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States Lead on Minimum Wage. Is Congress Listening?

Mon, 2014-07-07 13:40

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor Blog. See the original post here.
Congress is back in session this week, and if members have been listening to their constituents they will move quickly to raise the federal minimum wage, which has lost 20 percent of its purchasing power since the 1980s. But absent action from Capitol Hill, states are taking up the slack.

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States Lead On Minimum Wage. Is Congress Listening?

Mon, 2014-07-07 13:40

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Labor Blog. See the original post here.
Congress is back in session this week, and if members have been listening to their constituents they will move quickly to raise the federal minimum wage, which has lost 20 percent of its purchasing power since the 1980s. But absent action from Capitol Hill, states are taking up the slack.

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Dispatches with Dr. Biden: On the Road in the DRC

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:45

Following Dr. Biden’s visit to Zambia, she traveled next to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), her second stop on a three-country visit to Africa.
Dr. Biden toured two cities in the DRC – Kinshasa, the country’s capital, and Bukavu, located in the eastern part of the Congo.
Kinshasa

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Dispatches with Dr. Biden: On the Road in the DRC

Mon, 2014-07-07 09:45

Following Dr. Biden’s visit to Zambia, she traveled next to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), her second stop on a three-country visit to Africa.
Dr. Biden toured two cities in the DRC – Kinshasa, the country’s capital, and Bukavu, located in the eastern part of the Congo.
Kinshasa

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Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR): How it Works and How to Qualify

Mon, 2014-07-07 08:43

Small businesses are the key to advancing America’s economy by bringing cutting-edge, high-impact technologies to the marketplace that improve health care, strengthen our military and protect the environment. However, small businesses often have difficulty competing with larger technology companies due to lack of capital for research and development (R&D) work that is critical for moving products from the planning to deployment stages. 

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The Big Picture: This Month's Jobs Numbers

Sun, 2014-07-06 17:44

You might be seeing a lot of news about the economy creating more jobs.
That's because at the beginning of every month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases a report on our country's general employment situation for the previous month -- and this month's showed some good news.

What's it all mean, and why should you care?
There's still much more to do to keep moving forward, but we've put together a few key points about how our economy is doing generally. Take a look -- and if you learn something new, pass it on.

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Fourth of July 2014 at the White House

Sat, 2014-07-05 08:33

First Lady Michelle Obama, left, Malia Obama and President Barack Obama watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof of the White House, July 4, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Yesterday, true to tradition, the President and First Lady celebrated the Fourth of July by hosting military heroes and their families for an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, concert, and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn.
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President Obama Welcomes 25 New American Citizens on the Fourth of July

Fri, 2014-07-04 14:35

President Barack Obama listens as Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security administers the Oath of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony in the East Room of the White House, July 4, 2014.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Weekly Wrap Up: Team USA, 9.7 Million Jobs, and 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act

Fri, 2014-07-04 10:00

Happy Independence Day, everyone!
This week, President Obama cheered on and congratulated the U.S. men's soccer team; we saw a promising jobs report for June; the President talked about planes, trains, and automobiles in a speech on infrastructure and the economy; and the Vice President reflected on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.

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Weekly Address: Celebrating Independence Day

Fri, 2014-07-04 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Blue Room of the White House, June 27, 2014.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Independence Day by noting the contributions and sacrifices from individuals throughout the history of this country -- from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in our military serving at home and abroad.

Transcript | mp4 | mp3

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