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The President’s Budget For Fiscal Year 2015


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Before you go out into the world hating on The President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama‘s Newly Released 2015 Budget, based on what you hear from Fox Spews, you ought to know what exactly is IN the budget.

 

Below you will find some facts and truth.

 

The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015

 

Opportunity for All: The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

 

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A Roadmap for Growth, Opportunity, and Fiscal Responsibility:  The President’s Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. It invests in infrastructure, job training, preschool, and pro-work tax cuts, while reducing deficits through health, tax, and immigration reform.

 

Builds on Bipartisan Progress: The Budget adheres to the 2015 spending levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act and shows the choices the President would make at those levels.  But it also shows how to build on this progress to realize the nation’s full potential with a fully paid for $56 billion Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, split evenly between defense and non-defense priorities.

 

WHAT THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET DELIVERS:

 

  • Stronger Growth and Job Creation:
    • Advanced manufacturing – Invests in American innovation and strengthens our manufacturing base, including a national network of 45 manufacturing institutes.
    • Research and innovation – Supports ground-breaking research to fight disease, protect the environment, and develop new technologies, and makes permanent the R&D Tax Credit.
    • Pro-growth infrastructure  Lays out an ambitious, four-year $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal paid for with transition revenue from pro-growth business tax reform.
    • Government reform – Promotes government management that delivers improved services that are more effective, efficient, and supportive of economic growth.
  • Opportunity for All:
    • Tax cuts for working Americans – Doubles the maximum value of the childless worker EITC to build on the EITC’s success in encouraging people to enter the workforce and reducing poverty; improves tax benefits that help middle-class and working families pay for child care and college and save for retirement.
    • Preschool for all – Invests in the President’s vision of making access to high-quality preschool available to every four-year-old child.
    • Job-driven training – Invests in new efforts to drive greater performance and innovation in workforce training to equip workers with skills that match the needs of employers.
  • Fiscal Responsibility:
    • Continues historic progress in slowing health care cost growth – Builds on the savings and reforms in the Affordable Care Act with additional measures to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, slow health care cost growth, and improve the quality of care.
    • Pro-growth tax reform – Curbs inefficient and unfair tax breaks that benefit the wealthiest, and ensures that everyone is paying their fair share.
    • Immigration reform – Supports comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system, which independent economists say will grow our economy and shrink our deficits.
    • Further reduces the deficit and debt – By paying for new investments and tackling our true fiscal challenges, reduces deficits to 1.6 percent of GDP by 2024, and stabilizes debt as a share of the economy by 2015 and puts it on a declining path after that.

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Copies of U.S. President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget are delivered to The House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington

 

Investing in American Innovation to Create Jobs and Opportunity

To compete in the 21st Century economy and make America a magnet for job creation and opportunity, the Budget invests in American innovation, strengthening our manufacturing base and keeping our nation at the forefront of technological advancement. And to ensure our energy security and address global climate change, it continues to focus on domestic energy production, the development of clean energy alternatives, and the promotion of energy efficiency.

  • Transforms regions across the country into global epicenters of advanced manufacturing by supporting the President’s goal of creating 45 manufacturing innovation institutes over 10 years, building on the four institutes already launched and the five additional institutes that will be launched 2014.

 

  • Expands and enhances SelectUSA, using a whole of Government approach to attract business investment to the United States.

 

  • Maintains commitment to world-class science and research, targeting R&D resources to areas most likely to directly contribute to the creation of transformational technologies that can create the businesses and jobs of the future, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, health care, and agriculture.  Also reforms and makes permanent the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit to further incentivize private-sector R&D.

 

  • Advances the President’s “all-of-the-above” strategy on energy by investing in the safe and responsible production of natural gas; promoting cleaner-burning fossil fuel technology such as natural gas with carbon capture; supporting the development of clean energy alternatives; advancing energy efficiency in our cars, trucks, homes, and buildings; expanding and making permanent the tax credit for renewable energy production; and eliminating $4 billion per year in taxpayer subsidies to the oil, gas, and other fuel producers.

 

  • Supports the President’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution in the U.S. by reducing emissions through reasonable standards and improving energy efficiency; enhance preparedness and resilience to climate change; and strengthen U.S. leadership in international efforts to address global climate change and prepare for its impacts.

 

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Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

Building a durable and reliable infrastructure will create good American jobs that cannot be outsourced and will provide businesses with the transportation and communication networks our economy needs. The Budget includes significant investments to repair our existing infrastructure and build the infrastructure of tomorrow.

  • Includes a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal to support infrastructure projects and create jobs while improving America’s roads, bridges, transit systems, and railways.  Emphasizes “fix-it-first” investments to repair existing transportation infrastructure, while also modernizing our infrastructure by making new investments in transit, intercity passenger rail, and competitive grant programs. Pays for investments in infrastructure with transition revenue from business tax reform that simplifies the tax code and promotes economic growth.

 

  • Boosts private investment in infrastructure through a Rebuild America Partnership, establishing an independent National Infrastructure Bank to leverage private and public capital to support infrastructure projects of national and regional significance; and creating America Fast Forward (AFF) Bonds, building on the successful Build America Bonds program to attract new sources of capital for infrastructure investment.

 

  • Modernizes and improves the Federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects, cutting through red tape and getting more timely decisions on Federal permits and reviews while ensuring that projects lead to better outcomes for communities and the environment.

 

  • Launches a National Parks Centennial Initiative, putting youth, returning veterans, and other Americans to work restoring some of our greatest historical, cultural, and natural treasures.

 

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Equipping All Americans with a High-Quality Education and the Skills They Need

Americans must be prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st Century economy. Expanding educational opportunities is critical to equipping all children with these skills and positioning them to succeed as adults. The Budget includes investments and initiatives to improve all levels of education, from early childhood education through college, as well as significant new efforts to ensure our workforce has the skills needed by American businesses.

  • To build a foundation for success in the formative early years of life, increases access to high-quality early childhood education.
    • Supports a Preschool for All initiative, in partnership with the States, to provide all low- and moderate-income four-year-olds with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging States to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
    • Extends and expands evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs, which enable nurses, social workers, and other professionals to connect families to services and educational supports.
    • Pays for these initiatives by raising Federal tobacco taxes, which will also help discourage youth smoking and save lives.
    • Provides access to high-quality infant and toddler care to a total of more than 100,000 children through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, and supports Head Start grantees who are expanding program duration and investing in teacher quality, through additional funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.
  • Launches a new Race to the Top for Equity and Opportunity competition centered on increasing the academic performance of high-need students and closing the achievement gap.

 

  • Creates a new, competitive program to redesign high schools to provide students with challenging, innovative and relevant learning experiences, and to reward high schools that develop partnerships with colleges, employers, and other entities to deliver new opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in today’s economy, with additional funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.

 

  • Provides 100,000 teachers in 500 districts with access to professional development to help them make effective use of new broadband connectivity, through further investments in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, as the Administration works to achieve the President’s goal of connecting 99 percent of American students to the digital age through broadband and wireless in schools and libraries.

 

  • Improves the impact of the Federal investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by creating a fresh framework for delivering STEM education, supporting what works, and reducing fragmentation.

 

  • Makes a high-quality college education more affordable by continuing our commitment to Pell Grants, providing bonuses to colleges that improve educational outcomes for Pell Grant recipients, supporting the development and refinement of a new college ratings system supporting State-driven reforms to improve the performance of higher education institutions, investing in innovative approaches to higher education, and expanding income-driven repayment options to help student borrowers better manage their loan debt.

 

  • Includes significant new investments to give workers the skills and training they need to pursue in-demand jobs and careers, and drives greater performance and innovation in the workforce system, including funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative to promote on-the-job apprenticeships that have proven successful in other advanced countries and job-driven training through community colleges.

 

  • Supports new public-private partnerships to help the long-term unemployed build skills and transition back into good jobs that can support their families.

 

  • Invests in educating the health care workforce to improve access to health care services, including support to place and maintain 15,000 providers in the National Health Service Corps that will serve areas across the country that need them most, and creating 13,000 graduate medical education residency slots over ten years in primary care and other high need specialties.

 

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Expanding Opportunity and Middle Class Security

Our economy is moving forward and businesses are creating jobs.  But to build real, lasting economic security we need to create more opportunities for all working and middle class Americans to get ahead.  The Budget includes a series of proposals to help ensure that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can find a good job, feel secure about your community, and support a family.

