White House Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection

02/12/2015

WH Summit on Cybersecurity & Consumer Protection

Stanford to host White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

JANUARY 29, 2015 BY 

The White House announced Tuesday that it will host a Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford on Feb. 13, convening major stakeholders to help shape public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and companies from growing network threats.

The all-day event will include senior leaders from the White House and across federal government; CEOs from a wide range of industries including financial services, technology, retail and communications companies; law enforcement officials; and consumer advocates. Stanford faculty members and students currently researching cybersecurity issues will be involved throughout the summit.

“We are honored to host this White House summit at Stanford University and are excited to play a pivotal role in convening experts from government, industry and academia,” said Amy Zegart, co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. “Stanford is very engaged in studying cyber-related issues, and we look forward to enhancing this work by sharing our expertise on the cybersecurity issues that are so critical for the United States, its consumers and its businesses.”

Topics at the summit will include “increasing public-private partnerships and cybersecurity information sharing, creating and promoting improved cybersecurity practices and technologies, and improving adoption and use of more secure payment technologies,” the White House said in a statement.

For more: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/january/cyber-security-summit-011415.html

“America’s economic prosperity, national security, and our individual liberties depend on our commitment to securing cyberspace and maintaining an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet. Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property. Although the threats are serious and they constantly evolve, I believe that if we address them effectively, we can ensure that the Internet remains an engine for economic growth and a platform for the free exchange of ideas.”

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Collaborating on Cyber Solutions

The Summit will bring together leaders from across the country who have a stake in this issue — industry, tech companies, law enforcement, consumer and privacy advocates, law professors who specialize in this field, and students — to collaborate and explore partnerships that will help develop the best ways to bolster our cybersecurity.

From increasing cybersecurity information sharing to improving adoption of more secure payment technologies, here’s a look at the topics that panels at the Summit will address:

  • Public-Private Collaboration on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Cybersecurity Practices at Consumer-Oriented Businesses and Organizations
  • Promoting More Secure Payment Technologies
  • Cybersecurity Information Sharing
  • International Law Enforcement Cooperation on Cybersecurity
  • Improving Authentication: Moving Beyond the Password
  • Chief Security Officers’ Perspectives: New Ideas on Technical Security

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The Five Things You Need to Know: The Administration’s Priorities on Cybersecurity

Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives — from the broadband beneath us to the wireless signals around us to the networks that power our hospitals, schools, and our nation. The Obama administration is pursuing five key priorities that will strengthen our approach to cybersecurity threats by:

  1. Protecting the country’s critical infrastructure — our most important information systems — from cyber threats.
  2. Improving our ability to identify and report cyber incidents so that we can respond in a timely manner.
  3. Engaging with international partners to promote internet freedom and build support for an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace.
  4. Securing federal networks by setting clear security targets and holding agencies accountable for meeting those targets.
  5. Shaping a cyber-savvy workforce and moving beyond passwords in partnership with the private sector.

Learn more about the Administration’s cybersecurity priorities at WhiteHouse.gov/cybersecurity

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.2/13/15 FACT SHEET: White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection

2/12/15 FACT SHEET: Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing

2/25/15 Presidential Memorandum — Establishment of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center

2/25/15 FACT SHEET: Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center
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February 13, 2015
White House Summit of Cyber Security and Consumer Protection
Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Suicide Prevention

02/10/2015

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

History

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA of NYC) launched the Lifeline on January 1, 2005. MHA of NYC’s independent subsidiary, Link2Health Solutions, Inc. (L2HS), the administrator of the grant, works with its partners, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and MHA of NYC to manage the project, along with Living Works, Inc., an internationally respected organization specializing in suicide intervention skills training. The Lifeline is independently evaluated by a federally-funded investigation team from Columbia University’s Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene. L2HS receives ongoing consultation and guidance from national suicide prevention experts, consumer advocates, and other stakeholders through the Lifeline’s Steering Committee, Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee, and Standards, Training and Practices Subcommittee.

Learn more: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act

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Obama to hold public ceremony for veterans suicide prevention bill

2/09/15 12:09 PM EST By Martin Matishak – TheHill

President Obama on Thursday will sign legislation meant to help prevent suicides among veterans during a public ceremony.

The president will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law in a ceremony from the East Room of the White House, said a spokeswoman for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The advocacy group had pushed for Congress to pass the bill and had urged Obama to hold a public signing ceremony.
The Senate voted 99-0 to pass the legislation last week; it sailed through the House in a 403-0 vote last month.

