Imperial Valley News Center
Washington, DC - The USDA has released the 2015 Expenditures on Children by Families report, also known as “The Cost of Raising a Child.” The report, developed by economists at USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), estimates that for a child born in 2015, a middle-income* married-couple family will spend between $12,350 and $13,900 annually (in 2015 dollars) – or $233,610 from birth through age 17 – on child-rearing expenses. Families with lower incomes are expected to spend $174,690 and families with higher incomes are expected to spend $372,210 from birth through age 17. Many state governments use this annual report, first issued in 1960, as a resource in determining child support and foster care guidelines.
Washington, DC - U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, joined by former Secretaries of State Madeleine K. Albright, Colin L. Powell, and Hillary Rodham Clinton, will deliver remarks at a reception celebrating the completion of the U.S. Diplomacy Center Pavilion at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.
Washington, DC - The United States strongly condemns today’s suicide attack at security checkpoints in northern Sinai, which killed at least nine people and wounded dozens more. We express our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and wish a quick recovery for the injured.
Washington, DC - The Federal Trade Commission has charged a Kansas man and his companies with selling portfolios of fake payday loan debts that debt collectors used to get people to pay on debts they did not owe. At the FTC’s request, a federal court halted the operation pending litigation.
West Lafayette, Indiana - Researchers at Purdue University have determined the high-resolution structure of immature Zika virus, a step toward better understanding how the virus infects host cells and spreads.
State Department Apology for Past Discrimination toward Employees and Applicants based on Sexual Orientation
Washington, DC - Secretary of State John Kerry: "Throughout my career, including as Secretary of State, I have stood strongly in support of the LGBTI community, recognizing that respect for human rights must include respect for all individuals. LGBTI employees serve as proud members of the State Department and valued colleagues dedicated to the service of our country. For the past several years, the Department has pressed for the families of LGBTI officers to have the same protections overseas as families of other officers. In 2015, to further promote LGBTI rights throughout the world, I appointed the first ever Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons.
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