Immigration Reform – Another Year Lost

April 16, 2014

Statement by the President

One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next two decades, while providing a tough but fair pathway to earned citizenship to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadows, modernizing our legal immigration system, continuing to strengthen border security, and holding employers accountable. Simply put, it would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform. Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers”. The majority of Americans are ahead of House Republicans on this crucial issue and there is broad support for reform, including among Democrats and Republicans, labor and business, and faith and law enforcement leaders. We have a chance to strengthen our country while upholding our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.

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UPDATES:

5/16/14  Republican leaders to block US immigration measure

7/31/14  House Republicans abandoned a bill to address theimmigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border

8/1/14 House Republicans passed a bill  to deport Dream Act students under President Obama’s  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program

 

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President Obama understands the importance and urgency in fixing the broken immigration system and outlined his vision for a 21st century immigration policy:

  • Responsibility by the federal government to secure our borders:Today, our borders are more secure than at any time in the past several decades, and the Administration continues to refine and strengthen its strategy. Enforcement resources should be focused on preventing those who would do our nation harm from entering our country.
  • Accountability for businesses that break the law by undermining American workers and exploiting undocumented workers: Employers who deliberately hire and exploit undocumented workers must be held accountable. At the same time, we must give employers who want to play by the rules a reliable way to verify that their employees are here legally.
  • Strengthening our economic competiveness by creating a legal immigration system that reflects our values and diverse needs: Our immigration laws should continue to reunify families and encourage individuals we train in our world-class institutions to stay and develop new technologies and industries in the United States rather than abroad. The law should stop punishing innocent young people whose parents brought them here illegally and give those young men and women a chance to stay in this country if they serve in the military or pursue higher education. A smart 21st century system should also provide farmers a legal way to hire the workers they rely on year after year, and it should improve procedures for employers who seek to hire foreign workers for jobs if U.S. workers are not available.
  • Responsibility from people who are living in the United States illegally: Those people living here illegally must also be held accountable for their actions and get on the right side of the law by registering and undergoing national security and criminal background checks, paying taxes and a penalty, and learning English before they can get in line to become eligible for citizenship. Being a citizen of this country comes not only with rights but also with fundamental responsibilities. We can create a pathway for legal status that is fair and reflects our values.

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For the immediate time President Obama has issued these  important policies for immigration:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
President Obama’s new DREAM relief policy [Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, or DACA] would allow undocumented youth who qualify to request temporary relief from deportation, making them eligible to receive work permits and a social security number. For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/15/remarks-president-immigration

Family Unity Immigration Policy Change
President Obama’s  final rule in the Federal Register that reduces the time U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents), who are in the process of obtaining visas to become lawful permanent residents of the United States under certain circumstances. The process will be effective on March 4, 2013 and more information about the filing process will be made available in the coming weeks at http://www.uscis.gov/.

DHS Announces Proposals to Attract and Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants
As part of the Administration’s continuing commitment to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.

Issue Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools, Regardless of Immigration Status
Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced updated guidance to assist public elementary and secondary schools to ensure enrollment processes are consistent with the law and fulfill their obligation to provide all children—no matter their background—equal access to an education.

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45 Responses to Immigration Reform – Another Year Lost

  1. CR says:

    WH

    Thursday, April 17, 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
    11:05 AM
    President Obama welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House to kick off their 7th Annual Soldier Ride
    White House

    11:40 AM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioner

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:35 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with insurance executives
    Roosevelt Room

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:15 PM
    President Obama holds a press conference
    The James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to students
    Howard University, Washington DC

    4:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

    Immigration Reform – Another Year Lost

    April 16, 2014

    Statement by the President

    One year ago, the Senate introduced comprehensive bipartisan legislation to fix our broken immigration system. Both sides worked together to pass that bill with a strong bipartisan vote. The Senate’s commonsense agreement would grow the economy by $1.4 trillion and shrink the deficit by nearly $850 billion over the next two decades, while providing a tough but fair pathway to earned citizenship to bring 11 million undocumented individuals out of the shadows, modernizing our legal immigration system, continuing to strengthen border security, and holding employers accountable. Simply put, it would boost our economy, strengthen our security, and live up to our most closely-held values as a society.

    Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform. Instead of advancing commonsense reform and working to fix our immigration system, House Republicans have voted in favor of extreme measures like a punitive amendment to strip protections from “Dreamers”. The majority of Americans are ahead of House Republicans on this crucial issue and there is broad support for reform, including among Democrats and Republicans, labor and business, and faith and law enforcement leaders. We have a chance to strengthen our country while upholding our traditions as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote.

    • CR says:

      Pentagon Plan to Enlist Young Immigrants Is Delayed at White House’s Request

      MAY 31, 2014 By JULIA PRESTON – nytimes

      A Pentagon plan to allow a small number of young immigrants who grew up in the United States without legal status to enlist in the military has been delayed by the White House, senior officials there said Saturday, to avoid any conflict with House Republicans considering whether to move on immigration legislation.

      The Pentagon proposal would create a first but very limited pathway to citizenship for those who call themselves Dreamers.

      In a letter to a number of senators that was drafted Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he had “taken initial action to allow for the enlistment” of the young immigrants.

      But the White House asked Mr. Hagel to hold off taking any further steps on the new policy until August, after Congress’s summer session, the administration officials said.

      President Obama said last week that he would not take any executive action on immigration during the next two months, to give Republican leaders in the House a chance to move forward on legislation that could grant legal status to illegal immigrants.

      For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/politics/pentagon-puts-off-a-plan-to-enlist-young-immigrants.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-thecaucus&_r=0

    • CR says:

      Bill Press: GOP forgets lesson of ‘94

      7/21/14 05:55 PM EDT By Bill Press – POLITICO

      President John F. Kennedy was fond of quoting the philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Indeed, Santayana’s advice makes so much sense you’d think nobody could ever ignore it. Yet, that’s exactly what Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is doing today by refusing to allow a vote on immigration reform.

      I must admit, I watch Republican intransigence on immigration today with a certain amusement, because I’ve seen this movie before.

      In California, 20 years ago, it was hard getting much of the Latino community involved in politics. Democrats tried. I personally ran a voter registration drive in East Los Angeles. But residents distrusted government so much, it was hard convincing them to register, let alone vote. At the same time, Democrats feared that, if Latinos ever did register, they’d sign up as Republicans, because most of them were Catholic, pro-family and pro-small business.

      Then came 1994. I was California Democratic state chairman when Republican Gov. Pete Wilson endorsed Proposition 187, an anti-immigrant ballot initiative that banned the state from providing healthcare, public education or other social services to illegal immigrants in California.

      In so doing, he woke up the “sleeping giant.” Angry at Wilson’s war, millions of Latinos came out and registered to vote — not as Republicans, but as Democrats. And look what happened. No Republican presidential candidate has won the Golden State since. Today, every statewide officer is a Democrat, and Democrats hold a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Legislature. Thank you, Pete Wilson!

      For more: http://thehill.com/opinion/bill-press/212883-bill-press-gop-forgets-lesson-of-94

    • CR says:

      August 01, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary

      The legislation put forward tonight by House Republicans does not responsibly address the problem of unaccompanied children apprehended at the border, and could result in the deportation of hundreds of thousands of DREAMers, young people who were brought to this country as children and are Americans in every way but on paper. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program prioritizes the limited resources of the Department of Homeland Security to deport dangerous criminals rather than DREAMers. It is extraordinary that House Republicans are demanding that we reverse that prioritization as a price for getting the resources needed to deal with the urgent humanitarian situation at the border, reduce the immigration court backlog, and address the root cause of child migration.

