The White House Blog: You’re Invited To Barack Hussein Obama’s 2014 State Of The Union Social


 

By Jueseppi B.

President Obama acknowledges applause before he delivers the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) February 12, 2013.

President Obama acknowledges applause before he delivers the State of the Union address. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) February 12, 2013.

 

Kasie Coccaro
Kasie Coccaro

January 13, 2014
04:23 PM EST

 

On Tuesday, January 28th, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union Address from the Capitol. Here at the White House, we’ll be hosting our third State of the Union Social event. This event is part of a series of “White House Socials” that invite our social media followers to join in-person events, engage with administration officials, and share their experience with their friends. Use the hashtag #SOTUSocial to discuss the event online, and help get the word out.

 

This event is an opportunity for our followers on social media to watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address live from the White House, and then participate in a panel with senior staff to discuss the vision and policies laid out in the speech.

 

Interested in joining? You can apply right now at WH.gov/Social-Apply today. After you sign up, tell your friends about the event using the hashtag #SOTUSocial. Please note, registration closes at 6:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16th.

 

If you plan on watching from home, we will be streaming an enhanced version of the speech on WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU that features graphics, data and charts that help explain policies and the issues. You can also tune in live on FacebookYouTubeGoogle+ and through our mobile apps.

 

Learn more about the State of the Union:

 

 

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1/13/14: White House Press Briefing

 

Published on Jan 13, 2014

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

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks January 13, 2014

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at a Bilateral Meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres

 

Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden at the State Funeral of Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

 

Readout of the President’s Call to President Peña Nieto of Mexico

 

 

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No Such Thing As The President Being On Vacation. (Take Note Congress)


 

By Jueseppi B.

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White House Tweets – August 15, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks August 15, 2013

 

Remarks by the President on the Situation in Egypt

 

 

Statement by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Egypt

 

 

Multimedia

 

 

A Win for Students: Signing the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013

August 14, 2013 | 1:53 |Public Domain

 

Students and College Affordability Advocates who joined the President in the Oval Office for the signing of the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013, speak about it’s significance and the importance of keeping college affordable now and in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

President Obama’s Video Message to the AGOA Forum

August 14, 2013 | 2:05 | Public Domain

 

 

 

 

Press Briefings

 

Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 8/14/2013

 

Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest

 

 

 

 

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Matt Compton
Matt Compton

August 15, 2013
12:58 PM EDT

 

President Obama this morning issued a statement on the unfolding situation in Egypt and called for an end to violence.

 

“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” he said. “We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest. We oppose the pursuit of martial law, which denies those rights to citizens under the principle that security trumps individual freedom, or that might makes right. And today the United States extends its condolences to the families of those who were killed and those who were wounded.”

 

The President announced that he is canceling the biannual joint military training exercise that U.S. forces hold with Egyptian counterparts and weighing the implications of the Egyptian interim government’s actions as the United States considers further steps that we may take.

 

“The Egyptian people deserve better than what we’ve seen,” he said.

 

Listen to the audio of the President’s statement here:

 

 

 

Ari Matusiak
August 14, 2013
05:05 PM EDT

 

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and for the 28 million small employers across the country, healthcare is a major concern. The Affordable Care Act provides benefits and opportunities to small businesses that will help increase access to affordable coverage options.

 

Here are five key ways the Affordable Care Act can benefit small employers and their workers:

 

