commitments to international peacekeeping and pay our assessed dues to international organizations on time and in full, reversing the chronic underfunding of these critical programs by the previous administration. The budget request provides approximately $500 million more than last year, for a total of nearly $2 billion, for UN peacekeeping missions, including $300 million to begin reducing cap-related arrears accumulated over the past four years, with the intention of fully paying these arrears within two years. The budget request also makes investments to restore America’s standing in the world by providing funding, including for the payment of arrears where applicable, to support international organizations and related programs, including the World Health Organization, the UN Population Fund, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, while continuing to press for needed reforms. These investments position us to lead in international organizations with our like-minded partners.
  • Advances U.S. Humanitarian Leadership, Rebuilds U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Humanitarian needs are at historic levels as COVID-19 has exacerbated existing challenges from ongoing and new complex emergencies. The budget request provides the resources necessary to rebuild the badly damaged U.S. refugee admissions program and support up to 125,000 admissions in 2022. It provides over $10 billion in humanitarian assistance to support vulnerable people abroad, including refugees, conflict victims, and other displaced persons.
  • Promotes and Defends our Democratic Values and Counters Rising Authoritarianism. This budget will enable the United States to lead efforts with our democratic allies and partners to support open and free societies, strengthen democratic institutions, combat growing authoritarianism and corruption, increase respect for human rights, support marginalized populations, and strengthen partner capacity to protect democratic systems against malign influence from China, Russia, and other authoritarian states. This programming would complement international efforts stemming from the Administration’s Summit for Democracy to strengthen democratic institutions, honestly confront nations that are backsliding, and forge a common agenda.
  • Supports U.S. Partners in the Middle East and Advances Peace in the Region. The budget request fully funds U.S. commitments to key allies in the Middle East, including Israel and Jordan. The budget request funds assistance programs and humanitarian aid for Palestinians, including support for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). The United States will maintain steadfast support for Israel as the Administration renews relations with Palestinian leadership, restores economic and humanitarian assistance for Palestinians, and works to advance freedom, prosperity, and security for the Israeli and Palestinian people alike.
  • Revitalizes the Foreign Policy Workforce to Deliver for All Americansthrough increases in funding for the Department’s and USAID’s greatest asset, our people. The FY 2022 request proposes funding for the largest State staffing increase in a decade, building a diplomatic and development corps that fully represents America in all its talent and   By empowering our workforce and deepening our expertise, we will be able to successfully address 21st century challenges on global health, climate, and technology. State’s new Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer will lead the charge to implement our Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan across the Department.
  • Invests in Information Technology (IT) Modernization and Stronger Cybersecurityacross State and USAID, providing more secure and mobile communication tools enabling our workforce to succeed in the modern information environment, with greater agility, collaboration, and access to data. An increase of more than $100 million for State’s cybersecurity is crucial to mitigating the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape. The Department and the Agency remain prime targets of malicious state- and non-state actors, as evidenced by the recent attacks.
  • Supports Consular Services to Assist Americans, Promote Prosperity, and Advance U.S. Interests.The request includes a direct appropriation of $320 million to provide a stable source of support for consular services provided to American citizens and foreign visa applicants who come to visit, study, and invest in our communities in light of reduced fee revenue due to the pandemic, as well as continuing authorities allowing fees collected to support a wider array of consular activity through FY 2022.
  • Sustains Security for our Worldwide Presence at $6.1 billion,protecting our personnel, embassies, and cybersecurity around the globe. These include initiatives to expand real-time threat monitoring, accelerate security vetting, and the construction or renovation of embassies and consulates in Vietnam, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia, South Africa, and France.

For more information, please visit www.state.gov/cj

The President’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

28 May

Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State

The Administration has submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022. As we continue to make progress defeating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track, this budget makes historic investments that will help us build back better, leaving us stronger at home and on the world stage.

The President’s Budget for FY 2022 requests $58.5 billion for the Department of State and USAID, a 10 percent increase over FY 2021 as enacted. These resources will position us to advance the Administration’s foreign policy agenda on behalf of the American people. It also reflects the importance the Administration places on U.S. global leadership and the fact that diplomacy and development are vital tools for advancing U.S. interests.

These increased diplomatic and foreign assistance resources will enable us to deliver for the American people by bolstering global health security, addressing the climate crisis, helping tackle the root causes of irregular migration from Central America, reasserting American leadership to promote democracy and counter rising authoritarianism, providing international humanitarian leadership, and meeting competition head on from nations that do not share our values of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights.

This budget supports the Department’s consular activities that protect Americans. It also invests in our foreign policy and development workforce to ensure that it fully represents America in all its talent and diversity and that it has the necessary 21st century tools and technology at its disposal to deliver results for American taxpayers.

More generally, the budget includes the two historic plans the President has already put forward — the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan – and reinvests in education, research, public health, and other foundations of our country’s strength.  Enacting this budget this year will strengthen our Nation’s economy and lay the foundation for shared prosperity, while also improving our Nation’s long-term fiscal health.

On Withhold and Release Orders (WROs) for Seafood Products Imported from the Dalian Ocean Fishing Company

28 May

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, issued Withhold Release Orders (WROs) for seafood products imported from the Dalian Ocean Fishing Company, a firm in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for which there is credible evidence of the use of forced labor to harvest its seafood, primarily tuna.  As a result, the United States is prohibiting the import of seafood products from this company.

U.S. law forbids the importation of products made with forced labor.  Today’s action helps stop human rights abusers from profiting from forced labor.  It is also another example of the United States taking measures to address harmful fishing practices.  In 2020, the Department revoked more than a dozen visas for individuals complicit in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing with links to human trafficking.

