On World Autism Awareness Day, we honor the millions of Americans living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who, in spite of the challenges they may face, continue to make extraordinary contributions to their families, their communities, our Nation, and the world. We also express our sincere appreciation to the families, friends, medical professionals, and caregivers who help Americans with ASD pursue the American Dream.
As a Nation, we must continue to support Americans with ASD. My Administration has worked to fund cutting-edge research, optimize health systems, and enhance available resources and treatments that will benefit people with ASD. Ongoing Federal research efforts to understand the health and development of children with ASD have recently expanded to include adolescents and young adults, thereby advancing our knowledge of ASD beyond childhood. Additionally, our economic policies have created the lowest unemployment rate in history for Americans with disabilities, and recent Federal investments in apprenticeship programs for individuals with ASD will help provide more pathways to stable employment.
Ensuring the safety of all Americans with ASD is a priority of my Administration. Last year, I was pleased to sign into law Kevin and Avonte's Law, which expands the existing Federal emergency alert program to include people with ASD and other cognitive disorders who may wander from safety. This legislation also authorizes funding for tracking technologies and specialized training for caregivers to help prevent and respond to instances of wandering. These investments will help put concerned families at ease, reduce the risk of tragedies, and improve the quality of life for individuals with ASD, their families, and caregivers.
Today, we celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of Americans with ASD and reaffirm our commitment to work together to ensure that every member of our society is afforded equal opportunities to reach their full potential.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2019, as World Autism Awareness Day. I call upon all Americans to learn more about the signs of autism to improve early diagnosis, understand the challenges faced by individuals with autism, and find ways to support those with autism and their families.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS COMMITTED TO BUILDING ON THE SUCCESSES OF THE FIRST STEP ACT
“Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption.” – President Donald J. Trump
ACHIEVING GROUNDBREAKING REFORM: The landmark First Step Act enacted commonsense criminal justice reform that is helping prisoners gain a new lease on life and is making America safer.
In December 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed into law the First Step Act, marking the first major reforms to our criminal justice system in over a decade.
The First Step Act enacted commonsense reforms to make our justice system fairer and help inmates successfully transition back into society.
President Trump remains committed to building on this success and continuing the great work achieved by this legislation.
OFFERING A SECOND CHANCE: Inmates across the country are getting a second chance thanks to the First Step Act.
The First Step Act is providing prisoners with a second chance through rehabilitative programs, fair sentencing, and smart confinement.
Over 16,000 inmates are enrolled in a drug treatment program offered as part of the robust drug treatment strategy managed by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
To date, BOP has assessed over 400 inmates for participation in Medication Assisted Treatment programs designed to aid in their recovery.
The First Step Act provided the opportunity for sentencing relief for certain defendants who received mandatory minimum sentences prior to the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010.
721 defendants have received sentence reductions, 573 of which have resulted in inmates being released.
The First Step Act expanded avenues for eligible elderly and terminally ill prisoners to get their sentences reduced by allowing for their motions to be directly filed with the courts.
The First Step Act authorized eligible low-risk and elderly inmates to be transferred to home confinement when possible.
The legislation also advised BOP to place inmates within 500 driving miles of home when possible.
DEDICATING RESOURCES TO REDUCE RECIDIVISM: The Trump Administration is committed to helping prisoners successfully rejoin society after their release.
President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 Budget proposes over $500 million for various Federal programs to help prisoners succeed in society after their release, including:
$234 million for the Department of Justice to support reentry programs, inmate education, and occupational training programs.
$78 million for the Department of Labor to improve employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated adults and young adults.
In 2019, the Department of Education will provide $28 million for a Pell grant pilot program to help eligible incarcerated Americans pursue postsecondary education.
These initiatives are intended to help reduce the rate of recidivism and offer prisoners the support they need for life after incarceration.allowing for their motions to be directly filed with the courts.
Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days before the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in theFederal Registerand transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. In accordance with this provision, I have sent to theFederal Registerfor publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 of April 3, 2014, with respect to South Sudan, is to continue in effect beyond April 3, 2019.
The situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations, continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664 with respect to South Sudan.
CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SOUTH SUDAN
On April 3, 2014, by Executive Order 13664, the President declared a national emergency pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706) to deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States constituted by the situation in and in relation to South Sudan, which has been marked by activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region, including widespread violence and atrocities, human rights abuses, recruitment and use of child soldiers, attacks on peacekeepers, and obstruction of humanitarian operations.
The situation in and in relation to South Sudan continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. For this reason, the national emergency declared on April 3, 2014, to deal with that threat must continue in effect beyond April 3, 2019. Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13664.
This notice shall be published in theFederal Registerand transmitted to the Congress.
MEMORANDUM FOR THE CHIEF COUNSEL FOR ADVOCACY OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
SUBJECT: Delaying Submission of the Small Business Report under the Trade Facilitation And Trade Enforcement Act of 2015
The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA) (Public Law 114-125) requires you to submit to the Congress a report on the economic impacts of a covered trade agreement on small businesses not more than 180 days after you convene an Interagency Working Group for the relevant trade agreement. The reports for the negotiations of trade agreements with Japan, the European Union, and the United Kingdom will be due during the course of negotiations. To ensure that the negotiations are not disrupted, however, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 502 of the TFTEA, I require you to delay the submission of each report until after the relevant negotiation is concluded, but not later than 30 days after the trade agreement is signed, provided that the delay allows you to submit the report to the Congress not later than 45 days before the Senate or the House of Representatives acts to approve or disapprove the trade agreement.
