Executive Order: Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors

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Obama To Sign Executive Order With Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors

APRIL 6, 2014 JIM KUHNHENN – tpm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control.

This week, the president will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage “gag rules” is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass.

In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race. The president will sign the executive order and the presidential memo during an event at the White House where he will be joined Lilly Ledbetter, whose name appears on a pay discrimination law Obama signed in 2009.

This week’s steps showcase Obama’s efforts to take action without congressional approval and illustrate how even without legislation, the president can drive policy on a significant segment of the U.S. economy. At the same time, it also underscores the limits of his ambition when he doesn’t have the backing of Congress for his initiatives.

For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/obama-executive-order-equal-pay

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“Equal pay is a family issue. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and are a growing number of breadwinners in their families. More women are also working in positions and fields that have been traditionally occupied by men. When women are not paid fairly, not only do they suffer, but so do their families.”

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“I’m eager to work with Congress whenever I can find opportunities to expand opportunity for more families. But wherever I can act on my own, without Congress, by using my pen to take executive actions, or picking up the phone and rallying folks around a common cause, that’s what I’m going to do.”

2/12/14 President Barack Obama

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41 Responses to Executive Order: Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges
    Washington, DC

    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    President Obama visits a classroom
    Bladensburg High School, Bladensburg, Maryland

    11:35 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
    Bladensburg High School, Prince George’s County, Maryland

    12:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    President Obama meets with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Commander of Veteran Foreign Wars
    White House

    3:00 PM
    3:25 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden attend the ceremonial swearing in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small
    Business Administration; South Court Auditorium

    4:00 PM
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      POTUS podium

      April 7, 2014

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

      10:30 AM ET
      Vice President Biden Speaks at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges
      Audio Only
      Washington, DC

      11:35 AM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
      Bladensburg High School, Prince George’s County, Maryland

      12:00 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

      3:25 PM ET
      President Obama and Vice President Biden attend the ceremonial swearing in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small
      Business Administration; South Court Auditorium

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      9:00 AM ET
      Bipartisan Policy Center
      Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      Panelists that included Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy talked about greenhouse gases at a Bipartisan Policy Center forum titled “Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Regulation of Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act.” http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/318716-1

      11:35 AM ET
      President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
      Bladensburg High School, Prince George’s County, Maryland http://www.c-span.org/video/?318727-2/president-obama-remarks-economy

      12:00 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press http://www.c-span.org/video/?318727-1/white-house-briefing

      3:00 PM ET
      Pay Discrimination in the Workplace
      Betsey Stevenson from the White House Council of Economic Adviser makes the opening remarks at a Center for American Progress discussion on pay discrimination in the workplace. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/318718-1

      5:00 PM EDT
      U.S. Senate: Long-Term Unemployment Benefits http://www.c-span.org/video/?318729-2/us-senate-longterm-unemployment-benefits

  2. CR says:

    Executive Order: Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors

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    • CR says:

      Obama To Sign Executive Order With Equal Pay Rules For Federal Contractors

      APRIL 6, 2014 JIM KUHNHENN – tpm

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Lacking congressional backing to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is imposing his policies directly on federal contractors, following a long-established tradition of presidents exerting their powers on a fraction of the economy directly under their control.

      This week, the president will sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The prohibition on the wage “gag rules” is similar to language in a Senate bill aimed at closing a pay gap between men and women. That legislation is scheduled for a vote this week, though it is not likely to pass.

      In addition, Obama on Tuesday will direct the Labor Department to adopt regulations requiring federal contractors to provide compensation data based on sex and race. The president will sign the executive order and the presidential memo during an event at the White House where he will be joined Lilly Ledbetter, whose name appears on a pay discrimination law Obama signed in 2009.

      This week’s steps showcase Obama’s efforts to take action without congressional approval and illustrate how even without legislation, the president can drive policy on a significant segment of the U.S. economy. At the same time, it also underscores the limits of his ambition when he doesn’t have the backing of Congress for his initiatives.

      For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/obama-executive-order-equal-pay

    • CR says:

      “Equal pay is a family issue. Women make up nearly half of the U.S. labor force and are a growing number of breadwinners in their families. More women are also working in positions and fields that have been traditionally occupied by men. When women are not paid fairly, not only do they suffer, but so do their families.”

      “I’m eager to work with Congress whenever I can find opportunities to expand opportunity for more families. But wherever I can act on my own, without Congress, by using my pen to take executive actions, or picking up the phone and rallying folks around a common cause, that’s what I’m going to do.”

