By Jueseppi B.
Statement by the President on Eliminating Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces
Earlier this year I directed Secretary Hagel, Chairman Dempsey and our entire defense leadership team to step up their game exponentially in preventing and responding to the serious crime of sexual assault in our military. As Commander in Chief, I’ve made it clear that these crimes have no place in the greatest military on earth. Since then, our armed forces have moved ahead with a broad range of initiatives, including reforms to the military justice system, improving and expanding prevention programs, and enhancing support for victims. I commend the Pentagon leadership for their hard work on this critical issue of vital importance to our nation.
Yet, so long as our women and men in uniform face the insider threat of sexual assault, we have an urgent obligation to do more to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, as appropriate under the military justice system. Members of Congress, especially Senators Gillibrand and McCaskill, have rightly called attention to the urgency of eradicating this scourge from our armed forces. As a result, there were a broad range of reforms proposed in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. The White House and the Department of Defense and other relevant agencies in my Administration will continue to work with Congress to address this corrosive problem, which is a violation of the values our armed forces stand for, destroys trust among our troops, and undermines our readiness.
Today, I instructed Secretary Hagel and Chairman Dempsey to continue their efforts to make substantial improvements with respect to sexual assault prevention and response, including to the military justice system. I have also directed that they report back to me, with a full-scale review of their progress, by December 1, 2014. If I do not see the kind of progress I expect, then we will consider additional reforms that may be required to eliminate this crime from our military ranks and protect our brave service members who stand guard for us every day at home and around the world.
President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate Senator Max Baucus as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Senator Max Baucus as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China.
President Obama said, “For more than two decades Max Baucus has worked to deepen the relationship between the United States and China. The economic agreements he helped forge have created millions of American jobs and added billions of dollars to our economy, and he’s perfectly suited to build on that progress in his new role.”
President Obama announced his intent to nominate Senator Max Baucus as Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China:
Senator Max Sieben Baucus, Nominee for Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Department of State
Senator Max Sieben Baucus is the senior United States Senator from Montana. He has served in the U.S. Senate since 1978. He is Montana’s longest serving U.S. Senator and has the third longest tenure among those currently serving in the U.S. Senate. Senator Baucus is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation, and a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
He is a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chairs its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to the U.S. Senate, Senator Baucus was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1978. He previously served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1973 to 1974. He received both a B.A. and a J.D. from Stanford University.
Statement by the President on the Confirmation of John Koskinen as IRS Commissioner
I applaud the bipartisan majority of Senators who today confirmed John Koskinen as the next commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. John has decades of private and public-sector experience, and he has led institutions in challenging times. Throughout his career, John has always acted with the absolute integrity Americans demand from those in public service, and his strong leadership and unquestioned expertise make him the right person to lead the IRS. I want to thank Daniel Werfel for his outstanding service as principal deputy commissioner of the IRS, and I look forward to working with John as he takes on this new role.
President Obama Signs Texas Disaster Declaration
The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of October 30-31, 2013.
Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the counties of Caldwell, Hays, and Travis Counties.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named William J. Doran III as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Presidential Determination — Taiwan
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
SUBJECT: Proposed Agreement for Cooperation Between the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
I have considered the proposed Agreement for Cooperation Between the American Institute in Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, along with the views, recommendations, and statements of the interested agencies.
I have determined that the performance of the Agreement will promote, and will not constitute an unreasonable risk to, the common defense and security. Pursuant to section 123 b. of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2153(b)), I hereby approve the proposed Agreement and authorize the Secretary of State to arrange for its execution.
The Secretary of State is authorized to publish this determination in theFederal Register.
President Obama Honors Outstanding Math and Science Teachers
WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama today named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event in the coming year.
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The 2012 awardees named today teach kindergarten through 6th grade.
Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.
“These teachers are inspiring today’s young students to become the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians, and innovators,” President Obama said. “Through their passion and dedication, and by sharing their excitement about science, technology, engineering, and math, they are helping us build a promising future for all our children.”
Excellent math and science teachers, exemplified by these awardees, are critical to getting more students engaged in the increasingly important science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. That’s why President Obama has committed to strengthening STEM education and has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade—a goal that inspired the creation of “100kin10,” a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation.
The President has also proposed to further strengthen the STEM teaching profession by launching a new STEM Master Teacher Corps, leveraging the expertise of some of our nation’s best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide.
Nominations for the 2014 PAEMST are open through April 1, 2014. For more information about PAEMST, please visit www.paemst.org.
