United Nations Day 2014

10/22/2014

In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which “shall be devoted to making known to the peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United nations and to gaining their support for” its work.

“UN Day is a day on which we resolve to do more.  More to protect those caught up in armed conflict, to fight climate change and avert nuclear catastrophe; more to expand opportunities for women and girls, and to combat injustice and impunity; more to meet the Millennium Development Goals.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

For more: http://www.un.org/

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October 23, 2014 Presidential Proclamation — United Nations Day, 2014

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7/8/14 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that The United Nations now recognizes the gay marriages of all its staffers


George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring

10/21/2014
Culper Spy Ring map route

Culper Spy Ring map route

The Culper Ring was a spy ring organized by American Major (later Colonel) Benjamin Tallmadge under orders from General George Washington in the summer of 1778 during British occupation of New York City at the height of the American Revolutionary War. The “Culper” name was suggested by Washington who devised it from Culpeper County, Virginia. The two main members of the Ring, Abraham Woodhull and Robert Townsend, used “Samuel Culper, Sr.” and “Samuel Culper, Jr.” respectively, as aliases. Tallmadge was in direct contact with and control of the Ring but Washington often directed its operations. Tallmadge was referred to by the alias of “John Bolton.”

The Ring’s task was to send messages to General Washington about the activities of the British Army in New York City, the British headquarters and base of operations. The members of the Ring operated mostly in New York City, Long Island, and Connecticut. The Ring’s covert operations started in about late October 1778 and continued through the British evacuation of New York in 1783, but its heyday was between 1778 and 1781.

The Culper Ring provided valuable information to General Washington including that the British planned a surprise attack on the newly allied French forces under Lieutenant General Rochambeau at Newport, Rhode Island before the French could fully recover and set up defenses after their arduous sea journey to America; that the British planned to counterfeit American currency on the actual paper used for the Continental dollars, prompting the Continental Congressto retire the bills; that British Major General William Tryon’s raid in Connecticut in July 1779 was a diversion to induce Washington to divide his forces so British Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton could attack them piecemeal; and that a high ranking American officer, soon shown to be American Major General Benedict Arnold, had been plotting with British Major John Andre to surrender the garrison and to turn over the vitally important American fort at West Point, New York on the Hudson River to the British.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culper_Ring

A page from the Culper Ring's code book, with noteworthy people and place names listed side-by-side with numeric representations
A page from the Culper Ring’s code book, with noteworthy people and place names listed side-by-side with numeric representations

George Washington – Profile

George Washington Papers

George Washington, Goodfellow, Women’s History and Agent “355”

The Founding Fathers of American Intelligence

Spies of the Revolution

Manuscripts of Benjamin Tallmadge

Caleb Brewster – Revolutionary War Hero

Break the Code

“TURN” THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S FIRST SPY RING

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United Nations General Assembly 69th Session

09/21/2014
United States President Barack Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009.

United States President Barack Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council meeting at U.N. Headquarters in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009.

The General Assembly (GA) is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the UN. Decisions on important questions, such as those on peace and security, admission of new members and budgetary matters, require a two-thirds majority. Decisions on other questions are by simple majority. Each country has one vote.  Some Member States in arrear of payment may be granted the right to vote.  See the list of countries in arrears in the payment of their financial contributions. The Assembly has adopted its own rules of procedure and elects its President for each session.

Functions and powers of the General Assembly

Forum for multilateral negotiation

Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter.

It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law. The Assembly meets in regular session intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.

For more: http://www.un.org/en/ga/about/background.shtml

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9/24/14 FACT SHEET: Comprehensive U.S. Government Approach to Foreign Terrorist Fighters in Syria and the Broader Region 9/24/14 FACT SHEET: The U.S. Global Anticorruption Agenda 9/24/14 FACT SHEET: Announcing New U.S. Open Government Commitments on the Third Anniversary of the Open Government Partnership

.President Obama’s New York Itinerary 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

President Obama chairs the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); First Lady Michelle Obama attends U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama delivers remarks at the Climate Summit 2014 U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a reception for visiting Heads of State and Government U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First Lady Lady Michelle Obama delivers the special keynote address at the UN’s Global Education First Initiative’s (GEFI) U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly, First Lady Michelle Obama also attends U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of the Republic of Iraq U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama meets with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama chairs a United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama attends a meeting of the Open Government Partnership U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

Thursday, September 25, 2014

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y

President Obama delivers remarks at a United Nations meeting on the Ebola epidemic U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-SiSi of the Arab Republic of Egypt Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y

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69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 23-26, 2014 Presiding Chair: President Obama U.N. Headquarters, New York, N.Y

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9/11 Patriot Day 2014

09/10/2014

In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,993 killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Most Americans refer to the day as “Nine-Eleven (9/11),” “September Eleventh,” or some variation thereof. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71 was approved by a vote of 407-0 on October 25, 2001. It requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day.”

