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A State-by-State Breakdown Of Damage Caused By The House Republican Budget.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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A State-by-State Breakdown of the Damage That Would Be Caused by the House Republican Budget

 

 

House Republicans this week are voting on a budget thatprotects tax breaks for the wealthiest rather than create opportunities for middle-class families to get ahead. It is the same old top-down approach and would raise taxes on middle-class families with children by an average of at least $2,000 in order to cut taxes for households with incomes over $1 million.

 

As in previous years, the House Republican Budget proposes deep funding reductions that would result in severe cuts to critical areas that are needed to support job creation, economic growth, a strong middle class, and assistance for lower income individuals, especially when compared to the overall level of investment in the President’s budget. Since House Republicans aren’t willing to identify specifically what they actually want to cut, one way to assess the potential damaging impact is to look at what would happen to key programs if the cuts compared to the President’s budget were applied evenly across the board.

 

The results show the potential extent of the damage across the country. Within a few years:

 

  • In Florida, 290,000 seniors benefited from the closure of the Medicare Part D prescription drug donut hole in 2013 alone and at least that many likely would have to pay more for their needed medications in future years.
  • In California, more than 50,000 fewer students would receive Pell Grants to help them pay for college.
  • In Ohio, the proposed Medicaid block grant would cut federal Medicaid funding for the state by more than $30 billion over the next decade, likely resulting in more uninsured individuals and less care for those still covered.
  • In Texas, 12,000 fewer children would receive Head Start services.
  • In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 people would lose job search assistance.
  • In Missouri, 1,700 fewer victims of domestic violence would be served through the STOP Violence Against Women Program.

 

A full list of state-by-state impacts can be found here.

 

The President has proposed a responsible budget that would grow our economy from the middle out, not the top down, and create more opportunities for every hardworking American to get ahead while continuing to cut the deficit in a balanced way. It is an approach that will secure our nation’s future and avoid the needless harm to our economy and citizens being proposed in the House Republican Budget.

 

Amy Brundage is Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director.

 

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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.

 

 

Budget Victory

 

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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TheObamaCrat Wake-Up Call™ For Friday The 7th Of March. Time Springs Ahead Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – March 7th, 2014

 

 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Miami, FL – The President and First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to the Miami area for an event on expanding opportunity for the middle class.

 

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
MONDAY, MARCH 7th, 2014

 

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

 

In the afternoon, the President and the First Lady will travel to Miami, Florida to visit Coral Reef High School. The President and the First Lady’s departure from the South Lawn and arrival at Homestead Air Reserve Base are open press.

 

While at Coral Reef High School, the President and the First Lady will visit a classroom and the President will deliver remarks. The President will discuss how a quality education has never been more important to economic success in this country.  If they work hard, students should have the opportunity to get a quality education that will prepare them to compete and win in a 21st century global economy. There will be travel pool coverage of the President and First Lady’s classroom visit, while the President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the evening, the President and the First Lady will remain in Key Largo, Florida for the weekend.

 

 

Friday, March 7 2014 All Times ET

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, The Oval Office.

 

11:05 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

11:20 AM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY depart Joint Base Andrews

 

Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One

 

1:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY arrive Homestead, Florida, Homestead Air Reserve Base.

 

2:25 PM: THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY visit a Coral Reef High School classroom, Coral Reef High School, Miami, Florida

 

2:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, Coral Reef High School, Miami, Florida.

 

The President and the First Lady will remain in Key Largo, Florida for the weekend.

 

 

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West Wing Week 3/7/14 or “Look Who’s In Our Room”

 

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This week, The White House hosted its first ever White House Student Film Festival, while the Presidentaddressed the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, presented his budget for Fiscal Year 2015, urged Congress to raise the minimum wage, and held a town hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

 

Friday, February 28th

·       The President hosted students from across the country for the first ever White House Student Film Festival.

·       Later that day, the President spoke on the ongoing developments in Ukraine.

 

 

Monday, March 3rd

·       The President hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on the ongoing process towards a two state solution.

