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whitehouselogoWeekly Address: A Comprehensive, Long-Term Deal with Iran

The President explains the deal announced last week that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.


Social Security Disability Insurance: A Lifeline for Millions of American Workers and Their Families

The White House released a report explaining how the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program works, who it helps, and its importance for millions of American working families.


Regional Roundup: What America’s Newspapers are Saying About the Iran Deal

See what newspapers across the country had to say about the historic nuclear deal with Iran.


Save Social Security …. a Petition

Ruben Kihuen for Congress


Social Security is not a handout, and it’s not a free check either. You’ve earned the right to retire with dignity and security.

But while we’re celebrating Social Security’s 80th birthday, the Republican majority in Congress is moving to gut the program and turn their backs on this great American promise.

Sign our petition to protect the Social Security benefits you’ve earned and ensure that we fulfill the promise of a safe and secure retirement for another 80 years.

– Ruben Kihuen


My husband served his country. Now he’s being denied citizenshi​p

By Bonita Hernandez
Tallahassee, Florida

My husband Mario Hernandez entered the US on a Freedom Flight from Cuba in 1965. Ten years later he enlisted during the Vietnam War and served this country honorably before having a 25+ year career in government service.

When he retired from the Bureau of Prisons as a lieutenant, he wanted to take me on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate but realized he did not have a US passport. To his surprise, he learned he was never a US citizen despite the oaths he took prior to his military service.

He tried to become a citizen but his naturalization application was denied and he was told to receive residency first through the Cuban Adjustment Act then try again in five years. However, his service during Vietnam, a “designated period of hostility,” exempts him from the residency requirement and he should be naturalized now.

Please sign my petition asking DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson to naturalize my husband. After serving his country during Vietnam and for 25 years in government service, he shouldn’t have to wait another 5 years to become a U.S. citizen.

He deserves it!

2015: Turning Promises into Action

Last year, we exposed the snack food industry’s dirty little secret – Conflict Palm Oil.

A groundswell of activism created a watershed moment, and made Snack Food 20 companies and the world’s largest agribusiness trading companies – including Cargill — “re-think” business-as-usual.

PALM oil action!

Our challenge now lies in transforming company commitments into real change for the forests and communities that depend on them and bringing laggards in the sector along with us.

This change won’t happen overnight, and it won’t be easy. One thing is certain, we must draw lines in the sand and we need you to stand strong with us.

Are you in?

  • We will counter the greenwash that is being rolled out by companies whose commitments on ending deforestation and social conflict fall short.
  • We will crank up the pressure on palm oil growers, traders and Snack Food 20 companies who have so far refused to strengthen their policies and practices.
  • We will stand with the community of Collingwood Bay in Papua New Guinea and stop companies like Kuala Lumpur Kepong (KLK) from threatening to destroy pristine rainforests and undermining the right of the Collingwood Bay people to say no to palm oil development on their lands.
  • We will stop bulldozers from destroying rainforests and peatlands in the Leuser Ecosystem – home to the Sumatran rhino, orangutan, elephant, tiger and sunbear.

The inspiring breakthroughs we achieved in 2014 are a testament to actions YOU have taken and the unrelenting work of local communities and NGOs over many years. These successes, almost unimaginable just a few years ago, provide a great example of how our movement can successfully take on seemingly insurmountable odds. We must now continue to build momentum as we drive the real change still needed on the ground.

We need you to stand with us in 2015 as we hold some of the world’s biggest corporations to account.

We have an exciting series of activities planned that will inspire you to take bold action in your community. Join our Palm Oil Action Team today and get your friends and family to do the same.

Sign up here to make lasting change in 2015!

In strength,


Gemma Tillack

Agribusiness Campaign Director

Want to know more about the Iran deal?

The White House, Washington


I’m Ben Rhodes, a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama. For the past few years, I’ve been working closely with America’s negotiating team, which was tasked with finding a way to achieve a diplomatic resolution that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Last week, after two years of tough negotiations, our team along with our international partners achieved just that.

It’s a historic deal. It blocks every possible pathway Iran could use to build a bomb while verifying — through a comprehensive inspections and transparency regime — that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful.

The deal is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and it’s important that everyone here and around the world understands exactly what’s in it and how it’ll work.

That’s why we launched @TheIranDeal — a Twitter account that is dedicated to delivering the facts and answering your questions about the deal and how it enhances American national security. Follow along now.

There are already a lot of myths, misinformation, and falsehoods out there about what this deal will do and what it means for the future of our national security. This is a strong deal, with significant constraints on Iran’s nuclear program, and unprecedented access to Iranian nuclear facilities — including 24/7, continuous monitoring.

And make no mistake, without this deal, we won’t have those constraints and we won’t have that access. That’s why President Obama has warned that without this deal, we risk another conflict in the Middle East.

So make sure you have all the facts about the Iran Deal, and send your questions our way on Twitter.

We’re ready to set the record straight about how we are successfully preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — a crucial part of creating a safer, more secure world.

Thanks, and stay tuned for more.

Ben Rhodes
Deputy National Security Advisor
The White House