Want to Know More About the Tax Deal?

The White House

Last night, President Obama delivered a statement on the fiscal cliff, and the bipartisan agreement that has now passed in both the Senate and House of Representatives. The agreement keeps income taxes low for the middle class, and helps to grow the economy.

Watch the statement, and find out what you need to know about the deal.

Watch: President Obama delivers a statement

In Case You Missed It

Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:

The Year in Review: Joining Forces to Hire American Heroes
In August of 2011, President Obama challenged the private sector to hire or train 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013. In August of 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that 2,000 American companies had stepped up to the challenge, and had already exceeded that goal — hiring 125,000 veterans and military spouses more than a year ahead of schedule.

A Digital Milestone in 2012: 100,000,000 Video Views
Earlier this month, we reached a milestone with the news that our videos have been viewed more than 100,000,000 (that’s one hundred million!) times since we launched the official White House YouTube channel on Inauguration weekend in 2009.

President and Mrs. Obama Visit Troops on Christmas Day
Continuing what has become an annual tradition that is a highlight of their holiday celebrations, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama spent some time on Christmas Day at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Weekly digest


CALM Act Regulates Volume of TV Commercials

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) established new rules for the volume of television commercials that started on December 13, 2012. The new regulation, known as the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, requires commercials to have the same average volume as the programs they accompany. The CALM Act requires TV stations, cable operators or other multichannel video program distributors to apply specific FCC practices to commercials they transmit.

If you hear a commercial louder than the TV show it accompanies, you can file a complaint with the FCC by providing detailed information about the commercial.

Learn more about the CALM Act.


Keep Single-Load Liquid Laundry Packets Away from Children

example of single-load liquid laundry packets

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to lock up single-load liquid laundry packets and keep them away from children.

Liquid laundry packets are attractive to children because they are soft and colorful and resemble familiar items like candy and teething products.

These items also dissolve quickly when placed in the mouth or are handled with wet hands. Children who are exposed to the chemicals are at risk of serious injury because they can be toxic.

In 2012, CPSC staff have learned of about 500 incidents involving children and adults who were injured by the packets.

CPSC recommends these steps to prevent unintentional poisonings and eye injuries:

  • Do NOT let children handle laundry packets.
  • Keep the liquid laundry packets sealed in their original packaging, and make sure they are locked up and out of a child’s sight and reach.
  • If swallowed or exposed to the eye, immediately call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

Learn more about the dangers of single-load laundry packets. (PDF)

Faces of Diabetes …


We can stop Diabetes.

How does it feel knowing what a difference you made for the many Faces of Diabetes in 2012?

Thanks for your support!I bet it feels something like this…

Your support helped us reach our $1 million end of year fundraising goal. And thanks to your generosity, the American Diabetes Association accomplished more than we ever thought possible for the many Faces of Diabetes in 2012. Here are just a few of the amazing achievements made possible with your help:

  • In Georgia, Washington and Florida, bills have been signed into law to make sure schools are safe for children with diabetes;
  • We began research on how to manage diabetes during pregnancy to prevent the future onset of diabetes in children;
  • Started insulin gene therapy research for type 1 diabetes;
  • Fought for new protections under the Affordable Care Act, including access to free preventative care and prohibiting discrimination against children and teens because of diabetes;
  • More than 60,000 people attended our free American Diabetes Association EXPO® events to receive life-saving diabetes and health information and advice.

Thank you for everything you’ve helped us accomplish in 2012. And for the many millions of people you’re going to help this year.

Happy New Year,
Larry Hausner
Larry Hausner
Chief Executive Officer
American Diabetes Association

P.S. If you would like to start contributing to the American Diabetes Association’s work in 2013, please make a gift now to kick off the New Year.

Congress: the Republican led House :ends the cliff dive 257-167 for now but ignores Sandy Aid :::::: the Senate led by Dems


the Senate Convenes: 12:00pmET January 2, 2013

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for debate only until 1:30pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

Senator Reid asked unanimous consent the Senate take up and confirm the nomination of David Medine, of Maryland, to be Chairman and Member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

 Senator Grassley objected.




Passed H.R.4606, a bill to authorize the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park, and for other purposes.

Discharged the HELP committee, referred to the Finance committee and discharged the Finance committee of H.R.6655, Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 by voice vote.

Passed S.3716, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines.

Adopted S.Res.630, Congratulating the Navy and the current and former officers and crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise (CVN 65) on completion of the 26th and final deployment of the vessel.


Discharged the HELP committee and confirmed PN1404 Erica Groshen to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics by voice vote.

Discharged the Foreign Relations Committee and confirmed the following:

PN1928 Deborah Ann McCarthy, of Florida, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania

PN1951 Robert F. Godec, of Virginia, to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya


Watch Most Recent House Floor Activity

The House adjourned. The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on January 2, 2013

 10:00:24 A.M.   The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
10:00:32 A.M.   The Speaker designated the Honorable David Rivera to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
10:01:05 A.M.   MORNING-HOUR DEBATE – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debate. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

« Previous Day