Executive Order: Non-Discrimination Protection to LGBT Employees of Fed. Contractors

HRC Statement on the LGBT Executive Order to be Signed Monday

July 18, 2014 by Charlie Joughin – hrc.org

Following the news that President Obama will sign an executive order Monday outlawing anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors and federal employees, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:

“With the strokes of a pen, the President will have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of millions of LGBT people across the country. Each and every American worker should be judged based on the work they do, and never because of a fundamental aspect of who they are – like their sexual orientation or gender identity. These actions from the President have the potential to be a keystone in the arch of his administration’s progress, and they send a powerful message to future administrations and to Congress that anti-LGBT discrimination must not be tolerated. We also call on Congress to immediately pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.” .

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No current federal law adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. This is completely contrary to our values as Americans – and it’s also bad for business.

President Obama declared 2014 a year of action – working with Congress where they’re willing, but acting where he can when they refuse to take action. As part of this commitment to expanding opportunity for hardworking Americans, today, the President will sign an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees and prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.

At a critical time for our nation’s economy, we need all of our workers to be focused on making the most of their talent, skill, and ingenuity, rather than worrying about losing their job due to discrimination. The economy functions best when workers are matched to the jobs with the best fit, maximizing their productivity, increasing wages and helping the bottom line for businesses. Discrimination is not just wrong, it also can keep qualified workers from maximizing their potential to contribute to the strengthening of our economy. For decades, companies have found that benefits and inclusive, flexible, and supportive workplace policies make it easier and more cost effective to recruit, retain, and motivate employees. The same logic applies to extending these basic protections and policies to LGBT workers.

American workers should be judged by one thing only: their ability to get the job done. That’s why the President has long supported federal legislation to explicitly prohibit employers across the country from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For forty years, Congress has considered various pieces of legislation meant to address LGBT workplace equality. Last November, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with strong bipartisan support. However, the House has failed to act.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-taking-action-support-lgbt-workplace-equality-good-business-0

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Final rule to protect workers from discrimination based
on sexual orientation and gender identity announced by US Labor Department

Final rule to protect workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity announced by US Labor Department

WASHINGTON — A new rule prohibiting discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity in the federal contracting workforce is being announced today by the U.S. Department of Labor. The rule implements Executive Order 13672, which was signed by President Obama on July 21.

“Americans believe in fairness and opportunity. No one should live in fear of being fired or passed over or discriminated against at work simply because of who they are or who they love,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “Laws prohibiting workplace discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity are long overdue, and we’re taking a big step forward today to fix that.”

EO 13672 tasked the department with updating the rules implementing EO 11246 to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes it protects. While 18 states, the District of Columbia and many businesses, large and small, already offer workplace protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, July’s executive order was the first federal action to ensure LGBT workplace equality in the private sector.

For more: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/ofccp/OFCCP20141942.htm

 

July 21, 2014  – 10:00 AM EDT
President Obama Signs an Executive Order to Protect LGBT Employees from Workplace Discrimination

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Actions of President Obama on LGBT Rights 

ProPresObama.org Civil Rights Timelines ™

2009 -
Oct 28 – President Obama signed The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, is an American Act of Congress
2010 -
President Obama authorizes the US State Department to provide assistance to LGBT defenders and advocates through the US Embassies abroad
2012 -
 May 9 – Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly announced support for same-sex marriage
2013 -
Feb. 22 –   President Obama administration urges U.S. Supreme Court to strike down DOMA
Jun. 26 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the US will give visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as heterosexual couples
Jun. 28-  US Office of Personnel Management extends federal rights and benefits to married gay and lesbian federal employees and their families
Jul. 12 – The Social Security Administration announced that it would begin accepting benefit claims related to same-sex marriage
Aug. 2 – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Announcemens on Visa Changes for Same-Sex Couples
Aug. 14 – DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits
Aug. 29 –  Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes,  Social Security Announces the Processing of claims for same-sex couples
Sept. 23 – First WH Bi Conference
Sept. 24 – Pres Obama’s nominee Todd Hughes, become the nation’s first openly gay federal appeals judge
Oct. 31 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel  directed the chief of the National Guard Bureau to meet with the adjutants general of nine [of the remaining] states [not in compliance] to resolve the issue of those states denying ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities
2014 –
Jan. 10 – Attorney General Eric Holder recognizes the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions on hold
Mar 14 – President Obama’s Judge Staci Michelle Yandle, an openly gay African-American woman, to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Jun 19 – President Obama’s nominee Judith Ellen Levy was confirmed by the Senate as the first openly lesbian federal judge in Michigan
Jun 19 – President Obama’s nominee Darrin P. Gayles becomes the first black, openly gay male judge was appointed to District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Jun 20 – President Obama announces a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states

