GOP Kills Paycheck Fairness Act AGAIN

GOP Blocks Equal Pay
Senate Republicans again kill Paycheck Fairness Act

4/09/14 01:06 PM - Steven Benen – maddowblog

The third time was not the charm. Democratic efforts to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to overcome Republican opposition in the 111th Congress and the 112th Congress, and as of this morning, it failed once again at the hands of a GOP filibuster.

Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments.

The roll call from the vote is online here. Note that the final tally was 54 to 43 – six votes shy of the supermajority needed to end Republican obstructionism – but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote for procedural reasons, leaving it at 53 to 44.

The legislation received exactly zero Republican votes, as was the case with previous efforts to pass the bill.I

In case anyone needs a refresher, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a perfectly credidble piece of legislation that would “enhance the remedies available for victims of gender-based discrimination and require employers to show that wage differences are job-related, not sex-based, and driven by business necessity. The measure would also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, which is important for deterring and challenging discriminatory compensation.”

As we’ve discussed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important step forward when it comes to combating discrimination, but it was also narrowly focused to address a specific problem: giving victims of discrimination access to the courts for legal redress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a broader measure.

Republicans have responded that they endorse the idea of equal pay for equal work, but in recent years, much of the party remains opposed to policymakers’ efforts to do something about it. (This morning, some GOP senators also raised procedural objections about amendments.)

As for the electoral considerations, aren’t GOP lawmakers worried about rejecting measures like these in an election year?

Apparently not.

Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation – pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters. […]

Republicans argue that the Democrats’ bill – along with their so-called “Fair Shot” agenda for the year – is a political ploy that will not fool voters.

I’m not sure who’s trying to fool whom in this model. Dems put together a bill; the bill is popular; and they’ve pushed it repeatedly for six years. That sounds less like a p.r. stunt and more like an effort to address a problem.

As for the midterms, Republicans have struggled of late with the gender gap. At a minimum, today’s vote won’t help.

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On November 17, 2010 the Senate GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

On April 11, 2013 the House GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

On April 9, 2014 the Senate GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

On September 15, 2014 the Senate GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

 

Equal Pay - Women Breadwinners

The Paycheck Fairness Act is legislation twice introduced and twice rejected by the United States Congress to expand the scope of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address male–female income disparity in the United States. A Census Bureau report published in 2008 indicated that women’s median annual earnings were 77.5% of men’s earnings, a disparity attributed to both systematic discrimination against women and women’s lifestyle choices.

The House of Represen­tatives approved the bill in January 2009. The United States Senate failed to move the bill forward in November 2010. President Barack Obama said in March 2011 that he will continue to fight for the goals in the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill was reintroduced in both houses of Congress in April 2011.

The 2010 bill had no Republican Party co-sponsors, though a group of four Republican senators had supported an earlier bill to address gender-based wage discrimination, including Susan CollinsKay Bailey HutchisonLisa Murkowski and Olympia Snowe. On June 5th, 2012 the bill fell short of the 60 votes necessary to override a filibuster and did not make it to the Senate floor for debate. The vote went along party lines, excluding a vote against by Democrat Harry Reid. (A vote which left Democrats the option to introduce the bill again at a later time.)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paycheck_Fairness_Act

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June 04, 2012

FACT SHEET: Fighting for Equal Pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act

Today, the President continues to advocate for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive bill that strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.   The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that, among other things, would achieve the following:

  • Better align key Equal Pay Act defenses with those in Title VII.
  • Bring remedies available under the Equal Pay Act into line with remedies available under other civil rights laws.
  • Make the requirements for class action lawsuits under the Equal Pay Act match those of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Protect employees who share their own salary information at work from retaliation by an employer.

The existing legal tools available to remedy pay discrimination are not enough, so Congress needs to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/04/fact-sheet-fighting-equal-pay-and-paycheck-fairness-act

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Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This substantial gap is more than a statistic — it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

President Obama supports passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive and commonsense bill that updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.

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27 Responses to GOP Kills Paycheck Fairness Act AGAIN

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama makes a personnel announcement
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    12:00 PM
    12:15 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosts a Joining Forces Caregivers Event
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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle depart the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
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    President Obama delivers the key note address at the National Action Network 16th Annual Convention
    Sheraton New York Hotel, New York, NY

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  2. CR says:

    Paycheck Fairness Act

    The Paycheck Fairness Act is legislation twice introduced and twice rejected by the United States Congress to expand the scope of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address male–female income disparity in the United States. A Census Bureau report published in 2008 indicated that women’s median annual earnings were 77.5% of men’s earnings, a disparity attributed to both systematic discrimination against women and women’s lifestyle choices.

    The House of Represen­tatives approved the bill in January 2009. The United States Senate failed to move the bill forward in November 2010. President Barack Obama said in March 2011 that he will continue to fight for the goals in the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill was reintroduced in both houses of Congress in April 2011.

    The 2010 bill had no Republican Party co-sponsors, though a group of four Republican senators had supported an earlier bill to address gender-based wage discrimination, including Susan CollinsKay Bailey HutchisonLisa Murkowski and Olympia Snowe. On June 5th, 2012 the bill fell short of the 60 votes necessary to override a filibuster and did not make it to the Senate floor for debate. The vote went along party lines, excluding a vote against by Democrat Harry Reid. (A vote which left Democrats the option to introduce the bill again at a later time.)

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paycheck_Fairness_Act

    On April 11, 2013 the House GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

    On April 9, 2014 the Senate GOP blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act from getting a vote.

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    June 04, 2012

    FACT SHEET: Fighting for Equal Pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act

    Today, the President continues to advocate for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive bill that strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work. The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that, among other things, would achieve the following:

    * Better align key Equal Pay Act defenses with those in Title VII.
    * Bring remedies available under the Equal Pay Act into line with remedies available under other civil rights laws.
    * Make the requirements for class action lawsuits under the Equal Pay Act match those of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
    * Protect employees who share their own salary information at work from retaliation by an employer.
    * The existing legal tools available to remedy pay discrimination are not enough, so Congress needs to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act now.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/04/fact-sheet-fighting-equal-pay-and-paycheck-fairness-act

    • CR says:

      GOP WRONG WAY
      Senate Republicans again kill Paycheck Fairness Act

      4/09/14 01:06 PM - Steven Benen – maddowblog

      The third time was not the charm. Democratic efforts to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to overcome Republican opposition in the 111th Congress and the 112th Congress, and as of this morning, it failed once again at the hands of a GOP filibuster.

      Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

      Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments.

      The roll call from the vote is online here. Note that the final tally was 54 to 43 – six votes shy of the supermajority needed to end Republican obstructionism – but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote for procedural reasons, leaving it at 53 to 44.

      The legislation received exactly zero Republican votes, as was the case with previous efforts to pass the bill.I

      In case anyone needs a refresher, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a perfectly credidble piece of legislation that would “enhance the remedies available for victims of gender-based discrimination and require employers to show that wage differences are job-related, not sex-based, and driven by business necessity. The measure would also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, which is important for deterring and challenging discriminatory compensation.”

      As we’ve discussed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important step forward when it comes to combating discrimination, but it was also narrowly focused to address a specific problem: giving victims of discrimination access to the courts for legal redress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a broader measure.

      Republicans have responded that they endorse the idea of equal pay for equal work, but in recent years, much of the party remains opposed to policymakers’ efforts to do something about it. (This morning, some GOP senators also raised procedural objections about amendments.)

      As for the electoral considerations, aren’t GOP lawmakers worried about rejecting measures like these in an election year?

      Apparently not.

      Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation – pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters. […]

      Republicans argue that the Democrats’ bill – along with their so-called “Fair Shot” agenda for the year – is a political ploy that will not fool voters.

      I’m not sure who’s trying to fool whom in this model. Dems put together a bill; the bill is popular; and they’ve pushed it repeatedly for six years. That sounds less like a p.r. stunt and more like an effort to address a problem.

