Statements and Releases

Statement from National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the Global Effort toStrengthen the Cybersecurity of Energy Supply Chains

1 hour 44 min ago

Energy systems around the world face continuous cyber attacks and are vulnerable to disruption.  As new digital clean energy technologies are integrated, we must ensure they are cyber secure to prevent destruction or disruption in services.  This is a global issue and at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Apulia, President Biden and G7 leaders committed to taking critical action to strengthen the cybersecurity of the global supply chain of key technologies used to manage and operate electricity, oil, and natural gas systems across the world.  The G7 will work to establish a collective cybersecurity framework for operational technologies for both manufacturers and operators. This builds on the White House Council on Supply Chain Resilience’s work to strengthen supply chains critical to America’s economic and national security. It also builds upon the efforts of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Idaho National Laboratory which have brought tremendous expertise to bear in securing operational technologies to date.

We are pleased that several prominent suppliers and manufacturers serving the energy sector have already expressed support for a new set of Supply Chain Cybersecurity Principles released today by DOE, including: GE Vernova, Schneider Electric, Hitachi Energy, Honeywell, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Rockwell Automation, Siemens and Siemens Energy.

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Historic Rules to Create Good-Paying, High-Quality Clean Energy Jobs

4 hours 59 min ago

Inflation Reduction Act final rules build on Administration actions to develop a skilled, well-paid workforce to build the clean energy economy and combat the climate crisis

Since day one, President Biden has committed to building a clean energy economy that creates good-paying and union jobs for American workers. Spurred by President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, which includes the most significant investment in climate and clean energy in history, America has unleashed a clean energy manufacturing and deployment boom that has attracted hundreds of billions of dollars in private sector investment and created more than 270,000 new good-paying and union clean energy jobs. These investments are flowing to the places President Biden promised not to leave behind, including the historic energy communities that have powered this nation for generations and economically distressed communities, providing jobs and economic opportunity, particularly for workers without a college degree.

The Inflation Reduction Act delivered on President Biden’s commitment to be the most pro-worker, pro-union president in history, attaching strong labor protections and incentives to climate and clean energy tax credits for the first time ever. Outside analysis projects that the Inflation Reduction Act could create 1.5 million additional jobs over the next decade, and these provisions will ensure that those jobs building wind farms, installing solar panels, and constructing hydrogen and carbon capture facilities will be good-paying and support proven pathways into the clean energy industry that will allow workers to earn while they learn.

Today, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced final rules implementing the prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship increased credit provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Clean energy projects that meet the requirements of these final rules will receive a fivefold increase for clean energy tax credits for deployment of wind, solar, nuclear, hydrogen, and other clean energy technologies, as well as for projects receiving allocations under the Section 48C Advanced Energy Projects credit., providing a significant incentive for project developers to pay prevailing wages to workers for construction, alteration, and repair of clean energy projects and to hire registered apprentices to earn while they learn by working on those projects.  

Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo and Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su also published a blog highlighting the use of Project Labor Agreements as a best practice for large construction projects and a tool to help project developers comply with the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements. Project Labor Agreements, or pre-hire collective bargaining agreements that set the terms and conditions for employment on a construction project, help workers and developers alike by providing strong worker and wage protections while ensuring a reliable supply of skilled workers to help deliver projects on time and on budget.

The final rules provide certainty for clean energy developers and workers to realize the benefits of President Biden’s historic investments in the clean energy economy. To protect workers and ensure compliance with these requirements, the IRS also released a Fact Sheet that can be posted at job sites and used to educate workers about the prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship standards for clean energy projects, including information on how to use IRS Form 3949-A to report suspected violations of tax law. The IRS and Department of Labor (DOL) also announced that they are working on an MOU, to be signed by the end of the year, that will harness DOL’s extensive prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship expertise, to facilitate joint education and public outreach, develop training content for IRS examiners, and formalize a process for DOL to share with IRS, any credible tips or information about potential noncompliance with the prevailing wage and registered apprenticeship requirements.

Today’s announcement builds on efforts across the Administration to create strong pathways into good-paying and union jobs in clean energy and build a high-quality, diverse pipeline of workers prepared to build the clean energy economy of the future:

