By Jueseppi B.
White House Tweets – October 15, 2013
Statements and Releases October 15, 2013
Statement by the President on Eid al-Adha
Michelle and I extend our best wishes for a joyous Eid al-Adha to Muslims around the world and congratulate those performing the Hajj this year. As our Muslim neighbors and friends gather for Eid celebrations, Muslim Americans are among the more than three million pilgrims joining one of the world’s largest and most diverse gatherings, which serves as a reminder of the shared roots of the world’s Abrahamic faiths.
To commemorate Eid al-Adha, Muslims around the world are joining other faith communities in offering their assistance to those suffering from hunger, disease, and conflict. Their service is a powerful example of the positive role that faith can play in motivating communities to work together to address shared challenges.
On behalf of the American people, we extend our warmest greetings during this Hajj season. Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.
Readout of the President’s Call with Leader Pelosi
This afternoon the President spoke with Leader Pelosi over the phone. The President and Leader Pelosi discussed the way forward on the pressing fiscal matters facing Congress today. They reinforced that there must be a clean debt limit increase that allows us to pay the bills we have incurred and avoid default, and that the House needs to pass the clean continuing resolution to open up the government and end the shutdown that is hurting middle class families and businesses across the country. The President and the Leader also discussed their willingness, once the debt limit is raised and the government reopened, to negotiate on a longer term budget solution that will grow our economy and create jobs. The President also thanked Leader Pelosi for her efforts to move forward with a clean CR and a one-year clean debt limit increase that would prevent a first-ever default of our nation’s credit.
POTUS Briefed on Shutdown Impacts
From a WH official:
Today, the President was briefed by Denis McDonough on the impacts of the lapse in appropriations on important research programs.
The federal government’s research agencies have been largely shuttered, with scientists sent home and projects shelved. There are five Nobel Prize-winning researchers currently working for the federal government, all of whom are world-renowned scientists and leaders in their field. Four of them are currently furloughed and unable to conduct their federal research on behalf of the American public due to the government shutdown.
Additional details below:
• Center for Disease Control: Two-thirds of CDC personnel have been sent home. CDC’s activities in influenza surveillance and monitoring have been cut back, just as we are moving into peak flu season. While many flu vaccines are produced by private companies, CDC’s annual flu vaccination campaigns have been cut back and the weekly “Flu View” report that is relied upon by public-health authorities has been suspended. CDC will continue to address any imminent threats to public health.
• National Science Foundation: 98 percent of the National Science Foundation has been furloughed, and new scientific research grants are not being issued.
• National Institute for Health: Currently, nearly three-quarters of NIH staff have been furloughed. Although the NIH Clinical Center remains open for patients already enrolled in studies, most new patients have been turned away during the shutdown. NIH will continue to monitor its admissions policy and adjust as necessary based on life and safety considerations, depending on the duration of the shutdown.
October 15, 2013 | 57:53 |Public Domain
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Nathaniel LubinOctober 15, 2013
03:55 PM EDT
Remarks by President Obama at Martha’s Table
October 14, 2013 | 5:40 |Public Domain
President Obama visited Martha’s Table, which helps 1,100 people a day deal with the immediate effects of poverty and finds long-term solutions with education, nutrition and family support services. President Obama also addressed the government shutdown saying, “this afternoon I am going to once again urge them to open the government and urge them to make sure that the United States government is paying its bills.”
On Monday, the President traveled to Martha’s Table, a local food pantry, to thank the many furloughed federal employees who have spent time during the government shutdown volunteering for charities and non-profits. In a brief statement, he lauded their commitment to public service, noting: “They’re here contributing and giving back to the community, and I think that shows the kind of spirit that we have among all kinds of federal workers all across the country — people who dedicate their lives to public service.”
While there, the President joined volunteers and helped prepare food for the pantry. He spent some time with a few elementary school students working alongside furloughed federal employees, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Americans who are in need of a helping hand.
With the shutdown dragging into its third week, it’s time to let these furloughed employees return to work. In the President’s words:
This week if we don’t start making some real progress, both the House and the Senate and if Republicans aren’t willing to set aside their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country, we stand a good chance of defaulting and defaulting could have a potentially have a devastating effect on our economy.
Martha’s Table has been serving the DC community for over 30 years. The organization helps more than 1,100 people per day obtain healthy food and needed clothing, daycare and after-school programs, and other family support services. To learn more about them, you can visit their website at marthastable.org.
October 2013: Photo of the Day
President Barack Obama meets with House Democratic leaders in the Oval Office at the White House
Speaker Boehner was busy
US President Barack Obama making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha’s Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013.
President Obama’s interview with WABC-TV, New York City.
From USA TODAY:
President Obama’s shutdown and debt ceiling television interviews Tuesday hit the nation’s top two media markets, as well as part of the American heartland.
Obama sits down with KMEX-TV, a Spanish-language Univision affiliate based in Los Angeles; WABC-TV of New York City; and KCCI-TV of Des Moines, Iowa.
The interviews are scheduled for release at 5 p.m.
Obama plans to discuss the government shutdown, now in its 15th day, as well as the prospect of a debt default this week.
The White House says Obama is speaking to local stations “about how the government shutdown has affected their communities and how an economic shutdown would be even worse.”
Thank you USA TODAY.
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