WH Week of Making

June 12 - 18, 2015 National Week of Making
June 12 – 18, 2015
National Week of Making
Presidential Proclamation — National Week of Making, 2015

NATIONAL WEEK OF MAKING, 2015

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

American ingenuity has always powered our Nation and fueled economic growth. Our country was built on the belief that with hard work and passion, progress is within our reach, and it is because of daring innovators and entrepreneurs who have taken risks and redefined what is possible that we have been able to realize this promise. Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they need. During National Week of Making, we celebrate the tinkerers and dreamers whose talent and drive have brought new ideas to life, and we recommit to cultivating the next generation of problem solvers.

My Administration is committed to spurring manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship by expanding opportunities for more Americans to build products and bring them to market. Across the Federal Government, we are working to increase access to capital, maker spaces, and equipment to design, develop, and prototype ideas. By investing in regional manufacturing hubs, we are bringing together private industry, leading universities, and public agencies to develop cutting-edge technology and train workers in the skills they need for the next generation of innovation. To continue to build a Nation of makers, we are committed to engaging students at every level in the hands-on learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to inspire them to pursue their own passions and excel in STEM fields.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/11/national-week-making-2015

 

National Week of Making Kick-off 

Join the White House on June 12 from 8:30-11:30am to celebrate and kick-off the National Week of Making, which lasts from June 12 to June 18. The White House event will include announcements and progress updates on the President’s call to action to create a “Nation of Makers.” We’ll hear from Makers from across the country, organizations helping to support them, as well as senior Obama Administration officials. The Week will coincide with the National Maker Faire here in D.C., featuring makers from across the country and will include participation by federal agencies including: the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Smithsonian.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/nation-of-makers

MAKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE:

MORE MAKER OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Fashion Workshop The First Lady held a fashion workshop highlighting the growing role of makers and new technologies in the creative economy.
  • The Make Schools Alliance Higher education institutions respond to the President’s call to support making on college campuses.
  • Making Makers in Cleveland Case Western is providing a makerspace and innovation center to give students, staff, faculty and members of the public the tools they need to create, build and invent.
  • Making for a Stronger Africa Young African Leaders joined the US Global Development Lab and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy at Fab Lab DC to discuss the role of making in Africa’s economic and community development.

ACTIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS TAKEN TO CULTIVATE USA MANUFACTURING:

Friday, June 12, 2015 8:30 AM ET
National Week of Making Kick-off 
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  1. WH

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama meets with governors of Western States via video teleconference
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    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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  2. WH Week of Making

    Join the White House on June 12 from 8:30-11:30am to celebrate and kick-off the National Week of Making, which lasts from June 12 to June 18. The White House event will include announcements and progress updates on the President’s call to action to create a “Nation of Makers.” We’ll hear from Makers from across the country, organizations helping to support them, as well as senior Obama Administration officials.

    The Week will coincide with the National Maker Faire here in D.C., featuring makers from across the country and will include participation by federal agencies including: the Department of Education, National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, Institute of Museum and Library Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology, NASA, Corporation for National and Community Service, Department of Homeland Security and the Smithsonian.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/nation-of-makers

    • Kicking Off The National Week of Making

      Published on Jun 12, 2015

      Watch as we kick off the “Week of Making” — taking place from June 12-18, 2015 — with an event at the White House. Participating from across the country are Makers, organizations that support them, and senior Obama Administration officials, all discussing announcements and progress on President Obama’s call to action to create a “Nation of Makers.”

  3. Net Neutrality Rule Set to Take Effect as Court Denies Stay

    June 11, 2015 by Sophia Pearson and Todd Shields – bloomberg

    An appeals court allowed U.S. open-Internet rules to take effect Friday while it continues weighing an industry challenge to so-called net neutrality regulations.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington asked for quick briefings in a case that pits broadband providers against the Federal Communications Commission and some Web companies.

    “This is a huge victory for Internet consumers and innovators,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in an e-mailed statement after Thursday’s ruling. “Starting Friday, there will be a referee on the field to keep the Internet fast, fair and open.”

    USTelecom, whose members include AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc., in March asked the court to vacate the FCC’s rules. AT&T filed a separate challenge, as did CTIA-The Wireless Association and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and others. The cases are being heard together.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-11/appeals-court-won-t-delay-friday-start-of-net-neutrality-rule

    • November 10, 2014

      Statement by the President on Net Neutrality

      An open Internet is essential to the American economy, and increasingly to our very way of life. By lowering the cost of launching a new idea, igniting new political movements, and bringing communities closer together, it has been one of the most significant democratizing influences the world has ever known.

      “Net neutrality” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.

      When I was a candidate for this office, I made clear my commitment to a free and open Internet, and my commitment remains as strong as ever. Four years ago, the FCC tried to implement rules that would protect net neutrality with little to no impact on the telecommunications companies that make important investments in our economy. After the rules were challenged, the court reviewing the rules agreed with the FCC that net neutrality was essential for preserving an environment that encourages new investment in the network, new online services and content, and everything else that makes up the Internet as we now know it. Unfortunately, the court ultimately struck down the rules — not because it disagreed with the need to protect net neutrality, but because it believed the FCC had taken the wrong legal approach.

      The FCC is an independent agency, and ultimately this decision is theirs alone. I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online. The rules I am asking for are simple, common-sense steps that reflect the Internet you and I use every day, and that some ISPs already observe. These bright-line rules include:

      No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.

      No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.

      Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.