  • The Department of Labor launched an interactive map to highlight for workers, unions, and the public more than 1,000 planned clean energy projects nationwide, including the estimated number of workers at each project who stand to benefit if taxpayers satisfy the prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements.
  • The Biden-Harris Administration launched a series of Investing in America Workforce Hubs, partnerships with state and local officials, employers, unions, community colleges, high schools, and other stakeholders in regions with significant investments through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, to connect Americans to good-paying jobs in industries of the future, including Hubs focused on clean energy.
  • First Lady Jill Biden announced the first set of five Hubs in May 2023, fueling significant progress in building and scaling new job training opportunities, while President Biden announced four more hubs in April to build on the success of the first set.
    • The Augusta, Georgia Workforce Hub announced partnerships between employers, unions, nonprofits, philanthropy, school districts, and colleges to build workforce and skills development efforts to meet the needs of the energy, battery and battery materials, and nuclear sectors.
  • The Pittsburgh Workforce Hub announced hundreds of new job opportunities and training pathways—including registered apprenticeships—in clean energy, as well as in cyber occupations that support clean energy and other critical sectors.
  • Building on historic investments in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing, President Biden launched the Michigan Electric Vehicle Workforce Hub, building on significant efforts underway, to ensure that the transition to electric vehicle supports the union workers and communities that have driven the auto industry for generations.
    • Vice President Kamala Harris visited Detroit in May to announce a suite of actions to support small- and mid-sized auto manufacturers and auto workers to lead the electric vehicle future.
  • In the Columbus Workforce Hub, Columbus State Community College is working with partners across the state to quadruple the number of students trained for engineering technology jobs. In addition, partners are preparing at least 10,000 skilled construction trades workers, including for clean energy jobs in the area.
  • The Department of Energy launched the Community Workforce Readiness Accelerator for Major Projects (RAMP) initiative, a pilot initiative that places selected fellows from across the nation in target geographies in order to  convene and  catalyze effective, inclusive workforce strategies to prepare and connect local workers to good jobs on large clean energy infrastructure and supply chain projects funded the Investing in America agenda.
  • The Department of Energy continues to incentivize grant and loan recipients across a wide array of Investing In America programs to commit to the use of registered apprenticeships, pre-apprenticeships, project labor agreements, collective bargaining agreements, community benefits agreements, and other established tools to ensure that workers have accessible on-ramps to good-paying and union jobs in the growing clean energy economy.
  • The Department of Energy, in coordination with the Department of Labor and the AFL-CIO, launched the Battery Workforce Initiative, a national workforce development strategy for lithium-battery manufacturing with $5 million to support pilot training programs. Recently, the Battery Workforce Initiative announced National Guideline Standards for registered apprenticeships for battery machine operators, created in partnership with battery manufacturers, community colleges, and unions, which lay out rigorous training requirements to support the skilled battery workforce.
  • Last week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it would invest $60 million from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to advance climate-ready workforce projects in coastal and Great Lakes states, Tribes, and territories. The Climate-Ready Workforce Initiative will fund skills training in emergency preparedness and response, floodproofing, structural elevation, water and wastewater treatment, geographic information systems, and other critical climate-ready jobs. Every awarded project supports a community identified as disadvantaged by the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool.
  • The Department of Labor announced the award of nearly $94 million in grants to support 34 public-private partnerships to provide worker-centered sector strategy training programs in 25 states and the District of Columbia to meet workforce needs created by the Biden-Harris administration’s “Investing in America” agenda. The training will support jobs in sectors including clean energy. This investment will build career pathways in manufacturing Electric Vehicles (EVs), EV batteries, and EV charging infrastructure in places like Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Department of Labor also announced the availability of approximately $35 million in funding through the second round of Building Pathways to Infrastructure Jobs grants to be awarded.
  • The Department of Energy announced up to $24 million in high-quality training for union apprentices, incumbent workers, and students for in-demand jobs in advanced manufacturing and clean energy through the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program. The announcement is part of the IAC Program’s unprecedented expansion to include Registered Apprenticeship, union-led training, and community and technical college programs through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. It follows DOE’s $40 million investment, announced in November, to support 17 new IACs as well as the inaugural cohort of 10 Building Training and Assessment Centers. 
  • The Biden-Harris Administration launched the Advanced Manufacturing Sprint, an intensive drive to build a diverse, skilled pipeline of workers for needed to fill the good advanced manufacturing jobs created by President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, including in clean energy, biotechnology, semiconductors, and more. As part of the Sprint, the Department of Labor announced that more than 4,700 apprentices have been hired and more than 150 new programs and occupations created or under development during the course of its Advanced Manufacturing Registered Apprenticeship Accelerator Series—including in the clean energy, semiconductor, aerospace, automotive, and biotechnology sectors.
  • The Department of Labor launched a $20 million cooperative agreement with TradesFutures, the nonprofit organization of partner of North America’s Building Trades Unions) and the National Urban League, to enroll more than 13,000 participants in apprenticeship readiness programs, giving them hands-on learning experience and skills development, and place at least 7,000 participants into Registered Apprenticeships in the construction industry. The launch followed the Department of Labor’s announcement of nearly $200 million in grants to expand registered apprenticeships, including for clean energy jobs.
  • The Biden-Harris Administration launched the Infrastructure Talent Pipeline Challenge, nationwide call to action that brought together more than 350 employers, unions, education and training providers, states, local governments, Tribes, territories, philanthropic organizations, and other stakeholders to make tangible commitments that support equitable workforce development in critical sectors, including electrification.
    • As part of the Talent Pipeline Challenge, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers trained more than 20,000 members through the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program to meet the training requirements for the Department of Transportation National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program to install fast EV chargers on national corridors and in communities.
  • The Department of Labor has invested more than $440 million to expand, diversify, and modernize registered apprenticeships, including in high demand clean energy occupations including electricians, water treatment specialists, wind turbine maintenance technicians and other occupations. DOL has also invested in a clean energy apprenticeship industry intermediary, Interstate Renewable Energy Coalition, to increase industry awareness, connect employers and labor organizations with workforce and education partners, and provide technical assistance to launch, scale, and diversify Registered Apprenticeship programs. These investments and resources expand the capacity of the Registered Apprenticeship system, supporting the education and training needs of more than 1 million apprentices across the country, including the clean energy sector. 
  • The Department of Energy is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a first of its kind national Energy Workforce Needs Assessment to project employment impacts from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda and related private investments by occupation and geography, analyze current education and training capacity, and identify the most acute workforce gaps and strategies to fill them. 
  • The Department of Energy has convened a federal advisory committee called the 21st Century Energy Workforce Advisory Board to develop a strategy and recommendations on how DOE and other federal agencies should address the workforce needs, challenges, and opportunities of a rapidly changing energy system. The report is expected in early August. 

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FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces New Actions to Keep Families Together

8 hours 44 min ago

Since his first day in office, President Biden has called on Congress to secure our border and address our broken immigration system. As Congressional Republicans have continued to put partisan politics ahead of national security – twice voting against the toughest and fairest set of reforms in decades – the President and his Administration have taken actions to secure the border, including:

  • Implementing executive actions to bar migrants who cross our Southern border unlawfully from receiving asylum when encounters are high;
  • Deploying record numbers of law enforcement personnel, infrastructure, and technology to the Southern border;
  • Seizing record amounts of fentanyl at our ports of entry;
  • Revoking the visas of CEOs and government officials outside the U.S. who profit from migrants coming to the U.S. unlawfully; and
  • Expanding efforts to dismantle human smuggling networks and prosecuting individuals who violate immigration laws.

President Biden believes that securing the border is essential. He also believes in expanding lawful pathways and keeping families together, and that immigrants who have been in the United States for decades, paying taxes and contributing to their communities, are part of the social fabric of our country. The Day One immigration reform plan that the President sent to Congress reflects both the need for a secure border and protections for the long-term undocumented. While Congress has failed to act on these reforms, the Biden-Harris Administration has worked to strengthen our lawful immigration system. In addition to vigorously defending the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals) policy, the Administration has extended Affordable Care Act coverage to DACA recipients and streamlined, expanded, and instituted new reunification programs so that families can stay together while they complete the immigration process. 

Still, there is more that we can do to bring peace of mind and stability to Americans living in mixed-status families as well as young people educated in this country, including Dreamers. That is why today, President Biden announced new actions for people who have been here many years to keep American families together and allow more young people to contribute to our economy.  

Keeping American Families Together

  • Today, President Biden is announcing that the Department of Homeland Security will take action to ensure that U.S. citizens with noncitizen spouses and children can keep their families together.
  • This new process will help certain noncitizen spouses and children apply for lawful permanent residence – status that they are already eligible for – without leaving the country.
  • These actions will promote family unity and strengthen our economy, providing a significant benefit to the country and helping U.S. citizens and their noncitizen family members stay together.
  • In order to be eligible, noncitizens must – as of June 17, 2024 – have resided in the United States for 10 or more years and be legally married to a U.S. citizen, while satisfying all applicable legal requirements. On average, those who are eligible for this process have resided in the U.S. for 23 years.
  • Those who are approved after DHS’s case-by-case assessment of their application will be afforded a three-year period to apply for permanent residency. They will be allowed to remain with their families in the United States and be eligible for work authorization for up to three years. This will apply to all married couples who are eligible.  
  • This action will protect approximately half a million spouses of U.S. citizens, and approximately 50,000 noncitizen children under the age of 21 whose parent is married to a U.S. citizen.

Easing the Visa Process for U.S. College Graduates, Including Dreamers

  • President Obama and then-Vice President Biden established the DACA policy to allow young people who were brought here as children to come out of the shadows and contribute to our country in significant ways. Twelve years later, DACA recipients who started as high school and college students are now building successful careers and establishing families of their own.
  • Today’s announcement will allow individuals,
    including DACA recipients and other Dreamers, who have earned a degree at an accredited U.S. institution of higher education in the United States, and who have received an offer of employment from a U.S. employer in a field related to their degree, to more quickly receive work visas.
  • Recognizing that it is in our national interest to ensure that individuals who are educated in the U.S. are able to use their skills and education to benefit our country, the Administration is taking action to facilitate the employment visa process for those who have graduated from college and have a high-skilled job offer, including DACA recipients and other Dreamers. 

