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TeaTardedRepubliCANTS Tell Unemployed: “We Don’t Give A Damn About You, We Got Lifetime Jobs.”


By Jueseppi B.



Democrats failed on Thursday to win enough Republican votes to reauthorize long-term unemployment benefits for more than a million workers cut off in December.



From Huffington Post by Arthur Delaney :


House GOP Says It’s Too Late To Pass An Unemployment Extension




Andrew Perez contributed reporting.

Thank you Huffington Post by Arthur Delaney.


WASHINGTON — Republicans in the House of Representatives say it’s just too late to pass legislation restoring unemployment benefits to the 2 million workers who’ve missed out since December.

The Senate advanced a bill reauthorizing the benefits in a procedural vote on Thursday, setting up passage as soon as next week. Then the ball would be in House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) court.

Boehner has voiced opposition to the bill. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees unemployment insurance, elaborated Thursday on Boehner’s recent argument that the Senate measure would be “unworkable” even if Congress approved it — so lawmakers shouldn’t bother.

While Congress has reauthorized federal benefits after allowing them to lapse before, the House GOP argument goes, it hasn’t reauthorized them after allowing them to lapse for this long. In 2010, congressional dithering caused the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program to lapse for almost two months. The Democrat-controlled House had passed a benefits bill, but GOP filibusters tied it up the Senate.

“Given that both the House and Senate were officially on record supporting an extension BEFORE the program expired, States and recipients had a strong signal that an extension would eventually be reached,” Ways and Means Republicans said in a press release Thursday.

“This meant that during that lapse, States continued to take claims in anticipation of an agreement,” the statement continued. “States went about verifying weekly eligibility, as if the program were operating, and then just held the claims without paying them until the President signed the law. This time around, without action from either the House or Senate, States have long since stopped verifying weekly eligibility and holding claims.”

But a few states have continued verifying weekly eligibility, at least according to their websites. The Maryland Department of Labor’s website, for instance, tells claimants to keep filing: “We will continue to take the initial claims for the EUC Program after the program expires; however, we will not be able to pay any EUC benefits unless the U.S. Congress extends the program.”

The National Association of State Workforce Agencies said in a letter last week that the Senate’s unemployment legislation would be difficult to implement, though the letter did not specifically cite the fact that some state workforce agencies haven’t told workers to keep filing claims. The letter did say, however, that it would be tricky to send benefits to claimants moving through the three available “tiers” of federal compensation.

“It would be very challenging to identify these claimants, and then administer the proper payments, due to the complexity of the review process and the potential volume of claims to review,” the letter noted.

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who in his previous job ran Maryland’s unemployment department, has said that despite the challenges identified by NASWA, the Senate bill would still be workable.

A key difference between the 50-day lapse in 2010 and the current lapse, which has lasted more than 80 days, is that the legislation under consideration would require states to implement changes to their unemployment programs, such as requiring claimants to swear they aren’t millionaires.




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The President’s Budget For Fiscal Year 2015


By Jueseppi B.





Before you go out into the world hating on The President Of The United States, Barack Hussein Obama‘s Newly Released 2015 Budget, based on what you hear from Fox Spews, you ought to know what exactly is IN the budget.


Below you will find some facts and truth.


The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015


Opportunity for All: The President’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget




A Roadmap for Growth, Opportunity, and Fiscal Responsibility:  The President’s Budget provides a roadmap for accelerating economic growth, expanding opportunity for all Americans, and ensuring fiscal responsibility. It invests in infrastructure, job training, preschool, and pro-work tax cuts, while reducing deficits through health, tax, and immigration reform.


Builds on Bipartisan Progress: The Budget adheres to the 2015 spending levels agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act and shows the choices the President would make at those levels.  But it also shows how to build on this progress to realize the nation’s full potential with a fully paid for $56 billion Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, split evenly between defense and non-defense priorities.




  • Stronger Growth and Job Creation:
    • Advanced manufacturing – Invests in American innovation and strengthens our manufacturing base, including a national network of 45 manufacturing institutes.
    • Research and innovation – Supports ground-breaking research to fight disease, protect the environment, and develop new technologies, and makes permanent the R&D Tax Credit.
    • Pro-growth infrastructure  Lays out an ambitious, four-year $302 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal paid for with transition revenue from pro-growth business tax reform.
    • Government reform – Promotes government management that delivers improved services that are more effective, efficient, and supportive of economic growth.
  • Opportunity for All:
    • Tax cuts for working Americans – Doubles the maximum value of the childless worker EITC to build on the EITC’s success in encouraging people to enter the workforce and reducing poverty; improves tax benefits that help middle-class and working families pay for child care and college and save for retirement.
    • Preschool for all – Invests in the President’s vision of making access to high-quality preschool available to every four-year-old child.
    • Job-driven training – Invests in new efforts to drive greater performance and innovation in workforce training to equip workers with skills that match the needs of employers.
  • Fiscal Responsibility:
    • Continues historic progress in slowing health care cost growth – Builds on the savings and reforms in the Affordable Care Act with additional measures to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid, slow health care cost growth, and improve the quality of care.
    • Pro-growth tax reform – Curbs inefficient and unfair tax breaks that benefit the wealthiest, and ensures that everyone is paying their fair share.
    • Immigration reform – Supports comprehensive reform of our broken immigration system, which independent economists say will grow our economy and shrink our deficits.
    • Further reduces the deficit and debt – By paying for new investments and tackling our true fiscal challenges, reduces deficits to 1.6 percent of GDP by 2024, and stabilizes debt as a share of the economy by 2015 and puts it on a declining path after that.

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Copies of U.S. President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget are delivered to The House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington


Investing in American Innovation to Create Jobs and Opportunity

To compete in the 21st Century economy and make America a magnet for job creation and opportunity, the Budget invests in American innovation, strengthening our manufacturing base and keeping our nation at the forefront of technological advancement. And to ensure our energy security and address global climate change, it continues to focus on domestic energy production, the development of clean energy alternatives, and the promotion of energy efficiency.

