Washington, DC - The American people are generous and compassionate, and for generations they have supported their fellow citizens through programs established by government to help people in need. While these programs have helped many individuals and families, too often they have prevented economic independence, prolonged poverty and weakened societal bonds.

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring April 22, 2018 as “Earth Day” in the State of California.

Washington, DC - American Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., will be traveling to the Czech Republic from April 21-25 as a State Department Sports Envoy, part of the Department’s effort to strengthen people-to-people ties as part of U.S. Embassy Prague’s year-long Centennial Celebration of U.S.-Czech relations.

Washington, DC - As part of last week's $99 million announcement by the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will manage seven new projects across seven states, totaling $7 million in funding. In addition to the seven new projects for innovations by small businesses, EERE also manages 33 projects across 19 states, totaling $4.95 million, which was announced as part of SBIR/STTR Phase I awards in February.

Washington, DC - Remarks on Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices:

Washington, DC - Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens, has called for “rational debate’ rather than politically motivated rhetoric” regarding the issue of gun control.