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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Meeting with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of NATO

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 18:41

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ahead of NATO’s 75th Anniversary Summit in Washington, DC next month, which the President will host.  The President welcomed steps NATO Allies are taking to support Ukraine and to deepen partnerships, including in the Indo-Pacific.  President Biden and Secretary General Stoltenberg also discussed significant progress on defense spending, including that a record 23 Allies will reach NATO’s two percent spending threshold, a more than two-fold increase since President Biden took office.  

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Readout of President Joe Biden’s Call with Taoiseach Simon Harris of Ireland

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 16:32

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke with Taoiseach Simon Harris of Ireland today congratulate him on his recent election as Taoiseach and to deepen U.S.-Ireland cooperation on a range of issues. President Biden highlighted continued cooperation with the Irish government on shared priorities, particularly deepening U.S.-Ireland ties between our people and our economies. They highlighted the importance of cybersecurity to ensure a thriving tech sector in Ireland, home to many U.S. tech companies. They also discussed the conflict between Israel and Hamas, underscoring the need to increase humanitarian aid reaching people in Gaza and reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution. They reaffirmed the importance of stability in Northern Ireland, underpinned by its Executive and Assembly to preserve the gains of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

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JOINT FACT SHEET: The United States and India Continue to Chart an Ambitious Course for the Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 15:47

Today, U.S. National Security Advisor (APNSA) Jake Sullivan and Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval chaired the second meeting of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) in New Delhi.  Since the launch of iCET in January 2023, the United States and India have made significant strides toward deepening and expanding strategic cooperation across key technology sectors including space, semiconductors, advanced telecommunications, artificial intelligence, quantum, biotechnology, and clean energy.  Our work also continues to be anchored in a shared commitment to ensuring that technology is designed, developed and deployed in a manner consistent with our democratic values and respect for universal human rights, as well as a recognition that the future security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific will hinge on the strength of the U.S.-India partnership. 

During the second iCET meeting, APNSA Sullivan and NSA Doval set the vision for the next chapter of our strategic technology partnership.  They underscored their commitment to orienting our cooperation around breakthrough achievements in priority critical and emerging technology areas, by focusing our efforts on co-production, co-development, and research and development (R&D) opportunities to ensure we stay at the leading edge of innovation and enhancing coordination with like-minded nations to deliver secure, reliable, and cost-competitive technology solutions for the American and Indian people and our partners around the world.  Toward this end, they welcomed the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-India-ROK Trilateral Technology Dialogue held in Seoul in March, as well as ongoing cooperation with Australia and Japan through the Quad.

APNSA Sullivan and NSA Doval underscored the vital importance of adapting our technology protection toolkits and resolved to prevent the leakage of sensitive and dual-use technologies to countries of concern.  They also committed to take concrete action in the coming months to address long-standing barriers to bilateral strategic trade, technology, and industrial cooperation, including in the commercial and civil space sector.  They noted continued progress under the Strategic Trade Dialogue, which convened last June in Washington, D.C., as well as through an iCET intersessional review meeting held in New Delhi by our Deputy National Security Advisors in December 2023 to support these measures. They emphasized the need for continued efforts, particularly under the Strategic Trade Dialogue, to address outstanding barriers to technology collaboration.

In addition to the iCET meeting, APNSA Sullivan and NSA Doval convened an industry roundtable that brought together CEOs and thought leaders from both countries as the United States and India mobilize private sector investment and partnerships across strategic technology sectors.

The two National Security Advisors resolved to support enhanced collaboration across our governments, industry, and academia, with a particular focus on the following areas.  

Bridging our Innovation Ecosystems

  • Unlocking a combined $90+ million in U.S. and Indian government funding over the next five years for the U.S.-India Global Challenges Institute that will forge high-impact university and research partnerships between U.S. and Indian institutions in the areas of semiconductor technology and manufacturing; sustainable agriculture and food security; clean energy; healthy equity and pandemic preparedness, and other critical and emerging technologies;
  • Announcing the selection of the first tranche of funding awards between the National Science Foundation and the Indian Department of Science and Technology totaling nearly $5 million to support joint U.S.-India research projects in areas such as next generation telecommunications, connected and autonomous vehicles, and machine learning;
  • Noting the launch of the inaugural “Innovation Handshake” between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Indian Ministry of Commerce in November 2023 to address regulatory barriers for startups entering the U.S. and India markets, and celebrating the second Innovation Handshake event in India in March 2024, which featured 14 Indian startups and 12 American industry representatives in clean energy technology sectors;
  • Celebrating the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Global Diversity Export Initiative trade mission to Bengaluru, Manipal, Mangaluru, Kochi, and Coimbatore in February 2024 to deepen STEM partnerships between institutions at the leading edge of innovation in technology areas such as AI, quantum, data sciences, space, and financial technologies.

Reaching New Heights in Civilian and Defense Space Technology Cooperation

  • Securing a carrier for the first-ever joint effort between NASA and ISRO astronauts at the International Space Station, which will mark a significant milestone in the U.S.-India space partnership and space exploration;
  • Celebrating the conclusion of a Strategic Framework for Human Spaceflight Cooperation to deepen interoperability in space and work toward commencing advanced training for ISRO astronauts at the NASA Johnson Space Center;
  • Preparing for the launch of the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, a jointly developed satellite that will map the entirety of the Earth’s surface twice every 12 days as the United States and India work together to combat climate change and other global challenges;
  • Launching a new partnership between the U.S. Space Force and the Indian startups, 114ai and 3rdiTech, including on advancing space situational awareness, data fusion technologies, and infra-red sensor semiconductor manufacturing;
  • Welcoming India’s observation of the U.S. Space Command’s Global Sentinel Exercise at Vandenburg Space Force Base in February and its return as a participant in the exercise in 2025;
  • Strengthening defense space cooperation through the second Advanced Domains Defense Dialogue held at the Pentagon in May 2024, which featured a U.S.-India space table-top exercise and included bilateral expert exchanges on emerging domains including artificial intelligence.
  • Exploring opportunities for India’s participation in the Lunar Gateway Program, as well as joint avenues for collaboration in other space technologies.

Deepening Defense Innovation and Industrial Cooperation

  • Welcoming the discussions on India’s planned acquisition of the MQ-9B platforms, the possible co-production of land warfare systems, and progress on other co-production initiatives outlined in the U.S.-India Roadmap for Defense Industrial Cooperation;
  • Celebrating the second edition of the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) Summit which took place in February this year and during which the two sides announced an INDUS-X Investor Summit that will take place in Silicon Valley in September 2024; the awarding of up to $1.2 million in seed funding to 10 U.S. and Indian companies under Joint IMPACT 1.0 Challenges; the intent to launch two challenges focused on space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) under IMPACT 2.0; and the launch of an INDUSWERX Testing Consortium steered by industry, academia and non-profit organizations across the United States and India to promote access to testing and certification facilities;
  • Deepening cooperation between the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit and India’s Innovations for Defense Excellence (iDEX) to accelerate the joint adoption of cutting-edge commercial technologies for military solutions and capability enhancement of both defense ecosystems, including through a Memorandum of Understanding;
  • Noting progress in negotiations between GE Aerospace and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the co-production of GE F414-INS6 engines to power India’s future fighter fleet;
  • Expanding defense industrial partnerships, such as the launch of an AI Multi-Doman Situational Awareness product jointly developed by General Atomics and 114ai to support joint all domain command and control.

