US Trade & Investment – (T-TIP) 2nd Meeting

TTIP
US EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) Negotiations

On June 17, President Obama, together with European Council President Van Rompuy, European Commission President Barroso, and Prime Minister Cameron, announced that the United States and the European Union (EU) had launched negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. The Leaders held the first round of TTIP negotiations the week of July 8 in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of the United States Trade Representative.

The United States and European Union will hold the second round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations with meetings and digital video-conferences over the next several weeks.

November 11-15, 2013
Brussels, Belgium

December 16-20, 2013
Washington D.C

The negotiations covers services, investment, energy and raw materials, and regulatory issues.

On Friday, November 15, at 11:30 am ET, U.S. Chief Negotiator Dan Mullaney and EU Chief Negotiator Ignacio Garcia Bercero will hold an on-the-record press conference to brief media on the talks.  The press conference will be broadcast in Europe by satellite (EbS) for broadcasters and can be followed live via a web stream.

The European Commission will hold a briefing session for stakeholders during the second round of the negotiations on Friday, November 15.  Non-governmental organizations, consumer groups, trade unions, professional organizations, business and other civil society organizations will have the opportunity to exchange views with U.S. and EU chief negotiators

TTIP Info

List of Lead Negotiators

Readouts from TTIP Negotiating Rounds

Statements and Press Releases

Obama Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Negotiate Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

U.S., EU Announce Decision to Launch Negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

U.S. Trade Representative Kirk Welcomes Presidential Decision to Pursue Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Letter from Acting U.S. Trade Representative Marantis to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Irving Williamson

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“I’m going to go anywhere I can in the world to create new markets for American goods.  And we’re also not going to stand by when our competitors aren’t following the rules.  We’ve brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate of the previous administration.  We’ve set up a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair trade practices that are taking place anyplace — anywhere in the world.  Anytime other countries skirt the rules or put our workers and our businesses in an unfair position, we’re going to take action.

We’re also making sure that American businesses have better access to the 95 percent of the world’s consumers who live beyond our shores.  And that’s why the bipartisan bill that I’m about to sign is so important.  By reauthorizing support for the Export-Import Bank, we’re helping thousands of businesses sell more of their products and services overseas and, in the process, we’re helping them create jobs here at home.  And we’re doing that at no extra cost to the taxpayer.  “

President Obama – May 30, 2012

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Entrepreneur Pathways is an online resource center that gives immigrant entrepreneurs an intuitive way to navigate opportunities to start and grow a business in the United States. This new resource was announced during a visit to MIT’s entrepreneurship center by Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Federal agency responsible for administering visa programs.

Immigrant entrepreneurs have always made extraordinary contributions to our Nation’s economic growth and competitiveness, creating jobs and new businesses all across the country. Immigrants started 25 percent of the highest-growth companies in America, including iconic success stories like Intel, Google, Yahoo, and eBay, which together employ an estimated 220,000 people within the United States.

President Obama is committed to attracting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next great companies here in the United States, and Entrepreneur Pathways is an important and concrete next step to facilitating that. For example, imagine that an entrepreneur from another country participates in a startup mentorship program in the United States, raises a first round of funding from investors, and wants to stay here to grow the company and hire more people. Entrepreneur Pathways explains, in plain English, which existing visa categories might be available to that entrepreneur under current law, and what evidence would be necessary to demonstrate eligibility.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/11/29/new-front-door-immigrant-entrepreneurs

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39 Responses to US Trade & Investment – (T-TIP) 2nd Meeting

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:35 AM ET
    President Obama makes a statement on the Affordable Care Act
    White House

    12:00 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort., Orlando, FL

    1:00 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

    1:15 PM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews

    2:00 PM
    2:25 PM
    President Obama arrives in Cleveland

    2:30 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony
    Atlanta, GA

    2:55 PM
    President Obama tours ArcelorMittal Cleveland
    Cleveland, OH

    3:00 PM
    3:40 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks
    ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