      As for the midterms, Republicans have struggled of late with the gender gap. At a minimum, today’s vote won’t help.

      Source: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/senate-republicans-again-kill-paycheck

    • CR says:

      April 09, 2014

      Statement by the President

      Today, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act – preventing it from even receiving an honest debate, let alone a simple yes-or-no vote. The Paycheck Fairness Act is commonsense legislation that would strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act and reinforce our country’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work. Yesterday, I took two actions that will make it easier for working women to earn fair pay, and my Administration will continue to do everything we can to make sure that every hard-working American earns the respect and wages that they deserve on the job. But Republicans in Congress continue to oppose serious efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and level the playing field for working families. That’s wrong, and it’s harmful for our national efforts to rebuild an economy that gives every American who works hard a fair shot to get ahead.

  3. CR says:

    National Action Network 16th Annual Convention

    New York, NY
    April 9-12, 2014

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9– 12, 2014

    NAN CONVENTION TO BE LARGEST GATHERING OF ACTIVISTS THIS YEAR

    ALSO PRESENTING WILL BE US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND NYC MAYOR BILL de BLASIO

    New York, NY –Rev. Al Sharpton announces that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014 in New York, NY. Also confirmed are US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. This will be the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation’s top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. On the heels of thousands joining NAN in Tallahassee, FL for a ‘stand your ground’ rally, participants will address additional key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year.

    Confirmed participants include: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray; MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews, Joy-Ann Reid and Krystal Ball; Wendy Williams “queen of all media”; the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis; parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene; Harvard University Professor Dr. Charles Ogletree; NBC News legal analyst and author Lisa Bloom; William H. “Billy” Murphy Jr., Esq.; Essence Magazine notables Michelle Ebanks and Susan Taylor; Viacom’s Marva Smalls; The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel; actor Malik Yoba; leading members of Congress and many more. Executives from corporations such as: AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast, CVS, Macy’s, McDonald’s, Nielsen, Time Warner, and Verizon will also be joining various panels. Mega real-estate developer Bruce Ratner will address a special plenary discussing his support of minimum wage.

    For more: http://nationalactionnetwork.net/press/president-barack-obama-to-headline-the-national-action-network-nan-16th-annual-national-convention-april-9-12-2014/

  4. CR says:

    Equal Pay: When Women Succeed, America Succeeds

    Published on Apr 10, 2014

    Kay Morrison worked as a journeyman welder at Kaiser Shipyard #2, on the assembly-line graveyard shift — and she made the same as the man working alongside her. Today, on average, full-time working women still earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. It’s time for equal pay for women.

  5. COS says:

    Hey CR. So disappointed that this did not pass. Don’t know how any real woman could have voted against this.

    • CR says:

      Hi COS! I agree completely. It should be fair work for fair pay, that is the right thing to do.

  6. CR says:

    Biden, Carter, Dole Wives To Aid White House Troop Relief Efforts

    APRIL 11, 2014, 8:38 AM EDT DARLENE SUPERVILLE – tpm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are offering relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans.

    At the White House on Friday, the first lady and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden are announcing new steps by private and public sector organizations to help ease the heavy burden on what many say is a vital but largely invisible workforce.

    They are being joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole. Carter has a longstanding interest in family caregiving. Dole’s husband, Republican former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, lives with lasting wounds from World War II.

    Three groups — the Military Officers Association of America, USAA Bank and the American Bar Association — are working on a website to provide caregivers with legal and financial assistance. Easter Seals is expanding its caregiver training program. The Chamber of Commerce will help caregivers get more flexibility in the workplace so they can better balance the demands at work and at home.

    “All of these new commitments are a big deal, but they’re really just the tip of the iceberg,” Mrs. Obama and Jill Biden wrote in an opinion article published Friday on the website for Military Spouse Magazine.

    For more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/biden-carter-dole-wives-to-aid-white-house-effort

  7. CR says:

    11:00 AM ET
    President Obama makes a personnel announcement
    White House

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318836-2/pres-obama-announces-hhs-leadership

    • CR says:

      April 11, 2014

      Remarks by the President Nominating Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services

      Rose Garden

      10:54 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hey! (Applause.) All right, everybody, have a seat. Have a seat. Have a seat. Well, good morning. In my sixth year in office, I am extraordinarily grateful to have so many aides and advisors who have been there since the earliest days. But it’s still somewhat bittersweet when any of them leave for new endeavors — even when their successor is wonderful.

      In early March, Kathleen Sebelius, my Secretary of Health and Human Services, told me she’d be moving on once the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end. And after five years of extraordinary service to our country — and 7.5 million Americans who have signed up for health coverage through the exchanges — (applause) — she’s earned that right. I will miss her advice, I will miss her friendship, I will miss her wit — but I am proud to nominate someone to succeed her who holds those same traits in abundance: Sylvia Mathews Burwell. (Applause.)

      Now, just a couple things about Kathleen. When I nominated Kathleen more than five years ago — I had gotten to know Kathleen when she was governor at Kansas and had shown extraordinary skills there; was a great advisor and supporter during my presidential campaign, and so I knew that she was up for what was a tough job — I mentioned that one of her many responsibilities at HHS would be to make sure our country is prepared for a pandemic flu outbreak. I didn’t know at the time that that would literally be her first task. (Laughter.) Nobody remembers that now — but it was. And it just gives you a sense of the sorts of daily challenges that Kathleen has handled, often without fanfare, often unacknowledged, but that have been critical to the health and welfare of the American people.

      She has fought to improve children’s health, from birth to kindergarten; expanded mental health care; reduced racial and ethnic disparities; brought us closer to the first AIDS-free generation. She’s been a tireless advocate for women’s health.

      And, of course, what Kathleen will go down in history for is serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/11/remarks-president-nominating-sylvia-mathews-burwell-secretary-health-and

  8. CR says:

    12:15 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden hosts a Joining Forces Caregivers Event
    White House

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318836-1/support-veteran-caregivers

    • CR says:

      First Lady Michelle Obama Speaks at a Joining Forces Caregivers Event

      Published on Apr 11, 2014

      First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden host Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Senator Elizabeth Dole, and military and veteran caregivers from across the nation to announce commitments that will strengthen the support provided to the friends and loved ones caring for our wounded warriors

    • CR says:

      April 11, 2014

      Op-Ed & Fact Sheet on Joining Forces Commitments to Support Military and Veteran Caregivers

      Today, as part of their Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are hosting Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Senator Elizabeth Dole, and military and veteran caregivers from across the nation to announce commitments that will strengthen the support provided to the friends and loved ones caring for our wounded warriors. The event will be live streamed at http://www.whitehouse.gov//live.

      A fact sheet with information about today’s commitments can be found here.

      These commitments follow the release of a RAND Corporation report commissioned by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation that calls attention to the challenges faced by America’s military and veteran caregivers. The report estimates that 5.5 million Americans care for service members and veterans, including 1.1 million caring for someone who served after September 11, 2001. These caregivers provide a tremendous service for our nation, often while enduring their own emotional, physical, and financial hardships.

      The following op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appeared this morning on the website of Military Spouse Magazine.

      http://militaryspouse.com/articles/joining-forces-op-ed/?pageNum=1

      On June 7, 2012, Linda Mills received a phone call that changed her life forever: Linda’s husband, Army Staff Sergeant Andrew Mills, had been seriously injured when an IED exploded in Afghanistan.

      Almost immediately, Linda quit her job to become Andrew’s full-time caregiver. In the weeks and months after the explosion, Andrew underwent more than 30 surgeries. The two of them moved from North Carolina to Virginia, so that Andrew can rehab at a state-of-the-art military hospital. And every single day, Linda has stood by her husband’s side, helping with physical therapy, assisting with daily personal care, and managing the family’s legal and financial responsibilities.

