Weekly Address: Focusing on the Economic Priorities for the Middle Class Nationwide


 

In this week’s address, the President discussed his recent trip to Minneapolis where he met a working mother named Rebekah, who wrote the President to share the challenges her family and many middle-class Americans are facing where they work hard and sacrifice yet still can’t seem to get ahead. But instead of focusing on growing the middle class and expanding opportunity for all, Republicans in Congress continue to block commonsense economic proposals such as raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and making college more affordable.

The President will keep fighting his economic priorities in the weeks and months ahead, because he knows the best way to expand opportunity for all hardworking Americans and continue to strengthen the economy is to grow it from the middle out.

Click here to watch this week’s Weekly Address.

Watch: President Obama delivers the weekly address

A Day in the Life: Rebekah from Minneapolis

This past March, a mom from Minneapolis named Rebekah wrote the President a letter about the increasing costs of taking care of her family. She told him about her day-to-day struggles, and let him know what she thinks needs to change. This week, the President traveled to Minnesota to spend some time with her. Check out the live-blog from President Obama’s trip.

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West Wing Week 6/27/14 or, “POTUS Replies”

This week takes us south of the border with the Vice President, to our nation’s capital for the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, and along for the ride as Rebekah gets a reply… in person.

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“You Can Ignore the Facts; You Can’t Deny the Facts” — President Obama on Climate Change

President Obama addressed the League of Conservation Voters at their annual Capital Dinner. In his remarks, he commended them on their work to protect the planet, and emphasized that the work is “even more urgent and more important” now than when he last spoke to the League in 2006, due to the rapidly growing threat of climate change.

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a message from Rep.Alan Grayson


When House Republicans wanted to appoint a sham committee to investigate Benghazi for the millionth time, thousands of people asked Democratic Leadership to adopt an awesome strategy.

Appoint just one Democrat to the Benghazi committee: Alan Grayson. Grayson is a skilled trial attorney who has backbone and would make Republicans look ridiculous.

Unfortunately, House Democratic Leadership appointed their buddies instead.

This is how politics works. It matters who is in there. It matters who has the most allies.

Next Tuesday, bold progressive allies of Alan Grayson are on the ballot in key Democratic primaries. It matters if they win.

Please donate $4 to help 4 key progressives on the ballot in New Jersey, Iowa, and California.

It’s down to the wire. Polls show neck-and-neck races. Your donation will help hire canvassers to Get Out The Vote.

 

Thank you.

— Adam Green, PCCC co-founder

Meet the progressives running in key Democratic seats:

Mike Honda grew up in a Japanese-American internment camp. Now, he is one of the boldest progressives in Congress, fighting alongside Alan Grayson for the little guy. His opponent said he’d cut Social Security.

Eloise Gomez Reyes is the daughter of immigrants and grew up working on an onion farm. Now, she’s running for Congress to expand Social Security, hold Wall Street accountable, and fight for common-sense immigration reform. Her opponent said he’d cut Social Security.

Bonnie Watson Coleman has spent her life as an outspoken fighter for the poor and powerless. As Majority Leader of the New Jersey Assembly, she helped pass a millionaire’s tax, prison reform, and education bills into law. She’s ready to keep fighting in Congress. Her opponent is a moderate who said she would not be as progressive in Congress.

Pat Murphy has fought for progressive legislation throughout his career. As Iowa’s Speaker of the House, he led the fight to raise the minimum wage and ushered in universal pre-K. A prairie populist, he’ll take the fight to Capitol Hill.

Please donate $4 to help them win their primaries.

Mark Miloscia Vs our Democratic candidate: Shari Song


Washington state … Rodney Tom is out of the picture, but we inherited another politician cut from the same cloth – Mark Miloscia.

This spring, Mark Miloscia, a former Democratic State Representative, stuck his thumb in the air to test the political winds.

Miloscia decided to help the Republicans keep control in the State Senate. He is now running as a Republican for Senate in the 30th Legislative District.

Shari Song is running for State Senate in the 30th District

Click here and say:
I’m with Shari

We need elected officials who stand up and fight for the values we believe in, not shift their principles for political gain.

We need elected officials who will work together to pass a transportation package and fully fund our children’s education. We need Shari Song.

Shari Song is running for State Senate in the 30th Legislative District. Will you sign our petition and show your support for Shari Song?

Shari is a community leader who founded a Korean American preschool. She served on the Diversity Commission for the City of Federal Way, was recognized by Soroptomist International with their Woman of Distinction award, and received a King County Recognition Award for Community Service from former Executive Ron Sims.

Learn more about Shari at www.votesharisong.com.

Shari’s campaign has already earned early endorsements from the King County Democrats, the International Aerospace Machinists, and FUSE Washington. These groups have added their names to a growing coalition of broad and diverse backers.

This race is critical to our mission to take back the State Senate. Join us and stand behind Shari Song – sign on as a supporter today.

Thank you for your support,

Jaxon Ravens
Washington State Democrats Chair

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 6/30 ~~ the House


embassy attcksThe Senate will convene at 2:00pm on Monday, July 7, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 5:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 

At 5:30pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #738, the nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit.  All post-cloture time will be considered expired and the Senate will vote on confirmation of the Krause nomination.

 

Upon disposition of the Krause nomination, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.2363, a bill to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes and vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2363.

 

Therefore, there will be 2 roll call votes at 5:30pm on Monday, July 7th:

–        Confirmation of Executive Calendar #738, the nomination of Cheryl Ann Krause, of New Jersey, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit and

–        Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2363, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2014.

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Last Floor Action:
11:32:57 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 3(b) of H. Res. 641. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on July 3, 2014.

Last Floor Action:
1:54:25 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on June 30, 2014.

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Charles and David: Our nation is not for sale


The self-interested, ultraconservative Koch machine is undermining and corrupting our democracy by drowning out the voices of the rest of us.

That’s why I’ve made a video to help explain America’s giant Koch problem—and explore what we can do about it.

I hope you’ll take a look.

Charles and David Koch personify everything that’s wrong with big money in politics. This summer, MoveOn is working to ensure that the hundreds of millions of dollars they plan to spend in the upcoming election cycle becomes a searing political liability.

If you agree that it’s high time America told the Koch brothers that our nation is not for sale, please share the video with your friends.

Thanks for standing up for democracy.

–Robert Reich

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