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Equal Pay Day At Barack’s House. There Is NO Glass Ceiling At THIS White House.


 

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Taking Action in Honor of National Equal Pay Day

 

 

President Barack Obama signs executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women, at an event marking Equal Pay Day, in the East Room of the White House, April 8, 2014.

President Barack Obama signs executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women, at an event marking Equal Pay Day, in the East Room of the White House, April 8, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, President Obama signed a new Executive Order to prevent workplace discrimination and empower workers to take control over negotiations regarding their pay.

 

Just over two months after President Obama raised the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contractors, he is again leading by example and taking action to protect American workers from retaliation if they broach the topic of unequal compensation. This is a problem facing a broad range of American workers, but women in particular are too often on the receiving end of subtle or overt penalties for even mentioning their pay.

 

In addition, the President is asking the Secretary of Labor to require federal contractors to submit data on employee compensation by race and gender — which will help employers take proactive efforts to ensure fair pay for all their employees.

 

President Obama is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and empowering women in the workforce. Shortly after taking office, he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and established theNational Equal Pay Task Force. His commitment to women’s equality stems not only from his experiences as the son of a single mom, a husband, and the father of two daughters, but also as our nation’s leader, focused every day on strengthening our economy and maintaining our competitive edge in the world.

 

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President Barack Obama signs into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House. January 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Joyce Boghosian)

As the President said in his most recent State of the Union address, “when women succeed, America succeeds.” We truly can’t afford to have women held back or prevent them from reaching their full potential if we hope to maximize the strength and productivity of our workforce.

 

Fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law to combat gender-based wage discrimination, and in the decades since, women have made extraordinary progress. But there is still a great amount of work that needs to be done. Women still make just 77 cents on average for every dollar a man earns, and continue to face prejudice in the workplace. And that number hasn’t improved — the pay gap has stayed constant since 2002.

 

Women now make up roughly half of America’s workforce and graduate at a higher rate than men from college and graduate schools — but even professional women make less than men in the same occupation with equivalent degrees. And the wage gapgets worse as they get older: Until they turn 35, women earn roughly 90 percent of what men make; after that, women typically earn about 75 to 80 percent of what men make.

 

This June, the President will host the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families to discuss issues ranging from fair pay and the minimum wage to childcare and flexible workplace policies to ensure that parents can be productive workers while handling their responsibilities at home.

 

The summit will convene a diverse group of business leaders, advocates, parents, and stakeholders from across the country to share best practices, identify strategies that work, and take those ideas to scale.

 

The summit and Executive Order will build on President Obama’s ongoing commitment to strengthen the middle class, maximize opportunity for all, and put every hardworking American in a position to succeed.

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Executive Order — Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information

 

 

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President Obama Speaks on Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

Published on Apr 8, 2014

Following an introduction by Lilly Ledbetter, President Obama announces two new executive actions to strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women.

 

 

President Barack Obama is introduced to speak by Lilly Ledbetter at an event aimed at increasing transparency about women’s pay during an event at the White House. The first law President Obama signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extended time periods for employees to file claims for wages lost as a result of discrimination.

President Barack Obama is introduced to speak by Lilly Ledbetter at an event aimed at increasing transparency about women’s pay during an event at the White House. The first law President Obama signed after taking office in 2009 was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which extended time periods for employees to file claims for wages lost as a result of discrimination.

 

 

 

 

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Remarks by the President on Equal Pay for Equal Work

 

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  (Applause.)  All right.  Well, thanks to my friend, Lilly Ledbetter, not only for that introduction but for fighting for a simple principle:  Equal pay for equal work.  It’s not that complicated.  And, Lilly, I assure you, you remain the face of fair pay.  (Laughter.)  People don’t want my mug on there.  (Laughter.)  They want your face.

 

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As Lilly mentioned, she did not set out to be a trailblazer. She was just somebody who was waking up every day, going to work, doing her job the best that she could.  And then one day, she finds out, after years, that she earned less than her male colleagues for doing the same job.  I want to make that point again.  (Laughter.)  Doing the same job.  Sometimes when you — when we discuss this issue of fair pay, equal pay for equal work, and the pay gap between men and women, you’ll hear all sorts of excuses about, well, they’re child-bearing, and they’re choosing to do this, and they’re this and they’re that and the other.  She was doing the same job — probably doing better.  (Laughter and applause.)  Same job.  Working just as hard, probably putting in more hours.  But she was getting systematically paid less.

