Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) is a bill that would consolidate job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) into a single funding stream. It also would amend the Wagner-Peyser Act, reauthorize adult-education programs, and reauthorize programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The various job programs would be authorized for six years with a requirement that they record and report on how many people get new jobs through their participation in the programs.

The bill was originally introduced into the United States House of Representatives as the “Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act” or “SKILLS Act”.This happened during the 113th United States Congress.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workforce_Innovation_and_Opportunity_Act_(H.R._803;_113th_Congress)

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Overhaul of America’s Job Training Programs Headed to President’s Desk Following Strong Bipartisan Support from Congress

Jul 09 2014 murray.senate.gov

Current Federal Workforce Development Laws, Written in 1998, Have Been Overdue for Reauthorization for More Than Ten Years; Leaders from Senate and House Announced Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement in May

Legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, is headed to the President’s desk following overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of Congress. The Senate and House authors of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) applauded the passage of the bill, which seeks to update and improve the nation’s workforce development system. The legislation was approved today by a vote of 415 to 6 by the House of Representatives; it was approved by the Senate last month by a vote of 95-3 and will be signed into law by President Obama.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, provides supports to people with disabilities to enter and remain in competitive, integrated job settings, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete. In addition to winning strong bipartisan support in both chambers, the bill is supported by a broad array of labor, business, workforce development leaders, and disability advocates, as well as governors and mayors from around the country.

“After receiving overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Senate, today’s vote in the House goes to show that both chambers of Congress are still capable of breaking through the gridlock and investing in American workers and the economy,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I’ve seen firsthand that federal workforce programs can change lives, boost our economy, and get people back to work, but we can’t expect to adequately train Americans for jobs at Boeing or Microsoft with programs designed in the 1990s. Today, we can definitively say that both chambers of Congress agree, and I’m thrilled that this long overdue legislation is now headed for the President’s desk to become law.”

For more: http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsroom?ID=3919197b-7b07-4312-9ca3-3818e2f3cc85

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STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

June 25, 2014

Senate Amendments to H.R. 803 – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Sponsors: (Sen. Murray, D-WA, Sen. Isakson, R-GA, Sen. Harkin, D-IA, Sen. Alexander, R-TN and 17 cosponsors)

The Administration supports passage of Senate Amendments to H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This bipartisan legislation would strengthen our workforce system and provide workers and job seekers with access to employment, education, training, and support services that will help them secure good jobs and advance their careers.

While this legislation does not address certain reforms that the Administration has pursued, such as the Workforce Innovation Fund, it represents an important bipartisan compromise that will help individuals, including people with disabilities, acquire the skills they need to succeed in the workforce and employers find the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Ensuring that employment, education, and training programs are “job-driven”—designed to take business and workforce needs into account—is a critical aspect of helping workers enter the middle class and prosper. This bill would hold programs accountable for getting people into good jobs and providing education and training that is aligned with the skills employers need.

The Administration applauds the spirit of bipartisanship that led to this compromise and looks forward to its swift passage.

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Statement by US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

7/9/14 dol.gov

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today issued the following statement regarding Congressional approval of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

“Congress has taken a strong, decisive bipartisan step forward with the passage by both the Senate and the House of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. I applaud the members from both sides of the aisle who led the way to forge this compromise.

“Democrats and Republicans have come together on a bill that is good for workers, employers and the economy as a whole. It will help more people succeed in 21st century jobs and punch their ticket to the middle class. And it will help businesses hire the world-class, highly-skilled workforce required to compete successfully in the global economy.

“WIOA improves the workforce system, aligning it with regional economies and strengthening the network of about 2,500 American Job Centers, to deliver more comprehensive services to workers, job seekers and employers. The bill will build closer ties among key workforce partners — business leaders, workforce boards, labor unions, community colleges and non-profits and state and local officials — as we strive for a more job-driven approach to training and skills development. President Obama’s ongoing review of federal training programs, led by Vice President Biden, will further ensure that we are doing everything possible to prepare ready-to-work-Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. WIOA also improves performance accountability, so consumers can get information about programs that work and taxpayers can have confidence that they are getting the best services for their money.

“Better-trained workers; more profitable businesses; stronger, smarter investments in our people and our economy — Congress has demonstrated that these are principles that transcend partisanship. I am excited to see President Obama sign this bill and to continue working with him and Congress on our shared goal of strengthening the nation’s workforce.