  1. SHOP Marketplaces: Currently, small businesses face premiums that are on average 18% higher than large businesses. On October 1, 2013, the new Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP) Marketplaces will be open for businesses, and small employers in every state will be able to shop for health coverage on a competitive marketplace, that brings unprecedented transparency to the market and gives small businesses the same purchasing clout as big businesses.
  2. Reducing Administrative Complexity: SHOP Marketplaces include web portals that provide standardized, easy-to-understand information that will make comparing and purchasing coverage easier, and will simplify the administrative challenges that businesses often face when offering plans. Visit www.HealthCare.gov to learn more about the SHOP Marketplace and to get ready for open enrollment.
  3. New Tax Credits: The small business tax credit helps small businesses afford the cost of healthcare coverage for their employees, and is already helping qualifying small businesses offset the cost of insurance by up to 35%. In 2014, this tax credit goes up to 50% and is available to qualified small businesses who obtain coverage through the SHOP Marketplace.
  4. Improved Risk Pooling: The new SHOP Marketplaces will allow small groups to pool risks and reduce administrative complexity, thereby increasing their purchasing power and reducing costs for small businesses that want to provide coverage to their workers. Business can enroll starting on October 1, 2013, through their brokers, or directly through the SHOP Marketplace. Stay connected to the latest information on the Marketplaces by going towww.HealthCare.gov.
  5. Workplace Wellness:  The Affordable Care Act creates new incentives to promote workplace wellness programs and encourages employers to take more opportunities to support healthier workplaces. Effective for plan years after January 1, 2014, final rules allow the maximum reward to employers using a health-contingent wellness program to increase from 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of health coverage, and the maximum reward for programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use will be as much as 50 percent.

 

To help provide small business owners with the resources and information they need, the Obama Administration recently launched Businesss.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-shop where employers of all sizes can go for customizable information about how the law impacts them, based on the size, location and future plans for offering coverage. And, the Department of Health and Human Services launched a call center specifically to serve the needs of small businesses interested in the SHOP Marketplace. This call center (1-800-706-7893) is a new resource to help business owners get information to make the right decision for their bottom line and their employees. It’s open Monday-Friday from 9 AM- 5 PM, with representatives available to help in English and Spanish.

 

The Small Business Administration has also teamed up with Small Business Majority to offer a weekly webinar series designed to educate small business owners about what the healthcare law means for them. To sign up for a weekly Thursday Webinar before open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, visit: http://www.sba.gov/community/blogs/community-blogs/health-care-business-pulse/new-dates-affordable-care-act-101-webinars.

 

 

 

Kasie Coccaro
Kasie Coccaro

August 14, 2013
03:20 PM EDT

 

In the following months, additional provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be available, including critical new consumer protections for Americans and their families that end the worst insurance company abuses by banning discrimination based on pre-existing health conditions, ending annual limits on what an insurance company will cover, and giving all Americans access to health care plans that cap out-of-pocket medical costs for the first time. describe the law.

 

We wanted to debunk some of the other myths about Obamacare – here are 214 words to describe the law.

 

Ed. note: This list is from healthcare.gov. See the original post here.

 

 

Now that we’ve told you about the health care law in 214 words, tell us in a Tweet why health insurance is important to you. Use the hashtag #214words. Or leave us a comment on Facebook using 14 words or less.

 

 

Tyler Holden
August 14, 2013
01:45 PM EDT

 

Seventy-eight years ago today, when President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, he sent across a simple but significant message: Americans, no matter their age or physical ability, should be able to live their lives with dignity. Though the times and technologies have changed, that message remains at the core of this Administration.

 

Currently, Social Security helps provide almost 58 million Americans, including 37 million retired workers and 8 million disabled workers, with economic security. It is the major source of income for most of the elderly, who paid into the system throughout their lives.

 

Even as we celebrate Social Security’s birthday, we have to work to ensure that future generations have access to that same type of security. That’s why President Obama is committed to protect and strengthen Social Security, finding new ways to improve service delivery while cutting waste and fraud.

 

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President Barack Obama speaks by phone with his National Security Staff regarding the situation in Egypt, while in Chilmark, Mass., Aug. 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

President Barack Obama speaks by phone with his National Security Staff regarding the situation in Egypt, while in Chilmark, Mass., Aug. 15, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

The First Lady reveals her next steps for Lets Move!

The First Lady reveals her next steps for Lets Move!

 

President Obama fist bumps World Bank President Jim Kim at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., Aug. 14

President Obama fist bumps World Bank President Jim Kim at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., Aug. 14

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A Word From Ms. Barbra Streisand:

The President and the Senate are trying to pass legislation to improve the lives of most Americans, but the obstructionist Republicans in the House are trying to stop any economic and social progress.