 

And so she set out to make sure this country lived up to its founding, the idea that all of us are created equal.  And when the courts didn’t answer her call, Congress did.

 

The first time Lilly and I stood together in this room was my tenth day in office, and that’s when we signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  (Applause.)  First bill I signed into law.  And some of the leaders who helped make that happen are here today, including Leader Pelosi and Senator Mikulski and Congresswoman DeLauro.  (Applause.)  I want to thank all the members of Congress and all the state legislators who are here  and all the advocates who are here, because you all contributed to that effort.  And I want to give a special thanks to the members of the National Equal Pay Task Force, who’ve done outstanding work to make workplaces across America more fair.

 

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We’re here because today is Equal Pay Day.  (Applause.)  Equal Pay Day.  And it’s nice to have a day, but it’s even better to have equal pay.  (Applause.)  And our job is not finished yet. Equal Pay Day means that a woman has to work about this far into 2014 to earn what a man earned in 2013.  Think about that.  A woman has got to work about three more months in order to get what a man got because she’s paid less.  That’s not fair.  That’s like adding an extra six miles to a marathon.  (Laughter.)  It’s not right.

 

AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Ain’t right.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Ain’t right.  (Laughter.)  It’s not right and it ain’t right.  (Laughter.)

 

America should be a level playing field, a fair race for everybody — a place where anybody who’s willing to work hard has a chance to get ahead.  And restoring that opportunity for every American — men and women — has to be a driving focus for our country.

 

Now, the good news is today our economy is growing; businesses have created almost 9 million new jobs over the past four years.   More than 7 million Americans have signed up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Applause.)

 

That’s a good thing, too.  I know it’s Equal Pay Day and not Obamacare Day — (laughter) — but I do want to point out that the Affordable Care Act guarantees free preventive care, like mammograms and contraceptive care, for tens of millions of women, and ends the days when you could be charged more just for being a woman when it comes to your health insurance.  (Applause.)  And that’s true for everybody.  (Applause.)  That’s just one more place where things were not fair.

 

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We’ll talk about drycleaners next, right — (laughter) — because I know that — I don’t know why it costs more for Michelle’s blouse than my shirt.  (Laughter.)

 

But we’ve got to make sure that America works for everybody. Anybody who is willing to work hard, they should be able to get ahead.  And we’ve got to build an economy that works for everybody, not just those at the top.  Restoring opportunity for all has to be our priority.  That’s what America is about.  It doesn’t matter where you started off, what you look like — you work hard, you take responsibility, you make the effort, you should be able to get ahead.

 

And we’ve got to fight for an opportunity agenda, which means more good jobs that pay good wages, and training Americans to make sure that they can fill those jobs, and guaranteeing every child a world-class education, and making sure the economy rewards hard work for every single American.

 

And part of that is fighting for fair pay for women — because when women succeed, America succeeds.  (Applause.)  When women succeed, America succeeds.  It’s true.  I believe that.  (Applause.)  It’s true.  It’s true.  It’s true.

 

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Now, here’s the challenge:  Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns; for African American women, Latinas, it’s even less.  And in 2014, that’s an embarrassment.  It is wrong.  And this is not just an issue of fairness.  It’s also a family issue and an economic issue, because women make up about half of our workforce and they’re increasingly the breadwinners for a whole lot of families out there.  So when they make less money, it means less money for gas, less money for groceries, less money for child care, less money for college tuition, less money is going into retirement savings.

 

And it’s all bad for business, because our economy depends on customers out there, and when customers have less money, when hardworking women don’t have the resources, that’s a problem.  When businesses lose terrific women talent because they’re fed up with unfair policies, that’s bad for business.  They lose out on the contributions that those women could be making.  When any of our citizens can’t fulfill their potential for reasons that have nothing to do with their talent or their character or their work ethic, we’re not living up to our founding values.  We don’t have second-class citizens in this country — and certainly not in the workplace.

 

So, tomorrow, the Senate has the chance to start making this right by passing a bill that Lilly already alluded to — the Paycheck Fairness Act.  (Applause.)  They’ve got a chance to do the right thing.  And it would put sensible rules into place, like making sure employees who discuss their salaries don’t face retaliation by their employers.

