2016 ASEAN Summit & EAS Summit

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that seeks to promote free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of Asia-Pacific economies and the advent of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world; to fears that highly industrialized Japan (a member of G8) would come to dominate economic activity in the Asia-Pacific region; and to establish new markets for agricultural products and raw materials beyond Europe (where demand had been declining). APEC works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth and to foster a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries. APEC includes newly industrialized economies, although the agenda of free trade was a sensitive issue for the developing NIEs at the time APEC founded, and aims to enable ASEAN economies to explore new export market opportunities for natural resources such as natural gas, as well as to seek regional economic integration (industrial integration) by means of foreign direct investment. Members account for approximately 40% of the world’s population, approximately 54% of the world’s gross domestic product and about 44% of world trade.

An annual APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting is attended by the heads of government of all APEC members except Taiwan (which is represented by a ministerial-level official under the name Chinese Taipei as economic leader). The location of the meeting rotates annually among the member economies, and a famous tradition, followed for most (but not all) summits, involves the attending leaders dressing in a national costume of the host country.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia-Pacific_Economic_Cooperation


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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary


Tuesday, September 6th

President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Laotian President Bounnhang Vorachith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama attends an official state luncheon
Presidential Palace, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama delivers remarks to the People of Laos
Lao National Cultural Hall , Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with President Park of the Republic of Korea
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama meets with Embassy personnel and families
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos


Wednesday, September 7th

President Obama participates in an EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a press conference
Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India
Landmark Mekong Riverside, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama tours Wat Xieng Thong temple
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama Holds a YSEALI Town Hall
Luang Prabang, Laos

President Obama tours Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) Visitor Centre
Vientiane, Laos

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS welcome dinner and cultural performance
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos


Thursday, September 8th

President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS family photo
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama Holds a Press Conference
National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama departs Laos en route to Japan
Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

President Obama arrives in Yokota, Japan and Air Force One refuels
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama departs Japan en route to Alaska
Yokota Air Base, Japan

President Obama arrives in Achorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama departs Achorage en route to Joint Base Andrews
Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to White House

President Obama arrives White House


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September 6-8, 2016
Vientiane, Laos






Women’s Equality Day 2016

Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to women throughout the country. Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was certified as law. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1972, the year after legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug. This resolution was passed in 1971 designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day.

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The Paycheck Fairness Act is proposed legislation that would add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address male–female income disparity in the United States. A Census Bureau report published in 2008 stated that women’s median annual earnings were 77.5% of men’s earnings, newer studies suggest, when the data is controlled for certain variables, the residual gap is around 7%, the same study concludes that the residual is due to the fact that “hours of work in many occupations are worth more when given at particular moments and when the hours are more continuous. That is, in many occupations earnings have a nonlinear relationship with respect to hours.”

The House of Represen­tatives approved the bill in January 2009. The United States Senate failed to move the bill forward in November 2010. President Barack Obama said in March 2011 that he will continue to fight for the goals in the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill was reintroduced in both houses of Congress in April 2011.

The 2010 bill had no Republican Party co-sponsors, though a group of four Republican senators had supported an earlier bill to address gender-based wage discrimination, including Susan CollinsKay Bailey HutchisonLisa Murkowski and Olympia Snowe. On June 5th, 2012 the bill fell short of the 60 votes necessary to override a filibuster and did not make it to the Senate floor for debate. The vote went along party lines, excluding a vote against by Democrat Harry Reid. (A vote which left Democrats the option to introduce the bill again at a later time.) On April 9, 2014, in another straight-party-line vote, the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199; 113th Congress) was again blocked by a Republican filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Once again, Senator Reid changed his vote from support to oppose, as a tactical maneuver to keep the bill alive.

The 2010 Senate version of the bill had the support of the Obama administration and that of Democrats in the Senate. The American Civil Liberties Union supported S.182, citing the 2008 data from the United States Census Bureau that women’s median annual earnings were 77.5% of the male median, African-American women’s median annual earnings were 64% of the white male median, and Hispanic women’s median annual earnings were 54% of the white male median. The American Association of University Women also supported the bill, citing the organization’s 2007 research report, Behind the Pay Gap, which showed that women earn less than their male colleagues just one year out of college. The pay gap has widened 10 years after graduation.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paycheck_Fairness_Act


Did You Know That Women Are Still Paid Less Than Men?

On average, full-time working women earn just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This substantial gap is more than a statistic — it has real life consequences. When women, who make up nearly half the workforce, bring home less money each day, it means they have less for the everyday needs of their families, and over a lifetime of work, far less savings for retirement.

President Obama supports passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a comprehensive and commonsense bill that updates and strengthens the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which made it illegal for employers to pay unequal wages to men and women who perform substantially equal work.



