The White House Blog: The President

  • The Minimum Wage and Tipped Minimum Wage: Important Tools to Lift Wages and Reduce Poverty, Particularly for Women

    Over the past 30 years, modest minimum wage increases have not kept pace with the rising costs of basic necessities. Moreover, the tipped minimum wage—the portion of wages that employers must cover for tipped workers—has fallen steadily in value since 1991, and is now at historically low levels.
     
    Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and indexing it to inflation, while also increasing the tipped minimum wage, would have particular benefits for women. The following are four key points from a new report by the National Economic Council, Council of Economic Advisers, Domestic Policy Council, and Department of Labor. The full report discusses these four important facts in more detail:


  • The President Wants You to Get Covered Today: "Don’t Just Think About It, Just Do It"

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    There are only 5 days left to get health insurance coverage for 2014 at HealthCare.gov before open enrollment ends on March 31. If you haven’t signed up yet, the President wants you to get covered today.

    As the President says, “No one’s invincible. We all get sick, or get into accidents. Life happens. But you should never have to worry you’ll lose everything to medical bills. That’s why health insurance is so important.”

    If you’re not covered, don’t wait any longer — sign up today.

    And if you already have health insurance, tell your friends, family, and co-workers that they need to get covered, too. Visit WH.gov/GetCovered for tips on how to spread the word.


  • Wrap Up: President Obama's Second Day in the Netherlands

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    Today, President Obama wrapped up the second and final day of his stay in the Netherlands, the first stop on a five-country trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia.


  • President Obama Travels to the Netherlands, Meets with World Leaders

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    President Obama landed in the Netherlands early this morning, kicking off a week-long trip in which he will also travel to Belgium, Italy, the Vatican, and Saudi Arabia.

    The President's first stop was the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a national museum for arts and history, which he toured with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Following the tour, the two held a bilateral meeting and discussed a number of issues, including climate change, global security challenges, and the Transatlantic Investment Partnership between the EU and the U.S.


  • The President Answers Questions About Health Care from the Quora Community

    Today, President Obama answered questions on Quora, a leading question-and-answer website, about Affordable Care Act enrollment and how the law affects young people across America.

    The deadline to enroll for health care coverage for this year is March 31 — only seven days from now — so if you're not covered yet, sign up today at HealthCare.gov. And if you do have health insurance, make sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers why they need to get covered. Visit WH.gov/GetCovered for tips on how to spread the word.

    Read the President's responses to Quora users' questions below.


    Q: Why has ACA enrollment accelerated so much over the past few months? What changes did the White House make to make enrollment faster and easier?

    A: First of all, if you still need to sign up for health insurance, you should go to HealthCare.gov right now and sign up for coverage. You've got just seven days left until the March 31st deadline. It’s last call for 2014 if you want to be covered this year.

    Now, it's no secret to anyone that we had some issues with the website at launch. But that was months ago. Thanks to a team of experts who worked around the clock to get the site working back then, response times on HealthCare.gov are faster than ever. Most young people are eligible for financial help to make health insurance more affordable. And more than 5 million people have already signed up for coverage -- with tens of thousands more signing up every day.


  • Weekly Address: Rewarding Women's Hard Work and Increasing the Minimum Wage

    In this week’s address, President Obama highlights the importance of making sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American – including America’s women.

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  • West Wing Week 3/21/14 or, “24 Soldiers”

     

    This week, the President celebrated St. Patrick's day alongside the Prime Minister of Ireland, continued to work toward a diplomatic resolution to the conflict in Ukraine, hosted Palestinian President Abbas, awarded 24 Medals of Honor, and traveled to Florida to speak on the importance of supporting working families.


  • Weekly Wrap Up: FLOTUS in China, March Madness, and More

    This week, the President filled out his NCAA tournament brackets and awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans. The First Lady departed for China and visited the Forbidden City. See what else you missed in this week's weekly wrap up.


    POTUS Fills Out His Brackets

    For the sixth straight year, the President filled out his brackets for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. On the men’s side, he has Louisville, Michigan State, Florida, and Arizona headed to the Final Four, with the Spartans winning it all.

    Too bad the President also had Duke going all the way to the Elite Eight.


  • Improving Economic Opportunity for Women and Working Families

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    This afternoon, President Obama traveled to Orlando to talk about improving economic opportunity for America's women and working families.

    Speaking at Valencia College, where more than half of the students (56 percent) are women, the President explained that women face "particular challenges" in our economy:

    Women make up about half of our workforce. ... In fact, for more than two decades, women have earned over half of the higher education degrees awarded in this country. So that means soon, for the first time, America’s highly educated workforce will be made up of more women than men. 

    But the thing is, our economy hasn’t caught up to that reality yet. So we’ve got too many women who work hard to support themselves and their families, including the 20 percent of women enrolled in college who are trying to raise kids while earning a degree, and they’re facing unfair choices or outdated workplace policies that are holding them back. That has to change — because it holds all of us back.


  • President Obama Updates the American People on the Situation in Ukraine

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    Today, President Obama updated the American people on the situation in Ukraine and the steps the United States is taking in response.

    Over the last several days, we’ve continued to be deeply concerned by events in Ukraine. We've seen an illegal referendum in Crimea; an illegitimate move by the Russians to annex Crimea; and dangerous risks of escalation, including threats to Ukrainian personnel in Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine as well. These are all choices that the Russian government has made -- choices that have been rejected by the international community, as well as the government of Ukraine. And because of these choices, the United States is today moving, as we said we would, to impose additional costs on Russia.

    Based on the executive order that I signed in response to Russia’s initial intervention in Ukraine, we’re imposing sanctions on more senior officials of the Russian government. In addition, we are today sanctioning a number of other individuals with substantial resources and influence who provide material support to the Russian leadership, as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals.