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President Obama Welcomes 2013 MLS Champs Sporting KC to the White House

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This afternoon, President Obama welcomed Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City to the White House in honor of the team's 2013 MLS Cup championship win.

In his remarks, the President noted the success that Kansas City sports teams are having as of late -- with the Royals advancing to the playoffs, as well as the Chiefs' blowout win over the New England Patriots this past Monday -- but gave credit to Sporting KC for being "the ones who got it all started."

"It's a pretty good day to be from Kansas City," he said.

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You Told Us: Here's What Raising the Wage Means to You

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 6:58 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

In this year's State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their workers a minimum wage of $10.10. Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a final rule that implements the Executive Order -- and the rule will benefit almost 200,000 American workers.

"By raising the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts, we're rewarding a hard day's work with fair pay," Secretary Perez said.

But there's more we can do. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. This is personal for millions of Americans, whether they earn the current minimum wage or not.

And over the course of the past several months, tens of thousands of you have shared what raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would mean to you personally, or to your communities. You can read some of those stories by hovering over the dots on the interactive map below.

Then, learn more and share your own story at WhiteHouse.gov/Raise-the-Wage.

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Alabama

The people of Alabama need this.

The people of Alabama need this.
Susan L.
Birmingham, Alabama (map)

Alaska

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…
Nicholas H
Wasilla, Alaska (map)

Arizona

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!
Beverlee H.
Flagstaff, Arizona (map)

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.
April S.
Phoenix, Arizona (map)

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.
Ryan M.
Chandler, Arizona (map)

Arkansas

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.
Lynita W.
Greenbrier, Arkansas (map)

California

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.
Elaine B.
San Francisco, California (map)

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.
Michael R.
South El Monte, California (map)

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.
Rebecca F.
Blue Lake, California (map)

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.
Alissa M.
Folsom, California (map)

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….
Susan J.
Los Angeles, California (map)

Colorado

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.
Jonathan H.
Cañon City, Colorado (map)

Connecticut

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.
Madlyn B.
Essex, Connecticut (map)

Deleware

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…
Walter A.
Wilmington, Deleware (map)

Florida

I can afford to house and feed my children.

I can afford to house and feed my children.
Natalie M.
DeLand, FL, Florida (map)

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.
Renee H.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (map)

Georgia

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.
John H.
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (map)

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.
Desiree H.
Rincon, Georgia (map)

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.
Eddie L.
Smyrna, Georgia (map)

Hawaii

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.
Suzanne G.
Lahaina, Hawaii (map)

Idaho

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.
Christine M.
Moscow, Idaho (map)

Illinois

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.
Margie T.
Mt. Prospect, Illinois (map)

Indiana

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.
Jon O.
Williamsport, Indiana (map)

Iowa

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.
Justin M.
Ida Grove, Iowa (map)

Kansas

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.
Terry B.
Kansas City, KS, Kansas (map)

Kentucky

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.
Shannon M.
Nicholasville, Kentucky (map)

Louisiana

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.
Daniel C.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (map)

Maine

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.
Nancy S.
Brooksville, Maine (map)

Maryland

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.
Annette B.
Bel Air, Maryland (map)

Minnesota

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.
Tim B.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (map)

Mississippi

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!
Dawn C.
Madison, Mississippi (map)

Missouri

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.
Jerry C.
Kearney, Missouri (map)

Montana

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!
Stephanie C.
Gardiner, Montana (map)

Nebraska

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!
Lee C.
Omaha, Nebraska (map)

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.
Ashley S.
Lexington, Nebraska (map)

Nevada

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.
Nicholas C.
Las Vegas, Nevada (map)

New Jersey

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.
Ellen K.
Elizabeth, New Jersey (map)

New Mexico

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.
Jane E.
Taos, New Mexico (map)

New York

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.
Laura P.
Albany, New York (map)

North Carolina

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!
Micki P.
Boonville, North Carolina (map)

Ohio

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.
Andrea F.
Cincinnati, Ohio (map)

Oklahoma

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.
JoAnn R.
Norman, Oklahoma (map)

Oregon

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.
Garret S.
Wolf Creek, Oregon (map)

Pennsylvania

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.
Rebecca L.
Kutztown, Pennsylvania (map)

South Carolina

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!
Hannah R.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (map)

South Dakota

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.
Meron G.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (map)

Tennessee

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.
Kathy L.
Kingston Springs, Tennessee (map)

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.
Griselda S.
Rockwood, Tennessee (map)

Texas

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.
Jim W.
Amarillo, Texas (map)

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.
Sawinder G.
Garland, Texas (map)

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.
Judith A.
Lubbock, Texas (map)

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.
Lucille H.
Sealy, Texas (map)

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.
Karen H.
Weslaco, Texas (map)

Utah

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.
George H.
Washington, Utah (map)

Vermont

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.
Lily H.
Peru, Vermont (map)

Virginia

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.
Lynn R.
Alexandria, Virginia (map)

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.
Jesse M.
Strasburg, Virginia (map)

Washington

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 
Rachel A.
Spokane, Washington (map)

West Virginia

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.
Gary G.
Salem, West Virginia (map)

Wisconsin

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.
Chales G.
Hartland, Wisconsin (map)

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.
Ann M.
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (map)

Wyoming

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.
Thomas D.
Casper , Wyoming (map)

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You Told Us: Here's What Raising the Wage Means to You

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 6:58 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

In this year's State of the Union, President Obama announced that he would be issuing an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their workers a minimum wage of $10.10. Today, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced a final rule that implements the Executive Order -- and the rule will benefit almost 200,000 American workers.

"By raising the minimum wage for workers on federal contracts, we're rewarding a hard day's work with fair pay," Secretary Perez said.