  • Transforms regions across the country into global epicenters of advanced manufacturing by supporting the President’s goal of creating 45 manufacturing innovation institutes over 10 years, building on the four institutes already launched and the five additional institutes that will be launched 2014.


  • Expands and enhances SelectUSA, using a whole of Government approach to attract business investment to the United States.


  • Maintains commitment to world-class science and research, targeting R&D resources to areas most likely to directly contribute to the creation of transformational technologies that can create the businesses and jobs of the future, such as advanced manufacturing, clean energy, health care, and agriculture.  Also reforms and makes permanent the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit to further incentivize private-sector R&D.


  • Advances the President’s “all-of-the-above” strategy on energy by investing in the safe and responsible production of natural gas; promoting cleaner-burning fossil fuel technology such as natural gas with carbon capture; supporting the development of clean energy alternatives; advancing energy efficiency in our cars, trucks, homes, and buildings; expanding and making permanent the tax credit for renewable energy production; and eliminating $4 billion per year in taxpayer subsidies to the oil, gas, and other fuel producers.


  • Supports the President’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution in the U.S. by reducing emissions through reasonable standards and improving energy efficiency; enhance preparedness and resilience to climate change; and strengthen U.S. leadership in international efforts to address global climate change and prepare for its impacts.




Building a 21st Century Infrastructure

Building a durable and reliable infrastructure will create good American jobs that cannot be outsourced and will provide businesses with the transportation and communication networks our economy needs. The Budget includes significant investments to repair our existing infrastructure and build the infrastructure of tomorrow.

  • Includes a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal to support infrastructure projects and create jobs while improving America’s roads, bridges, transit systems, and railways.  Emphasizes “fix-it-first” investments to repair existing transportation infrastructure, while also modernizing our infrastructure by making new investments in transit, intercity passenger rail, and competitive grant programs. Pays for investments in infrastructure with transition revenue from business tax reform that simplifies the tax code and promotes economic growth.


  • Boosts private investment in infrastructure through a Rebuild America Partnership, establishing an independent National Infrastructure Bank to leverage private and public capital to support infrastructure projects of national and regional significance; and creating America Fast Forward (AFF) Bonds, building on the successful Build America Bonds program to attract new sources of capital for infrastructure investment.


  • Modernizes and improves the Federal permitting process for major infrastructure projects, cutting through red tape and getting more timely decisions on Federal permits and reviews while ensuring that projects lead to better outcomes for communities and the environment.


  • Launches a National Parks Centennial Initiative, putting youth, returning veterans, and other Americans to work restoring some of our greatest historical, cultural, and natural treasures.




Equipping All Americans with a High-Quality Education and the Skills They Need

Americans must be prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the 21st Century economy. Expanding educational opportunities is critical to equipping all children with these skills and positioning them to succeed as adults. The Budget includes investments and initiatives to improve all levels of education, from early childhood education through college, as well as significant new efforts to ensure our workforce has the skills needed by American businesses.

  • To build a foundation for success in the formative early years of life, increases access to high-quality early childhood education.
    • Supports a Preschool for All initiative, in partnership with the States, to provide all low- and moderate-income four-year-olds with access to high-quality preschool, while encouraging States to expand those programs to reach additional children from middle-class families and establish full-day kindergarten policies.
    • Extends and expands evidence-based, voluntary home visiting programs, which enable nurses, social workers, and other professionals to connect families to services and educational supports.
    • Pays for these initiatives by raising Federal tobacco taxes, which will also help discourage youth smoking and save lives.
    • Provides access to high-quality infant and toddler care to a total of more than 100,000 children through Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships, and supports Head Start grantees who are expanding program duration and investing in teacher quality, through additional funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.
  • Launches a new Race to the Top for Equity and Opportunity competition centered on increasing the academic performance of high-need students and closing the achievement gap.


  • Creates a new, competitive program to redesign high schools to provide students with challenging, innovative and relevant learning experiences, and to reward high schools that develop partnerships with colleges, employers, and other entities to deliver new opportunities for students to gain the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in today’s economy, with additional funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative.


  • Provides 100,000 teachers in 500 districts with access to professional development to help them make effective use of new broadband connectivity, through further investments in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, as the Administration works to achieve the President’s goal of connecting 99 percent of American students to the digital age through broadband and wireless in schools and libraries.


  • Improves the impact of the Federal investment in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by creating a fresh framework for delivering STEM education, supporting what works, and reducing fragmentation.


  • Makes a high-quality college education more affordable by continuing our commitment to Pell Grants, providing bonuses to colleges that improve educational outcomes for Pell Grant recipients, supporting the development and refinement of a new college ratings system supporting State-driven reforms to improve the performance of higher education institutions, investing in innovative approaches to higher education, and expanding income-driven repayment options to help student borrowers better manage their loan debt.


  • Includes significant new investments to give workers the skills and training they need to pursue in-demand jobs and careers, and drives greater performance and innovation in the workforce system, including funding in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative to promote on-the-job apprenticeships that have proven successful in other advanced countries and job-driven training through community colleges.


  • Supports new public-private partnerships to help the long-term unemployed build skills and transition back into good jobs that can support their families.


  • Invests in educating the health care workforce to improve access to health care services, including support to place and maintain 15,000 providers in the National Health Service Corps that will serve areas across the country that need them most, and creating 13,000 graduate medical education residency slots over ten years in primary care and other high need specialties.




Expanding Opportunity and Middle Class Security

Our economy is moving forward and businesses are creating jobs.  But to build real, lasting economic security we need to create more opportunities for all working and middle class Americans to get ahead.  The Budget includes a series of proposals to help ensure that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can find a good job, feel secure about your community, and support a family.

  • Builds on the President’s Executive Order that raised the minimum wage to $10.10 for individuals working under Federal contracts by calling on the Congress to reward hard work for all Americans by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 and indexing it to inflation thereafter, while also raising the minimum wage for tipped workers for the first time in over 20 years.


  • Improves wage and benefit conditions for American workers, by increasing enforcement of the laws that ensure workers receive the wages and overtime pay they earned, as well as the right to take job-protected leave for family and medical purposes, and by supporting State paid leave programs.