 

The American public has been watching the House Republicans and their approval rating is an abysmal 16 percent.

 

We cannot let the right wing roll back more than thirty years of social progress on women’s rights, minority rights, and LGBT rights. Each of us needs to take action.

 

Let’s stop them together:

Chip in $3 or more to win a Democratic House for President Obama today.

 

Thanks,

Barbra Streisand

 

 

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Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, North Carolina: Is The Man At Transportation


By Jueseppi B.

 

 

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President Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation

 

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

April 29, 2013
04:15 PM EDT
President Barack Obama announces Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, N.C., as his nominee for Transportation SecretaryPresident Barack Obama announces Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, N.C., as his nominee for Transportation Secretary, in the East Room of the White House, April 29, 2013. Outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood applauds at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

 

Today, President Obama announced Anthony Foxx as his nominee for the next Secretary of Transportation.

 

 

President Obama Nominates Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation

 

Published on Apr 29, 2013

President Obama announces Mayor Anthony Foxx, of Charlotte, North Carolina as his nominee to be the next Secretary of Transportation. April 29, 2013.

 

 

 

 

Foxx is currently the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, which he helped turn around since taking office in 2009. Both the city and country were going through during a “bruising economic crisis,” President Obama said.

 

“The economy is growing. There are more jobs, more opportunity,” he said. “And if you ask Anthony how that happened, he’ll tell you that one of the reasons is that Charlotte made one of the largest investments in transportation in the city’s history.”

Since Anthony took office, they’ve broken ground on a new streetcar project that’s going to bring modern electric tram service to the downtown area. They’ve expanded the international airport. And they’re extending the city’s light rail system. All of that has not only helped create new jobs, it’s helped Charlotte become more attractive to business.

 

President Obama said that one of the best ways we can grow our economy and rebuild opportunity for the middle class is by putting more Americans back to work by investing in rebuilding our infrastructure.

 

In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed a “Fix-It-First” program to put more people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs.

We need to modernize the infrastructure that powers our economy. We need more high-speed rail, and Internet, and high-tech schools, and self-healing power grids, and bridges, and tunnels, and ports that help us ship products all around the world stamped with three proud words: Made in America. That’s how we’re going to attract more businesses. That’s how we’re going to create more jobs. That’s how we’re going to stay competitive in this global economy.

 

President Obama also thanked current Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for his hard work and dedication to public service.

Over the past four years, thanks to Ray’s leadership, we’ve built or improved more than 350,000 miles of road — enough to circle the world more than 14 times.  We’ve upgraded more than 6,000 miles of rail -– enough to go coast to coast and back.  We’ve repaired or replaced more than 20,000 bridges, and helped put tens of thousands of construction workers back on the job.

 

“He is a good man, and has been an outstanding public servant and a model for the kind of bipartisan approach to governance that I think we need so badly in this town,” President Obama said.

 


Learn more:

Related Topics: JobsEconomyNorth Carolina

 

 

Colleen Curtis
Colleen Curtis

April 29, 2013
03:22 PM EDT
President Obama Speaks at the 150th Anniversary of the National Academy of Science, April 29, 2013
President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the National Academy of Sciences on its 150th anniversary, in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

In March of 1963, President Lincoln and Congress established the National Academy of Sciences as an independent and nonprofit institution charged with providing the government with the scientific advice that it needed. Today President Obama joined the current members of that body to celebrate the advances in science, engineering, infrastructure, innovation, education and environmental protection that can be attributed to the 150 years of work by the brilliant and committed scientists who have been elected and volunteered to serve their country.

 

While the National Academy of Sciences was created during the Civil War to help the Union understand the challenges new iron-clad battleships would create for the Navy, President Obama praised President Lincoln’s wisdom in looking forward and recognizing that finding a way to harness the highest caliber scientific advice for the government would serve a whole range of long-term goals for the nation. And he highlighted the Academy’s legacy of answering big questions and solving tough problems for the benefit of the nation:

 

When you look at our history, you’ve stepped up at times of enormous need and, in some cases, great peril.