    4:00 PM
    4:35 PM
    President Obama departs Cleveland

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    Vice President Biden attends DNC event
    Atlanta, GA

    5:45 PM
    President Obama arrives in Philadelphia

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    7:45 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event for the DSCC
    Philadelphia, PA

    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    9:10 PM
    PresidentObama departs Philadelphia

    9:50 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews

    10:00 PM
    10:05 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House

    • CR says:

      POTUS podium

      November 14,, 2013

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

      11:35 AM ET
      President Obama makes a statement on the Affordable Care Act
      White House

      2:35 PM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony
      Atlanta, GA

      3:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks
      ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      House Examines Lessons Learned From LAX Shooting
      House Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Richard Hudson (R-NC) holds a hearing to examine the shooting at LAX November 1 http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/227340

      10:00 AM ET
      Senate Committee Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
      Federal Reserve Chair Nomination Hearing
      The Senate Banking Committee meets to hear testimony from Janet Yellen, President Obama’s choice to head the Federal Reserve http://www.c-span.org/Events/Senate-Hearing-on-Federal-Reserve-Nomination/10737442622/

      10:00 AM ET
      Senators Consider Threats to the U.S.
      The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a hearing on threats to the U.S. FBI Director James Comey testifies along with Matthew Olsen, the National Counterterrorism Center director. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/event/227339

      10:00 AM ET
      New EPA Administrator on Agency Accountability
      New EPA administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on transparency within the agency and its use of science in regulatory

      11:35 AM ET
      President Obama makes a statement on the Affordable Care Act http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/316233-1

      3:00 PM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks
      ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

  2. CR says:

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  3. CR says:

    Michelle Obama to Give Keynote Speech at Disney’s 1st Veterans Institute Event

    10/21/13 By ABC News | ABC News Blogs

    First lady Michelle Obama will give the keynote address next month at the first Veterans Institute workshop presented by The Walt Disney Company.

    The daylong workshop, part of Disney’s initiative to support veterans and encourage other companies to hire them, will be Nov. 14 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

    The free event will feature veteran and business panel discussions; appearances by Disney on-air personalities, including ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff; advice and from experts and veteran support organizations, as well as veterans telling their own stories about becoming part of the civilian workforce.

    The workshop is the latest effort by Disney to help the men and women of the U.S. armed services. In 2012, the company launched its Heroes Work Here program, in which it made a commitment to hire, train and support military veterans. Through that program, the company hired more than 1,300 veterans and has pledged to hire 1,000 more. It has also highlighted veterans’ skills in a public service campaign and offered more than $1 million in philanthropic support for veteran and military organizations.

    For more: http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/michelle-obama-keynote-speech-disneys-1st-veterans-institute-103109383–abc-news-topstories.html

  4. CR says:

    Barack Obama to visit ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland plant

    November 13, 2013 | 20:36 IST businesstoday

    US President Barack Obama will visit ArcelorMittal’s Cleveland plant in Ohio, which recently completed 100 years of making steel.

    “We are honoured to host the President of the United States at ArcelorMittal Cleveland, and I look forward to personally welcoming him at the mill on Thursday (November 14),” Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman and CEO of the world’s largest steelmaker, said in a statement on Wednesday.

    He said “the facility recently celebrated 100 years of steel making in Cleveland and therefore, it is especially rewarding to host President Obama at this site that symbolises the strength and overall increased competitiveness of American manufacturing.”

    ArcelorMittal Cleveland is the company’s most productive integrated mill in North America and the facility is one of the most productive units worldwide, based on employee hours per ton of steel produced, the company said.

    The facility’s record as the most productive integrated steel mill in North America has been critical to its longevity, ArcelorMittal Cleveland Vice President and General Manager Eric Hauge said.

    The plant is emerging as a global centre of excellence for the production of advanced high-strength steels that are critical to future automotive fuel efficiency, Hauge added.

    This year alone, ArcelorMittal has invested $70 million to secure the plant’s position as a leader in the industry.

