Business & Labor Immigration Talks Breakthrough

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Business and labor make breakthrough in immigration talks
2/21/13 12:23 PM ET By Kevin Bogardus – TheHill

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO on Thursday announced a breakthrough in talks on immigration reform, releasing joint principles for a temporary worker program.

The nation’s largest labor federation and Washington’s biggest business lobby have been holding talks for weeks on how to fix temporary worker programs. It’s a sticky issue that split unions during the last major push for immigration reform in 2007 and helped doom the effort in Congress.

In a lengthy joint statement, the two groups agreed to a set of three principles for temporary workers and advocated for the creation of an independent agency to determine when and where foreign workers are needed.

First, the AFL-CIO and the Chamber agreed that U.S. workers should get “the first crack” at available jobs. Second, they agreed that there are times where U.S. employers will need foreign workers. And third, the immigration process needs to be fixed with a transparent, data-based solution.

In the end, business and labor believe a new agency in the executive branch could provide that solution.

Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/284235-business-and-labor-announce-breakthrough-in-immigration-talks

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Immigration

America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

“Together we can build a fair, effective and common sense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

The President’s plan builds a smart, effective immigration system that continues efforts to secure our borders and cracks down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. It’s a plan that requires anyone who’s undocumented to get right with the law by paying their taxes and a penalty, learning English, and undergoing background checks before they can be eligible to earn citizenship. It requires every business and every worker to play by the same set of rules.

There are four principles to the President’s common sense proposal:

CONTINUING TO STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY

STREAMLINING LEGAL IMMIGRATION

EARNED CITIZENSHIP

CRACKING DOWN ON EMPLOYERS HIRING UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

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“So if we’re truly committed to strengthening our middle class and providing more ladders of opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to make it into the middle class, we’ve got to fix the system. We have to make sure that every business and every worker in America is playing by the same set of rules. We have to bring this shadow economy into the light so that everybody is held accountable — businesses for who they hire, and immigrants for getting on the right side of the law. That’s common sense. And that’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”

President Barack Obama, January 29, 2013

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6/15/12

Secretary Napolitano Announces Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

En español: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20120803-dhs-describe-proceso-accion-diferida-para-llegados-en-la-enfancia.shtm

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US Citizenship & Immigration Services - Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process

Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración de Estados UnidosAcción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

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1/2/13

Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

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28 Responses to Business & Labor Immigration Talks Breakthrough

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” to celebrating the third anniversary of Let’s Move!
    New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on “Good Morning America” to celebrating the third anniversary of Let’s Move!
    New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on “The Dr. Oz Show” to celebrating the third anniversary of Let’s Move!
    New York, NY

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:15 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden receive the presidential daily briefing

    11:00 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden attend the Democratic Governors Association Meeting.

    11:30 AM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press.

    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Vice President Biden also attends
    White House

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden have lunch with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.

    2:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

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    Immigration

    America’s immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

    “Together we can build a fair, effective and common sense immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.”

    The President’s plan builds a smart, effective immigration system that continues efforts to secure our borders and cracks down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. It’s a plan that requires anyone who’s undocumented to get right with the law by paying their taxes and a penalty, learning English, and undergoing background checks before they can be eligible to earn citizenship. It requires every business and every worker to play by the same set of rules.

    There are four principles to the President’s common sense proposal:

    CONTINUING TO STRENGTHEN BORDER SECURITY

    * STREAMLINING LEGAL IMMIGRATION

    EARNED CITIZENSHIP

    * CRACKING DOWN ON EMPLOYERS HIRING UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS

    • CR says:

      January 29, 2013

      Remarks by the President on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

      Del Sol High School
      Las Vegas, Nevada

      11:40 A.M. PST

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you! Thank you so much. (Applause.) It is good to be back in Las Vegas! (Applause.) And it is good to be among so many good friends.

      Let me start off by thanking everybody at Del Sol High School for hosting us. (Applause.) Go Dragons! Let me especially thank your outstanding principal, Lisa Primas. (Applause.)

      There are all kinds of notable guests here, but I just want to mention a few. First of all, our outstanding Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is here. (Applause.) Our wonderful Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. (Applause.) Former Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. (Applause.) Two of the outstanding members of the congressional delegation from Nevada, Steve Horsford and Dina Titus. (Applause.) Your own mayor, Carolyn Goodman. (Applause.)

