New Commitment​s in Support of My Brother’s Keeper


Earlier this week, President Obama visited the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, D.C. to participate in a town hall with youth, and to announce new commitments in support of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

Find out more about the new commitments here.

As the President said during the town hall, “We want fewer young men in jail; we want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets; we want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it’s possible if we’ve got the kind of team that we set up today.”

 

In February, as part of his plan to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, the President unveiled the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.

The Administration is doing its part by identifying programs and policies that work, and recommending action that will help all our young people succeed. Since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, the President’s Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.

Learn more at WhiteHouse.gov/My-Brothers-Keeper.

And if you haven’t already, commit to making a difference by pledging to mentor a young person in your community.

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Watch President Obama answer questions during this week’s town hall:

 

 

 

 Watch the President in this week's town hall.

 

The VP has the white board marker:


Over the past couple years, administration officials have picked up a marker and taken to our “White House white board” to explain how to fix our immigration system, break down how health reform helps your day-to-day life, and outline exactly what our budget’s paying for.

Today, Vice President Joe Biden is taking the pen, and he’s talking about something he knows like the back of his hand:

The current state of our country’s crumbling roads and bridges — and exactly why it’s so important to invest in them right now.

You’re going to want to watch this one. Take a look, and pass it on:

Watch the VP discuss our nation's infrastructure.

Our roads and bridges do far more than get people and goods from Point A to Point B.

A high-quality transportation system keeps jobs here in America, allows our businesses to grow, and keeps down the prices of household goods.

Our country’s infrastructure crisis isn’t a far-off problem: 65% of our major roads are rated in less than good condition. 25% of our bridges require significant repair or can’t handle today’s traffic.

It looks like Congress is going to act soon to pass a short-term resolution that would continue to fund the projects fixing our roads and bridges — but we need to solve the problem, not just kick the can down the road.

Watch the Vice President explain the need for a long-term investment, and break down exactly what our plan looks like.

Then, be sure to pass this one on.

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The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Thursday, July 24, 2014.

 

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to calendar #453, S.2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act.

 

At 1:45pm, the Senate will proceed to vote on adoption of the motion to proceed. We expect this to be a voice vote. There will then be a roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #929, the nomination of Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit. If cloture is invoked ,there would be up to 30 hours of post cloture debate on the nomination. However, the Senate reached an agreement that notwithstanding Rule 22 (the cloture rule), there would be 2 minutes for debate prior to a vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #777, Lisa S. Disbrow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force.

 

1:45pm—up to 3 votes  (1 roll call and 2 voice votes):

  1. Adoption of the motion to proceed to calendar #453, S.2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act (voice vote expected)
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #929, Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit (Roll Call Vote)
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #777 Lisa S. Disbrow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (voice vote expected)

The Senate has reached an agreement to consider the McDonald nomination. At time to be determined by the Majority Leader, with the concurrence of the Republican Leader, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar #952 Robert Alan McDonald, of Ohio, to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs. There will be up to 4 hours for debate equally divided in the usual form. Upon the use or yielding back of time, the Senate will proceed to vote on confirmation of the nomination.

At 3:40pm today, the Senate conduct a moment of silence in memory of the 1998 Capitol shooting that resulted in the deaths of Special Agent John Gibson and Officer Jacob Chestnut.

The Senate has reached an agreement to vote on confirmation of the Mendez, Rogoff, and Andrews nominations today and on the Kaye, Mohorovic, and McKeon nominations on Monday.

 

Today at 1:45pm there will be up to 6 votes  (1 roll call and 5 voice votes):

  1. Adoption of the motion to proceed to calendar #453, S.2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act (voice vote expected)
  2. Cloture on Executive Calendar #929, Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit (Roll Call Vote)
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #777, Lisa S. Disbrow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (voice vote expected)
  4. #919 Victor M. Mendez, of Arizona, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation (voice vote expected)
  5. #920 Peter M. Rogoff, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy (voice vote expected)
  6. #921 Bruce H. Andrews, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce (voice vote expected)

 

Monday, July 28 at a time to be determined:

  1. If cloture is invoked on Harris today, then confirmation of Executive Calendar #929, Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #913 Joseph P. Mohorovic, of Illinois, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2012
  3. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #915 Elliot F. Kaye, of New York, to be a Commissioner of the Consumer Product Safety Commission for a term of seven years from October 27, 2013
  4. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #916 Elliot F. Kaye, of New York, to be Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  5. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #744 Brian P. McKeon, of New York, to be a Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense

 

There will be 2 minutes for debate equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees prior to each vote.

 

The Senate adopted the motion to proceed to calendar #453, S.2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act, by voice vote.

At 1:48pm, the Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #929, Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.

Invoked: 54-41

2:31pm The Senate confirmed the following nominations by voice votes.

Executive Calendar #777, Lisa S. Disbrow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force;

Executive Calendar #919, Victor M. Mendez, of Arizona, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation;

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #920, Peter M. Rogoff, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy;

Confirmation of Executive Calendar #921, Bruce H. Andrews, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #929, Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the Fourth District; Invoked 54-41.

Legislative Business

Adopted S.Res.462: Recognizing the Khmer and Lao/Hmong Freedom Fighters of Cambodia and Laos for continued support and defense of the United States, with a Rubio amendment.

Adopted S.Res.519: Designating August 16, 2014, as “National Airborne Day”.

Began the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2666, Protect Children and Families Through Rule of Law Act (Cruz)

Completed the Rule 14 process to place on the Legislative Calendar of Business S.2648, A bill making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014

Executive Business

The following nominations were confirmed by voice votes:

  1. Executive Calendar #777, Lisa S. Disbrow, of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
  2. Executive Calendar #919, Victor M. Mendez, of Arizona, to be Deputy Secretary of Transportation
  3. Executive Calendar #920, Peter M. Rogoff, of Virginia, to be Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy
  4. Executive Calendar #921, Bruce H. Andrews, of New York, to be Deputy Secretary of Commerce

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Last Floor Action:7/24
10:39:43 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now recess.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

Last Floor Action:7/24
9:41:52 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 24, 2014.

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