You are here

Blogs

West Wing Week: 12/18/2015 or, "My Soon-To-Be Fellow Citizens"

December 18, 2015

This week, the President heralded the achievement of the whole world coming together to combat climate change, traveled to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center to continue the work on securing our nation, and presided over a very moving naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

Saturday, December 12

On Saturday evening, the President delivered a statement from the Cabinet Room on the historic global agreement reached by the U.S. and nearly 200 nations to combat climate change, otherwise known as the Paris Agreement.

Monday, December 14

Read More

President Obama Has Shortened the Sentences of More People Than the Last 5 Presidents Combined

December 18, 2015

Today, President Obama is commuting the federal prison sentences of 95 men and women, most of whom committed nonviolent offenses. With this step, the President has now granted 184 commutations total -- more than the last five presidents combined. Take a look:

Read More

The Rise of Online Business Lending and What to Look Out For

December 18, 2015

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, and financing is the viability of a small business. Small business owners rely on...

Read More

Good News: Millions More Americans with Student Debt Can Now Lower Their Payments

December 17, 2015

No hardworking American should go broke from student loans. That’s why today, the Department of Education announced an expansion of the Pay As You Earn loan repayment plans (PAYE) that will help bring relief and make it easier for millions more Americans who are struggling with student loan debt. Under PAYE plans, if you're a borrower who needs help with your debt, you can reduce your monthly payment to as low as $0 and you'll never have to pay more than 10 percent of your income towards student loan payments.

Read More

One Year Later: Reflecting on a New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 17, 2015

This blog is cross-posted from the Department of Commerce.

Secretary Penny Pritzker held a bilateral meeting with Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, following the U.S.-Cuba Regulatory Dialogue meeting.

On December 17, 2014 President Obama made the historic announcement that the United States would no longer be held captive by the past and would instead move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cuba.

Read More

One Year Later: Reflecting on a New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 17, 2015

On December 17, 2014 President Obama made the historic announcement that the United States would no longer be held captive by the past and would instead move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cuba.
This shift in policy was rooted in a fundamental desire to improve the lives of people in both our nations. We want to help the Cuban people connect to the global economy and enjoy a higher standard of living, while also giving the people of the United States an opportunity to learn about a country that is only 90 miles off our shores.

Read More

U.S. Department of Commerce Most Popular Blogs of 2015

December 16, 2015

As we close out the year 2015, we also mark two years since the launch of the Commerce Department’s Open for Business Agenda, a bold policy priorities framework for the Department of Commerce, centered on the tools needed for U.S. economic growth.  These tools include U.S. trade and investment, innovation, data, environmental intelligence, and operational excellence, and this agenda reflects the Department’s role as the voice of business, as well as the Obama Administration’s keen focus on economic growth and job creation.

Read More

President Obama: "Immigrants and Refugees Revitalize and Renew America"

December 16, 2015

President Barack Obama participates in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2015. Next to the President from left, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security; Leon Rodriguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Chief Judge Richard Roberts, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Read More

Manufacturing Relies on the Strengths of American Communities

December 16, 2015

This article originally appeared in the White House Blog. Guest blog post by Jason Miller, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council at the White House.

Read More

The Dos and Don’ts of Conducting Background Checks

December 16, 2015

There are many negative consequences of making the wrong hire. And you want to make sure that you have all the right information before you make the decision. Skipping out on this process can...

Read More

Pages