      2/12/14 President Barack Obama

      Understand the Basics of Equal Pay: http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/equal-pay

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2014

      Statement by the President

      The Maryland Legislature did the right thing for its workers today by increasing the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Maryland’s important action is a reminder that many states, cities and counties – as well as a majority of the American people – are way ahead of Washington on this crucial issue. I applaud Governor O’Malley and the state legislature for leading by example and giving more Maryland workers the raise they deserve. But there’s only one group who can get the job done for the entire country – that’s Congress. They should follow Maryland’s lead and lift wages for 28 million Americans by passing legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10, helping to ensure that no American who works full time has to raise a family in poverty, and that every American who works hard has the opportunity to succeed.

    • CR says:

      April 08, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Expanding Opportunity for All: Ensuring Equal Pay for Women and Promoting the Women’s Economic Agenda

      When women succeed, our families succeed and America succeeds. President Obama believes that ensuring that women earn equal pay for equal work is essential to improving the economic security of our families and the growth of our middle class and our economy. Women compose nearly half of the American workforce – yet, according to the latest U.S. Census statistics, on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents to every dollar earned by men.

      The first piece of legislation that the President signed into law after taking office was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which empowers women to recover wages lost to discrimination by extending the time period in which an employee can file a claim. Yet a central challenge that remains to enforcing equal pay laws is that many women do not even know that they are underpaid, and therefore cannot take steps to ensure equal pay for equal work.

      That’s why the President is taking two new executive actions to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws:

      * The President is signing an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who choose to discuss their compensation. The Executive Order does not compel workers to discuss pay, nor does it require employers to publish or otherwise disseminate pay data – but it does provide a critical tool to encourage pay transparency, so workers have a potential way of discovering violations of equal pay laws and are able to seek appropriate remedies.

      * In addition, the President is signing a Presidential Memorandum instructing the Secretary of Labor to establish new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit to the Department of Labor summary data on compensation paid to their employees, including data by sex and race. The Department of Labor will use the data to encourage compliance with equal pay laws and to target enforcement more effectively by focusing efforts where there are discrepancies and reducing burdens on other employers.

      This week, the Senate is considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, which the President believes Congress must pass to ensure the standards put forward by the executive order he will sign are applied to all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The President is using the power of his pen to act where he can on this issue, and will continue to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure all employers are held to the same high standard working women deserve.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/08/fact-sheet-expanding-opportunity-all-ensuring-equal-pay-women-and-promot

  3. CR says:

    More Than a Number: Combatting Pay Discrimination in the Workplace

    April 7, 2014, 3:00pm ET – 4:30pm ET

    Year after year, women consistently identify the lack of equal pay as a top concern that erodes their economic security and perpetuates unfairness in the workplace. The stubborn persistence of pay discrimination—and the need to find effective ways to combat it—demands a comprehensive strategy where everyone can play a role in ensuring that all workers are paid fairly for their work. Moreover, because more than 6 out of 10 women are now the sole, primary, or co-breadwinners for their families, eliminating pay discrimination is critical to families’ overall economic stability. The Center for American Progress is hosting an event to focus on the range of efforts we can all take—including support for vigorous enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, voluntary efforts by employers, and actions employees can take themselves—to make the promise of equal pay a reality. The discussion will focus on strategies to eliminate discriminatory pay practices and promote greater transparency, help workers make more informed decisions about their pay, assist employers who want to improve their pay practices, and ensure that federal enforcement agencies have the investigatory tools they need to root out discrimination.

    Opening remarks:
    Betsey Stevenson, Member, White House Council of Economic Advisors

    Featured speakers:
    Jacqueline Berrien, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    Ed Montgomery, Dean, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University
    Victoria Budson, Founding Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
    Amanda McMillan, Equal Pay Advocate

    Moderated by:
    Jocelyn Frye, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

    For more: http://www.americanprogress.org/events/2014/03/31/86728/more-than-a-number-combatting-pay-discrimination-in-the-workplace/

  4. Isaac Nuru says:

    Thank the Creator for PBO. We must win back the House & keep the Senate in 2014. Thanks, CR. Isaac

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  6. CR says:

    NASA training Robonaut to perform surgery

    4/6/14 Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News

    Robonaut 2, NASA’s humanoid robot currently inhabiting the International Space Station, hasn’t done much exciting work up there since its arrival three years ago.

