Artists Turns Trash Into Homes For The Homeless

Greg Kloehn, who takes discarded trash and turns it into rolling shelters for homeless people in his west Oakland, Calif. neighborhood, greets "Wonder," a homeless woman who now lives in the shelter he built for her, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Greg Kloehn, who takes discarded trash and turns it into rolling shelters for homeless people in his west Oakland, Calif. neighborhood, greets “Wonder,” a homeless woman who now lives in the shelter he built for her, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

Oakland artist turns trash into homes for the homeless

1/8/14 By Matthew Artz – san jose mercury news

OAKLAND — Gregory Kloehn can turn just about anything into a home.

The Oakland artist spends his summers in Brooklyn living in a dumpster he outfitted with granite countertops, hardwood floors, a rooftop deck, plumbing and a barbecue grill.

But his proudest creations are even cozier structures that he gives to homeless people in his neighborhood.

Kloehn’s “little homeless homes” are about the size of a sofa, but they come with a pitched roof to keep out the rain and wheels so recipients can roll them around town.

So far Kloehn has built 10 of the tiny houses using mostly illegally dumped trash that piles up on the streets in a semi-industrial section of West Oakland. The foundation is usually discarded wood pallets to which Kloehn will add accouterments such as windows, a mirror and a cup holder. Several homes are insulated with discarded pizza delivery bags.

Wonder, a homeless woman Kloehn has known for several years, parked her new house on the sidewalk next to her old home, which consisted primarily of a tarp draped over a couch.

“This is the best home I’ve had in five years,” Wonder said as she opened the front door — made from a discarded picnic table — to reveal the pizza bag insulation. “It gets real hot in here,” she said.

All the homes have gotten rave reviews. “They say this is just night and day, especially when it rains,” Kloehn said. “Once your mattress gets wet, it’s just terrible.”

Kloehn, a 43-year-old transplant from Denver, is a sculptor who “got on a housing kick” after building his five-unit live-work condominium complex from scratch.

For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_24869274/oakland-artist-turns-trash-into-homes-homeless?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

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If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone that is homeless, help is available. HUD, along with many other Federal agencies, funds programs to help persons who are homeless. Local homeless assistance agencies provide a range of services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance. For general information on available resources, please visit the Resources for Homeless Persons page on the HRE.

Purpose of Programs

As amended by the HEARTH Act, Subpart C of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act establishes the Continuum of Care program. The purpose of the program is to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

For the entire article: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless

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In the U.S. today, homelessness is a serious issue for Veterans and non-Veterans alike. But all too often, the homeless are invisible—or a nuisance associated with city living. It’s especially troubling to me when I consider each was once an ammo bearer, a radio operator, a team leader, or a rifleman—and that each one potentially once wore the same patch I did.  For this reason, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki pledged over a year ago to end Veteran homelessness within five years—and he did it as part of a government-wide effort to find solutions to the problem once and for all.

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    Vice President Biden attends the funeral of Ariel Sharon
    Jerusalem, Israel

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    President Obama welcomes the President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain Mariano Rajoy Brey to the White House

    2:15 PM
    President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Rajoy of Spain

    3:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

    Oakland artist turns trash into homes for the homeless

    1/8/14 By Matthew Artz – san jose mercury news

    OAKLAND — Gregory Kloehn can turn just about anything into a home.

    The Oakland artist spends his summers in Brooklyn living in a dumpster he outfitted with granite countertops, hardwood floors, a rooftop deck, plumbing and a barbecue grill.

    But his proudest creations are even cozier structures that he gives to homeless people in his neighborhood.

    Kloehn’s “little homeless homes” are about the size of a sofa, but they come with a pitched roof to keep out the rain and wheels so recipients can roll them around town.

    So far Kloehn has built 10 of the tiny houses using mostly illegally dumped trash that piles up on the streets in a semi-industrial section of West Oakland. The foundation is usually discarded wood pallets to which Kloehn will add accouterments such as windows, a mirror and a cup holder. Several homes are insulated with discarded pizza delivery bags.

    Wonder, a homeless woman Kloehn has known for several years, parked her new house on the sidewalk next to her old home, which consisted primarily of a tarp draped over a couch.

    “This is the best home I’ve had in five years,” Wonder said as she opened the front door — made from a discarded picnic table — to reveal the pizza bag insulation. “It gets real hot in here,” she said.