  • Builds on the President’s Executive Order that raised the minimum wage to $10.10 for individuals working under Federal contracts by calling on the Congress to reward hard work for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and indexing it to inflation thereafter, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers for the first time in over 20 years.

 

  • Improves wage and benefit conditions for American workers, by increasing enforcement of the laws that ensure workers receive the wages and overtime pay they earned, as well as the right to take job-protected leave for family and medical purposes, and by supporting State paid leave programs.

 

  • Calls on the Congress to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.7 million Americans looking for work who have had their assistance cut off, reviving a vital economic lifeline and boosting job creation and economic growth.

 

  • Supports the Administration’s Promise Zone initiative, which is creating partnerships between the Federal Government, local communities, and businesses to create jobs, promote economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety. With the additional resources provided in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, supports 35 new Promise Neighborhoods and up to 10 new Choice Neighborhoods.

 

  • Includes resources needed to end veterans’ homelessness in 2015 and end chronic homelessness in 2016, keeping us on track to meet the President’s goal of ending homelessness across the country.

 

  • Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers, doubling the maximum credit to $1,000.
    • Makes the credit available to young adult workers age 21-24, to provide added support and reward for work during the crucial years at the beginning of a young person’s career, and to older workers up to the Social Security full retirement age.
    • Pays for the EITC expansion by closing high-income tax loopholes.
  • Helps workers with disabilities remain in the workforce, providing new resources for the Social Security Administration, in partnership with other Federal agencies, to test innovative strategies.

 

  • Improves retirement security by supporting the President’s proposal to create a new simple, safe and affordable “starter” retirement savings account called MyRA.  Also proposes to establish automatic enrollment in IRAs (or “auto-IRAs”) for employees without access to a workplace savings plan.  Maintains the President’s strong commitment to preserve Social Security for future generations.

 

  • Supports implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that every American can access high-quality, affordable coverage, providing health insurance to millions of Americans who would otherwise be uninsured, while driving down health care cost growth and reducing the deficit.

 

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Ensuring Our Nation’s Safety and Security

Economic growth and opportunity can only be achieved if America is safe and secure.  The Budget supports efforts to promote the country’s security and well-being both at home and abroad.

  • Supports the “Now is the Time” initiative, the President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence through improved background checks by the FBI and improved data via the National Criminal History Improvement Program, inspections of Federally-licensed firearms dealers, improved tracing and ballis­tics analysis, and efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. The Budget provides training for State and local law enforcement to prevent and respond to active shooters and prevent mass casualties, invests in programs to identify mental health issues early and continues the Comprehensive School Safety Program and other initiatives to enhance school security.

 

  • Supports the “Smart on Crime” initiative, which is a comprehensive review by the Department of Justice of the criminal justice system in order to identify reforms that would ensure federal laws are enforced more fairly and – in an ear of reduced budgets – more efficiently. Under this initiative, the Department is taking steps to modify its charging policies with regard to mandatory minimum sentences for certain federal low-level, drug-related offenses, improve diversion and reentry policies, strengthen protections for the most vulnerable populations, and increase investments to build stronger and safer communities.

 

  • Addresses growing cost and damage from wildfires by creating a dedicated source of funding outside of the discretionary budget caps for wildland fire suppression, providing funding certainty in future years for firefighting costs, freeing up resources to invest in areas that will promote fire risk reduction and long-term forest and rangeland health and preservation, and maintaining fiscal responsibility by addressing wildfire disaster needs through agreed-upon funding mechanisms.

 

  • Advances national security priorities and provides resources and capabilities to protect the security of the United States and its interests around the world.
    • Responsibly transitions from the completion of our military mission in Afghanistan in 2014 to political and security support for a unified Afghanistan government as it takes full responsibility for its own future.
    • Ensures we maintain ready, modern, and capable defense forces to address any threats we might face, including threats from terrorism and cyber attacks.
    • Funds humanitarian and diplomatic efforts in Syria and supports transition and reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
    • Advances our strategic rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region.
    • Enhances stability and creates markets for U.S. businesses with investments in Power Africa and supports young leaders.
    • Promotes peace and security by supporting global health care and addressing climate change.
    • Strengthens oversight of intelligence activities.
    • Enhances the protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel overseas.
  • Ensures we meet our obligations to our troops and veterans who have given so much to the country by providing significant resources to support veterans’ medical care, help military families, assist soldiers transitioning to civilian life, reduce veterans’ homelessness, and improve the disability claims processing system.  Also includes reforms to our military compensation system called for by our uniformed military leadership, to make sure that our military can invest in the training, equipment, and support that it needs.

 

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Managing Government to Drive Further Growth and Opportunity

The Budget takes key steps to both continue and enhance the Administration’s efforts to deliver a Government that is more effective, efficient, and supportive of economic growth.

  • Includes initiatives to deliver better, faster, and smarter services to citizens and businesses, including investing in new approaches to digital services to provide a world-class customer service experience to citizens and businesses to Government information technology.

 

  • Expands the use of shared services between Federal agencies and strategic sourcing to leverage the buying power of the Government, bringing greater value and efficiency for taxpayer dollars.

 

  • Continues to open Government data and research for public and private sector use to spur innovation and job creation, while ensuring strong privacy protections.

 

  • Invests in training, development, and recruitment of the Federal workforce,unlocking the potential of our Government and ensuring that we can attract and retain the best talent and foster a culture of excellence.

 

 

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Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative:  Securing Our Nation’s Future 

The Budget adheres to the funding levels in the bipartisan budget compromise reached by Congress in December, but also demonstrates the President’s vision for an even stronger future for the country by including a fully-paid for $56 billion Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative showing where additional investments should be made in critical areas to create more jobs and opportunity and help the country reach its full potential.  The Initiative is split evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary funding and includes investments in the critical areas of education; research and innovation; infrastructure and jobs; opportunity and mobility; public health, safety and security; more efficient and effective Government; and national defense.  It will:

  • Help restore our global edge in basic research.

 

  • Support  high-quality early learning opportunities across the country, prepare teachers to take advantage of broadband technology in the classroom, invest in closing the achievement gap, and redesign high schools to help students succeed in today’s economy.

 

  • Invest in our communities through emergency response activities, juvenile justice programs, and support for Promise Zones, and fund a national network of manufacturing institutes that will spur economic development.

 

  • Put people back to work, restoring our national parks, renovating veterans’ hospitals, and modernizing our national airspace system; and invest in building Americans’ skills through apprenticeships and job-driven training at community colleges.

 

  • Invest in research, community assistance, and resilient infrastructure that will better prepare us for the effects of climate change.

 

  • Put a stop to short-sighted cuts that compromise efficiency and effectiveness, and cost money over the long run, such as growing deferred maintenance backlogs, sharp cuts to Federal employee training, and erosions in customer service at agencies like the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

  • Enhance our national security by accelerating modernization of key weapons systems, accelerate progress in restoring military readiness degraded by sequestration, support nuclear R&D and infrastructure, and invests in defense facilities and construction across the country.

The Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative will be paid for with a balanced package of tax loophole closers and spending reforms.

 

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Reducing Long-Run Deficits and Promoting Sustainable Long-Run Growth

Under the President’s leadership, the deficit has been cut in half as a share of the economy, the largest four-year deficit reduction since the demobilization from World War II.  While making investments to grow the economy and expand opportunity, the Budget continues this progress, bringing deficits down as a share of the economy to 1.6 percent by 2024.  It also stabilizes debt as a share of the economy by 2015 and puts it on a declining path after that.

 

In last year’s Budget, the President included a compromise proposal intended as a show of good faith to spark additional negotiations with Congressional Republicans about the nation’s long-term deficits and debt and to encourage all parties to come together to remove the economically-damaging sequestration cuts.  Although that compromise proposal remains on the table, given Congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to negotiate a balanced long-term deficit reduction deal, the President’s 2015 Budget returns to a more traditional Budget presentation that is focused on achieving the President’s vision for the best path to create growth and opportunity for all Americans, and the investments needed to meet that vision.

 

The Budget shifts away from harmful short-term deficit reduction by replacing remaining sequestration cuts with smart, balanced long-term deficit reduction.  It focuses on the primary drivers of long-term deficits – rising health care costs and inadequate revenues to meet the needs of our aging population while making the investments needed to strengthen the economy both now and in the future.