 

When Woodrow Wilson needed help understanding the science of military preparedness, he asked the Academy’s eminent scientists to lay it out for him. When George W. Bush, more recently, wanted to study the long-term health effects of traumatic brain injuries suffered by soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, he set your scholars to the task. Today, my administration relies on your expertise to answer critical questions like: How do we set our priorities for research? How can we get the most out of the nanotechnology revolution? What are the underlying causes of gun violence?

 

And more important than any single study or report, the members of this institution embody what is so necessary for us to continue our scientific advance and to maintain our cutting-edge, and that’s restless curiosity and boundless hope, but also a fidelity to facts and truth, and a willingness to follow where the evidence leads.

 

 


Learn more about the Obama Administration’s efforts to encourage scientific advances:

 

Find out about the Brain Initiative

 

See coverage of the 2013 White House Science Fair

 

Read about the Educate to Innovate initiative

 

 

 

 

Speeches and Remarks

 

 

April 29, 2013

Remarks by the President on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation

 

 

Remarks by the President on the Nomination of Mayor Anthony Foxx as Secretary of Transportation

East Room

2:10 P.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thanks.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.

 

AUDIENCE:  Good afternoon.

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Ray LaHood has said that being the Secretary of Transportation is the best job he ever had in public service.  And that’s fitting because Ray may be the best Secretary of Transportation that the nation’s ever had.

 

From the day that he was sworn in, Ray has fought tirelessly to rebuild America’s infrastructure — creating good jobs that strengthen our economy and allow us to better compete in the global economy.  Over the past four years, thanks to Ray’s leadership, we’ve built or improved more than 350,000 miles of road — enough to circle the world more than 14 times.  We’ve upgraded more than 6,000 miles of rail -– enough to go coast to coast and back.  We’ve repaired or replaced more than 20,000 bridges, and helped put tens of thousands of construction workers back on the job.  And that’s all due in no small part to Ray LaHood’s leadership.

 

So every American can thank Ray for his dedication to make our transportation system not just stronger, but also safer.  When it comes to his focused attention on the dangers of distracted driving, for example, it’s saving lives.

 

And on a personal note, Ray LaHood has been a good friend of mine for many years.  Before he served in my Cabinet, we served together in Congress.  He’s a Republican; I’m a Democrat.  These days, that sometimes keeps folks apart, but what always brought Ray and I together was a shared belief that those of us who serve in public service owe their allegiance not to party but to the people who elected them to represent them.

 

And it helps that we’re from the same state — Ray is from Peoria; I’m from Chicago.  But we both love the state of Illinois, and we both get out there on the golf course — and we’re not that good — (laughter) — but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.  He is a good man, and has been an outstanding public servant and a model for the kind of bipartisan approach to governance that I think we need so badly in this town.

 

So, Ray, on a personal level, I could not be more grateful to you for your service and for your friendship.  (Applause.)

 

Now, unfortunately for us but fortunately for them, Ray is now looking forward to spending more time with his wife Kathy and their family –- especially a whole gaggle of grandchildren.  And so, today, I’m proud to announce my intent to nominate another impressive leader to carry on his great work at the Department of Transportation:  the Mayor of Charlotte, my friend from North Carolina, Mr. Anthony Foxx.  (Applause.)

 

Anthony’s life reflects the values he learned growing up in West Charlotte, where he was raised by his single mom and his grandparents.  I should add, by the way, that his grandmother is here, and she informed me that she worked here in the White House in the Truman administration.  So she’s just coming back to — (applause) — she’s just coming back for a visit.  And so, the values that they instilled in them was to take pride in hard work, to take responsibility for your actions, to take care of your community.  And over the past three and a half years, those values have helped Anthony become one of the most effective mayors that Charlotte’s ever seen.