    But according to a doctor at Houston Methodist Hospital who has been training the robot on telemedicine, the plan is to equip NASA’s space-age machine to eventually perform surgery.

    “The idea is for him to be the best medic, nurse and physician,” Dr. Zsolt Garami told the BBC. “Our plan is to use Robonaut as a telemedicine doctor in remote areas.” That would include space.

    Robonaut 2, a collaboration between NASA, General Motors and Oceaneering Space Systems engineers, arrived at the International Space Station in 2011 on space shuttle Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission.

    To this point, Robonaut’s work on the ISS has been limited to such mundane tasks as “monitoring air flow from vents” and catching floating rolls of duct tape.

    But Garami told the BBC that one of NASA’s Robonauts is being groomed on Earth to “perform intricate medical operations like endovascular surgery.”

    Robonauts are controlled by humans at NASA’s Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. And one of the problems has been the lag time between command and response — which can be a couple of seconds or more, depending on the signal.

    According to the BBC, NASA officials are toying with the idea of having astronauts control Robonaut from space, side by side, thereby eliminating the lag.

  7. CR says:

    10:30 AM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the 94th Annual Convention of the American Association of Community Colleges
    Washington, DC

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

  8. CR says:

    11:35 AM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
    Bladensburg High School, Prince George’s County, Maryland

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318727-2/president-obama-remarks-economy

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2014

      Remarks by the President on Opportunity for All — Bladensburg High School

      Bladensburg High School
      Bladensburg, Maryland

      11:35 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Mustangs! (Applause.) Fantastic. Well, everybody have a seat. Have a seat. Thank you, Leah, for the great introduction. Give Leah a big round of applause. Yay! (Applause.) Meeting young people like Leah just makes me inspired. It’s a good way to start the week. And all of the students here who are discovering and exploring new ideas is one of the reasons I love visiting schools like Bladensburg High. And so I just want to congratulate all of you for the great work that you’re doing.

      I brought a couple of folks here who are helping to facilitate some of the programs here. My new Deputy Secretary of Labor, Chris Lu, is here. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) And some of the biggest champions for education in Prince George’s County are here, including your Governor, Martin O’Malley. (Applause.) County Executive Rushern Baker. (Applause.) Mayor Walter James. (Applause.) Superintendent Kevin Maxwell. (Applause.) Your biggest fans in Congress, Donna Edwards and Steny Hoyer. (Applause.) We are proud of all of them, and we’re proud of you.

      All of you remind me, all these young people here, that young people today are working on cooler stuff than they were when I was in high school. In classrooms across the country, students just like the students here, they’re working hard, they’re setting their sights high. And we’ve got to do everything we can to make sure that all of you have a chance to succeed. And that’s why your outstanding principal, Aisha Mahoney, is working so hard at this school. (Applause.) That’s why Governor O’Malley has been working so hard to repair old schools and build new ones across the state of Maryland. And that’s why I’m here today. Because last year, we launched a national competition to redesign America’s high schools for the 21st century — the 21st century economy. And I’m proud to say that your hard work here has paid off, because one of the winners is Prince George’s County. (Applause.) Good job. That’s right, you guys have done great. (Applause.)

      Now, let me tell you why this is so important. Many of the young people here, you’ve grown up in the midst of one of the worst economic crises of our lifetimes. And it’s been hard and it’s been painful. There are a lot of families that lost their homes, lost jobs; a lot of families that are still hurting out there. But the work that we’ve done, the groundwork that we’ve laid, has created a situation where we’re moving in the right direction. Our businesses have created almost 9 million new jobs over the last four years. Our high school graduation rate is the highest on record. Dropout rates are going down; among Latinos, the dropout rate has been cut in half since 2000. (Applause.) More young people are earning college degrees than ever before. We’ve been bringing troops home from two wars. More than 7 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. (Applause.)
      So we’ve been making progress, but we’ve got more work to do to make sure that every one of these young people, that everybody who is willing to work hard has the chance to get ahead. We’ve got to make sure that our economy works for everybody, not just a few. We’ve got to make sure opportunity exists for all people. No matter who you are, no matter where you started out, you’ve got to have confidence that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can make it.