  • Calls on the Congress to extend unemployment insurance for the 1.7 million Americans looking for work who have had their assistance cut off, reviving a vital economic lifeline and boosting job creation and economic growth.


  • Supports the Administration’s Promise Zone initiative, which is creating partnerships between the Federal Government, local communities, and businesses to create jobs, promote economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety. With the additional resources provided in the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, supports 35 new Promise Neighborhoods and up to 10 new Choice Neighborhoods.


  • Includes resources needed to end veterans’ homelessness in 2015 and end chronic homelessness in 2016, keeping us on track to meet the President’s goal of ending homelessness across the country.


  • Expands the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers, doubling the maximum credit to $1,000.
    • Makes the credit available to young adult workers age 21-24, to provide added support and reward for work during the crucial years at the beginning of a young person’s career, and to older workers up to the Social Security full retirement age.
    • Pays for the EITC expansion by closing high-income tax loopholes.
  • Helps workers with disabilities remain in the workforce, providing new resources for the Social Security Administration, in partnership with other Federal agencies, to test innovative strategies.


  • Improves retirement security by supporting the President’s proposal to create a new simple, safe and affordable “starter” retirement savings account called MyRA.  Also proposes to establish automatic enrollment in IRAs (or “auto-IRAs”) for employees without access to a workplace savings plan.  Maintains the President’s strong commitment to preserve Social Security for future generations.


  • Supports implementation of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that every American can access high-quality, affordable coverage, providing health insurance to millions of Americans who would otherwise be uninsured, while driving down health care cost growth and reducing the deficit.


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Ensuring Our Nation’s Safety and Security

Economic growth and opportunity can only be achieved if America is safe and secure.  The Budget supports efforts to promote the country’s security and well-being both at home and abroad.

  • Supports the “Now is the Time” initiative, the President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence through improved background checks by the FBI and improved data via the National Criminal History Improvement Program, inspections of Federally-licensed firearms dealers, improved tracing and ballis­tics analysis, and efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals. The Budget provides training for State and local law enforcement to prevent and respond to active shooters and prevent mass casualties, invests in programs to identify mental health issues early and continues the Comprehensive School Safety Program and other initiatives to enhance school security.


  • Supports the “Smart on Crime” initiative, which is a comprehensive review by the Department of Justice of the criminal justice system in order to identify reforms that would ensure federal laws are enforced more fairly and – in an ear of reduced budgets – more efficiently. Under this initiative, the Department is taking steps to modify its charging policies with regard to mandatory minimum sentences for certain federal low-level, drug-related offenses, improve diversion and reentry policies, strengthen protections for the most vulnerable populations, and increase investments to build stronger and safer communities.


  • Addresses growing cost and damage from wildfires by creating a dedicated source of funding outside of the discretionary budget caps for wildland fire suppression, providing funding certainty in future years for firefighting costs, freeing up resources to invest in areas that will promote fire risk reduction and long-term forest and rangeland health and preservation, and maintaining fiscal responsibility by addressing wildfire disaster needs through agreed-upon funding mechanisms.


  • Advances national security priorities and provides resources and capabilities to protect the security of the United States and its interests around the world.
    • Responsibly transitions from the completion of our military mission in Afghanistan in 2014 to political and security support for a unified Afghanistan government as it takes full responsibility for its own future.
    • Ensures we maintain ready, modern, and capable defense forces to address any threats we might face, including threats from terrorism and cyber attacks.
    • Funds humanitarian and diplomatic efforts in Syria and supports transition and reform throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
    • Advances our strategic rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region.
    • Enhances stability and creates markets for U.S. businesses with investments in Power Africa and supports young leaders.
    • Promotes peace and security by supporting global health care and addressing climate change.
    • Strengthens oversight of intelligence activities.
    • Enhances the protection of U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel overseas.
  • Ensures we meet our obligations to our troops and veterans who have given so much to the country by providing significant resources to support veterans’ medical care, help military families, assist soldiers transitioning to civilian life, reduce veterans’ homelessness, and improve the disability claims processing system.  Also includes reforms to our military compensation system called for by our uniformed military leadership, to make sure that our military can invest in the training, equipment, and support that it needs.




Managing Government to Drive Further Growth and Opportunity

The Budget takes key steps to both continue and enhance the Administration’s efforts to deliver a Government that is more effective, efficient, and supportive of economic growth.

  • Includes initiatives to deliver better, faster, and smarter services to citizens and businesses, including investing in new approaches to digital services to provide a world-class customer service experience to citizens and businesses to Government information technology.


  • Expands the use of shared services between Federal agencies and strategic sourcing to leverage the buying power of the Government, bringing greater value and efficiency for taxpayer dollars.


  • Continues to open Government data and research for public and private sector use to spur innovation and job creation, while ensuring strong privacy protections.


  • Invests in training, development, and recruitment of the Federal workforce,unlocking the potential of our Government and ensuring that we can attract and retain the best talent and foster a culture of excellence.



Budget Victory


Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative:  Securing Our Nation’s Future 

The Budget adheres to the funding levels in the bipartisan budget compromise reached by Congress in December, but also demonstrates the President’s vision for an even stronger future for the country by including a fully-paid for $56 billion Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative showing where additional investments should be made in critical areas to create more jobs and opportunity and help the country reach its full potential.  The Initiative is split evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary funding and includes investments in the critical areas of education; research and innovation; infrastructure and jobs; opportunity and mobility; public health, safety and security; more efficient and effective Government; and national defense.  It will:

  • Help restore our global edge in basic research.


  • Support  high-quality early learning opportunities across the country, prepare teachers to take advantage of broadband technology in the classroom, invest in closing the achievement gap, and redesign high schools to help students succeed in today’s economy.


  • Invest in our communities through emergency response activities, juvenile justice programs, and support for Promise Zones, and fund a national network of manufacturing institutes that will spur economic development.


  • Put people back to work, restoring our national parks, renovating veterans’ hospitals, and modernizing our national airspace system; and invest in building Americans’ skills through apprenticeships and job-driven training at community colleges.