 

  • Builds on the ACA by including $402 billion in additional health savingsthat will strengthen Medicare and Medicaid and other Federal health programs by implementing payment innovations and other reforms that encourage high quality and efficient care.
  • Includes tax reform measures making the tax code more efficient and fairwhile reducing the deficit by about $650 billion over the next decade.
    • Reduces the value of itemized deductions and other tax preferences to 28 percent for the wealthiest, a limitation that would affect only the top three percent of families in 2014, and restores the deduction rate to the level it was at the end of the Reagan Administration.
    • Observes the Buffett Rule, requiring that millionaires pay no less than 30 percent of income—after charitable contributions—in taxes, preventing high-income households from using tax preferences to reduce their tax bills to less than what many middle class families pay.
  • Calls on the Congress to enact bipartisan commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform consistent with the President’s principles and that builds on the bipartisan legislation that has already passed the Senate, which the Congressional Budget Office has found would reduce the deficit by almost $1 trillion and increase the economy by $1.4 trillion over the next twenty years.

 

White House White Board: Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget

 

Published on Mar 10, 2014

Watch as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Brian Deese, sketches out the nuts and bolts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

 

 

 

White House White Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget.

 

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces: Construction Industry Will Hire 100,000 Veterans Over Next 5 Years.


 

By Jueseppi B.

First lady Michelle Obama (left) and Katie Sanicky, a veteran and an iron worker, applaud during a National Symposium on Veterans’ Employment in Construction hosted by the Labor Department Monday in Washington. Mrs. Obama said a construction industry pledge to hire 100,000 veterans by 2019 isn't only the right and patriotic thing to do, but also a smart thing for business. / AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

First lady Michelle Obama (left) and Katie Sanicky, a veteran and an iron worker, applaud during a National Symposium on Veterans’ Employment in Construction hosted by the Labor Department Monday in Washington. Mrs. Obama said a construction industry pledge to hire 100,000 veterans by 2019 isn’t only the right and patriotic thing to do, but also a smart thing for business. / AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces that the Construction Industry Will Hire 100,000 Veterans Over the Next 5 Years

 

Col. Rich Morales
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06:35 PM EST

 

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama  addressed well over 300 stakeholders from the military, business community, and federal  government at the first ever Veterans’ Employment in Construction Symposium at the Department of Labor. The First Lady announced that more than 100 companies in the construction industry are committing to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next 5 years.

 

 

 

This announcement is a testament to what can happen when employers think bigger than their own company’s needs and come together to leverage their industry’s resources. Associations like NCCER and the Home Builder’s Institute, as well as those supported by the Building Trades, Associated General Contractors of America, and firms partnered with Helmets to Hardhats’ are banding together to train the next generation of workers.

 

In her remarks, The First Lady noted that, “America’s military turns out some of the highest-skilled, hardest-working employees this country has ever seen.”  Veterans have the experience and skills necessary to succeed in any career and today we thank the construction industry for this innovative commitment. This visionary effort is addressing the need for improved transition support and skills development in this ever growing field.

 

We urge other sectors, firms, and associations to view veterans as an investment in their organization and America.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the National Symposium on Veterans' Employment in Construction, in support of Joining Forces, at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and veterans Larry Melton and Katie Sanicky are onstage with the First Lady. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the National Symposium on Veterans’ Employment in Construction, in support of Joining Forces, at the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2014. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and veterans Larry Melton and Katie Sanicky are onstage with the First Lady. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

 

To review the First Lady’s speech, please click here.

 

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Remarks by the First Lady at a National Symposium on Veterans’ Employment in Construction, A Joining Forces Event

 

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MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  You all rest yourselves.  It is a pleasure to be here with all of you.  And thank you all for joining us.

 

 

Before I begin, we have to just take a moment to acknowledge Katie and Larry.  Their remarks, they serve as shining examples of just what we’re talking about.  I don’t know what you were nervous about, Katie, but — (laughter) — you handled yourself.  And, Larry, your story is inspiring.  It’s the kind of story that we want to see repeated over and over and over again.  So please, let’s give both of these individuals a round of applause.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.

 

I also want to recognize our outstanding Secretary of Labor, Secretary Perez, and — yay for our Secretary.  (Applause.)  And I want to thank him and his VETs team for the terrific work that they’re doing on hiring our veterans.  You guys are really showing up and making it easy for our veterans.  So I’m so proud of you.  Glad to be here with all of you.

 

And of course, I want to recognize the construction industry leaders who are here with us today, as well as their public and private sector partners.  Now, these are some of the biggest companies in the construction industry, many of whom are direct competitors — companies like Jacobs Engineering.  But they are here together.  They’re also regional leaders like Cianbro Construction, as well as leading organizations like NCCER, the Homebuilders Institute, the Associated General Contractors of America, and the Building Trades.

 

And today, I am thrilled to announce that altogether, these companies and more than 100 others have committed to hiring more than 100,000 of America’s veterans over the next five years — 100,000.  (Applause.)  Now, that’s a number that gets me out of bed in the morning, so that’s why I’m happy to be here.  This is huge.  It’s a huge deal.  And I have to tell you that it’s days like today that remind me of why Dr. Biden and I started Joining Forces in the first place.

 

We did this because we wanted to inspire businesses and organizations across the country to ask themselves one simple question, and that is, what more can we do to honor and support our veterans and military families?  And today, you all answered that question with this incredibly strong commitment.  And I am so proud of all of you, and so thankful for everything that you’re doing.

 

And I know that you all have made this commitment not just because it is the patriotic thing to do, which it is.  You’ve done this because you know that it is the smart thing to do for your businesses, because you know that America’s military turns out some of the highest-skilled, hardest-working employees this country has ever seen.  And that’s particularly true when it comes to the construction sector.

 

As the Secretary mentioned, just think about the kind of work our men and women in uniform have done every single day all across the globe.  They have built cities in the middle of deserts halfway around the world.  They’ve built schools in remote villages.  They’ve repaired complex machinery in combat zones in the middle of the night.  In short, our troops have taken on some of the most challenging projects in some of the most inhospitable places under some of the toughest deadlines and constraints.

 

So when it comes to the attitude and experience needed to thrive in construction jobs, our men and women in uniform are second to none.  And with the Iraq war over and the war in Afghanistan winding down, hundreds of thousands of these men and women are returning home, and they’re hanging up their uniforms, and they are looking for good civilian jobs.

 

Many of these veterans have technical skills that are directly relevant to the construction industry.  And plenty of veterans who don’t have those skills are eager to learn them.  And with the right training, we know they have the discipline, we know they have the determination that is necessary to succeed in all kinds of construction jobs.

 

And the good news, as the Secretary pointed out, is that those jobs are out there.  In fact, the construction industry is currently one of fastest-growing industries in America, and companies like those here today are desperate for highly trained workers from welders to pipefitters, to engineers, to electricians and more.  And these are good jobs with good salaries.  And they’re also good careers, as well.  And Larry’s story is a perfect example.

 

Now, Larry told you a little bit about what he does, but he’s still a little modest, even though he’s an ex-football player and now — what is it, senior vice president of the world?  (Laughter.)  You’re in charge of everything now — working on it.  But he didn’t tell you that he went straight from the Marines to some of the most exciting transportation construction projects in the country.

 

He has had some very challenging assignments like managing global transportation projects in San Francisco to working on the JFK Airport redevelopment program in New York.  And as you have heard, he was so good at what he did that Bechtel promoted him to a senior leadership role here in D.C., working on, as you heard, our Metro.  And with each new job, Larry climbed higher, he improved his resume, he improved his salary — which I know made your wife happy — (laughter) — and took on more responsibility.

 

And Larry’s story highlights the fact that these jobs don’t just give our veterans the chance to collect a good paycheck, but to build careers for decades in the future, careers that give them the ability to support their families and climb the professional ladder.  And I believe, and my husband believes, that our men and women in uniform should be able to start pursuing these careers the minute they hang up their uniforms.

 

But unfortunately, what we have learned is that this transition from military to civilian life can be difficult for too many of our troops, because while they get excellent training, they don’t always know how to translate that military experience into good civilian jobs.  And that’s why, in June of 2012, my husband launched the Department of Defense Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force.  And we’re already starting to see results.

 

Today, service members across the country are participating in apprenticeships and accredited civilian training programs right near their bases, so when they leave the military, they’ll be ready to start a good job the very next day.  And the Department of Defense is also working to help service members apply their hard-earned military training toward earning civilian credentials, particularly in high-demand fields like plumbing and HVAC.  In addition, my husband has ensured that veterans can use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for career and technical training in industries like construction so troops who didn’t get the training they need in the military can get that training as a civilian.  And, finally, we have 2,600 American Job Centers across the country where veterans can go to find jobs and companies can go to find qualified employees.

