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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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Peter Welsch
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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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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

 

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


 

By Jueseppi B.

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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.

 

Next Up…..
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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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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McMorris Rodgers on equal pay…More GOP Lies & Misinformation

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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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Barack’s World™: The White House Blog.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Tomorrow: Join a Virtual Road Trip with President Obama on Google+

 

Tomorrow 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.

 

 

 

Want to come along for the ride? Here’s how you can participate:

 

  • Record your video question now. Record a 60-second video question for the opportunity to participate in the Hangout Road Trip with the President. Be sure to include your name, location, a bit about yourself and the question you’d like to ask. Then, post it on YouTube or Google+with the hashtag #AskObama2014.

 

  • Watch the enhanced State of Union. Tune in toWhitehouse.gov on January 28th at 9pm ET to watch President Obama’s address live and enhanced with data, graphs and charts that explain the policies and issues he’ll be discussing in the speech.

 

 

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Be sure to follow the White House on Google+ for the latest updates on the Presidential Hangout Road Trip – and to learn about other Hangouts with Obama administration officials. The White House uses Google+ Hangouts to engage with citizens on issues from science and technology and immigration reform toholidays at the White House and the First Lady’s Let’s Move!initiative. After his 2012 and 2013 State of the Union adresses, President Obama joined virtual conversations with Americans to discuss the issues that matter most. You can watch video of those hangouts here and here.

 

We’re always looking for ways to engage with citizens online — and that’s why we’re kicking off a series of online engagement events with White House officials starting right after the speech. Find out all the ways you can engage with the 2014 State of the Union at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.

 

 

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January 30, 2014
04:06 PM EST

 

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the Department of Labor’s (Work in Progress) blog. See the original post here.

 

President Obama demonstrated his commitment to equal pay with the first bill he signed as president: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Jan. 29, 2009. In his State of the Union address five years later, President Obama again made a forceful argument for equal pay.

 

“Today, women make up about half our workforce,” he said. “But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment. A woman deserves equal pay for equal work. … It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.”

 

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Lilly Ledbetter went for years without knowing she was the victim of pay discrimination. Unfortunately, her experience is all too common. So, at the Labor Department we are working to make it easier for women to learn about the pay gap and to take action to protect their rights. We’ve developed several tools to help women ensure that they’re receiving fair wages, such as the web and Smartphone apps developed in our 2012 Equal Pay App Challenge.

 

We’re also working very hard to make sure that employers abide by the law when it comes to paying their workers fairly. At the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, while conducting audits we regularly collect and analyze data about how workers are being paid in order to find the “hidden discrimination” that they – like Ledbetter – don’t know about. Over the last four years, we have built up a pretty impressive record of fighting pay discrimination and winning, and winning and winning some more. I believe that trend will continue as we go forward.

 

Before I joined the Obama administration, I spent 26 years representing workers who had been affected by discrimination. And one thing I am sure of is that the best way to ensure equal pay is for workers to take an active role – to be their own best advocates.

 

With that in mind, here are three things every woman, and man, can do to mind the (pay) gap:

 

  1. Know your worth. Do your research, be aware of company and industry pay trends and don’t be afraid to negotiate for the salary and benefits you deserve.
  2. Know your rights. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 and the Equal Pay Act of 1963 are three key laws designed to eliminate pay discrimination.Learn what those laws require and how they apply to you.
  3. Take Action. If you are concerned that you are not being paid fairly, we are here to help.

 

Closing the pay gap is not easy nor is it the job of any one entity. In other words, we can’t do this alone.

 

President Obama encouraged the nation to work together to address the economic challenges women face, saying: “This year, let’s all come together – Congress, the White House, and businesses from Wall Street to Main Street – to give every woman the opportunity she deserves.  Because I firmly believe when women succeed, America succeeds.”

 

We agree.

 

At OFCCP, we will continue to make sure that employers understand and live up to their responsibilities under the law. We will also keep providing the information workers need to be their best advocates. Because getting to fair pay takes more than one agency or one advocate or one tool – it’s everyone’s job.

 

 

Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2013

 

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Economic growth was solid in the fourth quarter, a testament to the resilience of American businesses and families. The private sector’s strong performance in the fourth quarter caps off its fastest year of growth since 2003. And over the four quarters of 2013, real GDP grew 2.7 percent, its strongest rate in three years. Nevertheless, the unemployment rate is still unacceptably high, and too many Americans are still looking for a job and fighting to make ends meet. In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama outlined his plans to build on the progress made to date and ensure 2014 is a year of action, with steps to increase growth, create new jobs, and expand economic opportunity.