 

When Anthony became mayor in 2009, Charlotte, like the rest of the country, was going through a bruising economic crisis.  But the city has managed to turn things around.  The economy is growing.  There are more jobs, more opportunity.  And if you ask Anthony how that happened, he’ll tell you that one of the reasons is that Charlotte made one of the largest investments in transportation in the city’s history.

 

Since Anthony took office, they’ve broken ground on a new streetcar project that’s going to bring modern electric tram service to the downtown area.  They’ve expanded the international airport.  And they’re extending the city’s light rail system.  All of that has not only helped create new jobs, it’s helped Charlotte become more attractive to business.

 

So I know Anthony’s experience will make him an outstanding Transportation Secretary.  He’s got the respect of his peers, mayors and governors all across the country.  And as a consequence, I think that he’s going to be extraordinarily effective.  One of the things that Ray taught me in watching him do his job is that establishing personal relationships with mayors and governors and county executives makes all the difference in the world, because transportation is one of those things that — it’s happening on the ground.

 

And the federal government has got to be responsive and has to understand what it’s like when you’re a mayor or a governor or a county executive trying to get these projects up and running, which also means that we have the potential of continuing to streamline our approvals and get rid of some — sometimes difficulties in permitting that slow projects down, because we want to get people back to work and we want to get this country moving.

 

So I am absolutely confident that Anthony is going to do an outstanding job.  I want to thank his mom and grandma and lovely wife and two good-looking kids for being willing to serve as well.  And I hope that the Senate confirms him quickly because we’ve got a lot of work to do.

 

Our top priority as a nation right now is doing everything we can to grow our economy and create good jobs and rebuild opportunity for the middle class.  And one of the best ways we can do that is to put more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure.

 

So that’s why, in my State of the Union Address, I proposed a “Fix-It-First” program to put more people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs.  And to make sure taxpayers don’t shoulder the entire burden, I’ve also proposed a partnership with the private sector.  But Congress has to step up, fund these projects.  They need to do it right away.

 

We need to modernize the infrastructure that powers our economy.  We need more high-speed rail, and Internet, and high-tech schools, and self-healing power grids, and bridges, and tunnels, and ports that help us ship products all around the world stamped with three proud words:  Made in America.  That’s how we’re going to attract more businesses.  That’s how we’re going to create more jobs.  That’s how we’re going to stay competitive in this global economy.

 

So to Ray LaHood and his entire family, I want to thank you for just doing an extraordinary job.  To Anthony and his family, I want to thank you guys for agreeing to serve.  And I know that today’s announcement is not the biggest thing that Anthony’s family’s got going on in the next week, because tomorrow is Anthony’s birthday.  (Laughter.)  So we’re happy that we can kick off the celebration here at the White House.

 

And with that, what I’d like to do is ask both of them to say a few words, starting with our outstanding current Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Ray LaHood.  (Applause.)

 

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2:18 P.M. EDT

 

 

 

April 29, 2013

Remarks by the First Lady at White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing

 

 

First Lady Speaks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing

 

Published on Apr 29, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing. April 29, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

April 29, 2013

Remarks by the President on the 150th Anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences

 

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

 

April 29, 2013

Readout of President Obama’s Call with President Putin

 

 

April 29, 2013

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands

 

 

April 29, 2013

Fact Sheet: Administration Partners with Industry to Get Service Members Credentialed for High-Demand Jobs

 

 

 

 

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Important News From Barack’s Blog


 

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What Can Students Do to Protect Themselves?

 

Aaron Marquez
March 06, 2013

 

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the website of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as part of a series for National Consumer Protection Week

 

Americans owe more than a trillion dollars in student loan debt. That’s more than we owe on credit cards, more than we owe on car loans – and it’s still growing.

 

So, if you’re going to invest in a college degree, we want you to be able to choose the best deal for your situation. Students are overwhelmed with options and aren’t sure how to compare them. In the absence of apples-to-apples comparisons, they’re left to their own devices when making a choice that will have significant consequences for their financial future.

 

Here is the suite of tools we’ve developed to help you along the way:

 

Paying for College

From start to finish, we can help you make informed financial decisions about paying for college.

 

 

Repay student debt

While we can’t give you advice for your exact situation, we can point you in the right direction.

 

 

Choose a loan

Three steps that can help you get the right loan for you.

 

 

Submit a complaint about a student loan or a bank account or service

We’ll forward your issue to the company, give you a tracking number, and keep you updated on the status of your complaint. Even if you have federal loans, we can help make sure you get to the right place to submit a complaint.

 

 

Managing your college money

Choosing your first bank account is an important decision. Unlike that first school ID photo, your first banking relationship could last long after you graduate. Making a smart decision now will mean fewer surprise fees that can add up later.

 

 

Compare financial aid and college cost

We’re building a tool that will let you compare financial aid offers so you can see how all those numbers impact your payments down the road.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

March 06, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on Next Week’s Caucus Meetings

 

 

The White House

 

Office of the Press Secretary

 

March 06, 2013

Statement by the Press Secretary on Next Week’s Caucus Meetings

Next week, the President will travel to Capitol Hill and meet separately with the Democratic and Republican caucuses in both the House and Senate.  The President asked for the opportunity to speak to the caucuses about the priorities on his legislative agenda.  More details about the time and day of each meeting will be announced later.

 

 

 

March 06, 2013

Statement by the President on Republican Filibuster of Caitlin Halligan

 

 

The White House

 

Office of the Press Secretary

 

For Immediate Release
March 06, 2013

Statement by the President on Republican Filibuster of Caitlin Halligan

 

I am deeply disappointed that despite support from a majority of the United States Senate, a minority of Senators continues to block the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  Nearly two and a half years after being nominated, Ms. Halligan continues to wait for a simple up-or-down vote.   In the past, filibusters of judicial nominations required “extraordinary circumstances,” and a Republican Senator who was part of this agreement articulated that only an ethics or qualification issue – not ideology – would qualify.  Ms. Halligan has always practiced law with the highest ethical ideals, and her qualifications are beyond question.  Furthermore, her career in public service and as a law enforcement lawyer, serving the citizens of New York, is well within the mainstream.

 

Today’s vote continues the Republican pattern of obstruction.  My judicial nominees wait more than three times as long on the Senate floor to receive a vote than my predecessor’s nominees.  The effects of this obstruction take the heaviest toll on the D.C. Circuit, considered the Nation’s second-highest court, which now has only seven active judges and four vacancies.  Until last month, for more than forty years, the court has always had at least eight active judges and as many as twelve.  A majority of the Senate agrees that Ms. Halligan is exactly the kind of person who should serve on this court, and I urge Senate Republicans to allow the Senate to express its will and to confirm Ms. Halligan without further delay.

 

 

Presidential Actions

 

March 01, 2013

Presidential Order — Sequestration

Posted in Presidential Actions

 

 

 

Pending Legislation

 

Posted on March 05, 2013

H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013

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Posted on March 04, 2013

S. 47: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

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Proclamations

 

March 01, 2013

Presidential Proclamation — National Consumer Protection Week, 2013

 

 

March 01, 2013

Presidential Proclamation — 100th Anniversary of the United States Department of Labor

 

 

March 01, 2013

Presidential Proclamation — 10th Anniversary of the United States Department of Homeland Security

 

 

 

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Barack’s Valentine Day Blog News


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Valentine’s Day: Our Beautiful, and Romantic, National Parks

 

Jesse Lee
By  Jesse Lee  February 14, 2013  The White House Blog

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everybody, but most especially my wife Nita!  We got engaged a little over three years ago in one of our country’s great National Parks, in our case the home of the world’s most famous Portuguese Water Dog (read our story here).  That made me a natural candidate to promote this great new video from the good folks at the Interior Department highlighting some of America’s epic National Park engagements.  For those mulling locations for that most special and anxiety-filled popping of questions, I can’t recommend them highly enough, and they hold up very well in subtle “whose engagement was better” contests.