      And that’s the chance that this country gave me. It’s the chance that this country gave Michelle. And that’s why we’re working so hard for what we call an opportunity agenda — one that gives everybody a shot. And there are four simple goals: We want to create new jobs. We want to make sure that people have the skills to fill those jobs. We want to make sure every young person has a world-class education. And we want to make sure that we reward hard work with things like health care you can count on and wages you can live on.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/07/remarks-president-opportunity-all-bladensburg-high-school

    • CR says:

      Opportunity for All: Access to Career Skills and College-Level Courses

      Published on Apr 7, 2014

      President Obama travels to Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Maryland to announce the winners of a competition he launched last fall to bring together educators and employers to redesign the high school experience in order to give students better access to real-world career skills and college-level courses.

  9. CR says:

    American’s PrepareAthon

    America’s PrepareAthon! is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and communities to prepare for specific hazards through drills, group discussions, and exercises.

    The first National Day of Action is scheduled for April 30, 2014 and will revolve around taking the actions to prepare for these four specific hazards:

    * Tornadoes
    * Wildfires
    * Floods
    * Hurricanes

    Campaign Goals

    The goal of this campaign is to increase the number of individuals who:

    * Understand which disasters could happen in their community
    * Know what to do to be safe and mitigate damage
    * Take action to increase their preparedness
    * Participate in community resilience planning

    What can I do?

    * Starting on March 31st, 2014 register to participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and provide details about the activities you’re planning.

    * Plan your own local community or organizational preparedness event
    * Participate in discussion forums online with like-minded community members
    * Learn the actions to take for disaster preparedness and practice them!

    Where can I find more information?

    * America’s PrepareAthon website
    * Frequently Asked Questions
    * Talking Points

    * Disaster Survivor Video

    * Other Resources

    To move people to action, the President, through Presidential Policy Directive (PPD-8), has directed all federal agencies to work with their stakeholders across the country to “coordinate a comprehensive campaign to build and sustain national preparedness, including public outreach and community-based and private-sector programs to enhance national resilience…”

    Join the White House this Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss America’s PrepareAthon!, a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to understand what disasters could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness. Actions include signing up for mobile alerts and warnings, holding a preparedness discussion to emphasize the steps people should take to be ready should a disaster occur, and conducting a drill so people are familiar with what to do beforehand.

    Join in for a Google+ Hangout to hear from the head of FEMA, an award-winning meteorologist, and leaders from across the nation who share a passion for getting prepared.

    Participants include:

    Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
    Mike Bettes, The Weather Channel’s award-winning meteorologist
    Cameron Clayton, President of the Digital Division for The Weather Channel
    Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President for AARP’s State and National Group
    Jesse Salinas, State Director for AARP Alabama
    Divya Saini, Block Preparedness Coordinator and founder of “Movers and Shakers”
    Chief Roy Acree, City of Smyrna, GA Fire Chief
    Boyce Wilson, Emergency Preparedness Planner for Heart of Texas Council of Governments

    Join the conversation now by asking questions on Twitter using #PrepareAthon. Watch the Hangout live on Monday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. by visiting the White House Google+ and YouTube pages.

    The PrepareAthon! campaign is directed as part of President Obama’s Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. On April 30, and throughout the spring, America’s PrepareAthon! activities will focus on preparing individuals, families, workplaces, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, houses of worship, and community-based organizations for tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.

    Be Smart: Know your hazards in your community. Download guides to learn how to prepare.

    Take Part: Plan activities and host an event locally on April 30.

    Prepare: Practice a drill or have a discussion about preparedness. Participation can include being a part of community emergency planning, hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises.

    Get involved by registering as a participant in America’s PrepareAthon! at http://www.ready.gov/prepare, and stay tuned into the discussion on Twitter by following@PrepareAthon.

    • CR says:

      America’s PrepareAthon!

      Streamed live on Apr 7, 2014

      On Monday, April 7th at 1pm ET, join us to discuss America’s #PrepareAthon!, a campaign to help Americans prepare for disasters could happen in their communities. Tune in to hear from the head of FEMA, an award-winning meteorologist, and leaders from across the nation who share a passion for getting prepared: http://wh.gov/lvO1G

  10. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    President Obama meets with the Commander-in-Chief and Executive Commander of Veteran Foreign Wars
    White House

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Leaders from Veterans of Foreign Wars

      Earlier this afternoon, the President met with Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Commander-in-Chief William A. “Bill” Thien and Executive Director Bob Wallace in the Oval Office. The President started the meeting by reiterating his thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed and wounded during the recent shooting at Fort Hood. The President commended the military personnel, first responders, and medical staff who responded swiftly to the horrific shooting.