Pursuing Advanced Telecommunications Opportunities

  • Noting the recent finalization of the U.S.-India Open RAN Acceleration Roadmap, ongoing 5G and 6G R&D Task Force collaboration, and continuing efforts between U.S. and Indian industry to work toward large-scale Open RAN deployments in India and the United States;
  • Building partnerships to deploy high-quality, cost-effective Open RAN technology at scale, including through a $5 million USAID Edge Fund grant to Qualcomm and Mavenir to test its ORAN stack in India in partnership with Bharti Airtel, with Qualcomm contributing an additional $9.4 million to the project;
  • Promoting Open RAN workforce development opportunities in India through USAID’s Emerging Technologies in the Indo-Pacific program, an 18-month, $410,000 activity to integrate Open RAN-related educational content into Indian technical training programs and foster collaboration between Indian institutions and the Asia Open RAN Academy in the Philippines;
  • Cooperating on secure and trusted telecommunications products and components and product-level security;
  • Strengthening cooperation in 6G technologies through working groups that would potentially focus on evolving 6G related technologies like network sensing, intelligent reflecting surface, a human-centric cognition-based wireless access framework, and other priority areas;
  • Forging public-private cooperation between vendors and operators of the two countries led by India’s Bharat 6G Alliance and the U.S. Next G Alliance for Open RAN field trails and roll-outs in both the countries, with U.S. funding support.

Combining Capabilities in Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing

  • Celebrating the launch of a Track 1.5 Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain Consortium – the “Bio-5” on June 5 with key industry and government stakeholders from the United States, India, the ROK, Japan, and the European Commission to enhance resilience in supply chains for active pharmaceutical ingredients, key starting materials, and foster high-impact R&D collaboration.
  • Noting the establishment of the first-ever National Science Foundation and Department of Biotechnology joint funding opportunity, through which the two organizations will support collaborative research proposals to promote biotechnology innovation and advance the bioeconomy;
  • Developing a joint Strategic Framework for building biopharmaceutical supply chain optimization to strengthen global supply chains and reduce dependencies on single-source suppliers, in support of Bio-5, led by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of State on the U.S. side, and the Departments of Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the Indian side;
  • Welcoming the launch of a “Bio-X” initiative that would promote biotechnology cooperation by leveraging the synergies between domestic programs and enhancing the competitiveness of the biotechnology industries in both countries, including in areas such as molecular communication and the Internet of Bio-Nano Things.

Securing Semiconductor Supply Chains

  • Launching a new strategic semiconductor partnership between General Atomics and 3rdiTech to co-develop semiconductor design and manufacturing for precision-guided ammunition and other national security-focused electronics platforms;
  • Celebrating the conclusion of a joint Semiconductor Readiness Assessment through a partnership between the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association and the India Electronics Semiconductor Association, which identifies near-term industry opportunities and facilitates longer-term strategic development of complementary semiconductor ecosystems;
  • Expanding engagement with U.S. and Indian investors in the semiconductor industry in India, to continue building India’s robust semiconductor and information communication technology ecosystem.

Building a Clean Energy and a Critical Minerals Partnership for the 21st Century

  • Promoting India’s vital role in the Mineral Security Partnership, including through co-investing in a lithium resource project in South America and a rare earths deposit in Africa, to responsibly and sustainably diversify critical mineral supply chains;
  • Establishing a U.S.-India Advanced Materials R&D Forum on the margins of the U.S.-India Joint Committee Meeting on Science and Technology to expand collaboration between American and Indian universities, national laboratories, and private sector researchers;
  • Deepening industrial and commercial coordination for critical mineral supply chains under the U.S.-India Commercial Dialogue between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, with private sector input from the U.S.-India CEO Forum.
  • Committing to quickly conclude a bilateral Critical Minerals Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Ministry of Mines, and driving additional areas of cooperation in critical mineral supply chains such as for graphite, gallium, and germanium
  • Exploring opportunities for collaboration in the critical minerals sector like bilateral collaboration in technologies for Neodymium-iron-boron metal, alloy and magnet making, collaboration with Department of Energy entities;
  • Advancing Indian collaboration with U.S. organizations and companies for carrying out research studies for beneficiation of critical minerals, including lithium, titanium, gallium, and vanadium;
  • Building a collaborative program between the Geological Survey of India and the U.S. Geological Survey on exploration, characterization and evaluation of rare earth elements and critical mineral deposits.

Pursuing Quantum, Artificial Intelligence, and High-Performance Computing Collaboration

  • Initiating new cooperation in quantum science and technology, including through launching a workshop on post-quantum cryptography at the University of California, Los Angeles and facilitating visits of Indian technical experts from academia and the private sector to visit U.S. national laboratories and quantum institutions;
  • Expanding cooperation in quantum communication, post quantum migration and security, and Digital Twins;
  • Celebrating longstanding cooperation by the State Department-supported U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund and its forthcoming announcement of winners of the “Quantum Technologies and AI for Transforming Lives” competition, fostering joint R&D to generate public good through the commercialization of technology;
  • Welcoming the Indian Centre for Development of Advanced Computing’s membership in the U.S. Accelerated Data Analytics and Computing Institute, a multilateral information exchange mechanism, as the Biden-Harris Administration continues to work with the U.S. Congress to lower barriers to U.S. exports to India for high-performance computing and source code.

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Statement from President Biden on Agreement between the UAW and Ultium Cells

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 15:42

I congratulate the United Auto Workers and Ultium Cells for reaching a historic agreement in Lordstown, Ohio, where UAW workers are manufacturing batteries for General Motors electric cars and trucks. This agreement significantly increases wages and ensures critical health and safety and scheduling protections for 1,600 workers. 

Five years ago, the previous administration made false promises to Lordstown workers – and then stood by as the community lost jobs and faced economic devastation. Today, Lordstown is a comeback story and it didn’t happen by accident. With the help of my Investing in America agenda, the UAW and companies like General Motors are building the future of autos in America while we bring back good paying union jobs to communities like Lordstown. This agreement ensures that these union jobs will continue to be middle class jobs that allow workers to support their families. 

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FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration’s Actions to Address Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

Mon, 06/17/2024 - 12:07

Preventing and responding to conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is a top priority for President Biden and Vice President Harris.  The Biden-Harris Administration is advancing policies and programs to prevent conflict-related sexual violence and all forms of gender-based violence, to support survivors and ensure accountability and justice.  This work is guided by the 2023 U.S. Strategy and National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security and the 2022 U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally, which recognize that conflict-related sexual violence is a heinous crime used by perpetrators as a tactic of war, and that preventing it is essential to stability, peace, and security.