Jun 24 –  White House Global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Human Rights Forum

Jul 21 – President Obama signs an executive order Monday outlawing anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors and federal employees

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  1. CR says:

    WH

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama holds a Homeland Security Council Meeting with his Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell, Department of Defense Secretary Hagel and other Department heads

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    President Obama Signs an Executive Order to Protect LGBT Employees from Workplace Discrimination
    The White House

    10:50 AM
    President Obama Remarks on Ukraine
    The White House

    11:00 AM
    11:45 AM
    President Obama Participates in a Town Hall Focusing on the Importance of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative
    Washington, DC

    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention
    St. Louis, Missouri

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:10 PM
    President Barack Obama awards Ryan M. Pitts, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
    The White House

    4:00 PM
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  2. CR says:

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    HRC Statement on the LGBT Executive Order to be Signed Monday

    July 18, 2014 by Charlie Joughin – hrc.org

    Following the news that President Obama will sign an executive order Monday outlawing anti-LGBT discrimination among federal contractors and federal employees, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin issued the following statement:

    “With the strokes of a pen, the President will have a very real and immediate impact on the lives of millions of LGBT people across the country. Each and every American worker should be judged based on the work they do, and never because of a fundamental aspect of who they are – like their sexual orientation or gender identity. These actions from the President have the potential to be a keystone in the arch of his administration’s progress, and they send a powerful message to future administrations and to Congress that anti-LGBT discrimination must not be tolerated. We also call on Congress to immediately pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.”

    • CR says:

      Obama to sign order protecting gay workers

      7/18/14 06:06 PM EDTBy Justin Sink – TheHill

      President Obama on Monday will sign a new executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

      “No current federal law adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination,” a White House official said, announcing the move. “This is both contrary to our values as Americans, and bad for business.”

      The executive order will not include any additional exemptions for religious entities, beyond one implemented during President George W. Bush’s administration that allows religiously-affiliated contractors to favor members of their faith when making hiring decisions.
      There had been concern that the president’s executive order could include religious exemptions similar to those in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, legislation that would extend employment discrimination protections to all LGBT workers.

      Gay and civil rights groups abandoned their support for that legislation earlier this month over concerns stemming from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.

      The organizations expressed concern that the religious exemption included in ENDA could be exploited by employers to discriminate against LGBT individuals.

      They say that if the law was interpreted as it was in the Hobby Lobby ruling, which allowed closely-held companies to opt out of paying for birth control coverage, hospitals, nursing homes, and universities could institutionalize discrimination.

      Obama’s executive order will amend an order first issued by President Johnson, adding sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of protected categories including race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and age.

      “At a critical time for our nation’s economy, we need all of our workers to be focused on making the most of their talent, skill, and ingenuity, rather than worrying about losing their job due to discrimination,” the official said.

      “Discrimination is not just wrong, it also can keep qualified workers from maximizing their potential to contribute to the strengthening of our economy.”

      Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/212734-obama-to-sign-order-protecting-gay-workers

    • CR says:

      The White House
      Office of the Press Secretary

      July 21, 2014

      FACT SHEET: Taking Action to Support LGBT Workplace Equality is Good For Business

      America is built on the fundamental promise that if you work hard, and play by the rules, you can get ahead. But today, millions of Americans in most states in the country go to work every day fearing that they could lose their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love. No current federal law adequately protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers from employment discrimination. This is completely contrary to our values as Americans – and it’s also bad for business.

      President Obama declared 2014 a year of action – working with Congress where they’re willing, but acting where he can when they refuse to take action. As part of this commitment to expanding opportunity for hardworking Americans, today, the President will sign an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees and prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.

      At a critical time for our nation’s economy, we need all of our workers to be focused on making the most of their talent, skill, and ingenuity, rather than worrying about losing their job due to discrimination. The economy functions best when workers are matched to the jobs with the best fit, maximizing their productivity, increasing wages and helping the bottom line for businesses. Discrimination is not just wrong, it also can keep qualified workers from maximizing their potential to contribute to the strengthening of our economy. For decades, companies have found that benefits and inclusive, flexible, and supportive workplace policies make it easier and more cost effective to recruit, retain, and motivate employees. The same logic applies to extending these basic protections and policies to LGBT workers.

      American workers should be judged by one thing only: their ability to get the job done. That’s why the President has long supported federal legislation to explicitly prohibit employers across the country from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For forty years, Congress has considered various pieces of legislation meant to address LGBT workplace equality. Last November, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with strong bipartisan support. However, the House has failed to act.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-taking-action-support-lgbt-workplace-equality-good-business-0

    • CR says:

      Remarks by the President at Signing of Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination

      East Room

      10:39 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Welcome to the White House, everybody. I know I’m a little late. But that’s okay because we’ve got some big business to do here.

      Many of you have worked for a long time to see this day coming. You organized, you spoke up, you signed petitions, you sent letters — I know because I got a lot of them. (Laughter.) And now, thanks to your passionate advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government — government of the people, by the people, and for the people — will become just a little bit fairer.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Amen. (Applause.)

      THE PRESIDENT: It doesn’t make much sense, but today in America, millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that’s wrong. We’re here to do what we can to make it right — to bend that arc of justice just a little bit in a better direction.

      In a few moments, I will sign an executive order that does two things. First, the federal government already prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Once I sign this order, the same will be explicitly true for gender identity. (Applause.)

      And second, we’re going to prohibit all companies that receive a contract from the federal government from discriminating against their LGBT employees. (Applause.) America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people.

      Now, this executive order is part of a long bipartisan tradition. President Roosevelt signed an order prohibiting racial discrimination in the national defense industry. President Eisenhower strengthened it. President Johnson expanded it. Today, I’m going to expand it again.

      Currently, 18 states have already banned workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. And over 200 cities and localities have done the same. Governor Terry McAuliffe is here; his first act as governor was to prohibit discrimination against LGBT employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Applause.) Where did Terry go? Right back here.

      I’ve appointed a record number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender public servants to positions across my administration. They are ambassadors and federal judges, special assistants, senior advisors from the Pentagon to the Labor Department. Every day, their talent is put to work on behalf of the American people.

      Equality in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it turns out to be good business. That’s why a majority of Fortune 500 companies already have nondiscrimination policies in place. It is not just about doing the right thing — it’s also about attracting and retaining the best talent. And there are several business leaders who are here today who will attest to that.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/remarks-president-signing-executive-order-lgbt-workplace-discrimination

    • CR says:

      Reid to Boehner: Allow vote for LGBT workers

      July 21, 2014, 12:00 pm By Ramsey Cox – TheHill

      Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Monday called on Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a House vote on legislation that would protect LGBT workers from discrimination.

      “Senate Democrats acted to fix this wrong and passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA),” Reid said Monday. “House Republicans have refused to consider ENDA, ignoring the will of the vast majority of Americans who believe that LGBT Americans deserve the same dignity and respect as their straight colleagues in the workplace.

      “The votes are there to pass ENDA, and it is long past time Speaker Boehner took it up.”

