Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz rolled out a new report on the Obama Administration’s agenda and its impact on the Hispanic Community this week. ‘An America Built to Last: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community’ was first previewed during a policy conversation at the Center for American Progress on keeping the ladder of opportunity strong for Latinos.
The report highlights the fact that the successes and challenges of the Hispanic community are closely intertwined with the future economic well-being of our nation, and how the policies and programs this Administration has worked on over the past three years affect this growing segment of the American population.
On July 20th, the White House was honored to host Colombian American Community Leaders on the 202nd Colombian independence. Key White House and other Administration officials joined the Colombian-American participants for this important exchange.
Ricardo Zuniga, the recently appointed Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Staff, delivered welcoming remarks highlighting the importance of the relationship between the United States and Colombia, from our shared common values, to our long history dating back to Simon Bolivar and George Washington’s exchange on their common struggle for independence.
To read more about their visit, click here.
Dan Restrepo, Dario Gomez, Kevin Whitaker, Alejandra Castillo, and Gustavo Arnavat speak on a panel titled “Promoting Exports and Trade Opportunities for Small Business,” July 20, 2012. (Photo by the White House Office of Public Engagement)
Our nation is only as strong as our middle class, and Congress would be putting the middle class at risk by failing to act on extending middle-class tax cuts. That is why the President is calling on congress to do the right thing and extend middle-class tax cuts for ninety-eight percent of American families and ninety-seven percent of small businesses. Check out the infographic for a breakdown of what these middle-class tax cuts means for millions of families.
The United States of America made history this week as ‘Curiosity’ successfully landed on Mars. The President released a statement and said:
“…tonight’s success reminds us that our preeminence – not just in space, but here on Earth – depends on continuing to invest wisely in the innovation, technology, and basic research that has always made our economy the envy of the world.”
To read the complete press release, click here.
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U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces More than $363 Million in Grants for State Highway Projects August 2, 2012 The U.S. economy is working its way back from the Great Recession. One indication has been that unemployment insurance claims have steadily fallen since September and they are now at the same level as in March of 2008. Additionally, layoffs are at the same level as in 2006.
Secretary Duncan, White House, Smithsonian Officials to Celebrate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Anniversary July 23, 2012 Education Secretary Arne Duncan, along with officials from White House and the Smithsonian Institution will join high-school student leaders from New York and Washington D.C., today for a series of events celebrating the 48th anniversary of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts August 07, 2012 President Obama announced his intent to appoint individuals to the Arctic Research Commission.
Health care law gives women control over their care, offers free preventive services to 47 million women July 31, 2012 Forty-seven million women are getting greater control over their health care and access to eight new prevention-related health care services without paying more out of their own pocket beginning Aug. 1, 2012, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.
U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $787 Million to Repair, Modernize Nation’s Aging Transit Infrastructure July 23, 2012 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced $787 million that will put Americans to work modernizing and replacing aging transit facilities and vehicles to meet the growing demand from millions of riders across the country. This third round of federal funding will support 255 projects in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
New “Border Initiative” to help communities along U.S/Mexico region confronting chronic poverty June 12, 2012 Today the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development (USDA-RD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) announced a joint “Border Community Capital Initiative” (Border Initiative), a collaboration designed to increase access to capital in the U.S./Mexico border region which includes some of the poorest communities in the country.
New Report Highlights the Impact of the President’s Agenda on the Hispanic Community August 8, 2012 A new report, “An America Built to Last: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community,” takes a close look at how President Obama’s policies have made a difference for Hispanics and all Americans as we work to move our country forward out of the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression.
An Issue Beyond Debate: Congress Should Act Now to Protect Women Vice President Biden discusses the importance of congressional action to protect women. He stresses the importance of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization.
International Religious Freedom: A Human Right, A National Security Issue, A Foreign Policy Priority As the President’s 2012 Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day stated, this Administration will continue to stand with all who are denied the ability to choose, express, or live their faith freely, and we remain dedicated to protecting this universal human right and the vital role it plays in ensuring peace and stability for all nations.
Marking the 22nd Anniversary of the ADA Valerie Jarrett delivered remarks at the 22nd anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act and discusses a report from the Office of Personnel Management on the progress that the Federal government has made.
U.S. Department of State Hosts Spanish-language Twitter Briefing The U.S. State Department held a Spanish-language Twitter Briefing covering a wide range of U.S. foreign policy issues.
Spreading the Word about Doing Business in Latin America Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary for International Trade, discusses the advantages of doing business in Latin America.
Inventing a Sustainable Future for Latin America Luis Aguirre-Torres, a recent White House Champion of Change, blogs about re-inventing the future and finding solutions to issues like climate change.
Goals for a Better Life A. Patricia Janiot, a recent White House Champion of Change, discusses community development and education as key components of a brighter future.
Apply for the Spring 2013 White House Internship Program The application for the Spring 2013 White House Internship Program is now open. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office of the President and engage them in public service opportunities. Learn more about the program and the application process. The deadline to apply is September 23, 2012.