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May 29, 2020

Department of Justice Update

The Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest in Support of Freedom of Religion for Colorado Church

The DOJ press release provided the following summary: The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in a Colorado federal court supporting the First Amendment religious freedom claims of High Plains Harvest Church and its pastor. 

 

The statement of interest is part of Attorney General William P. Barr's April 27, 2020 initiative directing Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Eric Dreiband, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, to review state and local policies to ensure that civil liberties are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

“Especially during a crisis like this, the ability of people of faith to be able to exercise their religion is essential,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division. “Colorado has offered no good reason for not trusting congregants who promise to use care in worship the same way it trusts diners inside a restaurant, or accountants, realtors or lawyers to do the same. The U.S. Department of Justice will continue to take action if states and localities infringe on the free exercise of religion or other civil liberties.”

 

Call the Civil Rights Division to Report Religious Discrimination | 202-514-4609
If you would like to report any sort of religious discrimination to the U.S. Department of Justice, please use this phone number or link above.  Despite what it says at the webpage, it does NOT just have to involve zoning or land use.  It can be any issue related to religious liberty.

May 29, 2020

White House COVID-19 Updates

  • President Trump Holds a News Conference (HERE)

  • President Donald J. Trump Is Protecting America From China’s Efforts To Steal Technology And Intellectual Property (HERE)

  • Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China (HERE)

  • Remarks by President Trump and Vice President Pence During Briefing on the 2020 Hurricane Season (VIDEO, HERE)

  • Remarks by President Trump Announcing an Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship (HERE)

  • Remarks by Vice President Pence at a Roundtable Discussion with Small-Business Owners on Reopening America (HERE)

  • Kratsios: Artificial Intelligence Can Serve Democracy (HERE)

May 27, 2020

White House news

  • President Trump Delivers Remarks on Protecting Seniors with Diabetes (VIDEO)

  • President Donald J. Trump is Reducing the Cost of Insulin and Improving Healthcare for our Nation’s Seniors (HERE)

  • On-the-Record Press Call on the President’s Action to Protect Seniors with Diabetes (HERE)

  • United States Strategic Approach to the People’s Republic of China (HERE)

  • President, Amendment to Proclamation by the President of May 24, 2020 (HERE)

  • Remarks by President Trump at a Memorial Day Ceremony | Baltimore, MD (HERE)

  • Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Novel Coronavirus (HERE)

  • President Trump and the First Lady Participate in a Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort McHenry (VIDEO)

  • President Trump and Vice President Pence Participate in a Wreath Laying Ceremony (VIDEO)

  • Message from Acting Secretary Wolf: Three Key Actions (VIDEO)

  • Message from Secretary Carson: America's Economic Renaissance (VIDEO)

  • Message from Secretary Carson: This Too Will Pass (VIDEO)

  • Message from Scott Turner: Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council (VIDEO)

  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany 5/26 (REMARKS, VIDEO)

  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany 5/23 (REMARKS, VIDEO)

  • 1600 Daily: President Trump Honors our Fallen Heroes (HERE)

May 27, 2020

White House Daily Update

President Trump is Improving Care for Our Nation’s Seniors

PROVIDING QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE CARE

  • Yesterday, President Trump announced new action to ensure seniors have access to more affordable insulin options through Medicare.

    • Next year, many seniors enrolled in participating enhanced Part D plans will have access to a broad set of insulins at a maximum $35 copay for a month’s supply.

  • President Trump and his administration have worked tirelessly to provide quality, affordable healthcare for our nation’s seniors.

    • Last year, the President signed an executive order to promote quality care for our seniors and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare.

  • Under President Trump, average basic premiums for Medicare Part D plans are their lowest in 7 years.

    • Part D premiums have fallen by 13.5 percent since 2017, saving beneficiaries $1.9 billion in premium costs.

PROTECTING OUR SENIORS

  • President Trump’s “Opening Up America Again” guidelines include additional safety measures to protect senior citizens and other vulnerable Americans.

  • President Trump recently announced FEMA would be sending supplemental PPE to 15,400 nursing homes.

  • CMS is providing states with additional funding to increase inspections of nursing homes in order to help keep seniors safe.

  • The Administration is increasing transparency by requiring them to report cases to residents and their families.

  • President Trump announced the creation of the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.

  • CMS raised infectious disease standards and is conducting targeted inspections at nursing homes across the country.

May 22, 2020

White House daily update

Safely Opening Up Our Country Again is Critical for the Wellbeing of the American People

PROMOTING THE WELLBEING OF ALL AMERICANS

  • For the wellbeing of all Americans, it is critical that we move towards safely reopening the country as soon as we are able.

  • It is vital that we consider the toll a long-term shutdown would have on Americans’ health and wellbeing. 

    • Estimates suggest a clear increase in suicides and opioid deaths as the unemployment rate rises.

    • Many Americans have had to forego important preventative health services like breast cancer screenings.

  • Americans across the country have made hard sacrifices to slow the spread and save lives. Now we must honor their sacrifices by moving toward a safe reopening.

SAFELY REOPENING THE COUNTRY

  • President Trump and his Administration are committed to helping provide states with the information and resources they need to safely reopen.

  • The President has laid out a phased approach under the Opening Up America guidelines that will enable to states to reopen based on the situation on the ground.

  • President Trump’s efforts to ramp up testing across the country have built up enough testing capacity to enable states to move toward phase one of reopening.

    • Recently, multiple states have reported their testing capacity has now outpaced demand.

  • The Trump Administration has launched Operation Warp Speed, a historic effort that is working to develop therapeutics and vaccines in record time. 

  • The President’s mobilization of the private sector has provided states with critical medical supplies – including ventilator supplies that exceed demand.

May 21, 2020

Administration’s Operation Warp Speed Accelerates AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to be Available Beginning in October

Responding to President Trump’s call to develop 300 million doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine by January under Operation Warp Speed, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and AstraZeneca are collaborating to make available at least 300 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine called AZD1222, with the first doses delivered as early as October 2020.

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