 

And here’s why this is important.  There are women here today who worked in offices where it was against the rules for employees to discuss salaries with one another.  And because of that, they didn’t know they were being paid less than men — just like Lilly didn’t know — for doing the exact same work.  For some, it was years before they found out.  And even then, it only happened because a manager accidentally let it slip or, as in Lilly’s case, a sympathetic co-worker quietly passed a note.  She only found out she earned less than her male colleagues for doing the same work because somebody left an anonymous note.

 

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We can’t leave that to chance.  And over the course of Lilly’s career, she lost more than $200,000 in salary, even more in pension and Social Security benefits — both of which are pegged to salary — simply because she was a woman.

 

And Lilly, and some of the other women here, decided it was wrong, set out to fix it.  They went to their bosses; they asked for a raise.  That didn’t work.  They turned to the law; they filed suit.  And for some, for years after waiting and persisting they finally got some justice.

 
Well, tomorrow, the Senate could pay tribute to their courage by voting yes for paycheck fairness.  (Applause.)  This should not be a hard proposition.  This should not be that complicated.  (Applause.)

 
And so far, Republicans in Congress have been gumming up the works.  They’ve been blocking progress on this issue, and of course other issues that would help with the economic recovery and help us grow faster.  But we don’t have to accept that.  America, you don’t have to sit still.  You can make sure that you’re putting some pressure on members of Congress about this issue.  And I don’t care whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican.  If you’re a voter — if you’ve got a daughter, you got a sister, you got a mom — I know you got a mom — (laughter) — this is something you should care about.

 

 

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And I’m not going to stand still either.  So in this year of action I’ve used my executive authority whenever I could to create opportunity for more Americans.  And today, I’m going to take action — executive action — to make it easier for working women to earn fair pay.  So first, I’m going to sign an executive order to create more pay transparency by prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other.  (Applause.)  Pay secrecy fosters discrimination and we should not tolerate it — not in federal contracting or anywhere else.

 

Second, I’m signing a presidential memorandum directing the Department of Labor and our outstanding Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, to require federal contractors to provide data about their employee compensation so pay discrimination can be spotted more easily.

 

Now, I want to be clear:  There are great employers out there who do the right thing.  There are plenty of employers out there who are absolutely certain that there’s no pay discrimination happening in their offices.  But then sometimes when the data is laid out, it paints a different picture.  Many times they then do everything they can to fix the problem, and so we want to encourage them to fix these problems if they exist by making sure that the data is out there.

 

So everybody who cares about this should pay attention to how the Senate votes tomorrow on this paycheck fairness act, because the majority of senators support this bill, but two years ago, a minority of Senate Republicans blocked it from getting a vote.  Even worse, some commentators are out there saying that the pay gap doesn’t even exist.  They say it’s a myth.  But it’s not a myth; it’s math.  (Laughter and applause.)  You can look at the paychecks.  You can look at the stubs.  (Applause.)

 

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I mean, Lilly Ledbetter didn’t just make this up.  (Laughter.)  The court, when it looked at the documents, said, yep, you’ve been getting paid less for doing the same job.  It’s just the court then said, you know, it’s been — as Lilly said — it’s been happening so long, you can’t do anything about it anymore — which made no sense and that’s why we had to sign another bill.  It’s basic math that adds up to real money.  It makes a real difference for a lot of Americans who are working hard to support their families.

 

And of course, the fact that we’ve got some resistance from some folks on this issue up on Capitol Hill just fits with this larger problem, this vision that the congressional Republicans seem to be continually embracing — this notion that, you know what, you’re just on your own, no matter how unfair things are.  You see it in their budget.  The budget the Republicans in Congress just put forward last week, it’s like a bad rerun.  It would give massive tax cuts to households making more than a million dollars a year, force deep cuts to things that actually help working families like early education and college grants and job training.

 

And, of course, it includes that novel idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act.  (Laughter.)  Fiftieth time they’ve tried that — which would mean the more than 7 million Americans who’ve done the responsible thing and signed up to buy health insurance, they’d lose their health insurance; and the 3 million young adults who’ve stayed on their parents’ plan, they’d no longer have that available; take us back to the days when insurers could charge women more just for being a woman.

 

On minimum wage, three out of four Americans support raising the minimum wage.  Usually when three out of four Americans support something, members of Congress are right there.  (Laughter.)  And yet here, Republicans in Congress are dead set against it, blocking a pay raise for tens of millions of Americans — a majority of them women.  This isn’t just about treating women fairly.  This is about Republicans seemingly opposing any efforts to even the playing field for working families.