The legislation, named after a Marine Corps veteran [Clay Hunt] who took his life after serving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, calls for independent audits of suicide-prevention programs in the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments to determine which are successful and which should be eliminated.

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The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act will: 

  • Increase access to menal health care by, amoung other things, creating a peer support and community outreach pilot program to assist transitioning service members as well as a one-stop, interactive website of avaiable resources.
  • Bettter meet the demand for mental hearlth care by stating a pilot program to repay the loan debt of students in psychiatry so itis easier to recruit them to waork at the VA.
  • Boost the accountability of mental health care by requiring an annual evaluation of DOD and VA suicide-prevention practies and programs.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015
President Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act
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Sexual Abuse is VIOLENCE and has to STOP

02/08/2015

How to stop sexual assault
In Grammy video, Obama says of rape, ‘It’s not okay – and it has to stop’

February 8 at 8:00 PM By Juliet Eilperin – washingtonpost

Viewers of the Grammy Awards Sunday night will see a video featuring President Obama, according to White House officials, in which he urges Americans to take responsibility for stopping sexual violence, saying, “It’s not okay – and it has to stop.”

The public service announcement represents the latest installment in the White House’s ongoing “SExual A,” campaign, which aims to end sexual assaults on college campuses. The administration began the effort in September, with the support of major college sports leagues and prominent celebrities.

Obama is asking the artists featured at the Grammys to ask their fans to make the same pledge that these prominent figures have made, along with students from more than 200 colleges and universities, several collegiate sports organizations, and some private firms. He notes that nearly 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has experienced rape or attempted rape, and that more than 1 in 4 has suffered some form of domestic violence.

The administration has aggressively used Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender at schools that receive federal funding, to push institutions of higher education to reexamine their policies regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights is investigating dozens of colleges and universities under the law. As of Dec. 24, it was looking at cases at 92 schools.

The campaign’s ads have been viewed online more than 4 million times and, through a partnership with iHeart Radio, have aired on more than 800 stations nationwide.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/02/08/in-grammy-video-obama-says-of-rape-its-not-okay-and-it-has-to-stop/

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Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, child abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV), can be broadly defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, friends or cohabitation. Domestic violence has many forms including physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, slapping, throwing objects), or threats thereof; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; controlling or domineering; intimidation; stalking; passive/covert abuse (e.g., neglect); and economic deprivation.

Awareness, perception and documentation of domestic violence differs from country to country, and from era to era. Estimates are that only about a third of cases of domestic violence are actually reported in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, domestic violence is a serious, preventable public health problem affecting more than 32 million Americans, or over 10% of the U.S. population.

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Wages Increase the Most in Six Years during Another Strong Month for Job Growth

02/07/2015

The Employment Situation in January

With today’s strong employment report, we have now seen eleven straight months of job gains above 200,000—the first time that has happened in nearly two decades. We are also seeing nominal wage growth exceed the latest inflation readings, but additional steps are still needed to overcome the long-standing challenges affecting wages and family incomes. America is poised for another strong year, and so it is critical to avoid brinksmanship and unnecessary austerity, and instead to make investments in our future growth. That’s why earlier this week the President released a budget proposal that will help hardworking families make ends meet, while boosting America’s productivity and giving workers the tools they need to secure well-paying jobs in the 21st-century global economy.

Private Sector Payroll Jan 2008 - Jan 2015 
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

1. The private sector has added 11.8 million jobs over 59 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record

2. The labor force participation rate rose to 62.9 percent in January, and has been relatively stable, on balance, since October 2013—during which time the unemployment rate has fallen by 1.5 percentage point

3. Nominal average hourly earnings for private production and non-supervisory workers have risen 2.0 percent over the last twelve months — implying real wage growth of around one percent, but still below rates needed to overcome the long-standing challenge in this area

4. Consistent with a general pattern of upward revisions during the recovery, job growth in November and December was revised up substantially, and the benchmark revision to March 2014 added 91,000 jobs (on a seasonally adjusted basis)

5. Job growth in a number of industries diverged from recent trends in January

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For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/06/employment-situation-january

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Find Out What President Obama is  Doing to Improve Our Economyhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/economy

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VP Biden Travel to Belgium and Germany

02/05/2015

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Vice President Biden travels to Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany starting Thursday, February 5th through Sunday, February 8th. This will be the first trip to Brussels at this level for the Vice President; President Obama was in Brussels for a summit with European leaders last March.

The United States and Belgium share a close partnership. The Vice President looks forward to discussing their broad shared economic, security, and development agenda.