On this day, President Obama asks Americans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM ET and calls upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

President Obama urges Americans to we mark each September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

United We Serve http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp

9/11 Memorial

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

The Pentagon Memorial

Flight 93 National Memorial

Beyond the 11th

Better Business Bureau Human Service Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/human-services/

Better Business Bureau Police and Fire Fighters Charities http://www.bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/police-and-firefighter/

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Thursday, September 11

8:39 AM ET
9/11 Memorial – http://www.911memorial.org/watch-911-anniversary-ceremony
Live webcast of the September 11, 2001 anniversary ceremony. The observance of the 12th anniversary
9/11 Memorial Plaza, New York, NY

8:46 AM ET
President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle, Dr. Jill Biden and White House staff observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks
South Lawn of the White House

9:30 AM ET
President Obama and First Lady Michelleto attend the September 11th Observance Ceremony
Pentagon Memorial, Washington DC

9:45 AM ET
Memorial for the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93
Shanksvillle, PA

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Pres Obama Travels to Estonia and NATO Summit in Wales

09/01/2014

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President Obama will visit the Republic of Estonia in early September to further enhance the strong relations between the two countries, and to affirm America’s commitment to our Baltic allies. In Tallinn, he will meet with President Ilves, as well as Prime Minister Roivas, to discuss bilateral ties, strategic and regional cooperation, and our shared commitment to the trans-Atlantic partnership.

The President will also meet with the three Baltic presidents — President Ilves, President Berzins of Latvia, and President Grybauskaite of Lithuania — to discuss ongoing cooperation on regional security and policies that support economic growth, and to discuss collective defense. In light of recent developments in Ukraine, the United States has taken steps to reassure allies in Central and Eastern Europe, and this trip is a chance to reaffirm our ironclad commitment to Article V as the foundation of NATO.

After visiting Estonia, President Obama will proceed to Wales to participate in the Summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of The Baltic WayAugust 22, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, we congratulate the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 25th anniversary of The Baltic Way.  Today, we remember that as many as two million people joined hands on August 23, 1989 to form a human chain spanning nearly 400 miles from Tallinn to Riga to Vilnius.  This impressive, peaceful demonstration of courageous people—men and women, young and old—was organized as a rebuke to the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which led to the occupation of the region by the Soviet Union. The United States never recognized the Soviet occupation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which lasted from World War II until restoration of independence in 1991.

The Baltic Way was a remarkable moment in history that illustrated the desire for freedom and democracy and set the stage for the fall of the Berlin Wall just two months later.  The Berlin Wall divided people, but the Baltic Way united them and inspired hope for a new era.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/08/22/statement-nsc-spokesperson-caitlin-hayden-occasion-25th-anniversary-balt

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Anniversary of the Baltic chain marked in Ukraine

Published on Aug 24, 2014

Ukrainians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians gathered in Kyiv’s European Square on Saturday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way protest against Soviet rule.

 

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9/4/14 NATO Summit group photo Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

9/4/14 NATO Summit group photo Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

NATO Summit Wales 2014

On September 4 to 5, 2014, Wales will host the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain as the UK hosts the NATO summit. President Obama, Chancellor Merkel, and President Hollande are expected to attend along with leaders and senior ministers from around 60 other countries.The summit comes as NATO draws down from its longest ever mission in Afghanistan and against a backdrop of instability in Ukraine. It is an opportunity to ensure that NATO continues to be at the forefront of building stability in an unpredictable world.

For more: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/nato-summit-wales-cymru-2014

NATO Summit Agenda

NATO Summit Wales 2014

Summit Schedule
Summit Livestream
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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Tuesday, September 2

President Obama travels to the Republic of Estonia to further enhance the strong relations between the two countries, and to affirm America’s commitment to our Baltic allies.

Wednesday, September 3

President Obama arrives in Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Estonia
Swissotel Tallinn, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama is greeted by Estonian President Ilves in an official arrival ceremony
Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama and  Estonian President Ilves hold a bilateral meeting
Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama and Estonian President Ilves hold a joint press conference
Bank of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama meets with Prime Minister Roivas to discuss bilateral ties, strategic and regional cooperation, and our shared commitment to the trans-Atlantic partnership
Stenbok House, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama meets with Estonian President Ilves, Latvian President Berzins and Lithuania President Grybauskaite to discuss ongoing cooperation on regional security and policies that support economic growth, and to discuss collective defense
Kadriorg Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama delivers remarks to students, young professionals, and civil society and political leaders
Nordea Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama and Estonian Prime Minister Roivas  deliver remarks to U.S. and Estonian troops
Tallinn Airport Hangar, Tallinn, Estonia

President Obama departs Tallinn, Estonia enroute to Newport, Wales

President Obama arrives in Newport, Wales

President Obama overnights in Newport, Wales

Thursday, September 4

President visits Mount Pleasant Primary School with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Newport, Wales

President Obama joins a meeting on Ukraine
Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

President visits Mount Pleasant Primary School with United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Newport, Wales

President Obama participates in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit first session on Afghanistan
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

President Obama participates in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

President Obama attends a reception hosted by Prince Charles of Wales
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

President Obama participates in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working dinner
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

President Obama overnights in Wales
Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, Wales

Friday,  September 5

President Obama participates in  a fly-over ceremony
Newport, Wales

President Obama participates in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working session on the Future NATO
Newport, Wales

President Obama participates in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working session on the Transatlantic Bond
Newport, Wales

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales

President Obama holds a press conference
Newport, Wales

President Obama departs Newport, Wales to return to the White House

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Southwest Border

07/08/2014

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U.S. Immigration 

The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Immigration

President Barack Obama outlined in his agenda five objectives in addressing immigration. They are:

1. Strengthen Border Control
2. Improve Our Immigration System
3. Remove Incentives to Enter Illegally
4. Bring People out of the Shadows
5. Work with Mexico

President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

* Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.

* Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.

* Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.

* Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

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For the immediate time President Obama has issued these  important policies for immigration:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA] would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

DHS Announces Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants
As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.

Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status
Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.
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July 08, 2014

FACT SHEET: Emergency Supplemental Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the Southwest Border

While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates.  The Administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of government response which includes efforts by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) to deploy additional enforcement resources — including immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officers — to focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border.  Part of this surge includes detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation.  DHS is working to secure additional space that satisfies applicable legal and humanitarian standards for detention of adults with children.  This surge of resources means that cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible, ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and refugees while enabling the prompt removal of individuals who do not qualify for asylum or other forms of relief from removal.  Finally, to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are exploiting these individuals, agencies are surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with a focus on stepped-up interdiction and prosecution.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/08/fact-sheet-emergency-supplemental-request-address-increase-child-and-adu

 

July 09, 2014

Statement by the President on Immigration

Dallas Love Field
Dallas, Texas

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. I just had a good meeting with Governor Perry, local officials, and faith leaders to talk about the steps that we have taken and that we need to take to address the humanitarian situation on the border. And I want to thank everybody who’s been involved for taking the time to talk to me.

It’s important to recognize two things. First, the surge of unaccompanied children, and adults with children, are arriving at one sector of the border, and that’s the Rio Grande Valley. Second, the issue is not that people are evading our enforcement officials. The issue is that we’re apprehending them in large numbers. And we’re working to make sure that we have sufficient facilities to detain, house, and process them appropriately, while attending to unaccompanied children with the care and compassion that they deserve while they’re in our custody.

While we intend to do the right thing by these children, their parents need to know that this is an incredibly dangerous situation and it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay. And I’ve asked parents across Central America not to put their children in harm’s way in this fashion.

Right now, there are more Border Patrol agents and surveillance resources on the ground than at any time in our history. And we deport almost 400,000 migrants each year. But as soon as it became clear that this year’s migration to the border was different than in past years, I directed FEMA to coordinate our response at the border. Members of my Cabinet and my staff have made multiple trips to facilities there. And we’re also addressing the root of the problem. I sent Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry and Secretary Johnson to meet with Central American leaders, as well as working with our international partners to go after smugglers who are putting their kids’ lives at risk.

And earlier this week, Mexico announced a series of steps that they’re going to take on their southern border to help stem the tide of these unaccompanied children.

Last week, I sent a letter to Congress asking them to increase penalties on smugglers and to give us flexibility to move migrants through the system faster.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/09/statement-president-immigration

* Broder Security Overview
* Criminal Alien Program
* Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
* Delegation of Immigration Authority, 287(g)
* ICE Parental Interest Directive
* Rapid REPAT
* Removal Statistics
* Repatriation
* Secure Communities

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Victim of Immigration Crime?
Are you a U.S. citizens or detained wrongfully?
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Toll-free hotline – (855) 448-6903
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Water Resources Reform and Development Act & Congressional Medal for The Borinqueneers

06/09/2014

Water Resources Reform and Development Act

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080) is a water resources bill that would authorize the United States Army Corps of Engineers to do various water related projects, such as improvements to ports or flood protection. It was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress.

