Water Resources Reform and Development Act & Congressional Medal for The Borinqueneers

Water Resources Reform and Development Act

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080) is a water resources bill that would authorize the United States Army Corps of Engineers to do various water related projects, such as improvements to ports or flood protection. It was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress.

Background

Typically, water resource bills are passed every few years, but one has not passed since 2007. One reason no other water bill has passed since 2007 is that there have been controversies about the bill’s use of earmarks to fund specific projects.

Provisions of the bill

The bill contains reforms intended to speed up “project delivery by eliminating duplicative studies and requiring concurrent reviews, and streamlining environmental reviews.” It also deauthorizes $12 billion worth of projects that have not been active over the last five years. The bill would also allow non-federal organizations and groups to provide funding for projects. If passed, the bill would set up a Congressional review process for approving projects, instead of letting the Army Corps of Engineers make all decisions about which project to pursue.

Congressional Budget Office report

This summary is based largely on the summary provided by the Congressional Budget Office, a public domain source. As ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on September 19, 2013.

H.R. 3080 would authorize the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to construct water projects for mitigating storm and hurricane damage, restoring ecosystems, and improving flood management. The legislation also would authorize the agency to assist states and local governments with levee safety programs and to assist Indian tribes with planning and technical assistance for water resources projects. Finally, H.R. 3080 would direct the Corps to implement a pilot program to enter agreements with nonfederal partners to manage and construct certain projects. Those agreements would be subject to appropriation of all federal costs.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resources_Reform_and_Development_Act_of_2013_(H.R._3080;_113th_Congress)

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Water Resources Reform and Development Act

May 15, 2014 transportation.house.gov

The Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was filed in the House of Representatives today. WRRDA was introduced in the House by Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-NY).

H.R. 3080 passed the House by a vote of 417 to 3 on October 23, 2013. House and Senate conferees reached agreement on a final measure last week, and now both Houses of Congress must approve the Conference Report in order to send it to the President to be signed into law.

“This measure will strengthen our Nation’s transportation network, keep America competitive in the global marketplace, and reform and streamline the way we move forward with improvements to our ports, locks, dams, and other water resources infrastructure,” Shuster said. “This legislation is about jobs and our country’s economic prosperity, and I look forward to bringing it back to the House for a final vote.”

“This bill will advance the modernization of America’s waterways and ports—critical corridors of commerce that enable the efficient transport of American-produced commodities, including West Virginia coal,” Rahall said. “The investments made possible by this bill support jobs throughout the nation, on our waterways, our farms and fields, on shop floors and in our mines. WRRDA will lay the foundation for economic growth for many years to come, and I am grateful to my colleagues—House and Senate, Democratic and Republican—who worked so diligently to get us to where we are today. This bill proves that bipartisanship is still alive on Capitol Hill.”

Source: http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda/conference.htm

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WRRDA Conference Report

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Water Resources Bill Helps Achieve Development and Conservation Goals – 5/15/14 Nature Conservancy

Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951.

Soldiers of the 65th, North of the Han River, Korea, June 1951.

The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to The Borinqueneers

The Congressional Gold Medal will be the highest award granted by Congress to a Hispanic active duty unit in U.S. history. The Borinqueneers will be only the second Latino individual or group to receive a Congressional Gold Medal. This recognition of their service and sacrifice is long overdue and I thank the authors, the Governor of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Ricans and veterans from Florida to New York, to Illinois to Colorado who have made sure the accomplishments of the Borinqueneers are preserved and celebrated.

The Borinqueneers served during WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.  The unit was segregated through most of the Korean War and composed primarily of soldiers from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, but also included recruits from other Latino backgrounds.  In the face of discrimination and segregation, these brave soldiers performed many remarkable military accomplishments and are known for waging the final battalion-sized bayonet assault in U.S. Army history.

These soldiers fought valiantly on behalf the U.S. and served our nation honorably with great skill and courage.  General Douglas MacArthur said of the Borinqueneers, “The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry give daily proof on the battlefields of Korea of their courage, determination and resolute will to victory, their invincible loyalty to the United States and their fervent devotion to those immutable principles of human relations which the Americans of the Continents and of Puerto Rico have in common.  They are writing a brilliant record of heroism in battle and I am indeed proud to have them under my command.  I wish that we could count on many more like them.”

