The White House Blog: The Vice President
- Posted byon May 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM EST
Did you know that 65% of our country's major roads are rated in less than good condition? Or that a quarter of our bridges need significant repair or can't handle today's traffic?
Investing in America's infrastructure is an imperative, but the funding to fix our crumbling roads and bridges is running out -- and only Congress can reauthorize it.
And here's the kicker: Allowing these funds to run out will put at risk nearly 700,000 American jobs -- and more than 112,000 active projects that are currently fixing our roads and bridges.
- Posted byon May 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM EST
This afternoon, the President and Vice President welcomed America's "TOP COPS" – some of our nation's best law enforcement officials – to the White House to honor their remarkable service and sacrifice.
- Posted byon May 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM EST
This week, the President returned from his trip to Asia; we launched a new website to help end sexual assault violence; the First Lady encouraged students to reach higher by completing their education; Team USA took part in the Let's Move! Olympics Opening Ceremony; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
One in five college-aged women is sexually assaulted in college – most often by someone she knows. Earlier this week, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first-ever report, which included that unnacceptable statistic, and announced a series of actions to help address the problem and make sure victims know they are not alone. Vice President Biden, who championed the Violence Against Women Act in Congress back in 1990, spoke about the issue this week and revealed a new public service announcement about the issue:
In addition to the powerful video, we launched NotAlone.gov to make enforcement data and other sexual assault resources accessible to students and schools.
- Posted byon May 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM EST
This week the President wrapped up a four country trip to Asia before honoring the Teachers of the Year and speaking on the minimum wage, and the VP announced a series of actions to help address sexual assault.
- Posted byon April 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM EST
One in five college-aged women is sexually assaulted in college – most often by someone she knows. The Obama Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence, which is why today, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault released its first-ever report and announced a series of actions to help address the problem and make sure victims know they are not alone.
In addition to helping schools identify the scope of the problem, prevent sexual assault on campus, and respond when a student is assaulted, today’s announcements will also help strengthen federal enforcement efforts and improve and improve government communication with survivors, parents, school administrators, and the public.
To make enforcement data and other sexual assault resources accessible to students and schools, the task force launched a new website, www.NotAlone.gov. On the site, students can learn about their rights, search enforcement data, and read about how to file a complaint. Schools and advocates can find federal guidance on legal obligations, the best research, and relevant legislation.
See what organizations and elected leaders from around the country are saying about today’s announcements.
- Posted byon April 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM EST
This week, more than 30,000 guests stopped by the South Lawn for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll; the President traveled to Japan and Korea for his fifth trip to Asia during his time in office; the First Lady and Dr. Biden announced that over half a million veterans and military spouses have been hired through Joining Forces; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
Sports were played, books were read, and eggs were rolled on Monday as the President and the First Lady welcomed more than 30,000 guests to the South Lawn of the White House for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll.
See more from the Easter Egg Roll, and make sure to check out President Obama's inspired reading of "Where the Wild Things Are."
- Posted byon April 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM EST
This week, the White House celebrated Easter, and the President began a week-long trip to Asia, while the First Lady and Dr. Biden hosted a Career Forum on Veterans Jobs.
- Posted byon April 18, 2014 at 5:01 PM EST
This week, the President observed a moment of silence and announced that 8 million Americans have now signed up for private health insurance through the Marketplace; the Vice President joined the President to cheer on the Soldier Ride, and signed up for Instagram and took his first selfie; and more. Check out what else you may have missed in this week's wrap up.
On Tuesday, the President, along with some of his senior advisers, observed a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.
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- Posted byon April 17, 2014 at 11:00 PM EST
This week, the President nominated Sylvia Burwell as Secretary of Health and Human Services, hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast and a Passover Seder, discussed immigration reform with Faith leaders, welcomed the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, announced a major milestone in the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and hit the road to New York City and Oakdale, Pennsylvania.
- Posted byon April 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM EST
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki welcome the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the South Lawn of the White House in celebration of the seventh annual Soldier Ride, April 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
This morning, on the South Lawn of the White House, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary Shinseki welcomed riders participating in the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride.
Today was the fifth time President Obama has welcomed Soldier Ride to the White House. The ride begins in Washington, D.C. and ends in Friendship, Maryland, spanning a total of 58 miles.