      Republicans in Washington have repeatedly called the situation at our border a crisis; yet, tonight they are considering partisan legislation that will not address the problem and is sure to be rejected by the Senate. As the President said today, the Administration will continue to manage the border as responsibly as possible and address our broken immigration system, but no Administrative action is a substitute for Congressional action. That’s why the President will urge Congress to fix our broken immigration system once and for all upon returning from their recess by doing what the Senate did over a year ago and pass serious, comprehensive immigration reform legislation with bipartisan support.

  3. COS says:

    Hey CR. Hope all is well. I really hope that republicans pay for their inaction at the polls. It is no excuse as to why an immigration has not passed the House. I pray even more that we turn out in vast numbers. The 2014 election is so important in so many ways.

  4. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Wednesday night, CR and all friends! Great topic!

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  6. CR says:

    US, EU Threaten Russia with More Sanctions Over Ukraine

    April 17, 2014 Reuters

    European countries and the United States are threatening Russia with more sanctions unless it takes steps at the Geneva meeting to show it will de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine, although officials say they expect no breakthrough.

    So far, diplomacy has failed to keep up with events on the ground, with Russia’s partisans seizing control of territory before Western countries can formulate a response.

    Bloodshed has been limited so far during the uprising in the east, with two people killed on Sunday, including a member of the Ukrainian state security forces shot dead. Kiev says it is doing all it can to avoid any shooting.

    The United States and European Union have so far imposed visa bans and asset freezes on a small number of Russian individuals, a response that Moscow has openly mocked. However, the Western states say they are now contemplating more serious measures that could hurt Russia’s economy more broadly, which could be put into place shortly after Thursday’s Geneva meeting.

    “What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences,” U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday in an interview with CBS. Using words unheard since the Cold War, he said the United States had stronger conventional military forces than Russia, and neither side wanted a conflict. “We don’t need a war,” he said.

    For more: http://www.voanews.com/content/us-eu-threaten-russia-with-more-sanctions-over-ukraine/1895236.html

  7. CR says:

    9:00 AM ET
    White House Solar Summit and Champions of Change
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      White House Solar Summit and Champions of Change

      Published on Apr 17, 2014

      The White House hosts a White House Champions of Change event to announce new steps to bolster solar deployment, highlight new innovative federal tools to advance solar generation, and recognize White House Champions of Change for Solar Deployment — local leaders across the country who are taking action to advance solar power. April 17, 2014.

  8. CR says:

    Jobless Claims in U.S. Hover Near Lowest Level Since 2007

    Apr 17, 2014 5:45 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance payments last week hovered near the lowest level in almost seven years, showing the job market is making progress.

    Jobless claims increased by 2,000 to 304,000 in the week ended April 12 from a revised 302,000 the prior period that was the lowest since September 2007, a Labor Department report showed today in Washington. The median forecast of 47 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an increase to 315,000. The total number of people receiving benefits fell to the lowest since the last recession began.

    Dismissals are on the decline as companies, already lean from recession-era job cutting, gear up for rising sales as the economy strengthens. Even with the improvement, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said yesterday that policy makers must be mindful of how short the U.S. still remains of achieving its goals of full employment and price stability.

    “Not only have you had a slowdown in layoffs, but also the total number of people on state benefit rolls has fallen,” said Brian Jones, senior U.S. economist at Societe Generale in New York, who forecast for claims of 305,000. “The labor market is getting better.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-17/jobless-claims-in-u-s-hover-near-lowest-level-since-2007.html

  9. CR says:

    11:05 AM ET
    President Obama welcomes the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride to the White House to kick off their 7th Annual Soldier Ride
    White House

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318939-2/white-house-briefing

    • CR says:

      April 17, 2014

      Remarks by the President Welcoming the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride

      South Lawn

      11:06 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Welcome to the White House. Thank you to Ric for not just a nice introduction, but more importantly, for your outstanding service to our country and for your service to our veterans and fellow wounded warriors.

      Now, I also want to mention that our Vice President here has been relentless in his support, along with our spouses, Michelle and Jill Biden, for military families. And we’re very proud of everything that Joe has done.