Throughout the course of the Korean War, Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment suffered more casualties than did the vast majority of mainland states and according to Department of Defense records, 2,700 soldiers received the Purple Heart for wounds received while in battle, and the Regiment lost 740 Borinqueneers in Korea.  The Borinqueneers selflessly served and many gave their lives for our democracy and have earned this recognition from Congress. They have inspired new generations of Puerto Ricans who have continued to answer the call to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Source: https://gutierrez.house.gov/press-release/borinqueneers’-congressional-gold-medal-recognition-sacrifices-puerto-rico’s-famed

 

Tuesday, June 10th
President Obama signs H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014
and H.R. 1726, an Act to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers
South Court Auditorium, White House

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Tuesday, June 10, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama delivers remarks and signs H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform & Development Act of 2014, and H.R. 1726, an Act to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the Borinqueneers
    South Court Auditorium, White House

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    1:15 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the National Association of Manufactures Summit
    Washington, DC

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    President Obama participates in a Tumblr Q&A about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt

    5:00 PM
    5:25 PM
    President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Hagel

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  2. CR says:

    The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013

    The Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (H.R. 3080) is a water resources bill that would authorize the United States Army Corps of Engineers to do various water related projects, such as improvements to ports or flood protection. It was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress.

    Background

    Typically, water resource bills are passed every few years, but one has not passed since 2007. One reason no other water bill has passed since 2007 is that there have been controversies about the bill’s use of earmarks to fund specific projects.

    Provisions of the bill

    The bill contains reforms intended to speed up “project delivery by eliminating duplicative studies and requiring concurrent reviews, and streamlining environmental reviews.” It also deauthorizes $12 billion worth of projects that have not been active over the last five years. The bill would also allow non-federal organizations and groups to provide funding for projects. If passed, the bill would set up a Congressional review process for approving projects, instead of letting the Army Corps of Engineers make all decisions about which project to pursue.

    Congressional Budget Office report

    This summary is based largely on the summary provided by the Congressional Budget Office, a public domain source. As ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on September 19, 2013.

    H.R. 3080 would authorize the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to construct water projects for mitigating storm and hurricane damage, restoring ecosystems, and improving flood management. The legislation also would authorize the agency to assist states and local governments with levee safety programs and to assist Indian tribes with planning and technical assistance for water resources projects. Finally, H.R. 3080 would direct the Corps to implement a pilot program to enter agreements with nonfederal partners to manage and construct certain projects. Those agreements would be subject to appropriation of all federal costs.

    For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Resources_Reform_and_Development_Act_of_2013_(H.R._3080;_113th_Congress)

    • CR says:

      Water Resources Reform and Development Act

      May 15, 2014 transportation.house.gov

      The Conference Report to H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was filed in the House of Representatives today. WRRDA was introduced in the House by Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Committee Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-WV), Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs (R-OH), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Tim Bishop (D-NY).

      H.R. 3080 passed the House by a vote of 417 to 3 on October 23, 2013. House and Senate conferees reached agreement on a final measure last week, and now both Houses of Congress must approve the Conference Report in order to send it to the President to be signed into law.

      “This measure will strengthen our Nation’s transportation network, keep America competitive in the global marketplace, and reform and streamline the way we move forward with improvements to our ports, locks, dams, and other water resources infrastructure,” Shuster said. “This legislation is about jobs and our country’s economic prosperity, and I look forward to bringing it back to the House for a final vote.”

      “This bill will advance the modernization of America’s waterways and ports—critical corridors of commerce that enable the efficient transport of American-produced commodities, including West Virginia coal,” Rahall said. “The investments made possible by this bill support jobs throughout the nation, on our waterways, our farms and fields, on shop floors and in our mines. WRRDA will lay the foundation for economic growth for many years to come, and I am grateful to my colleagues—House and Senate, Democratic and Republican—who worked so diligently to get us to where we are today. This bill proves that bipartisanship is still alive on Capitol Hill.”

      Source: http://transportation.house.gov/wrrda/conference.htm

  3. CR says:

    The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to The Borinqueneers

    The Congressional Gold Medal will be the highest award granted by Congress to a Hispanic active duty unit in U.S. history. The Borinqueneers will be only the second Latino individual or group to receive a Congressional Gold Medal. This recognition of their service and sacrifice is long overdue and I thank the authors, the Governor of Puerto Rico, and Puerto Ricans and veterans from Florida to New York, to Illinois to Colorado who have made sure the accomplishments of the Borinqueneers are preserved and celebrated.