      Today, after two years in her new role as a caregiver, Linda considers herself not just a military spouse, but a nurse, an advocate, a scheduler, and a coach. And as she often says, even a tragedy can lead to a new beginning – in a few weeks’ time, she and Andrew will welcome their first child into the world.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/11/op-ed-fact-sheet-joining-forces-commitments-support-military-and-veteran

  9. CR says:

    4:10 PM EDT
    President Obama delivers the key note address at the National Action Network 16th Annual Convention
    Sheraton New York Hotel, New York, NY

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

    National Action Network 16th Annual Convention http://goo.gl/PpWlA4

    • CR says:

      April 11, 2014

      Remarks by the President at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention

      Sheraton New York Hotel
      New York, New York

      4:02 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, New York! (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. It is good to be at the National Action Network! (Applause.) It is good to be here with some good friends.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

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

      It is wonderful to be with all of you. I want to say, first of all, thank you to your leader, Reverend Al Sharpton. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) And I appreciate the idea of being an “action” President, although I do also have style — (laughter) — I just want to point that out. I know it’s not about it, but I just — but I do have it. (Laughter.) Al is not the only guy with style.

      We’ve got Barbara Arnwine here today, and we want to thank her. Clayola Brown, thank you. Melanie Campbell, thank you. Marc Morial, thank you. We’ve got members of Congress, state and local officials from New York. And of course, we’ve got all of you. So thanks to all of you for such a wonderful welcome. (Applause.)

      Everybody, sit down. Sit down. Al doesn’t know how to get back to his seat. (Laughter.) Somebody help out the leader here. But don’t make him jump over it. Okay, they’re going to explain it. There we go. All right. You’re going to be all right.

      Now, the last time I was here was three years ago, and a few things have changed since then. I am here as a second term President. (Applause.) I have more gray hair. (Laughter.) It’s all right. Let’s see, what else — I’ve got twice as many dogs. I’m glad I won’t have to serve a third term — because three dogs is too many. I can’t keep on promising Malia and Sasha another dog.

      Of course one thing that has not changed is your commitment to the cause of civil rights for everybody and opportunity for all people. And that’s been something that’s been on my mind this week. Some of you may know that yesterday I was down in Austin, Texas at the LBJ Library to speak on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the man who signed it into law. (Applause.) And standing there, I thought of all the Americans, known and unknown, who made it possible for me to stand in that spot — who marched and organized, and sat in, and stood up for jobs and for justice. I thought of all who achieved that great victory and others — not just with respect to the Civil Rights Act, but the Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act, and immigration reform, and Medicare and Medicaid, and the first battles of a long War on Poverty.

      And over the past five years, in the wake of the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes, we’ve won some victories, too. Nearly 9 million new jobs at America’s businesses over the past four years. (Applause.) Seven and a half million Americans signing up to buy health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (Applause.) And millions more who have gained coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, and young people being able to stay on their parents’ plans. The rate of uninsured Americans is down. High school dropout rates are down. Our high school graduation rate is the highest on record. More young people are earning college degrees than ever before. (Applause.) We’ve made progress and we’ve taken action.

      But we also know our work is unfinished. Too many Americans working harder than ever just to get by. Too many Americans who aren’t working at all. We know we have to do more to restore America’s promise of opportunity for all people, particularly for communities hardest hit by the recession; particularly for those who struggled since long before the recession — not only African Americans and Latinos, but Americans trapped across the country in pockets of poverty — inner city, suburban, rural.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/11/remarks-president-national-action-networks-16th-annual-convention

  10. CR says:

    West Wing Week 04/11/14 or, “Love Never Ends”

    Published on Apr 11, 2014

    This week, the President honored Equal Pay Day and signed two executive orders to support efforts to level the playing field for women, pushed for better access to skills-based high school training, hosted the Prime Minister of Tunisia, and traveled with the First Lady to the memorial at Fort Hood and then to Austin, to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. That’s April 4th to April 10th or, “Love Never Ends.”

