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On Thursday, August 3, the U.S. Senate confirmed a slew of nominees for the State Department, including 11 new ambassadors. Also confirmed was Ambassador Mark Green as USAID Administrator and nominees for OPIC, and the United Nations.
The Senate will adjourned on Friday to convene for pro forma sessions only with no business conducted between now and September 1. Hey, that means no recess appointments. The Senate will next convene at 3:00pm on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Executive Calendar #229 – Nathan Alexander Sales to be Coordinator for Counterterrorism
Executive Calendar #239 – Carl Risch to be an Assistant Secretary of State (Consular Affairs)
Executive Calendar #291 – John P. Desrocher to be Ambassador to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Executive Calendar #227 – Kelly Knight Craft to be Ambassador of the United States to Canada
Executive Calendar #228 – Sharon Day to be Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Costa Rica
Executive Calendar #289 – Michael Arthur Raynor to be Ambassador to Ethiopia
Executive Calendar #232 – Luis Arreaga to be Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Guatemala
Executive Calendar #233 – Krishna Urs to be Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Peru
Executive Calendar #230 – George Edward Glass to be Ambassador of the United States to the Portuguese Republic
Executive Calendar #231 – Robert Wood Johnson IV to be Ambassador of the United States to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Executive Calendar #235 – Lewis Eisenberg to be Ambassador to the Italian Republic, and to serve concurrently as Ambassador to the Republic of San Marino
Executive Calendar #290 – Maria E. Brewer to be Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone
Executive Calendar #166 – Mark Andrew Green to be Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development.
Executive Calendar #234 – Kay Bailey Hutchison to be United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Executive Calendar #237 – Kelley Eckels Currie to be Representative of the United States on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC)
Executive Calendar #238 – Kelley Eckels Currie to be an Alternate Representative of the United States to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA)
Executive Calendar #236 – Ray Washburne to be President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Executive Calendar #245 – David Steele Bohigian to be Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
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Last week, we blogged about Carl Risch who was recently nominated to be the next Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs (State/CA). See Ex-FSO Who Once Advocated Moving Visas to DHS May be the Next Asst Secretary For Consular Affairs. On Wednesday, CNN came out with a report about the Trump White House is reportedly considering a proposal to move both CA and PRM to the Department of Homeland Security. The report says the memo came from the WH Domestic Policy Council. Trump’s DPC page currently says “Domestic Policy Council – Check back soon for more information.”
According to the Obama White House, Executive Order in 1993, established the Domestic Policy Council (DPC) to coordinate the domestic policy-making process in the White House, to ensure that domestic policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President’s stated goals, and to monitor implementation of the President’s domestic policy agenda.
The DPC is chaired by the President and comprised of the following Council members (see if you can spot who’s missing):
You can read the full Executive Order here.
A January 5 Transition announcement includes the following appointments to the DPC; director and council report to the Senior Advisor to the President for Policy, Stephen Miller.
Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council - Andrew Bromberg -worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2001 to 2009, including serving as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Public Health and Science. He later served as Policy Advisor and Counsel on Nominations for Senator Mitch McConnell. He worked as the Policy Director for the 2016 Republican Party Platform. He now works in a lead policy and administrative role on the Presidential Transition Team.
Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Director of Budget Policy – Paul Winfree – Director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, the Center for Data Analysis and the Richard F. Aster Research Fellow, all at The Heritage Foundation. Prior to joining Heritage, Mr. Winfree was the Director of Income Security on the U.S. Senate Committee on the Budget.
The White House is considering a proposal to move both the State Department bureau of Consular Affairs and its bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to the Department of Homeland Security, a senior White House official tells CNN.