On June 17, the Vice President is hosting an event at the White House to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  Together with survivors and experts on CRSV from around the world, the Vice President will condemn CRSV unequivocally—wherever and whenever it occurs—and called for the international community to join the United States in advancing justice and accountability for this crime.

The Vice President spent her career as a prosecutor working to protect women and girls from violence.  As Vice President, she has continued this leadership globally, working to ensure that CRSV—and promoting the status of women and girls—remains at the forefront of our national security policymaking.

As part of this event, the Vice President is launching the Dignity in Documentation Initiative, which intends to provide support for survivor- and civil society-led efforts to investigate and document CRSV in line with the Murad Code, named for Nobel Laureate and survivor Nadia Murad.  This holistic program, supported under a $10 million investment from the U.S. Department of State, will support justice for survivors by promoting accountability for crimes punishable under international law. 

In addition, the Biden-Harris Administration announces the following actions to implement the 2022 President Memorandum on Promoting Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence—including efforts focused on documenting violence and supporting survivors, advancing justice and accountability, and preventing CRSV.

Documenting Violence and Supporting Survivors

  • Incorporating Gender-Based Violence Prevention into Humanitarian Response. In 2022, USAID and the U.S. Department of State launched Safe from the Start: ReVisioned, an ambitious update of the flagship U.S. Government initiative focused on GBV prevention and response in humanitarian emergencies.  The expansion of this program supports a systemic shift in humanitarian response to focus on women and girls as experts, service providers, and leaders.  Since the start of this initiative in FY 2013, the United States has provided nearly $373 million for dedicated GBV prevention and response programming at the global, regional, and country levels, including in support of Safe from the Start.
     
  • Supporting Survivors in Ukraine. To support survivors of CRSV and other forms of GBV in Ukraine, the U.S. Department of State is supporting a $4 million project offering survivors and local GBV service providers critical services to help individuals and communities recover and thrive, including psycho-social support and survivor-centered care.  The Department of State also supports Ukraine’s effort to hold accountable those responsible for atrocities, including CRSV, through the U.S.-UK-EU Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group, which provides coordinated strategic advice, capacity building, and operational assistance to Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General.  USAID is also supporting the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Population Fund, and eleven NGO partners to respond to CRSV and other forms of GBV across Ukraine.

Advancing Justice and Accountability

  • Imposing Sanctions. In 2022, President Biden signed a Memorandum on Promoting Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence. and committed to fully exercising U.S. authorities—including sanctions, visa restrictions, and security assistance vetting—to promote accountability for perpetrators and enablers of CRSV.  Following the release of this new policy, the Biden-Harris Administration issued sanctions in June 2023, marking the first time the United States imposed sanctions based solely on CRSV.  In December 2023, the Administration announced additional sanctions against thirteen targets from four countries for their connection to acts of CRSV—the largest set of financial sanctions and visa restrictions the United States has issued against individuals connected to this human rights abuse.  Sanctions issued on the basis of CRSV since the release of the PM include:
    • Central African Republic. Designated two armed rebel group members—one for involvement or complicity in killing, maiming, torture, or rape or other sexual violence, and the other who supplied weapons to an armed rebel group that has recruited child soldiers and perpetrated sexual violence.
       
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo. Designated two leaders from the ISIS affiliate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for their leadership role in ISIS-DRC, which is responsible for killing, maiming, and committing sexual violence against women and girls.  Additionally, the administration sanctioned two individuals from the March 23 Movement and Mai-Mai Yakutumba, two armed groups implicated in sexual violence against civilians.
       
    • Haiti. Designated four leaders of gangs that have committed serious human rights abuses, including rape.  One of the targets and his gang were identified by survivors as directly responsible for more than 1,000 documented cases of sexual violence in 2022 alone.
       
    • Iraq. Designated two ISIS leaders, who committed sexual violence and were responsible for the enslavement of Yazidi women and girls.
       
    • South Sudan. Designated five government and military officials in South Sudan who oversaw, ordered, incentivized, directly engaged in, or failed to prevent sexual assault, sexual slavery, and gang rape.
       
    • Sudan. Designated a Sudanese paramilitary leader for his leadership of the Rapid Support Forces, an entity whose members have engaged in acts of violence and human rights abuses, including the massacre of civilians, ethnic killings, and use of sexual violence.
       
    • Syria. Designated two Syria-based armed militias and three members of the groups’ leadership structures in connection with serious human rights abuses, including rape. 
       
  • Strengthening Sanctions Regimes. In June 2024, the United States negotiated the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2734, renewing measures under the sanctions regime on ISIS, Al Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations originally established under Resolution 1267.  For the first time, the resolution explicitly recognized that planning, directing, or committing of acts involving sexual- and gender-based violence are eligible for designation for sanctions under the regime’s criteria, recognizing that GBV is used as a tactic by terrorist groups, and leading to improved reporting, coherence, and coordination. 

Preventing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

  • Supporting United Nations Efforts to End CRSV. In 2022, the United States announced an additional $400,000 for the Office of the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, supporting efforts to promote justice and accountability and address the root causes of conflict-related sexual violence.  The United States provides an annual contribution of $1.75 million to support the Office of the SRSG.
     
  • Increasing Women’s Leadership to Address CRSV. Through the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Incentive Fund, USAID plans to support implementation of the WPS Strategy by investing in programs that increase women’s participation in peacebuilding and decision making, improve access to justice for GBV survivors, and address CRSV.
    • In Sudan, USAID intends to provide $2.72 million in WPS Incentive Funds to strengthen monitoring, documentation, and accountability processes and amplify existing Sudanese women’s initiatives, such as the Women Coordination Advocacy Agenda.  Activities include the development of specialized training for GBV and CRSV case documentation, increasing access to care and psychosocial support for survivors, and incorporating the needs of women and girls in relief and recovery distribution systems and services.
       
    • In Sri Lanka, USAID intends to provide $1.5 million to facilitate women’s advocacy on CRSV and peacebuilding and develop programs for women leaders to conduct dialogue and mobilize collective action.  This program will also provide grants to women-led organizations to engage men and boys and mitigate cultural barriers that inhibit women’s participation and fuel CRSV.
  • Expanding Atrocity Prevention. The White House-led Atrocity Prevention Task Force—comprised of representatives from a broad array of U.S. government departments and agencies—requires the consideration of gender and GBV in atrocity risk assessments and has refined atrocity prevention toolkits to incorporate CRSV-specific early warning, prevention, and accountability tools.  This helps ensure that U.S. government response efforts, whether diplomatic or programmatic, are informed by an analysis of gender equality issues.

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Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 20:40

Doug and I wish a blessed Eid al-Adha to all Muslims in America and across the world who are celebrating this holiday of prayer, reflection, and community. We hope that your sacred journey ends with a festive moment alongside family and friends.  
 