 

 

 

The coolest Valentine’s Day video you’ll watch all day

 

Published on Feb 14, 2013

As stewards of America’s National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and other public lands, we get to see many wonderful events on a daily basis. None of which are more exciting than when we see visitors using our Nation’s public lands for their most memorable moments.

 

 

 

 

 

Of course they’re also beautiful and romantic for first dates, fifth anniversaries, or random weekends when you can’t think of what to do.  Check out NPS.gov to get started , and here’s the page for the White House if you find yourself nearby.

For more Valentine’s Day engagement intrigue, here’s another charming and bipartisan story about engagements at the US Capitol, which may not be a National Park, but is on the National Park Service‘s National Register of Historic Places – which is still pretty good… I guess.  (Just kidding.)

 

 

 

 

“If Momma‘s happy, everybody’s happy”

 

 

 

 

Securing our Nation’s Borders

 

Secretary Janet Napolitano
By  Secretary Janet Napolitano  February 14, 2013  The White House Blog

 

 

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Flying on the U.S. side of the U.S.-Mexico border and overlooking the Rio Grande River, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano tours the border in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter over Clint, Texas, Feb. 5, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

 

 

Last week, I traveled to San Diego, CA and Clint and El Paso, TX where I saw firsthand the need for more modernized immigration laws that make it harder for criminals and transnational criminal organizations to operate, while encouraging immigrants to choose to pursue a pathway to legal immigration rather than breaking the law.

 

 

See a photo gallery of Secretary Napolitano’s visit

 

 

Over the past four years, we have dedicated historic levels of personnel, technology, and resources to the Southwest border, and undertaken an unprecedented effort to transform our Nation’s immigration enforcement systems into one that focuses on public safety, border security, and the integrity of the immigration system. We have matched our success at the border with smart, effective immigration enforcement, with a focus on identifying and removing criminal aliens and other public safety threats, recent border crosser’s, repeat violators, and employers who break the law. We have also increased funding to our state and local law enforcement partners to make sure they have the resources they need.

 

 

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano attends an operational briefing from the federal agencies assigned to border and maritime security operations at U.S. Coast Guard Station San Diego, Calif., Feb. 4, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

 

The results of these efforts are clear. Attempts to cross the border illegally are down nearly 80 percent from their peak, seizures of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband are up, and some of the safest communities in America are found in our border states.

 

Our immigration system has been broken for too long, and Congress must act. At the Department of Homeland Security, we look forward to continuing to work closely with our many federal, state, local, and tribal partners, to build on the historic progress that we have made to help us keep our communities safe and secure.

 

 

 

Photo Gallery: 2013 State of the Union

 

On Tuesday, President Obama laid out his agenda for the coming year. Citing the importance of a strong middle class, he provided the framework necessary to move America forward.

 

The White House Photo Office followed the President throughout the day, and they’ve put together a collection of images from the State of the Union, which include the President greeting Members of Congress, reactions of his speech from the audience and a few special behind the scene looks. Check out the gallery below and visit our State of the Union page to share your own reactions from the State of the Union.

 

This afternoon, President Obama will sit down for a discussion about the State of the Union and his plan to create jobs and strengthen the middle class. Be sure to check it out.

 

 

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What You Need to Know About President Obama’s Plan to Provide High-Quality Early Education for All Children

 

Megan Slack
By  Megan Slack   February 14, 2013

 

“In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children…studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own.  We know this works.  So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”  

 

President Barack Obama,  State of the Union, February 12, 2013

 

 

The beginning years of a child’s life are critical for building the early foundation needed for success later in school and in life.  Leading economists agree that high-quality early learning programs can help level the playing field for children from lower-income families on vocabulary, social and emotional development, while helping students to stay on track and stay engaged in the early elementary grades.  Children who attend these programs are more likely to do well in school, find good jobs, and succeed in their careers than those who don’t.

