By Jueseppi B.
Watch this: Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act
Yesterday, President Obama signed a bill that both strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act.
The new law will provide resources for thousands of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking — and better equip law enforcement officials to stop violence before it starts. After a great deal of effort and backing from folks like you, it passed with bipartisan support in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
It builds on a law that Vice President Biden first wrote 18 years ago — which has helped to decrease the rates of domestic violence across the country. It includes provisions aimed at reducing dating violence among teams and strengthening protections for lesbian gay, bisexual, and transgender victims. It also seeks to bring justice to Native American communities — where rates of domestic violence are among the highest in the country.
President Obama Signs the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization
Published on Mar 7, 2013
President Obama and Vice President Biden deliver remarks before the signing of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization. March 7, 2013.
While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides evidence that the recovery that began in mid-2009 is gaining traction. Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 246,000 jobs in February. Total non-farm payroll employment rose by 236,000 jobs last month. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for three straight years, and a total of 6.35 million jobs have been added over that period.
The household survey showed that the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February, the lowest since December 2008. The labor force participation rate edged down 0.1 percentage point to 63.5 percent in February.
It is important to bear in mind that the reference period for today’s surveys was the week of February 10-16 for the household survey and the pay period containing February 12th for the establishment survey, both of which were before sequestration began. The Administration continues to urge Congress to move toward a sustainable Federal budget in a responsible way that balances tax loophole closing, entitlement reform, and sensible spending cuts, while making critical investments in the economy that promote growth and job creation and protecting our most vulnerable citizens.
According to the establishment survey, in February employment rose notably in professional and business services (+73,000), construction (+48,000), health care (+32,000), leisure and hospitality (+24,000), and retail trade (+23,700). Manufacturing gained 14,000 jobs in February. The manufacturing sector has added over half a million jobs over the last 37 months, the most for any such period since 1986. In the last two years the construction sector has added 306,000 jobs, with half of that increase occurring in the last five months. State and local governments lost 10,000 jobs in February, mostly in education. The local government education sector has now lost 340,700 jobs since its recent peak in November 2009.
As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available.
Alan Kreuger is the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers
West Wing Week: 03/08/13 or “Jedi Mind-Meld”
Friday, March 1st
- The President answered questions from White House reporters about his plans to move the country forward in light of the harmful automatic budget cuts — known as the sequester — that threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cut vital services, that are taking place because Republicans in Congress refuse to close loopholes that only benefit the wealthy and the well-connected.
Monday, March 4th
- The President announced his nominees to lead the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of Management and Budget.
- The President convened the 17th meeting with his Cabinet- the first of his second term, to discuss how each agency would address the sequester and its impact on American families.
Tuesday, March 5th
- The President spent some time with the staff of the Office of Management and Budget, reflecting on the importance of the work they’re doing in light of the sequester.
Thursday, March 7th
- The President and Vice President traveled to the Department of the Interior for the signing of the Violence Against Women Act, which continues to strengthen the criminal justice system’s response to crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault and trafficking.
Statements and Releases
Statement from the President on the Confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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The Employment Situation in February
Today’s report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that private sector businesses added 246,000 jobs in February. The economy has now added private sector jobs every month for three straight years, and a total of 6.35 million jobs have been added over that period.
No One Should Have to Live in Fear of Violence
Thanks to the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which President Obama signed yesterday, thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma.
White House Office Hours: The Violence Against Women Act
Do you have questions about the Violence Against Women Act? Today at 3:45 p.m. ET, we’re holding a session of White House Office Hours on Twitter with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, to answer your questions.
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
9:30 AM: The President and the Vice President receive the Presidential Daily Briefing.
10:00 AM: The President meets with senior advisors.
10:00 AM: The Vice President swears in John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
11:15 AM: The President meets with faith leaders to discuss the need for commonsense immigration reform.
12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
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