    The Borinqueneers served during WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. The unit was segregated through most of the Korean War and composed primarily of soldiers from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, but also included recruits from other Latino backgrounds. In the face of discrimination and segregation, these brave soldiers performed many remarkable military accomplishments and are known for waging the final battalion-sized bayonet assault in U.S. Army history.

    These soldiers fought valiantly on behalf the U.S. and served our nation honorably with great skill and courage. General Douglas MacArthur said of the Borinqueneers, “The Puerto Ricans forming the ranks of the gallant 65th Infantry give daily proof on the battlefields of Korea of their courage, determination and resolute will to victory, their invincible loyalty to the United States and their fervent devotion to those immutable principles of human relations which the Americans of the Continents and of Puerto Rico have in common. They are writing a brilliant record of heroism in battle and I am indeed proud to have them under my command. I wish that we could count on many more like them.”

    Throughout the course of the Korean War, Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment suffered more casualties than did the vast majority of mainland states and according to Department of Defense records, 2,700 soldiers received the Purple Heart for wounds received while in battle, and the Regiment lost 740 Borinqueneers in Korea. The Borinqueneers selflessly served and many gave their lives for our democracy and have earned this recognition from Congress. They have inspired new generations of Puerto Ricans who have continued to answer the call to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

    Source: https://gutierrez.house.gov/press-release/borinqueneers’-congressional-gold-medal-recognition-sacrifices-puerto-rico’s-famed

    • CR says:

      Borinqueneers CGM Final

      Published on Mar 15, 2013

      They were the largest and longest-standing, HISPANIC SEGREGATED military unit in US history. The 65th Infantry Regiment, better known as the “Borinqueneers”, served their country and fought bravely in WWI, WWII, & Korea War. Despite enduring the hardships of segregation & discrimination, they were heroes in battle. They have merited receiving the Congressional Gold Medal. Visit http://www.facebook.com/Borinqueneers… and http://www.65thCGM.org

    • CR says:

      The 65th Infantry Regiment, Pride of Puerto Rico

      By Rudi Williams – American Forces Press Service

      WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 1999 – The predominantly Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment was honored in a 1992 Army National Guard heritage painting for its record of valor during the Korean War.

      The scene depicts the regimental bayonet charge against a Chinese division near Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 2, 1951. The 65th had been ordered to seize two hills and climaxed a three-day assault by fixing bayonets and launching straight into the Chinese 149th Division. The enemy soldiers fled.

      The 65th was organized in 1899, a year after the United States seized Puerto Rico from Spain. At the time, the Army considered the regiment to be “colonial troops” for the defense of the island, according to the Army Center for Military History in Washington. Its nickname, “The Borinqueneers,” honors a native Puerto Rican Indian tribe.

      The regiment served in Panama and France during World War II, but its record was undistinguished because, some sources say, Army commanders lacked confidence in the Puerto Ricans’ willingness to fight. It took the Korean War to prove those doubts were misplaced.

      After arriving at Pusan, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950, the outfit quickly won respect on the battlefield. Over the next three years, it participated in nine major campaigns and earning a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Republic of Korea Unit Citations. Individual members earned four Distinguished Service Crosses and 124 Silver Stars.

      The ground war in Korea was fought on some of the most mountainous terrain in the world and many of the bitterest battles occurred during the winter, when extreme cold, snow and ice dogged troops. The 65th’s regimental motto, “Honor and Fidelity,” exemplifies its gallant service in that difficult war.

    • CR says:

      June 10, 2014

      Remarks by the President at Signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act and the 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal

      South Court Auditorium

      11:08 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody. Good morning. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. Please, have a seat. Have a seat. Thank you.

      Well, today I am proud to sign two bills into law. Love signing bills. (Applause.) One will support jobs strengthening our national infrastructure; the other honors military heroes from our history. Though they accomplish two very different things, these bills do what we want all our laws to do, and that’s serve the American people by honoring our past and building a stronger future.

      Now, the first bill I’ll sign today is the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, also known as WRRDA, which will put Americans to work modernizing our water infrastructure and restoring some of our most vital ecosystems. During my State of the Union address, I asked Congress to pass this bill by the summer, and I congratulate this outstanding crew for getting it done. (Applause.)