 

Despite the benefits of early education, our nation has lagged in making sure high-quality programs are available for our youngest kids. While 39 states and the District of Columbia offer state funded pre-school, the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that the United States ranks 28th out of 38 countries for the share of four-year olds enrolled in early childhood education. And just 3 in 10 four-year-olds are enrolled in high-quality programs that prepare kids with the skills they need for kindergarten.

 

 

 

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In particular, studies show that children from low-income families are less likely to have access to high-quality early education, and less likely to enter school prepared for success.  By third grade, children from low-income families who are not reading at grade level are six times less likely to graduate from high school than students who are proficient.  And the high costs of private preschool and lack of public programs also narrow options for middle-class families.

 

 

That’s why, in his State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to expand access to high-quality pre-school to every child in America.

 

 

The President is proposing a new federal-state partnership to provide all low- and moderate-income four-year old children with high-quality preschool. His proposal will also expand access to high-quality preschool for children from middle class families and incentivizing full-day kindergarten policies.

 

 

Under his proposal, the U.S. Department of Education would allocate dollars to states based their share of four-year olds from low- and moderate-income families (those at or below 200% of the poverty line) and funds would be distributed to local school districts and other partner providers to implement the program. In order to access federal funding, however states would be required to meet quality benchmarks that are linked to better outcomes for children, include:

  • State-level standards for early learning
  • Qualified teachers for all preschool classrooms
  • A plan to implement comprehensive data and assessment systems.

 

 

 

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Funds under this program may also be used to expand full-day kindergarten once states have provided preschool education to their low- and moderate-income students.

 

The President’s proposal will also help expand the availability of Early Head Start, which provides early learning opportunities before kids begin preschool, as well as voluntary home visiting programs. Home visiting programs enable nurses, social workers, and other professionals to connect families to services and educational support that will improve a child’s health, development, and ability to learn.

 

 

 

Reducing Pollution For All American Families

 

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
By  Administrator Lisa P. Jackson  February 14, 2013 The White House Blog

 

When I first became Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, I made a list of my priorities for the Agency.Working for environmental justice was at the top of that list. Ensuring equal environmental protections for all Americans is the unfinished business of the environmental movement.

 

It’s a simple idea – that all Americans are entitled to clean air to breathe, safe water to drink and a healthy community to raise their families – but often, it is America’s low-income and minority communities that bear the brunt of our country’s pollution.

 

As a result, these communities are also hit harder by the many illnesses pollution is linked to – conditions like asthma, heart disease, cancer and strokes. Studies show that minority groups face a greater risk of having asthma, and once they have it, they are at a greater risk of needing emergency treatment. African-American children are hospitalized for asthma at twice the rate of white children, and asthma-related deaths among African-American children take place at a rate of four times that of non-Hispanic white children. Hispanic children — especially of Puerto Rican descent — also face higher rates of asthma.

 

Dirty air, polluted water and contaminated lands not only put families at higher risks of serious and potentially costly diseases – they also discourage new developments and new jobs. Poison in the ground often means poison in the economy. Limiting the economic possibilities of low-income and minority communities only makes it harder to break the cycle of poverty.

 

Shortly after I was sworn in, I asked EPA employees to make environmental justice part of every decision we make. I called on the whole Agency to think creatively and work hard to make certain that our efforts reach all communities. Plan EJ 2014 – the environmental justice strategy we unveiled more than two years ago– is the tool we created for answering that call. It is aimed at ensuring that environmental justice is integrated into all of EPA’s day-to-day responsibilities – everything from permitting, compliance and enforcement, to community-based programs and the work we do with other federal agencies.

 

As I prepare to leave EPA, one of my last acts as administrator is issuing the Plan EJ 2014 Progress Report. The report provides ample evidence of how far we have come in making environmental justice an integral and permanent part of EPA’s day-to-day business. It also details how we have mobilized the entire federal government to incorporate environmental justice into the work each agency conducts.

 

For the first time in our 42 year history, we have laid the groundwork for EPA to fully implement its environmental justice mission of ensuring environmental protection for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity or income level. I am proud of the work we have started and the progress we have made, and I am confident that it will continue long after I depart.

 

 

 

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