July 22, 2014 FACT SHEET: Ready to Work At a Glance: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity

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July 22, 2014
President Obama signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

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  1. CR says:

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    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803)

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) is a bill that would consolidate job training programs under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) into a single funding stream. It also would amend the Wagner-Peyser Act, reauthorize adult-education programs, and reauthorize programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The various job programs would be authorized for six years with a requirement that they record and report on how many people get new jobs through their participation in the programs.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workforce_Innovation_and_Opportunity_Act_(H.R._803;_113th_Congress)

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      Overhaul of America’s Job Training Programs Headed to President’s Desk Following Strong Bipartisan Support from Congress

      Jul 09 2014 murray.senate.gov

      Current Federal Workforce Development Laws, Written in 1998, Have Been Overdue for Reauthorization for More Than Ten Years; Leaders from Senate and House Announced Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement in May

      Legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, is headed to the President’s desk following overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of Congress. The Senate and House authors of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) applauded the passage of the bill, which seeks to update and improve the nation’s workforce development system. The legislation was approved today by a vote of 415 to 6 by the House of Representatives; it was approved by the Senate last month by a vote of 95-3 and will be signed into law by President Obama.

      The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, provides supports to people with disabilities to enter and remain in competitive, integrated job settings, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete. In addition to winning strong bipartisan support in both chambers, the bill is supported by a broad array of labor, business, workforce development leaders, and disability advocates, as well as governors and mayors from around the country.

      “After receiving overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Senate, today’s vote in the House goes to show that both chambers of Congress are still capable of breaking through the gridlock and investing in American workers and the economy,” said Senator Patty Murray. “I’ve seen firsthand that federal workforce programs can change lives, boost our economy, and get people back to work, but we can’t expect to adequately train Americans for jobs at Boeing or Microsoft with programs designed in the 1990s. Today, we can definitively say that both chambers of Congress agree, and I’m thrilled that this long overdue legislation is now headed for the President’s desk to become law.”

      For more: http://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsroom?ID=3919197b-7b07-4312-9ca3-3818e2f3cc85

    • CR says:

      Senate Amendments to H.R. 803 – Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

      Sponsors: (Sen. Murray, D-WA, Sen. Isakson, R-GA, Sen. Harkin, D-IA, Sen. Alexander, R-TN and 17 cosponsors)

      The Administration supports passage of Senate Amendments to H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. This bipartisan legislation would strengthen our workforce system and provide workers and job seekers with access to employment, education, training, and support services that will help them secure good jobs and advance their careers.

      While this legislation does not address certain reforms that the Administration has pursued, such as the Workforce Innovation Fund, it represents an important bipartisan compromise that will help individuals, including people with disabilities, acquire the skills they need to succeed in the workforce and employers find the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Ensuring that employment, education, and training programs are “job-driven”—designed to take business and workforce needs into account—is a critical aspect of helping workers enter the middle class and prosper. This bill would hold programs accountable for getting people into good jobs and providing education and training that is aligned with the skills employers need.

      The Administration applauds the spirit of bipartisanship that led to this compromise and looks forward to its swift passage.

    • CR says:

      Statement by US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez on passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

      WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today issued the following statement regarding Congressional approval of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:

      “Congress has taken a strong, decisive bipartisan step forward with the passage by both the Senate and the House of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. I applaud the members from both sides of the aisle who led the way to forge this compromise.

      “Democrats and Republicans have come together on a bill that is good for workers, employers and the economy as a whole. It will help more people succeed in 21st century jobs and punch their ticket to the middle class. And it will help businesses hire the world-class, highly-skilled workforce required to compete successfully in the global economy.

      “WIOA improves the workforce system, aligning it with regional economies and strengthening the network of about 2,500 American Job Centers, to deliver more comprehensive services to workers, job seekers and employers. The bill will build closer ties among key workforce partners — business leaders, workforce boards, labor unions, community colleges and non-profits and state and local officials — as we strive for a more job-driven approach to training and skills development. President Obama’s ongoing review of federal training programs, led by Vice President Biden, will further ensure that we are doing everything possible to prepare ready-to-work-Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs. WIOA also improves performance accountability, so consumers can get information about programs that work and taxpayers can have confidence that they are getting the best services for their money.

      “Better-trained workers; more profitable businesses; stronger, smarter investments in our people and our economy — Congress has demonstrated that these are principles that transcend partisanship. I am excited to see President Obama sign this bill and to continue working with him and Congress on our shared goal of strengthening the nation’s workforce.”

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      Ready to Work: New Actions to Expand Job-Driven Training and Broaden the Pathway to the Middle Class

      “So tonight, I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs. And if Congress wants to help, you can concentrate funding on proven programs that connect more ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs”.