      The President discussed key steps his Administration has taken to ensure that our veterans receive quality health care, get the benefits they have earned, and have access to the education and training they need to re-enter the workforce. The President also raised the issue of military and veterans mental health and suicide prevention and thanked the VFW for its work to ensure that those seeking assistance are able to obtain it.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/07/readout-president-s-meeting-leaders-veterans-foreign-wars

  11. CR says:

    3:25 PM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden attend the ceremonial swearing in of Maria Contreras-Sweet as Administrator of the Small
    Business Administration; South Court Auditorium

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

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2014

      Remarks by the President, Vice President, and SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet at Swearing-In Ceremony

      South Court Auditorium

      3:35 P.M EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: All right, everybody please have a seat.
      I just wanted to stop by and congratulate Maria on officially being sworn in as the head of the SBA.

      I want to thank all the members of Congress who are here today, as well as the terrific staff at the SBA for helping America’s small businesses succeed, and who have been holding down the fort until we got this confirmation through.

      I nominated Maria because she knows first-hand the challenges that small businesses go through — and she has a proven track record of helping them succeed. She was California’s Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, and in that role she was the driving force behind major public investments in job-creating industries. As the founder of the ProAmerica Bank, she supported Latino entrepreneurs throughout Los Angeles.

      So Maria understands that small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. They represent the promise that if you work hard in this country, you can succeed and you can help your children do even better.

      And that’s why this administration has been so focused on helping small businesses succeed from day one. We cut taxes 18 times for small businesses in my first term. We’ve helped more than 200,000 small businesses get loans supported by the SBA. Today, our economy is growing and our businesses have created almost 9 million jobs, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that there are small businesses out there who are making things happen every single day.

      But we can always do more. And that’s why having such a hard charger as Maria, who knows both the entrepreneurial side as well as public service, is so important. When I announced her nomination back in January, I was absolutely confident that she was going to do a terrific job. And I am no less confident today.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/07/remarks-president-vice-president-and-sba-administrator-maria-contreras-s

  12. CR says:

    Senate OKs jobless bill; House prospects slimmer

    4/7/14 By DAVID ESPO – AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed, and a small band of Republican supporters swiftly appealed to a reluctant Speaker John Boehner to permit election-year action in the House as well.

    Senate votes to renew expired jobless benefits Reuters
    Steps are needed “to restore unemployment benefits to struggling Americans,” seven House Republicans wrote Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. They released their letter as the Senate was bestowing its widely expected approval on the legislation.

    Despite the appeal, the bill’s prospects are cloudy at best, given widespread opposition among conservative lawmakers and outside groups and Boehner’s unwillingness to allow it to the floor without changes that Republicans say would enhance job creation.

    The Senate vote itself, seven months before congressional elections, capped a bruising three-month struggle. Fifty-one Democrats, two independents and six Republicans voted for approval.

    The bill was the first major piece of legislation that Democrats sent to the floor of the Senate when Congress convened early in the year, the linchpin of a broader campaign-season agenda meant to showcase concern for men and women who are doing poorly in an era of economic disparity between rich and poor.

    In the months since, the Democrats have alternately pummeled Republicans for holding up passage and made concessions in an effort to gain support from enough GOP lawmakers to overcome a filibuster. Chief among those concessions was an agreement to pay the $9.6 billion cost of the five-month bill by making offsetting spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.

    The White House-backed measure would retroactively restore benefits that were cut off in late December, and maintain them through the end of May. Officials say as many as 2.7 million jobless workers have been denied assistance since the law expired late last year. If renewed, the aid would total about $256 weekly, and in most cases go to men and women who have been off the job for longer than six months

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/senate-oks-jobless-bill-house-prospects-slimmer-222610356–finance.html

    • CR says:

      April 07, 2014

      Statement by the President on the Senate Voting to Renew Unemployment Insurance

      Today the Senate acted in a bipartisan way to reinstate emergency unemployment insurance for 2.3 million Americans who depend on it as they search for work. As I’ve said time and again, Washington needs to put politics aside and help these hard-working, responsible Americans make ends meet and support their families as they look for a job. Each week Congress fails to act on this crucial issue, roughly 70,000 long-term unemployed Americans lose their vital economic lifeline. I urge House Republicans to stop blocking a bipartisan compromise that would stem this tide, take up the bill without delay, and send it to my desk. Let’s remove this needless drag on our economy and focus on expanding opportunity for all Americans.