      But we also have some mayors that flew in because they know how important the issue we’re going to talk about today is. Marie Lopez Rogers from Avondale, Arizona. (Applause.) Kasim Reed from Atlanta, Georgia. (Applause.) Greg Stanton from Phoenix, Arizona. (Applause.) And Ashley Swearengin from Fresno, California. (Applause.)

      And all of you are here, as well as some of the top labor leaders in the country. And we are just so grateful. Some outstanding business leaders are here as well. And of course, we’ve got wonderful students here, so I could not be prouder of our students. (Applause.)

      Now, those of you have a seat, feel free to take a seat. I don’t mind.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Mr. President!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.)

      Now, last week, I had the honor of being sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. (Applause.) And during my inaugural address, I talked about how making progress on the defining challenges of our time doesn’t require us to settle every debate or ignore every difference that we may have, but it does require us to find common ground and move forward in common purpose. It requires us to act.

      I know that some issues will be harder to lift than others. Some debates will be more contentious. That’s to be expected. But the reason I came here today is because of a challenge where the differences are dwindling; where a broad consensus is emerging; and where a call for action can now be heard coming from all across America. I’m here today because the time has come for common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. (Applause.) The time is now. Now is the time. Now is the time. Now is the time.

      AUDIENCE: Sí se puede! Sí se puede!

      THE PRESIDENT: Now is the time.

      I’m here because most Americans agree that it’s time to fix a system that’s been broken for way too long. I’m here because business leaders, faith leaders, labor leaders, law enforcement, and leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity. Now is the time to do this so we can strengthen our economy and strengthen our country’s future.

      Think about it — we define ourselves as a nation of immigrants. That’s who we are — in our bones. The promise we see in those who come here from every corner of the globe, that’s always been one of our greatest strengths. It keeps our workforce young. It keeps our country on the cutting edge. And it’s helped build the greatest economic engine the world has ever known.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/01/29/remarks-president-comprehensive-immigration-reform

    • CR says:

      Department of Homeland Security announcement on Young People and Immigration

      June 15, 2012

      MEMORANDUM FOR:

      David V. Aguilar
      Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      Alejandro Mayorkas
      Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

      John Morton
      Director, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

      FROM:
      Janet Napolitano

      SUBJECT:
      Secretary of Homeland Security
      Exercising Prosetorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children

      By this memorandum, I am setting forth how, in the exercise of our prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should enforce the Nation’s immigration laws against certain young people who were brought to this country as children and know only this country as home. As a general matter, these individuals lacked the intent to violate the law and our ongoing review of pending removal cases is already offering administrative closure to many of them. However, additional measures are necessary to ensure that our enforcement resources are not expended on these low priority cases but are instead appropriately focused on people who meet our enforcement priorities.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/s1-exercising-prosecutorial-discretion-individuals-who-came-to-us-as-children.pdf

    • CR says:

      Secretary Napolitano Announces Final Rule to Support Family Unity During Waiver Process

      January 2, 2013

      DHS Press Office
      WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced the posting of a final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The final rule establishes a process that allows certain individuals to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver before they depart the United States to attend immigrant visa interviews in their countries of origin. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

      For more: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2013/01/02/secretary-napolitano-announces-final-rule-support-family-unity-during-waiver-process

    • CR says:

      President Obama on Immigration Reform in a Google+ Hangout

      Published on Feb 21, 2013
      President Obama responds to a question in a Google+ Hangout to discuss his State of the Union Address.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      House Republicans Reject Obama’s Policy On Immigrant Teens

      JUNE 6, 2013, 12:48 PM ANDREW TAYLOR – tpm

      WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House voted Thursday to reject President Barack Obama’s policy to end deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the United States as children.

      The 224-201 vote broke along party lines and comes as Congress is working on overhauling the much-criticized U.S. immigration system. The measure came as the House completed action on the Department of Homeland Security spending bill.

      Obama announced a program in June 2012 that puts off deportation for many people brought here as children. Applicants for the reprieve must have arrived before they turned 16, be younger than 31 now, be high school graduates or in school, or have served in the military. They can’t have a serious criminal record.

      One of the most widely-backed elements of immigration reform, known as the DREAM Act, would award these immigrants legal status.

