Weekly Address: Congress Needs To Act On Minimum Wage


 

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Weekly Address: Congress Needs to Act on Minimum Wage

 

In this week’s address, the President highlights small business owners across the country acting to raise wages for their workers, and calls on Congress to give America a raise so more hard-working Americans have the opportunity to get ahead.

 

 

 

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Mensaje De La Casa Blanca

 

Published on Apr 26, 2014

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de la Oficina de Administración de Personal Katherine Archuleta habló sobre la importancia de aumentar el salario mínimo a fin de que todos los que trabajan duro ganen el salario que se merecen.

 

 

 

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What $10.10 Would Mean For Your State. Raise The Wage.

 

In this year’s State of the Union addressPresident Obama called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

 

That would benefit more than 28 million workers — helping families across the country make ends meet.

 

But exactly how would it help? We’ll show you.

 

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and soon after signed an Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for the individuals working on new federal service contracts.

 

Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers, and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. Learn more below, and share this page with your friends and family.

 

Raising the federal minimum wage would not only benefit more than 28 million workers across the country, but 19 million workers from all types of households would see a direct increase in their wages

 

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Today, the real value of the minimum wage has fallen by nearly one-third since its peak in 1968. And right now, a full-time minimum wage worker makes $14,500 a year, which leaves too many families struggling to make ends meet.

 

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Raising the minimum wage will help millions of Americans

 

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Raise The Minimum Wage: Barack Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor – Full Speech.

 

 

Obama Speaks At Michigan University, Ann Arbor– Full Speech

 

Published on Apr 2, 2014

President Obama speaks about raising the minimum wage while visiting the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

 

 

 

 

Add Your Name: America Deserves a Raise

 

Last Friday, I spoke at a rally in Cleveland about raising the minimum wage. While I was there, I had the opportunity to talk with 11-year-old Jesseca Hudson, who came out to show her support.

 

Before I’d even boarded my plane back to D.C., she had already emailed me, telling me how she wanted to help in the fight to give millions of workers the wages they deserve.

 

Jesseca doesn’t think that someone working full-time should struggle to make ends meet. But full-time workers earning the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 only earn about $14,500 a year in wages — below the poverty line for a family of two.

 

That’s unacceptable. And it’s why the President has called on Congress and state governments to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour — and on businesses to act on their own to increase the pay of their workers.

 

If you agree, then add your name, and share why you think we need to raise the wage.

 

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Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will benefit about 28 million workers across the country. And it will help businesses, too — raising the wage will put more money in people’s pockets, which they will pump back into the economy by spending it on goods and services in their communities.

 

The bottom line: America deserves a raise.

 

And it’s not just 11-year-olds that understand why it’s a problem that the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of its value since its peak in 1968. Nearly three out of fourAmericans agree we should raise the wage.

 

If you agree it’s time that we answer the President’s call to increase the minimum wage and reward honest work, add your name and share why.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

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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’

 

 

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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NEW WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Impact Of Raising The Minimum Wage On Women


 

By Jueseppi B.

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NEW WHITE HOUSE REPORT: The Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage on Women and the Importance of Ensuring a Robust Tipped Minimum Wage

 

“Most people who would get a raise if we raise the minimum wage are not teenagers on their first job – their average age is 35.  A majority of lower-wage jobs are held by women.  These Americans are working full-time, often supporting families, and if the minimum wage had kept pace with our economy’s productivity, they’d already be earning well over $10 an hour today.  Instead, it’s stuck at $7.25.  Every time Congress refuses to raise it, it loses value because the cost of living goes higher, minimum wage stays the same.”

- President Obama, Remarks at Central Connecticut State University, March 5, 2014

Over the past 30 years, modest minimum wage increases have not kept pace with the rising costs of basic necessities for working families. No one who works full time should have to raise his or her family in poverty. President Obama supports raising the minimum wage to help build real, lasting economic security for the middle class and has made it a key part of his plan to create more opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead in 2014.

