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West Wing Week: 06/17/16 or, "We Will Stand With Orlando"

June 17, 2016

This week, the President's attention was focused on Orlando, and on the worst mass shooting in American history. The President called it an act of terror and an act of hate. He spent the week making clear that we would get to the bottom of what happened and stand with the people of Orlando, including the LGBT community that came under attack, as they mourned the loss of so many innocent loved ones. That's June 10th to June 16th or, "We Will Stand with Orlando." 

 

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Email from Vice President Biden on the Assault Weapon Ban

June 17, 2016

Today, Vice President Joe Biden sent this message to people who, in the wake of the tragic attack in Orlando, signed a We the People petition calling on the government to ban AR-15-type assault weapons from civilian ownership. To learn more about this petition or take action on issue that matters to you, visit We the People. 

Over the past few years, we've watched as new horrific shootings have replaced previous ones as the deadliest in our nation's history.

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It's Time for Congress to Provide the Funding We Need for the Opioid Epidemic

June 17, 2016

Prescription drug abuse and heroin use have taken a heartbreaking toll on too many Americans and their families, while straining resources of law enforcement and treatment programs. More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes.

The President has made clear that addressing the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic is a priority for his Administration, and has proposed to invest $1.1 billion in new funding to make sure that every American with an opioid use disorder who seeks treatment can get the help needed.

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Never Forget: We are Charleston

June 17, 2016

In times of tragedy, all too often fear prevails as hope fades and our hearts drown in sorrow. This is the cyclical trend of hopelessness brought on by our nation's epidemic of senseless gun violence. Each time one life is lost, we as a nation lose a piece of ourselves. That tragic evening a year ago in Charleston at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Church was no different. But instead of sorrow, the community responded to wicked violent murders with "amazing grace" as President Obama said at Rev Clementa Pickney's funeral.

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Secretary Pritzker Addresses U.S.-Mexican Business Leaders on Making North America the Most Competitive Region in the World

June 16, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today addressed U.S. and Mexican business leaders at the Sixth Annual U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, which took place at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Pritzker addressed efforts to strengthen the commercial and economic relationship between the United States and Mexico and the importance of expanding and institutionalizing our bilateral partnership through the High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).

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Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day!

June 16, 2016

Calling all sea turtle lovers! In honor of World Sea Turtle Day on June 16, 2014, we're taking a special look at sea turtles species found in U.S. waters and the science we use to protect these magnificent marine creatures. Sea turtles are air-breathing reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers. These turtles inhabit tropical and subtropical ocean waters throughout the world. Although sea turtles live most of their lives in the ocean, adult females must return to beaches on land to lay their eggs.

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SelectUSA Investment Summit Spotlight: Innovation in the United States of America

June 16, 2016

Innovation is the theme of the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit and for good reason – the United States is the premier destination for foreign investment, due in large part to our strong intellectual property protections, our partnerships with top research institutions, and our global leadership in research and development (R&D).

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Franchise Businesses That Show Up When A Disaster Strikes

June 16, 2016

Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and fires destroy homes and business every year. The homes and businesses affected need to be cleaned up and restored back to their original condition. Did you know...

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Financial Disclosure Reports Now Available

June 15, 2016

Public Financial Disclosure Reports (OGE Form 278) for White House officials are now available. Interested parties may request reports electronically by completing the application form available here.

Once the application form is submitted, reports will be sent via email in PDF format as quickly as possible.  Please call the press office if you have any questions.

Neil Eggleston is Counsel to the President 

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What is An EIN and Why Is It Important?

June 15, 2016

One of the key responsibilities for many new businesses or businesses that are restructuring is obtaining an Employer Identification Number, or EIN, from the IRS.
An EIN is a unique nine-...

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