      This is now the fifth time that I’ve had the honor of welcoming the Soldier Ride to the White House. And I have to tell you, this is one of my favorite events of the year. First of all, you know it’s spring when — or at least it’s supposed to be spring — (laughter) — when the Soldier Ride comes around. But mainly, it’s because those who participate are such an incredible inspiration to me and to our country.

      To all the riders, you look outstanding, especially after biking 17 miles yesterday. You’re doing another 17 miles tomorrow, another 17 miles after that — all told, nearly 60 miles. Today we wanted to come cheer you on. And I think we’ve got some folks from the Army here, is that right? (Hooah!) And the Navy. (Hooyah!) Air Force. (Applause.) Marines. (Oorah!) Oh, that was good. (Laughter.) Coast Guard. (Applause.) And we’ve got some extraordinary families here today. (Applause.) Yay, families.

      By now, everybody knows the story about how this got started. You had a bartender on Long Island, Chris Carney, who came up with the idea of riding his bike across America to support wounded warriors. Chris couldn’t be here today. He owns a gym now; I think you all inspired him to trade the bar in for some barbells. But today there are Soldier Rides all across the country, and we want to thank everybody at the Wounded Warriors Project for their incredible support.

      I know some of you are doing this for the very first time; some of you have ridden three or four times. Some of you are riding in tandem with your parents. Biking nearly 60 miles in three days would be a challenge for anybody, but for all of you this is a lot more than a bike ride — this is a mark of how far you’ve come.

      Many of you are recovering from devastating injuries. Some of you have had to learn the basics all over again — how to stand again, how to walk again, how to run again. And now you’re here today because that’s what Soldier Ride is all about — seeing each other through the finish line.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/17/remarks-president-welcoming-wounded-warrior-projects-soldier-ride

  10. CR says:

    11:40 AM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with representatives from the National Association of Insurance Commissioner

  11. CR says:

    1:35 PM ET
    President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with insurance executives
    Roosevelt Room

  12. CR says:

    April 17, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Tragic Ferry Sinking Off the Coast of the Republic of Korea

    On behalf of all the American people, Michelle and I send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the tragic ferry sinking off the coast of the Republic of Korea. The bonds of friendship between the American and Korean people are strong and enduring, and our hearts ache to see our Korean friends going through such a terrible loss, especially the loss of so many young students. South Korea is one of our closest allies, and American Navy personnel and U.S. Marines are already on the scene assisting with the search and rescue efforts. I’ve directed our military to provide any and all assistance requested by our Korean partners in the days ahead. As I will underscore on my visit to Seoul next week, America’s commitment to our ally South Korea is unwavering—in good times and in bad. As the Korean people deal with this heartbreaking tragedy, they will have the unending support and friendship of the United States.

  13. CR says:

    3:15 PM ET
    President Obama holds a press conference
    The James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318939-2/white-house-briefing

    • CR says:

      April 17, 2014

      Press Conference by the President, 4/17/14

      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
      AT PRESS CONFERENCE

      James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

      **Please see below for a correction marked with asterisks.

      3:40 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Before I begin I just want to express on behalf of the American people our deepest condolences to the Republic of Korea and the families of all those who’ve seen their loved ones lost when a ferry sank within the last couple of days.

      Obviously, information is still coming in. We know that many of the victims of this terrible tragedy were students. And American Navy personnel and Marines have already been on the scene helping the search and rescue. As one of our closest allies, our commitment to South Korea is unwavering in good times and in bad, and that’s something I’ll underscore during my visit to Seoul next week.

      Before I take questions I’d also like to say a few words about how the Affordable Care Act is now covering more people at less cost than most would have predicted just a few months ago.

      The first open enrollment period under this law ended a little over two weeks ago. And as more data comes in, we now know that the number of Americans who’ve signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces has grown to 8 million people — 8 million people. Thirty-five percent of people who enrolled through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35. All told, independent experts now estimate that millions of Americans who were uninsured have gained coverage this year — with millions more to come next year and the year after.