      Obama’s program, done by executive action, doesn’t give such immigrants legal status but it at least protects them from deportation for two years.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/house-gop-immigration-dream-act.php?ref=fpb

      • CR says:

        June 06, 2013

        Statement by the Press Secretary on the House Passage of Congressman Steve King’s Amendment

        As the Senate prepares to debate bipartisan commonsense immigration reform next week, House Republicans chose to spend today passing an extreme amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers.” These are productive members of society who were brought here as young children, grew up in our communities, and became American in every way but on paper. This amendment, sponsored by Representative Steve King, runs contrary to our most deeply-held values as Americans. It asks law enforcement to treat these Dreamers the same way as they would violent criminals. It’s wrong. It’s not who we are. And it will not become law.

      • CR says:

        Rand Paul To Introduce Immigration Amendment Eliminating Path To Citizenship

        JUNE 18, 2013 CATHERINE THOMPSON – tpm

        Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will introduce a series of amendments to the Senate immigration reform bill that would position him for a potential Republican presidential primary bid, The Hill reported Tuesday.

        Paul’s most prominent measure would eliminate a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while lifting a cap on guest workers, Senate aides familiar with the proposals told The Hill. Under that amendment, to be introduced this week, employers who demonstrate need would be provided with immigrant workers while the workers themselves would have to apply for permanent residency and citizenship according to the policies of their native countries.

        In March Paul laid out a plan that would allow immigrants to obtain green cards and eventually become naturalized citizens, but denied that such a plan constituted a “path to citizenship.”

        The senator is also working on an amendment that would compel states to ensure that registered provisional immigrants do not vote in elections in order to receive federal election funding, according to The Hill.

  3. CR says:

    Business and labor make breakthrough in immigration talks

    2/21/13 12:23 PM ET By Kevin Bogardus – TheHill

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO on Thursday announced a breakthrough in talks on immigration reform, releasing joint principles for a temporary worker program.

    The nation’s largest labor federation and Washington’s biggest business lobby have been holding talks for weeks on how to fix temporary worker programs. It’s a sticky issue that split unions during the last major push for immigration reform in 2007 and helped doom the effort in Congress.

    In a lengthy joint statement, the two groups agreed to a set of three principles for temporary workers and advocated for the creation of an independent agency to determine when and where foreign workers are needed.

    First, the AFL-CIO and the Chamber agreed that U.S. workers should get “the first crack” at available jobs. Second, they agreed that there are times where U.S. employers will need foreign workers. And third, the immigration process needs to be fixed with a transparent, data-based solution.

    In the end, business and labor believe a new agency in the executive branch could provide that solution.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/284235-business-and-labor-announce-breakthrough-in-immigration-talks

  4. CR says:

    February 15, 2013

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

    President Obama will welcome the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan to the White House on Friday, February 22, 2013. The President looks forward to in-depth discussions with Prime Minister Abe on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including the U.S.-Japan Security Alliance, economic and trade issues, and deepening bilateral cooperation.

    • CR says:

      February 21, 2013

      Press Briefing on the Visit of Prime Minister Abe of Japan

      Via Conference Call

      2:35 P.M. EST

      MR. RHODES: Thanks, everybody, for getting on the call. I have with me Danny Russel, the Senior Director for Asia here at the NSC; and Mike Froman, the Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics. We’re just going to talk through the agenda for the President’s meeting tomorrow with Prime Minister Abe of Japan.

      I would just note a number of things. As you know, the U.S. focus on Asia has been a priority of the President’s since he came into office. The very first visitor he hosted — foreign visitor he hosted here at the White House was the Prime Minister of Japan at the time. He’s had subsequent meetings with his Japanese counterparts on numerous occasions.

      This will be his first opportunity to host Prime Minister Abe, and it underscores the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance as the foundation of U.S. strategy in Asia, both in terms of our security posture and in terms of our economic relationships in that dynamic and growing region of the world.

      So this meeting is a further symbol of the President’s commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of U.S. economic and security policy, and as a cornerstone of the U.S.-Asia policy. And the two leaders will have the chance tomorrow to meet, to speak to the press, and to share a meal together, as well.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/21/press-briefing-visit-prime-minister-abe-japan

  5. CR says:

    Nation’s Governors to Convene in Washington for NGA Winter Meeting

    February 12, 2013 nag

    WASHINGTON—A bipartisan group of the nation’s governors will gather in Washington, D.C., February 22-25, for the 2013 National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, which will include sessions with the President, members of his Cabinet, business leaders and other experts for discussions about issues affecting states.

    “The NGA meeting is an opportunity to meet with our colleagues and discuss the many issues facing us as we govern states,” said NGA Chair Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. “Governors care less about where an idea or policy starts and more about how it benefits our citizens.”