Our nation is fortunate to be home to millions of Muslims who are our neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and loved ones. They contribute to our shared success each day – from teaching in our classrooms and serving in our military, to leading our small businesses and making a difference in our government. President Joe Biden and I are proud that more Muslim Americans serve in our Administration than in all previous Administrations combined.
 
Last year, Doug and I were honored to welcome some of these leaders from across our country into our home for Eid al-Adha when we hosted the first-ever gathering of Muslim community leaders at the Vice President’s Residence. Together, we celebrated the countless contributions of Muslim Americans to the U.S. and pledged to continue working alongside one another to increase opportunity and combat hate.
 
We know that for far too long, Muslims in America have endured a disproportionate number of hate-fueled attacks. We have witnessed an uptick in anti-Palestinian, anti-Arab, antisemitic, and Islamophobic incidents across America over the last eight months. Too many of our fellow Americans have also had to live with the fear that they will be targeted, profiled, or attacked simply because of how they worship, how they look, or who they are. President Biden and I announced the development of the country’s first National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia, and our Administration will continue to work to protect communities against hate, violence, and discrimination.
 
I know that Eid al-Adha comes at a difficult time for many Muslims this year. The war in Gaza and the immense suffering it has caused weighs heavily on our hearts. Our Administration is working every day to bring this war to an end, free all hostages, deliver humanitarian relief, relieve the suffering of the Palestinian people, and build a future of security, freedom, and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis. 
 
Today, in the spirit of Eid al-Adha, let us renew our commitment to compassion, empathy, and respect. Eid Mubarak. 

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Takes Action to Counter Islamophobia

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 20:05

As Muslims in America and around the world commemorate Eid-al-Adha this year, the holiday arrives at a time of deep pain for communities at home and abroad. In addition to the devastating humanitarian impacts of the ongoing fighting in Gaza, there has been a rise in harassment, bigotry and horrifying violence towards Muslim, Arab and Palestinian Americans.

To address discrimination and violence, last November the Biden-Harris Administration announced the development of the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Islamophobia and Related Forms of Bias and Discrimination, including hate against Arab, Sikh and South Asian Americans (“the Strategy”). Building on work that had been underway since 2021, departments and agencies across the government are in close communication with communities regarding their concerns and recommendations on societal and institutional discrimination as we continue to develop the Strategy. Over the past year, the Administration has taken steps to support these communities, including the following actions: 

  • On March 15, 2024, President Biden became the first U.S. President to recognize the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. In his statement, President Biden recognized the violence and hate that Muslims worldwide too often face because of their religious beliefs—and the ugly resurgence of Islamophobia in the wake of the devastating war in Gaza. He rededicated his Administration to help build a world where people of all faiths and all backgrounds are free to live without fear of persecution. To mark this day, the Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague Letter reminding schools of their legal obligation under Title VI to address discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color or national origin, including discrimination against students who are or are perceived to be Muslim, Arab, Sikh, South Asian, Hindu or Palestinian based on shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland also issued a statement recommitting the Justice Department (DOJ) to protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and hate-fueled violence, and DOJ published resources on hate crimes, combating religious discrimination, combating national origin discrimination and religious land use protections.   
  • Through the Fiscal Year 2024 National Security Supplemental, President Biden secured an additional $400 million for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which funds security improvements and training to nonprofits and houses of worship, including mosques. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and DOJ published a resource guide titled, “Protecting Places of Worship: Six Steps to Enhance Security Against Targeted Violence,” outlining actions Muslim and other faith-based communities and houses of worship can take to increase security through easily implementable steps that sustain an open and welcoming environment. In addition, DHS conducted a series of regional and online workshops on protecting places of worship, including with Muslim organizations and communities, which featured opportunities for communities to offer feedback to help inform DHS policies and practices. To receive information about future engagements, please contact NGOEngagement@hq.dhs.gov
  • The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a fact sheet titled, “Anti-Arab, Anti-Middle Eastern, Anti-Muslim, and Antisemitic Discrimination are Illegal,” which highlights employees’ rights related to disparate treatment, segregation, harassment, religious accommodations and retaliation, and which the EEOC has shared at over 70 outreach and education events already this Fiscal Year.
  • ED shared federal campus safety resources that schools, faculty and staff, parents and students can use, including a hate crime response guide, a resource guide on the threat of doxing and information about how to file a complaint alleging discrimination based on race, color or national origin. To safeguard religious freedom rights of K-12 students, ED also continues to disseminate its recently updated guidance on protected prayer and other religious expression in elementary and secondary schools. Ahead of the start of Ramadan, the ED-funded National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments released an expanded collection of specialized K-12 educator resources for supporting Muslim students. 
  • ED OCR issued a Dear Colleague Letter in May 2024 providing information on the legal analyses it uses to determine whether discrimination exists and examples of conduct that, depending on facts and circumstances, could raise concerns under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. This letter also includes a section on First Amendment considerations.
  • The Department of Labor released a “Know Your Rights” document for union members on discrimination based on actual or perceived religion, shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics. It notes that union members and workers—including those who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim, Arab, Middle Eastern, Palestinian, Sikh and South Asian—have the right to be free from workplace discrimination based on religion, national origin or race.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of $500,000 to support partnerships between state and local fair housing agencies and community-based organizations. Among the overall funds available to support state and local partnerships to combat housing discrimination, HUD has prioritized use of these funds to combat religious discrimination, including Islamophobia and Antisemitism, through education and outreach activities. These funds are available to jurisdictions that enforce fair housing laws under cooperative agreement with HUD through its Fair Housing Assistance Program.     
  • USDA has worked to increase access to culturally appropriate foods for USDA customers with religious dietary needs, including those who need halal food. This work has included engagement with halal food producers, processors and vendors; expanding and creating greater awareness of the number of halal or halal-certified foods in USDA’s food procurement and available to program operators; training schools on how to meet students’ religious dietary needs for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs; developing resources for food bank partners; and expanding outreach and technical assistance for halal or kosher meat processors. USDA hosted a discussion with the commercial U.S. halal food industry to discuss opportunities for further collaboration, including to address food insufficiency in schools and underserved communities across America. Also, USDA organized a summit in Omaha, Nebraska on countering Islamophobia, Antisemitism, and related forms of hatred and bias in rural America.
  • The Office of Management and Budget announced that Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) is now a reporting category that all federal agencies must use when collecting information on race and ethnicity, including in the decennial census, to generate more accurate and useful data across the federal Government. Federal agencies, including the Census Bureau, will continue ongoing engagement with MENA communities as they begin implementing this update into censuses, surveys and forms.
  • The President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities launched Artists for Understanding, a new initiative that brings together a diverse community of artists and cultural luminaries who share a common belief in the power of the arts and humanities to counter all forms of hate, including bias and discrimination against Arab, Jewish, Muslim, Palestinian, Sikh and South Asian Americans.
  • For the first time, eight agencies—the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, Transportation, and Treasury—clarified in writing that Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics, including certain forms of Islamophobic, Antisemitic and related forms of discrimination and bias in federally funded programs and activities.
  • The Department of Defense leveraged existing survey data to estimate the prevalence of potential Islamophobic and Antisemitic behavior in the military workplace to evaluate its policies to counter discrimination, discriminatory harassment and extremist activity. This analysis was the first to specifically estimate the prevalence of potential Islamophobic and Antisemitic activity in the military workplace, with the goal of identifying gaps to be addressed in future policies, programs and procedures.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) incorporated training on countering anti-Muslim and anti-Sikh bias, Antisemitism and related forms of bias and discrimination into its Chaplain Orientation Program, which teaches VA chaplains how to respond to and connect with veterans.