      Reid’s remarks came after President Obama signed an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

      Reid applauded Obama’s action, saying it would protect 11 million lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.

      Last year, the Senate voted 64-32 to approve ENDA. Reid said Senate Democrats would continue to push legislation to protect workers.

      “All hardworking Americans deserve to be judged based on the quality of their work, not their gender identity or who they love,” Reid said. “Senate Democrats will continue to work on legislation that protects American workers and ensures a fair shot for all.”

    • CR says:

      Join a Tumblr Q&A on the President’s New Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers & Expanding Opportunity for the LGBT Community

      Kori Schulman July 23, 2014 02:03 PM EDT

      This week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. From the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to ending the legal defense of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration has made advancing equality and leveling the playing field for the LGBT community a priority.

      On Friday, you’re invited to join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the Administration has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Join Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Here’s how it works:

      * Right now, you can ask a question on the White House Tumblr

      * Follow along on Friday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET, as Valerie Jarrett answers your questions on the White House Tumblr

      The White House uses platforms like Tumblr to connect with people around the country on the issues they care the most about. Last month, the President joined his first-ever Tumblr Q&A live from the White House focused on education. We’re excited to continue the White House Tumblr Q&A series this week, so ask away!

  3. Jueseppi B. says:

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  4. Isaac says:

    This is great… Pres. Obama has done much to help the LGBT community to overcome many obstacles all while having a very full plate… CR, thanks for the post.

  5. CR says:

    July 21, 2014

    Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

    South Lawn

    11:16 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine. Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East. As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas. And as a result of its operations, Israel has already done significant damage to Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. I’ve also said, however, that we have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives. And that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a cease-fire that ends the fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.

    So Secretary Kerry will meet with allies and partners. I’ve instructed him to push for an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The work will not be easy. Obviously, there are enormous passions involved in this and some very difficult strategic issues involved. Nevertheless, I’ve asked John to do everything he can to help facilitate a cessation to hostilities. We don’t want to see any more civilians getting killed.

    With respect to Ukraine, it’s now been four days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine. Over the last several days, our hearts have been absolutely broken as we’ve learned more about the extraordinary and beautiful lives that were lost — men, women and children and infants who were killed so suddenly and so senselessly.

    Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families around the world who are going through just unimaginable grief. I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a number of leaders around the world whose citizens were lost on this flight, and all of them remain in a state of shock but, frankly, also in a state of outrage.

    Our immediate focus is on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts. We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/statement-president-situation-ukraine-and-gaza

  6. CR says:

    July 21, 2014
    Remarks by the President at My Brother’s Keeper Town Hall

    Walker Jones Education Campus
    Washington, D.C.

    12:00 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Give it up for Chris Paul. (Applause.) Everybody have a seat. Chris was saying he was going to be nervous, but I’d seen all those State Farm ads, so I knew he could perform. (Laughter.) Not to mention how he performs on the court. And I’ve gotten a chance to know Chris over the last several years, and his family, and he is just the kind of person that you want in a leadership position. We are very, very proud of him. And I’m so grateful that he agreed to participate in this.

    Hello, everybody.

    AUDIENCE: Hello!

    THE PRESIDENT: How you all doing today?

    AUDIENCE: Good.

    THE PRESIDENT: Doing good? It is good to be at Walker Jones. I want to thank all of you for being here. I want to thank the school for hosting us. I want to thank the outstanding members of Congress who are here. And I want you all to know that I’m here for a simple reason, and that is I want to hear from many of you, the young people who are here today.

    I just had a chance to meet with a group of young people who are being mentored through a new program we started at the White House. In a few minutes, I’m going to have a chance to take some questions from some of the young people here today, give me a chance to hear from you about what your concerns are, what your dreams and hopes are, what your fears are, and how you think we may be able to help.

    And the reason it’s important for me to be here is because when I look out at some of the young men who are here, you’re where I was 40 — 35 years ago. (Laughter.) I was trying to do the math in my head. I’m not that old yet. And I’ve had a chance to talk to some young people in the past, and I always say that I see myself in the young men who are coming up now.

