President Obama: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”


Yesterday, the President hosted a meeting with women in Congress to discuss the 2014 women’s economic agenda, and the administration’s plan to expand opportunity for every American.Ahead of that meeting, we released new data that laid out exactly why we’ve still got work to do to close the gender gap and promote opportunity. Because, as President Obama said in his State of the Union address, “When women succeed, America succeeds.”

Here’s the state of women in the workforce, in three charts. Take a look and pass it on.

Photo: President Obama meets with women members of Congress.

President Barack Obama meets with women members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, March 12, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Kill Keystone: the Carbon Mega-Bomb


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Right now, our government is deciding whether to approve a monster oil pipeline that would unleash devastating levels of carbon pollution from Canada’s dirty tar sands. The State Department is holding a public comment process before the big decision, and insiders say they want a mandate to stand up to industry pressure. Let’s help by flooding the comment process with an overwhelming mandate to kill this carbon bomb — we only have days left:

SIGN THE PETITION

Right now, our government is about to make the defining climate decision of Obama’s presidency — whether to approve a monstrous pipeline that will transport up to 830,000 barrels a day of the world’s dirtiest oil from Canada across the US.
If approved, the Keystone XL pipeline will help pump billions of dollars into the pockets of a few companies… but also millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. It’s been called “a fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the planet”. Bold public action has delayed it once, and a court ruling the other week has dealt a serious blow to the project. Now, if we act fast and in massive numbers, we can help kill it for good.     Secretary of State John Kerry, responsible for the US’s relationship with the world, has opened a final round of comments from the public. He knows this decision is a vital litmus test for US global leadership to avert climate disaster. Avaaz members from every country will turn it into a truly global referendum by flooding the consultation with a million voices calling on them to kill Keystone and take the leadership role they say they want in the fight to save the planet. We only have days until it closes – join here:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?biEWLbb&v=36703
The heat from Big Oil is already intense — they’ve bought out the ads in DC subways that politicians pass through to get to work. If we hit a million signers, Avaaz will fight back on the DC battleground, taking out ads right next to theirs so Secretary Kerry and his staff see the people’s voices first and loudest.
Big Oil ads are just the tip of the iceberg. We know that our government is under fire from industry lobbyists who will make serious money from the pipeline. But it will be at the cost of all of our futures. Tar sands oil is the dirtiest dirty fossil fuel ever cooked up – releasing 3-4 times the global warming pollution of normal petrol!
Last year, Obama said he’d let Keystone go ahead only if it was found to be in our national interest and if it could be proven that it wouldn’t worsen the climate crisis for future generations. And Kerry has spent decades fighting for the climate and even opposed Keystone as a Senator. Pipeline supporters are answering with claims of more construction jobs and greater independence from petro-states. But Obama knows that the real jobs are in clean energy and that climate change is perhaps the greatest threat to US and global security there is.
We’re already winning. Three years ago, this pipeline was a foregone conclusion. But then people-power swung into action — thousands were arrested at the largest act of civil disobedience in the US in decades, and Obama refused the initial proposal. Let’s do our part now by collecting over a million comments in the US and around the world and give Kerry and President Obama the public cover they need to reject the Keystone carbon bomb:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_the_keystone_xl_pipeline_loc_us/?biEWLbb&v=36703
Wherever we are in the world — Alberta, Canada, where the pipeline would begin; the UK, still recovering from historic floods; Australia, just emerging from a summer ravaged by record fires, or any other country where extreme weather is taking its toll — we’re all downstream from climate change. If we stand together today, we can all be a part of a victory to stop this crazy pipeline and help build a strong climate movement.
With hope,
Pascal, David, Luis, Antonia, Emma, Patri, Wen, Ricken, and the Avaaz team
SOURCES:
Pressure is on Kerry as Keystone pipeline decision nears (Washington Post):  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/pressure-is-on-kerry-as-keystone-pipeline-deci…
Pipeline Fight Lifts Environmental Movement (New York Times): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/25/us/keystone-xl-pipeline-fight-lifts-environmental-movement.html
10 Reasons to Oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline (The Huffington Post): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rose-ann-demoro/10-reasons-to-oppose-the-_1_b_4791713.html
Oil sands pollution two to three times higher than thought (Yahoo News): http://news.yahoo.com/oil-sands-pollution-two-three-times-higher-thought-210153802.html How Much Will Tar Sands Oil Add to Global Warming? (Scientific American): http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tar-sands-and-keystone-xl-pipeline-impact-on-global-warmin…
Foreign Company Tries To Seize U.S. Land For Keystone Pipeline (Forbes): http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2014/02/24/foreign-company-tries-to-seize-u-s-land-for-keysto…

Victory in Washington


Team –
House Bill 1840, the critical Washington State legislation meant to protect victims of domestic violence from gun crimes, passed unanimously in the State Senate Thursday night.
This victory was hardly inevitable. Last year, a similar bill didn’t even make it to the Senate floor for a vote.
But this time, more than 600 Americans for Responsible Solutions members got to work and urged their State Senators to support the bill.
State by state, supporters like you are changing the debate on gun violence prevention and passing laws to keep our communities safe.
Our work in Washington State is far from over. An initiative to expand background checks for gun sales is headed to the ballot statewide this fall. We’re gearing up for a tough campaign and we’ll continue to be in touch with updates.
For now, thank you for helping build this movement.
All the best,
Peter Ambler
Strategy Director, Co-Founder, Americans for Responsible Solutions

SNAP


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Raising The Minimum Wage Would Save Taxpayers Billions On Food Stamps

Our colleagues at the Center for American Progress released a report yesterday showing that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lower government spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by a whopping $46 billion over the next 10 years.