      No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/11/10/statement-president-net-neutrality

    • GOP WRONG WAY

      GOP politicians at odds with most of Silicon Valley on net neutrality

      3/08/2015 By Josh Richman – bayareanewsgroup.com

      Republicans have toiled for more than a decade to try to tap Silicon Valley’s wealth and technical know-how, which Democrats have better leveraged to win everything from seats in state legislatures to the Oval Office.
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      But when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently called “net neutrality” — keeping Internet service providers from favoring some content over others — “Obamacare for the Internet,” he was uttering what probably sounded like fighting words to valley giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, eBay and Netflix.

      Many in the valley advocate a hands-off, libertarian approach to government regulation, but there’s a widespread feeling here that government must act to keep huge telecommunications and cable companies such as AT&T and Comcast from messing with the Internet’s unfettered gush of data that makes their businesses thrive.

      So by coming down firmly against the Federal Communications Commission’s pro-net-neutrality vote in late February, Cruz and other leading GOP politicians now may be burning some of the bridges the party has tried so hard to build — and Democrats are gleefully warming their hands by that fire.

      In Silicon Valley, “net neutrality has taken on almost a religious fervor — it has become a line in the sand,” said LarryGerston, professor emeritus of political science atSan Jose State.

      “This is the heart of Twitter,” the company said in a statement after the FCC’s vote. “Without such net neutrality principles in place, some of today’s most successful and widely known Internet companies might never have come into existence.”

      Gerston said he was surprised by the ferocity of the GOP opposition to the FCC decision.

      “I don’t know why Republicans would be so worked up over this,” he added. “I don’t see much of a payoff other than this philosophical, knee-jerk response to government going into places where it hasn’t before. But for many Republicans, that will carry the day. That’s their mantra.”The FCC’s vote essentially puts the Internet under the same regulatory umbrella as telephones. The aim is to keep Internet service providers from slowing or blocking certain web activity — or creating paid “fast lanes.”

      Silicon Valley’s House Democrats — Mike Honda, Zoe Lofgren, Anna Eshoo and Jackie Speier — all lauded the FCC’s action.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/nation-world/ci_27671709/gop-politicians-at-odds-most-silicon-valley-net

  4. Extra anchor thanks Obama for Obamacare in soft-hitting interview

    6/12/15 By NICK GASS – politico

    It’s a rare occasion for President Barack Obama to give a friendly interview about health care reform. It’s rarer still for a sitdown in the Rose Garden. And rarer still, with an interviewer who thanks the president for Obamacare.

    But that’s what happened when Jerry Penacoli, an actor and correspondent for the entertainment news program “Extra,” recounted his battle with cancer and how the Affordable Care Act “pretty much saved my finances and my life” in a recent interview on the White House grounds, which he called “my chance to thank the president.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/obama-extra-interview-obamacare-jerry-penacoli-118920.html?hp=rc4_4

    • President Obama on the Affordable Care Act & How It Saved ‘Extra’s’ Jerry Penacoli’s Life

      Published on Jun 11, 2015 extratv

      After successfully battling melanoma and thyroid cancer, “Extra” correspondent Jerry Penacoli got a rare opportunity today to thank President Obama for saving his life with the Affordable Care Act.

    • Health Care in America

      Published on Jun 11, 2015

      “Is there any greater measure of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness than those simple pleasures that are afforded because you have good health?” —President Obama

  5. 11:45 AM ET

    President Obama meets with governors of Western States via video teleconference
    The Situation Room

  6. West Wing Week: 06/12/15 or, “Walking and Holding Hands”

    Published on Jun 12, 2015

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — and beyond. This week, the President honored the life of Beau Biden, traveled to Germany to meet with G7 leaders, celebrated the achievements of the Affordable Care Act, and met with a reporter who benefited from that very legislation. That’s June 5th to June 11th or, “Walking and Holding Hands.”

  7. June 12, 2015

    Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 802

    On Friday, June 12, 2015, the President signed into law:

    S. 802, the “Girls Count Act of 2015,” which authorizes the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development to prioritize efforts to support the rights of women and girls in developing countries.

  8. June 12, 2015

    Statement by the President

    Today, Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives voted to help the United States negotiate and enforce strong, high-standard trade deals that are good for American workers and good for American businesses. That’s a good thing. My top priority as President is to grow the economy and open new avenues of opportunity for hardworking Americans. And today’s new economy demands we encourage new sources of growth and job creation, so that America remains vital, dynamic, and on the cutting edge. That’s what smart new trade agreements can do – agreements for fair and free trade that level the playing field for our workers, open new markets for our businesses, and hold other countries to the kinds of high standards that Americans are proud to hold ourselves to here at home. These kinds of agreements reflect the realities of a 21st century economy. These kinds of agreements make sure that the global economy’s rules aren’t written by countries like China; they’re written by the United States of America. And to stand in their way is to do nothing but preserve the long-term status quo for American workers, and make it even harder for them to succeed.

    Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) will expand workers’ rights, it will protect the environment, it will promote a free and open Internet, and it will support robust new measures to crack down on countries that break the rules – the same way we’ve brought dozens of new trade cases over the past six years, and won again and again. But as I’ve said before, new trade agreements should go hand in hand with support to American workers who’ve been harmed by trade in the past. Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) is an initiative that would give roughly 100,000 American workers access to vital support each year. But it’s currently scheduled to expire soon. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have renewed it. Republicans and Democrats in the House failed to renew it today – and that inaction will directly hurt about 100,000 workers and their communities annually if those Members of Congress don’t reconsider.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/12/statement-president

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