On Ukraine, the Vice President will discuss both the current escalation of the conflict by Russia and the need to impose additional costs on Russia for its ongoing aggression in eastern Ukraine and the economic reforms that Ukraine is undertaking and how the European Union and the United States, along with the international community can continue to galvanize additional financial support for Ukraine.

On energy security, the Vice President will discuss with the EU leadership, plans for diversifying fuel types, sources of energy, and transit routes to reduce the ability of any one country to use energy as a political weapon; and of course, they’ll likely consult on an ongoing negotiations around the world on climate change and our efforts in that respect, as well.

On TTIP, where negotiators are meeting this week, there will be a real opportunity for a fresh start in the negotiations. The Vice President will underscore that this agreement is really in the geostrategic interests of both the United States and Europe and the importance of our efforts to update the rules of the road globally, and set the standards for trade, in addition to bolstering growth and job creation on both (inaudible).

On terrorism, the Vice President will discuss our efforts to counter violent extremism, stem the flow in financing for foreign terrorist fighters to travel, and better share information on such individuals.

In Munich, on Saturday and Sunday of this week, the Vice President will attend the annual Munich Security Conference, where he’ll deliver remarks on European and global security challenges. The Vice President has spoken before at the Munich Security Conference, including in 2009, just after the President and the Vice President took office. And his visit will come just a day after our administration releases President Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy as part of our effort to further define America’s foreign policy agenda and vision for U.S. global leadership. Accompanying Vice President Biden will be Secretary Kerry and a number of other senior U.S. officials, including a very substantial congressional delegation.

The Vice President will hold a joint meeting in a trilateral format with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. This will give the three leaders an opportunity to discuss the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and international support for Ukraine’s reform efforts, including through financial assistance.

The Vice President will also meet with the NATO Secretary General to discuss European security and in particular NATO’s Readiness Action Plan, as well as other ongoing efforts to strengthen the Alliance.

The Vice President will meet with a number of other European and international leaders including the European Parliament President, Martin Schulz; the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament, the European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President Federica Mogherini, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili,  Montenegran Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, among others on the sidelines of the conference.

European Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP)

Feb 6 @ 15:30 T-TIP Conference 

2/6/15 Fact Sheet: The 2015 National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Letter from the President — National Security Strategy

2/6/15 Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan Rice on the 2015 National Security Strategy

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Vice President Biden Belgium and Germany Travel Itinerary

Friday, February 6

Vice President Biden meets European Parliament President Martin Schulz and the European Parliament Conference of Presidents
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden attends a working lunch with European Council President Donald Tusk
Justus Lipsius Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Vice President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
Berlaymont Building, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
Egmont Palace, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden meets with staff and families of the U.S. Embassy Brussels, the U.S. Mission to the European Union, and the U.S. Mission to NATO
U.S. Embassy Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

Vice President Biden departs Brussels en route Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden arrives in Munich, Germany
Munich International Airport

Vice President Biden overnights in Munich, Germany

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Saturday, February 7

Vice President Biden attends the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a trilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with President Rosen Plevneliev of Bulgaria
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden deliver remarks to the Munich Security Conference
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq
Commerzbank Building, Munich, Germany

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Sunday, February 8

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili of Georgia
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic of Montenegro
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani
Westin Grand Munchen Hotel, Munich, Germany

Vice President Biden departs Munich en route Washington, D.C.

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Munich Security Conference

The Munich Security Conference (MSC, German: Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz) is the largest international security policy conference and it held annually. The list of attendees includes Heads of States, Governments and International Organizations, Ministers, Members of Parliament, high-ranking representatives of Armed Forces, Science, Civil society as well as Business and Media.

Over the past five decades the Munich Security Conference (MSC) has become a key annual gathering for the international  “strategic community.” Since its foundation in 1963 as “Internationale Wehrkunde-Begegnung,” the MSC has been an independent forum dedicated to promoting peaceful conflict resolution and international cooperation and dialogue in dealing with today’s and future security challenges. It has especially focused on the transatlantic partnership. In addition to the traditional annual conference in Munich in early February, the MSC has developed smaller formats, including, in particular, MSC Core Group Meetings and Cyber Security Summits, to discuss key challenges in international security policy in different capitals around the world.

Learn more: https://www.securityconference.de/en/

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Munich Security Conference
February 6–8, 2015
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, Germany

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Pres. Obama Hosts DACA Youths at White House

02/03/2015

We are and always will be a nation of immigrants

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GOP_Elephant_WRONG_WAY_smallUPDATES:

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

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

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

11/5/14 After President Obama repeated a promise to take action by the end of the year to halt deportations for some undocumented immigrants if Congress doesn’t move on rewriting U.S. law, House Speaker John Boehner said that President Barack Obama will “poison the well” if he changes U.S. immigration policy without waiting for Congress to act.