The President knows this is important for workers, and good for the economy. That is why the President has already signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage and tipped minimum wage for federal contract workers and is calling on Congress to raise the national minimum wage  from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour and index it to inflation thereafter, while also raising the tipped minimum wage for the first time in over 20 years. Increasing the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage is especially important for women, who make up more than half of the workforce in jobs that pay the minimum wage and tipped occupations. Today, the White House is releasing a new report that lays out how women and the workforce would benefit if Congress passed legislation to raise the national minimum wage and tipped minimum wage for all Americans. Key findings from the report include:

Raising the minimum wage is especially important for women because:

  • Women in the workforce are more highly concentrated in low-wage sectors such as personal care and healthcare support occupations.
  • Women account for more than half (55 percent) of all workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage to $10.10.

Women also make up the majority of workers in predominantly tipped occupation.  Under Federal law, employers are allowed to pay a “tipped minimum wage” of $2.13 to employees who regularly earn tips as long as their tips plus the tipped minimum wage meet or exceed $7.25 per hour.

  • Women account for 72 percent of all workers in predominantly tipped occupations – such as restaurant servers, bartenders, and hairstylists.
  • Average hourly wages for workers in predominantly tipped occupations are nearly 40 percent lower than overall average hourly wages.
  • Workers in predominantly tipped occupations are twice as likely as other workers to experience poverty, and servers are almost three times as likely to be in poverty.
  • About half of all workers in predominantly tipped occupations would see their earnings increase as a result of the President’s proposal.

The national tipped minimum wage has been stuck at $2.13 for over 20 years.  Partly as a result, tipped workers are at greater risk of not earning the full minimum wage, even though employers are required by law to ensure that employees’ tips plus their employer-paid wage meet or exceed the full minimum wage.

  • Since 1991, the tipped minimum wage has declined by 40 percent in real terms.  Today, the tipped minimum wage equals just 29 percent of the full minimum wage, the lowest share since the tipped minimum wage was established in 1966.
  • When surveyed, more than 1 in 10 workers in predominantly tipped occupations report hourly wages below the full national minimum wage, including tips. This fact highlights the challenges of ensuring compliance with minimum wage laws for tipped workers, as the employer contribution has been eroded by 20 years of inflation.
  • Many states have recognized the need for a greater employer contribution to the wages of tipped workers. Currently 32 states (including the District of Columbia) require employers to pay tipped workers an hourly wage that exceeds the national tipped minimum of $2.13 – and seven of these states require employers to pay both tipped and non-tipped workers the same state minimum wage before tips.

Raising the full minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage will help reduce poverty among women and their families, as well as make progress toward closing the gender pay gap.

  • About one-quarter (26 percent) of all workers who would benefit from increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 have dependent children, and 31 percent of female workers who would benefit have children.
  • 2.8 million working single parents would benefit from the President’s proposed increase in the full minimum wage, more than 80 percent of whom are women.
  • Research shows that raising the minimum wage reduces child poverty among female-headed households.
  • Increasing the minimum wage can also help women work their way out of poverty and into the middle class.
  • For every dollar that men earn, women earn just 77 cents. Estimates from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers suggest that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and indexing it to inflation could close about 5 percent of the gender wage gap.

 

Read the entire report in PDF form…..

THE IMPACT OF RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE ON WOMEN – March 2014

 

This report was prepared by the National Economic
Council, the Council of Economic Advisers, the
Domestic Policy Council, and the Department of
Labor

 

 

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A Brand New Day™: Weekly Address. White House Blog Updates.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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February 01, 2014
06:00 AM EST

 

In his weekly address, President Obama discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

 

 

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February 01, 2014 | 2:43 |Public Domain

 

En el mensaje de esta semana, la Directora de los Medios Hispanos Katherine Vargas habló sobre los temas del Estado de la Unión del martes. El Presidente presentó un conjunto de propuestas prácticas y concretas para hacer crecer la economía, fortalecer la clase media, y para empoderar a todas las personas que desean ser parte de la clase media.

 

 

 

Weekly Address: Restoring Opportunity for All

WASHINGTON, DC— In this week’s address, the President discussed the goals he laid out in the State of the Union address to expand opportunity for all so that every American can get ahead and have a shot at creating a better life for their kids.

 

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online atwww.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, Saturday, February 1, 2014.