  5. CR says:

    Productivity and Costs

    11/14/2013 8:30:00 AM For Q3:13

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Nonfarm productivity – Q/Q change – SAAR 2.3 % 1.8 % 2.3 % 1.0 % to 1.5 % 1.9 %
    Unit labor costs – Q/Q change – SAAR 0.0 % 0.5 % -0.3 % -1.0 % to 1.5 % -0.6 %

    Highlights
    Nonfarm business productivity for the third quarter gained 1.9 percent, following a 1.8 percent increase the prior quarter. Analysts expected a 2.3 percent rise. Unit labor costs dipped an annualized 0.6 percent after a 0.5 percent increase the prior quarter. Expectations were for a 0.3 percent decline. Compensation rose an annualized 1.3 percent, following a boost of 2.3 percent in the second quarter.

    Year-on-year, productivity was unchanged in the third quarter versus up 0.2 percent in the second quarter. Year-ago unit labor costs were up 1.9 percent, compared to 1.6 percent in the second quarter.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  6. CR says:

    Jobless claims improve for sixth straight week

    11/14/13 08:38 AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Initial unemployment claims have not improved to the levels we saw in the late summer, but latest figures from the Department of Labor nevertheless point in a generally positive direction.

    The number of people who applied for new unemployment benefits edged down by 2,000 to 339,000 in the week ended Nov. 9, the Labor Department said Thursday, but the level of claims remained above end-of-summer levels. Five states, including California and Virginia, used estimates because of processing delays caused by the Veteran’s Day holiday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expected claims to fall to 335,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. The average of new claims over the past month, a more reliable gauge than the volatile weekly number, dropped by 5,750 to 344,000.

    To reiterate the point I make every Thursday morning, it’s worth remembering that week-to-week results can vary widely, and it’s best not to read too much significance into any one report.

    In terms of metrics, when jobless claims fall below the 400,000 threshold, it’s considered evidence of an improving jobs landscape, and when the number drops below 370,000, it suggests jobs are being created rather quickly. At this point, despite the recent spike, we’ve been below 340,000 in 12 of the last 18 weeks.

    For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/jobless-claims-improve-6th-straight-week

  7. CR says:

    Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index

    Released On 11/14/2013 9:45:00 AM For wk11/10, 2013

    Prior Actual
    Level -37.9 -33.9

    Highlights
    The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rebounded this week, shaking off impacts of last month’s government shutdown and rising to its best in five weeks.

    The CCI gained an unusual 4.0 points to minus 33.9 on its scale of minus 100 to plus 100, its highest since the beginning of October. It has seen a one-week gain of 4 points or more only 78 times previously in more than 1,400 weeks of continuous polling since late 1985.

    The CCI is based on Americans’ views of the national economy, the buying climate and their own finances. This week’s gains were led by the economy and personal finances sub-indices, up by 4.2 and 4.9 points to minus 62.5 and 0.0 respectively, both five-week highs. The buying climate sub-index, minus 39.2, is its best in three weeks.

    The CCI’s economy, personal finances and buying climate sub-indices had declined by 14.2, 8.9 and 6.2 points, respectively, in the previous six weeks. Despite those losses, at 31.5 so far this year, the index is on track to notch its best yearly average since 2007. The CCI’s now 17.6 points from its long-term average.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  8. CR says:

    11:35 AM ET
    President Obama makes a statement on the Affordable Care Act
    White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    CSPAN http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/316233-1

    • CR says:

      November 14, 2013

      Statement by the President on the Affordable Care Act

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      12:02 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Today I want to update the American people on our efforts to implement and improve the Affordable Care Act, and I’ll take a couple of your questions. But before I do, I just want to say a few words about the tragedy that’s unfolded in the Philippines.

      Over the past few days, I think all of us have been shaken by the images of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan. It’s a heartbreaking reminder of how fragile life is, and among the dead are several Americans. So our prayers are with the Filipino people, and with Filipino Americans across our country who are anxious about their family and friends back home.