  • Invest in research, community assistance, and resilient infrastructure that will better prepare us for the effects of climate change.


  • Put a stop to short-sighted cuts that compromise efficiency and effectiveness, and cost money over the long run, such as growing deferred maintenance backlogs, sharp cuts to Federal employee training, and erosions in customer service at agencies like the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.


  • Enhance our national security by accelerating modernization of key weapons systems, accelerate progress in restoring military readiness degraded by sequestration, support nuclear R&D and infrastructure, and invests in defense facilities and construction across the country.

The Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative will be paid for with a balanced package of tax loophole closers and spending reforms.




Reducing Long-Run Deficits and Promoting Sustainable Long-Run Growth

Under the President’s leadership, the deficit has been cut in half as a share of the economy, the largest four-year deficit reduction since the demobilization from World War II.  While making investments to grow the economy and expand opportunity, the Budget continues this progress, bringing deficits down as a share of the economy to 1.6 percent by 2024.  It also stabilizes debt as a share of the economy by 2015 and puts it on a declining path after that.


In last year’s Budget, the President included a compromise proposal intended as a show of good faith to spark additional negotiations with Congressional Republicans about the nation’s long-term deficits and debt and to encourage all parties to come together to remove the economically-damaging sequestration cuts.  Although that compromise proposal remains on the table, given Congressional Republicans’ unwillingness to negotiate a balanced long-term deficit reduction deal, the President’s 2015 Budget returns to a more traditional Budget presentation that is focused on achieving the President’s vision for the best path to create growth and opportunity for all Americans, and the investments needed to meet that vision.


The Budget shifts away from harmful short-term deficit reduction by replacing remaining sequestration cuts with smart, balanced long-term deficit reduction.  It focuses on the primary drivers of long-term deficits – rising health care costs and inadequate revenues to meet the needs of our aging population while making the investments needed to strengthen the economy both now and in the future.


  • Builds on the ACA by including $402 billion in additional health savingsthat will strengthen Medicare and Medicaid and other Federal health programs by implementing payment innovations and other reforms that encourage high quality and efficient care.
  • Includes tax reform measures making the tax code more efficient and fairwhile reducing the deficit by about $650 billion over the next decade.
    • Reduces the value of itemized deductions and other tax preferences to 28 percent for the wealthiest, a limitation that would affect only the top three percent of families in 2014, and restores the deduction rate to the level it was at the end of the Reagan Administration.
    • Observes the Buffett Rule, requiring that millionaires pay no less than 30 percent of income—after charitable contributions—in taxes, preventing high-income households from using tax preferences to reduce their tax bills to less than what many middle class families pay.
  • Calls on the Congress to enact bipartisan commonsense, comprehensive immigration reform consistent with the President’s principles and that builds on the bipartisan legislation that has already passed the Senate, which the Congressional Budget Office has found would reduce the deficit by almost $1 trillion and increase the economy by $1.4 trillion over the next twenty years.


White House White Board: Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget


Published on Mar 10, 2014

Watch as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Brian Deese, sketches out the nuts and bolts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.




White House White Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget.




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White House White Board: President Obama’s 2015 Budget.


By Jueseppi B.



Here’s What You Need to Know About the President’s 2015 Budget


The President’s proposed budget shows how we can strengthen our economy and bring down our deficits while expanding opportunity for every American. Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, took to the whiteboard to show what that looks like. And after that, we’ve put together a graphic explaining what else the budget does. Take a look, and pass it on.


Published on Mar 10, 2014

Watch as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Brian Deese, sketches out the nuts and bolts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.







Learn something new about what the 2015 budget would help fund? Never knew the difference between mandatory and discretionary spending before? Now that you do, you should pass this on.


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The 2015 Budget Whiteboard

In case you missed it, the President released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget last week.


Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, is pretty handy with a dry-erase marker, and he took some time to sketch out the nuts and bolts of the President’s budget.


Want a better sense of exactly what’s in the budget? You should probably watch this whiteboard video.





Jason Furman, Betsey Stevenson and Jim Stock
March 10, 2014
10:00 AM EDT


This morning, the Council of Economic Advisers is releasing the2014 Economic Report of the President, which discusses the progress that has been made in recovering from the worst recession since the Great Depression, and President Obama’s agenda to build on this progress by creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity. This year’s report highlights steps the Obama Administration is taking to address three key imperatives: continuing to restore the economy to its full potential, expanding the economy’s potential over the long-run, and ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to realize their full individual potential.


Below are seven highlights from each of the seven chapters in this year’s Report:


Chapter 1 introduces the Report and highlights several key areas where progress has been made, but it also lays out the areas where much more work remains to be done. In particular, recoveries from financial crises are uniquely challenging because heavy household debt burdens and tight credit conditions can linger for years, depressing spending and investment. However, as shown in Figure 1-4 of the Report, among the 12 countries that experienced a systemic financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, the United States is one of just two in which output per working-age person has returned to pre-crisis levels. The fact that the United States has been one of the best performing economies in the wake of the crisis supports the view that the full set of policy responses in the United States made a major difference in averting a substantially worse outcome—although it in no way changes the fact that more work remains to be done.



Chapter 2 reviews the economy’s performance in 2013 and discusses the key reasons why the Administration, like other forecasters, expects growth to strengthen in the coming years. Five years removed from the worst of the financial crisis, the economy continues to strengthen and recover, with businesses adding 2.4 million jobs in 2013, the third straight year private employment has risen by more than 2 million. Looking to 2014, one key reason that growth is expected to pick up is that households have made substantial progress in paying off debt, a process known as deleveraging, putting them in a better position to increase spending going forward. As shown in Figure 2-7, household debt has fallen from a peak of about 1.4 times annual disposable income in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 1.1 times annual disposable income by the fourth quarter of 2013. Similarly, debt service (that is, required minimum payments on household debt) has fallen from a high of 13 percent of disposable income in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 10 percent by the third quarter of 2013, its lowest since the data begin in 1980.