GOP Blocks Equal Pay

Senate Republicans again kill Paycheck Fairness Act

4/09/14 01:06 PM – Steven Benen – maddowblog

The third time was not the charm. Democratic efforts to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to overcome Republican opposition in the 111th Congress and the 112th Congress, and as of this morning, it failed once again at the hands of a GOP filibuster.

Senate Republicans filibustered a debate on a Democratic pay equity bill backed by President Barack Obama Wednesday.

Sixty votes were needed to allow the bill to be debated on the Senate floor, but Republicans refused to allow the bill to come up for debate after complaining Democrats weren’t allowing votes on their amendments.

The roll call from the vote is online here. Note that the final tally was 54 to 43 – six votes shy of the supermajority needed to end Republican obstructionism – but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) switched his vote for procedural reasons, leaving it at 53 to 44.

The legislation received exactly zero Republican votes, as was the case with previous efforts to pass the bill.I

In case anyone needs a refresher, the Paycheck Fairness Act is a perfectly credidble piece of legislation that would “enhance the remedies available for victims of gender-based discrimination and require employers to show that wage differences are job-related, not sex-based, and driven by business necessity. The measure would also protect employees from retaliation for sharing salary information, which is important for deterring and challenging discriminatory compensation.”

As we’ve discussed, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was an important step forward when it comes to combating discrimination, but it was also narrowly focused to address a specific problem: giving victims of discrimination access to the courts for legal redress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is a broader measure.

Republicans have responded that they endorse the idea of equal pay for equal work, but in recent years, much of the party remains opposed to policymakers’ efforts to do something about it. (This morning, some GOP senators also raised procedural objections about amendments.)

As for the electoral considerations, aren’t GOP lawmakers worried about rejecting measures like these in an election year?

Apparently not.

Senate Republicans aren’t sweating a ramped-up push by Democrats and President Barack Obama for new pay equity legislation – pushing forward women Republicans to rebut charges they have a woman problem and doubting the issue will resonate with voters. […]

Republicans argue that the Democrats’ bill – along with their so-called “Fair Shot” agenda for the year – is a political ploy that will not fool voters.

I’m not sure who’s trying to fool whom in this model. Dems put together a bill; the bill is popular; and they’ve pushed it repeatedly for six years. That sounds less like a p.r. stunt and more like an effort to address a problem.

As for the midterms, Republicans have struggled of late with the gender gap. At a minimum, today’s vote won’t help.


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Social Security Act of 1935 – 81st Anniversary


In the United States, Social Security is primarily the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) federal program. The original Social Security Act (1935) and the current version of the Act, as amended, encompass several social welfare and social insurance programs. Social Security is funded through payroll taxes called Federal Insurance Contributions Act tax (FICA) and/or Self Employed Contributions Act Tax (SECA). Tax deposits are collected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and are formally entrusted to the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund, the Federal Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, or the Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund which make up the Social Security Trust Funds. With a few exceptions, all salaried income, up to a specifically determined amount by law (see tax rate table below) has an FICA and/or SECA tax collected on it.

For more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_(United_States)


The Obama Administration’s Agenda on Seniors & Social Security

“To put us on solid ground, we should also find a bipartisan solution to strengthen Social Security for future generations. We must do it without putting at risk current retirees, the most vulnerable, or people with disabilities; without slashing benefits for future generations; and without subjecting Americans’ guaranteed retirement income to the whims of the stock market.”


Social Security Timeline: http://www.ssa.gov/history/1930.html

Learn more about Social Security: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/


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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – 5th Anniversary

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The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) is a independent bureau within the Federal Reserve System that helped empower consumers with the information they need to make financial decisions that are best for them and their families. Created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the CFPB  works to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products and services.


Consumers Count: Five years standing up for you
July 21, 2016, marks five years since we opened our doors.

By Zixta Q Martinez – JUL 14, 2016

We want you to join us as we reflect on five years working to ensure that banks, lenders, and other financial companies treat you fairly.

After the 2008 financial crisis, Congress created the CFPB as the only federal agency with the sole mission of protecting consumers in the financial marketplace.

Since we opened our doors, we’ve focused on making the financial marketplace work for consumers. We’ve listened to your complaints about problems with your financial companies, created new consumer protections for financial products and services, and held bad actors accountable for breaking the law. We’ve also created new tools and resources to help you navigate financial decisions, like choosing a mortgage or an auto loan, or deciding at what age to claim Social Security retirement benefits.