      We’ve also seen signs that the Affordable Care Act is bringing economic security to more Americans. Before this law added new transparency and competition to the individual market, folks who bought insurance on their own regularly saw double-digit increases in their premiums. That was the norm. And while we suspect that premiums will keep rising, as they have for decades, we also know that since the law took effect health care spending has risen more slowly than at any time in the past 50 years.

      In the decade before the Affordable Care Act, employer-based insurance rose almost 8 percent a year. Last year, it grew at half that rate. Under this law, real Medicare costs per person have nearly stopped growing. The life of the Medicare Trust Fund has been extended by 10 years. And the independent Congressional Budget Office now expects premiums for plans on the marketplace to be 15 percent lower than originally predicted.

      So those savings add up to more money that families can spend at businesses, more money that businesses can spend hiring new workers. And the CBO now says that the Affordable Care Act will be cheaper than recently projected. Lower costs from coverage provisions will shrink our deficits by an extra $100 billion.

      So the bottom line is, under the Affordable Care Act, the share of Americans with insurance is up, the growth of health care costs is down. Hundreds of millions of Americans who already have insurance now have new benefits and protections from free preventive care to freedom from lifetime caps on your care. No American with a preexisting condition like asthma or cancer can be denied coverage. No woman can be charged more just for being a woman. Those days are over. And this thing is working.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/17/press-conference-president-41714

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  15. CR says:

    First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to students
    Howard University, Washington DC

    • CR says:

      April 18, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at Discussion with High School and College Students

      Howard University
      Washington, D.C.

      2:42 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. Thanks, you guys. (Applause.) Thanks, Bow Wow. Let’s give it up for Bow Wow. Very proud of this young man. I have grown very fond of him. We’ve done some good work together, and his commitment to education, his commitment to young people, and BET’s commitment, it just means the world to me and I know it means the world to all of you.

      But I am so excited to be here with all of you. We’re going to have a chance to talk and really get candid and all that sort of stuff. But I want to welcome you all to Washington, D.C., and also to Howard University — one of the finest universities in the country. (Applause.) On this beautiful campus, on this beautiful day — for those of you from Chicago, the weather here is better. (Laughter.) It’s not hard when you’re from Chicago.

      But this is such an important occasion, and this is one of the reasons why I’m here. Because one of the things that Barack and I are focusing on and will be focusing on for the rest of our lives, quite frankly, is making sure that young people understand the importance of an education. And that means education beyond high school.

      No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough in today’s globalizing economy. You have got to go to college, or get some kind of professional training beyond college. And one of the goals that the President set is trying to make sure that we are the — once again, the leader in college graduates in the world. It’s called his North Star Goal. We were at the top years back, but now we’ve fallen very far behind the rest of the world.

      And it’s going to be up to all of you, because while there’s a lot of work that needs to be done on our end — governments, private sector, the folks with money — I want to talk to you all. Because at the very least, you all have complete control over your futures. How you approach your education is really still within your hands. You don’t have time to wait for everybody to fix the system for you. We have to have a hunger for education like we had when our parents and grandparents were fighting for us to have the right to come to these schools and to get the education.

      So now, it’s up to you all to take that baton and do the very best you can with it. And that’s one of the reasons why I wanted to be here with all of you, because this transition for some of you may be a little scary. It may be unknown. It was that way for me when I was growing up. I mean, my older brother went to college, but I didn’t know anything about what my college experience was going to be like.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/18/remarks-first-lady-discussion-high-school-and-college-students

  16. CR says:

    Holder to speak Thursday at Kansas shooting memorial

    April 15, 2014, 05:48 pm By Mario Trujillo – TheHill

    Attorney General Eric Holder is slated to speak at a Thursday memorial service for the victims of Sunday’s shootings at two Kansas Jewish community centers.

