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President Barack Obama talks with students from the Becoming A Man (BAM) program, in the Oval Office following the Father's Day luncheon at the White House, June 14, 2013. The President held a roundtable with the BAM students in Chicago earlier this year. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
On June 18th, the independent Congressional Budget Office released its score of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration bill, providing even more evidence that commonsense immigration reform is good for the budget and good for economic growth. CBO estimates that fixing our broken immigration system will reduce federal deficits by about $200 billion over the next 10 years, and about $700 billion in the second decade. The CBO analysis made clear that the additional taxes paid by new and legalizing immigrants would not only offset any new spending, but would be substantial enough to reduce the deficit over the 20-year window. A significant portion of the new taxes would be paid by previously undocumented immigrants. While many of these workers already pay federal taxes, millions more will pay payroll taxes once they are able to obtain legal status and work above board. Read more on the CBO report here.
On June 17th, President Obama continued America’s tradition of honoring the spirit and success of American small business owners by proclaiming June 17 - 21 to be 2013’s National Small Business Week. Small businesses have always been the backbone of our economy, and we know that the success of America’s small businesses is critical to growing our economy and increasing our nation’s global competitiveness. Small businesses create two out of three net new private sector jobs in our economy. And today, half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business. Over the past five years, the Obama Administration has worked to rebuild the economy and ensure that small businesses are able to do what they do best: grow and create jobs. Read more about National Small Business Week here.
On June 18th, the White House released a new progress report detailing the completion of or significant progress on 21 of the 23 executive actions President Obama laid out in January to help reduce gun violence, and the continuing work toward completing all twenty three. At an event at the White House, Vice President Joe Biden said that he and President Obama have not given up the fight to reduce gun violence. Although a minority of the Senate voted down common-sense legislation that would keep our kids and communities safer, President Obama has "moved forward on what was within his power, what executive actions he could take," the Vice President explained, highlighting the significant progress this Administration has made on strengthening the existing background check system, empowering law enforcement, making schools safer, encouraging responsible gun ownership, ending the freeze on gun violence research, preserving the rights of health providers to protect their patients and communities, and improving access to mental health care. Read more about the announcement here, and watch Vice President Biden’s remarks here.
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in partnership with U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) & U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be hosting a federal employee conference providing an opportunity for federal employees to learn about issues that impact the AAPI community such as language access, workforce diversity, data disaggregation, and capacity building; become engaged in federal efforts to expand resources for AAPI communities; and develop skills around communication, building leadership capacity, and mentoring that will help them excel in the workplace. Learn more about the Rise to the Challenge conference here.
On Saturday, June 15, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted a forum with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) faith-based and community leaders at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, Illinois. This convening kicks off a series of similar forums across the country and was designed to connect federal officials with AAPI faith-based and other community leaders to share key Administration policies on economic growth, immigration, education, and civil rights. Ultimately, members of the Chicago community were provided an opportunity to discuss local concerns with federal and local leaders, and gained a better understanding of resources and services available to AAPI groups. Read more about the event here.
On Friday June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education issued a request for public comment on Civil Rights Data Collections. The collection, use and reporting of education data is an integral component of the mission of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). EDFacts, an ED initiative to put performance data at the center of ED's policy, management, and budget decision-making processes for all K-12 education programs, has transformed the way in which ED collects and uses data. For school years 2009-10 and 2011-12, the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) was approved by OMB as part of the EDFacts information collection (1875-0240). For school years 2013-14 and 2015-16, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is clearing the CRDC as a separate collection from EDFacts. ED's CRDC information collection is modeled after the most current EDFacts information collection approved by OMB (1875-0240). As with previous CRDC collections, the purpose of the 2013-14 and 2015-16 CRDC is to obtain vital data related to the civil rights laws requirement that public local educational agencies (LEAs) and elementary and secondary schools provide equal educational opportunity. Read more about the request for public comment here.
On Friday, June 21, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources re-launched HealthCare.Gov and introduced a 24/7 toll-free contact center with assistance in 150 languages as an official destination for consumers to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of the health care law, the new Health Insurance Marketplace will be available to all consumers to get affordable healthcare coverage this fall. 18 percent of AAPIs don't have health insurance compared to 13 percent of whites. Enrollment of uninsured AAPIs is critical to improving access to health care for the community. To prepare for enrollment, beginning October 1st, consumers are advised to start learning about the Marketplace. Visit HealthCare.Gov for more information.
On June 17, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health. “Although findings might differ on the magnitude of the effects of different practices, the evidence is overwhelming that some types of development yield better environmental results than others,” the report asserts. “This report will be useful for communities across the country looking to make smart development decisions,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Whether it’s housing, transportation, or environmental issues, this report can help communities protect public health and the environment by avoiding harmful development strategies.” Read more about the report here.
On June 20, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces that nationwide, 77.8 million consumers saved $3.4 billion up front on their premiums as insurance companies operated more efficiently. Additionally, consumers nationwide will save $500 million in rebates, with 8.5 million enrollees due to receive an average rebate of around $100 per family. Read more about the report here.
On June 14, U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Lew participated in a moderated conversation with former President Bill Clinton at Global Initiative (CGI) America’s third annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. With hundreds of business, academic, government and NGO leaders in the audience, the two leaders discussed the state of the U.S. economy, including the ongoing fiscal debate and the economic benefits of immigration reform. Secretary Lew reflected on the resiliency of the U.S. economy, while addressing the need to instill confidence and stability in the political atmosphere for job creators. The Secretary also made the economic case in support of immigration reform. Read more about the conversation here.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced a $7.7 million competitive solicitation for a cooperative agreement to support a reduction of the worst forms of child labor by building local and national capacity of governments in at least 10 countries. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 2, 2013, at 5 p.m. EDT. All cooperative agreement awards will be made by Sepx. 30, 2013. Read more about the grant here.
The CDC announced $3.9 million grant for immunization-Enhanced surveillance for new vaccine preventable disease financed in part by 2013 Prevention and Public Health Funds. Applications must be submitted by July 19, 2013. Read more about the grant here.
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) will award up to $7 million for a cooperative agreement to fund a technical assistance project to expand the knowledge base on child labor. The project will involve data collection and analysis on working children in 10 countries and updates on country-level statistics covering child work and education participation rates in approximately 100 countries. Applications must be submitted by July 12, 2013. Read more about the grant here.