White House Women’s Update: Continuing to Grow the American Economy

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White House Women’s Update: Continuing to Grow the American Economy

Greetings All-

We hope this message finds you well.

On November 9th, President Obama laid out his plan to continue to grow the American economy:

“I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges,” he said. “But I refuse to accept any approach that isn’t balanced. I am not going to ask students and seniors and middle-class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, aren’t asked to pay a dime more in taxes. I’m not going to do that.”

To reduce the deficit and grow the economy we need a balanced approach that includes extending middle-class tax cuts. Extending the middle-class tax cuts will also protect programs that improve the lives of women, children, and families across the country.

Watch the President’s full remarks:

President Obama's East Room remarks

The President also reiterated this message in his weekly address on November 10th, which you can watch here.

Today, November 16th, the President met with bipartisan Congressional Leaders, including Speaker Boehner, in the Roosevelt Room for over an hour to discuss the nation’s fiscal challenges. Before the meeting, the President expressed his dedication to finding common ground to reach an agreement.

You can find a post-meeting statement from the Press Secretary here.

If Congress fails to act, on January 1, 2013 taxes will increase for 114 million middle class families.

To find out more information about why extending the middle-class tax cuts is important for our economy, check out this infographic.

Honoring our Men and Women in Uniform on Veterans Day

On Sunday, President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dr. Jill Biden honored our nation’s fallen heroes, veterans, and military families at Arlington National Cemetery.

President Obama at Arlington

President Barack Obama delivers Veterans Day remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The President spoke about our responsibility to care for our men and women in uniform and their families:

“So long after the battles end, long after our heroes come home, we stay by their side. That’s who we are. And that’s who we’ll be for today’s returning service members and their families. Because no one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home.

We know the most urgent task many of you face is finding a new way to serve. That’s why we’ve made it a priority to help you find jobs worthy of your incredible skills and talents. That’s why, thanks to the hard work of Michelle and Jill Biden, some of our most patriotic businesses have hired or trained 125,000 veterans and military spouses. It’s why we’re transforming, for the first time in decades, how the military transitions service members from the battlefield to the workplace. And because you deserve to share in the opportunities you defend, we are making sure that the Post-9/11 GI Bill stays strong so you can earn a college education and pursue your dreams.”

To read the President’s full remarks, click here.
Join First Lady Michelle Obama and thank an American hero by sending a message through JoiningForces.org.

Learn more about First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative to support our servicemen and women, veterans, and military spouses.


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Today’s Top Three

The Progress Report is on hiatus for the rest of November. In the meantime, check out three important posts from ThinkProgress you don’t want to miss today:

1. GOP Rep Admits CIA Approved U.N. Ambassador’s Talking Points On Libya

2. Republican Poll Worker Complains About High Turnout Among ‘People Of Color’

3. Hostess Blames Union For Bankruptcy After Tripling CEO’s Pay

Rainforest Action Network


Rainforest Action Network

This December 1st, our friends EQAT will be visiting PNC Banks all over the region with samples of drinking water taken directly from a contaminated well in Eunice, West Virginia.

This is an opportunity to challenge PNC on its record as a ‘Green Bank’ with a tangible example of the consequences of mountaintop removal affecting thousands of families in Appalachia, and to emphasize that our work isn’t just about the environment, it’s about human rights.

EQAT has a group of action organizers ready to lead demonstrations in over 10 different locations. The only question now is: Will you join them, or will you be leading an action of your own?

Go here to get more info on how you can get involved and to view a full list of actions.

EQAT is an organization committed to building a movement to stop climate change. Anyone who cares about the future of this planet should stand up on December 1st and take action in their area to send PNC a message—the people of Appalachia are more important than a corporate bottom line.

Participants are bringing samples of contaminated water to branch managers, holding fake ‘taste tests’ outside of the bank to educate passersby, taking nonviolent direct action inside and outside of bank branches, and closing their accounts to protest PNC’s investments. What type of action is right for you? Maybe you and 2 friends want to visit your local PNC on December 1st. Maybe it’s you and your whole community.

Either way, if you’d like to hold an action at a PNC in your area (and hook up with EQAT for support and resources to make it easier), or just want to find an action to attend, let them know by emailing eqateam@gmail.com.

Amanda Starbuck

For the mountains,

Amanda Starbuck
Energy & Finance campaign