It is important to note, however, that while these figures paint a picture of improvement in the aggregate, many moderate- and middle-income households have seen little benefit from recent stock market gains and are still grappling with the implications of home prices that, despite recent progress, remain well below their previous highs. Other reasons to expect stronger growth in 2014 than in 2013 include diminished fiscal drag, a recovery in asset values, strengthening among our international trading partners, and demographic forces that are expected to maintain upward pressure on housing starts—although all of these factors need to be balanced against the uncertain risks that can always adversely affect the economy.



Chapter 3 evaluates the impact of the Recovery Act and subsequent fiscal jobs measures on the economy, finding that they made a substantial and sustained contribution to the level of jobs and output. CEA estimates that Recovery Act alone raised the level of GDP by between 2 and 2.5 percent from late 2009 through mid-2011. This estimate is also within the range of estimates provided by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and private-sector forecasters. But the efforts did not stop with the Recovery Act, and in the subsequent years the President signed more than a dozen additional fiscal measures to create jobs and strengthen the economy, including the payroll tax cut, small business tax cuts, incentives for infrastructure, and extended unemployment insurance. Combining the effects of the Recovery Act and the additional fiscal measures that followed, the cumulative boost to GDP from 2009 through 2012 is equivalent to 9.5 percent of fourth quarter 2008 GDP (Figure 3-7). In addition to discussing the immediate macroeconomic impact, Chapter 3 also explains how the Recovery Act kept millions of families out of poverty and made investments in clean energy, education, and infrastructure that will continue to pay dividends long after the Act has phased out.



Chapter 4 analyzes the causes and consequences of the historic slowdown in the growth of health care costs, which has potentially massive implications for families, employers, and the Federal budget. The growth rate of real per-capita health care expenditures from 2010 to 2012 was the lowest since data collection began in the 1960s, and preliminary data and projections indicate that slow growth continued into 2013 (Figure 4-1).  It does not appear that this development is merely an after-effect of the recession, as the slowdown has now persisted well into the economic recovery. Chapter 4 analyzes a variety of factors behind the slowdown, including the Affordable Care Act, which is contributing to this trend by reducing excessive payments to Medicare providers and private insurers, as well as by deploying payment reforms that incentivize more efficient, higher-quality care. This slowdown will help raise incomes, act as a headwind for job creation and growth, and contribute to deficit reduction.



Chapter 5 discusses the vast advances that have been made in the technology sector in recent years, the broader context of productivity growth over the last 60 years, and the President’s agenda to support research and foster innovation going forward. Figure 5-2 shows that over the last two decades, productivity has grown faster than in the 1970s and 1980s, but more slowly than in the 1950s and 1960s, when rapid productivity growth was fueled by public investments like the interstate highway system and the commercialization of innovations from World War II like the jet engine and synthetic rubber. Recent technological advances have unleashed a great deal of potential, and Chapter 5 discusses steps the Obama Administration is taking to support innovation, in particular expanding the availability and efficiency of wireless spectrum for commercial broadband use and reforming the patent system to ensure that it encourages useful innovation by inventors and limits wasteful litigation by patent assertion entities, also known as “patent trolls.”



Chapter 6 takes stock of the progress that has been made, lessons that have been learned, and ways to take the next step forward in combating poverty 50 years after the start of the War on Poverty. Using new historical estimates of poverty based on modern measurement methods, Chapter 6 presents a more accurate picture of the changes in poverty over the past five decades. Since 1967, the first year for which such estimates are available, the poverty rate has fallen by nearly 40 percent. Crucially, all of this reduction in poverty has come as a result of tax credits and government programs such as Social Security, nutrition assistance, unemployment insurance, among others.


Over this time period, expansions in tax credits that support working families have led the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) to lift more children out of poverty than any other Federal program. Expansions of the EITC and the refundable CTC enacted during this Administration benefit 16 million families with 30 million children and have helped keep about 1.4 million Americans out of poverty. Altogether, the EITC and the refundable CTC now support 32 million working families, lifting 10.1 million people, including 5.3 million children, out of poverty. Excluding the effects of these programs, poverty would be slightly higher than it was in 1967.


Drawing on this crucial insight, Chapter 6 lays out ways that safety net programs can be strengthened, as well as ways to take the next step forward in fighting poverty by raising wages, thereby increasing incomes before government programs kick in. Specifically, the President has called for measures like an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for households without children and an increase in the minimum wage that would raise incomes for tens of millions while alleviating poverty for millions.



Chapter 7 focuses on how high-quality “impact” evaluations of Federal programs can influence public policy for the better, and how they have been used to focus Federal dollars on strategies that work. Figure 7-2 provides a telling example: sharply reducing homelessness is a key Administration focus, and based on evidence from program evaluations, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has re-oriented the Homelessness Assistance Grant Program away from traditional approaches such as transitional housing toward more effective permanent supportive housing. Rigorous impact evaluations such as these have long been supported by the President. In his 21st Century Management Agenda, the President set bold goals for building a more efficient, more effective government—one which contributes to economic growth and strengthens the foundations for economic prosperity. More work remains to be done however, and Chapter 7 describes opportunities for further progress in building actionable evidence to answer important program and policy questions.







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Women’s History Month


By Jueseppi B.

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March is Women’s History Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.




About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.”  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.”  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”




A Gala Reception and Dinner Celebrating the National Women’s History Month 2014 Honorees “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment”

The National Women’s History Project
invites you to attend our
Gala Reception and Dinner
Celebrating National Women’s History
Month and the 2014 Honorees
Women of Character,
Courage and Commitment

March 27, 2014
The Willard
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C.

5:30 - Reception – Hors d’oeuvres cash bar
6:30 – Dinner – 3-course meal with wine
7:30 – Program & 2014 NWHM Honorees

This celebration will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

Tickets are $150 (must be purchased in advance) - PURCHASE TICKET
RSVP needed by March 10. 2014.





Presidential Proclamation — Women’s History Month, 2014





Throughout our Nation’s history, American women have led movements for social and economic justice, made groundbreaking scientific discoveries, enriched our culture with stunning works of art and literature, and charted bold directions in our foreign policy. They have served our country with valor, from the battlefields of the Revolutionary War to the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan. During Women’s History Month, we recognize the victories, struggles, and stories of the women who have made our country what it is today.