    “As governors, we face many similar challenges and can learn a great deal from each other’s experiences,” said NGA Vice Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. “The NGA Winter Meeting gives governors the chance to examine great ideas from around the country so we can push forward in areas like jobs, education and health care.”

    For more: http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/2013-news-releases/col2-content/nations-governors-to-convene-in.html

    • CR says:

      11:00 AM
      President Obama and Vice President Biden attend the Democratic Governors Association Meeting.

  6. CR says:

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    “Let’s Move!” Tour 2013

    LET’S MOVE! is celebrating it’s Third Anniversary !

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    On February 22, 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama kicked off a five day, nation-wide tour celebrating the third anniversary of Let’s Move!, her initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. Since launching Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010, significant progress has been made to solve the problem of childhood obesity. Parents, businesses, educators, elected officials, members of the military, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have made substantial commitments to improve the health of our nation’s children.

    Through working together with Let’s Move!,  these groups have provided children with healthier food and greater opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities, helped get families the information they need to make healthier decisions, supported a healthy start in early childhood, and have worked to ensure more people have access to healthy, affordable food.  The Let’s Move! tour will highlight examples of people making changes across the country, from a single family to an entire state.

    A fact sheet on a few of the many accomplishments of Let’s Move! is attached and can be found HERE.

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    The First Lady’s Let’s Move! tour schedule is below:

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on “Good Morning America”, New York, NY

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on “The Dr. Oz Show”, New York, NY

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a cooking competition between school chefs to highlighting the new healthier school lunches hosted by Rachael Ray - Clinton, MS

    First Lady Michelle Obama appears on delivers remarks at The Clinton Public School District to make their schools healthier to support their children’s physical wellness and academic achievement” - Clinton, MS

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama will be joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, NIKE CEO Mark Parker, gymnasts Dominique Dawes and Gabby Douglas, among others, to make a “major announcement” about physcal activity in schools –  Chicago, IL

    First Lady Michelle Obama  will review changes Walmart has made to reduce sodium and added sugars from packaged food items, to make healthier food more affordable, and to include a simple front-of-package seal for identifying healthier food choices, the White House said. - Springfield, MO

    MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama joins a Google+ Hangout to “continue the dialogue about healthy families online.” The Hangout will be moderated by daytime host Kelly Ripa - Washington, DC

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    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama answer questions about Let’s Move! on Twitter, using her office’s @FLOTUS account - Washington, DC

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    FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013

    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers the keynote address at Partneship for a Healthier America’s childhood obesity summit, Building a Healthier Future
    Washington, DC.

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    Let’s Move!

    Website: http://www.letsmove.gov/

    FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/letsmove

    Tweet: http://www.twitter.com/letsmove

    • CR says:

      Big Bird Visits the White House

      February 21, 2013
      10:54 AM EST
      Editors Note: This blog was originally posted on letsmove.gov.

      First Lady Michelle Obama invited Big Bird to to the White House to learn how easy and delicious it is to eat fruits and vegetables. Check out the latest PSAs from Mrs. Obama and Sesame Workshop celebrating Let’s Move!’s third anniversary!

    • CR says:

      Evolution Of Mom Dancing (w/ Jimmy Fallon & Michelle Obama)

      Published on Feb 22, 2013

      In honor of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, and to encourage parents everywhere to get up and get moving with their kids, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama present the “Evolution of Mom Dancing.”

    • CR says:

      Let’s Move! with Big Bird at the White House

      Published on Feb 21, 2013

      Big Bird visits First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House to show off some of the ways you can get moving!

    • CR says:

      Announcing Let’s Move Active Schools

      Published on Mar 4, 2013

      First Lady Michelle Obama speaks from Chicago during the Let’s Move 3rd anniversary tour about the “Active Schools” initiative, an unprecedented effort to bring physical education back to America’s schools.

  7. CR says:

    12:15 PM ET
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Vice President Biden also attends
    White House

    • CR says:

      February 22, 2013

      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe of Japan After Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      1:30 P.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, I want to extend a warm welcome to Prime Minister Abe and congratulate him on his victory and his leadership of Japan.

      Obviously, Japan is one of our closest allies, and the U.S.-Japan alliance is the central foundation for our regional security and so much of what we do in the Pacific region. And that friendship extends not just between our governments but also between our peoples.

      Prime Minister Abe himself is no stranger to the United States. I think he and I studied in California around the same time, and this is not his first visit to the Oval Office. So we’re looking forward to building a very strong working relationship on a whole range of issues.