 

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And I was up in Michigan last week and I just asked — I don’t understand fully the theory behind this.  I don’t know why you would resist the idea that women should be paid the same as men, and then deny that that’s not always happening out there.  If Republicans in Congress want to prove me wrong, if they want to show that they, in fact, do care about women being paid the same as men, then show me.  They can start tomorrow.  They can join us in this, the 21st century, and vote yes on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  (Applause.)  Vote yes.

 

And if anybody is watching or listening, if you care about this issue, then let your senators know where you stand — because America deserves equal pay for equal work.

 

This is not something we’re going to achieve in a day.  There’s going to be a lot of stuff that we’ve got to do to close the pay gap.  We got to make it possible for more women to enter high-paying fields that up until now have been dominated by men, like engineering and computer science.  Women hold less than 6 percent of our country’s commercial patents — that’s not good enough.  We need more parents and high school teachers and college professors encouraging girls and women to study math and science.  We need more businesses to make gender diversity a priority when they hire and when they promote.  Fewer than five percent of Fortune 500 companies have women at the helm.

 

I think we’d all agree that we need more women in Congress. (Applause.)  Fewer than 20 percent of congressional seats are held by women.  Clearly, Congress would get more done if the ratio was — (laughter) — evened out a little bit.  So we’ve got to work on that.

 

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And we’ve all got to do more to make our workplaces more welcoming to women.  Because the numbers show that even when men and women are in the same profession and have the same education, there’s still a wage gap, and it widens over time.  So we’re going to keep making the case for why these policies are the right ones for working families and businesses.  And this is all going to lead up to this first-ever White House Summit on Working Families on June 23rd.

 

So, ultimately, equal pay is not just an economic issue for millions of Americans and their families.  It’s also about whether we’re willing to build an economy that works for everybody, and whether we’re going to do our part to make sure that our daughters have the same chances to pursue their dreams as our sons, and whether or not we’re willing to restore to the heart of this country that basic idea — you can make it, no matter who you are, if you try.

 

And that’s personal for me.  I’ve said this before — I’ve got two daughters and I expect them to be treated just like anybody’s sons.  And I think about my single mom working hard, going to school, trying to raise two kids all at the same time.  And I think about my grandmother trying to work her way up through her career and then hitting the glass ceiling.  And I’ve seen how hard they’ve worked, and I’ve seen how they’ve sucked it up.  And they put up with stuff and they don’t say anything, and they just take care of their family and they take care of themselves, and they don’t complain a lot.  But at a certain point, we have the power to do something about it for the next generation.  And this is a good place to start.

 

So, for everybody out there who’s listening, ask your senator where you stand on paycheck fairness.  (Applause.)  If they tell you that there’s not a pay gap out there, you tell them to look at the data, because there is.  It’s time to get this done.  And I’m going to do my small part right now by signing this executive order and presidential memoranda.  (Applause.)

 

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FACT SHEET: Expanding Opportunity for All: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women and Promoting the Women’s Economic Agenda

When women succeed, our families succeed and America succeeds. President Obama believes that ensuring that women earn equal pay for equal work is essential to improving the economic security of our families and the growth of our middle class and our economy.  Women compose nearly half of the American workforce – yet, according to the latest U.S. Census statistics, on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by men.

The first piece of legislation that the President signed into law after taking office was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which empowers women to recover wages lost to discrimination by extending the time period in which an employee can file a claim.  Yet a central challenge that remains to enforcing equal pay laws is that many women do not even know that they are underpaid, and therefore cannot take steps to ensure equal pay for equal work.

That’s why the President is taking two new executive actions to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws:

  • The President is signing an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation.  The Executive Order does not compel workers to discuss pay, nor does it require employers to publish or otherwise disseminate pay data – but it does provide a critical tool to encourage pay transparency, so workers have a potential way of discovering violations of equal pay laws and are able to seek appropriate remedies.

 

  • In addition, the President is signing a Presidential Memoranduminstructing the Secretary of Labor to establish new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit to the Department of Labor summary data on compensation paid to their employees, including data by sex and race.  The Department of Labor will use the data to encourage compliance with equal pay laws and to target enforcement more effectively by focusing efforts where there are discrepancies and reducing burdens on other employers.