 

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

 

1. Real gross domestic product rose at a solid 3.2 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the 11th consecutive quarter of growth. Looking at the various components of GDP, growth in consumer spending picked up from the previous quarter, as did exports, business investment was in line with its recent performance, but Federal spending fell sharply, and housing posted its first quarterly decline since 2010. In the last two quarters economic growth accelerated to a 3.7 percent annual rate and over the four quarters of 2013, real GDP grew 2.7 percent, up from 2.0 percent in 2012. (Note that economists generally prefer to measure growth on a Q4/Q4 basis because that reflects what happened to the economy just in 2013, the alternative annual measure of growth also places considerable weight on what happened to the economy in 2012 and thus does not provide as meaningful a measure.)

 

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From Daycare to Diploma: A Conversation with Secretary Arne Duncan

 

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Streamed live on Jan 29, 2014

This Wednesday, as part of White House “Big Block of Cheese Day”, we’re hosting a Google+ Hangout with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Teacher of the Year, Kathy Hollowell-Makle.

Partnering with Google’s Connected Classrooms, we will be inviting students across America to ask questions on a range of education topics including pre-K, #STEM and College Affordability. Submit a question below or with #AsktheWH

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Retirement Security

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage

 

Open for Questions: State of the Union 2014

 

State of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

 

 

Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

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

 

Statement from the President on the Retirement of Representative Henry Waxman

 

President Obama Signs Oklahoma Disaster Declaration

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo of Brazil

 

Statement by Press Secretary Jay Carney on Freedom of the Press in China

 

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

 

 

Cheerios 2014 Game Day Ad | “Gracie”

 

Published on Jan 28, 2014

When families eat breakfast together, amazing things can happen.

 

 

I Love Gracie.

 

 

GOP Senator Admits His Obamacare Alternative Would Burden The Elderly.

 

Orrin Hatch on Obamacare alternative, it sucks.

 

 

Orin Hatch just lied. Chuck Todd allowed the lie to go un-corrected, as per his usual.

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

Presidential Memorandum — Job-Driven Training for Workers

 

Presidential Memorandum — Retirement Savings Security

 

 

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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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TheObamaCrat™ Wake-Up Call For Thursday The 30th Of January: Barack And Michelle Hit The Road.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Schedule – January 30th, 2014

 

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29th, 2014

 

DAILY GUIDANCE AND SCHEDULE FOR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30th, 2014

 

In the morning, the President will travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at General Mitchell International Airport are open press.

 

Later in the morning, the President will tour General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines and deliver remarks. There will be out-of-town travel pool coverage of the President’s tour and the President’s remarks will be open to pre-credentialed media.

 

In the afternoon, the President will depart Milwaukee, Wisconsin en route Nashville, Tennessee. The departure from General Mitchell International Airport and arrival at Berry Field Air National Guard Base are open press.

 

Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks at McGavock High School. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

 

Afterward, the President will depart Nashville en route Washington, DC. The departure from Berry Field Air National Guard Base and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama hits Los Angeles and San Franciso later this week for top dollar fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Democratic House political operation, according to sources connected to the events.

 

Mrs. Obama is in Los Angeles on Wednesday and San Francisco on Jan. 30 and 31. Her DCCC luncheon on Friday at the Fairmont in San Francisco event is hosted by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif.

 

 

Thursday, January 30 2014 All Times ET

 

8:50 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews, South Lawn.

 

9:05 AM: THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

 

10:00 AM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Milwaukee, Wisconsin, General Mitchell International Airport.

 

10:40 PM: THE PRESIDENT tours General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

11:20 AM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines, Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

1:55 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Milwaukee, Wisconsin, General Mitchell International Airport – Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing.

 

3:15 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Nashville, Tennessee, Berry Field Air National Guard Base.

 

4:20 PM: THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks, McGavock High School.

 

5:05 PM: THE PRESIDENT departs Nashville, Tennessee, Berry Field Air National Guard Base.

 

7:35 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews.

 

7:45 PM: THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House, South Lawn.

 

Briefing Schedule

Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

 

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White House Schedule For The Week Ahead

 

Thursday: The President will speak in the Milwaukee (General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines facility in Waukesha) and Nashville areas before returning to the White House.

 

Friday: The President will take a “virtual national tour” via questions from Internet users nationwide during a Google+ Hangout.

 

 

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Michelle Obama’s DNC L.A. fundraiser: Barbra Streisand attends.

 

Thanks to Seema Mehta of the Los Angeles Times for this detailed pool report about First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Los Angeles on Wednesday. Mrs. Obama hits San Francisco for funders today and tomorrow.

 

FLOTUS POOL REPORT

FLOTUS spoke at the home of Phil Rosenthal, the creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and his wife Monica Horan, an actress. The fundraiser benefiting the DNC was originally scheduled Oct. 11 but postponed because of the government shut-down.