    All the homes have gotten rave reviews. “They say this is just night and day, especially when it rains,” Kloehn said. “Once your mattress gets wet, it’s just terrible.”

    Kloehn, a 43-year-old transplant from Denver, is a sculptor who “got on a housing kick” after building his five-unit live-work condominium complex from scratch.

    For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_24869274/oakland-artist-turns-trash-into-homes-homeless?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

  3. CR says:

    Homeless Assistance

    Looking for Homeless Assistance?

    If you are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, or know someone that is homeless, help is available. HUD, along with many other Federal agencies, funds programs to help persons who are homeless. Local homeless assistance agencies provide a range of services and assistance, including emergency shelter, food, housing counseling, and job training and placement assistance. For general information on available resources, please visit the Resources for Homeless Persons page on the HRE.

    Purpose of Programs

    As amended by the HEARTH Act, Subpart C of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act establishes the Continuum of Care program. The purpose of the program is to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

    For the entire article: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless

  4. CR says:

    National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

    On any given night, approximately 107,000 Veterans across the country go to sleep on benches, in back alleys and under bridges. Roughly twice that number will experience homelessness at some point this year. Drastic action must be taken not only to drive down the amount of homeless Vets, but keep a new generation off the streets. And the action we took on a cold night last week was just one of the many programs we’ve undertaken at VA.

    In the U.S. today, homelessness is a serious issue for Veterans and non-Veterans alike. But all too often, the homeless are invisible—or a nuisance associated with city living. It’s especially troubling to me when I consider each was once an ammo bearer, a radio operator, a team leader, or a rifleman—and that each one potentially once wore the same patch I did. For this reason, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki pledged over a year ago to end Veteran homelessness within five years—and he did it as part of a government-wide effort to find solutions to the problem once and for all.

    For the entire article: http://www.hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=viewHomelessResourcehttp://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/?p=1249

  5. COS says:

    This is beautiful CR. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Sunday night/almost Monday morning, CR and all friends!

    >^..^<

    Wonderful post, CR.

  7. CR says:

    2:15 PM ET
    President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Rajoy of Spain

    • CR says:

      President Obama’s Bilateral Meeting with President Rajoy of Spain

      January 13, 2014

      Remarks by President Obama and President Rajoy of Spain After Bilateral Meeting

      Oval Office

      3:17 P.M. EST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me say it’s a great pleasure to welcome my friend, Prime Minister Rajoy, to the Oval Office. We have had occasion to work together on a wide range of international issues, and obviously the cooperation reflects the incredible alliance and friendship between our countries that has lasted for decades.

      The Prime Minister came into power during a very challenging time in Spain. Obviously, the economy had undergone some wrenching difficulties that existed throughout Europe and the eurozone, and I congratulated the Prime Minister on the progress that’s been made in stabilizing the economy, moving into growth, reducing the deficit, and being able to return to the financial markets in a way that reflects sound leadership.

      We also, obviously, focused on the future, and even as Spain has stabilized, there are still enormous challenges that lie ahead with respect to bringing down unemployment and increasing growth. And that’s not unique to Spain, that’s true throughout Europe and, frankly, that’s true here in the United States and around the world. And so we pledge to continue to cooperate closely to promote strategies for growth and job creation. One of those strategies is to put together a transatlantic trade agreement. We both agreed that there is enormous potential for increasing trade and growth between two of the largest economic actors in the world, but it will require intensive work and serious compromise on all sides, and the Prime Minister and I agreed that it’s well worth the effort.

      On the security front, we discussed a wide range of challenges. I remarked that I think security cooperation between the United States and Spain has never been stronger. We thanked the Prime Minister and his government as well as the opposition in Spain for the support they have for our work together, including hosting some of our military operations and facilities, which allow us I think to protect our embassies and to deal with issues of counterterrorism. And we pledged to continue to try to improve and deepen what is already a very strong defense relationship.