 

So make no mistake about it, in the coming years, more and more of our men and women in uniform will leave the military with the skills and opportunities they need to thrive in this growing workforce.  But, ultimately, today’s commitment isn’t just about putting high-skilled individuals into work in high-paying careers.  It’s also about providing our companies with the very best workers so that they can keep growing, and they can keep creating even more jobs and strengthening our economy for decades to come.

 

And it’s also about modeling a certain set of values for our communities and for our country.  You see, by making these kind of commitments — and this is why I’m here — you all are sending a clear message that in this country, we honor those who’ve sacrificed for us, and when they return home we are going to have their backs.

 

And that’s really my message to all of the veterans who have joined us today.  Please know that America has your back.  And if you ever need to be reminded of how thankful we are for everything you’ve done for us, take a look around this room.  You’ve got representatives from some of the leading companies in America, many of whom have traveled a very long way to be here.  And they’re all here because they want to serve you as well as you’ve served this country.

 

So I want to end today as I started, by once again saying thank you.  Thank you to all of the companies and organizations here today for giving more than 100,000 of America’s heroes the chance to keep serving the country they love.  And thank you to all the veterans who will soon be hard at work building the homes, schools, factories and offices that will strengthen our communities and fuel our economy for generations to come.

 

I look forward to working with all of you in the months and years ahead.  And I always send a message out to other businesses and other industries out there to roll up their sleeves and find a way to match this commitment.  We can keep doing more.  Thank you all.  God bless.  (Applause.)

 

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THIS Is How Barack Rolls: Costco Lanham, Maryland And U.S. Steel Irvin Plant West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.


 

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In the morning, the President will visit a local Costco in Lanham, Maryland in Prince George’s County. While in Lanham, the President will tour Costco and deliver remarks to highlight the importance of raising the federal minimum wage for all Americans and reiterate his commitment to working with Congress to pass the Harkin-Miller bill.

 

Following his trip to Maryland, the President will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, arriving at Pittsburgh International Airport .

 

While in Pittsburgh, the President will visit the United States Steel Corporation Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. The President will tour the plant and deliver remarks to highlight the retirement policies highlighted in the State of the Union Address.

 

In the afternoon, the President will return to Washington, DC. departing from Pittsburgh International Airport and arriving on the South Lawn

 

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Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage

 

Published on Jan 29, 2014

Lanham, MD. January 29, 2014

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage — Lanham, MD

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Lanham, Maryland

 

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The Prez Makes His Entrance into Costco.

The Prez Makes His Entrance into Costco.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, Maryland!  (Applause.)  It’s good to see you.  I love getting outside the Beltway, even if it is just a few hundred feet away.  (Laughter.)

 

Well, first of all, give Teressa a great big round of applause for the great job she did.  (Applause.)  It is good to be here with all of you.  I want to acknowledge a champion for working families right here in Maryland — Governor Martin O’Malley.  (Applause.)  Some folks who go to bat for working people every single day:  Senator Ben Cardin is here.  (Applause.)  Congresswoman Donna Edwards is here.  (Applause.)   And all of you are here.  (Applause.)

 

Teressa’s story proves that treating workers well is not just the right thing to do — it is an investment.  And Teressa’s 27 years of hard work at Costco proves that investment pays off.

 

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I talked a little bit about this last night in my State of the Union address.  Now, I only finished 12 hours ago, so these remarks will be quicker.  (Laughter.)  And I needed some time to pick up a snow shovel and one of those 50-pound bags of dog food for Bo and Sunny.  (Applause.)  I was told I’d get a big-screen TV, too, for the Super Bowl coming up — 80-inch.  (Laughter.)   So 60 is not enough?  Got to go 80.  (Laughter.)

 

It is funny, though — I was looking — you can buy a sofa, chocolate chip cookies and a snorkel set all in the same — (laughter and applause.)  The sofa didn’t surprise me, but the snorkel set — (laughter) — that was impressive.  Although I do want to ask, who’s snorkeling right now?  (Laughter.)  How many of those are you guys selling?  You never know.  (Laughter.)

 

But what I talked about last night was a simple but profound idea — and it’s an idea that’s at the heart of who we are as Americans:  Opportunity for everybody.  Giving everybody a fair chance.  If they’re willing to work hard, take responsibility, give them a shot.  The idea that no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, what your last name is, if you work hard, you live up to your responsibilities, you can succeed; you can support a family.  (Applause.)  That’s what America should be about.  Nobody is looking for a free lunch, but give people a chance.  If they’re working hard, make sure they can support a family.

 

President Barack Hussein Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after his State of the Union.

President Barack Hussein Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after his State of the Union.

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Now, we’re at a moment where businesses all across the country, businesses like Costco have created 8 million new jobs over the last four years.  Our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  Our deficits have been cut in half.  Housing is rebounding.  Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the ‘90s.  We sell more of what we make here in America to other places than ever before.  Business leaders are deciding that China’s not the best place to invest and create jobs — America is.

 

So this could be a breakthrough year for America.  After five years of hard work, overcoming the worst recession in our lifetimes, we’re better-positioned for this young century than anybody else.  But the question for folks in Washington is whether they’re going to help that progress or hinder that progress; whether they’re going to waste time creating new crises for people and new uncertainty — like the shutdown — or are we going to spend time creating new jobs and new opportunities.

 

And I know what I’m choosing to do because it’s what you do — I’m choosing this to be a year of action.  (Applause.)   Because too many Americans are working harder than ever just to get by, much less get ahead.  The scars of the recession are real.  The middle class has been taking it on the chin since before the recession.  The economy has been growing for four years now, and corporate profits, stock prices have all soared.  But the wages and incomes of ordinary people haven’t gone up in over a decade.

 

Barack enjoys a Costco dog, world famous for flavor.

Barack enjoys a Costco dog, world famous for flavor.

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So that’s why last night, I laid out some steps that we can take, concrete, common-sense proposals to speed up economic growth, strengthen the middle class, build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.

 

And this opportunity agenda has four parts.  Number one, we need more new jobs.  Number two, we need to train more Americans with the skills that they need to fill those jobs.  Number three, we should guarantee every child access to a world-class education.  (Applause.)  And number four, let’s make sure hard work pays off.  (Applause.)

 

Now, some of my ideas I’ll need Congress.  But America can’t just stand still if Congress isn’t doing anything.  I’m not going to stand still either.  Wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families, I’m going to do it — with or without Congress.  (Applause.)  Because the defining project of our time, of our generation, is to restore opportunity for everybody.

 

And so I’m here at Costco today to talk about the fourth part of the opportunity agenda, and that is making hard work pay off for every single American.

 

Five years ago I signed my first bill into law.  I didn’t have any gray hair.  (Laughter.)  You think it’s distinguished?  Okay.  (Laughter.)  That’s the guy with the gray beard saying — (Laughter).  So this first bill that I signed was called the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  (Applause.)  Lilly was at my speech last night.  And it’s a law to help protect a woman’s right to fair pay.  But at a time when women make up about half of the workforce, but still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns -– we’ve got to finish the job and give women the tools they need to fight for equal pay.  Women deserve equal pay for equal work.  (Applause.)  They deserve — if they’re having a baby, they shouldn’t have to sacrifice their job.  A mom deserves a day off to care for a sick child or a sick parent -– and a father does, too.

 

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President Barack Obama waves to a camera while he greets audience members after delivering remarks on the federal minimum wage, at Costco in Lanham, Md., Jan. 29, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

As I said last night, we got to get rid of some of these workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode, belong back in the ‘50s.  We’ve got to give every woman the opportunity she deserves.  Because when women succeed, America succeeds.  (Applause.)

 

Now, women happen to hold a majority of lower-wage jobs in America.  But they’re not the only ones who are stifled when wages aren’t going up.  As Americans, we understand some people are going to earn more than other people, and we don’t resent those who because they work hard, because they come up with a new idea, they achieve incredible success.  We want our kids to be successful.

 

And it’s funny — Michelle and I sometimes talk — Michelle’s dad was a blue-collar worker; her mom was a secretary. I was raised by a single mom.  We didn’t go around when we were growing up being jealous about folks who had made a lot of money — as long as if we were working hard, we could have enough.

 

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

 

So Americans overwhelmingly agree nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.  (Applause.)  And that is why I firmly believe it’s time to give America a raise.  (Applause.)