    Holder announced Tuesday he will give remarks at an interfaith service “of unity and hope” in Overland Park, Kan., after a gunman shot and killed three people over the weekend in what is being called a hate crime.

    Earlier in the day, Holder urged Congress to approve an additional $15 million in active-shooter training for police around the country. In a weekly video message, Holder said tens of thousands of officers had already received training through the program.

    His announcement comes in a month that has seen two active shooter situations make national headlines: One in Kansas and another two weeks ago at Fort Hood, Texas, in which a gunman killed three people and injured 16 before killing himself.

    “As a nation, we must confront this alarming rise and all of its underlying causes — honestly, factually, and without regard for political consequence,” Holder said.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, the suspected shooter, had been active in white supremacist groups and has previously been convicted on weapons charges. The shootings took place just before the Jewish holiday of Passover began Monday.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/203618-holder-to-speak-thursday-at-kansas-shooting-memorial

  17. CR says:

    WH

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:45 AM
    President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Lew
    Oval Office

    11:00 AM
    11:35 AM
    President Obama welcomes the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion
    White House

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

    2:00 PM
    President Obama presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team
    White House

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  18. CR says:

    LGBT flag

    Day of Silence will be April 18, 2014

    The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their supporters. Students take a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBT students and their supporters.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Silence

  19. CR says:

    Busing of Students to Promote Integration

    Desegregation busing in the United States (also known as forced busing or simply busing) is the practice of assigning and transporting students to schools in such a manner as to redress prior racial segregation of schools, or to overcome the effects of residential segregation on local school demographics.

    In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education made racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The process of integrating public schools met fierce resistance in the South where segregation laws took hold after the American Civil War and the Reconstruction era of the United States. In Northern and Western states, de facto segregation was the customary practice. Due to patterns of residential segregation, a principal tool for racial integration was the use of busing. In the 1971 Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal courts had the discretion to include busing as a desegregation tool to achieve racial balance.

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

  20. CR says:

    West Wing Week: 4/18/14 or, “Pull Together, Fight Back, and Win”

    Published on Apr 17, 2014

    This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a PassoverSeder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.

  21. CR says:

    Payrolls Rose in Most U.S. States in March, Led by Florida

    Apr 18, 2014 7:25 AM PT By Shobhana Chandra – thehill

    Payrolls climbed in 34 U.S. states in March and unemployment rates fell in 21, showing the job market was making progress across much of the world’s largest economy.

    Florida led the nation with a 22,900 increase in payrolls, followed by North Carolina with 19,400 more jobs, figures from the Labor Department showed today in Washington. Ohio registered among the biggest declines in joblessness.

    Gains in hiring will probably help lift consumer confidence and spur household spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy. The Federal Reserve, in its latest Beige Book review of regional conditions, said the labor market was “generally positive.”

    “We’re seeing broad-based employment gains from coast to coast,” Ryan Sweet, senior economist at Moody’s Analytics Inc. in West Chester, Pennsylvania, said before the report. “The job market is healing, though not as quickly as we’d like.”

    The unemployment rate in Ohio dropped to 6.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008, from 6.5 percent in February, today’s report showed. Missouri and New Mexico were among states with the biggest increases in joblessness.

    For more; http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-18/payrolls-rose-in-most-u-s-states-in-march-led-by-florida-1-.html

  22. CR says:

    11:35 AM ET
    President Obama welcomes the National Commander and Executive Director of the American Legion
    White House

    • CR says:

      April 18, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Meeting with Leaders from the American Legion

      Earlier today, the President met with American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger and Executive Director Peter Gaytan. The President expressed his thanks to the American Legion for its advocacy on behalf of our nation’s Veterans.