      Finally, we spoke about a wide range of international issues, including our concerns about terrorism, the situation in Syria, how that might impact security in Spain, Europe, and the United States, and we committed to working closely together on this issues, including helping countries like Libya stabilize so that they can do right by their people but also can be effective partners with us. And we discussed the enormous opportunities that exist in places like Latin America where we’ve seen continued solidification of democratic trends, free market trends, and we agree that the United States and Spain can be effective partners on the international stage in moving towards a more prosperous, more peaceful, and more stable world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/13/remarks-president-obama-and-president-rajoy-spain-after-bilateral-meetin

  8. CR says:

    You’re Invited: The 2014 State of the Union Social

    Kasie Coccaro January 13, 2014 04:23 PM EST

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

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

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

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/13/youre-invited-2014-state-union-social

  9. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    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
    President Obama meets with his Cabinet
    Cabinet Room

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    President Obama has lunch with Vice President Biden

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    2:55 PM
    President Obama honors the 2013 NBA Champions Miami Heat
    East Room

    3:00 PM
    3:30 PM
    President Obama meets with the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association
    Roosevelt Room

    4:00 PM
    President Obama meets with Defense Secretary Hagel

    5:00 PM
    5:30 PM
    President Obama meets with Maria Shriver to receive “The Shriver Report”

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

  10. CR says:

    Miami Heat players excited to visit White House again Tuesday to celebrate last year’s NBA title

    1/13/14 By Jason Lieser – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

    MIAMI — The Heat’s biggest stars are eager for another chance to sit down with President Barack Obama when the team visits the White House on Tuesday to celebrate last year’s NBA championship.

    Global icons like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have spent enough time with Obama to refer to him as a friend. Chris Bosh, while not quite at that level of celebrity, has reasonable hopes of touring the Oval Office.
    Other guys are happy with just a handshake and a quick chat.

    “You don’t really have time to get into subjects too deeply,” forward Shane Battier said. “You get your 10 seconds. That’s about it.

    “You get a solid minute or two if your name is Lebron or Dwyane or Chris. The social politics and meritocracy also extend to the White House.”

    The traditional trip presents a welcome break for Miami (27-10) as it pounds the path toward what it hopes is a three-peat. The Heat are not even halfway through the drama and drag of their 82-game schedule.

    Caught between a winless two-game stay in New York and four more road games in a six-day stretch, they could use a diversion before facing the Washington Wizards on Wednesday (7 p.m., Sun Sports).

    They also could use a little reminder of the perks that await them if they capture another championship.
    “Sometimes going through this long season, you forget what you do it for,” Bosh said.

    Last time Bosh met Obama, they had a brief conversation about family. Bosh would gladly skip the small talk Tuesday in favor of getting to “go in the Oval Office and see some top-secret stuff or something.”

    The ever-unflappable James was appreciative but nonchalant when discussing the visit. He has never been nervous or giddy when talking to Obama and was not awed when he walked into the Oval Office.
    More than anything, he is overwhelmed by the magnitude of Obama’s responsibility and authority.

    “He doesn’t just worry about Americans; he presses the button on so many issues in the world,” James said. “It’s a tough job. I wouldn’t want to have those shoes.”

    For more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/basketball/miami-heat-players-excited-to-visit-white-house-ag/ncmsd/

  11. CR says:

    NFIB Small Business Optimism Index

    Released On 1/14/2014 7:30:00 AM For Dec, 2013

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    level 92.5 93.5 92.8 to 94.0 93.9

    Highlights
    A jump in sales expectations led a 1.4 point rise in small business confidence to a higher-than-expected 93.9 in December which is near the top end of the Econoday consensus. An improvement in earnings trends also lifted December’s index with capital outlay plans and expansion plans both rising further. Negatives include a small downtick in hiring plans.

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

  12. CR says:

    Import and Export Prices

    Released On 1/14/2014 8:30:00 AM For Dec, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Export Prices – M/M change 0.1 % 0.1 % 0.1 % -0.2 % to 0.2 % 0.4 %
    Export Prices – Y/Y change -1.6 % -1.0 %
    Import Prices – M/M change -0.6 % -0.9 % 0.4 % -0.5 % to 0.7 % 0.0 %
    Import Prices – Y/Y change -1.5 % -1.3 %

    Highlights
    Global inflationary pressures remain overly subdued based on the import & export price report where import prices show no change in December following a downwardly revised 0.9 percent plunge in November and a 0.6 percent decline in October. Removing swings tied to oil, the ex-petroleum reading also shows no change in December.