 

This week, the Senate is considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, which the President believes Congress must pass to ensure the standards put forward by the executive order he will sign are applied to all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The President is using the power of his pen to act where he can on this issue, and will continue to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure all employers are held to the same high standard working women deserve.

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Building on Progress

Since day one, President Obama has been laser-focused on ensuring women have the fundamental rights they deserve when it comes to earning a fair and equal wage.

For example, President Obama has fought for an increase in the national minimum wage, including signing an executive order that will raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for federal contract workers.  Raising the national minimum wage would give millions of hard working Americans a raise and would especially benefit women:

  • While women account for about half of the workforce, 55 percent of non-tipped workers benefiting from increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour are women – and women are even more disproportionately represented in predominantly tipped occupations.

 

  • Women account for a higher concentration of workers in low-wage sectors of the labor force such as food preparation, sales and personal care workers.

 

  • Raising the minimum wage would increase the average wage among the bottom quartile of female workers by 93 cents (from $8.78), compared to 60 cents (from $9.65) for the bottom quartile of male workers.

 

Women are the primary breadwinners in 40 percent of U.S. households but are bringing home 23 percent less than their male counterparts – which means less for families’ everyday needs, less for investments in our children’s futures, and, when added over a lifetime of work, substantially less for retirement.   And the pay gap is significantly greater for women of color, with African-American women earning 64 cents and Latinas earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a Caucasian man. That is why the Obama Administration is:

  • Combating pay discrimination.  The President made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first bill he signed into law, which extended the time period in which claimants can bring pay discrimination claims and enabled countless victims of pay discrimination to seek redress where they otherwise could not.

 

  • Created a National Equal Pay Task Force.  In 2010, the President created the National Equal Pay Task Force to crack down on violations of equal pay laws.  Under this Administration, the government has strengthened enforcement, recovered substantial monetary recoveries, and made critical investments in education and outreach for both employers and employees.

 

  • Promoting the Paycheck Fairness Act.  The President continues to call on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, commonsense legislation that would give women additional tools to fight pay discrimination.

 

  • Encouraging State Paid Leave Initiatives. In addition, the President’s Budget provides support for States that are considering establishing paid leave programs, as California, New Jersey and Rhode Island have done.

 

  • Leveraging Technology to Close the Pay Gap.  DOL, in conjunction with the Equal Pay Task Force, launched the “Equal Pay App Challenge” and invited software developers to create applications that provide greater access to pay data, deploy interactive tools for early career coaching or online mentoring, or disseminate data to help inform pay negotiations.  The winning teams created tools that (1) provide easy access to U.S. wage estimates by city, state and job title, empowering employees or applicants for employment with reliable and specific compensation information to support informed salary negotiations; and (2) supply users with current wage data and interview, resume and negotiation tools, as well as connect users to relevant social networks.

 

  • Expanding the EITC for Childless Workers. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a proven tool to increase and reward work among low-income families with children.  However, childless workers – including noncustodial parents – can receive only up to $500 and must be at least 25 years old, so the credit does little to encourage work, particularly during the crucial years at the beginning of a young person’s career. The President has proposed doubling the maximum credit to $1,000, raising the income eligibility standard so the credit is available to a full-time minimum wage worker, and lowering the age limit from 25 to 21. The proposed expansion would be fully paid for within his budget and would benefit 13.5 million workers, including 6.1 million women.

 

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Tuesday April 1st, 2014. 7 Months Until The 2014 Mid Terms.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – April 1st, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1st, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
TUESDAY, April 1st, 2014

 

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship. This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities. This event on the South Lawn is open to pre-credentialed media. The deadline to request media credentials has passed.

 

In the afternoon, the President will meet with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in the Private Dining Room for lunch.  This meeting is closed press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Commerce Pritzker. This meeting is closed press.

 

 

Tuesday April 1st 2014,  All Times ET

 

10:30 AM: The President and Vice President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 
11:35 AM: The President honors the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, on the South Lawn.

 

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12:15 PM: The President has lunch with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, The Private Dinning Room.

 

1:15 PM: The White House Daily Briefing. White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 
3:15 PM: The President and Vice President meet with Secretary of Commerce Penny Prtizker, The Oval Office.

 

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of April 1st to April 4th, 2014.

 

 

On Tuesday, the President will welcome the Boston Red Sox to the White House to honor the team and their 2013 World Series Championship.

 

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for an event on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.  Following this event, he will travel to Chicago, Illinois to attend DNC events.