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY

      House GOP poised to let jobless aid ‘come to an end’

      04/09/14 08:00 AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      With the Senate easily approving a bipartisan compromise on extended unemployment benefits on Monday, the focus now shifts to House Republicans, who’ve struggled at times to come up with a compelling rationale to cut off millions of struggling, jobless Americans.

      To date, arguably the worst argument was floated two weeks ago by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who said, “The extended unemployment benefits by the administration were to be in place until unemployment came down. Unemployment is down.”

      In other words, though it’s been generations since Congress allowed jobless aid to lapse with an unemployment rate this high, Price is satisfied that the economy is now fine – so unemployment benefits no longer matter.

      This quote, by way of Laura Clawson, isn’t much better.

      “I don’t think there is a great sense of pressure on our members,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a House deputy whip. “The prevailing view in our conference is that there aren’t adequate pay-fors and it’s time for this program to come to an end.”
      Putting aside the fact that the “pay-fors” are perfectly adequate and earned the support of several Senate Republicans, Cole’s quote is a great example of why congressional policymaking is such a mess.

      The unemployment rate is still too high. The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill to help millions of jobless Americans with a bill that the CBO believes will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. But because the unemployed lack political capital and House Republicans aren’t especially concerned with the policy merits of legislation, GOP lawmakers don’t feel any real “pressure” to act.

      On a certain level, I can at least appreciate Cole’s candor – he’s effectively admitting that he and his Republican colleagues just don’t give a darn unless they feel “a great sense of pressure” – but that’s cold comfort to those facing personal economic crises.

      That said, the bill may not be completely dead just yet.

      Roll Call reported overnight that GOP leaders may be eyeing some kind of trade.

      House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas and other senior Republicans are pushing proposals to tie the extension of emergency unemployment insurance to jobs measures and the extension of some tax breaks in an attempt to bring the plan to the House floor.

      Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said Tuesday there was no plan to deal this week with the five-month unemployment extension (HR 3979) that passed the Senate on Monday and that any potential action on a House GOP alternative likely would come after the two-week April recess.

      “I don’t think the Senate bill is one that can pass the House,” McCarthy said.

      The comments from senior Republicans were the strongest indication from GOP leadership, however, that the House may take up some form of an unemployment extension.

      This ties into what we discussed yesterday: Republicans might be willing to at least consider the bipartisan Senate bill on jobless aid, but only if they add some conservative goodies and tell Senate Dems to take it or leave it.

      Or put another way, we’re once again looking at a dynamic in which the House GOP has some demands they expect to be met before they allow governing to proceed.

      At this point, it’s not entirely clear what’s on the Republicans’ wish list or how offensive Democrats might perceive their demands.

  13. CR says:

    Residents Chase Westboro Baptist Church Protesters From Oklahoma Town (VIDEO)

    APRIL 7, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT CAITLIN MACNEAL – tpm

    Members of the Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday staged a protest at Central Junior High School in Moore, Okla., KFOR-TV reported.

    The anti-gay group notorious for protesting military funerals wrote on its website that it would protest Moore because the massive tornado that devastated the town last year was “God’s wrath” against “phony ‘Christians.'”

    The residents of Moore lined up across the street from the Westboro picketers in a counter-protest.

    Westboro had a permit to hold a 30-minute protest, but the counter-protesters chased members of the Westboro Baptist Church away a few minutes past their limit, according to KFOR.

    The Huffington Post posted a video uploaded by counter-protester that shows the Westboro picketers leaving after a few town residents started crossing the street:

    “I was afraid of a riot really. I didn’t know how long Westboro would stay, which they were smart to leave,” Moore resident Dan Eccles told KFOR.

    Police kept counter-protesters from Westboro members as they were leaving, but did not make any arrests, according to KOCO News.

    The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, died last month, and was reportedly ousted for calling on the group’s members to be kinder to each other.

    Shortly after Phelps’ death, a Westboro Baptist Church protest at a Lorde concert in Kansas City was met with counter-protesters holding a sign that read, “sorry for your loss.”

