The Cabinet Today, Tomorrow and Next Week
A few developments from the Obama Cabinet, while the big boss is overseas in Russia:
• Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the Port of Charleston, S.C., to inspect Coast Guard operations and to meet with local and state officials. Yes -- including scandal-scarred South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R).
The governor's press office made it clear to reporters in an e-mail this morning that Sanford would show up for the tour but "will not be attending the subsequent media availability."
For her part, Napolitano touted Project SeaHawk, a pilot project designed to better coordinate local, state and federal efforts at the nation's seaports. DHS takes control of the program from the Justice Department on Oct. 1.
• Vice President Biden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will report on the findings of the White House's Food Safety Working Group. President Obama directed the team earlier this year to devise ways to modernize and possibly combine the federal government's food safety efforts. This announcement falls under the purview of Biden's Middle Class Task Force.
• Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Steven Chu will visit China from July 14 to 17 to highlight U.S. clean energy technologies. Both men are Chinese Americans, and Locke has quasi-rock star status in China, especially among business leaders.
The Commerce chief is traveling with Obama in Russia this week, meeting with economic officials, attending the "virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony" for Boeing’s new joint venture with a Russian titanium company, and speaking at the opening of a new Pepsi Bottling Plant in Domodedovo.
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