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Quote of the Week
“It's time for us to take care of business. There are things this country has to do that can’t wait another two years or another four years."
-- President Obama, November 5, 2014
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America’s security and prosperity are increasingly and inextricably linked to the Asia Pacific. Tomorrow, President Obama will head to Asia for the second time this year and his sixth time as President.
Deeply committed to our rebalancing strategy in Asia, the President will be meeting with leaders in China, Burma, and Australia to ensure that we are fostering an open, transparent security and economic order amid what is an increasing and already high demand for U.S. leadership in the region.
This week, the President urged Congress to support his policies to help women and working families succeed, awarded the Medal of Honor to a heroic Civil War veteran, invited military families to a concert on the South Lawn, and, of course, greeted trick-or-treaters on Halloween. That's October 31st to November 6th.Read More
It’s been almost two years since President Obama first called for an increase in the national minimum wage.
He believes more strongly than ever that no one who works full-time should have to raise a family in poverty. He believes that the current rate of $7.25 per hour undermines our basic bargain, failing to reward hard work with a fair wage.
When you want something
done, give it to a busy person. In the case of the newly appointed members of the
National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), the
Department of Commerce has tapped a group of busy, innovative folks who are
passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce issues to advise
the Secretary on compelling challenges and opportunities in these fields.
Earlier this year, we launched WhiteHouse.gov/tools -- a new section of our site highlighting tools from across government that can make your life easier. Today, we’re updating our collection to highlight tools that can help you make smart personal finance decisions and protect your hard-earned income.
With today’s report, the unemployment rate is falling as fast as at any point in the last thirty years, and the economy is on pace for its best year of job growth since the late 1990s. The economy has come a long way since the crisis six years ago, but more must be done to create jobs for those still searching for work and ensure that those who are working see the strengthening economy translate into rising wages. The President will continue to work with Congress and do everything he can to support job creation and boost wages.
of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Atlanta, Georgia this week to emphasize
the importance of helping U.S. companies launch and increase their business in
Africa at the “Discover Global Markets: Sub-Saharan Africa” Conference. The
event brought together U.S. government officials, visiting U.S. commercial
diplomats posted at embassies throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, international
business leaders, trade finance experts, and others to help companies identify
and develop trade and investment opportunities on the continent.
In honor and celebration of Veterans Day, join U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet as she engages women veteran entrepreneurs during a live Google Hangout-On-Air on November 11 at 1pm ET. The Hangout can be viewed on SBA’s Google+ page and YouTube channel. You can RSVP and submit your questions before or during the Hangout or by using the hashtag #VetsHangout.Read More
Note: This article was authored by Robert McFarlin and originally appeared on the White House's...Read More