 

A hundred years ago, Henry Ford started Ford Motor Company. Model T — you remember all that?  Henry Ford realized he could sell more cars if his workers made enough money to buy the cars. He had started this — factories and mass production and all that, but then he realized, if my workers aren’t getting paid, they won’t be able to buy the cars.  And then I can’t make a profit and reinvest to hire more workers.  But if I pay my workers a good wage, they can buy my product, I make more cars.  Ultimately, I’ll make more money, they’ve got more money in their pockets — so it’s a win-win for everybody.

 

And leaders today, business leaders today, some of them understand this same concept.  Costco’s CEO, Craig Jelinek, he understands this.  He feels the same way.  He knows that Costco is going to do better, all our businesses do better when customers have more money to spend.  And listen, Craig is a wonderful guy, but he’s not in this for philanthropy.  He’s a businessman.  He’s looking at the bottom line.  But he sees that if he’s doing right by Costco’s workers, then they can buy that 80-inch TV, too.  (Laughter and applause.)  Right?

 

Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as a smart way to boost productivity and to reduce turnover.  So entry-level employees here -– stock associates, cashiers –- start out at $11.50 an hour.  (Applause.)  Start at $11.50.

 

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.

 

The average hourly wage is more than $20, not including overtime or benefits.  And Costco’s commitment to fairness doesn’t stop at the checkout counter; it extends down the supply chain, including to many of the farmworkers who grow the product — the produce that you sell.  (Applause.)

 

Now, what this means is that that Costco has some of the lowest employee turnover in your industry.  So you’re not constantly retraining folks because they quit.  You got people like Teressa who has been here 27 years — because it’s a company that’s looking out for workers.

 

And I got to tell you, when I walk around, just — I had a little tour of the produce section, the bakery — you could just tell people feel good about their job and they feel good about the company, and you have a good atmosphere, and the managers and people all take pride in what you do.

 

Now, folks who work at Costco understand that, but there are a lot of Americans who don’t work somewhere like Costco, and they’re working for wages that don’t go as far as they once did. Today, the minimum wage — the federal minimum wage doesn’t even go as far as it did back in the 1950s.  And as the cost of living goes up, the value of the minimum wage goes down over time.  Just last year alone, workers earning the minimum wage basically got the equivalent of a $200 pay cut because the minimum wage stayed the same but costs of everything else are going up.

 

I don’t need to tell you this.  You go shopping.  (Laughter.)  So you’re like, mm-hmm.  (Laughter.)  For a typical minimum-wage worker, that’s a month’s worth of groceries.  It’s two months of electricity.  It’s a big deal to a lot of families.

 

So I brought a guy here today who knows a little bit about this — Tom Perez is America’s Secretary of Labor — (applause)  — works for working families every day.  I stole him from Governor O’Malley.  (Laughter.)  He came here from Maryland.  But when he was Governor O’Malley’s labor secretary here in Maryland, he helped implement the country’s first statewide living wage law.  And that helped a lot of Maryland families.  But there are more families in Maryland and across the country who put in long days, they’ve got hard jobs — they deserve higher wages.

 

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In the year since I first asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Governor O’Malley is trying to do it here in Maryland, and lift the minimum wage to $10.10.  He says, “We all do better when we’re all doing better.”  He’s right.  Prince George’s County, Montgomery County are banding together with D.C. to raise the regional minimum wage.  And I’m here to support your efforts. (Applause.)  I’m here to support your efforts.  And as I said last night, to every governor, mayor, state legislator out there, if you want to take the initiative to raise your minimum wage laws to help more hardworking Americans make ends meet, then I’m going to be right there at your side.

 

While Congress decides whether it’s going to raise the minimum wage or not, people outside Washington are not waiting for Congress.  And I’m not, either.  So as a chief executive, I’m going to lead by example.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees on new contracts a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.  (Applause.)  Because if you cook our troops’ meals and wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

 

So there’s some steps businesses are taking on their own.  There are steps that certain states and counties and cities are taking on their own.  There are steps I’m going to take as President.  But ultimately, Congress does have to do its part to catch up to the rest of the country on this.

 

And there’s a reason why a wide majority of Americans support increasing the minimum wage.  Look, most Americans who are working make more than the minimum wage.  So it’s interesting that the overwhelming number of Americans support raising the minimum wage.  It’s not that it’s going to necessarily affect them personally right now; it’s that they know, they understand the value behind the minimum wage.  If you work hard, you should be able to pay your rent, buy your groceries, look after your kids.  (Applause.)  If you put in a hard day’s work, you deserve decent pay for it.  That’s a principle everybody understands, everybody believes.

 

So right now in Congress, there’s a bill that would lift the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour — 10.10 — 10.10, it’s easy.  It will give more businesses more customers with more money to spend.  I guarantee you, if workers have a little more money in their pocket, they’ll spend more at Costco.  (Applause.) And if Costco is seeing more customers, they’ll hire some more folk.  Everybody does better.

 

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Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors walk through the aisles at a Costco store

Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors walk through the aisles at a Costco store

 

And the thing about it is raising the minimum wage doesn’t require new spending by the federal government.  It doesn’t require a big bureaucratic program.  It would help a lot of Americans make ends meet.

 

So I need everybody here and everybody who’s going to be watching, tell Congress to make this happen.  Give America a raise.  Making work pay means doing more to help Americans all across this country, but it also means improving the economy — because one of the things that’s been holding our economy back is wages and incomes being flat, which means consumers aren’t spending as much, which means businesses don’t have as many customers, which means they don’t hire as much and they don’t invest as much, and we don’t get that liftoff on the economy that we could.

 

If we want to make work pay, we also have to help Americans save for retirement — and I’m going to be flying up to Pittsburgh this afternoon to talk about that.  (Applause.)  Making work pay means access to health care that’s there when you get sick.  And the Affordable Care Act means nobody can ever be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma or cancer.  (Applause.)  You can’t be charged more if you’re a woman.  You can’t be charged just because your job makes your back hurt sometimes.  Those days are over.  (Laughter.)

 

More Americans are signing up for new private health insurance plans every day.  Already 3 million people have signed up.  So if you know somebody who isn’t covered, who doesn’t have health insurance, call them up, sit them down, help them get covered at healthcare.gov by March 31st.

 

So this is the opportunity agenda that I’m going to be talking about this year.  I don’t know — I hope Congress will be talking about it, too.  But I’m not going to wait.  Because we’ve got to restore some economic security in a 21st century economy, and that means jobs that are more plentiful, skills that are more employable, savings that are more portable, health care that’s yours and can’t be canceled if you get sick.

 

I just focused on one piece of that opportunity agenda today — raising the minimum wage.  But these are real, practical, achievable solutions that can help shift the odds back in favor of working and middle-class Americans who haven’t been seeing some of the benefits of growth that we’ve seen over the last four years.

 

And before I grab a 10-pound barrel of pretzels and — (laughter) — 500 golf balls — (laughter) — let me just leave you with something I heard from Costco’s founder, Jim Sinegal, who’s been a great friend of mine and somebody who I greatly admire.  And Jim is rightly proud of everything he’s accomplished.  “But,” he said, “here’s the thing about the Costco story.  We did not build our company in a vacuum.  We built it in the greatest country on Earth.  We built our company in a place where anyone can make it with hard work, a little luck, and a little help from their neighbors and their country.”

 

That’s what Jim said — a place where anyone can make it.  That’s who we are.  That’s our story.  If we pull together, work together, put our shoulder to the wheel, keep moving forward, that’s going to be our future as well, and the future for our kids and grandkids.

 

Thanks so much, everybody.  God bless you.  God bless America.  (Applause.)

 

 

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President Barack Obama, followed by Rep. Michael Doyal, D-Pa., and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., arrive at the 171st Air Refueling Wing Pennsylvania Air National Guard on Air Force One, in Coraopolis, Pa., as he travels to speak at the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant, in West Mifflin, Pa., to speak about retirement policies he highlighted in the State of the Union Address.

 

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President Barack Obama salutes Col. Ted Metzgar, left, as he arrives aboard Air Force One at the 171st Air Refueling Wing at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard base in Coraopolis, Pa.