Just a few months ago, Republicans pushed deep cuts in SNAP, also known as food stamps, of $40 billion. What this research proves is that the best way to reduce safety net spending is not by slashing this vital assistance that lifts millions out of poverty; it’s by improving families’ bottom lines by ensuring they are not earning poverty wages to begin with.

Those billions of dollars in savings also represent taxpayer subsidies for low-wage employers. Many of these employers pay their workers so little that they can’t even afford to make ends meet, leaving them to rely on government assistance to get by.  Raising the minimum wage will essentially roll back those subsidies, helping elevate millions out of poverty. Take a look at the infographic below to see how taxpayers are picking up the tab for corporations:

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The report also provides a state-by-state breakdown of the decrease in SNAP expenditures, as well as the reduction in the number of people who would be stop enrolling in the program.  For example, if Texas raised its minimum wage from the federal level of $7.25 to $10.10, it would save almost $450 million on SNAP expenditures in 2014 alone, and roughly 350,000 people would no longer use the program. Click here to see the interactive version, and an image of it is below:

minwage_infographic

BOTTOM LINE: No matter your political persuasion, this research adds to the commonsense case to raise the wage. It’s not only good for taxpayers, workers, businesses, and creating an economy that works for everyone, it will also help low-income workers get on the ladder of opportunity and climb out of poverty and into the middle class.

the Senate ~~ CLIMATE CONGRESS 3/10 CHANGE ~~ the House


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The Senate stands adjourned until 4:00pm on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

 At 5:00pm, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled in the usual form.

 At 5:30pm, there will be 2 roll call votes:

–        Motion to invoke cloture on the McHugh nomination and

–        Passage of S.1917, the Victims Protection Act of 2014.

If cloture is invoked on the McHugh nomination, the time during the vote on passage of S.1917 will count post-cloture on the McHugh nomination.

 As a reminder to all Senators, on Thursday, March 6th, cloture was filed on the following nominations in the following order. The corresponding post-cloture debate time in is parentheses following each nominee.

–        Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit (30 hours)

–        Executive Calendar #577, Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan (2 hours, equally divided)

–        Executive Calendar #578, Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan (2 hours, equally divided)

–        Executive Calendar #579, Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan (2 hours, equally divided) and

–        Executive Calendar #580, Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan (2 hours, equally divided).

 When cloture is filed sequentially on several items, the Senate will consider one motion at a time. If cloture is not invoked or upon disposition of the nomination, the Senate would immediately proceed to the cloture vote on the next nomination listed. If cloture is invoked on a nomination, the corresponding amount of debate time will occur prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination.

5:32pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit;

Invoked: 62-34

6:03pmThe Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on passage of S.1917, Victims Protection Act of 2014;

Passed: 97-0

There will be no further roll call votes during Monday’s session of the Senate.

The Senate passed S.1917, Victims Protection Act, by a vote of 97-0.

The Senate is now in a period of morning business, with time controlled in alternating 45 minute blocks of time, with the Majority controlling the first block.

The Senate also reached an agreement that results in the following roll call votes at the times listed:

11:30am on Tuesday, March 11:

– Cloture on Executive Calendar #577, Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

– Cloture on Executive Calendar #578, Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

– Cloture on Executive Calendar #579, Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

– Cloture on Executive Calendar #580, Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

10:30am on Wednesday, March 12:

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #577, Matthew Frederick Leitman, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #578, Judith Ellen Levy, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #579, Laurie J. Michelson, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #580, Linda Vivienne Parker, of Michigan, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan

–          Confirmation of Executive Calendar #512 Sarah Bloom Raskin, of Maryland, to be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Upon disposition of the Raskin nomination, the Senate will begin consideration of S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; Invoked: 62-34

2)      Passage of S.1917, Victims Protection Act of 2014; Passed: 97-0

Additional Legislative items

Completed the Rule 14 process of the following items in order to place the bills on the Legislative Calendar:

–          H.R.4118, the Delay Individual Mandate Penalty – IRS.

–          S.2097, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act. (Heller)

No additional Executive items

Roll Call Votes

1)      Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #563, Carolyn B. McHugh, of Utah, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Tenth Circuit; Invoked: 62-34

2)      Passage of S.1917, Victims Protection Act of 2014; Passed: 97-0

Additional Legislative items

Completed the Rule 14 process of the following items in order to place the bills on the Legislative Calendar:

–          H.R.4118, the Delay Individual Mandate Penalty – IRS.

–          S.2097, the Unemployment Insurance Extension Act. (Heller)

No additional Executive items

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Last Floor Action: 3/7
4:39:08 P.M. – The House adjourned
pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on March 10, 2014.

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