Washington, DC - During National Biotechnology Month, we recognize the enormous potential of biotechnology to improve people’s lives here in the United States and around the world.  Its applications hold boundless possibilities for economic growth, national security, healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture.  Using biotechnology, we can develop new ways to treat cancer, manufacture medicines, generate plastics, and provide America’s farmers and ranchers the tools they need to help feed, fuel, and clothe the world’s growing population, which is expected to surpass 9 billion by 2050.

Washington, DC - National Stalking Awareness Month provides us with an opportunity to firmly rebuke the violating crime of stalking and to raise awareness about its warning signs.  It is also an opportunity for us to come together as a Nation to support those who have experienced stalking or harassment.

Washington, DC - The Department of State’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance is pleased to announce its recent online posting of WMEAT 2019, the 37th edition of the State Department’s World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers (WMEAT) publication, covering the years 2007-2017, on the State Department’s website:

Washington, DC - On International Anticorruption Day and International Human Rights Day, the United States reiterates its commitment to combat corruption and to promote and protect human rights globally.  The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated 68 individuals and entities pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, targeting corrupt individuals and perpetrators of serious human rights abuse.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Public Health, California Tobacco Control Program has awarded the American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health, a $5.6 million, 56-month grant to establish the California Tobacco Endgame Center for Organizing and Engagement.

Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke Wednesday with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the December 31 Iran-backed terrorist attack on U.S. Embassy Baghdad.  Secretary Pompeo noted the measures the Government of Iraq has taken to improve the security situation and stressed the Government of Iraq’s obligation to prevent further attacks against our diplomatic mission