By Jueseppi B.
White House Schedule – March 4th, 2014
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4th, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 4th, 2014
11:10 am: The President visits The Powell Elementary School classroom, Washington D.C.
11:30 am: The President delivers remarks on the FY2015 budget, Powell Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
Live stream of budget briefing at 12:45 pm, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.
5:00 pm: The President meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel, The Oval Office.
Schedule for the Week of March 3rd Thru March 7th, 2014
On Tuesday, the President will hold an event on the FY2015 budget and our plan to expand opportunity for all in Washington, DC. In the evening, the President will attend a DSCC event in the Washington, DC area.
On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Hartford, Connecticut area for an event on the minimum wage. Following this, he will travel to Boston, Massachusetts for two DNC events.
First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. The First Lady will also visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance.
On Thursday, the President will hold an event on the economy and healthcare in Washington, DC.
On Friday, the President and the First Lady will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for all.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Week Ahead
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the First Lady
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1st, 2014
UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Washington, DC * 11:30 AM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award in the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State. The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored more than 70 women from 45 different countries. This will be the sixth year the First Lady has attended this event.
The International Women of Courage Award ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live-streamed at http://www.state.gov. Attendees and those watching the live-stream are encouraged to use the Twitter hashtag #IWOC and #IWD when discussing the events. Logistics information is available HERE and for additional press inquiries, please contact PressDuty@state.gov or (202) 647-2492.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Miami, FL * 1:30 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in a conversation with Robin Roberts at the Leading Women Defined Summit, hosted by BET Networks. The discussion will be around the Affordable Care Act and a personal reflection on health and wellness. A portion of the discussion will air on Good Morning America on Thursday, March 6. This event will be closed press.
Miami, FL * 3:00 PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will visit a health center to highlight the work that hospitals, doctors and clinics are doing to educate their patients about the Affordable Care Act and how patients can get insurance. This event will be covered by a pre-determined pool.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.
President Obama Speaks on the FY 2015 Budget
Washington, DC, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.
Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell Speaks on the President’s FY 2015 Budget
The White House, White House LIVE!!! Streaming.
Readout of the Vice President’s Calls on Ukraine
In a telephone call this afternoon, Vice President Biden spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss ongoing diplomatic efforts to support Ukraine’s stability, sovereignty and territorial integrity. The two leaders also reviewed plans to support Ukraine’s economic reforms. In addition, the Vice President spoke by telephone with Estonian President Toomas Ilves to consult on the situation in Ukraine, including the international effort to de-escalate the situation and assure the stability of Ukraine and the region.
FACT SHEET: International Support for Ukraine
President Obama has made clear that the United States will continue to support the Government of Ukraine, including economically. We have been working closely with international partners to develop an assistance package that will provide rapid financial and technical assistance to help Ukraine restore economic stability and conduct free, fair, and inclusive new elections that will allow the Ukrainian people to continue to make democratic choices about their future.
The new Ukrainian government has inherited an economy with enormous potential but that is currently financially fragile and uncompetitive. The Government of Ukraine has said publicly that it will work to meet these urgent challenges. As the government implements important reforms, the United States will work with its bilateral and multilateral partners to ensure that Ukraine has sufficient financing to restore financial stability and return to growth.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is already engaging to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy. We understand that an IMF mission is currently in Kyiv working with the Ukrainian government at their request. The IMF will be at the front lines of an international package for Ukraine and is positioned to support robust and market-oriented reforms needed to restore Ukraine to economic health, including via providing large-scale financing and technical support. At the same time, the United States is working alongside international partners and the Government of Ukraine to assemble a package of assistance to complement and support an IMF program.
As part of this international effort, the United States has developed a package of bilateral assistance focused on meeting Ukraine’s most pressing needs and helping Ukraine to enact the reforms needed to make its IMF program a success. We are working with Congress to approve the 2010 IMF quota legislation, which would support the IMF’s capacity to lend additional resources to Ukraine, while also helping to preserve continued U.S. leadership within this important institution. We are ready to work with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide U.S. loan guarantees and other financial and technical assistance to address Ukraine’s four most urgent needs:
- Critical assistance with economic reforms, including by cushioning their impact on vulnerable Ukrainians: The U.S. Administration is working with Congress and the Government of Ukraine to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at helping insulate vulnerable Ukrainians from the effects of reduced energy subsidies. At the same time, the United States is moving quickly to provide technical expertise to help the National Bank of Ukraine and the Ministry of Finance address their most pressing challenges. The United States is dispatching highly experienced technical advisors to help the Ukrainian financial authorities manage immediate market pressures. The United States will also provide expertise to help Ukraine implement critical energy sector reforms.
- Conducting free, fair, and inclusive elections: The United States will provide technical assistance to train election observers, help bring electoral processes in line with international standards, and promote robust participation by civil society organizations and a free and independent media.
- Combatting corruption and recovering stolen assets: The United States is preparing to help the government respond to the clear demands of the Ukrainian people for more robust safeguards against corruption and additional efforts to recover assets stolen from the people of Ukraine. The United States will support the government as it takes tangible steps to reduce corruption and increase transparency, including in areas such as e-government and public procurement. The United States is deploying an interagency team of experts to Kyiv this week to begin to work with their Ukrainian counterparts to identify assets that may have been stolen, identify their current location, and assist in returning those assets to Ukraine.