      We had close consultations on a wide range of security issues, in particular our concerns about the provocative actions that have been taken in North Korea and our determination to take strong actions in response.

      We also discussed a wide range of multilateral issues, and I expressed my appreciation for the support Japan has provided to our efforts in Afghanistan, our efforts to resolve the nuclear issue in Iran, and we expressed mutual condolences around the loss of life at the BP plant in Algeria and pledged that this would spur greater counterterrorism cooperation.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/22/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-abe-japan-after-bilateral-mee

    • CR says:

      February 22, 2013

      Joint Statement by the United States and Japan

      The two Governments confirm that should Japan participate in the TPP negotiations, all goods would be subject to negotiation, and Japan would join others in achieving a comprehensive, high-standard agreement, as described in the Outlines of the TPP Agreement announced by TPP Leaders on November 12, 2011.

      Recognizing that both countries have bilateral trade sensitivities, such as certain agricultural products for Japan and certain manufactured products for the United States, the two Governments confirm that, as the final outcome will be determined during the negotiations, it is not required to make a prior commitment to unilaterally eliminate all tariffs upon joining the TPP negotiations.

      The two Governments will continue their bilateral consultations with respect to Japan’s possible interest in joining the TPP. While progress has been made in these consultations, more work remains to be done, including addressing outstanding concerns with respect to the automotive and insurance sectors, addressing other non-tariff measures, and completing work regarding meeting the high TPP standards.

  8. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    AMERICA’S GROWING SOLAR INDUSTRY
    Joins us for a Google+ Hangout with America’s Growing Solar Industry with Secretary Steven Chu

    Department of Energy http://energy.gov/live

    Send Qs on #solar for today’s G+ Hangout w/ Sec Chu & industry experts using #askEnergy.

  9. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for the President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  10. CR says:

    Announcing We the People 2.0 and a White House Hackathon

    Peter Welsch February 05, 2013 10:58 AM EST

    Since we launched We the People, our team of developers has been hard at work on the code that makes the whole thing tick. Good thing, too! More than 2 million users joined We the People in the last two months of 2012 alone and some 6 million of you have logged in to the system and left more than 10 million signatures. That’s a lot of citizen engagement for one application to handle, but it’s done well, and we continue to release updates to the source code on GitHub and Drupal.org

    Today, though, we’re starting the next stage of We the People’s development. I’m pleased to announce that Petitions 1.0, the code that We the People runs on, is complete. We’re now working towards Petitions 2.0.

    In software development, when you go from one version number to another it means that something big is going on. We’re taking a new approach to how the application works, one that starts with the assumption that it should be as open, transparent, and flexible as possible.

    As a result, Petitions 2.0 is based on an application programming interface, or API, that we will release to the public in the coming months. The first set of methods, Read API, will be released in March, 2013 and will allow anyone to retrieve data on petitions, signatures, and responses. Later, we’ll release a second set of methods, Write API, that will allow other websites and apps to collect and submit signatures without directly sending users to WhiteHouse.gov. With this API in place we’ll be able to decouple the presentation and data layers of the application and build a new, streamlined signature process. This also means that developers who reuse our code will be able to choose which database the application relies on. Between that and our continued work on a white label theme, Petitions 2.0 will be easier for others to contribute to and reuse.

    But it all starts with the API… and we’d like to give you a sneak peek.

    We’re inviting a small group to join us in Washington, DC on February 22, 2013 for the White House Open Data Day Hackathon.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/02/05/announcing-we-people-20-and-white-house-hackathon

    • CR says:

      Looking Back at the White House Hackathon

      Peter Welsch March 02, 2013 10:18 AM EST

      On February 22nd, we welcomed twenty one programmers and tech experts to the White House and invited them to spend the day working alongside seven members of our own development team. Their goal was simple: to build tools using the new API for We the People, the White House petitions system, and contribute example code to a software development kit (SDK). For nine hours, these two groups clustered around each other’s laptops, solving problems, sharing ideas, sharing code, and asking questions.

      This was the first White House Open Data Day Hackathon.

      A week before the event, we gave the participants access to a private repository on GitHub so they could read documentation, introduce themselves, and begin thinking about their projects. (Here’s the official White House GitHub profile.) As each API method became available, the hackers got to work, opening bug reports and chewing over questions with the White House team.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/03/02/looking-back-white-house-hackathon

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