By Jueseppi B.
White House Schedule – June 10, 2013
Monday, June 10 2013 All Times ET
11:30 AM: The President delivers remarks on the Equal Pay Act.
12:00 PM: The President meets with senior advisors.
12:30 PM: The President and the Vice President meet for lunch.
1:30 PM: The Vice President meets with Prime Minister Hashim Thaçi of Kosovo.
2:10 PM: The President makes a personnel announcement WATCH LIVE
6:30 PM: The Vice President will attend an event for the Democratic National Committee.
It’s been 50 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, but to this day full-time working women are still paid less than men on average. Learn more about how President Obama is tackling this issue.
The Right to Equal Pay for Equal Work
June 10, 2013 | 2:55 | Public Domain
Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men? In 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act but till this day full-time working women are still paid, on average, less than men. This significant gap is more than a statistic — it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement. Learn more about how President Obama is tackling this issue: http://www.whitehouse.gov/equalpay
President Obama Speaks on the Equal Pay Act
June 10, 2013 | 9:50 | Public Domain
President Obama delivers remarks commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act.
02:47 PM EDT
It’s been 50 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, but its goals today stand unrealized. In 2013, full-time working women still make less than men on average.
This morning, President Obama spoke at an event to mark the anniversary.
“The day that the bill was signed into law, women earned 59 cents for every dollar a man earned on average, he said. “Today, it’s about 77 cents. So it was 59 and now it’s 77 cents. It’s even less, by the way, if you’re an African American or a Latina. So I guess that’s progress, but does anybody here think that’s good enough?”
The President has made tackling this issue a priority since his first day in the White House. The first bill that President Obama ever signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. His administration was the first to create a White House Council on Women and Girls. He launched a National Equal Pay Task Force to help crack down on violations of equal pay laws, and earlier this year, he signed a presidential memorandum directing the federal government to close the gender gap for its employees.
But there’s more work to do — like passing the Paycheck Fairness Act, training more women for careers in science, technology, and math, and making sure that businesses offer parents the flexibility they need to excel in their jobs and care for their children.
“This will be part of our broader agenda to create good jobs and to strengthen middle-class security, to keep rebuilding an economy that works for everybody, that gives every American the chance to get ahead, no matter who you are or what you look like, or what your last name is and who you love,” the President said.
05:55 PM EDT
Today, we marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act with an event at the White House hosted by President Obama, the release of an important report from the National Equal Pay Task Force on the last fifty years since the Act was signed, a new web page with resources and information for women to make sure they’re paid equally, and a new video that gives an overview of our progress in equal pay.
On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, a milestone piece of legislation that requires men and women receive equal pay for equal work. However, fifty years later, women are still only earning approximately 77 cents on the dollar compared to men, and even less for women of color, so we are far from ready to declare victory.
To mark today’s anniversary, President Obama spoke at the event attended by leaders in the government, private sector and civil society who are all committed to building a 21st century workplace.
June 10, 2013
04:15 PM EDT
President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement
June 10, 2013 | 11:10 | Public Domain
President Obama announces he is nominating Jason Furman as Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.
This afternoon, President Obama nominated Jason Furman to replace Alan Krueger as the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
Furman, 42, will bring a vast amount of economic experience to the role. In 2009, he joined the Obama administration as an Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.
Furman previously worked at the Brookings Institute as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies and Director of the Hamilton Project, the Council of Economic Advisers as a Staff Economist, and the World Bank as a Senior Adviser to the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President.
This is his second stint in the White House. Under President Clinton, Furman was a Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the National Economic Council.
The President praised Furman’s work for the middle class, and urged Congress to confirm him quickly.
“When the stakes are highest, there’s no one I’d rather turn to for straightforward, unvarnished advice that helps me to do my job,” President Obama said. “[Furman] understands all the sides of an argument, not just one side of it. He’s worked tirelessly on just about every major economic challenge of the past four and a half years, from averting a second depression, to fighting for tax cuts that help millions of working families make ends meet, to creating new incentives for businesses to hire, to reducing our deficits in a balanced way that benefits the middle class.”
June 10, 2013 | 11:10 | Public Domain
White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.
From the Rhodes – Sunnylands Summit
June 10, 2013 | 01:37 | Public Domain
Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes checks in from President Obama’s summit with President Xi Jinping of China at the Sunnylands estate in California.
President Barack Obama walks with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., June 8, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Press Briefing by National Security Advisor Tom Donilon
June 08, 2013 | 54:59 | Public Domain
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