Reports of the use of forced labor by PRC fishing vessels were described in the Department’s 2020 Human Rights Report.  The report noted other PRC firms that abuse migrant workers subjected to forced labor.  These workers are forced to work 18 to 22 hours a day, often in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.  They are prevented from leaving their ships while facing hunger, restricted communication, inadequate medical care, degrading living and working conditions, physical abuse, and debt-based coercion.  The Department of Labor similarly has reported on widespread use of forced labor in the PRC’s distant-water fishing fleet.

The United States will promote accountability for those who use forced labor to exploit individuals for profit, and we will work with our international partners to ensure that the voiceless are heard and protected.

FOX NEWS POLL: Biden Scores High Marks On Handling COVID Crisis

28 May

A new Fox News poll confirms what we’ve been saying for months: President Biden is delivering for Americans. Americans agree that President Biden has handled COVID exceptionally well, and thanks to his leadership, they are more optimistic that we can beat this pandemic once and for all.

Fox News Poll: Voters see progress on COVID, most still wearing masks

  • The survey, released Thursday, finds 46 percent of voters say coronavirus in the U.S. is completely or mostly under control. That’s up from 29 percent last month and just 18 percent who felt that way in December.

  • Overall, the share seeing coronavirus as a major threat to the stability of the U.S. is down 12 points from a year ago and now stands at 55 percent.

  • President Joe Biden gets his best marks for handling the pandemic … His ratings are in positive territory by 30 points, as 64 percent approve and 34 percent disapprove, up from 58-34 percent last month.

  • More than one third of Republicans, 37 percent, approve of Biden on coronavirus — the highest marks he receives from the GOP on any issue tested.

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DNC Statement on Senate Republicans Covering for Trump on January 6

28 May

DNC Spokesperson Adonna Biel released the following statement after Senate Republicans used their first filibuster to block a bipartisan commission to investigate January 6:

“Instead of getting to the bottom of the violence that happened on January 6 to ensure it never happens again, and getting justice for the lives lost, Republicans would rather play politics and surrender to Donald Trump. Republicans have made it resoundingly clear that they have no interest in the truth or standing up to protect our democracy. They only care about their own political interests and clinging on to power no matter the cost.”

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IN THE STATES: Americans Want to Build on Economic Progress with Jobs and Families Plans

28 May

Thanks to President Biden and Democrats, the American Rescue Plan has our economy back on track and the COVID-19 pandemic in retreat. And while Republicans are fighting amongst themselves and trying to obstruct progress, people across the country overwhelmingly want to move forward with the President’s Build Back Better agenda.This week, local leaders in the states emphasized the need to pass the American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan to create good-paying, union jobs that empower America to outcompete the world and succeed tomorrow.

Here’s a look at what voters in states across the country were reading this week:

Local leaders continued to highlight the once-in-a-generation investments in education, health care, and child care that would be possible with the American Families Plan. As Kathy Hoffman, superintendent of public instruction in Arizona put it, Biden’s proposal will “level the playing field and give every Arizona child the opportunity to succeed inside and outside the classroom.”

New polling reinforced the fact that voters across the country support President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda:

State parties highlighted how President Biden and Democrats are fighting to pass the American Families Plan to extend the enhanced child tax credit and permanently make it fully refundable — helping 90% of all kids in the U.S. and lifting many out of poverty.

Democratic leaders continued to talk about the American Jobs Plan and how it would create good jobs and rebuild their state’s infrastructure:

 In Michigan and Wisconsin: 

In Florida:

                    

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ICYMI: DNC Commemorates AAPI Heritage Month With Multiple Events, Videos, and a National Ad Buy

28 May

Earlier this week, the Democratic National Committee presented two AAPI Heritage Month events featuring officials, celebrities, and business leaders. The “AAPI Stronger” program hosted by the DNC AAPI Caucus honored actor/activist Daniel Dae Kim with the “Champion Award” for his inspired advocacy. The DNC also partnered with leading AAPI media outlet NextShark to produce “Representation in Action,” a panel discussion on the importance of representation and mobilization within the AAPI community. Additionally, the DNC continued to release full-page ads in AAPI outlets nationally as part of its high five-figure ad buy. These programs underscore our commitment to community outreach and the enormous contributions AAPI Americans make to our party and our nation.

Here are some key moments from AAPI Stronger:

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison discussed the importance of the AAPI Vote

Daniel Dae Kim was honored by Chair Harrison and AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong with the “Champion Award”  for his tireless efforts in raising awareness regarding the abhorrent rising tide of anti-Asian Hate. 

We released a new video highlighting the strength of the AAPI vote and its critical influence on the results in 2020.

     

To watch the full AAPI Stronger event click here.

Here are highlights from Representation in Action on Next Shark:

Representation in Action aired on the NextShark Facebook page and featured welcome marks by Senator Tammy Duckworth. A panel on representation and mobilization in the AAPI community was moderated by journalist, professor, host of “The May Lee Show,” and former CNN anchor, May Lee. Panelists were Representative Grace Meng, DNC Deputy Director Roger Lau, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, entrepreneur Ziad Ahmed, and figure skater/activist Emma Tang.

DNC Deputy Director Roger Lau spoke about the strategy for engaging AAPI Americans in the 2020 election  

To watch the full NextShark event click here.

DNC AAPI Videos
The DNC also released a new video highlighting the strength of the AAPI vote, its critical influence on the results in 2020, and the importance of electing AAPI leadership at all levels of government.

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