The recipients of the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are:
Danielle Peterson, Hoover (Math)
Rita Schell, Homewood (Science)
Rebecca Himschoot, Sitka (Science)
Amy Laufer, Anchorage (Math)
Allison Davis, Chandler (Math)
Cindy Piano, Glendale (Science)
Jennifer Richardson, Greenbrier (Science)
Christi Snow, Springdale (Math)
Jamie Garner, Turlock (Math)
Alma Park, East Palo Alto (Science)
Elizabeth Grabois, Denver (Science)
Joan Standefer, Boulder (Math)
Mary Servino, Bridgeport (Science)
Maren Sussman, Ellington (Math)
Timothy Dalby, Wilmington (Science)
Jeanine Moore, Millsboro (Math)
Department of Defense Education Activity
Carol Fears (Math)
Marilyn Hawks (Science)
District of Columbia
Katrina Abdussalaam (Math)
Martha Estroff (Science)
Nancy Bourne, Jupiter (Math)
Barbara Wilcox, Cocoa (Science)
Christy Garvin, Powder Springs (Science)
Jeanne Rast, Hapeville (Math)
Laura Fukumoto, Honolulu (Math)
Dave Morishige, Mililani (Science)
Tauna Johnson, Genesse (Science)
Donna Wommack, Genesse (Math)
Lisa Feltman, Algonquin (Math)
Bryan Lake, Urbana (Science)
Teresa Gross, Greenwood (Science)
Jay Vahle, Carmel (Math)
Josie Burg, Des Moines (Math)
Mason Kuhn, Shell Rock (Science)
Lindsey Constance, Shawnee (Science)
Cathy Wilber, Wamego (Math)
Suzanne Farmer, Danville (Math)
Patricia Works, Lexington (Science)
Donna Lamonte, Baton Rouge (Math)
Amanda Warren, Mandeville (Science)
Karen Jagolinzer, Yarmouth (Math)
Elizabeth Heidemann, Cushing (Science)
Timothy Emhoff, Indian Head (Science)
Kris Hanks, Glen Burnie (Math)
Erin Dukeshire, Roxbury (Science)
Jessica Findlay, Douglas (Math)
Brian Peterson, Rochester (Science)
Emily Theriault-Kimmey, Ann Arbor (Math)
Cathy Kindem, Apple Valley (Science)
Michael Wallus, Saint Paul (Math)
Catherine Tebo, Jackson (Math)
Laura Parn, Wentzville (Math)
Ragan Webb, Columbia (Science)
Elizabeth Matthews, Gallatin Gateway (Science)
Melissa Romano, Helena (Math)
Alysia Augustus, Bellevue (Math)
Kimberly Humphrey, Kearney (Science)
Ryan Doetch, Sparks (Math)
Traci Loftin, Reno (Science)
Holly Doe, Pelham (Science)
Jennifer Basner, Berlin (Math)
Jeanette Scillieri, Leonia (Science)
Anna Suggs, Las Cruces (Science)
Vivian Valencia, Espanola (Math)
Helen Rogosin, New York (Science)
Joshua Rosen, Dobbs Ferry (Math)
Teresa Cowan, Swannanoa (Science)
Tonya Kepley, China Grove (Math)
Kristine Brandt, Fargo (Math)
Kathleen Lentz, Valley City (Science)
Natalie Harr, Mantua (Science)
Elizabeth Pitzer, Arcanum (Math)
Carol Huett, Moore (Science)
Patricia Reece, Bokoshe (Science)
Kerry Morton, Bend (Math)
Susan Bauer, Macungie (Science)
Michael Soskil, Newfoundland (Math)
Maria Cerra-Castaner, Rio Pierdras (Math)
Regina Kilday, Exeter (Math)
Clare Ornburn, Ashaway (Science)
John Dearybury III, Spartanburg (Science)
Donald Sarazen, Columbia (Math)
Ann Anderson, Belle Fourche (Science)
Erin Marsh, Pierre (Math)
Margaret Hawkins, Lebanon (Science)
Amber Hodge, Knoxville (Math)
Wendy Hendry, Colleyville (Math)
Kent Page, San Antonio (Science)
Rebecca Elder, Murray (Math)
Julie Hammari, Spanish Fork (Science)
Carol Joy Dobson, Weybridge (Math)
Mary Ellis, Enosburg Falls (Math)
Stephanie Chlebus, Alexandria (Math)
Elizabeth Miller, Richmond (Science)
Pamela Nolan-Beasley, Waitsburg (Science)
Nancy Pfaff, Redmond (Math)
Barbara Black, Hurricane (Science)
Gabrielle Rhodes, Buckhannon (Science)
Mary Fernan, Milton (Math)
Kathleen Hiteman, Middleton (Science)
Laurie Graves, Big Horn (Science)
Kathleen Kniss, Laramie (Math)
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