President Obama Speaks


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President Obama delivers remarks at the 18th Annual Gala of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies. May 8, 2012.

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The President is deeply committed to seeing Sudan and South Sudan become two economically prosperous states living side-by-side in peace.

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House Votes Thursday on Deep Cuts to Health Care, Food Stamps, Child Care and More


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Take Action: Tell Your Representative to Vote NO
                Protect millions of women and families from the harsh spending cuts the House is voting on this week.
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They just never stop.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed the budget blueprint introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). The Ryan budget calls for drastic cuts in programs that low-income women and their families depend on to meet their basic needs — and trillions of dollars in additional tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
This week, the House will vote on a bill to implement the Ryan budget by slashing Medicaid, Food Stamps (SNAP), child care, and more, and dismantling the Affordable Care Act.
Please contact your Representative TODAY and tell him or her to vote against these devastating cuts!
The bill the House is scheduled to vote on this Thursday, H.R. 4966, would:

  • Let states reduce eligibility standards for Medicaid, which women disproportionately rely on for health care coverage, and for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • Dismantle the Affordable Care Act, by eliminating funding for state health exchanges and community-level preventive and public health initiatives, and by reducing access to affordable health insurance coverage by discouraging the use of premium tax credits.
  • Terminate the Social Services Block Grant, which gives billions of dollars to states to support seniors and children, including critical funding for child care assistance.
  • Cut Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits, reducing monthly benefits almost immediately for about 44 million people and denying benefits altogether for as many as 2 million more.
  • Eliminate eligibility for the refundable Child Tax Credit for many immigrant families.

These cuts are serious, and they’re dangerous. The well-being of millions of American women and their families is at risk, and we need your help today.
Tell your Representative to vote against these unfair and irresponsible measures!
Our Representatives have to hear that we won’t stand for balancing the budget on the backs of women and their families — and that millionaires and corporations have to start paying their fair share of taxes.
Sincerely,

Joan Entmacher Joan Entmacher Vice President, Family Economic Security National Women’s Law Center    Judy Waxman Judy Waxman Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights National Women’s Law Center   

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BREAKING: President Obama’s marriage announceme​nt


Human Rights Campaign

Just moments ago, President Obama made history by boldly stating that gay and lesbian Americans deserve full marriage equality.

In saying so, he reinforced what most Americans believe – LGBT people should be fully and equally part of the fabric of our society. Our families deserve nothing less than the equal respect and recognition that comes through marriage.

President Obama’s time in office has shown that our nation can move beyond its shameful history of discrimination and injustice.

I hope you’ll join me in sending President Obama a heartfelt thank-you note right now.

Thanks to President Obama’s leadership, millions of young Americans have seen that their futures will not be limited by what makes them different.

And now, in supporting marriage equality, he’s extended a message of hope to a generation of young LGBT Americans, helping them understand that they too can be who they are and flourish as part of the American community.

His words also remind gay and lesbian families everywhere that they are not alone or unheard as they struggle – like their neighbors – to afford healthcare and college for their kids, pay their taxes, and plan for retirement.

The burden of discrimination will one day be no more, in part thanks to the President’s leadership at this very moment.

Send a thank-you note to President Obama now.

President Obama has been a crucial ally to our cause. But it’s ordinary people like you, standing up for what’s right, who will continue to drive our movement forward. I thank you for your commitment, and I hope you’ll continue to work for the day when all are equal.

Gratefully, Joe Solmonese Joe Solmonese President