      In addition, the President discussed key steps that this Administration has taken to ensure that our Veterans receive the quality health care they have deserve, the benefits they have earned, and have access to the education and training they need as they re-enter the workforce. The President also reiterated his commitment to eliminate the disability claims backlog in 2015 and his commitment to facilitating the seamless exchange of electronic health records between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

      American Legion leadership also discussed the critical role that the partnerships between the VA and Veterans Service Organizations play in reducing the backlog. The group thanked the President for his work to streamline credentialing and licensing for service members and Veterans, making it easier to transfer military skills to the licenses and credentials needed for civilian jobs. They noted that many States had followed suit, passing laws removing barriers to service members and Veterans earning state licenses.

  23. CR says:

    2:00 PM ET
    President Obama presents the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team
    White House

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

    CSPAN http://www.c-span.org/video/?318950-2/commanderinchief-football-trophy

    • CR says:

      April 18, 2014

      Remarks by the President at Presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy

      Rose Garden

      2:02 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Everybody, have a seat, have a seat. Welcome to the White House. Congratulations to the Navy Midshipmen. (Applause.) Does this get old?

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Never.

      THE PRESIDENT: No? Okay. (Laughter.) It’s good to see Coach Ken again. And I want to recognize Vice Admiral Mike Miller for his service to the Academy and to our country.

      This is the second time these seniors have come here to claim the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. If you guys have your punch cards with you, the next one is free. (Laughter.) I’m pretty sure Coach Ken would agree that this was one of the best teams yet.

      First of all, you had incredible talent. Senior captain Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti led the defense. I hear that they’re known in the locker room as “the meatheads.” (Laughter.) On a football team, though, that’s high praise.

      This year, quarterback Keenan Reynolds had one of the best seasons in school history. His 31 rushing touchdowns weren’t just an Academy record — they were a Division I record for a quarterback. (Applause.) He is one of only a handful of players in Division I history to rush for 30 or more touchdowns in a single season. I think it’s fair to say that if you’re on a list with Barry Sanders you’re doing pretty good.

      So this team had the leadership, it had the tools. But this is a team that also had a knack for getting the job done under some pretty tough circumstances. When the government was forced to shut down, you didn’t even know if the game against Air Force was going to happen. Luckily, the Secretary of Defense stepped in, gave the green light — which tells you how important it was, because Secretary Hagel has a few things on his plate, but he personally intervened on this one.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/18/remarks-president-presentation-commander-chief-trophy-us-naval-academy

  24. CR says:

    April 18, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 2195

    On Friday, April 18, 2014, the President signed into law:

    S. 2195, which amends current law to deny admission to the United States to any representative to the United Nations who the President determines has been engaged in terrorist activity against the United States or its allies and may pose a threat to U.S. national security interests.

    • CR says:

      April 18, 2014

      Statement by the President

      Today I have signed into law S. 2195, an Act concerning visa limitations for certain representatives to the United Nations. S. 2195 amends section 407 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991, to provide that no individual may be admitted to the United States as a representative to the United Nations, if that individual has been found to have been engaged in espionage or terrorist activity directed against the United States or its allies, and if that individual may pose a threat to United States national security interests. As President Bush observed in signing the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991, this provision “could constrain the exercise of my exclusive constitutional authority to receive within the United States certain foreign ambassadors to the United Nations.” (Public Papers of the President, George Bush, Vol. I, 1990, page 240). Acts of espionage and terrorism against the United States and our allies are unquestionably problems of the utmost gravity, and I share the Congress’s concern that individuals who have engaged in such activity may use the cover of diplomacy to gain access to our Nation. Nevertheless, as President Bush also observed, “curtailing by statute my constitutional discretion to receive or reject ambassadors is neither a permissible nor a practical solution.” I shall therefore continue to treat section 407, as originally enacted and as amended by S. 2195, as advisory in circumstances in which it would interfere with the exercise of this discretion.

  25. CR says:

    April 18, 2014

    Executive Order — Expanding Eligibility for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Executive Order 12019 of November 3, 1977 (Establishing the Defense Meritorious Service Medal), is amended by inserting “, or to any member of the armed forces of a friendly foreign nation,” after “any member of the Armed Forces of the United States”.

    BARACK OBAMA

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    April 18, 2014.

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