 

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
February 1, 2014

 

Hi, everybody.

 

This week, I delivered my State of the Union Address. Today, here’s the three-minute version.

 

After four years of economic growth with eight million new private sector jobs, our unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in more than five years.  And with the economy speeding up, companies say they intend to hire more people this year.

 

But while those at the top are doing better than ever, average wages have barely budged.  Inequality has deepened.  Too many Americans are working harder and harder just to get by.  And too many still aren’t working at all.

 

Our job is to reverse those trends.  It’s time to restore opportunity for all people – the idea that no matter who you are, if you work hard and live up to your responsibilities, you can make it if you try.

 

The opportunity agenda I laid out on Tuesday has four parts. This week, I took them on the road.

 

Job one is more new jobs: jobs in construction and manufacturing, jobs in innovation and energy.

 

In Wisconsin, I talked with plant workers at GE about part two: training more Americans with the skills to fill those new jobs.

 

In Tennessee, I talked with students about part three: guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, from early childhood, through college, and right into a career.

 

And with steelworkers in Pittsburgh, and retail workers in Maryland, I laid out part four: making sure hard work pays off for men and women, with wages you can live on, savings you can retire on, and health insurance that’s there for you when you need it.

 

These ideas will strengthen the middle class and help more people work their way into the middle class.  Some of them will require Congress.  But wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families on my own, I will.  I’m going to ask business leaders, education leaders, and philanthropic leaders to partner with us to advance these goals.

 

And every single day, I’m going to fight for these priorities – to shift the odds back in favor of more working and middle-class Americans, and to keep America a place where you can always make it if you try.

 

Thanks.  Have a great weekend.  And enjoy the Super Bowl.

 

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January 31st 2014: Photo of the Day

 

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

White House Schedule – Week Of February 3rd to 6th 2014

 

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

 

On Tuesday, the President will deliver remarks on education. In the evening, the President will host the House Democratic Caucus for a roundtable and reception at the White House. The Vice President will also attend.

 

On Wednesday, the President will deliver remarks at the Senate Democratic Issues Conference.

 

On Thursday, the President will deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast. The Vice President and the First Lady will also attend. Later, the President will meet with President Martelly of Haiti at the White House.

 

Details about Friday’s schedule will be released as they become available.

 

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Proud To Be

 

Published on Jan 27, 2014

Watch the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never air. Get involved by contacting the Washington Professional Football Team, the NFL and the Washington Post.

 

 

 

President Obama Gets Asked “How Are You?” in a Google+ Hangout

January 31, 2014 | 4:23 |Public Domain

 

During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answered questions from people joining around the country. Including Rob in Portland who asked, “How are you?” Watch what President Obama had to say.

 

 

 

Press Briefing

January 31, 2014 | 47:43 |Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Giving the Long-Term Unemployed a Fair Shot

January 31, 2014 | 20:58 |Public Domain

East Room.

 

 

 

West Wing Week 01/31/14 or “West Wing Week Turns 200!”

January 30, 2014 | 6:57 |Public Domain

 

This anniversary episode, hosted by the President, coincides with this year’s State of the Union Address. We’ll take you behind the scenes and on the road to speak directly with Americans like you about your lives and your families, and how together we can make sure that every American who works and studies hard has a real chance to get ahead.

 

 

Friday, January 24th

  • The President participated in pre-State of the Union preparations.

 

Tuesday, January 28th

 

Wednesday, January 29th

  • The President toured the Costco in Lanham, Marylandand spoke on the company’s leadership on employee pay.
  • Later that day, the President toured the US Steel Irvin Plant in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania to speak on making hard work pay off for every single American.

 

Thursday, January 30th

  • The President toured the General Electric gas engines factory and discussed the rebounding of the U.S. manufacturing sector in Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Then, the President delivered a speech on educational opportunity at McGavock High School

 

 

The White House Blog

 

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Kori Schulman
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January 31, 2014
07:51 PM EST

 

President Barack Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ President Barack Obama participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the issues and policies that he laid out in the State of the Union address, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. January 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This afternoon, President Obama traveled (virtually) around the country via Google+ Hangout to answer questions about his State of the Union Address from everyday Americans. Starting on the West Coast and heading East, the President spoke to Sheila in San Francisco about immigration reform; Darnell, a fry cook at a fast-food company in Milwaukee, about raising the minimum wage; and Rob in Portland who simply asked, “how are you?