 

 

Remarks by the President on Retirement Security

 

Published on Jan 29, 2014

West Mifflin, PA. January 29, 2014.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Retirement

 

 

President Barack Obama signs a memorandum instructing the U.S. Treasury Department to create a new retirement account system after touring the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

President Barack Obama signs a memorandum instructing the U.S. Treasury Department to create a new retirement account system after touring the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

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THE PRESIDENT:  Hey, hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Well, thank you, Mario, for that great introduction and your leadership.  You just don’t come to the Steel City without coming to U.S. Steel.  I just got a great tour and had a chance to see a little bit about how you guys build America every single day.  And I could not be prouder to be here.

 

I brought a few friends with me.  We’ve got America’s Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew.  (Applause.)  We’ve got a couple of guys who wake up and go to bat for Pennsylvania workers every single day, Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Mike Doyle.  (Applause.)  We’ve got the Mayor of West Mifflin, Chris Kelly, in the house.  (Applause.)  Pittsburgh’s new Mayor, Bill Peduto is here.  (Applause.)  And we’ve got Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald.  (Applause.)  And then, we’ve got one of my good buddies who is always in my ear about working people — and I love this guy — the International President of the United Steelworkers, Leo Gerard, is here.  (Applause.)  And I also brought along our great friend, our former ambassador to Ireland and, most importantly, Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dan Rooney in the house.  (Applause.)

 

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And most of all, it’s great to be here with the men and women of U.S. Steel.  This company helped build America, and over a hundred years later, you’re still at it.  You forge the pipes that transport cleaner-burning natural gas.  You manufacture the lightweight alloys that our automakers use to build fuel-efficient cars.  You’re part of one of the great turnaround stories of this economic recovery, the rebound of the American steel industry.  And, look, just every time I go to a steel plant, I remember being a steelworker is hard work.  But every single one of you is doing your part to make the country stronger.

 

Because of your efforts, businesses like U.S. Steel have now created 8 million new jobs over the past four years — 9,000 new jobs in the steel industry alone.  Our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  Our deficits have been cut in half.  Housing is rebounding.  Manufacturing is adding jobs — not shrinking jobs — for the first time since the 1990s.  We sell more of what we make here in America to other parts of the world than ever before.  Business leaders are starting to realize that China is no longer the best place to invest and create jobs, America is — the U.S. of A — (applause) — which is why I said last night I believe this can be a breakthrough year for America.

 

After five years of hard work, after everything we did to dig ourselves out of the worst recession of our lifetimes, we’re better positioned in this 21st century than any other country on Earth.  And the question I posed to Congress yesterday is whether folks in Washington are going to help or they’re going to hinder the progress we’ve been making, whether they’re going to waste time creating new crises that slow down our economy or they’re going to spend time creating new jobs and new opportunities?  (Applause.)

 

And I don’t know what their plans are, but I choose a year of action.  Because too many Americans are working harder than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead.  They still have the scars of the recession.  But the truth is the middle class have been taking it on the chin since way before the financial crisis hit.  You know that.  The economy now has been growing for four years.  Corporate profits, stock prices they’ve gone up, but folks’ wages haven’t risen in over a decade.

 

That’s why, last night, I laid out new steps we can take right now to speed up economic growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class.  It’s an opportunity agenda, because opportunity is what America is all about.  And the agenda has four parts.  Number one, more new jobs:  jobs in American manufacturing, jobs in American energy, jobs in American innovation and technology.  (Applause.)   Number two, we’ve got to train more Americans with the skills that we need to fill those jobs.  Number three, we’ve got to guarantee every child in America a world-class education.  (Applause.)  And number four, we’ve got to make sure hard work pays off.

 

Now, some of these ideas that I presented last night are going to require Congress to pass legislation.  But America doesn’t stand still.  U.S. Steel hasn’t stood still.  I’m not going to stand still.  So wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families, regardless of what Congress does, that’s what I’m going to do — (applause) — because I am determined to work with all of you and citizens all across this country on the defining project of our generation, and that is to restore opportunity for every single person who is willing to work hard and take responsibility in this country.  That’s what I’m committed to doing.  (Applause.)

 

I’ve come to U.S. Steel today because I want to talk about the fourth part of that opportunity agenda, making hard work pay off for every single American:  making sure jobs pay good wages, making sure affordable health care is there when you need it, making sure that after a lifetime of hard work you can retire with some dignity.

 

Today, women make up about half our workforce, but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.  As I said last night, that’s wrong.  In 2014, it’s an embarrassment.  Women deserve equal pay for equal work.  They deserve to be able to have a baby without sacrificing a job.  (Applause.)  Moms and dads deserve to be able to take a day off for a sick kid or a sick parent.  We’ve got to get rid of some of these workplace policies that belong back in the ’50s, back in a “Mad Men” episode, I said.  (Laughter.)  We’ve got to give every woman the opportunity she deserves, because when women succeed, America succeeds.  (Applause.)  And I’m really proud that there’s a woman who is heading up this plant and doing some amazing work.  So I was really glad to see that.

 

But women hold the majority of lower-wage jobs.  And they’re not the only ones who have been stifled by stagnant wages.  The truth is wages and incomes for the average working American haven’t gone up.  Even though the economy is more productive, even though it’s grown over the last two decades, the average person’s salary — what they’re taking home, their paycheck — it hasn’t really grown.  Now, Americans understand, we all understand some people are going to earn more money than others.  And we don’t envy anybody who achieves success through their hard work.  That’s what we want for our kids.

 

Michelle and I were talking.  Michelle’s dad was a blue-collar worker, worked at a water filtration plant in Chicago.  Her mom was a secretary.  My mom was a single mom.  When we were growing up, we weren’t worrying about what rich people were doing.  We weren’t going around saying, oh, man, we don’t have caviar for lunch — (laughter) — and we’re not vacationing down in some fancy place.  We don’t begrudge success to other folks. But we did expect — and I think most Americans still expect — that if you work hard, you should be able to make it.  You don’t have to make it the way some folks make it, but everybody should have enough to feel some security.

 

And Americans overwhelmingly agree that nobody who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.  (Applause.)  If you’re doing your responsibilities and working hard, you should be able to pay the rent, buy food and look after your family.

 

Now, today, the federal minimum wage doesn’t go as far as it did even in the 1950s.  That’s why some states and cities are raising their minimum wages on their own.  And I support their efforts.  And as I mentioned last night, as chief executive, I’m going to lead by example.  In the coming weeks, I’m issuing an executive order requiring federal contractors, folks doing business with the federal government, to pay your federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour, because if you cook our troops’ meals or you wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.  (Applause.)

 

Of course, if we’re going to reach millions more, then Congress is going to have to get on board.  There’s a bill in Congress right now to raise that minimum wage to $10.10.  And I told Congress, say yes to that.  Give America a raise.

 

But that’s not all we have to do to grow our middle class.  Making work pay also means access to health care that’s there for you when you get sick.  Now, the good news is if you work here at U.S. Steel, I know you’ve got good benefits.  And that’s why I’m a strong supporter of unions, because they fought for those benefits.  (Applause.)

 

But as everybody here knows — and I’ll bet you’ve got friends and family who haven’t been so lucky and don’t have those benefits.  And what the Affordable Care Act means is that no one can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a preexisting condition like asthma or cancer.  You can’t be charged more if you’re a woman.  You can’t be charged more just because forging steel might hurt your back, make it hurt sometimes.  And if you don’t have health insurance on the job, you can actually get affordable health insurance.

 

So the days when folks are just on their own, out of luck, those days are over.  More Americans are signing up for new private health insurance plans every day.  (Applause.)  We’re signing folks up for Medicaid.  And if you know somebody who isn’t covered, call them up, sit them down, help them get covered at healthcare.gov by March 31st.  We are going to get all of America covered.  That’s one of my commitments.  (Applause.)

 

And, finally — and that’s what this little desk here is about — there’s another thing we can all agree on.  If you’ve worked hard all your life, you deserve a secure retirement.  Some of the folks I met before I came here on the tour, some of these folks have been on the job 15 years, 20 years.  I think your roller has been on the job 38 years.  Let me tell you something, if you work 38 years, at the end of it you should feel like you’re going to retire with some security.

 

And a retirement used to be a three-legged stool, used to have a pension.  Then you had your Social Security.  Then you had your own private savings.  And you put that all together, and you could retire.  But today, most workers don’t have a pension in America.  Just half work for an employer that offers any kind of retirement plan.  A Social Security check is critical, but oftentimes that monthly check, that’s not enough.  And while the stock market has doubled over the last five years, that doesn’t help somebody if you don’t have a 401(k).