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Statement by President Joe Biden on the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Sun, 06/16/2024 - 14:59

Jill and I wish American Muslims – and Muslims around the world – a very blessed Eid al-Adha.

This holiday is a time of prayer, reflection, and sacrifice, with Muslims spending time with family and friends, joining in festive meals, sharing food with those in need, and honoring the performance of the annual Hajj rituals. This year, nearly 2 million Muslims from every corner of the world are participating in Hajj, a sacred journey that brings Muslims from all walks of life together in fellowship and faith. We wish them Hajj Mabroor.

The Hajj and Eid al-Adha remind us of our equality before God and the importance of community and charity – values that speak directly to the American character. The United States is blessed to be home to millions of American Muslims who enrich our nation in countless ways, from medicine to technology, education, public service, the arts, and beyond. Many American Muslims serve in my Administration – more than in all previous Administrations combined – and I’m the first president to nominate American Muslims to the federal judiciary. I’m grateful every day for their hard work on behalf of the American people. American Muslims are our neighbors, family, friends, and fellow citizens. They make our nation stronger.

This year, Eid al-Adha comes at a difficult time for many Muslims around the world. In Gaza, innocent civilians are suffering the horrors of the war between Hamas and Israel. Too many innocent people have been killed, including thousands of children. Families have fled their homes and seen their communities destroyed. Their pain is immense. My Administration is doing everything we can to bring an end to the war, free all hostages, deliver humanitarian relief, and work toward a future two-state solution, which I continue to believe is the only way to achieve a lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis. And I strongly believe that the three-phase ceasefire proposal Israel has made to Hamas and that the U.N. Security Council has endorsed is the best way to end the violence in Gaza and ultimately end the war.

We’re also working to bring a peaceful resolution to the horrific conflict in Sudan. And we continue to advocate for the rights of other Muslim communities – including the Rohingya in Burma and the Uyghurs in the People’s Republic of China – facing persecution around the world. They, like all people, deserve to live free from violence and fear.

That’s why I’m committed to addressing the scourge of Islamophobia in the United States. Hate has no place in America, whether it is targeted at American Muslims, Arab Americans including Palestinians, or anyone else. My Administration is creating a national strategy to counter Islamophobia and related forms of bias and discrimination, which affect not only Muslims, but also Arab, Sikh, and South Asian Americans. At our best, the United States is a place where everyone is treated with respect, everyone’s equal humanity is cherished, and our differences are seen as the source of strength that they are.

In the spirit of Eid al-Adha, let us all renew our commitment to values that unite us – compassion, empathy, and mutual respect – which are both American and Islamic. We look forward to welcoming home our American Muslim pilgrims who have earned the title “Al-Hajj.” To them and all Muslims across the globe, we wish you a blessed and meaningful holiday. Eid Mubarak!

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Remarks by Vice President Harris and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine Before Bilateral Meeting

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 12:46

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     PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  Thank you so much.  Happy to see you —
 
     VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS:  And you.
 
     PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  — Madam Vice President, and to see your team.  Thank you so much. 
 
     First, I would like to thank the United States and the President Biden, his team for our security agreement — thank you so much — between Ukraine and America.  We signed it in Italy.  And today we can already say that our teams have started to implement it. 
 
     And these are truly historic steps that strengthen the security of Ukraine and, therefore, of the whole Europe and, therefore, of America.  
 
     And I also want to thank the U.S. Congress — both parties, both chambers — for passing a package.  That is really very important for us, our people.  And Putin is trying to expand the war and make it more bloody.  But together, with America and all our partners, we protect the lives of our people and open up new opportunities for diplomacy. 
 
     Actually, we are here today for the sake of diplomacy.  And Ukraine has always believed in the power of diplomacy.  War is not our choice; it’s Putin’s choice.  At the peace summit today, we will do everything we can to start moving towards real peace through di- — diplomacy.  And I am grateful to America for its support. 
 
     I thank you, Madam Vice President, for your participation in the summit.  And it is indeed vital that — that the United States is helping to bring peace closer.  
 
     Happy to see you.  Thank you very much. 
 
     VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS:  Thank you.  Thank you, President Zelenskyy.  It is good to see you again.  I — by my count, I think this is our sixth meeting together in person.  And —  
 
     PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY:  Not the last.
 
     VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS:  And — for sure not the last and hopefully in better times. 
 
     It is good to see you again.  And President Biden was very happy with the time that you spent together over the last couple of weeks and in — most recently in Italy.  
 
     You and I last met in person four months ago at the Munich Security Conference.  Since then, Russia has continued its brutal aggression against the people of Ukraine, including opening a new front outside of Kharkiv and relentlessly attacking Ukraine’s energy system.  Yet the people of Ukraine, so admirably, stand firm.
 
     President Biden and my support for the people of Ukraine is unwavering.  We support Ukraine not out of charity but because the people of Ukraine and their future is in our strategic interests.  It is in our interest to uphold international rules and norms, such as sovereignty and territorial integrity and the international system we helped create following World War Two, which bolsters America’s security and prosperity.  
 
     It is in the interest of the United States to defend democratic values and stand up to dictators.  It is in our interest to stand with our friends, such as Ukraine. 
 
     As a demonstration of that support, President Joe Biden recently signed into law, as you mentioned, $60 billion in funding to support Ukraine.  Since then, we have rapidly delivered weapons to Ukraine, and our support is having a significant impact on the battlefield. 
 
     And just this week, you and President Biden, as you mentioned, signed a bilateral security agreement, a demonstration of our long-term commitment to Ukraine’s defense. 
 
     President Zelenskyy, your military remains a resilient and effective fighting force, so admirably — one that has and will continue to impress the world.  And this war remains an utter failure for Putin. 
 
     I am here in Switzerland to stand with Ukraine and the leaders from around the world in support of a just and lasting peace.  As we look forward to that peace and work toward that, the United States is committed to helping Ukraine rebuild. 
 
     To that end, today I am pleased to announce that the United States will provide more than one and a half billion dollars to address Ukraine’s humanitarian and energy needs and to help relieve the suffering of the people of Ukraine. 
 
     This number includes $824 million for critical ener- — energy needs, including repairing energy infrastructure; $379 million in humanitarian assistance, including food, water, shelter, and health services; and $300 million for civilian security assistance, including support for law enforcement. 
 
     President Zelenskyy, this support is a demonstration of the fact — the indisputable fact the United States stands with the people of Ukraine.  And I look forward to our discussion today.
 
     Thank you.
 