      One of our core principles is, when friends are in trouble, America helps. As I told President Aquino earlier this week, the United States will continue to offer whatever assistance we can. Our military personnel and USAID team do this better than anybody in the world, and they’ve been already on the ground working tirelessly to deliver food, water, medicine, shelter, and to help with airlift. Today, the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and other ships arrived to help with search- and-rescue, as well as supplies, medical care and logistical support. And more help is on the way.

      America’s strength, of course, has always been more than just about what our government can do –- it’s also about what our citizens can do. It’s about the big-heartedness of the American people when they see other folks in trouble. So today, I would encourage everybody who wants to help, to visit WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon — that’s WhiteHouse.gov/typhoon — and that will offer you links to organizations that are working on the ground and ways that you can support their efforts. Our friends in the Philippines will face a long, hard road ahead, but they’ll continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.

      Now, switching gears, it has now been six weeks since the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplace has opened for business. I think it’s fair to say that the rollout has been rough so far. And I think everybody understands that I’m not happy about the fact that the rollout has been wrought with a whole range of problems that I’ve been deeply concerned about. But today I want to talk about what we know after these first few weeks and what we’re doing to implement and improve the law.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/14/statement-president-affordable-care-act

    • CR says:

      November 14, 2013

      FACT SHEET: New Administration Proposal To Help Consumers Facing Cancellations

      “I’ve assigned my team to see what can we do to close some of the holes and gaps in the law, because my intention is to lift up and make sure the insurance that people buy is effective, that it’s actually going to deliver what they think they’re purchasing. Because what we know is, before the law was passed, a lot of these plans people thought they had insurance coverage and then they’d find out that they had huge out-of-pocket expenses or women were being charged more than men. If you had preexisting conditions, you just couldn’t get it at all.

      “And we are proud of the consumer protections we’ve put into place. On the other hand, we also want to make sure that nobody is put in a position where their plans have been canceled, they can’t afford a better plan even though they’d like to have a better plan. And so we’re going to have to work hard to make sure that those folks are taken care of.” – President Barack Obama, November 7, 2013

      Today, the majority of Americans have employer-based health insurance that is already providing them quality health care coverage. The Affordable Care Act strengthens employer coverage while creating new protections for people in the individual market – preventing them from being charged more because of a pre-existing condition or getting fewer benefits like mental health services or prescription drugs.

      The new Health Insurance Marketplace will help millions of hard-working Americans find affordable health insurance. Premiums are, on average, 16 percent below what was originally projected. Nearly one in four insurers offering health plans through the Marketplace are selling to individuals for the first time. And a recent study found that an estimated 17 million Americans can get discounts on their premiums through the Marketplace, through tax credits.

      The law aimed to make Marketplace coverage optional for the less than 5 percent of Americans who have individual market coverage that they want to keep. Health plans that consumers had when the law was passed in 2010 are “grandfathered” in and do not have to adopt most of the new consumer protections. But, in order to provide consumers with better protections and coverage, health insurers in the individual and small group markets have to adopt consumer protections for any new plans purchased after 2010. In some instances, they are adopting those protections by canceling current policies and replacing them with new and sometimes more costly plans.

      Many consumers receiving these cancellation letters will be able to find a better deal with financial assistance or better coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, but we know a small slice of these consumers may not be eligible for a plan at a more affordable price. Last week President Obama directed his team to explore administrative actions that could be taken to help these consumers who are receiving cancellation letters.

      To meet that commitment, today, HHS is using its administrative authority to:

      * Allow insurers to renew their current policies for current enrollees without adopting the 2014 market rule changes. This will give consumers in the individual and small group markets the choice of staying in their plan or joining a new Marketplace plan next year. HHS will consider the impact of this transitional policy in assessing whether to extend it beyond 2014.

      * Require insurers offering such renewals to ensure consumers are informed about their options. Specifically, insurers offering these renewals must inform all consumers who either already have or will receive cancellation letters about the protections their renewed plan will not include and how they can learn about the new options available to them through the Marketplaces which will offer better protections and possible financial assistance.