Background

Typically, water resource bills are passed every few years, but one has not passed since 2007. One reason no other water bill has passed since 2007 is that there have been controversies about the bill’s use of earmarks to fund specific projects.

Provisions of the bill

The bill contains reforms intended to speed up “project delivery by eliminating duplicative studies and requiring concurrent reviews, and streamlining environmental reviews.” It also deauthorizes $12 billion worth of projects that have not been active over the last five years. The bill would also allow non-federal organizations and groups to provide funding for projects. If passed, the bill would set up a Congressional review process for approving projects, instead of letting the Army Corps of Engineers make all decisions about which project to pursue.

Congressional Budget Office report

This summary is based largely on the summary provided by the Congressional Budget Office, a public domain source. As ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on September 19, 2013.

H.R. 3080 would authorize the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to construct water projects for mitigating storm and hurricane damage, restoring ecosystems, and improving flood management. The legislation also would authorize the agency to assist states and local governments with levee safety programs and to assist Indian tribes with planning and technical assistance for water resources projects. Finally, H.R. 3080 would direct the Corps to implement a pilot program to enter agreements with nonfederal partners to manage and construct certain projects. Those agreements would be subject to appropriation of all federal costs.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resources_Reform_and_Development_Act_of_2013_(H.R._3080;_113th_Congress)

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Water Resources Reform and Development Act

May 15, 2014 transportation.house.gov

The Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was filed in the House of Representatives today. WRRDA was introduced in the House by Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-NY).

H.R. 3080 passed the House by a vote of 417 to 3 on October 23, 2013. House and Senate conferees reached agreement on a final measure last week, and now both Houses of Congress must approve the Conference Report in order to send it to the President to be signed into law.

“This measure will strengthen our Nation’s transportation network, keep America competitive in the global marketplace, and reform and streamline the way we move forward with improvements to our ports, locks, dams, and other water resources infrastructure,” Shuster said. “This legislation is about jobs and our country’s economic prosperity, and I look forward to bringing it back to the House for a final vote.”

“This bill will advance the modernization of America’s waterways and ports—critical corridors of commerce that enable the efficient transport of American-produced commodities, including West Virginia coal,” Rahall said. “The investments made possible by this bill support jobs throughout the nation, on our waterways, our farms and fields, on shop floors and in our mines. WRRDA will lay the foundation for economic growth for many years to come, and I am grateful to my colleagues—House and Senate, Democratic and Republican—who worked so diligently to get us to where we are today. This bill proves that bipartisanship is still alive on Capitol Hill.”

Source: http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda/conference.htm

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WRRDA Conference Report

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Water Resources Bill Helps Achieve Development and Conservation Goals – 5/15/14 Nature Conservancy

Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951.

Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951.

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to The Borinqueneers

The Congressional Gold Medal will be the highest award granted by Congress to a Hispanic active duty unit in U.S. history. The Borinqueneers will be only the second Latino individual or group to receive a Congressional Gold Medal. This recognition of their service and sacrifice is long overdue and I thank the authors, the Governor of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Ricans and veterans from Florida to New York, to Illinois to Colorado who have made sure the accomplishments of the Borinqueneers are preserved and celebrated.

The Borinqueneers served during WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.  The unit was segregated through most of the Korean War and composed primarily of soldiers from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, but also included recruits from other Latino backgrounds.  In the face of discrimination and segregation, these brave soldiers performed many remarkable military accomplishments and are known for waging the final battalion-sized bayonet assault in U.S. Army history.

These soldiers fought valiantly on behalf the U.S. and served our nation honorably with great skill and courage.  General Douglas MacArthur said of the Borinqueneers, “The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry give daily proof on the battlefields of Korea of their courage, determination and resolute will to victory, their invincible loyalty to the United States and their fervent devotion to those immutable principles of human relations which the Americans of the Continents and of Puerto Rico have in common.  They are writing a brilliant record of heroism in battle and I am indeed proud to have them under my command.  I wish that we could count on many more like them.”

Throughout the course of the Korean War, Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment suffered more casualties than did the vast majority of mainland states and according to Department of Defense records, 2,700 soldiers received the Purple Heart for wounds received while in battle, and the Regiment lost 740 Borinqueneers in Korea.  The Borinqueneers selflessly served and many gave their lives for our democracy and have earned this recognition from Congress. They have inspired new generations of Puerto Ricans who have continued to answer the call to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Source: https://gutierrez.house.gov/press-release/borinqueneers’-congressional-gold-medal-recognition-sacrifices-puerto-rico’s-famed

 

Tuesday, June 10th
President Obama signs H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014
and H.R. 1726, an Act to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers
South Court Auditorium, White House

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