11/6/14 Boehner Says Obama Immigration Action Will ‘Burn Himself’

11/16/14 Top GOP senator won’t dismiss talk of shutdown over immigration

11/21/14 Boehner: House will act to stop Obama on immigration

12/4/14 House GOP approves measure blocking deportation relief

1/14/15 House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

1/23/15 Immigration Critic Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Will Chair Senate Panel On Immigration.

2/3/15 Senate GOP fail on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/4/15  Senate GOP fail  AGAIN on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

2/5/15  Senate GOP fail for a THIRD TIME on legislation overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration after Democrats block it

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AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2014 Washington, DC — afscme.org

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration:

“President Obama took executive action because extremists in Congress failed to do their jobs. They have done nothing to fix our country’s broken immigration system, a system that keeps millions of women and men trapped in a shadow economy that hurts all working families. President Obama’s executive action curtails abusive employers who exploit undocumented immigrants and in doing so, drive down wages and benefits of all of our country’s workers.

“There is nothing unprecedented about what President Obama has done. Former presidents, including four Republicans (Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, George H.W. Bush) used their executive powers to shape immigration policy.

“Extremists in Congress spent the past 18 months leading a race to the bottom with their politics of fear. Enough. It’s time for them to be honest with the American people about the economic harm that comes to all working families when undocumented immigrants are forced to live and work in the shadows. It’s time to put an end to the shameful, pointless suffering caused by their inability to devise a comprehensive, legislative solution. And it’s way past time for them to start earning their pay upholding our country’s values.”

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Join me in thanking President Obama for doing the right thing on immigration
Petition by Helen F. Chavez, widow of Cesar Chavez

To be delivered to President Barack Obama

Please join me and thank the President for keeping his promise by letting hardworking, taxpaying undocumented immigrants temporarily stay in the country they sustain with their sweat and sacrifice.
There are currently 100,656 signatures. NEW goal – We need 125,000 signatures!

PETITION BACKGROUND My husband, Cesar Chavez, and I decided to move back to Delano to begin organizing the United Farm Workers in 1962. Thousands came to work with our movement once the Delano Grape Strike started in 1965, 50 years ago in 2015. Millions of good people in North America supported us by boycotting grapes and other products.

All these years, I chose to stay in the background. I walked picket lines, managed our credit union and cared for our eight children. Cesar respected my privacy. I never spoke in public or talked with reporters.

Unlike my husband, I never got very involved in politics until October 2012, when President Obama came to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at the Tehachapi Mountain town of Keene, CA. That’s where Cesar lived and worked his last quarter century, and where he is buried. As we walked away from paying respects at my husband’s gravesite, with the President holding my arm, I asked, “Mr. President, will you promise you will do something on immigration reform?”

“Yes, Mrs. Chavez, I promise I will,” he said.

Today, President Obama kept his promise to me and to the American people by using his power to help many of the immigrants who toil in our fields, make beds, clean rooms, cook meals, work in construction and manufacturing, and care for our young and elderly. They serve our country in the military. I’ve known the farm workers all my life. Like other immigrants, they take jobs most other Americans won’t take for pay most other Americans won’t accept and under conditions most other Americans won’t tolerate. Big parts of our economy can’t survive without immigrants.

For more: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/join-me-in-thanking-presiden?source=c.em&r_by=1539343

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Congress do your JOB and fund the Government

02/02/2015

FY2016 Budget logo

“Now, today, I’m sending Congress a budget that will make sure you’ve got what you need to achieve your mission.  It gives you the resources you need to carry out your mission in a way that is smart and strategic, and makes the most of every dollar.  It’s also a broader blueprint for America’s success in this new global economy.  Because after a breakthrough year for America — at a time when our economy is growing and our businesses are creating jobs at the fastest pace since the 1990s, and wages are starting to rise again — we’ve got some fundamental choices to make about the kind of country we want to be.

Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?  Or are we going to build an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead?

And that was the focus of my State of the Union Address a couple weeks ago — what I called middle-class economics.  The idea that this country does best when everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody is doing their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules.

The budget that Congress now has in its hands is built on those values.  It helps working families’ paychecks go farther by treating things like paid sick leave and childcare as the economic priorities that they are.  It gives Americans of every age the chance to upgrade their skills so they can earn higher wages, and it includes my plan to make two years of community college free for responsible students.  It lets us keep building the world’s most attractive economy for high-wage jobs, with new investments in research, and infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as expanded access to faster Internet and new markets for goods made in America.

