By Jueseppi B.
July 29th 2013: Tweets of the Day
Recent news stories have cited anecdotes that restaurants are cutting employees’ hours and refraining from hiring workers due to the ACA. In reality, however, restaurants have had the fastest job growth of any industry in the retail and food services sector since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. The GIF also shows that restaurants have had even faster job growth than what would have been predicted from their growth in sales. Furthermore, workers in the restaurant industry have seen their average weekly hours increase since the ACA was signed, contrary to the notion that there has been a widespread shift to part-time hours.
July 29, 2013
04:35 PM EDT
President Obama Honors the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants
July 29, 2013 | 8:52 | Public Domain
The President hosts the 2012 World Champion San Franci
The San Francisco Giants visited the White House today to celebrate winning the 2012 World Series championship, their second in three years.
President Obama welcomed the team back to Washington and congratulated them – celebrating their resilience throughout the season. “This team faced elimination a total of six times in the playoffs,” the President said. “It’s no wonder that your own fans still refer to Giants baseball as torture.”
The President also highlighted a Giants’ initiative close to First Lady Michelle Obama’s heart – encouraging healthy eating.
“I’m proud to announce that next season they’re planning to turn the centerfield bleachers at AT&T Park into what’s believed to be the first ever edible garden in a major American sports facility. With rows of kale and strawberries and eggplant, the Giants are going to help encourage local youth to eat healthy — even at the ballpark.”
Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest
July 29, 2013 | 49:06 |Public Domain
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
Matt ComptonJuly 29, 2013
02:11 PM EDT
Today, the White House released a new report detailing the important benefits provided by the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill for the domestic agriculture sector, its workforce, and rural American communities. As the report states, in recent years, the agriculture sector has seen strong growth, with farm income and agriculture exports both reaching historic highs. But there’s more work to do, and currently the agriculture industry is hampered by a broken immigration system that fails to support a predictable and stable workforce. Among all economic sectors, the U.S. agriculture sector is particularly reliant on foreign-born workers. Agricultural producers cite difficulty in locating qualified available authorized workers—both foreign and domestic—as one reason for the high rate of undocumented labor. Moreover, there continues to be insufficient U.S. workers to fill labor needs: of those crop workers surveyed between 2007 and 2009, 71 percent were foreign born.
As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “If we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”
In June, the Senate passed historic legislation that is largely consistent with the President’s principles for commonsense immigration reform with a strong bipartisan vote. This bill would strengthen border security while providing an earned path to citizenship for undocumented farmworkers who are vital to our nation’s agriculture industry, and a new temporary worker program negotiated by major grower associations and farmworker groups. If enacted, the Senate bill would result in undocumented workers paying a fine, their full share of taxes and is estimated to allow an estimated 1.5 million agricultural workers and their dependents to earn legal status.
To learn more about how the Senate-passed bill and bipartisan commonsense immigration reform would benefit the agriculture sector and rural communities, check out this fact sheet or read the full report released today by the White House.
July 29th 2013: Photo of the Day
White House Schedule – July 30, 2013
8:30 AM: The Vice President and former Secretary Hillary Clinton meet for breakfast.
10:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.
10:45 AM: The President departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews.
11:00 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews.
12:30 PM: The President arrives Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1:35 PM: The President tours the Amazon Fulfillment Center.
2:00 PM: The President delivers remarks WATCH LIVE.
3:05 PM: The President departs Chattanooga, Tennessee en route Washington, DC.
4:40 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews.
4:55 PM: The President arrives the White House.
5:10 PM: The President and the Vice President meet with Secretary of Defense Hagel.
Statements and Releases July 30, 2013
Statement by the President on the Confirmation of James Comey as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
04:45 PM EDT
Prices for personal consumption expenditures (PCE) on health care goods and services rose just 1.1 percent over the twelve months ending in May 2013, the slowest rate of increase in nearly 50 years. The slowdown in PCE health care inflation has been widespread, with important contributions from two large components: hospital and nursing home services (which comprise 42 percent of total health care expenditures) and outpatient services (which comprise 34 percent of total health care expenditures). As the chart below shows, since March 2010, these two components of health spending have made notably smaller contributions to overall consumer health care inflation than in previous years.
White House LIVE!! July 30, 2013
President Obama Speaks at the Amazon Fulfillment Center
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