      You had bipartisan negotiators — Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Dave Vitter, Congressman Shuster and Congressman Rahall — they set aside politics, they focused on what was important for the country and what was important for their communities, and as a consequence we have a piece of legislation that’s really going to make a good difference.

      As more of the world’s cargo is transported on these massive ships, we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got bridges high enough and ports that are big enough to hold them and accommodate them so that our businesses can keep selling goods made in America to the rest of the world. Meanwhile, many of America’s businesses ship their goods across the country by river and by canal, so we’ve got to make sure that those waterways are in tip-top shape.

      And this bill gives a green light to 34 water infrastructure projects across the country, including projects to deepen Boston Harbor and the Port of Savannah, and to restore the Everglades. And with Congress’s authorization, these projects can now move forward. So this bill will help towns and cities improve their commerce, but it’s also going to help them prepare for the effects of climate change — storms, floods, droughts, rising sea levels — creating more adaptability, more resilience in these communities.

      Traditionally, investments in our infrastructure have received strong bipartisan support. This hasn’t always been true in the last few years. Right now, we should be putting a lot more Americans back to work rebuilding our infrastructure. We’ve got $2 trillion worth of deferred maintenance that we could be getting done right now, especially because contractors are coming in under budget and on time. And there are a lot of guys with hard hats sitting at home.

      So we could really be doing even more. The fact that this bill received some bipartisan support I think hopefully sets a pattern for additional work that we can do on our transportation infrastructure. We need a transportation bill by the end of this summer in order to make sure that projects all across the country don’t get shut down. So we’re looking forward to seeing this same team work hard on that. (Applause.)

      I just want to be clear: If Congress fails to act, then federal funding for transportation projects runs out by the end of the summer. That means more than 100,000 active projects, nearly 700,000 jobs would be at risk. Fortunately, we’ve got some leaders here who I think can work with us to make sure that doesn’t happen.

      And the good news — last point I want to make about infrastructure — world-class infrastructure is one of the reasons that America became a global superpower in the first place. And the good thing about infrastructure projects is they can’t be outsourced. American workers have to do the job right here in America. And American companies — it has huge ripple effects. You need steel, you need concrete, you need engineers, you need architects; you’ve got folks who have PhDs, and you’ve got folks who’ve got high school diplomas who can all benefit from the kinds of infrastructure projects that we’ve put together. So this should be really a high priority.

      Now, for the second bill.

      Shortly after Puerto Rico became part of the United States in 1898, a regiment of Puerto Rican soldiers was formed, and they served our nation bravely ever since. In World War I, they defended the homeland and patrolled the Panama Canal Zone. In World War II, they fought in Europe. In Korea, they fought in mud and snow. They are the 65th Infantry Regime, U.S. Army. They are also known as the Borinquen — I’ve got to get this right — Borinqueneers.

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE PRESIDENT: Si. (Applause.) I practiced before I came out. (Applause.) They are from the Taino name for Puerto Rico. And segregation that set them apart from their fellow soldiers — but their courage made them legendary.

      They earned thousands of medals for their service in Korea. Today, we are going to add to those accolades by awarding these soldiers one of the country’s highest civilian honors: The Congressional Gold Medal.

      One of them, I’m sure, would be very proud to see his son, James, end up in the White House someday. James Albino has been serving in my administration since 2009, both here in the White House and at the Department of Homeland Security. I know this is a proud day for his family. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/10/remarks-president-signing-water-resources-reform-and-development-act-and

  4. CR says:

    https://propresobama.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/wh-tumblr-qa-e1402350115671.png?w=450

    President Obama’s Tumblr Q&A about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt

    Tumblr Goes to the White House
    In 2013, graduates owed more than a trillion dollars in student loans. A trillion! That’s 12 zeros and four commas.

    On Tuesday, June 10, Tumblr founder David Karp will take your best asks directly to President Obama, who will answer them live, on camera, streaming on the White House blog. Some people will even be invited to attend the event in person. So ask something thoughtful and check your grammar. Submit your questions about education, college access and reducing student loan debt: http://obamairl.tumblr.com/ask

  5. CR says:

    happy_birthday

    Happy Birthday Sasha Obama!