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Readout of Vice President Harris’s Meeting with President Zelenskyy of Ukraine

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 11:03

Vice President Kamala Harris met today with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine in Lucerne, Switzerland, on the margins of the Summit on Peace in Ukraine. The Vice President underscored the United States’ unwavering support for the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against ongoing Russian aggression. The Vice President emphasized the U.S. support for Ukraine’s efforts to secure a just and lasting peace, based on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, consistent with the UN Charter, and she commended widespread international support for Ukraine’s efforts.  The Vice President condemned Russia’s attacks on Ukraine’s civilian energy infrastructure, and the Vice President announced more than $1.5 billion in additional assistance for Ukraine’s emergency energy needs, humanitarian requirements such as food, water, shelter and health services, and civilian security. The Vice President also highlighted a range of efforts that the Administration has undertaken in recent weeks and months to support Ukraine, including the provision of new security assistance following President Biden’s signing of the national security supplemental law, the signing of a Bilateral Security Agreement, G7 agreement on unlocking the value of Russia’s immobilized sovereign assets, and efforts to help enhance Ukraine’s air defense capability, particularly in light of the continuing threat to Ukrainian cities from Russian airstrikes.

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Statement from Vice President Kamala Harris on the Anniversary of DACA

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 09:30

Twelve years ago today, President Obama announced protections that have made it possible for more than 800,000 Dreamers to live, study, work, and raise families in the only home they have ever known.

The story of Dreamers is a story of America. Dreamers across our Nation serve in our military, teach in our classrooms, and lead our small businesses as entrepreneurs. They are our neighbors, classmates, and loved ones. Their ambition and aspiration power our communities, economy, and country – and they deserve our protection.

As the Attorney General of California and as a United States Senator, I fought to defend and protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). And as Vice President, I have worked alongside President Biden to preserve and fortify DACA, including by ensuring Dreamers have access to affordable health care, which will improve the health of all communities.

While President Biden and I will continue fighting to protect Dreamers, only the United States Congress can ensure permanent protections for these young people and their families. Lawmakers must pass legislation that creates a path to citizenship. The time for a lasting solution is long overdue.

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Statement from President Joe Biden on the Anniversary of DACA

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 09:00

Twelve years ago today, President Obama and I announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to allow our young people to live and work in the only country they’ve called home. Since then, DACA has provided more than 800,000 Dreamers with the ability to work lawfully, pursue an education, open businesses, and contribute their enormous talents to make our communities better and stronger.

I’m proud of the contributions of Dreamers to our country and I am committed to providing Dreamers the support they need to succeed. That’s why I directed the Department of Homeland Security to take all appropriate actions to “preserve and fortify” DACA, and that’s why we continue to vigorously defend the DACA rule in court. That’s also why last month, the Department of Health and Human Services took the historic step of expanding access to affordable, quality health coverage to DACA recipients through the Affordable Care Act.

On Day One of my administration, I sent a comprehensive immigration reform plan to Congress to protect Dreamers and their families. While Vice President Harris and I will continue fighting for our Dreamers, only Congress can provide permanent and lasting stability for them and their families. Congress must still act.

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Statement from President Joe Biden on South Africa Elections

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 07:19

I congratulate Cyril Ramaphosa on his re-election as president of the Republic of South Africa, and commend all the political parties for working together to form a Government of National Unity. 

I also send my warm wishes to the people of South Africa. This year—as South Africa celebrates 30 years of all citizens having the right to vote—they have demonstrated the enduring power of government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

I look forward to the United States and South Africa continuing our work together, to expand economic opportunity, invest in clean energy solutions, and demonstrate that democracy delivers.

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Vice President Kamala Harris Announces Over $1.5 Billion to Bolster Ukraine’s Energy Sector, Address Humanitarian Needs, and Strengthen Civilian Security

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 06:00

Today, as part of the Summit for Peace in Ukraine and her sixth meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Vice President Kamala Harris is announcing that the United States will provide over $1.5 billion through USAID and the State Department to support the people of Ukraine.

From USAID, this includes $500 million in new funding for energy assistance and redirecting $324 million in previously announced funds towards emergency energy needs in Ukraine. This funding will repair energy infrastructure damaged in the war, expand power generation, encourage private sector investment, and protect energy infrastructure. These efforts will help Ukraine respond to Russia’s latest attacks on Ukraine energy infrastructure by supporting repair and recovery, improving Ukraine’s resilience to energy supply disruptions, and laying the groundwork to repair and expand Ukraine’s energy system.
 
Additionally, the Vice President is announcing more than $379 million in humanitarian assistance from State and USAID to help address urgent needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and conflict-affected communities impacted by Russia’s brutal war against the Ukrainian people. This support entails food assistance, health services, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene services for millions of vulnerable Ukrainians inside the country and in the region. The assistance also includes support for comprehensive protection activities, including case management and psychosocial support services, as well as agriculture and livelihoods assistance to enable families to restore income and meet their basic needs. 
 
Vice President Harris is also announcing that, working with Congress, the State Department plans to provide an additional $300 million in Ukrainian civilian security assistance to support lifesaving equipment for Ukrainian border guards and law enforcement. This support will help them safely operate on the front lines of the war to defend Ukraine’s territory, rescue civilians targeted by the Kremlin’s attacks, protect critical infrastructure, and investigate the over 120,000 registered cases of war crimes and other atrocities.
 
These funds come as part of a larger foreign aid package spearheaded by President Biden to support the people of Ukraine as the Russian Federation continues its attacks against civilians and critical infrastructure that have killed nearly 11,000 people and displaced millions more, cutting them off from electricity, heat, water, and other essential utilities. Despite this, Ukrainians persist in pushing back against Putin’s brutal invasion both on and off the battlefield. 
 
Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022, the United States has devoted more than $3.2 billion in humanitarian assistance funding and nearly $1.5 billion to help the recovery of the energy sector, enable clean and reliable energy, and strengthen transparency in the sector.

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Readout of President Biden’s Pull Aside with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of the United Kingdom

Sat, 06/15/2024 - 03:09

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Friday, June 14 in Puglia, Italy on the margins of the G7 Summit. They reaffirmed their commitment to supporting Ukraine as it faces Russia’s continued aggression. They also discussed the latest developments in Gaza, including reiterating the need for increased humanitarian assistance. President Biden and Prime Minister Sunak discussed the importance and value of strong U.S.-UK bilateral relations as the two countries face global challenges together.

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Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 16:55

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met with His Holiness Pope Francis today on the margins of the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Apulia, Italy.  The leaders emphasized the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire and a hostage deal to get the hostages home and address the critical humanitarian crisis in Gaza. President Biden thanked Pope Francis for the Vatican’s work to address the humanitarian impacts of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, including his efforts to help return kidnapped Ukrainian children to their families. President Biden also reaffirmed his deep appreciation for the Pope’s tireless advocacy for the poor and those suffering from persecution, the effects of climate change, and conflict around the world.

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Readout of President Biden’s Pull Aside with President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates

Fri, 06/14/2024 - 16:28

Today, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. met with President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Fasano, Italy, at the G7 Leaders’ Summit.  The leaders reaffirmed the enduring U.S.-UAE strategic partnership, touched base on economic and technology issues, and discussed regional issues, including Gaza.

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