      — President Obama, State of the Union, January 28, 2014

      Across the country, federal training programs help hard-working Americans find good jobs and careers, employers recruit and hire skilled workers they need to compete, and American communities build the skilled workforce they need to attract business investment and create jobs. In order to continue to grow the economy and widen the pathway to the middle class, the President and Vice President are committed to improving training opportunities for Americans by replicating strategies that work.

      In his 2014 State of the Union Address, the President announced that he was asking the Vice President to lead a review of federal training programs in order to identify and implement steps to make these programs more job- driven – that is, responsive to the needs of employers in order to effectively place ready-to-work Americans in jobs that are available now. Today, the President and Vice President will announce the results of the review, including new actions by the federal government and outside partners. The Vice President is issuing a report that details these actions and highlights successful job-driven strategies. The President will also sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will help improve business engagement and accountability across federally-funded training programs.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov//sites/default/files/docs/ready_to_work_factsheet.pdf

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      July 22, 2014

      Statement by the Press Secretary on H.R. 803

      On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the President signed into law:

      H.R. 803, the “Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act,” which reauthorizes and reforms core workforce development programs administered by the Departments of Education and Labor and transfers from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services certain disability and independent living program functions.

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      July 22, 2014

      Remarks by the President and Vice President at Bill Signing of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

      12:18 P.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everyone. It’s great to be here. (Applause.) Please, thank you very much. Thank you, distinguished members of Congress and members of labor and business, and the community. Today, as the President signs the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, we’re using this occasion also to present to the President a roadmap he asked — requested in the State of the Union message, how to keep and maintain the highest-skilled workforce in the world. And this is a perfect build-on as to what the bipartisan consensus that Congress recently reached.

      I had the best partners in preparing this report that I could ask for — Tom Perez at Labor, Penny Pritzker at Commerce and Arne Duncan at the Department of Education. I talked to governors, mayors, industry leaders, presidents of community colleges and colleges, and unions, and a lot of members of Congress, many of whom are here. And I have to acknowledge at the out front — at the outset, my wife, Jill, has been an incredible advocate for community colleges and the role they play in training the workforce.

      But most importantly, I spoke with an awful lot of Americans who are — as all of you have, particularly members of Congress, who were hit exceedingly hard by the Great Recession, but are doing everything they possibly can to find a job — willing to learn new skills in order to have a decent, middle-class job. One thing I hope that’s been put to rest — and I know we all share this view — Americans want to work. They want to work. They’re willing to do anything that they need to do to get a good and decent job.

      And they show us that our single greatest resource is not — and it’s not hyperbole — remains the American people. They’re the most highly-skilled workers in the world and the most capable people in the world. And they’re in the best position to learn the new skills of the 21st century that the workforce requires. There’s that phrase — all has changed, changed utterly. Well, all has changed. It’s a different world in which people are competing in order to get the kind of jobs they need, whether it’s in advanced manufacturing or clean energy or information technology or health care — all areas that are booming, all areas where America is back.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/remarks-president-and-vice-president-bill-signing-workforce-innovation-a

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    President Obama meets with Apollo 11 representatives to recognize the 45th anniversary of the moonlanding

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      July 22, 2014

      Statement by the President on Meeting with the Crew and Family of Apollo 11

      Forty-five years ago, while the world watched as one, the United States of America set foot on the moon. It was a seminal moment not just in our country’s history, but the history of all humankind.

      The three brave astronauts of Apollo 11 –Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins – took the first small steps of our giant leap into the future. And for all the years since, they and their families have served as testaments to American ingenuity and human achievement. Today, I was honored to welcome Buzz, Michael, and Neil’s wife, Carol, to the White House to mark this historic anniversary – and to thank them for serving as advocates, role models, and educators who’ve inspired generations of Americans – myself included – to dream bigger and reach higher.

      Today, under Administrator Bolden’s leadership, the men and women of NASA are building on that proud legacy by preparing for the next giant leap in human exploration — including the first visits of men and women to deep space, to an asteroid, and someday to the surface of Mars — all while partnering with America’s pioneering commercial space industry in new and innovative ways.

      The United States of America is stronger today thanks to the vision of President Kennedy, who set us on a course for the moon, the courage of Neil, Buzz, and Michael, who made the journey, and the spirit of service of all who’ve worked not only on the Apollo program, but who’ve dared to push the very boundaries of space and scientific discovery for all humankind.

  5. 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

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      Raise the Wage Champions of Change

      Published on Jul 22, 2014

      The White House honors leaders and ordinary Americans taking action to raise wages for working women and men around the country, July 22, 2014.

