U.S. Constitution & Citizenship Day 2016

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.

Universities and colleges nationwide have created “U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks” in order to meet the requirements of the law. For example, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has created a celebration week that includes “Constitution Trivia Contests”, distribution of free copies of the U.S. Constitution, a campus & community fair (in which volunteer and community groups can share information with students), a web page with facts and links related to the Constitution and history of the United States. MSOE has also distributed thousands of free “Presidential quote” t-shirts to all students on campus.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_Day_(United_States)

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  1. WH

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama delivers remarks at the 46th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative & Phoenix Awards Dinner
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC

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  2. U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day 2014

    Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

    The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. In addition to renaming the holiday “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” the act mandates that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution on that day. In May 2005, the United States Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind.This holiday is not observed by granting time off work for federal employees.

    Universities and colleges nationwide have created “U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks” in order to meet the requirements of the law. For example, the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has created a celebration week that includes “Constitution Trivia Contests”, distribution of free copies of the U.S. Constitution, a campus & community fair (in which volunteer and community groups can share information with students), a web page with facts and links related to the Constitution and history of the United States. MSOE has also distributed thousands of free “Presidential quote” t-shirts to all students on campus.

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_Day_(United_States)

  3. Obama presenting final keynote at CBC dinner; Hillary receiving award

    AUGUST 24, 2016 NO COMMENTS

    president barack obamaWASHINGTON— The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) has announced that President Barack Obama will deliver his seventh and final keynote address at its 46th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The evening’s co-emcees will be Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, and actress Sanaa Lathan, who has a new show premiering this fall on FOX. Honorary co-chairs of this year’s conference are U.S. Representatives Karen Bass of California and Lacy Clay of Missouri.

    “President Obama is our nation’s most influential and demonstrable voice. We are honored to have him speak at the Phoenix Awards dinner,” said R. Donahue Peebles, chairman of the CBCF board of directors. “In the face of great challenges, his historic two terms in office have strengthened America’s resolve to close the persistent gaps between the daily realities and the actual well-being and security of African Americans.”

    The Phoenix Award is the CBCF’s highest honor, presented to individuals whose extraordinary achievements strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities, nationally and globally.

    “We are extremely proud of the leadership, civic engagement and commitment shown by this year’s honorees—and salute their efforts to promote empowerment and respect for and among all people,” said CBCF president and CEO, A. Shuanise Washington. “Our honorees embody the foundation’s 40-year commitment to raise awareness and address the challenges African Americans face every day in education, health care, minority business development and entrepreneurship.”

    For more: http://northdallasgazette.com/2016/08/24/obama-cbc-dinner/

    • September 18, 2016

      REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION 46TH ANNUAL PHOENIX AWARDS DINNER

      Walter E. Washington Convention Center

      Washington, D.C.

      9:26 P.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, CBC! (Applause.) Thank you, Don, for the great work you are doing and that kind introduction.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

      THE PRESIDENT: I love you, too. (Applause.)

      I want to thank the CBC Foundation, Chairman Butterfield, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the whole CBC family. It’s always good to be with the Conscience of Congress. I also want to congratulate tonight’s honorees, beginning with Charlie Rangel, a founding member of the CBC, an outstanding public servant who, as we just talked about, we’ll be riding off into the sunset together. (Applause.) Representative Marcia Fudge. (Applause.) Robert Smith. The Mother Emanuel Family. And your Trailblazer Award recipient, my friend, a champion for change — Secretary Hillary Clinton. (Applause.)

      There’s an extra spring in my step tonight. I don’t know about you guys, but I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over. (Laughter.) I mean, ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change — none of those things weighed on my mind — (laughter) — like the validity of my birth certificate. (Laughter.) And to think that with just 124 days to go, under the wire, we got that resolved. (Laughter.) I mean, that’s a boost for me in the home stretch. In other breaking news, the world is round, not flat. (Laughter.) Lord.

      This is, of course, my last CBC dinner as President. Next time I show up, I have to buy a ticket. (Laughter.) Now, don’t get me wrong, though. We’ve still got so much work to do, and we are sprinting all the way through the tape. But the days are winding down. I’ve noticed that whenever Michelle or I travel around the country, folks come up and they say, oh, we’re so sad to see you go. And I really appreciate that. Michelle says, “That’s right.” (Laughter.) She gave a speech yesterday — a bunch of young people were chanting “four more years,” and she said, “Nope.” Nope. (Laughter.) No. She’s ready. (Laughter.)

      But we do want to take this opportunity just to say thank you — say thank you for your support over the years — (applause) — to say thank you for your friendship, to say thank you for your prayers. (Applause.) As I just look across this auditorium, there are so many people here who lifted us up, who steadied us when things got tough.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/18/remarks-president-congressional-black-caucus-foundation-46th-annual

  4. I am glad that I am an American citizen….natural born and all. If people come here to become American citizens and do it the right way well I am glad for them.

    • Hi vitaminlover. I agree with you.

      I guess that since Trump says that Hawai’i IS a part of the United States of American that I too am a natural born citizen after all…phew!

      • Wow I didn’t know that you were born in Hawaii. Did you grow up there? Trump the chump is from planet Zero so I really wonder if he’s actually human. He is alien to me in the true sense of the word.

  5. Weekly Address: It’s Time for Republicans in Congress To Do Their Jobs

    Remarks of President Barack Obama as Prepared for Delivery
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    September 17, 2016

    Hi, everybody. I’ve delivered a few hundred of these weekly addresses over the years. And you may have noticed a theme that pops up pretty often:

    The Republicans who run this Congress aren’t doing their jobs.

    Well, guess what? Congress recently returned from a seven-week vacation. They’ve only got two weeks left until their next one. But there’s a lot of business they need to get done first.

    First – even as we’re seeing more and more Zika cases inside the United States, they’ve refused to fund our efforts to protect women and children by fighting Zika in a serious way.

    Second – they still need to provide resources to help the people of Louisiana recover from last month’s terrible floods, and to help communities like Flint recover from their own challenges.

    Third – they have made Merrick Garland, a Supreme Court nominee with more federal judicial experience than any other in history, wait longer than any other in history for the simple courtesy of a hearing, let alone a vote. All because they want their nominee for President to fill that seat.

    There are plenty other bipartisan priorities they should finish this year, too. Passing criminal justice reform. Attacking the opioids epidemic. Funding Joe Biden’s cancer moonshot. Finishing a Trans-Pacific trade agreement that will support American jobs and boost American wages. And passing a budget that will make sure all of America’s priorities are funded without resorting to shutdown threats and last-minute gimmicks.

    By the way, it’s been almost a decade since Congress voted to raise the minimum wage. I’m just saying.

    None of this should be controversial. All of it is within our reach. This is America – we can do anything. We just need a Congress that works as hard as you do. At the very least, we should expect that they do their jobs – and protect us from disease, help us recover from disaster, keep the Supreme Court above politics, and help our businesses grow and hire.

    So if any of these priorities matter to you, let your Congressperson know. And if they still refuse to do their jobs – well, you know what to do in November.

    Our government only works as well as the people we elect. And that’s entirely up to you.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

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