This month, we are reminded that even in America, freedom and justice have never come easily. As part of a centuries-old and ever-evolving movement, countless women have put their shoulder to the wheel of progress — activists who gathered at Seneca Falls and gave expression to a righteous cause; trailblazers who defied convention and shattered glass ceilings; millions who claimed control of their own bodies, voices, and lives. Together, they have pushed our Nation toward equality, liberation, and acceptance of women’s right — not only to choose their own destinies — but also to shape the futures of peoples and nations.


Through the grit and sacrifice of generations, American women and girls have gained greater opportunities and more representation than ever before. Yet they continue to face workplace discrimination, a higher risk of sexual assault, and an earnings gap that will cost the average woman hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of her working lifetime.


As women fight for their seats at the head of the table, my Administration offers our unwavering support. The first bill I signed as President was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which made it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination. Under the Affordable Care Act, we banned insurance companies from charging women more because of their gender, and we continue to defend this law against those who would let women’s bosses influence their health care decisions. Last year, recognizing a storied history of patriotic and courageous service in our Armed Forces, the United States military opened ground combat units to women in uniform. We are also encouraging more girls to explore their passions for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and taking action to create economic opportunities for women across the globe. Last fall, we finalized a rule to extend overtime and minimum wage protections to homecare workers, 90 percent of whom are women. And this January, I launched a White House task force to protect students from sexual assault.


As we honor the many women who have shaped our history, let us also celebrate those who make progress in our time. Let us remember that when women succeed, America succeeds. And from Wall Street to Main Street, in the White House and on Capitol Hill — let us put our Nation on the path to success.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2014 as Women’s History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. I also invite all Americans to visit www.WomensHistoryMonth.gov to learn more about the generations of women who have left enduring imprints on our history.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.







Women’s History Month at the Movies

The National Endowment for the Humanities highlights three documentaries — The Abolitionists, No Job for a Woman: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII and I Came to Testify. These films document women’s contribution to create a better society by challenging oppressive forces and fighting for change in politics, journalism, and international law.


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Cultural Landscapes

Women’s Rights National Historical Park commemorates the First Women’s Rights Convention of 1848 and its key figures: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, her sister Martha Wright, Mary Ann McClintock, and Jane Hunt. During the fourteen years following the convention, Stanton’s house served as a base for the continued development of the Women’s Rights Movement.





Images of the Suffrage March on Washington—National Archives Pintrest Board

March 3rd marks 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington. The “National Policy of Nagging” Pinterest board, created by the National Archives, honors this anniversary. Suffragists faced a difficult road in their march towards equality. Even women opposed giving women the right to vote. One letter called it “an endorsement of nagging as a national policy.”


Visit the Pintrest board





The Women of Four Wars

The limited but important roles women played in Korea and Vietnam paved the path to more expanded — and in some cases more dangerous — specialties in recent wars.


Find out more about women in the military 






2014 National Women’s History Month Theme & Honorees


This year’s theme, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers, women religious, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience.


These role models along with countless others demonstrate the importance of writing women back into history.






Announcing the 2014 National Women’s History Month Theme and Honorees


Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment


We would like to thank everyone who nominated one of the extraordinary women for consideration as a 2014 Honorees. This year’s Honorees represent a wide-range of occupations and accomplishments. We will be recognizing them as well as the women who were nominated in our 2014 Women’s History Gazette.



2014 Honorees

(In Chronological Order)



Women of Character, Courage
and Commitment



Chipeta was a wise and outspoken advisor to her husband, a Ute Indian leader. Born into the Kiowa Apache tribe in the 1840s, Chipeta was raised by the Uncompahgre Ute tribe in what is now western Colorado. In her teens she wedded Ouray, who became a powerful Ute chief during the often violent and brutal times of western settlement. Chipeta was a peacemaker who did not consider all settlers to be the enemy, often giving food to starving white families. In 1879 when her tribe was about to start a war with settlers, Chipeta successfully convinved Chief Ouray to call off all fighting, arguing the war would be devastating to the Utes.



Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858 – 1964)
African American Educator and Author 
Anna J. Cooper was an author, educator, speaker, and among the leading intellectuals of her time. Born into enslavement, she wrote “A Voice from the South,” widely considered one of the first articulations of Black feminism. Throughout her long life, Cooper worked for the betterment of African American women’s lives, which she saw as the foundation for a more just society for everyone. Cooper worked at Washington D.C.’s M Street — now Dunham High School — for nearly 40 years, focusing the all black high school on preparing students for higher education, successfully sending many students to prestigious universities.





Agatha Tiegel Hanson (1873 – 1959)
Educator, Author, and Advocate for Deaf Community
Agatha Tiegel Hanson was a teacher, poet, and advocate for the deaf community. Unable to hear and blind in one eye from a childhood illness, she never allowed her disabilities to hold her back. She came of age at a time when most deaf people were denied access to education, and deaf women especially had few educational options. She was among the first women admitted to Gallaudet University, which is still the only college in America dedicated to the education of deaf and hard of hearing students. Graduating first in her class, her valedictorian speech argued for the recognition of the intellect of women, a cause she advocated throughout her life.




Katharine Ryan Gibbs (1863 – 1934)
Women’s Employment Pioneer
Katharine Ryan Gibbs founded Katharine Gibbs School in 1911 to provide women with high-level secretarial training and the opportunity to earn their own incomes. Gibbs was a mother and housewife for much of her life, until she was widowed at 48 and left with no means to support herself or her two sons. Teaming up with her sister, Mary Ryan, they purchased a failing Providence, Rhode Island secretarial school in 1911. Her school quickly expanded, opening branches near many ivy-league universities. At a time when educated women were generally expected to become teachers or nurses, Katharine Gibbs School offered women an exceptional secretarial education and new opportunities, which made skilled office work a realistic career for women.




Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914 – Present)
Pharmacologist and 
Public Health Activist  
Frances Oldham Kelsey as a Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) pharmacologist refused to approve thalidomide, a drug that was later proved to cause severe birth defects. The thalidomide crisis brought to light inadequacies in both drug clinical trials and the FDA’s approval process, leading Congress to pass legislation giving the FDA more power and requiring manufacturers to disclose side effects. Dr. Kelsey continued her work at the FDA, directing the surveillance of drug testing, until her retirement in 2005 at age 91. In 2010 the FDA established the Frances Kelsey Award, an annual award given to a staff member for their commitment to scientific rigor.




Roxcy O’Neal Bolton (1926 – Present)  
20th Century Women’s Rights Pioneer
Roxcy O’Neal Bolton is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights. She is the founder of Florida’s first battered women’s shelter and the nation’s first hospital-based Rape Treatment Center. Her extensive work also includes convincing National Airlines to offer maternity leave to (instead of firing) pregnant flight attendants, lobbying for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and persuading the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to name hurricanes after both women and men. Bolton led the effort to create the Women’s Park in Miami, which opened in 1992 as the first outdoor space in the nation– honoring past and present women leaders.




Lisa Taylor (1974 – Present)
Civil Rights Attorney
Lisa Taylor is a leading civil rights trial attorney who has worked for over twelve years to ensure that civil rights laws are enforced around the country. Working with the Department of Justice, Taylor focuses primarily on educational and disability law and shows an unwavering commitment to ending discrimination and promoting equality and justice. Lisa was in Naval ROTC as a student and served as an officer aboard the USS Tarawa, where she developed the ship’s first program to address sexual harassment. Taylor became a lawyer out of a strong desire to serve those who could not serve themselves.




Tammy Duckworth (1968 – Present)
Member of Congress and Iraq War Veteran
Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative from Illinois, is an Iraq War veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In 2012, she became the first disabled woman elected to serve in the House of Representatives. Duckworth has a strong record advocating and implementing improvements to veteran’s services. In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom until her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12 2004. She lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion and was subsequently awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.




Jaida Im (1961- Present)
Advocate for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Jaida Im founded Freedom House, the first residential shelter for adult female survivors of human trafficking, in Northern California in 2010. Im left her 20-year career as a health care professional to found the non-profit organization. Under her direction, the program offers holistic case management, counseling, educational resources, and job training for victims of abduction and enslavement. In fall 2013, Freedom House opened The Nest to serve girls ages 12-17. This new shelter provides a space to help girls to recapture their interrupted youth in a loving family setting.




Ann Lewis (1937- Present)
Women’s Rights Organizer and Women’s History Advocate
Ann Lewis is a leader of progressive political reform focusing on the importance of personal engagement, social justice and women’s rights. She served as a White House Communications Director, is a national commentator on public policy, and champions the recognition of women’s history. Ann Frank Lewis grew up in a Jewish family who witnessed the Holocaust and its aftermath. Growing up with the name Ann Frank, she says “my parents, who talked often about current events, taught me how fortunate we were to live in a democracy, where we could choose our leaders. I would never take our political rights for granted.”




Carmen Delgado Votaw (1935 – Present)
International Women’s Rights Activist 
Carmen Delgado Votaw is a leading advocate for women’s rights both nationally and internationally. She served on the International Women’s Year Commission, collaborated with all United Nations Conferences on Women, and significantly influenced the advancement of women in Latin America. Born and raised in Puerto Rico and inspired to fight for social justice by Martin Luther King Jr. and the 1963 March on Washington, she has worked for over 50 years for the betterment of women, children, Latinos, and other minorities throughout the world. In 1996, she wrote “Puerto Rican Women,” a bilingual women’s history book. She received the Veteran Feminists of America Medal of Honor in 1999.




Arden Eversmeyer (1931 – Present)
The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project Founder

Arden Eversmeyer founded the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (1999), to ensure that the stories of lesbians born in the first part of the 20th century, who were labeled “mentally ill”, fired from their jobs, rejected by their families, and even raped and murdered with impunity, are recorded in history. Project volunteers have documented over 320 diverse life stories recording the sacrifices and obstacles faced by lesbians of that era. The collection is now archived, and continues to grow, as part of the prestigious Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College. Today Eversmeyer is proud to live in a time when she can be her true self with acquaintances, friends, family, medical professionals, and everyone.




2014 National Women’s History Month Nominees

The women who were nominated to be 2014 National Women’s History Month Honorees represent the wide-range of women’s accomplishments and achievements.  Each is a woman of courage commitment and character.  Included in this year’s nominees are educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, relief workers and CEOs.  Many were pioneers in a variety of fields and all earned placement in numerous categories and endeavors.

Making Women’s Lives Visible 

  • Anne Montague  (1939 – Present)
    Director of non-profit Thanks! Plain and Simple, which creates projects focused on finding and honoring Rosie the Riveters
  • Edna Buckman Kearns  (1882 – 1934)  
    Imaginative suffragist who drove a horse-drawn wagon called the “Spirit of 1776” through Manhattan’s city traffic in 1913 to promote Votes for Women
  • Lynn Marie Madison Jackson  ( 1952 – Present) 
    Dred Scott Heritage Foundation Founder  developed St. Louis school penny drives for a statue honoring the historic anti-slavery litigants Dred and Harriet Scott.

