CATEGORY: July 2011

Remarks by the President at the Signing of the Transportation and Student Loan Interest Rate Bill

East Room 5:25 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  I apologize for keeping you waiting a little bit, and I hope everybody is staying hydrated — (laughter) — because it is hot. Welcome to the White House.  We wouldn’t normally keep you this late on a Friday afternoon unless we had a good reason... [Read more]

Statement by the President on the Violence in Syria

I am appalled by the Syrian government’s use of violence and brutality against its own people. The reports out of Hama are horrifying and demonstrate the true character of the Syrian regime.  Once again, President Assad has shown that he is completely incapable and unwilling to respond to the legitimate grievances of the Syrian people. His use of torture, corruption and terror puts him on the... [Read more]

act Sheet: Bipartisan Debt Deal: A Win for the Economy and Budget Disciplin

The debt deal announced today is a victory for bipartisan compromise, for the economy and for the American people. The agreement: Removes the cloud of uncertainty over our economy at this critical time, by ensuring that no one will be able to use the threat of the nation’s first default now, or in only a few months, for political gain; Locks in a down payment on significant deficit reduction,... [Read more]

Remarks by the President

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  There are still some very important votes to be taken by members of Congress, but I want to announce that the leaders of both parties, in both chambers, have reached an agreement that will reduce the deficit and avoid default — a default that would have had a devastating effect on our economy. The first part of this agreement will cut about $1 trillion in... [Read more]

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Acting Responsibly on Behalf of the American People

WASHINGTON-In this week’s address, President Obama urged both Republicans and Democrats to take action to avoid defaulting for the first time in our nation’s history.  While the two parties are not far apart in their goals, they must resolve their differences quickly so that the United States can continue paying its Social Security checks, veterans’ benefits, and contracts with... [Read more]

Background on President Obama’s Fuel Efficiency Event Today

The President will deliver remarks at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. announcing the next round of a coordinated national program to dramatically improve fuel efficiency and cut carbon pollution for cars and light-duty trucks for Model Years 2017 to 2025. The President will be joined on-stage at the event by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Environmental Protection... [Read more]

President Obama Announces Historic 54.5 mpg Fuel Efficiency Standard

WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today announced a historic agreement with thirteen major automakers to pursue the next phase in the Administration’s national vehicle program, increasing fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. The President was joined by Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar/Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan,... [Read more]

Statement by the President on the First Anniversary of the Tribal Law and Order Act

A year ago today, I was proud to sign the Tribal Law and Order Act into law.   American Indians and Alaska Natives have long been victimized by violent crime at far higher rates than the rest of the country, and the Tribal Law and Order Act is already helping us better address the unique public safety challenges that confront tribal communities.  Over the past year, tribes have gained greater... [Read more]

President Obama Signs Kansas Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Kansas and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and floodingduring the period of May 19 to June 4, 2011. Federal funding is available to State and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing... [Read more]

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Michael E. Horowitz – Inspector General, Department of Justice Anneila I. Sargent -Member, National Science Board, National Science Foundation The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Betty Castor–... [Read more]

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