You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in theFederal Register.
“A genuine crisis is building at the southern border as the perverse incentives of U.S. asylum law invite a surge of migrants that is overwhelming border security,”The Wall Street Journaleditorial board writes.
“Immigration has picked up over the last year as word has spread that parents with children who claim asylum can stay for years and perhaps forever . . . At the current rate, border apprehensions will exceed one million this year—the most since 2006—as human smugglers become more ambitious and reduce prices to entice more migrants.”
“The job of newspapers was once to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’ Today, that job seems to be to give voice to liars and shout down the truth,” Charles Hurt writes inThe Washington Times. “No one has been given more airtime and ink to spread his lies than Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and chief prevaricator. That anyone this dishonest is allowed to hold a position of such importance and power in Congress tells you all you need to know about Washington these days.”
InFox News, Vice President Mike Pence writes that President Trump’s mission for NASA to return to the moon in five years is a worthy goal for America. “The president believes that, to be worthy of our great nation, our space program must pursue great things, including, above all, being the first nation to send astronauts to the moon in the 21st Century. And our administration will do whatever it takes to succeed.”
“Conservatives have not had so triumphant a week since the fall of the Berlin Wall,” Michael Knowles writes forFox News. “The past two years have offered many successes, from President Trump’s victory in 2016 to the successful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. But none so thoroughly demolished so dominant a leftist narrative as the collapse of the Russia collusion hoax.”
“As President Trump doubles down on his pledge to build a southern border wall, Hispanics are showing broad support for him, according to a new survey,” Paul Bedard reports for theWashington Examiner. “Some 50 percent of Hispanics approve of the president’s job, according to the latest McLaughlin & Associates poll of likely general election voters.”
Presidential Message for Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month
The success of our Nation’s agricultural sector has fed the world and enabled generations of Americans to prosper. Unfortunately, more than one-third of food in the United States is lost or wasted, a problem that undermines environmental stewardship and the ability of Americans to lead healthier lives.
When food goes uneaten, it adversely affects food security and the environment. Growing, processing, and transporting food consumes critical resources. When food is lost or wasted, so are those resources.
We have made great strides in recent years to reduce food loss and waste, but food remains the single largest type of waste thrown away by communities across America. That is why my Administration launched theWinning on Reducing Food WasteInitiative—a collaborative effort by the Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and Food and Drug Administration. This Initiative aligns efforts across our Federal Government to educate consumers, engage key stakeholders, and develop and evaluate solutions to reduce food loss and waste.
Help from private entities and individuals is the key ingredient to successfully reducing food loss and waste. Public-private partnerships, like the United States Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, have already brought together businesses and organizations to help improve the efficiency and management of food systems and to pursue more effective measurement and networks that can reduce food loss and waste. The work of these partnerships is helping drive our successes in ensuring that food that is grown becomes food that is eaten.
During Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month, I encourage all Americans to do their part in helping to reduce food loss and waste. Together, we will promote American prosperity and turn what might otherwise be millions of tons of wasted food into nutritional fuel for America’s communities and economy.
Presidential Message on National Financial Capability Month, 2019
Since first taking office, I have worked to create an economic environment in which all Americans can thrive. Central to my economic agenda was the enactment of tax cuts and reform to stimulate the economy and restore middle class jobs. In December of 2017, I proudly signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has given millions of Americans pay raises, bonuses, and increased opportunity. My hope is that every American will be empowered to realize the benefits of our booming economy. As we celebrate National Financial Capability Month, we reaffirm the power of financial knowledge in unlocking the American Dream.
While today’s economy is flourishing, our financial system can be complex and difficult for many Americans to navigate as they strive to make informed financial decisions. By focusing on financial literacy, we can strengthen the ability of individuals to make informed choices when purchasing a home, starting a business, saving and investing for retirement, building personal wealth, and engaging in our rapidly evolving economy. Through the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, an interagency group led by the Department of the Treasury, my Administration is working to enhance the financial education and capability of all Americans. For example, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is incorporating an online certification program to assist housing counselors in educating Americans on financial management and the responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy. In addition, the Department of Education has developed a new mobile app for students seeking to obtain financial aid and repay student loans. The app allows students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known commonly as “FAFSA,” and, in the future, will enable students to obtain information on Federal student aid programs to better navigate the financial aid process and manage their student loan obligations.
My Administration is also continuing to encourage partnerships between government, the private sector, and higher education institutions to support financial education and skills training. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently announced that it will start training an additional 40 community organizations and service providers through theYour Money, Your Goalsinitiative. This training will help to integrate cutting-edge financial empowerment tools and services into the many existing government, nonprofit, and private sector programs that help American families and students to develop the financial knowledge necessary for lifelong success. Together, we can continue to make significant progress in helping our Nation’s citizens develop the tools required to compete and thrive in the global marketplace.
This month, I encourage all Americans prepare themselves with the skills needed to participate fully in our dynamic economy. By becoming more financially knowledgeable, Americans of all backgrounds and ages can put themselves on a path to a lifetime of achievement, which will help to ensure prosperity for them, their families, and our Nation for generations to come.