Washington, DC - On this day 55 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, or national origin.  Today, we celebrate this monumental legislation and recommit ourselves to the noble mission of advancing equality, justice, and freedom.

Washington, DC - The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s heinous terrorist attack, claimed by the Taliban, in which Afghan civilians and security personnel were killed and severely wounded.

Washington, DC - Today, I have signed into law H.R. 3151, the “Taxpayer First Act” (the “Act”).  Sections 1001(a) and 2101(a) of the Act require the Commissioner of Internal Revenue to appoint persons to positions responsible for significant functions of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Such persons are likely inferior officers under the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.  Because the IRS is a component of the Department of the Treasury, the Commissioner is not the head of a department and thus lacks constitutional authority to appoint inferior officers.  I therefore direct the Secretary of the Treasury, as the head of the department, to approve any appointments made pursuant to sections 1001(a) and 2101(a) of the Act.

Washington, DC - The Spring 2020 White House Internship Program application is now open.

Washington, DC - This month, we celebrate Pledge to America’s Workers Month.  Last year, I signed an Executive Order establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker.  The Council, made up of 14 Federal agencies, is charged with developing a national strategy for training and reskilling workers for high-demand occupations and the industries of the future. 

West Lafayette, Indiana - A Purdue University professor can speak on the recent insulin pump recalls, as warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late last week.