 

So what I’ve asked Congress to do is work with me to give more people more retirement security.  Let’s fix an upside-down tax code that right now gives the wealthiest Americans big tax breaks to save, but does almost nothing for middle-class folks, doesn’t give them the same kinds of tax advantages.  That’s not fair.  And we need to give every American access to an automatic IRA on the job, so they can save at work.

 

Now, I’m hoping that Congress goes along with this, but I’m not going to wait for Congress.  I could do more with Congress, but I’m not going to not do anything without Congress, not when it’s about the basic security and dignity of American workers.  So here’s what I’m going to do today.  This is what this little table is set up for.  I’m going to sign a presidential memorandum that directs the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Jack Lew, to create a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings.  (Applause.)  And as soon as I sign this, Jack Lew will get the memo.  He is right here.  So I’m going to be able to just — here, here’s your memo.

 

And we’re calling it “MyRA.”  Not IRA — MyRA.  And what it is, it’s a new type of savings bond that we can set up without legislation that encourages Americans to begin to build a nest egg.  And it’s simple.  Workers can contribute through automatic deductions in their paychecks, just like those of you who have an employer-sponsored pension fund can do.  They can keep the same account even if they change jobs, so they can carry it over.  It’s safe.  These account balances will never go down in value.  They’re backed by the full faith and credit of the United States government.  And it’s affordable.  So you can open an account with as little as $25.  You can contribute as little as $5 at a time.

 

But what that means is for those of you who don’t have a 401(k) on the job, don’t have a pension on the job, don’t have a mechanism to start saving — especially younger workers — you can get started now.  And in an emergency, you can withdraw contributions without paying a penalty.  So it’s a pretty good deal.  (Applause.)  And what I’m hoping is that working Americans will take a look, because I want more people to have the chance to save for retirement through their hard work.  And this is just one step that we can take to help more people do that.

 

So this is the opportunity agenda that’s going to help restore some sense of economic security in this 21st century economy.  We want jobs that are more plentiful.  We want skills that keep you employable.  We want savings that are portable.  We want health care that’s yours and that’s not going to be canceled when you really need it.  We want every American who works hard and takes responsibility to retire with dignity after decades of honest work.  These are real, practical, achievable solutions to help shift the odds back a little bit in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, so that if they work hard, they can get ahead and they can leave something for the next generation.

 

And that’s something that U.S. Steel knows a little bit about.  For over a hundred years, people throughout the Mon Valley and across this country have been punching in at plants just like this one.  You’ve been keeping the furnaces blasting, keeping the cold mill rolling, carrying on the tradition of hard work and determination.  We’ve got two, three-generation steel workers at this plant right here.  And I know for a lot of you, this is more than a job.  This is a team.  This is a family that you’re proud to be a part of.

 

Robin Birk is with me today.  Decades ago, her granddad worked for Union Switch and Signal in Pittsburgh, making parts for railroads.  Her dad worked for U.S. Steel for over 30 years, rising to plant manager.  Robin’s been a safety manager here for 23 years.  And I want to share something Robin said.  She said, “When I was growing up, I would think about what my grandfather and father did for a living, and I always thought my brother would be the one who got to work here.  But it ended up being me.  Women before me maybe didn’t have that opportunity.”

 

Now, Robin’s dad, Bernard, who just passed away a little more than a year ago, he was full of pride for this company.  He used to say, “When we bleed, we bleed blue” — the color of U.S. Steel.

 

So that pride has run across generation.  That’s the pride that built this company.  And that’s the pride that built America.  That’s the spirit we all need today.  That’s the resilience, the grit, the determination, and the optimism that keeps the American Dream alive not just for this generation, but for future generations to come.

 

That’s what I’m going to be fighting for this year, just like I was for the last five years and for the next three years.  And I expect all of you to join me in making sure that we deliver that promise to the next generation.  (Applause.)

 

And now, I’m going to sign this bill.  Thank you.  God bless you.  God bless the United States of America.

 

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FACT SHEET: Opportunity for All: Securing a Dignified Retirement for All Americans

 

Creating the “myRA” – a Simple, Safe, and Affordable Starter Savings Account to Help Millions of Americans Start Saving for Retirement

 

Year of Action: Making Progress Through Executive Action *

To build lasting economic security, the President will act on a set of specific, concrete proposals to expand opportunity for all Americans. In the State of the Union, the President announced that he will use his executive authority to direct the Department of the Treasury to create “myRA” – a new simple, safe and affordable “starter” retirement savings account that will be offered through employers and will ultimately help millions of Americans begin to save for retirement.

 

  • Starter Savings Account: Making It Easier to Start Saving for Retirement. This new product will be targeted to the many Americans who currently lack access to workplace retirement savings plans, which is usually the most effective way to save for retirement. Starting to save is just the first step towards a secure retirement, and the President wants to help more Americans save for their future.

 

  • Safe and Secure: Principal Protection So Savers’ Account Balance Will Never Go Down. The product will be offered via a familiar Roth IRA account, and savers will benefit from principal protection, so the account balance will never go down in value. The security in the account, like all savings bonds, will be backed by the U.S. government. Contributions can be withdrawn tax free at any time.

 

  • User-Friendly for Savers: Portable Account with Contributions that Are Voluntary, Automatic, and Small. Initial investments could be as low as $25 and contributions that are as low as $5 could be made through easy-to-use payroll deductions.  Savers have the option of keeping the same account when they change jobs and can roll the balance into a private-sector retirement account at any time.

 

  • Favorable Investment Return: Same Secure Investment Return Available to Federal Employees. Savers will earn interest at the same variable interest rate as the federal employees’ Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Government Securities Investment Fund.

 

  • Widely Available: Available to Millions of Middle Class Americans Through Their Employer. This saving opportunity would be available to the millions of low- and middle-income households earning up to $191,000 a year.  These accounts will be offered through an initial pilot program to employees of employers who choose to participate by the end of 2014.  The accounts are little to no cost and easy for employers to use, since employers will neither administer the accounts nor contribute to them.   Participants could save up to $15,000, or for a maximum of 30 years, in their accounts before transferring their balance to a private sector Roth IRA.

 

*  Continuing to Work With Congress on the President’s Existing Proposals to

 

Make Sure That All Americans Can Have a Dignified Retirement  *

The President remains committed to working with Congress to help secure a dignified retirement for all Americans. While Social Security is and must remain a rock-solid, guaranteed progressive benefit that every American can rely on, the most secure retirement requires a three-legged stool that includes savings and pensions. That’s why the President is using his executive authority to create the “myRA” and has already proposed to work with Congress on the following proposals to help Americans save for their retirement:

 

  • Giving Every Employee Access to Easy, Payroll-Based Savings Through the Auto-IRA. About half of all American workers do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans like 401(k)s, which puts the onus on individuals to set up and invest in an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Up to 9 out of 10 workers automatically enrolled in a 401(k) plan through their employer make contributions, even years later, while fewer than 1 out of 10 workers eligible to contribute to an IRA voluntarily do so. The President’s budget will propose to establish automatic enrollment in IRAs (or “auto-IRAs”) for employees without access to a workplace savings plan, in keeping with a plan that he has proposed in every budget since he took office. Employers that do not provide any employer-sponsored savings plan would be required to connect their employees with a payroll deduction IRA.  This proposal could provide access to one-quarter of all workers, according to a recent study.

 

—–  Making Sure the Auto-IRA Works for Workers and Small Businesses. Workers would not be required to contribute and are free to opt out. Employers would also not contribute. The plan would also help defray the minimal administrative costs of establishing auto-IRAs for small businesses, including through tax incentives.

 

 

  • Removing Inefficient Retirement Tax Breaks for the Wealthiest While Improving Them for the Middle Class.  The Auto-IRA will spread the tax benefits for retirement savings to millions more middle-class Americans.  Current retirement tax subsidies disproportionately benefit higher-income households, many of whom would have saved with or without incentives. An estimated two-thirds of tax benefits for retirement saving go to the top 20% of earners, with one-third going to the top 5 percent of earners. Our tax incentives for retirement can be designed more efficiently.   According to one 2012 study, additional tax expenditures are a comparatively inefficient way to generate additional saving. The President has proposed to limit the benefits of tax breaks, including retirement tax preferences, for high income households to a maximum of 28 percent.  The President has also proposed to limit contributions to tax-preferred savings accounts once balances are about $3.2 million, large enough to fund a reasonable pension in retirement.

