Tuesday, January 17

Messages to the Senate: Serbia Treaties


With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Extradition Treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of Serbia (the "Treaty"), signed at Belgrade on August 15, 2016. I also transmit, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.

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The Treaty would replace the Treaty between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Servia for the Mutual Extradition of Fugitives from Justice, signed October 25, 1901 (the "1901 Treaty"), which applies to the Republic of Serbia as a successor state to the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The Treaty follows generally the form and content of other extradition treaties recently concluded by the United States. It would replace an outmoded list of extraditable

Presidential Memorandum: Delegating Authority under the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017


SUBJECT:            Delegation of Authority to the Secretary of State
                             Under the National Defense Authorization Act for
                             Fiscal Year 2017

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby order as follows:

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I hereby delegate to the Secretary of State the authority vested in the President by section 1287(c)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (Public Law 114-328) (the "Act"), to designate a senior official to develop guidance for the Global Engagement Center relating to relevant privacy and civil liberties laws, and to ensure compliance with such guidance.

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Any reference in this memorandum to the Act shall be deemed to be a reference to any future Act that is the same or substantially the same as such provision.

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Vice President Biden on The Cancer Moonshot

World Economic Forum
Davos, Switzerland

Vice President Biden:  Madam Ambassador, thanks for putting together a crowd for us.  (Laughter.)

Folks, I’m delighted to be here and happy to be back with so many distinguished people.  And I mean that sincerely.  Many of you know as much or more about the subjects I’m going to speak to than I do, including -- is Elizabeth Blackburn here?  Elizabeth, a Nobel Laureate, who found the BRCA gene.  As that old saying goes, she’s forgotten more about this than I’m going to know.

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But, folks, I’m happy to be back here at the World Economic Forum at Davos to talk about the fight against cancer.  And I’m accompanied by Greg Simon, who is Executive Director of administration’s Cancer Moonshot and who will lead my Biden Cancer Initiative that I’ll launch after we leave office, which is in about 48 hours.  (Laughter.)  I hope I have a ride home.  (Laughter.)  I’ll talk about in a

Vice President Biden With Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Kyiv, Ukraine

Vice President Biden:  Mr. President, I may have to call you once every couple weeks just to hear your voice.  (Laughter.)  This has been going on a long time.

Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s a great, pleasure to be once more here in Kyiv to reaffirm the depth of the partnership between our two peoples.  This is my sixth visit to Ukraine as Vice President and my fifth in the year since the Revolution of Dignity on the Maidan, which was an astounding thing to witness when so many Ukrainian patriots stood up and demanded a future that this country has been too long denied.

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And I wanted to come here one more time on my last trip as Vice President to honor how much progress the people of Ukraine have achieved.  This year marks the 25th year since Ukraine gained its independence.  And the United States has been there to support and help you at every step of the way.  Our partnership has spanned four different American Presidents from across our political spectrum.