 

On Thursday, the President and First Lady will host members of the United States teams and delegations from the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will host Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa of Tunisia at the White House.  During the meeting, the President looks forward to discussing the commitment Tunisia’s leaders have made to advancing Tunisia’s democracy and how the United States can further support Tunisia’s historic transition.  The leaders will discuss a broad range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest, including U.S. economic, political, and security assistance to support the Prime Minister’s reform agenda and Tunisia’s stability.  Prime Minister Jomaa’s visit is a demonstration of the strong bonds of friendship between the American and Tunisian people, and America’s enduring commitment to Tunisia’s democratic transition. The Vice President will also attend.

 

 

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President Obama hits Chicago Wednesday for DNC fundraisers

 

President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee.

 

Obama hosts a roundtable—I am told keyed towards business executives—at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is up to $32,400. The Obama roundtable is hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price.

 

Later, Obama is the headliner at a dinner for about 55—donating up to $10,000–at the Lincoln Park  home of Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu, who is an Obama major donor and fund-raiser.

 

“It will be a great opportunity to get a photo with the President and hear him speak in an intimate setting,” a note with the invite for the Lincoln Park event said.

 

 

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GOP insiders and financiers courting former Florida governor Jeb Bush and starting to talk fundraising strategy. Wilfredo Lee/AP -

GOP insiders and financiers courting former Florida governor Jeb Bush and starting to talk fundraising strategy. Wilfredo Lee/AP -

 

Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race

 

By  and Robert Costa Washington Post

 

LAS VEGAS — Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.

 

Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.

 

Bush’s advisers insist that he is not actively exploring a candidacy and will not make a decision until at least the end of this year. But over the past few weeks, Bush has traveled the country delivering policy speeches, campaigning for Republicans ahead of the fall midterm elections, honing messages on income inequality and foreign policy, and cultivating ties with wealthy benefactors — all signals that he is considering a run.

 

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March 31st 2014: Photo of the Day

 

March 31st 2014 Photo of the Day: President Barack Obama plays with 5 month-old Vann Carroll during a greet with wounded warriors and their families who were touring the White House, in the East Room, March 31, 2014. Vann was visiting with mom Ryan Carroll and dad, Major Ben Carroll. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

March 31st 2014 Photo of the Day:
President Barack Obama plays with 5 month-old Vann Carroll during a greet with wounded warriors and their families who were touring the White House, in the East Room, March 31, 2014. Vann was visiting with mom Ryan Carroll and dad, Major Ben Carroll. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

Remarks by the President in Presenting State Department’s 2014 Women of Courage Award to Dr. Maha Al Muneef

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

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.

 

 

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Someone You Should Know So You Can Avoid Them: KEITH KOFFLER, A White House Has Been.


 

By Jueseppi B.

I am veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler. Let's talk about what's really going on here. Well whats really going on here is stupidity Keith.

I am veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler. Let’s talk about what’s really going on here. Well whats really going on here is stupidity Keith.

 

I have been reading Keith Koffler’s attempt at running a blog for about 6 months. While I understand that not everybody loves our beloved President, Barack Hussein Obama, why some so called reporter would choose to write garbage in place of facts, well thats beyond my scope of comprehension.

 

I was building websites and computers back in 1985, and know from that experience the more people that visit a website and the more traffic that website draws, the slower and more difficult it is to process that website traffic.

 

Yesterday there was a rush on the Healthcare.gov website because as with most things involving humans, people waited until the very last possible moment to sign up and visit the Healthcare Marketplace, which caused a “glitch” in how smooth that website was able to process applications.

 

The very uneducated Mr. Keith Koffler reacted to a rush on the Healthcare.gov website in this way:

 

Healthcare.gov on the Fritz

 

by KEITH KOFFLER on MARCH 31, 2014, 4:53 PM

I’d say it’s incomprehensible that all these months after the site didn’t work, it still can’t handle a large load of people – except of course nothing with Obamacare is incomprehensible anymore.

 

I mean, THE OBAMA PEOPLE THEMSELVES PREDICTED A SURGE OF ENROLLMENTS TODAY.

 

I tried to enroll on the Virginia exchange – not that I would have completed the process – and got this:

 

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As John McEnroe used to say to umpires, YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!