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, April 8, 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
    11:45 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks on equal pay and signs an executive order
    East Room

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

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama meets with the Secretary of State Kerry

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    Vice President Biden meets with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro

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

  15. CR says:

    April 07, 2014

    Presidential Proclamation — National Equal Pay Day, 2014

    NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY, 2014

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    BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    A PROCLAMATION

    Throughout our Nation’s history, brave women have torn down barriers so their daughters might one day enjoy the same rights, same chances, and same freedoms as their sons. Despite tremendous progress, too many women are entering the workforce to find their mothers’ and grandmothers’ victories undermined by the unrealized promise of equal pay for equal work. On National Equal Pay Day, we mark how far into the new year women would have to work to earn the same as men did in the previous year, and we recommit to making equal pay a reality.

    Women make up nearly half of our Nation’s workforce and are primary breadwinners in 4 in 10 American households with children under age 18. Yet from boardrooms to classrooms to factory floors, their talent and hard work are not reflected on the payroll. Today, women still make only 77 cents to every man’s dollar, and the pay gap is even wider for women of color. Over her lifetime, the average American woman can expect to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars to the earnings gap, a significant blow to both women and their families. In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, we must use all of America’s talent to its fullest potential — because when women succeed, America succeeds.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/07/presidential-proclamation-national-equal-pay-day-2014

  16. CR says:

    Small Business Optimism Rises

    4/8/14 By Paul Ausick – 24/7 Wall St.

    The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for March rose two points from 91.4 in February to come in at 93.4. The index has yet to break through 95 during the post-financial crisis recovery.

    The single most visible increase in the index components for March came in the percentage of business owners — 12% — who say they expect real sales to increase. That number rose nine points in March.

    The NFIB’s chief economist said:

    [T]hroughout this recovery we’ve seen these types of increases only to have them go nowhere. As long as Washington continues to ignore policies that could restore the middle class, job creation will continue to be sub-par.

  17. CR says:

    Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary

    10:00 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    There were 4.2 million job openings on the last business day of February, up from January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The hires rate (3.3 percent) and separations rate (3.2 percent) were unchanged in February. This release includes estimates of the number and rate of job openings, hires, and separations for the nonfarm sector by industry and by geographic region.

    Job Openings

    There were 4.2 million job openings in February, up from 3.9 million in January. The number of openings rose for total private and was little changed for government. The number of job openings increased in retail trade and in professional and business services, while the number of job openings decreased in arts, entertainment, and recreation. The South region experienced a rise in job openings in February. (See table 1.)

    The number of job openings (not seasonally adjusted) increased over the year for total nonfarm and total private and was little changed for government. Over the year, the number of job openings increased in three industries and decreased in three industries. The Midwest and West regions experienced an increase in the number of job openings over the 12 months ending in February. (See table 7.)

    For more: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm

  18. CR says:

    How The White House Just Undercut One Of The GOP’s Top 2014 Attacks

    APRIL 8, 2014, 6:00 AM ET DYLAN SCOTT – tpm

    In a move with big election-year implications, the Obama administration announced Monday that it would reverse a proposed cut to private Medicare Advantage plans. The decision undercuts one of the GOP’s favorite lines of attack on Obamacare and on Democrats in general.

    The change announced by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services transformed what was a projected 1.9 percent payment cut in 2015 that had been proposed in February into a projected 0.4 percent payment increase.

    Medicare Advantage plans are alternatives to Medicare offered by private insurers where recipients share some of the cost of the generally more generous plans. Insurance companies, alongside congressional members from both parties, had urged a stop to the proposed cuts. In total, Obamacare is supposed to cut $150 million from the program over 10 years.

    America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry’s top lobbying group, called its blitz to stop the cuts its “largest-ever mobilization.” Monday’s announcement is a big win for the industry — though it means more red ink for the federal budget. Independent analysts said insurers could still face cuts, though they should be smaller than originally expected.

    For Republicans, though, it might be unwelcome news. Attacking the cuts, authorized under Obamacare, had become a favorite criticism of the health care reform law — especially as other critiques dwindled.

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/medicare-cuts-reversed-2014

  19. CR says:

    11:45 AM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks on equal pay and signs an executive order
    East Room

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318759-1/president-obama-pay-equity

    • CR says:

      April 08, 2014

      Remarks by the President on Equal Pay for Equal Work

      East Room

      11:58 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) All right. Well, thanks to my friend, Lilly Ledbetter, not only for that introduction but for fighting for a simple principle: Equal pay for equal work. It’s not that complicated. And, Lilly, I assure you, you remain the face of fair pay. (Laughter.) People don’t want my mug on there. (Laughter.) They want your face.