 

Watch the full video of the Hangout below, or over on YouTube. And be sure to follow the White House on Google+ for more opportunities to engage with the President and his administration.

 

 

 

New Transit Projects Connect Communities to Opportunities

 

Road Trip with President Obama

 

President Obama Extends Best Wishes for the Lunar New Year

 

President Obama Travels the Country to Promote Opportunity for All

 

Mad Men, Working Women, and Fair Pay

 

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden provide encouragement to Erick Varela, who was about to introduce the President, prior to an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed, in the Green Room of the White House, Jan. 31, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Barack Hussein Obama Takes A Seat With “The Leads” Jake Tapper, For CNN.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Published on Jan 31, 2014

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CNN Exclusive: President Obama says he’s not recalibrating ambitions

 

By Jake Tapper and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN

 

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) — Once, Barack Obama spoke of what he wanted for his presidency in terms of healing a nation divided. “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal,” he said.

 

Today, Obama is talking about executive orders and executive actions — with a pen or phone — if a divided Congress won’t or can’t act on an agenda he laid out this week in his State of the Union address.

 

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But in an exclusive interview airing Friday on CNN, the President insists he has not recalibrated his ambitions.

 

“In no way are my expectations diminished or my ambitions diminished. But what is obviously true is we’ve got a divided government right now,” Obama said.

 

“The House Republicans, in particular, have had difficulty rallying around any agenda, much less mine. And in that kind of environment, what I don’t want is the American people to think that the only way for us to make big change is through legislation. We’ve all got to work together to continue to provide an opportunity for the next generation.”

 

Just days after his address to the nation, where he blended hopeful calls for a unified approach with declarations of presidential independence through executive orders, he sounded less than confident that Congress would come around.

 

“I think there are some issues where it’s going to be tough for them to move forward, and I am going to continue to reach out to them and say here are my best ideas, I want to hear yours,” the President said during the interview conducted in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

“But, as I said in the State of the Union, I can’t wait. And the American people, more importantly, cannot wait.”

 

Among the actions the President has taken is securing commitments from some of the nation’s largest companies for a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed.

 

“What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Wal-mart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let’s establish best practices,” Obama said.

 

“Because they’ve been unemployed … so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they’re weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview.”

 

In a wide-ranging interview that touched on everything from security at the Winter Olympics to the legalization of pot, here is what else the President had to say:

 

‘The imperial presidency?’

Since the President announced 12 areas where he would take executive actions — from raising the minimum wage for federal workers to creating a “starter” retirement savings account — that would bypass Congress, he has been under fire from a number of Congressional Republicans.

 

Sen. Ted Cruz described the actions as “the imperial presidency,” and House Republicans have threatened to rein in the President’s use of executive actions.

 

“I don’t think that’s very serious,” Obama said, adding that every president engages in executive actions.

 

CNN Exclusive: Obama’s diminished expectations?

 

Published on Jan 31, 2014

President Barack Obama gives his first interview since the State of the Union to CNN’s Jake Tapper.

 

 

He said his administration has been disciplined, taking such actions sparingly.

 

“We make sure we’re doing it within the authority that we have under the statute,” Obama said. “But I am not going to make an apology for saying that if I can help middle class families and folks who are working hard to try to get in the middle class do a little bit better, then I’m going to do it.”

 

“It’s a tough argument for the other side to make that not only are they willing to not do anything, but they also want me not to do anything.”

 

And that he said would only make the low opinion Americans have of Congress even lower.

 

 

‘Not going to prejudge

The one area where Obama says he believes he can work with Republicans is on the subject of immigration and the path to citizenship, a cornerstone issue for Democrats.

 

Obama: GOP made progress on immigration

 

Published on Jan 31, 2014

President Obama discusses immigration reform in an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

 

 

 

The major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans will likely be whether or not the estimated 11 million undocumented workers in this country be given a path to citizenship. Obama refused to say whether he would veto a bill that did not contain such a provision; it is likely that House Republicans would not pass any bill that included a path to citizenship.