  6. CR says:

    9:00 AM ET
    Ensuring Positive Futures and Academic Achievement: Student Substance Use and Educational Success
    The White House

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

    • CR says:

      Ensuring Positive Futures and Academic Achievement

      Published on Jun 10, 2014

      The White House hosts an event about student substance use and educational success, June 10, 2014.

  7. Dr. Rex says:

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is very important to me …. “The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to The Borinqueneers”.

    • CR says:

      Welcome Dr Rex!
      Congratulations and thank you to the Borinqueneers and their decedents for all that your brave ancestors did in the name of liberty and freedom!

  8. CR says:

    NFIB Small Business Optimism Index

    Released On 6/10/2014 7:30:00 AM For May, 2014

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    level 95.2 95.5 95.0 to 96.5 96.6

    Highlights
    Boosted by a jump in the outlook, the small business optimism index rose sharply for a second straight month, up 1.4 points to 96.6 for the best reading of the recovery, since September 2007. The biggest monthly gains come from those who expect the economy to improve followed by sales expectations. Earnings trends are also up as are expansion plans and, very importantly, hiring plans. Economic data have been rebounding out of the slow winter and now include small business sentiment.

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

  9. CR says:

    US Wholesale Trade

    Released On 6/10/2014 10:00:00 AM For Apr, 2014
    Prior Prior Revised Actual
    Inventories – M/M change 1.1 % 1.1 % 1.1 %

    Highlights
    Wholesalers, enjoying strong sales, are keeping up their inventories which rose 1.1 percent for a second straight month in April. Sales rose 1.3 percent vs 1.6 percent in March. The stock-to-sales ratio is unchanged for a second month at a lean 1.18.

    Inventories of autos at the wholesale level have been coming down and, given the surge of sales in May, auto inventories may be coming down further. In a positive indication of housing activity, wholesales inventories of both furniture and lumber have also been coming down.

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

  10. CR says:

    GOP WRONG WAY

    GOP plan to roll back trucking safeguards gets unwanted attention

    06/10/14 08:38AM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

    Sometimes in legislating, timing is everything.

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) championed a measure last week to roll back, at least temporarily, trucking-safety regulations intended to prevent highway accidents. Her proposal enjoyed the enthusiastic backing of the trucking industry, but drew sharp criticism from a trucking union, vehicle-safety advocates, a group called Parents Against Tired Truckers, and regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

    When Collins’ measure was taken up in committee last week, very few noticed. Yesterday, however, as NBC News’John Schoen explained, it’s the topic of considerable conversation now.

    The New Jersey Turnpike crash involving an allegedly sleep-deprived Wal-Mart truck driver, in which comedian Tracy Morgan was injured and his friend killed, comes just days after the trucking industry won Senate support to roll back new rules designed to make sure truck drivers get enough rest.

    Kevin Roper, 35, was expected to appear in a New Jersey court on Monday on charges of vehicular homicide, assault and reckless driving in connection with the crash that killed one passenger and left Morgan and two others in critical condition.

    Roper had not slept for more than 24 hours before the accident, according to the complaint.

    The high-profile crash comes days after a Senate panel approved a proposal to roll back new rules, first proposed in 2010, forcing truck drivers to pull over and log a minimum number of hours for rest.

    The new regulations, which the Obama administration considers “common sense” safeguards, would require long-haul drivers to honor “hours-of-service” rules, working no more than 70 hours per week — down from 82. The regulations would also force drivers to follow “restart” rules that require at least 34 consecutive hours of downtime between work weeks.

    Collins and the trucking industry want to suspend both measures for at least a year.

    And their efforts were proceeding according to plan, right up until this weekend.

    Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/gop-plan-roll-back-trucking-safeguards

  11. CR says:

    Job Openings in U.S. Climb to Highest Since September ’07

    Jun 10, 2014 7:30 AM PT By Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Job openings in the U.S. climbed to an almost seven-year high in April as employers sought more workers to help manage stronger demand in a rebounding economy.

    The number of positions waiting to be filled in the U.S. rose by 289,000 to 4.46 million in April, the highest since September 2007, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. The pace of firing also rose.

    The figures, which are among nine labor-market measures monitored by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, corroborate other data that show further improvement in the job market. Payrolls have climbed by an average almost 214,000 workers a month so far in 2014 compared with about 204,000 at the same point last year.