      * To protect against the potential impacts this change will have on premiums, HHS will adjust the temporary risk corridor program which is designed to stabilize premiums as changes are implemented.
      Whether an individual can keep their current plan will also depend on their insurance company and State insurance commissioner – but today’s action means that it will no longer be implementation of the law that is forcing them to buy a new plan. Turnover is high in the individual market, with 50 to 67 percent of enrollees staying for a year or less. This means that the number of people in these bare-bones policies will decrease over time. As such, this action provides a smoother transition in a market that’s generally used as a bridge by most consumers. And, this action will not allow these older plans to be sold to new customers in 2014, which would undermine the Marketplace and drive up premiums for millions of hard-working Americans. In short, this administration solution will give consumers more information and choices, including keeping their old plans. As he has said since he signed the bill into law, the President is willing to work with members of Congress in either party on good-faith, constructive solutions that strengthen the law by pursuing the same goals as this Administrative action and do not seek to undermine or repeal the law as a whole.

  9. CR says:

    12:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivers keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort., Orlando, FL

    • CR says:

      Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Disney’s Veterans Institute

      Published on Nov 14, 2013

      First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The event brought together business experts, government officials, veterans and leaders from non-profit veterans service organizations to share experiences, best practices, and tips for making a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

  10. CR says:

    2:35 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at a Naturalization Ceremony
    Atlanta, GA

  11. CR says:

    3:40 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks
    ArcelorMittal Cleveland, Cleveland, OH

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      November 14, 2013

      Remarks by the President on the Economy in Cleveland, OH

      ArcelorMittal Cleveland Steel Factory
      Cleveland, Ohio

      3:38 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Ohio! (Applause.) It is good to be back in Cleveland. The last time I was here was about a year ago, in the final days of the campaign. I know how much you miss hearing how I approve this message every night on your TV. (Laughter.) I will say it is nice to be here when the only real battle for Ohio is the Browns-Bengals game this Sunday. (Applause.) He’s got the Browns shirt right here, Browns cap. (Laughter.)

      I want to thank Scotty for that terrific introduction. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) He is a natural. I want to thank your CEO, Lakshmi Mittal, for investing in America and the Cleveland area. We appreciate him. (Applause.) And I want to thank all of you for having me here today.

      Along with me, there are a couple of people I just want to acknowledge. First of all, America’s Secretary of Energy, Ernie Moniz, is here. Right there. (Applause.) And Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur is here. Give Marcy a big round of applause. (Applause.) Fighting for working people every day.

      And earlier this afternoon I had a chance to see your mayor, Frank Jackson; your county executive, Ed FitzGerald. And even though they’re not here, I want to thank them for the great work they’re doing on behalf of working people throughout the region. (Applause.)

      And then, finally, I want to thank Mark and Gary for showing me one of the biggest steel plants in America. And they told me that folks are proud to have been making steel right here for a century — 100 years — right here. (Applause.) And they explained that, today, the steel you make in Cleveland is some of the strongest you’ll find anywhere in the world. It’s one of the most productive plants in the world. Best workers in the world. (Applause.)

      And what’s remarkable is, when you think about it, go back to where this plant was just a few years ago. The economy was in free fall, auto industry on the brink of collapse. And that meant demand for steel had dried up. The blast furnaces went quiet. About 1,200 steelworkers punched out for what might have been the last time. And that all came at the end of a decade when the middle class was already working harder and harder just to get by, and nearly one in three American manufacturing jobs had vanished — a lot of them going overseas. And that could have devastated this community for good.

      But we rolled up our sleeves, we made some tough choices. We rescued and retooled the American auto industry; it saved more than a million jobs. We bet on American ingenuity and American workers. (Applause.) And assembly lines started humming again, and automakers started to make cars again. And just a few months after this plant shut down, your plant manager got the call: Fire those furnaces back up, get those workers back on the job. And over the last four years, you’ve made yourselves one of the most productive steel mills not just in America, but in the world. In the world. (Applause.)