 

“I’m not going to prejudge what gets to my desk,” he said.

 

On Thursday, House Republicans released a one-page document that outlined what they called the standards of immigration reform, which calls for legal status, but not citizenship.

 

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“I think the principle that we don’t want two classes of people in America is a principle that a lot of people agree with, not just me and not just Democrats. But I am encouraged by what Speaker (John) Boehner has said,” Obama said.

 

“… I genuinely believe that Speaker Boehner and a number of House Republicans, folks like Paul Ryan, really do want to get a serious immigration reform bill done. And keep in mind that the Senate bill and the legislation that I’ve supported already calls for a very long process of earning citizenship. You had to pay fines. You had to learn English. You had to pay back taxes. And you had to go to the back of the line. And at the end of that, you could get citizenship.”

 

 

The marijuana experiment

When it was pointed out that the President’s remarks to The New Yorker magazine about marijuana — which he described as a bad habit but not any worse for a person than alcohol — contradict the administration’s official policy on marijuana, Obama stood by his views.

 

Exclusive: Obama talks about pot

 

Published on Jan 31, 2014

President Barack Obama talks to CNN’s Jake Tapper about marijuana legalization in an exclusive interview.

 

 

 

The President declined to say whether he would support removing marijuana as a “Schedule One” narcotic, a classification that includes heroin and ecstasy.

 

“I stand by my belief based on the scientific evidence that marijuana for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge,” he said.

 

Obama said his main concern is the criminalization of marijuana use.

 

“My concern is when you end up having very heavy criminal penalties for individual users that have been applied unevenly and, in some cases, with a racial disparity,” he said.

 

“I think that is a problem. We’re going to see what happens in the experiments in Colorado and Washington. The Department of Justice under Eric Holder has said that we are going to continue to enforce federal laws.”

 

At the same time, the President said the federal government doesn’t have the resources to police whether somebody is “smoking a joint on the corner.”

 

Rather, he said, the government was working to make sure that drug traffickers and the spillover of violence from the drug trade are not “creeping out of this experiment that is taking place.”

 

Obama offered what he described as a “cautionary note” for those who see legalization of marijuana as a panacea.

 

“I think they have to ask themselves some tough questions, too. Because if we start having a situation where big corporations with lots of resources and distribution and marketing arms are suddenly going out there, peddling marijuana, then the levels of abuse that may take place are going to be higher,” he said.

 

 

‘Win back confidence’

Obama did not suggest that he was disappointed with National Intelligence Director James Clapper for not being honest in his testimony before Congress last year about the mass surveillance programs that were revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

 

Clapper later justified his untrue answer by saying it was the “least untruthful” one he could give. “Least untruthful” was not exactly a term Obama used on the campaign trail.

 

So did he have concerns about what Clapper said?

 

“I think that Jim Clapper himself would acknowledge, and has acknowledged, that he should have been more careful about how he responded,” Obama said.

 

“His concern was that he had a classified program that he couldn’t talk about, and he was in an open hearing in which he was asked, he was prompted to disclose a program, and so he felt he was caught between a rock and a hard place.”

 

The President acknowledged that the leaks, including details about the wide-ranging use of the surveillance programs, damaged the confidence of Americans as well as other nations.

 

“It’s going to take some time” to win back that confidence, he said. “It’s going to take some work, partly because the technology has just moved so quickly that discussions that needed to be had didn’t happen fast enough.”

 

 

Russia understands ‘the stakes here’

Neither the President, his wife nor his daughters will be attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

 

Asked what he would tell close friends who asked if they should attend amid security concerns, he said: “I’d tell them that I believe Sochi is safe and that there are always some risks in these large international gatherings.”

 

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President Obama tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that the 2014 Olympics held in Sochi, Russia will be safe.

 

 

Much has been made about Russia’s ability to keep the athletes, coaches and spectators safe in a region where terror threats are very real.

 

“The Russian authorities understand the stakes here. They understand that there are potential threats that are out there, and we are coordinating with them,” he said.