 

The scene:

 
Gated community in Hancock Park featuring sprawling houses and manicured lawns. More than a dozen protestors stood outside the gates, protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

 
The Rosenthal/Horan manse is Spanish-style and yellow with dark brown accents, lush greenery and potted citrus trees. The reception took place in a large courtyard lined with ivy and featuring a large koi pond. FLOTUS, wearing a black and white dress, spoke on a small stage under a tent, standing at a clear podium and reading from a teleprompter. A helicopter buzzed overhead for part of her remarks, which occurred once night fell and the air grew chilly.

 
About 200 people attended, holding glasses of champagne and wine as they stood around heat lamps and cocktail tables decorated with sprays of light pink roses and other flowers. There didn’t appear to be any food during the brief period your pooler was allowed in, but earlier, caterers from Pizzeria Mozza – the Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton and Joseph Bastianich restaurant – were spotted loading spheres of dough into a large portable pizza oven near the garage/guest house.

 

 

Notable attendees – Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and his young daughter

 

 

Donation levels, per a DNC official:

 
$1,000 per person to attend the reception

 
$2,500 per couple for the reception and a picture

 
$4,000 per family of four for the reception and a picture

 
$10,000 per guest for the reception, a picture and a roundtable discussion (the roundtable was closed press)

 
$32,400 for all of the above functions, plus an intimate gathering with FLOTUS and other high-dollar donors.

 

 

Per a WH official, FLOTUS pre-taped a radio segment with

 

 

Ryan Seacrest earlier Wednesday that is scheduled to air Thursday morning.

 

 

Remarks, which lasted just under 20 minutes:

 
[No news, tied the president’s goals in last night’s SOTU with why she believes it’s important for them to donate money during the mid-terms.]

 
“Just know it’s warmer here than it is anyplace else.”

 
Thanked the hosts and Garcetti for attending.

 
“Tonight I want to thank you for everything you have done for my husband and for so many other leaders who share our values. Thank you for being there for them year after year, election after election. I know it hasn’t been easy, this long journey, and it’s been a bit tiring at times. But if you ever wondered whether your support makes a difference, I just want you to take a moment to think about what Barack said in the state of the union last night. I want you to think about the vision he laid out for our future, think about everything he asked Congress to help us achieve during the next three years.”

 
Cited reducing gun violence, raising the federal minimum age, universal pre-k, “and so much more.”

 
“But you heard him last night. It was a good speech for a great president. That is how Barack wants to lift up the middle class and restore opportunity to everyone in this country. And make no mistake about it, when you hear us talking about the 2014 midterm elections, elections that are less than 10 months away, that’s what’s at stake. And what we need to ask ourselves is whether we will have leaders in Congress and across American that share our values and will work with Barack to move the country forward.”
She said that while they didn’t believe in handouts or a free ride, but believed that everyone deserved a fair shot, and one that would not be derailed if a person was diagnosed with an illness, or involved in a bad accident, or lost their job.

 
“When that happens, that shouldn’t mean falling off a cliff. That shouldn’t mean having to go without food or medicine or a roof over our heads, not here in the United States of America. That’s just not who we are.”

 
She spoke of her childhood growing up on the Southside of Chicago, being raised by hard-working parents who did not attend college. She said she was able to go to college and then law school because her father, who worked at a city water plant, was paid a fair wage.

 
“Let me tell you something, for a working class kid from the Southside of Chicago, being able to get my degree meant everything to me, everything. It was the foundation of my career, it was the launching pad of my dreams that let me a life for myself that my family and my parents never could have imagined for themselves.”

 
But she said she feared that children today do not have such opportunities.

 
“When we fail to invest in our young people, it doesn’t just limit their futures, it limits our country’s future as well. There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about the millions of kids who fall through the cracks of opportunity, because I can’t help but think how their story could have been my story.”

 
She said it was critical to help these young people to apply to and afford college, and to be able to find work with fair wages.
“But let’s be clear, Barack cannot do this alone sitting by himself in the Oval Office.”

 
She cited the stimulus, the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Affordable Care Act as examples where he needed the approval of Congress to pursue his agenda.

 
“So make no mistake about it, it matters who is elected to represent us in Washington. It matters.”
Right now, she said Democrats are 17 seats away from taking back control of the House, but six seats away from losing the Senate.
“What I want all of you to think about for just a minute is what could happen if we lose those six seats,” saying it could mean the repeal of the ACA, interference with a woman’s ability to obtain contraception, the banning of same-sex marriage, cutting off unemployment insurance.

 
“That’s just the beginning. Thirty-seven governor’s seats are up for grabs, nearly 3/4 of our state houses. We’ve got state legislatures in play, and remember, these are the folks who draw those congressional districts.”