 

 

Now knowing Mr. Keith Koffler wouldn’t know his ass from a gopher hole when it comes to running a website or anything remotely connected to Internet Technologies….I would be willing to over look his dumbfuckery. The problem is his mindset is so screwed by his blatant racism and hatred of any & all things Barack Hussein Obama, that I cannot over look his dumbfuckery.

 

The sign posted on the Healthcare.gov website during the heavy usage at the website is the same type of notification I get when I visit my utilities website during a thing called “peak usage times.” It’s the same thing I hear when I call my local cable company during the hours between 10 AM and 3 PM, heavy usage times….and listen to a recording telling me “how important my business is and a customer service professional will be with me momentarily.”

 

I assume Mr. Keith Koffler has never experienced such daily occurrences when dealing with a business.

 

I seriously dislike a racist TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBTQA1 Anti- Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag Party member such as Mr. Keith Koffler. Especially when that racist TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBTQA1 Anti- Feminist Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag Party member has the nerve to write such dumbfuckery as what this Mr. Keith Koffler writes.

 

Stop by his blog spot and take a gander at what comes from his tiny diseased mind…. White House Dossier,

 

About

 

White House Dossier, written by veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler, is the only 24/7, totally independent, and fully unauthorized White House news website.  It delivers a unique blend of White House reporting, commentary and analysis – with frequent doses of humor and satire – to carry forward journalism’s traditional mission of holding the powerful to account. The website focuses mainly on President Obama, his administration, and his antagonists.

 

Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDailyNational Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists.

 

Keith has also written for a variety of other news organizations, including PoliticoReutersThe Daily Caller, and The London Observer and appeared on Fox News, C-Span, Sirius XM’s POTUS radio, and numerous other radio and TV outlets. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico.

 

His work has been referenced in many major domestic and international news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the BBC, the Washington Post, the London Telegraph, the Daily Mail,National Review the Weekly Standard and the Huffington Post.

 

Keith is a past winner of the $10,000 Force of Language prize for writing from the publishers of The Atlantic magazine.

 

 

Yeah. Uh Huh.

 

Racist GOPukes are so worried that The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) will be successful and that a Negro President will get credit for giving 7 million to 9.5 million Americans a pathway to affordable healthcare, many for the very first time, that they will do anything possible to derail that healthcare train. Sad thing is that most of these traitors are in the media. Are in our houses of local and federal government. Meaning we the people voted them into office.

 

The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (ObamaCARES) will be successful, because Americans need and want healthcare coverage. That you can take to the bank.

 

 

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TeaTardedRepubliCANTS Tell Unemployed: “We Don’t Give A Damn About You, We Got Lifetime Jobs.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Democrats failed on Thursday to win enough Republican votes to reauthorize long-term unemployment benefits for more than a million workers cut off in December.

 

 

From Huffington Post by Arthur Delaney :

 

House GOP Says It’s Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension

 

 

 

Andrew Perez contributed reporting.

Thank you Huffington Post by Arthur Delaney.

 

WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives say it’s just too late to pass legislation restoring unemployment benefits to the 2 million workers who’ve missed out since December.

The Senate advanced a bill reauthorizing the benefits in a procedural vote on Thursday, setting up passage as soon as next week. Then the ball would be in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) court.

Boehner has voiced opposition to the bill. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees unemployment insurance, elaborated Thursday on Boehner’s recent argument that the Senate measure would be “unworkable” even if Congress approved it — so lawmakers shouldn’t bother.

While Congress has reauthorized federal benefits after allowing them to lapse before, the House GOP argument goes, it hasn’t reauthorized them after allowing them to lapse for this long. In 2010, congressional dithering caused the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program to lapse for almost two months. The Democrat-controlled House had passed a benefits bill, but GOP filibusters tied it up the Senate.

“Given that both the House and Senate were officially on record supporting an extension BEFORE the program expired, States and recipients had a strong signal that an extension would eventually be reached,” Ways and Means Republicans said in a press release Thursday.

“This meant that during that lapse, States continued to take claims in anticipation of an agreement,” the statement continued. “States went about verifying weekly eligibility, as if the program were operating, and then just held the claims without paying them until the President signed the law. This time around, without action from either the House or Senate, States have long since stopped verifying weekly eligibility and holding claims.”

But a few states have continued verifying weekly eligibility, at least according to their websites. The Maryland Department of Labor’s website, for instance, tells claimants to keep filing: “We will continue to take the initial claims for the EUC Program after the program expires; however, we will not be able to pay any EUC benefits unless the U.S. Congress extends the program.”

