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Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the Rural Broadband Table in Atlanta

Thank you all for joining us here today. Before we get started, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the needlessly aggressive events taking place in Eastern Europe. Overnight, Russia initiated an unwarranted invasion of Ukraine. The United States of America, and our allies, stand together with the people of Ukraine during this terrible time. President Biden has been very clear that Russia...

Remarks by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves at the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum

Good morning. Thank you all for being here. I know we all wish we could meet in person and are disappointed to not be joined by our Brazilian counterparts. Secretary Raimondo is also disappointed not to be joining us. She sends her best wishes for a fruitful discussion and her sincere thanks for your commitment to advancing the U.S.-Brazil commercial relationship. I want to recognize Mauro...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo on Passage of the America COMPETES Act

I want to thank the House of Representatives for passing the America COMPETES Act today. This bill is essential to our economy, our workers, and will unleash the next generation on innovation and scientific advancement in the United States. In particular, I want to recognize Speaker Pelosi, Leader Hoyer, and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for their efforts in getting this bill over the finish...

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo at the White House Boeing/Qatar Airways Announcement

Thank you, your Excellency, members of the press, and honored guests for joining us. I’m honored and excited to celebrate this new development in the thriving trade relationship between the United States and Qatar. Today, we’re announcing a deal of historic significance between the Boeing Company and Qatar Airways’ cargo affiliate. I understand from Boeing that this is the largest dollar value...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the National Governors Association Plenary Session on K-12 Computer Science Education

Thank you for inviting me to speak today. It’s great to see so many familiar faces. And thank you Governor Hutchinson for your leadership on this issue. I know there are many governors here today who are fully committed to expanding access to computer science education. As governor of Rhode Island, I also prioritized computer science education of computer science. In 2016, we launched CS4RI to...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the National Governors Association on Broadband Programs in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Thank you. It’s a pleasure to be with all of you today, and I’m glad to see so many familiar faces. As a former governor, I know that your jobs have been made exponentially harder by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic also made it painfully clear that reliable, high-speed internet is a necessity for everyday life. Too many families can’t afford the cost of broadband service, and too many families...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the Carnegie Mellon Manufacturing Futures Initiative in Pittsburgh

Thank you. When President Biden asked me to take this job, he told me that one of his top priorities is the revitalization of our manufacturing economy. The main reason I took this job is because my dad lost his manufacturing job when it went overseas, like so many others. And my brother told me “Dad would be so proud of you if you were a part of bringing manufacturing jobs back to America.” So...

Remarks by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo at the Intel Groundbreaking in Newark, Ohio

Thank you to Governor DeWine, Lt. Gov. Husted, Senator Brown and Senator Portman for inviting me to join you today. Senators Brown and Portman were essential partners in our work to pass the US Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate. Thank you, also, to Reps. Joyce Beatty and Troy Balderson for your support of domestic semiconductor manufacturing. My Deputy Secretary, Don Graves, is Ohio’s...