 

“We’ve looked at their plans. I think we have a good sense of the security that they are putting in place to protect not only the athletes themselves, but also visitors there.”

 

In large settings like the Olympics, there is always some risk, Obama said.

 

“I don’t want to completely discount those. But as we’ve seen here in the United States, at the Boston Marathon, there were some risks if you have lone wolves or small cells of folks who are trying to do some damage,” he said.

 

That said, the President encouraged Americans traveling to the Olympics to register with the U.S. State Department and read the material posted on its web site about “prudent measures” people should take.

 

 

‘In harms way

During his State of the Union address, the President brought many to tears with a tribute to Army Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, a veteran who was on his 10th deployment when he was injured by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

 

Remsburg, who is now disabled, was sitting with first lady Michelle Obama when he was given a prolonged standing ovation.

 

Obama had met Remsburg before he deployed, before he was wounded.

 

As commander-in-chief, Obama said he meets what he describes as “amazing” service members who make up the country’s all-volunteer military.

 

“But it also means only 1% of the American people are in harms way, and their families are the ones bearing that burden,” Obama said. “Which means that when we make decisions about war, it is that much more important for lawmakers and the president to understand that there are consequences to this.”

 

Jake Tapper reported from Waukesha, Wisconsin; and Chelsea J. Carter wrote from Atlanta.

 

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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Friday The 31st Of January. Goodbye January & The Polar Vortex.


 

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White House Schedule – January 31st, 2014

 

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

 

Later in the morning, the President and Vice President will convene a group of CEOs and other leaders around supporting best practices for hiring the long-term unemployed. There will be a pool spray at the top of the meeting.

 

In the afternoon, the President will hold an event to outline new efforts to help the long-term unemployed. The Vice President will also attend. Following these remarks, Administration officials will host two panel discussions on the topic. The President’s remarks and the panel discussion are open press.

 

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Opportunity for All: Ready to Work
Scheduled for Jan 31, 2014

 

A conversation with the President, members of his Administration, leaders from the private sector, and practitioners on providing support for the long-term unemployed.

 

 

 

Later in the afternoon, President Obama will take a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the issues and policies laid out in the speech with people joining from around the United States. This event will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/whitehouse and the White House Google+ page.

 

Today President Obama will take a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss the issues and policies laid out in the speech with citizens joining from around the country.

 

 

Want to come along for the ride? Find out how to participate.

 

Friday, January 31 2014  All Times ET

 

9:45 AM: THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing,Oval Office.

 

10:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with CEOs, The State Dining Room.

 

 

Chicago area CEO’s at White House for jobs and skills training event today

 

List of CEO’s, Chicago area firms in boldface

· Patrick Beharelle, CEO, Seaton Corporation
· Jorge Benitez, CEO of United States and Managing Director of North America, Accenture
· Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Solutions, Inc.
· Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO, US Bancorp
· John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay, Inc.
· Joe Echevarria, CEO, Deloitte LLP
· Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
· James Gorman, Chairman and CEO, Morgan Stanley
· Mike Lawrie, President and CEO, Computer Sciences Corporation
· Jim McNerney, Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing Company
· Steve Mollenkopf, CEO-Elect and President, Qualcomm, Inc.
· Brian Moynihan, President and CEO, Bank of America
· Arne Sorenson, President and CEO, Marriot International
· Dr. Michael Suess, Managing Board Member, Siemens
· Don Thompson, President and CEO, McDonald’s Corporation
· John Veihmeyer, Chairman and CEO, KPMG
· Frederick Waddell, Chairman & CEO, Northern Trust
· Greg Wasson, President and CEO, Walgreen Company

· Bill Whitmore, CEO, AlliedBarton
· Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications
· Larry Zimpleman, Chairman, President, and CEO, Principal Financial Group

 

Small Business Owners:
· Michael Tamasi, President and CEO, AccuRoundsSmall
· Anne Zimmerman, President, Zimmerman & Co., CPAs, Inc. & Zimcom Internet Solutions

 

 

City Colleges Chancellor Cheryl Hyman at White House jobs skills event Friday

 

WASHINGTON–The White House is hosting an event dealing with jobs skills and the long-term unemployed on Friday and City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman is attending the meeting with President Barack Obama, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez. A variety of CEO’s will also be at the White House for Obama’s push for more private/public partnerships which Obama discussed in Tuesday’s State of the Union message. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been trumpeting the City Colleges programs where the schools trains students for “living wage” occupations with Chicago companies looking to hire.

 

 

11:30 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks outlining new efforts to help the long-term unemployed; THE VICE PRESIDENT also attends, The East Room.

 

12:30 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, The Brady Press Briefing Room.

 

 

2:00 PM: THE PRESIDENT participates in a virtual road trip across the country via Google+ Hangouts to discuss his State of the Union Address, Roosevelt Room.

 

 

Wendy Davis, Texas Democratic governor contender Chicago fundraiser Tuesday

 

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WASHINGTON–Wendy Davis, the Texas state senator who leveraged a filibuster to a Democratic run for governor, hits Chicago on Tuesday for a fundraiser. The funder is at the Paris Club, 59 W. Hubbard. Price points: from $50 to $500.

 

 

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White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

Next Up…

January 31, 2014 11:30 AM EST

Opportunity for All: Ready to Work

The White House, Watch White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

 

January 31, 2014 12:30 PM EST

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

The White House,  Watch White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

 

January 31, 2014 2:00 PM EST

President Obama Participates in a Google+ Hangouts to Discuss his State of the Union Address

The White House,  Watch White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

January 30th 2014: Photo of the Day

 

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President Obama exits Marine One on his return to the White House from stops in Wisconsin and Tennessee, Jan. 30

President Obama exits Marine One on his return to His House from stops in Wisconsin and Tennessee, Jan. 30th, 2014.

 

 

The White House Blog

 

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President Obama Travels the Country to Promote Opportunity for All

 

 

 

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Mad Men, Working Women and Fair Pay

 

Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2013

 

A Different Look at the 2014 State of the Union

 

Remarks by the President on Retirement Security

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage

 

 

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Barack After Dark™: It Was A Good Day. Waukesha, Wisconsin & Nashville, Tennessee.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama Talks Let’s Move!, Signing up for the Affordable Care Act, And Valentine’s Day, With Ryan Seacrest.

 

 

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Celebrating Black History Month: The Black History Moment Series #1. Slavery.

 

Celebrating Black History Month: The Black History Moment Series #2. The Middle Passage.

 

 

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POTUS on board!

 

 

 

McMorris Rodgers on equal pay…More GOP Lies & Misinformation

 

 

 

Cheerios 2014 Super Bowl Game Day Ad | “Gracie”

 

 

 

Just When You Thought the KKK Couldn’t Get Any Dumber…

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks/ Statements and Releases

 

Remarks by the President on a World-Class Education

 

Remarks by the President on Opportunity for All and Skills for America’s Workers

 

Remarks by the President on Retirement

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage — Lanham, MD

 

Presidential Nominations and Withdrawals sent to the Senate

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

FACT SHEET: Opportunity For All: Empowering All Americans with the Skills Needed for In-Demand Jobs

 

 

Opportunity for All: Ready to Work

 

Scheduled for Jan 31, 2014

A conversation with the President, members of his Administration, leaders from the private sector, and practitioners on providing support for the long-term unemployed.

 

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

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Presidential Memorandum — Job-Driven Training for Workers

 

Presidential Memorandum — Retirement Savings Security

 

 

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Sanford Myers / The Tennessean President Barack Obama arrives at Berry Field Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville.

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President Barack Obama arrives at Berry Field Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville.

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George Walker IV / THE TENNESSEAN President Barack Obama prepares to leave on Air Force One from Berry Field Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

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President Barack Obama prepares to leave on Air Force One from Berry Field Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Sanford Myers / The Tennessean President Barack Obama waves farewell before departing Berry Field Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

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President Barack Obama waves farewell before departing Berry Field Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

George Walker IV / THE TENNESSEAN President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Berry Field Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

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President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Berry Field Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

Sanford Myers / The Tennessean Air Force One taxis away with President Barack Obama on board at Berry Field Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Air Force One taxis away with President Barack Obama on board at Berry Field Air National Guard Base on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

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