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said in a letter last week that the Senate’s unemployment legislation would be difficult to implement, though the letter did not specifically cite the fact that some state workforce agencies haven’t told workers to keep filing claims. The letter did say, however, that it would be tricky to send benefits to claimants moving through the three available “tiers” of federal compensation.

“It would be very challenging to identify these claimants, and then administer the proper payments, due to the complexity of the review process and the potential volume of claims to review,” the letter noted.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who in his previous job ran Maryland’s unemployment department, has said that despite the challenges identified by NASWA, the Senate bill would still be workable.

A key difference between the 50-day lapse in 2010 and the current lapse, which has lasted more than 80 days, is that the legislation under consideration would require states to implement changes to their unemployment programs, such as requiring claimants to swear they aren’t millionaires.

 

 

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Demetria Irwin Of The Grio: Secret Service failures put Obama supporters on edge.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From The Grio:

 

Secret Service failures put Obama supporters on edge

 

by  Follow Demetria Irwin on Twitter at @Love_Is_Dope and connect with her on Facebook.

 

There’s never a good time for Secret Service agents to have a lapse in judgment that potentially compromises the safety of the president, but there are times when such shortcomings are especially dangerous.

 

Now is that time.

 

Media outlets are reporting a second major failure by President Barack Obama’s Secret Service team.

 

An investigation about the first incident back in 2012, concluded that 10 personnel were involved in serious misconduct while cavorting with prostitutes in Colombia. President Obama chalked up the actions to that of a few “knuckleheads” and noted that 99.9 percent of the time, the Secret Service agents go above and beyond the call of duty. Officially, the investigation found that the president’s safety was not compromised (the agents were not on the president’s personal security detail at the time), but more than anything, the incident was an embarrassment and showed the agency’s perceived vulnerability.

 

The latest Secret Service failure is much more serious. Three agents who were on President Obama’s security detail in Amsterdam were put on administrative leave and flown back to the U.S. after they spent a night drinking and one of them ended up unconscious in a hotel hallway just hours before a classified briefing and the day before President Obama was scheduled to arrive in the country.

 

This is an especially troubling matter because these three men were part of the Secret Service Counter Assault Team, a unit that is directly responsible for fighting off assailants and drawing fire if the president or his motorcade is attacked.  Lying unconscious in a hotel hallway leaves not only that agent’s personal safety at risk in that moment, but also negatively impacts his ability to perform a job that requires focus and acute attention to detail. Agents are forbidden to consume alcohol within 10 hours of an assignment, so this behavior seems to be in clear violation of that rule.

 

As for President Obama’s safety, it is a tense time internationally and at home.  In addition to tough talks with Russia about Crimea, there are also important global discussions about nuclear security happening right now.  Domestically, 2013 proved to be a heady time for White House security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the much closer to home incident when a woman rammed a White House barricade with her car.

 

Obama received protection from a secret service detail during his first campaign for the presidency. That decision was made because of the unusually high number of credible threats to his safety. Now into his second term in office, President Obama is in need of just as much special attention, if not more.

 

The public is not privy to every threat made to the president and that is understandable. Only certain incidents make the news, but the negative sentiments of regular citizens and even elected officials are readily available and sometimes those sentiments are at worst frightening and at best, disappointing. Some people still take issue with a black man being the leader of the free world. It is incomprehensible to them. Hence, the disgusting monkey photo a Belgian newspaper posted of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.  Such ignorance could be taken as merely the unenlightened, but harmless opinion of a few people.

 

However, there is no room to allow for the dehumanization of a world leader (or any other person) to go unchecked.  A persistent narrative of a person not being human or deserving of respect is dangerous and creates an environment that encourages volatile behavior. President Obama has enough outside threats to deal with, he does not need his very own team to fail him at this critical time in history.

 

The president continued on his trip to the Netherlands without any other reported incidents.

 

Thank you The Grio &   Follow Demetria Irwin on Twitter at @Love_Is_Dope and connect with her on Facebook.

 

 

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Why on earth would an advance member of POTUSA Barack Hussein Obama’s Secret Service Counter Assault Team, be drunk on duty? If thats not a major fuck up….what is a major fuck up?

 

Time for a shake up authority wise at the Secret Service. Get drunk on your off days, which need to be everyday for these dumbass “Secret Service” members.

 

In Donald Trumps words…..”You’re Fired.”

 

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