It’s also a budget that recognizes that our economy flourishes when America is safe and secure.  So it invests in our IT networks, to protect them from malicious actors.  It supports our troops and strengthens our border security.  And it gives us the resources to confront global challenges, from ISIL to Russian aggression.

Now, since I took office, we have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  I’m going to repeat that, as I always do when I mention this fact, because the public oftentimes, if you ask them, thinks that the deficit has shot up.  Since I took office, we have cut our deficits by about two-thirds.  That’s the fastest period of sustained deficit reduction since after the demobilization at the end of World War II.  So we can afford to make these investments while remaining fiscally responsible.  And, in fact, we cannot afford — we would be making a critical error if we avoided making these investments.  We can’t afford not to.  When the economy is doing well, we’re making investments when we’re growing.  That’s part of what keeps deficits low — because the economy is doing well.  So we’ve just got to be smarter about how we pay for our priorities, and that’s what my budget does.

At the end of 2013, I signed a bipartisan budget agreement that helped us end some of the arbitrary cuts known in Washington-speak as “sequestration.”  And folks here at DHS know a little too much about sequestration — (laughter) — because many of you have to deal with those cuts, and it made it a lot harder for you to do your jobs.

The 2013 agreement to reverse some of those cuts helped to boost our economic growth.  Part of the reason why we grew faster last year was we were no longer being burdened by mindless across-the-board cuts, and we were being more strategic about how we handled our federal budget.  And now we need to take the next step.  So my budget will end sequestration and fully reverse the cuts to domestic priorities in 2016.  And it will match the investments that were made domestically, dollar for dollar, with increases in our defense funding.

And just last week, top military officials told Congress that if Congress does nothing to stop sequestration, there could be serious consequences for our national security, at a time when our military is stretched on a whole range of issues.  And that’s why I want to work with Congress to replace mindless austerity with smart investments that strengthen America.  And we can do so in a way that is fiscally responsible.

I’m not going to accept a budget that locks in sequestration going forward.  It would be bad for our security and bad for our growth.  I will not accept a budget that severs the vital link between our national security and our economic security.  I know there’s some on Capitol Hill who would say, well, we’d be willing to increase defense spending but we’re not going to increase investments in infrastructure, for example, or basic research.  Well, those two things go hand in hand.  If we don’t have a vital infrastructure, if we don’t have broadband lines across the country, if we don’t have a smart grid, all that makes us more vulnerable.  America can’t afford being shortsighted, and I’m not going to allow it.

The budget I’ve sent to Congress today is fully paid for, through a combination of smart spending cuts and tax reforms.  Let me give you an example.  Right now, our tax code is full of loopholes for special interests — like the trust fund loophole that allows the wealthiest Americans to avoid paying taxes on their unearned income.  I think we should fix that and use the savings to cut taxes for middle-class families.  That would be good for our economy.”

2/2/15 Exceprts from President Obama’s 
remarks on the FY2016 Budget

Each year, after the President’s State of the Union address, the Office of Management and Budget releases the Administration’s Fiscal Year budget, offering proposals on key priorities and newly-announced initiatives. This year, we did things a little differently, from our expanded and enhanced State of the Union coverage to our interview with YouTube creators — and we wanted to do the same with the budget.

That’s why we’re releasing all of the data included in this year’s budget in an easy, machine-readable format on GitHub, a website for hosting open-source repositories. The budget process should be a reflection of our values as a country, and we think it’s important that members of the public have as many tools as possible at their disposal to review the President’s proposals — and to have an opportunity to give feedback. And, if you’re motivated to create your own visualizations or products from the data, you can do that too.

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GOP holds security hostage to immigration

February 1, 2015 By Washington Post Editorial Board

HOW FAR will Republicans in Congress take their reckless flirtation with undermining government this time?

Will they, as seems increasingly likely, fail to pass a bill that the president can sign ensuring adequate funding for the Department of Homeland Security and its 280,000 employees before the agency’s support expires Feb. 27? Are they ready to let funding lapse, secure in the knowledge that Border Patrol officers, Secret Service agents, airport security personnel and other so-called essential employees would still have to report to work — even though they would not be drawing paychecks?

A number of prominent Republican lawmakers clearly believe that denying funding to the nation’s premier organ of domestic security is no big deal, as long as the move expresses the GOP’s anger about President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

For more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gop-holds-security-hostage-to-immigration/2015/02/01/55776ae8-a8d3-11e4-a06b-9df2002b86a0_story.html

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