By Jueseppi B.
March 31, 2014
03:23 PM EDT
Last Thursday, Vice President Biden spoke to 350 Hispanic businessmen, entrepreneurs, and community leaders at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Summit.
During his speech, he spoke passionately about the need for immigration reform and thanked the Chamber for their continued leadership on this issue.
The Vice President stated, “The single most important thing we can do for our economy, for America’s future, is pass immigration reform now.”
He cited the findings of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the economic benefits of the immigration reform bill (S. 744) the Senate passed in June and similar legislation recently introduced by House Democrats. The CBO determined common-sense reform would increase our gross domestic product by $1.4 trillion and reduce the deficit by $850 billion over the next 20 years.
The Vice President offered several examples to illustrate why our current broken immigration system is damaging our economy.
He explained that under our current system, we send scientists and engineers who earn PhD‘s at our universities back to their home countries.
Because we turn them away, these professionals will make their next great discoveries and products abroad instead of on U.S. soil. “It makes absolutely no sense,” the Vice President said. “We should be stapling a green card to each and every one of those degrees as they walk across the stage.”
The Vice President also discussed the plight of the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. These immigrants are already contributing to our economy and society and would have the opportunity to contribute more fully if they were allowed to come out of the shadows and access a path to earned citizenship. “They just want a decent life for their kids, a chance to contribute to a free society, a chance to put down roots and help build the next great American century,” the Vice President said.
The Vice President ended his remarks by urging House Republican leaders to allow a vote on immigration reform legislation. The vast majority of the American people—including many Republicans—support immigration reform. The Senate passed an immigration reform bill nine months ago by a wide bipartisan margin. Passing immigration reform, as the Vice President has said, is not only the morally right thing to do for the 11 million living in the shadows, but it is also in the overwhelming economic interest of our nation.
“So keep up the pressure,” the Vice President told the audience. “Embrace those who are with us in both parties. But tell everybody, you got to stand up. It’s not enough to say it. You got to stand up.”
Felicia Escobar is the Senior Policy Director for Immigration in the Office of the Vice President. Sherry Lachmann is a Domestic Policy Advisor in the Office of the Vice President.
President Obama Presents the International Women of Courage Award
Published on Mar 31, 2014
President Obama presents the State Department’s 2014 International Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef. The award is presented annually women who are doing extraordinary work around the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and families. March 29, 2014.
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT IN PRESENTING STATE DEPARTMENT’S 2014 WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD TO DR. MAHA AL MUNEEF.
THE PRESIDENT: For the press, I just wanted to let everybody know Dr. Al Muneef was a recipient of the International Women of Courage Award that the State Department annually presents to women who are doing extraordinary work around the world advocating on behalf of women, children, and families. She was not able to attend because of family health issues, but we were aware of the fact that we’d be able to see her here today to personally present the award.
I’m doing this on behalf of Michelle Obama, who normally is the presenter, and I know that Dr. Al Muneef is disappointed that it’s me instead of Michelle — appropriately so. (Laughter.) But Dr. Maha Al Muneef has been able to not only set up services here in the kingdom, but also, more importantly in some ways, been able to pass laws providing protections for women and children for domestic abuse and to provide a safe space and shelter for those who are suffering from domestic abuses.
And so to see the kind of progress that’s been made, her ability to work with the kingdom to persuade many that this is an issue that’s going to be important to the society over the long term, I think makes this award fully justified. And so we’re very, very proud of you and grateful for all the work you’re doing here and I’m looking forward to seeing you do even more wonderful things in the future.
DR. AL MUNEEF: Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. And she has wonderful children who are over there taking pictures. She’s very proud of them.
Cesar Chavez Champions of Change
Published on Mar 31, 2014
The White House honors community service leaders to highlight their incredible contributions to our public and community service sectors in recognition of Cesar Chavez Day.
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
Streamed live on Mar 31, 2014
Live from the Brady Press Briefing Room
March 22, 2014 | 52:31 | Public Domain
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
Last Call for Health Insurance: It’s the Last Day to Get Covered
01:06 PM EDT
If you don’t have health insurance, today is the last day to get coverage that starts in 2014. Go right now to HealthCare.gov to sign up.
There are three ways to sign up:
- Online. You can sign up at HealthCare.gov . You can also sign up in Spanish at CuidadoDeSalud.gov.
- On the Phone. You can call 1-800-318-2596, any time, any hour, and a trained representative will help you enroll.
- In Person. You can also find a person in your community to help you at localhelp.healthcare.gov.
Don’t put it off any longer — get covered now!
President Obama Signs North Carolina Disaster Declaration
Today, the President declared a major disaster in the State of North Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of March 6-7, 2014.
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 winter storm in the counties of Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person, and Randolph.
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 Elizabeth Turner 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.
March 2014: Photo of the Day
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