Builders of Communities and Institutions

  • Kikako Nakauchi  (1931 – Present) 
    Role model for young students emphasizing the importance of giving back to their own communities
  • Victoria Wilder Crews (1946 – Present)
    Life-long anti-drug and alcohol advocate who founded City of Refuge Point of Impact (CORPOI)
  • Maria “Cuca” Robledo Montecel, Ph.D.  (1953 – Present)
    A strong and determined advocate for quality educational opportunities for all children and their families.
  • Frankie Sue Del Papa (1949 – Present)
    Champion for women’s rights who also advocates for domestic violence prevention and consumer fraud protection  and supports the arts, education, and the environment


  • Ann Marie Delgado, M.Ed., J.D.  (1972 – Present)
    Influential educator and role model at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, CA, who developed a women’s studies curriculum for high school students
  • Grace E. Harris  (1933 – Present)
    Visionary leader of the Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University promoting  the development of current and emerging leaders. .
  • Nathalie C. Lilavois, Ed.D.  (1965 – Present)
    Educator who helped lay the foundation for rebranding the Malik Melodies Sisterhood, Inc, dedicated to fostering cultural enrichment and civic and social responsibility.
  • Ri’Cha ri Sancho  (1975 – Present)
    Educator, performer, and mentor who advocates for African, Native American, and Latina cultural awareness
  • Linda Pollack Shevitz  (1943 – Present)
    Maryland education leader who co-founded the National Association of Multicultural Educators and the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
  • Virginia Estelle Randolph  (1874 – 1958)
    Educator and industrial teacher who championed upgrading vocational training in African American schools throughout the country

Mothers and Mentors 

  • Triana LaDane Kuniken  (1982 – Present)
    Dedicated community and church member, mother, and mentor who works to guide the values of children
  • Minnie Evelyn Greensmith O’Donnell  (1922 – Present)
    Drove an ambulance during the blitzkrieg in London, married a USAF  American, then travelled the world with her family for 27 years
  • Emma Gomez  (1934 – Present)
    Respected teacher and mother who works to improve the quality of life of families and working people
  • Katarina Ferencovic Horvat Mrezar  (1894 – 1988)
    Mother, landlord, saloon proprietor, and first woman licensed as a barber in Indiana

Volunteers/ Aid Workers/Diplomats 

  • Anna Arredondo Chapman  (1946 – Present)
    Highest rated Hispanic civilian woman before retiring in 2004 after working for over 32 years from Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas
  • Eleanor I. Robbins  (1942 – Present)
    Leads efforts to mentor Native American children to become scientists and to save our environment
  • Myrtle Gansu  (1872 – 1958)
    Became the longest serving elected official in Long Beach, California (from 1919 to 1951)
  • Katy Todd  (1987 – Present)
    Peace Corps volunteer who taught women in the Togo how to run a community savings program

Women Pioneers / Trail Blazers 

  • Anna R. Samick (1937-2003) 
    First woman to serve as a business and education representative in the Aerospace Workers Union (IAMAW)
  • Dorothy Arzner  (1897 – 1979)
    Directed the first “talkie” for Paramount, developed the first boom microphone, was the first woman in the DGA (Director’s Guild of America)
  • Elizabeth Anderson Hishon  (1944 – 1999)
    Trail-blazing attorney whose Supreme Court case forced legal firms to include women as partners
  • Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler [Hedy Lamarr]  (1913 – 2000)
    Movie star and inventor who developed a key technique necessary for wireless communication
  • Mary Whitfield Ramerman  (1955 – Present)
    Developed better health care in Haiti, converted to Catholicism and became a self-ordained priest and established her own parish Spiritus Christi Church in Rochester, NY
  • Maud Powell   (1867 – 1920)
    Pioneered the violin recital in North America, gave the American premiere of major concertos by Tchaikovsky
  • Small Business Owners/ CEO/Founders 
    Andrea McDowell John Baptiste  (1972 – Present)
    CEO of Axum Management Capabilities, whose character and leadership is demonstrated in her successful company and in her innovative fundraising efforts for her community.
  • Nicole Levine  (1967 – Present)
    A single mother who used the most basic grass-roots efforts to become the undisputed gold standard for cleaning and extermination business in the NY Metro Area.
  • Deborah Brenner   (1966 – Present)
    Organized Women of the Vine to bring sustainable grape growers and winemakers into a marketing collaboration under one brand

Government Workers

  • Donna Zickefoose  (1965 – Present) 
    Ascended through the ranks of law enforcement, during times when females remained a minority in the field, to become Warden of the largest federal prison in the United States
  • Janet E. Petro  (1959 – Present)
    Deputy Director at NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Florida helped the Center begin to transition to the nation’s premier multiuser spaceport.
  • Frankie Sue Del Papa  (1949 – Present) 
    Political role model who is the longest serving public servant in Nevada
  • Houra Rais  (1962 – Present)
    Senior engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division works to solve  some of the most difficult technical challenges facing today’s war fighters
  • Kimberly Stomach  (1968 – Present) 
    At the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Keyport manages an annual maintenance budget of over 4 million dollars.

Women Religious   

  • Verna Fowler
    Founding President of the College of the Menominee Nation in Wisconsin
  • Mother Frances Warde  (1810-1884)
    Founded the Sisters of Mercy in America to improve the lives of the poor, uneducated, and others marginalized by society
  • Angela Duke Hicks
    Served as a missionary in India and Belize, then worked with women and children in Africa suffering from AIDS
  • Marilyn Lacey (1948- Present)
    Founded Mercy Beyond Borders in 2008 to work with displaced women and children overseas in ways that help them move up from extreme poverty



Women's History Month reception in the East Room of the White House on 18 March 2013

Women’s History Month reception in the East Room of the White House on 18 March 2013















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President Barack Obama Visits Powell Elementary School In Washington, D.C.


By Jueseppi B.




Today, after sending his 2015 budget to Congress, President Obama visited a local elementary school to discuss what he called a “roadmap” for the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address to restore opportunity for all Americans.


“These kids may not be the most excited people in town on budget day,” President Obama said, “but my budget is designed with their generation and future generations in mind.”


The budget I sent Congress this morning lays out how we’ll implement this agenda in a balanced and responsible way. It’s a roadmap for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all Americans. And at a time when our deficits have been cut in half, it allows us to meet our obligations to future generations without leaving them a mountain of debt.


This budget adheres to the spending levels that both parties in both houses of Congress already agreed to. But it also builds on that progress with what we’re calling an Opportunity, Growth and Security Initiative that invests in our economic priorities in a smart way that is fully paid for by making smart spending cuts and closing tax loopholes that right now only benefit the well-off and the well-connected.


“Our budget is about choices,” President Obama said. “It’s about our values. As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy, and expand opportunity for every American.”


The American people have made clear time and again which approach they prefer. That’s the approach that my budget offers. That’s why I’m going to fight for it this year and in the years to come as President.












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