 

 

Importance of Securing a Dignified Retirement for All Americans *

 

  • Many Americans lack access to workplace retirement savings plans – usually the most effective and generous means of saving for retirement.  About half of all workers and 75 percent of part-time workers lack access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.

 

  • The financial crisis dealt a severe blow to the retirement outlook for many families, wiping out more than $12 trillion dollars in household wealth. While financial markets have returned to their pre-crisis levels, median household wealth has only recovered 45 percent of the losses during the recession.

 

  • The risk of an insecure retirement is especially great for women, minorities, and low-income Americans. Women continue to be less prepared for retirement than men and comprise 63 percent of the elderly living below the poverty line. White households have six times the wealth, including retirement savings, of African Americans or Hispanics. And low-wage and part-time workers are just one-third as likely as high-wage and full-time workers to participate in an employer-based retirement plan.

 

 

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President Barack Obama reviews his speech one last time while waiting in a room at the U.S. Capitol prior to delivering the State of the Union address in the House Chamber in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama reviews his speech one last time while waiting in a room at the U.S. Capitol prior to delivering the State of the Union address in the House Chamber in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Barack Tells Costco Employees In Lanham, Maryland: “We MUST Raise The Minimum Wage.”


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Three Out Of Four Americans Agree: It’s Time To Raise The Minimum Wage.

 

Raise The Minimum Wage – ’11 Must-Know Facts About The Minimum Wage’

 

 

President Barack Hussein Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after his State of the Union.

President Barack Hussein Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after his State of the Union.

 

Raising the minimum wage isn’t just pro-worker; it’s pro-economic growth. Putting money in the pockets of working families, as Henry Ford explained, means they’ll spend it on goods and services, which in turn helps businesses thrive and create more jobs.

 

Obama At Costco Promotes Higher Minimum Wage

 

Published on Jan 29, 2014

President Obama notes that Costco pays its workers a higher starting wage and therefor has fewer workers quit, making it a better company. He speaks from a Costco in Lanham, Maryland.

 

 

 

That’s why 75 percent of Americans − including so many business leaders I speak to − support a higher federal minimum wage. That’s why there’s a proud bipartisan history of raising the wage.

 

The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner – most likely a woman – responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children. How can we expect her to get by on a wage that, in real terms, isn’t worth as much as it was in the 1950s?

 

The value of the minimum wage simply hasn’t kept up with the cost of living, including the essentials a family needs to survive: a gallon of milk, a gallon of gas, monthly rent, a pair of children’s shoes and more.

 

Wages also haven’t kept up with workers’ output. Since 1979, productivity has increased more than 90 percent, but real average hourly earnings have gone up only 3.2 percent.

 

President Obama believes that income inequality is one of the most pressing matters facing the nation. If we are going to be a country that provides ladders of opportunity and believes in a thriving middle class, then we have to raise the minimum wage.

 

But don’t take my word for it. In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting with many low-wage workers – proud men and women who want nothing more than a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. I’ve looked into their eyes and seen their struggle and their sacrifice; their dignity and self-respect.

 

They wake up every morning and do their jobs. Now it’s time for Congress to do its job. It’s time to give minimum wage workers the raise they need, the raise they’ve earned, the raise they deserve.

 

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In the year since I asked this Congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs.  Many businesses have done it on their own.  Nick Chute is here tonight with his boss, John Soranno.  John’s an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough.  Only now he makes more of it: John just gave his employees a raise, to ten bucks an hour – a decision that eased their financial stress and boosted their morale.

 

Tonight, I ask more of America’s business leaders to follow John’s lead and do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.  To every mayor, governor, and state legislator in America, I say, you don’t have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on.  And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Profitable corporations like Costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity and reduce turnover. We should too.  In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.

 

Of course, to reach millions more, Congress needs to get on board. Today, the federal minimum wage is worth about twenty percent less than it was when Ronald Reagan first stood here.  Tom Harkin and George Miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.  This will help families.  It will give businesses customers with more money to spend.  It doesn’t involve any new bureaucratic program.  So join the rest of the country.  Say yes.  Give America a raise.

 

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The State of the Union Fact Sheet: Opportunity for All

 

Opportunity for All: Key Executive Actions the President Will Take in 2014

The President’s top priority remains ensuring middle class Americans feel secure in their jobs, homes and budgets.  To build real, lasting economic security the President will work with Congress and act on his own to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

Raising the Minimum Wage through Executive Order to $10.10 for Federal Contract Workers. The President will also continue to urge Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 across the nation because no one who works full-time should have to raise their family in poverty.

 

 

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President Barack Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage during a visit to a Costco store in Lanham, Maryland, the morning after last night’s  State of the Union

 

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Costco employees

 

President Barack Obama outlines his newly unveiled plans to boost wages for some workers and help Americans save for retirement no action from Congress necessary.

 

The Prez Makes His Entrance into Costco.

The Prez Makes His Entrance into Costco.

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President Barack Obama  as he tours Costco Wholesale in Woodmore Towne Centre in Lanham, Maryland

 

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Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors walk through the aisles at a Costco store

Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors walk through the aisles at a Costco store

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 23rd Of January. -10° In Iowa Today, Glad I’m NOT There.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Obama 2008 Profile

 

 

White House Schedule – January 23rd, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23rd, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2014

 

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

 

In the evening, the President will host a reception for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The Vice President will also attend. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 

Thursday, January 23 2014 All Times ET

 

9:00 AM: The Vice President delivers keynote remarks at Families USA’s 19th Annual Health Action Conference, Hyatt Regency.

 

10:00 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office.

 

11:30 AM: The Vice President meets with members of the Major County Sheriffs’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

12:45 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

2:00 PM: The Vice President meets with Mayors from across the United States to discuss workforce development, Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

 

5:15 PM: The President delivers remarks at a reception with U.S. Mayors; the Vice President also attends, East Room.

 

 

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Schedule for the Week of January 23rd, Thru January 24th, 2014

 

On Thursday, the President will host a reception for mayors at the White House.

 

On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

 

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January 23, 2014 5:15 PM EST

President Obama Speaks at the Conference of Mayors Reception

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January 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Barack Obama works on his State of the Union Address with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan in the Oval Office, Jan. 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama works on his State of the Union Address with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan in the Oval Office, Jan. 22, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

The White House Blog

 

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A Renewed Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault

 

A Day in the Life: Inside the State of the Union with Cody Keenan

 

Immigration and the Economy

 

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The President and Vice President Speak on Preventing Sexual Assault

January 22, 2014 | 17:31 |Public Domain

 

President Obama says that as a government, and as a nation, we have the capacity to stop sexual assault, support those who have survived it, and bring perpetrators to justice.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

January 22, 2014 | 53:26 |Public Domain

 

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing.

 

 

 

President Obama Meets with the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

January 22, 2014 | 3:46 |Public Domain

 

President Obama meets with members of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which was created following the President’s 2013 State of the Union pledge to identify non-partisan ways to shorten lines at polling places, promote the efficient conduct of elections, and provide better access to the polls for all voters. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

 

 

Our Strength is Our People: David’s Story

 

Published on Jan 23, 2014

Cumberland resident David Kennedy talks about why he believes Alison Lundergan Grimes should be Kentucky’s next U.S. Senator. To read Alison’s detailed jobs plan for Kentucky’s future head to: bit.ly/KentuckyJobsPlan.

 

 

 

The Making of “Elsie & Thelma” 2011 Alison Lundergan Grimes Video

 

 

 

“Elsie & Thelma” – 2011 Alison Lundergan Grimes TV Ad

 

 

 

Corporate Personhood: How Did We Get Here? | Legalize Democracy

 

 

 

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Barack After Dark™: State of the Union with Cody Keenan. Call to Action to End Rape and Sexual Assault.

 

8-Year-Old Tyler J. Doohan Dies Rescuing 6 Relatives From Trailer Fire, Dies Trying To Save The 7th Relative.

 

Nicole Oulson, Widow Of Chad Oulson, Murdered For Texting…Speaks About Their “Date Night” At A Movie.

 

Celebrating The 41st Year of Roe v. Wade

 

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

 

Barack After Dark™: Michelle Slams. Barack’s SOTU. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. Polar Vortex Returns.

 

The 35th School Shooting Since Newtown, At Purdue University Today, Also Locked Down Associate Professor Of Psychological Studies at Purdue University, Ms. Julia Chester, The Regional Manager for Moms Demand Action.

 

 

Statements and Releases January 22, 2014

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of Australia

 

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi

 

Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

 

 

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