    Oil-related prices, after steep declines in the two prior months, held steady with imported prices for petroleum products down 0.1 percent in December. Crude prices fell 1.2 percent. In an offset, prices for coal and gas rose sharply in the month though year-on-year rates remain in the negative column.

    Finished prices continue to be flat with capital goods, motor vehicles, and consumer goods all showing incremental monthly declines with year-on-year rates all in the negative column.

    Finished prices on the export side tell a similar story with incremental declines for capital goods and motor vehicles and an incremental gain for consumer goods where however the year-on-year rate remains in the negative column at minus 1.4 percent.

    Total export prices rose 0.4 percent in the month for a rare non-incremental gain, one tied to a 0.4 percent rise for agricultural prices which is a dominant component on the export side. Still, the year-on-year price decline for agricultural prices is a very sizable 6.3 percent.

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

  13. CR says:

    Retail Sales in U.S. Climbed More Than Forecast in December

    Jan 14, 2014 5:51 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Retail sales rose more than forecast in December as consumers snapped up holiday gifts amid year-end discounting, giving the world’s biggest economy a lift at the end of 2013.

    Purchases increased 0.2 percent after a 0.4 percent advance in November that was smaller than previously reported, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 86 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 0.1 percent gain. Excluding cars, demand jumped by the most in almost a year.

    Holiday-season deals probably helped retailers overcome the coldest December in four years. At the same time, improving confidence owing to falling joblessness and further healing in the housing market is likely to support household spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy, in 2014.

    “There is the hope that the momentum is going to continue and the good news will feed on itself,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James & Associates Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida, who correctly projected the rise in retail sales. “Better spending will lead to more jobs and more jobs will lead to more spending.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-14/retail-sales-in-u-s-increased-more-than-forecast-in-december.html

  14. CR says:

    White House Safety Datapalooza

    Brian Forde January 14, 2014 8:22 AM EST

    Today we’re excited to host the Second Annual White House Safety Datapalooza with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This exciting event will highlight innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who are using freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. Top officials from across the Administration will highlight safety-data efforts in the areas of transportation, food, and occupational and consumer product safety, as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

    After the ‘palooza, attendees from technology, public safety, government, and business communities will participate in breakout datajams with Federal agency representatives to brainstorm new ways to foster the development of ultra-high speed applications for law enforcement officers; leverage technology to improve disaster response and recovery; increase consumer product safety awareness; and reduce exposure to occupational hazardous-noise.

    You can watch today’s Safety Datapalooza online from 9am EST – to 12pm EST below and follow the conversation on twitter @safetydatagov and using #safetydata.

    • CR says:

      The White House Safety Datapalooza USDA, DOT, State, CPSC and DOL Open Data in Action

      Published on Apr 2, 2014

      The second annual White House Safety Datapalooza
      highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic
      sectors who have used freely available government data to build
      products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event featured new safety data resources in the areas of transportation, food, occupational and consumer product safety as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

    • CR says:

      The White House Safety Datapalooza Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery

      Published on Apr 2, 2014

      The second annual White House Safety Datapalooza
      highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic
      sectors who have used freely available government data to build
      products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event featured new safety data resources in the areas of transportation, food, occupational and consumer product safety as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

    • CR says:

      The White House Safety Datapalooza DOJ Open Data in Action and U.S. CTO Todd Park Closing Remarks

      Published on Apr 2, 2014

      The second annual White House Safety Datapalooza
      highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic
      sectors who have used freely available government data to build
      products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event featured new safety data resources in the areas of transportation, food, occupational and consumer product safety as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

    • CR says:

      The White House Safety Datapalooza Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery

      Published on Apr 3, 2014

      The second annual White House Safety Datapalooza highlighted
      innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who have used freely available government data to build products, services, and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event featured new safety data resources in the areas of transportation, food, occupational and consumer product safety as well as tools to improve disaster preparedness and emergency response.

  15. CR says:

    10:00 AM ET
    White House Women Leaders in Climate Change Finance and Investment
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Women Leaders in Climate Change Finance and Investment

      Published on Jan 15, 2014

      Dan Utech, Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Domestic Policy Council at a White House event highlighting women working in the financial sector, including asset managers, pension funds, investment strategists, and project-based finance experts, who are championing opportunities for climate-smart investment options and financing for green growth. January 14, 2013.