      As Lilly mentioned, she did not set out to be a trailblazer. She was just somebody who was waking up every day, going to work, doing her job the best that she could. And then one day, she finds out, after years, that she earned less than her male colleagues for doing the same job. I want to make that point again. (Laughter.) Doing the same job. Sometimes when you — when we discuss this issue of fair pay, equal pay for equal work, and the pay gap between men and women, you’ll hear all sorts of excuses about, well, they’re child-bearing, and they’re choosing to do this, and they’re this and they’re that and the other. She was doing the same job — probably doing better. (Laughter and applause.) Same job. Working just as hard, probably putting in more hours. But she was getting systematically paid less.

      And so she set out to make sure this country lived up to its founding, the idea that all of us are created equal. And when the courts didn’t answer her call, Congress did.

      The first time Lilly and I stood together in this room was my tenth day in office, and that’s when we signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (Applause.) First bill I signed into law. And some of the leaders who helped make that happen are here today, including Leader Pelosi and Senator Mikulski and Congresswoman DeLauro. (Applause.) I want to thank all the members of Congress and all the state legislators who are here and all the advocates who are here, because you all contributed to that effort. And I want to give a special thanks to the members of the National Equal Pay Task Force, who’ve done outstanding work to make workplaces across America more fair.

      We’re here because today is Equal Pay Day. (Applause.) Equal Pay Day. And it’s nice to have a day, but it’s even better to have equal pay. (Applause.) And our job is not finished yet. Equal Pay Day means that a woman has to work about this far into 2014 to earn what a man earned in 2013. Think about that. A woman has got to work about three more months in order to get what a man got because she’s paid less. That’s not fair. That’s like adding an extra six miles to a marathon. (Laughter.) It’s not right.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/08/remarks-president-equal-pay-equal-work

  20. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    The RNC’s poor memory on Paycheck Fairness

    4/08/14 10:06AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    It’s Pay Equity Day in the United States, a day intended to raise awareness of wage discrimination American women routinely face in the workforce, and an increasingly divisive issue for Democrats and Republicans.

    President Obama will issue two consequential executive orders today intended to help address unequal pay for equal work, which will coincide with Senate Democrats pushing a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act. For Republicans, who often deny the pay gap exists, this isn’t an issue in need of policymakers’ attention.

    With this in mind, Kirsten Kukowski, a Republican National Committee press secretary, talked to msnbc’s Mika Brzezinski about the issue this morning, arguing that Republicans recognize that the issue exists, but oppose measures that impose an “unnecessary burden” on employers. This, of course, is a common GOP position — even if women receive unequal pay for equal work, policymakers should let the free market sort it out eventually.

    But arguments like these are something else entirely.

    …Kukowski suggested Democrats’ recent championing of the equal pay issue was more about political timing than a genuine effort to close the gender wage gap, which she said would be better served by confronting the job market and the economy.

    “What we have seen since the President has been in the White House — they controlled the House, they controlled the Senate, they controlled the White House and they did not do this,” Kukowski said. “Instead, what we see is this creeps up every time the Democrats are struggling with their messaging,” she added.

    Obviously, the RNC press secretary is entitled to make her case against paycheck fairness, but in her msnbc appearance, Kukowski’s claim is factually wrong.

    For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-rncs-poor-memory-paycheck-fairness

  21. CR says:

    4:00 PM ET
    President Obama’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

      Published on Apr 9, 2014

      The President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking, which was established to coordinate federal efforts to combat trafficking in persons, holds its annual meeting at the White House. April 8, 2014.

  22. CR says:

    4:00 PM ET
    Vice President Biden meet with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro

    • CR says:

      April 08, 2014

      Readout of the Vice President’s Meeting with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic of Montenegro

      Vice President Biden met today with Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic at the White House. Vice President Biden praised Montenegro as a valuable partner to the United States and contributor to peace and security in the region. The two leaders discussed developments in the Balkans as well as concerns about continued Russian pressure on Ukraine. The Vice President welcomed the strong progress Montenegro has made in meeting the requirements for NATO membership and expressed steadfast U.S. support for Montenegro’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. He encouraged the Prime Minister to sustain its efforts in making defense, security, and rule of law reforms in order to show concrete achievements in advance of the 2014 NATO summit in Wales. In this context, the Vice President stressed the importance of robust efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, including an independent judiciary and a free press, as well as to protect minority rights.

  23. CR says:

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