In observance of our 5th anniversary, here are five ways we’ve made consumers count:

1. Our actions have resulted in $11.7 billion in relief for more than 27 million harmed

2. We’ve handled nearly one million consumer complaints.

3. We’ve empowered millions of consumers to “Know Before You Owe.”

4. We’ve put in place new rules to make the mortgage market safer for you.

5. We’re curbing potentially harmful financial practices with new consumer protections nationwide.

For more: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/consumers-count-five-years-standing-you/


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North American Leaders Summit 2016

Mexico Pres Peña Nieto, U.S. Pres Obama & Canadian PM Trudeau
Mexico Pres Peña Nieto, U.S. Pres Obama & Canadian PM Trudeau

On June 29. 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will host President Barack Obama and Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto at the 2016 North American Leader’s Summit (NALS) to be held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

This meeting  built on wide-ranging and ongoing cooperation among the United States, Canada, and Mexico with a particular focus on economic competitiveness, energy and the environment, and defence and security cooperation. They will also have the opportunity to exchange views on a number of important regional and global security issues.

Canada, the U.S. and Mexico have a successful history of cooperation on environmental issues. This cooperation includes efforts to safeguard North America’s natural resources and ecosystems, as well as efforts to address the global challenges posed by climate change.

The United States, Canada and Mexico celebrate successful cooperative agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) , the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) which safeguards the natural resources of North America.


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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

President Obama is greeted by Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold bilateral meeting
Canadian Galleries, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto participates in the Trilateral North American Leaders Summit Meeting
Canadian Galleries, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama participates in a North American leaders family photo
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a working lunch
Garden Court, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexico’s President Pena Nieto hold a press conference
Great Hall, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama is greeted by Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau
Peace Tower Entrance, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau hold bilateral meeting
Cabinet Room, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama addresses The Canadian Parliament
House of Commons Chamber, Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

President Obama participates in an Embassy meet and greet
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



June 29, 2016
North American Leaders’ Summit 2016
National Gallery of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada




Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

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When we connect global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create and innovate, we unleash their power to change the world.

A clear example of this is found in Silicon Valley where thousands of firms have achieved success. With that in mind, what better place to gather entrepreneurs at all stages of business development for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)?  This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya.  In bringing the Summit back to the United States, President Obama highlights his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together.

GES 2016 aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world creating new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connect American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlight entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges.

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June 22-24, 2016
2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California


Live Stream: http://www.ges2016.org/live/



Continuing U.S. Economic Progress


Economic Situation:

United States of America Annual Gross Domestic Product

Year    U.S. GDP
2005  $13,093,700,000,000
2006  $13,855,900,000,000
2007  $14,477,600,000,000
2008  $14,718,600,000,000
2009  $14,418,700,000,000
2010  $14,964,400,000,000
2011  $15,517,900,000,000
2012  $16,163,200,000,000
2013  $16,768,100,000,000
2014  $17,555,000,000,000

Unemployment 2008- Sept 2014

President Obama Is Returning to Elkhart


President Obama is returning to Elkhart, Indiana, the first city he visited as President, to highlight the economic progress we’ve made and the promise he kept.

Just three weeks into my presidency, I made a promise to the people of Elkhart, Indiana.

It was the first city I visited as President. Folks there had been hit harder by the recession than almost anywhere else in America. The unemployment rate was on its way to nearly twenty percent. Companies that had sustained that community for years were shedding jobs at an alarming speed — and hardworking families were losing their homes and health care along with those jobs.

When I spoke to the people of Elkhart in February of 2009, I promised them that if we worked together, we could pull that community and this country out of the depths of recession — that we could not only recover, but put ourselves on a better, stronger course.

Today, thanks to the hard work of people in Elkhart and in communities across the country, America has recovered from crisis and we’re on the cusp of resurgence.

That’s why I’m going back to Elkhart next Wednesday — to highlight the economic progress we’ve made and discuss the challenges that remain.

The story of Elkhart’s recovery is the story of America’s recovery.

Today, Elkhart’s manufacturing industry is back, and the town has regained nearly all of the jobs it lost during the downturn. The unemployment rate is lower than it was before the recession, and lower than the national average. In Indiana, more people have health insurance, and fewer homeowners are underwater.

This progress is thanks to the effort and determination of Americans like you. And it’s a result of the choices we made as a nation.

We still face some tough economic challenges, there’s no doubt about it. And all of us have to make some very important decisions about where we go from here.

That’s what I’m going to talk about when I return to Elkhart on Wednesday. I hope you’ll tune in.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama


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6/4/16 Weekly Address: Building on America’s Economic Recovery



3:25 PM ET
President Obama delivers remarks on the economy
Concord Community High School, Elkhart, Indiana

4:55 PM ET
President Obama participates in a Economic Town Hall hosted by PBS
Concord Community High School, Learner Theater, Elkhart, Indiana