      So you retooled to make the stronger steel that goes into newer, better American cars and trucks. You created new partnerships with schools and community colleges to make sure that folks who work here have the high-tech skills they need for the high-tech jobs — because I was looking around this factory, and there’s a whole bunch of computer stuff going on.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/14/remarks-president-economy-cleveland-oh

  12. CR says:

    5:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends DNC event
    Atlanta, GA

  13. CR says:

    7:45 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks at a campaign event for the DSCC
    Philadelphia, PA

  14. CR says:

    Frustrations mount on pace of budget talks

    November 14, 2013, 06:00 am By Erik Wasson – TheHill

    Lawmakers are expressing frustration and worry about the slow pace of the House-Senate budget conference.

    The 29 conferees face a Dec. 13 deadline to submit a plan but appear to have made no progress so far.

    “We are running out of time,” Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Interior and Environment, said Wednesday.

    “There’s not that many days left,” said Calvert, who is not a conferee. “Appropriations bills must pass.”
    Panelist and Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said there is “concern among all of us that we won’t be able to complete our work.”

    “Reaching a number by Dec. 13 is absolutely doable. We should get in a room and get that done,” she said.

    The government could enter a second shutdown in January without a deal.

    Given the political fallout from that fight, it’s more likely lawmakers would approve an extension of existing funding. But that would lock in $91 billion in indiscriminate sequester cuts that both parties dislike, giving each side some incentive to deal.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/190207-lawmakers-frustrated-with-pace-of-budget-conference

  15. Kat 4 Obama says:

    A great post on an eventful day — fine job as always, CR!

    >^..^<

  16. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:30 AM
    Vice President Biden attends DNC event
    Charlotte, N.C.

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    Vice President Biden attends event for Sen. Hagan
    Chapel Hill, N.C.

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    President Obama meets with senior advisors at the White House

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President Obama meets with health insurance company representatives

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  17. CR says:

    America Recycles Day

    America Recycles Day, held each year on November 15, is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Nationally, thousands of organizations hold events to educate people about recycling resources in their community. Through recycling collection drives, demonstrations, competitions, tours, displays and other awareness-raising events, citizens are encouraged to increase their recycling at home, at school, in the office and in the community at-large.

    As the national steward of America Recycles Day, Keep America Beautiful provides a network of volunteer organizers in every state with resources and promotional materials to support their local outreach.

    http://americarecyclesday.org/take-the-pledge

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      Recycling from the EPA.gov

      Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits accrue locally as well as globally.
      Benefits of Recycling

      * Recycling protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.
      * Recycling reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
      * Recycling prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials.
      * Recycling saves energy.
      * Recycling decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change.
      * Recycling conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals.
      * Recycling helps sustain the environment for future generations.

      How Do I Recycle My:

      Electronics
      TVs, cell phones, gaming systems, and other electronic devices


      Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs)

      Mercury-containing lamps

      Household Hazardous Waste


      Household Medical Waste

      Steps to Recycling a Product

      Recycling includes collecting recyclable materials that would otherwise be considered waste, sorting and processing recyclables into raw materials such as fibers, manufacturing raw materials into new products, and purchasing recycled products.

      Collecting and processing secondary materials, manufacturing recycled-content products, and then buying recycled products creates a circle or loop that ensures the overall success and value of recycling.

      Step 1. Collection and Processing

      Step 2. Manufacturing

      Step 3. Purchasing Recycled Products

      For the entire article: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/rrr/recycle.htm

  18. CR says:

    US soccer<br />

    Nov. 15, 2013
    U.S. Men vs. Scotland
    3 p.m. ET Hampden Park
    Glasgow, Scotland
    ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas

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    Factory Output in U.S. Rose More Than Forecast in October

    Nov 15, 2013 6:26 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    Factory production in the U.S. rose more than forecast in October, indicating the partial government shutdown did little to halt the pickup in manufacturing at the start of the fourth quarter.