    “Job openings are a measure of the demand for labor, so in general, you like to see a rising trend,” said Ryan Wang, an economist at HSBC Securities USA Inc.. “There’s been improvement in the labor turnover figures and business surveys also suggest that conditions are gradually improving.”

    The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, adds context to monthly payrolls data by measuring dynamics such as resignations, help-wanted ads and the pace of hiring. Although it lags other jobs data by a month, the figures are tracked by Yellen as a measure of labor-market tightness and worker confidence.

    Today’s figures showed the number of people hired was little changed at 4.71 million in April, keeping the hiring rate at 3.4 percent, compared with an average 2.8 percent during the previous expansion. The gauge calculates the number of hires during the month divided by the number of employees who worked or received pay during that period.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-10/job-openings-in-u-s-rose-by-289-000-in-april-to-4-46-million.html

  12. CR says:

    1:15 PM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the National Association of Manufactures Summit
    Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC

  13. CR says:

    4:00 PM ET
    President Obama participates in a Tumblr Q&A about education, college affordability, and reducing student loan debt
    State Dining Room

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

    • CR says:

      June 10, 2014

      Remarks by the President in Q&A with David Karp, CEO of Tumblr

      State Dining Room

      4:15 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody.

      AUDIENCE: Hi.

      THE PRESIDENT: You don’t have to be so formal. (Laughter.) Sheesh. Come on, now.

      MR. KARP: This is unusual. Thank you. Thank you, everyone, and welcome to the White House. Thank you for having us, Mr. President. I’m David Karp, the founder of Tumblr, and it is my tremendous privilege to be here with President Obama today and joined by the Tumblr community. Thank you for joining us, everyone.

      Yesterday, the President signed an executive order intended to curb the pain of student debt. Americans now hold more than a trillion dollars in student debt, one of the greatest expenses they’ll incur in their lifetime. And the generation that’s just reaching college age is beginning to wonder if it’s even worth it.

      One-third of Americans who have applied for an education loan this year also happen to use Tumblr, so last week we asked our audience if they had questions that they’d like to ask the President about the cost value and accessibility of higher education — turns out they had quite a few. We’re not going to be able to get through all of them today, but the President has been kind enough to give us some time at his house to answer some of those questions. (Laughter.)

      So again, huge thank you for making yourself available today. Anything you’d like to add before we start?

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, this is a rental house. (Laughter.) I just want to be clear. My lease runs out in about two and a half years.

      Second of all, I want to thank David and the whole Tumblr community for participating in this. We’re constantly looking for new ways to reach audiences that are relevant to the things we’re talking about. And, obviously, young people disproportionately use Tumblr. A lot of Tumblr users are impacted by student debt. So for you to be able to give us this forum to speak directly to folks is wonderful, and I’m looking forward to a whole bunch of good questions.

      MR. KARP: Thank you. Okay, so everybody is clear on how the questions work — so since we closed for questions at 5:00 p.m. yesterday, we brought together a team of influential Tumblr bloggers who helped us select some of the best questions. There are — a few of them, anyway, are joining us in the audience in the State Dining Room here today. Neither the White House nor the President have seen any of these questions in advance.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/10/remarks-president-qa-david-karp-ceo-tumblr

  14. CR says:

    June 10, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with Egyptian President al-Sisi

    President Obama called Egyptian President Abdelfattah al-Sisi today to congratulate him on his inauguration and to convey his commitment to working together to advance the shared interests of both countries. The President reiterated the United States’ continuing support for the political, economic, and social aspirations of the Egyptian people, and respect for their universal rights. President al-Sisi expressed appreciation for the call and welcomed U.S. support for the new government. The two leaders affirmed their commitment to the strategic partnership between the United States and Egypt and agreed to stay in touch in the weeks and months ahead.

  15. CR says:

    June 10, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Presidential Election in Israel

    The people of the United States join me in offering Reuven Rivlin congratulations on his election as the next President of the State of Israel.

    Over more than six decades, the United States and Israel have developed a unique relationship based on shared democratic values, our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our partnership in scientific research and innovative technology. President-elect Rivlin has a long and dedicated record of public service and we look forward to continued strong ties, to the benefit of both our nations, under Mr. Rivlin’s presidency.

    As President Shimon Peres nears the end of his term, he can look back on a remarkable legacy of courage, conviction, and compassion. He has dedicated his extraordinary life to the cause of peace, and I look forward to welcoming him in Washington later this month where he will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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