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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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...

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Keeping the American Dream Alive

December 15, 2015

As the daughter and son of immigrants, we have lived the American dream. Every day, we work side by side with federal officials who are deeply committed to ensuring that the promise of this dream is available to all Americans, including our newest Americans. That’s why we are honored to serve as the co-chairs of the White House Task Force on New Americans.

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NIST Boulder Lab Building Renamed for Katharine Blodgett Gebbie

December 15, 2015

Two landmarks merged on Dec. 10, 2015, when the most advanced laboratory building at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus in Boulder, Colo., was renamed after legendary NIST laboratory director Katharine Blodgett Gebbie.
This is the first time a NIST Boulder building has been named for a person. Such honors have been rare in NIST’s 114-year history across several locations. The last time a NIST building was named for a staff member was in 1962 at the institution’s original headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Watch: Chef José Andrés on Citizenship

December 15, 2015

Chef José Andrés, Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization, sent the message below to the White House email list, telling people about his story of becoming citizen and encouraging others to learn more about the naturalization process.

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Two years ago, I had the honor and privilege of taking the oath of citizenship to become an American citizen.

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