    The 0.3 percent advance at factories followed a 0.1 percent gain the prior month and exceeded the 0.2 percent median projection in a Bloomberg survey, figures from the Federal Reserve showed today in Washington. Total industrial production fell 0.1 percent as output at mines and utilities declined.

    The report indicates businesses were increasing orders and output even in the face of the 16-day federal government closing in October. The housing rebound and demand for vehicles, the mainstays of manufacturing, will help to sustain economic growth that’s forecast to cool in the wake of last month’s fiscal gridlock.

    “Manufacturing will keep expanding,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics Ltd. in Valhalla, New York, said before the report. O’Sullivan is the top industrial production forecaster in the past two years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “Demand should be pretty solid. The overall economy has been held back by the fiscal drag but as that fades, we should see an improvement.”

    The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for a 0.2 percent rise in total industrial production. September output was revised up to a 0.7 percent gain from a previously reported 0.6 percent advance. Estimates of the 84 economists surveyed by Bloomberg ranged from a drop of 0.2 percent to an increase of 0.5 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-15/factory-production-in-u-s-rose-more-than-forecast-in-october.html

  20. CR says:

    Wholesale Trade

    Released On 11/15/2013 10:00:00 AM For Sep, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Inventories – M/M change 0.5 % 0.8 % 0.4 % 0.3 % to 0.9 % 0.4 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Wholesale inventories rose a sizable 0.5 percent in August for the largest build since January, but the build was matched by a 0.6 percent pop higher for sales. The readings kept the wholesale stock-to-sales ratio unchanged at 1.17 for a straight third month. Inventories in the sector were at their leanest levels since early last year.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  21. CR says:

    9:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden attends DNC event
    Charlotte, N.C.

  22. CR says:

    12:45 PM ET
    Vice President Biden attends event for Sen. Hagan
    Chapel Hill, N.C.

  23. CR says:

    1:00 PM ET
    The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act 50th Anniversary Commemoration
    The White House

    WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

    • CR says:

      Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act

      Published on Nov 15, 2013

      The White House commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, signed into law by President Kennedy in 1963. This event marks an opportunity for the intellectual and developmental disability community to review the accomplishments of the past, examine current challenges, and look ahead to the future of disability policy.

  24. CR says:

    November 15, 2013

    Remarks by the President Before Meeting with Insurance Companies

    Roosevelt Room

    3:31 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: I want to welcome the executives who are here from a lot of the insurance companies that are participating in the marketplace. We all share a similar value, which is we want to make sure that Americans have good, solid coverage that gives them the security they need for themselves and their family members if and when they get sick.

    And we know the demand is out there for that. We had, despite all the problems with the website, over a million people apply. Many multiples of that wanted to see what options were available. Obviously because of the problems with the website some folks have been blocked from seeing the well-priced benefits that are available in the marketplace, and so we’re working 24/7 to get it fixed. The website is working a lot better now than it was a couple of weeks ago.

    And what we’re going to be doing is brainstorming on how do we make sure that everybody understands what their options are. Because of choice and competition, a whole lot of Americans who’ve always seen health insurance out of reach are going to be in a position to purchase it. And because of the law, we’re also going to be able to provide them help even if they are still having trouble purchasing that insurance. But they’ve got to know what those options are in order to be successful.

    So I appreciate all these folks coming in. We’re going to be soliciting ideas from them. There’s going to be a collaborative process. We want to make sure that we get this done so that in the years to come every American is going to have the kind of affordable health care that they all deserve.

    Thank you very much for being here.

    END
    3:33 P.M. EST

  25. CR says:

    West Wing Week 11/15/13 or, “We Will Stand By Your Side”

    Published on Nov 15, 2013

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the First and Second Families honored Veterans Day, the President traveled to New Orleans and to Cleveland to speak on the importance of infrastructure to job creation, signed the EpiPen Law, discussed immigration reform with Faith Leaders and attended the 5th Annual Tribal Nations Conference. That’s November 8th to November 14th or “We Will Stand By Your Side.”

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