 

 

Tuesday, March 4th

·       The President announced his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget.

·       Later, the President visited Powell Elementary School to discuss his roadmap for restoring opportunity for all Americans.

·       Following that, the First Lady honored the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award.

·       After that, the First Lady reached out to students at Ying Yu Public Charter School, where she spoke about her upcoming trip to visit schools in China.

 

 

Wednesday, March 5th

·       The President joined the Secretary of Labor and four Northeastern governors in Connecticut to speak on the urgent need to raise the minimum wage.

 

 

Thursday, March 6th

·       The President, participated in the “Tu Salud y La Nueva Ley” Town Hall at the Newseum in DC, centering on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act.

 

 

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Statement By President Barack Hussein Obama On Ukraine

 

Statement By Press Secretary Carney AND President Obama On The Ukraine

 

Be Aware Of Wolves Disguised As Sheep: Kesha Rodgers Is NOT A Democrat. She Is A Lyndon LaRouche Movement Plant.

 

Barack & Michelle After Dark™: West Wing Week. The White House Blog. President Obama And The First Lady Host “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul.”

 

Shannon Watts, Mayors Against Illegal Guns: VICTORY, Facebook heard you!

 

Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts” One On One With First Lady Michelle LaVaughn Obama.

 

The First Lady Welcomes “The Women of Soul” Student Workshop To The White House.

 

Michelle After Dark™: A Day In The Life: The First Lady Talks Healthy Families In Miami

 

First Lady Michelle Obama & Epicurious, Host 3rd Recipe Challenge Promoting Healthy Eating Nationwide.

 

President Obama And The First Lady Host “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul”

 

 

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Statements and Releases - March 06, 2014

 

Readout of President Obama’s call with President Putin of Russia

President Obama spoke for an hour this afternoon with President Putin of Russia. President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners. President Obama indicated that there is a way to resolve the situation diplomatically, which addresses the interests of Russia, the people of Ukraine, and the international community. As a part of that resolution, the governments of Ukraine and Russia would hold direct talks, facilitated by the international community; international monitors could ensure that the rights of all Ukrainians are protected, including ethnic Russians; Russian forces would return to their bases; and the international community would work together to support the Ukrainian people as they prepare for elections in May. President Obama indicated that Secretary Kerry would continue discussions with Foreign Minister Lavrov, the government of  Ukraine, and other international partners in the days to come to advance those objectives.

 

 

Statement by the President

Today, I signed the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act into law. This bipartisan legislation ensures that the federal government can continue to provide timely, effective drought warning forecasts and vital support to communities that are vulnerable to drought.  States, cities, towns, farmers, and businesses rely on tools and data from the National Integrated Drought Information System to make informed decisions about water use, crop planting, wildfire response, and other critical areas.  As climate change increases the intensity of weather-related disasters such as droughts, wildfires, storms and floods, providing access to updated drought-related science and tools is growing even more important.

 

Currently, a number of Western states are facing drought conditions, including a severe drought in California, and my Administration is pursuing every measure to provide relief and support in partnership with States. To complement the National Integrated Drought Information System, as part of my Climate Action Plan, federal agencies have also formed a National Drought Resilience Partnership to help communities better prepare for droughts in the long term, and prevent the worst impacts on families and businesses.  I commend Congress for passing this bipartisan bill to continue to build our national resilience to drought and help communities, farmers, businesses and individuals better prepare and recover when disaster strikes.

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 2431

On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the President signed into law:

H.R. 2431, the “National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2014,” which authorizes appropriations for the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) through FY 2018 and requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to report to Congress on the implementation of the NIDIS.

 

 

Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on Executive Order on Ukraine — Via Conference Call

 

 

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Israel

Coming out of the very productive consultations between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama during their bilateral meeting this week, President Obama has asked National Security Advisor Susan Rice to travel to Israel in May to lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group.  Ambassador Rice looks forward to her first visit to Israel as National Security Advisor to continue our strategic consultations on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.