- Withstanding politically motivated trade actions by Russia, including in the area of energy: The United States is preparing to provide technical advice to the Ukrainian government on Ukraine’s WTO rights with respect to trade with Russia. At the same time the United States is ready to provide assistance and financing to help Ukrainian businesses find new export markets and adjust to trade pressures and to enhance energy efficiency, helping to reduce dependence on imported gas.
Readout of President Obama’s Call with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed
President Obama spoke with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed today as part of regular consultations between our two countries on a range of regional issues. The President reaffirmed his commitment to the United States’ strong partnership with the UAE. They shared views on a range of regional issues and common security challenges, and agreed to continue our close consultations.
Opportunity For All: Middle Class Tax Cuts In The President’s FY 2015 Budget
The President’s FY2015 budget released today will show how to achieve real, lasting economic security and expand opportunity for all so that every American who is willing to work hard can get ahead. The President’s budget will show in real terms the choices we can make to expand economic opportunity and strengthen the middle class, like closing unfair tax loopholes so we can invest in the things we need to help the middle class and those striving to get into it, grow our economy, and provide economic opportunity for every American. It invests in infrastructure, job training, and preschool; cuts taxes for working Americans while closing tax loopholes enjoyed by the wealthy and well-connected; and reduces the deficit.
In the State of the Union, the President called for an expansion of one of those tax cuts for working Americans, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The President’s budget will lay out the details of this proposal, which would cut taxes for 13.5 million working Americans, while also proposing to expand tax cuts to help middle-class and working families afford child care, send their kids to college and retire with dignity. These pro-growth and pro-opportunity tax cuts would be fully offset by closing tax loopholes, including the so-called “Gingrich” and “Carried Interest” provisions that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes other workers pay.
The White House also released a report on the economic benefits of expanding the EITC. To read the report, click HERE.
DETAILS – HOW THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET CUTS TAXES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES
The President’s highest priority is to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans. In his first term in office, he cut taxes by $3,600 for a typical middle-class family, and in 2012 he fought to keep taxes low for 98% of households while asking the wealthy to pay the same rates as in the 1990s. But the President believes there is much more to be done. This year’s Budget would:
- Strengthen the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit: The EITC and refundable Child Tax Credit are among our most effective tools for reducing poverty and rewarding work. This year’s Budget proposes to:
- Significantly Strengthen the Childless Worker EITC: The President’s Budget significantly strengthens the childless worker EITC, benefiting 13.5 million workers. This expansion would address an important missed opportunity in the EITC – identified by economists of both parties – to provide support and an additional incentive to work to childless adults, while also making it available to younger workers who are currently excluded. This expansion – which would lift about half a million people above the poverty line – would be paid for by closing tax loopholes that let high-income professionals avoid the income and payroll taxes everyone else has to pay.
- Make Permanent Important Improvements the President Has Already Achieved: The Budget also makes permanent important EITC and Child Tax Credit improvements that help 16 million families with 30 million children, and have helped lift 1.4 million Americans out of poverty.
- Expand and Improve Tax Benefits that Help Middle-Class and Working Families:
- Pay for Child Care: Families with young children know how high the cost of childcare can be – and how it often keeps a parent from full-time work. The Budget proposes a significant expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, targeted to families with children under the age of 5. About 1.7 million families would benefit from this expansion in 2015, receiving an average tax cut of more than $600.
- Save for Retirement: Too many households know they should be saving for retirement but lack access to employer-sponsored plans like 401(k)s, which puts the onus on individuals to set up and invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Complementing the President’s myRA executive action, the Budget proposes to establish automatic IRAs (or auto-IRAs), which will expand access to and build on proven best-practices in the private sector to encourage workers to save. About 13 million workers would begin contributing to retirement savings through auto-IRAs as a result of this proposal.
- Pay for College: Education has never been a more important part of the path to opportunity and the middle class, and the President believes that we should do all we can to help students and their families afford college. That’s why this Budget would:
- Permanently Extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC), which will benefit 11.5 million families and students by an average of more than $1,100.
- Simplify Taxes for Pell Grant Recipients, benefiting nearly all of the approximately 9 million Pell grant recipients by clarifying AOTC rules and simplifying calculations and providing some with a reduction in taxes or a boost to their AOTC.
- Provide tax relief to student loan borrowers by excluding student loan forgiveness from taxation for borrowers who have made student loan payments for many years under an income-related repayment plan.
Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca
The President joined Vice President Biden’s meeting today with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. The President praised the strong and important friendship between our two countries and underscored the United States’ deep commitment to supporting Moldova’s European aspirations. The Vice President emphasized that the United States has a profound interest in Moldova’s success as a democratic partner with strong rule of law. He also commended the launching of a new strategic dialogue between our countries, which will serve as a practical forum for strengthening cooperation, including on economic ties. Both the President and the Vice President re-affirmed the United States’ strong support for Moldovan sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
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