  11. CR says:

    President and First Lady See A Raisin in the Sun

    4/12/2014 at 01:00 PM EDT By JEFF NELSON – people.com

    Date night!

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama took the night off Friday to hit up the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. And the show, starring Denzel Washington, earned rave reviews from POTUS and FLOTUS.

    “They loved it,” actress LaTanya Richardson told PEOPLE after the show. “I don’t want to say they’re coming back, but [Michelle] is trying to come back with her mom. And she goes to a lot of shows with the girls.”

    During intermission, the first couple made their way backstage – with Secret Service, natch – to meet and take pictures with the cast.

    “I was so excited I couldn’t even hear anything he said,” Sophie Okonedo told reporters, adding that Michelle told the cast, “I loved the show.”

    A fan of the first lady, Okonedo tells PEOPLE she even got a quick embrace in: “I hugged her! I just couldn’t help it. She just feels so approachable.”

    Sitting in the audience in front of the president was director Kenny Leon, who chatted with the president throughout the night.

    “He and Michelle hugged me and told me they were just proud of me and proud of the work,” Leon (who flew back from vacation in Atlanta when he heard about the show’s special guests) told PEOPLE. “That’s a very special night. It was just a heightened energy throughout the building.”

    For more: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20806324,00.html?xid=rss-fullcontent

  12. CR says:

    WH

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  13. CR says:

    April 12, 2014

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House
    April 12, 2014

    Hi, everybody. Earlier this week was Equal Pay Day. It marks the extra time the average woman has to work into a new year to earn what a man earned the year before. You see, the average woman who works full-time in America earns less than a man – even when she’s in the same profession and has the same education.

    That’s wrong. In 2014, it’s an embarrassment. Women deserve equal pay for equal work.

    This is an economic issue that affects all of us. Women make up about half our workforce. And more and more, they’re our families’ main breadwinners. So it’s good for everyone when women are paid fairly. That’s why, this week, I took action to prohibit more businesses from punishing workers who discuss their salaries – because more pay transparency makes it easier to spot pay discrimination. And I hope more business leaders will take up this cause.

    But equal pay is just one part of an economic agenda for women.

    Most lower-wage workers in America are women. So I’ve taken executive action to require federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees at least ten dollars and ten cents an hour. I ordered a review of our nation’s overtime rules, to give more workers the chance to earn the overtime pay they deserve. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, tens of millions of women are now guaranteed free preventive care like mammograms and contraceptive care, and the days when you could be charged more just for being a woman are over for good. Across the country, we’re bringing Americans together to help us make sure that a woman can have a baby without sacrificing her job, or take a day off to care for a sick child or parent without hitting hardship. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode, and give every woman the opportunity she deserves.

    Here’s the problem, though. On issues that would benefit millions of women, Republicans in Congress have blocked progress at every turn. Just this week, Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act, commonsense legislation that would help more women win equal pay for equal work. House Republicans won’t vote to raise the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance for women out of work through no fault of their own. The budget they passed this week would force deep cuts to investments that overwhelmingly benefit women and children – like Medicaid, food stamps, and college grants. And of course, they’re trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the fiftieth or so time, which would take away vital benefits and protections from millions of women.

    I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that doesn’t happen. Because we do better when our economy grows for everybody, not just a few. And when women succeed, America succeeds. Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  14. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  15. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    4/11/14 4:23 PM EDT By TAL KOPAN

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
    • Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
    • Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
    • Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    • Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D)
    • U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
    • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
    • Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), ranking member, House Ways and Means Committee
    • Rep Charles Boustany (R-La.)
    • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R)

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), chairman, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
    • Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman, National Republican Congressional Committee

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Former Carter National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman, House Judiciary Committee

    “Al Punto” on Univision
    • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.)
    • Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
    • Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post Media Group

  16. CR says:

    April 13, 2014

    Statement by President Obama on Today’s Shooting in Kansas

    This afternoon we heard reports of a horrific shooting in Overland Park, Kansas. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy. I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation. While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking. I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time.

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