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    July 22, 2014

    Remarks by the President at the Embassy of the Netherlands

    Embassy of the Netherlands
    Washington, D.C.

    11:26 A.M. EDT

    Q Mr. President, do you have any message for the Dutch people?

    THE PRESIDENT: Obviously, we’re all heartbroken by what’s happened. And this is an opportunity for me to extend on behalf of all the American people our deepest condolences over the loss of family and friends; to express our solidarity with the people of the Netherlands, with whom we’ve been friends and had the deepest ties for centuries; and to assure the Dutch people that we will work with them to make sure that loved ones are recovered, that a proper investigation is conducted, and that ultimately justice is done.

    DEPUTY CHIEF OF MISSION MR. MOLLEMA: And we thank the President for being here. There’s been an outpouring of support from the American people, and I can only say that on behalf of the Dutch people, we’re deeply grateful. Thank you very much.

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      July 22, 2014

      Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands

      President Obama spoke this afternoon with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands. The Prime Minister thanked the President for his visit to the Dutch Embassy in Washington earlier in the day and said it was greatly appreciated by the Dutch people. Both leaders agreed that once the remains of the victims have been properly repatriated, the main priority must be to secure the crash site in order to allow for a full and transparent international investigation. The President welcomed the action taken today by the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council strongly condemning the actions leading to this tragedy and preparing additional sanctions against those destabilizing Ukraine. The President and Prime Minister noted their concerns about further evidence that Russia is continuing to send weapons and fighters across the border to support the separatists, while continuing to mass its own forces. Both agreed the EU and United States must remain united with regard to events in Ukraine and that Russia will face increasing costs if it continues its support for violent separatists and fails to cease its efforts to destabilize Ukraine.

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    July 22, 2014

    Readout of the Chief of Staff’s Meetings in Berlin, Germany

    In follow up to the telephone conversation between President Obama and Chancellor Merkel, the respective Chiefs of Staff, Denis McDonough (US) and Peter Altmaier (Germany), accompanied by Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and Günter Heiss, Head of Directorate-General 6 (Federal Intelligence Service, Coordination of Federal Intelligence Services), Federal Chancellery, met on Tuesday in Berlin for intensive talks on the state of bilateral relations and future cooperation.

    The full range of issues was addressed, including intelligence and security matters.

    Mr. McDonough and Mr. Altmaier agreed to set up a Structured Dialogue to address concerns of both sides and establish guiding principles as the basis for continued and future cooperation. The Structured Dialogue will be overseen by the Chiefs of Staff.

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    July 22, 2014

    First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Seven Organizations Join Drink Up Effort to Encourage Americans to Drink More Water, More Often

    Brita®, First 5 Santa Clara County, Haws Corporation™, Nalgene® Outdoor Products, S’well Bottle, Santa Clara Valley Water District and The California Endowment will support Drink Up through products and marketing efforts

    WASHINGTON, DC –Today, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to announce that seven organizations have joined or renewed their support for the Drink Up effort, which encourages people across the country to drink more water, more often. Brita®, First 5 Santa Clara County, Haws Corporation™, Nalgene® Outdoor Products, S’well Bottle, Santa Clara Valley Water District and The California Endowment will support Drink Up by promoting its messages on water filtration systems, re-usable water bottles, drinking fountains or other products and programs. The First Lady also highlighted a new study from Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS), which found that a recent online ad campaign for Drink Up fueled a 3 percent lift in incremental sales of bottled water among those exposed to the campaign.

    “When the Drink Up campaign was launched last year, it had one simple goal – to get kids and families excited about drinking water,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “And today, less than a year later, we know that water sales jumped nearly three percent among people who saw Drink Up ads. So I am thrilled about the additional commitments to continue this effort that are being announced today by Brita, First 5 Santa Clara County, Haws, Nalgene, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, S’WELL Bottle Company and The California Endowment. And I am confident that in the coming months and years, we’re going to see people across this country drinking more and more water.”

    “As Drink Up encourages more people to drink more water, we also want to help make choosing water an easy choice. The efforts announced today – along with our current supporters’ efforts – will help us show more people that you are what you drink, and when you drink water you Drink Up,” said PHA CEO Lawrence A. Soler. “We applaud the efforts of each of these supporters toward helping us take another step closer to providing access to water for more people wherever they are, whenever they want it, however they want it – be it tap, filtered or bottled.”