 
“It’s simply not enough to elect Barack Obama president if we don’t also elect leaders in Congress and in our state houses who will work with him to keep making the change we all believe in.”

 
“So starting right now, today, we need to be as passionate and as hungry as we were in 2008 and 2012, in fact we need to be even more passionate and more hungry, because these races will be even harder and even closer than those presidential elections.”
She said mid-terms would be tighter because fewer voters participate, notably women, minorities and young people.

 
“So if we are truly serious about continuing to move this country forward, then we can’t just sit back and hope for the best and then be surprised and outraged when things don’t work out.”

 
“We need to be engaged right from the beginning and this is where all of you here tonight come in, this is your part, because there is something all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference…. You can write a check, do you hear me?”

 
The crowd laughed, and she continued, “That’s what you need to do, I’m serious, write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you can possibly write.” I know some of you may be tired of always being asked for money, and I understand, because it’s not always easy to ask you for it. But we do this because writing the checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now to affect the outcome of those midterms.”

 
She said it wasn’t enough to have the “best candidates” if they didn’t have the resources to hire staff, open offices, knock on doors, make phone calls, advertise on television.

 
“It is not enough to simply stake out the moral high ground, feel good about ourselves and wait for things to turn out okay. We need to act.”

 
“We need you to max out today. Once you’ve given what you can we need you to get out there and volunteer. We know, our Obama supporters know that person to person contact, those calls and doors knocked on, all of that can also mean the difference between victory and defeat.”

 
She concluded her remarks by mentioning a young man named Troy from New Orleans, who she met at the college access summit at the White House. Troy grew up in a struggling family, skipped school and got into trouble, and couldn’t read or write at the age of 14. But he decided to turn his life around, sought out help to catch up on his education, and eventually college preparation programs. Troy is now a sophomore in college majoring in literature.

 
“There are so many young people just like Troy all across this country, young people who had it tough but are still so hungry to succeed, young people who are desperate to lift themselves up if we would just give them the chance, and that is why we are here tonight. That is why we need to work so hard between now and next November. And if you ever start to get tired and frustrated, if you ever think for one minute about giving up, I want you to think about all those folks who are counting on us, all those young people like Troy who deserve a shot at their dreams.”

 

 

Seema Mehta
Los Angeles Times

 

 

 

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January 30, 2014 12:20 PM EST

President Obama Speaks at General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines Factory

Waukesha, Wisconsin. White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

January 30, 2014 5:20 PM EST

President Obama Speaks at McGavock High School

Nashville, Tennessee, White House LIVE!! Streaming.

 

 

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January 29th 2014: Photos of the Day

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Remarks by the President on Retirement Security

January 29, 2014 | 20:10 |Public Domain

West Mifflin, PA.

 

 

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage

January 29, 2014 | 21:16 |Public Domain

Lanham, MD.

 

 

 

Open for Questions: State of the Union 2014

January 28, 2014 | 1:12:56 |Public Domain

 

A panel of White House senior advisors answers questions about the President’s address submitted by citizens via Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, as well as from a live in-person audience.

 

 

 

State of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

 

 

 

President Obama Answers a “Big Block of Cheese Day” Question

 

Published on Jan 29, 2014

Backstage in Pittsburgh, President Obama participates in the first-ever virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” a day long Q&A with White House officials on social media. From U.S. Steel’s Irvin Plant, the President answered a question from Twitter. @RSpring72 asked, “Is there some way to press Congress to act on raising the minimum wage beyond the Exec Order?”

 

 

 

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Executive Orders

 

Lets Put An End To All This Executive Orders Bull Shit….

 

Executive Orders:

Obama 168

G H.W.B 170.

Ford 169

JFK 214

GWB 291

Carter 320

Johnson 325.

Clinton:364

Reagan:381

Eisenhower 484

Truman 907

 

 

Speeches and Remarks Statements and Releases

 

January 29, 2014/January 30, 2014

 

Remarks by the President on Retirement

 

Remarks by the President on Minimum Wage — Lanham, MD

 

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

 

President Obama Signs Vermont Disaster Declaration

 

Readout of the President’s Call to Governor Brown

 

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan

 

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

 

Message to Congress — Transmitting the Third Amendment to the Agreement for Co-operation Between the United States of America and the International Atomic Energy Agency

 

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meetings with Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz at the White House

 

 

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The White House Blog

 

Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2013

 

A Different Look at the 2014 State of the Union

 

The First-Ever Virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day” – The White House is Open for Questions

 

President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address

 

Launching Our Bilingual Facebook Page to Continue Efforts to Connect with Hispanic Americans

 

 

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

 

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