Statements and Releases

  • Statement by the President on Health Care Reform Bill Released by Senate HELP Committee Today

    For decades, Washington has failed to act as health care costs continued to rise, crushing businesses, families and placing an unsustainable burden on governments. Today the Senate HELP committee has produced legislation that lowers costs, protects choice of doctors and plans and assures quality and affordable health care for Americans.

  • Bills Signed Into Law

    Today, the President signed into law: H.R. 1777, which makes technical corrections and other changes to the Higher Education Act of 1965; and S. 614, which provides for the award of a single congressional gold medal in honor of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

  • Declassification Policy Forum to Launch This Week

    An important extension of the Open Government Initiative began this week: The Declassification Policy Forum. This will be an interactive conversation available at Members of the Public Interest Declassification Board will moderate and solicit recommendations from the public on possible revisions to the classification and declassification policies found in Executive Order 12958, as amended, “Classified National Security Information.” This a request of the National Security Advisor in support of the ongoing review of the Order directed by President Barack Obama on May 27, 2009

  • President Obama Signs Bill Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to Women Airforce Service Pilots

    WASHINGTON – President Obama today signed into law S. 614, a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). WASP was established during World War II with the primary mission of flying non-combat military missions in the United States thus freeing their male counterparts for combat missions. Its pilots were the first women ever to fly American military aircraft and flew almost every type of aircraft operated by the United States Army Air Force during World War II on a wide range of missions.

  • Vice President Biden Commends Department of Education for Accelerating Recovery Act Funds

    Last week, the President asked me to work with the Cabinet to find ways to accelerate our already stepped-up Recovery Act efforts. I’m pleased to announce today that the Department of Education will be making over $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funds available to states in the coming days to support state education budgets, thereby helping states in fiscal distress.

  • Vice President Biden Launches Initiative to Bring Broadband, Jobs to More Americans

    Vice President Biden today announced the availability of $4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act loans and grants to help bring broadband service to un-served and underserved communities across America. This is the first round of Recovery Act funding aimed at expanding broadband access to help bridge the technological divide and create jobs building out Internet infrastructure.

  • ADVISORY: Conference Call with Senior Administration Officials to Discuss President Obama's Trip Next Week, 7-1-09

    Today at 3:30PM EDT, the White House will hold a conference call with Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough, Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Michael Froman, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs Michelle Gavin, and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs Michael McFaul to discuss President Obama’s upcoming trip to Russia, Italy and Ghana.

  • Statement by the Press Secretary on Niger, 7-1-09