 

 

Statement by the President on Ukraine

 

President Obama Speaks on Ukraine

March 06, 2014 | 4:20 | Public Domain

 

President Obama delivers a statement on Ukraine.

 

 

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on Ukraine

 

Press Briefing

March 06, 2014 | 53:31 | Public Domain

 

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

 

 

 

March 6th, 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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First Lady Michelle Obama waits backstage with staff at the St. Regis Hotel in Miami, Fla., March 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama waits backstage with staff at the St. Regis Hotel in Miami, Fla., March 5, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security staff in the Oval Office, March 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama meets with members of his national security staff in the Oval Office, March 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama during a town hall event with television hosts Jose Diaz Balart and Enrique Acevedo, far left, at the Newseum in Washington. The event was broadcast in both English and Spanish languages

President Barack Obama during a town hall event with television hosts Jose Diaz Balart and Enrique Acevedo, far left, at the Newseum in Washington. The event was broadcast in both English and Spanish languages

The Obama's & The Holder's enjoy an evening of “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul.”

The Obama’s & their guest enjoy an evening of “In Performance At The White House: Women of Soul.”

A young student uses a stethoscope to hear President Barack Obama's heartbeat during a classroom visit at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A young student uses a stethoscope to hear President Barack Obama’s heartbeat during a classroom visit at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., March 4, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

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YouTube Stars Talk Health Care at the White House

March 06, 2014 | 3:14 |Public Domain

 

President Obama met with some of YouTube’s most popular content creators to discuss ideas and strategies that can help raise awareness about health care enrollment. Learn more at healthcare.gov.

Participants included Hannah Hart, Iman Crosson (or Alphacat), Michael Stevens of Vsauce, Benny and Rafi Fine of The Fine Brothers, Mark Douglas, Todd Womack, and Ben Relles of BarelyPolitical, Peter Shuckoff and Lloyd Ahlquist of Epic Rap Battles of History: Tyler Oakley, Mickey Meyer and Daniel Kellison of Jash and Rachel Goldenberg from Funny or Die.

 

 

 

Introduction To In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul

March 06, 2014 | 5:04 |Public Domain

 

President and First Lady host “In Performance at the White House: Women of Soul” for music legends and contemporary major female artists at the White House celebrating the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women.

 

 

 

Student Workshop: The History of Women in Soul

March 06, 2014 | 1:01:26 |Public Domain

 

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts middle school, high school and college students from across the country for an interactive student workshop: “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.”

 

 

 

International Women’s Day Event on Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment

 

Published on Mar 6, 2014

International Women’s Day, the White House Council on Women and Girls hostsa discussion on breaking down barriers to women’s economic empowerment around the world.

 

 

 

President Obama Speaks at Café Beauregard in Connecticut

 

Published on Mar 5, 2014

President Obama delivers short remarks at a small business that pays its employees more than the minimum wage. March 5, 2014.

 

 

 

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President Obama’s Town Hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act

 

Yesterday, President Obama took part in a town hall at the Newseum in Washington, DC to discuss the Affordable Care Act and how the law benefits the Latino community. The town hall was hosted by Univision, Telemundo, impreMedia and the California Endowment.

 

The town hall, was televised and livestreamed in both English and Spanish, and provided an opportunity for Latinos across the country to learn more about how to enroll in affordable, quality health care via the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 

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Presidential Innovation Fellows Round 3: Serve. Create. Innovate.

 

Todd Park and Dan Tangherlini
March 06, 2014
09:00 AM EST

 

Today, we are very excited to announce that applications are now being accepted  for the third round of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. This initiative pairs talented, diverse individuals from outside government with top Federal innovators to implement game-changing projects that make the Federal Government work better for the American people.

 

At its core, the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program is as strong as the incredible people that are willing to join this effort and serve their country. That’s why we want the best and brightest individuals—original thinkers, gifted designers, tech-savvy strategists, private-sector doers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and talented developers and engineers—to offer up their skills and expertise to create huge value for the American public.

 

 

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President Obama Announces His 2015 Budget

 

 

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