    When I was in my teens, I didn’t have a father in the house. It took me a while to realize that I was angry about that, and I acted out in some ways. I was raised by a single mom. We didn’t have a lot in terms of wealth, although we had a lot of love in the house and my grandparents helped out. But despite their best efforts, sometimes I made some bad choices. I didn’t always take school as serious as I should have. I made excuses sometimes for misbehavior.

    The only difference between me and extraordinarily talented young men that I see all across the country is I was living in a pretty forgiving environment. So if I made a mistake, I often had a second chance, or I often had a third chance. And some of the costs of making mistakes, they weren’t deadly. I wasn’t going to end up shot. I wasn’t going to end up in jail.

    And as a consequence, for the last five, six, ten years, I’ve constantly been thinking about how can I make sure that I’m evening out the odds a little bit for other young men who could end up being a doctor or a lawyer or a senator or an attorney general or a secretary of education. What is it that we can do to create structures that give them support, that help them make better choices, and that, when you do make a mistake, give you a hand up so you can recover and go ahead and move on to the next phase of your lives?

    So that’s why, earlier this year, we launched what we call My Brother’s Keeper. My Brother’s Keeper isn’t some new, big government program. It’s actually a team effort. It’s all about a whole bunch of folks — educators, business leaders, faith leaders, foundations, government — all working together to give boys and young men of color the tools that they need to succeed and make sure that every young person can reach their potential. And so the reason that we’re here today is to announce some of the pledges that have already been made, some of the commitments that have already been made by a series of institutions that just give you a sense of the kind of progress and excitement that we’ve seen since we launched this initiative.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/remarks-president-my-brothers-keeper-town-hall

    • CR says:

      July 21, 2014

      FACT SHEET: President Obama Applauds New Commitments in Support of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

      “That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”

      – President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014

      In February, as part of his plan to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, the President unveiled the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. As part of the initiative’s launch, the President also established the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to review public and private sector programs, policies, and strategies and determine ways the Federal Government can better support these efforts, and how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-president-obama-applauds-new-commitments-support-my-brother-s

  7. CR says:

    11:45 AM ET
    Vice President Biden Speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention
    St. Louis, Missouri

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

    • CR says:

      July 21, 2014

      FACT SHEET: The Vice President’s Address to the 115th National Conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

      “We have a lot of obligations as the government— obligations to the poor, the disadvantaged, the elderly, our children. But we only have one sacred obligation, only one truly sacred obligation, and that’s to equip and support those who we send to war and care for and protect them and their families when they return from war. That’s the only truly sacred obligation. “

      -VICE PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN
      AUGUST 27, 2013

      Our government’s sacred obligation is to support our troops and care for them when they come home. One of the most powerful ways we can uphold that obligation is to provide our veterans with the access to the resources and training necessary for them to succeed. The following bullets highlight major actions that the Administration is taking to live up to our sacred obligation.

      * Skills – Job Driven Training and American Opportunity
      * Economic Competitiveness for Veterans
      * Joining Forces
      * Principles of Excellence

      For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/21/fact-sheet-vice-president-s-address-115th-national-conference-veterans-f

  8. CR says:

    President Obama holds a Homeland Security Council Meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell, Department of Defense Secretary Hagel and other Department heads

  9. CR says:

    July 21, 2014

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Komorowski of Poland

    This afternoon, President Obama spoke with Polish President Komorowski to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the upcoming NATO Summit in Wales. The two presidents exchanged views in advance of the meeting in Warsaw tomorrow of the leaders of nine NATO members from Central and Eastern Europe. President Obama and President Komorowski agreed on the importance of raising defense spending among European members of NATO, as well as on the importance of alliance-wide and credible contributions to NATO’s reassurance efforts in Central and Eastern Europe. The two leaders also stressed the need for Transatlantic solidarity in responding to the tragic shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Russia’s efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

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