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/first-lady-michelle-obama-announces-seven-organizations-join-drink-effor

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      July 22, 2014

      Remarks by the First Lady at a “Drink Up” Event

      State Dining Room

      3:37 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, hello, everyone. (Applause.) You guys, sit. You never know how long to clap for the First Lady in her house, do you? (Laughter.)

      Well, welcome to the White House. I want to start by thanking Annalisa for that very kind introduction, and I want to thank her and Larry for their outstanding leadership. We are so grateful to the California Endowment and PHA for helping families across America lead healthier lives.

      And of course, I want to thank all of you for your tremendous support of the Drink Up campaign. We’re here today because of your passion — mine, too — your dedication and creativity. And I’m so appreciative of everything you’ve done to make Drink Up such a success.

      Now, as we all know, Drink Up is based on a very simple fact –- that water is good for you. Right, you two? We have little people in the press. (Laughter.) We have many young people in our press pool. I love that. Do you know that water is good for you? It’s good. (Laughter.)

      So when the Drink Up campaign was launched last year, it had one simple goal: To get kids and families excited about drinking water. Pretty cool. To each — to achieve that goal, the campaign brought together folks from every part of the water community –- tap water, filtered water, bottled water. It was like the “who’s who” of water all here to help with Drink Up.

      And you all reached out to some of the brightest minds in advertising and research, and some of the biggest media and Internet companies as well as celebrities and elected officials from across the country who helped out on this campaign. And together, they launched a nationwide marketing campaign for water, a campaign featuring public service announcements, branded re-useable water bottles, social media and so much more.

      And as a result of this effort, today, I am thrilled to announce that less than one year after Drink Up was launched, bottled water sales went up three percent among folks who saw these ads. And overall water consumption has jumped nearly three percent as well. Now, this is pretty major. It’s an important step forward. Because we’re talking about people all across this country who are drinking more water every single day, which was one of our goals.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/remarks-first-lady-drink-event

  10. CR says:

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    President Obama gets a briefing on the Washington State wild fire from Washinton State Governor Jay Inslee
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    July 22, 2014

    Remarks by the President at a DNC Event — Seattle, WA

    Private Residence
    Seattle, Washington

    5:04 P.M. PDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Thank you so much. Well, first of all, everybody give Libby a big round of applause. (Applause.) Libby is the same age as Malia, and it turns out that they’re both learning how to drive. So we are — Bruce and Ann and I share some concern. (Laughter.) But they seem like sensible young ladies, so we’re hoping that everything goes smoothly this summer.

    It is so wonderful to see everybody. There are just a couple people I want to acknowledge. First of all, obviously, for Bruce and Ann to have me back in their house and the whole family here — they’ve been such great friends and great supporters. So can everybody please just say thank you to them. (Applause.) And we are very grateful to them.

    Jay Inslee was here, along with Trudi. They skipped ahead because we’re doing something else. But give them a round of applause anyway. You can tell them later that we appreciate them. (Applause.)

    Your outstanding mayor, Ed Murray, is here. (Applause.) And County Executive Dow Constantine is here. (Applause.) Dow, by the way, is a new dad — 10-week-old daughter. Mazel tov. You can’t beat daughters. (Laughter.) You can’t — sons you’re okay. (Laughter.)

    Let me start just by talking about something that is obviously of great concern to the people of Washington, and that’s the forest fires that have been sweeping across a big chunk of the state. As I was driving over here, I had a chance to talk to the Governor and get a full briefing on what’s happened. Obviously, these are very difficult fires. Our firefighters take such risks and sacrifice so much to fight them, but it’s a big challenge — and state troopers as well. And we actually lost a state trooper as he was trying to clear out from a fire that was taking place there — a former Marine — and I had a chance to speak with his widow and offer our condolences.

    So what we’ve done is to make sure that we are coordinating as best we can with the federal — or with the state and local officials. We were able to get on the phone — my director of FEMA, Craig Fugate — and we were able to authorize today an emergency declaration when it comes to electrical power, which is one of the most immediate concerns, and then we’re going to be working with the state on additional declarations that may need to take place. But I just want to make sure that everybody knows that we are going to be thinking about and then helping people who are being severely affected by these fires.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/22/remarks-president-dnc-event-seattle-wa

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    9:00 PM ET
    President Obama attends a DSCC event
    Private Residence, Bellevue, WA

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    July 22, 2014

    Statement by the Press Secretary on the cases of King v. Burwell and Halbig v. Burwell

    Another partisan attempt to harm the Affordable Care Act failed today. This latest attempt was undermined by a unanimous judicial panel in the 4th Circuit. The law was designed to make health care affordable through tax credits – and it is working.

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