White House Women’s Update: Continuing to Grow the American Economy
We hope this message finds you well.
On November 9th, President Obama laid out his plan to continue to grow the American economy:
“I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges,” he said. “But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. I’m not going to do that.”
To reduce the deficit and grow the economy we need a balanced approach that includes extending middle-class tax cuts. Extending the middle-class tax cuts will also protect programs that improve the lives of women, children, and families across the country.
Watch the President’s full remarks:
The President also reiterated this message in his weekly address on November 10th, which you can watch here.
Today, November 16th, the President met with bipartisan Congressional Leaders, including Speaker Boehner, in the Roosevelt Room for over an hour to discuss the nation’s fiscal challenges. Before the meeting, the President expressed his dedication to finding common ground to reach an agreement.
You can find a post-meeting statement from the Press Secretary here.
If Congress fails to act, on January 1, 2013 taxes will increase for 114 million middle class families.
To find out more information about why extending the middle-class tax cuts is important for our economy, check out this infographic.
Honoring our Men and Women in Uniform on Veterans Day
President Barack Obama delivers Veterans Day remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The President spoke about our responsibility to care for our men and women in uniform and their families:
“So long after the battles end, long after our heroes come home, we stay by their side. That’s who we are. And that’s who we’ll be for today’s returning service members and their families. Because no one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home.
We know the most urgent task many of you face is finding a new way to serve. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to help you find jobs worthy of your incredible skills and talents. That’s why, thanks to the hard work of Michelle and Jill Biden, some of our most patriotic businesses have hired or trained 125,000 veterans and military spouses. It’s why we’re transforming, for the first time in decades, how the military transitions service members from the battlefield to the workplace. And because you deserve to share in the opportunities you defend, we are making sure that the Post-9/11 GI Bill stays strong so you can earn a college education and pursue your dreams.”
Learn more about First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative to support our servicemen and women, veterans, and military spouses.