Phoenix, Arizona - Remarks by Vice President Pence at “Tax Cuts to Put America First” Event:

Washington, DC - U.S. economic growth and national security depend on the approximately $150 billion invested annually in federal research and development (R&D) funding. To ensure that investment reaps the largest commercial and economic returns possible, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) are co-leading the Lab-to-Market Cross Agency Priority goal, part of the recently released President’s Management Agenda. To accelerate these efforts, NIST has launched an initiative to improve federal technology transfer.

Washington, DC - The U.S. economy set a new record last week. During the week ending April 21, just 209,000 Americans applied to receive unemployment insurance (UI) payments. The last time initial UI claims were this low was the week ending December 6, 1969—less than five months after Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.

Springfield, Oregon - Police in Springfield, spotted Brock Williams, a convicted felon wanted on a parole violation, in the parking lot of a local supermarket. They quickly gave chase as Williams sped off on a stolen motorcycle, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. 

Washington, DC - Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen announced the appointment of Bilal Sayyed as Director of the agency’s Office of Policy Planning.