  16. CR says:

    Business Inventories

    Released On 1/14/2014 10:00:00 AM For Nov, 2013

    Prior Prior Revised Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Inventories – M/M change 0.7 % 0.8 % 0.3 % 0.2 % to 0.7 % 0.4 %

    Market Consensus before announcement
    Business inventories in October gained 0.7 percent and were roughly in line with a 0.5 percent rise in business sales that left the stock-to-sales ratio unchanged at 1.29. Inventories among retailers rose 0.8 percent in October, also roughly in line with a 0.5 percent rise in retail sales during the month with the stock-to-sales ratio in the sector unchanged at 1.42. Retail inventories of vehicles jumped in the month but so did sales. As already noted, the strong retail sales report for November-which showed strength across most components-points to easing inventory pressure for November.

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

  17. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    President Obama holds a Cabinet Meeting
    Cabinet Room

    • CR says:

      President Obama Holds a Cabinet Meeting

      Published on Jan 14, 2014

      In the first official Cabinet meeting of the new year, President Obama says that 2014 is going to be year of action. January 14, 2013.

  18. CR says:

    2:55 PM ET
    President Obama honors the 2013 NBA Champions Miami Heat
    East Room

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

    • CR says:

      January 14, 2014

      Remarks by the President Honoring NBA Champion Miami Heat

      East Room

      3:02 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello! (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. Welcome to the White House. Actually, for these guys, it is welcome back to the White House — (applause) — after being back-to-back world champions, the Miami Heat.

      Now, one of the cool things about this job is welcoming championship sports teams from across the sporting world to the White House. And usually people enjoy coming to the White House. I have to say, I’ve never seen folks more excited than the Heat when they came last year. (Laughter.) I mean, LeBron was so pumped up I thought he was going to give me a hug and knock me over like the guy in the SportsCenter who hit the half-court shot. But it was wonderful to see them then. It wonderful to see them back.

      We’ve got some outstanding members of Congress who are big fans of the Heat. They’re from both parties — because we all know nothing brings people together like the Miami Heat. (Laughter and applause.) Across the NBA there’s just a unifying — (laughter) — sense about the Heat.

      I want to congratulate Coach Spoelstra for the outstanding work that he does; legendary team president, Pat Riley, for his outstanding leadership; and all the coaches and players, members of the staff and crew to make a championship season. This group has won twice now, but it’s gone to the finals three times. And sometimes it feels like they’re still fighting for a little respect. I can relate to that. (Laughter.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/14/remarks-president-honoring-nba-champion-miami-heat

  19. CR says:

    3:30 PM ET
    President Obama meets with the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association
    Roosevelt Room

  20. CR says:

    5:30 PM ET
    President Obama meets with Maria Shriver to receive “The Shriver Report”

  21. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY
    Boehner Angles to Kill Jobless Benefits As Senate Moves Forward

    Bickering Intensifies As Republicans Filibuster Unemployment Benefits

    JANUARY 14, 2014, 4:24 PM EST1924 SAHIL KAPUR – tpm

    The push to revive jobless benefits for some 1.4 million long-term unemployed Americans is — still — going nowhere fast in the Senate, bogged down by a series of excruciating procedural hurdles and disputes.

    The latest: Republicans filibustered a test vote on Tuesday, complaining that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) wasn’t playing fair on amendments. The vote was 52-48, short of the 60 senators needed to move forward.

    The disagreements are about substance and procedure. Republicans insist the benefits be paid for and won’t play ball unless their side can offer amendments. Reid wants to control the amendments in order to protect his vulnerable Democratic members from taking painful votes ahead of the November congressional elections, when the Senate majority is up for grabs. One such amendment, pushed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would pay for an extension of jobless benefits by delaying Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year.

    Reid has eased his position a bit in recent days, proposing to let each party offer five relevant amendments at a 60-vote threshold while setting final passage of the bill at 51 votes. McConnell called that offer “ridiculous” and his GOP colleagues backed him, declaring it a double standard.

    Democrats have enough votes to pass an 11-month jobless benefits — paid for mostly by extending cuts to Medicare providers for one year, from 2023 to 2024 — if they can break a GOP filibuster. But Republicans won’t let the bill move forward unless they get what they perceive as a fairer deal on amendments.

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/senate-unemployment-benefits-filibuster-gridlock

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