But there's more we can do. Raising the minimum wage nationwide will increase earnings for millions of workers and boost the bottom lines of businesses across the country. This is personal for millions of Americans, whether they earn the current minimum wage or not.

And over the course of the past several months, tens of thousands of you have shared what raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would mean to you personally, or to your communities. You can read some of those stories by hovering over the dots on the interactive map below.

Then, learn more and share your own story at WhiteHouse.gov/Raise-the-Wage.

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Alabama

The people of Alabama need this.

The people of Alabama need this.
Susan L.
Birmingham, Alabama (map)

Alaska

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…

Students in my community actively work many hours a week to pay for higher education…. Raising the minimum wage would allow more students to pay for college…
Nicholas H
Wasilla, Alaska (map)

Arizona

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!

As a student, I'm putting myself more and more in debt every semester, as I try to save up for a wedding at the same time. A higher minimum wage would allow me to put more toward my loans and allow me to put more away for the wedding I'm dreaming about!
Beverlee H.
Flagstaff, Arizona (map)

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.

I currently live below the poverty line. I work part time for $8 an hour. Increasing my salary to $10.10 would allow me to use the air conditioner. While this may seem inconsequential to some, it makes all the difference to someone who lives in Phoenix, AZ in the summer where the average daytime temperature is 105.
April S.
Phoenix, Arizona (map)

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.

It would mean so much to me if I didn't have to live paycheck to paycheck, being a student and living in Arizona where the minimum wage is only seven dollars and some change. It really would make all the difference in the world.
Ryan M.
Chandler, Arizona (map)

Arkansas

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.

It would allow more people to put food on the table all month long, and reduce food insecurity and dependence on local food pantries. Our food pantries are heavily used and are struggling to meet the need.
Lynita W.
Greenbrier, Arkansas (map)

California

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.

All of the workers in our world-famous restaurants and hotels here in San Francisco will be able to care for their families with a little less worry every month. It is time to raise the minimum wage across our country.
Elaine B.
San Francisco, California (map)

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.

I will be able to help my mother pay for the bills which she is struggling with.
Michael R.
South El Monte, California (map)

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.

All Americans have the right to live in dignity, to feel the health of their family is secure. A few more dollars a day, a few more dollars in the savings account each month, will be a huge step toward achieving this kind of community.
Rebecca F.
Blue Lake, California (map)

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.

I am currently making minimum wage while trying to earn my mechanical engineering degree. I can't work many hours so I'm forced to take extra money from student loans to make up the difference.
Alissa M.
Folsom, California (map)

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….

Raising the minimum wage in my community will not only help working families, but single parent families and single working people as well. No one can sustain a decent living on the minimum wage in this day and age….
Susan J.
Los Angeles, California (map)

Colorado

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.

Families are the foundation of a great society, and livable wages help strengthen those family relationships.
Jonathan H.
Cañon City, Colorado (map)

Connecticut

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.

Many of my students at the Community College, where I used to teach, earned minimum wage, and they struggled--struggled to pay rent, buy gas, buy books, and take college courses. We are not a land of equality because the wealth is in the hands of a very few and the cards are stacked against those who are striving futilely to improve their standard of living.
Madlyn B.
Essex, Connecticut (map)

Deleware

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…

Raising the minimum wage will obviously raise the quality of life for workers and also raise their ability to have the means to further their pursuits in terms of academic training…
Walter A.
Wilmington, Deleware (map)

Florida

I can afford to house and feed my children.

I can afford to house and feed my children.
Natalie M.
DeLand, FL, Florida (map)

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.

Raising the minimum wage will help my daughter, who works very hard and cannot afford to pay for the necessities.
Renee H.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (map)

Georgia

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.

My family lives on the edge of poverty, and raising the minimum wage would improve our ability to pay property taxes to support our son in school.
John H.
Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia (map)

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.

My family wouldn't have to choose between buying groceries or paying our mortgage. My sister and brother-in-law would be able to finish college and even start saving for their baby's college fund, instead of barely getting through each week, even with both of them working full time.
Desiree H.
Rincon, Georgia (map)

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.

Everybody around me will be able to live better and be closer to fulfilling their dreams.
Eddie L.
Smyrna, Georgia (map)

Hawaii

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.

The minimum wage in the State of Hawaii is $7.25, yet we have one of the highest costs of living in the country. By raising the minimum wage, everyone benefits: the community, the individuals, and the health and vibrancy of the economy as a whole.
Suzanne G.
Lahaina, Hawaii (map)

Idaho

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.

We have a lot of students that work at minimum wage, as well as others in our town that have had trouble making ends meet. We need to value the people in our communities, and pay the small extra price to let them actively participate in the community.
Christine M.
Moscow, Idaho (map)

Illinois

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.

I'm 74 and retired. But the minimum wage for every person who checks out my groceries, or other purchases is essential for these workers to live in my suburban Chicago community.
Margie T.
Mt. Prospect, Illinois (map)

Indiana

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.

Indiana doesn't offer a higher state minimum wage — we primarily live paycheck to paycheck. There have been several times we have had to choose between gasoline for the cars or food for the house.
Jon O.
Williamsport, Indiana (map)

Iowa

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.

I would be able to begin to save money for my future and begin paying back my student loans.
Justin M.
Ida Grove, Iowa (map)

Kansas

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.

Raising the minimum wage in Wyandotte County Kansas will mean more people will be able to spend more time with their children rather than working two jobs to pay for food, clothing, shelter and health care.
Terry B.
Kansas City, KS, Kansas (map)

Kentucky

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.

My family will be able to eat better without breaking the bank. After the bills are paid it's hard to afford to eat a healthy meal.
Shannon M.
Nicholasville, Kentucky (map)

Louisiana

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.

It would allow me to both feed my wife and two year old daughter, AND pay off my student loans.
Daniel C.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (map)

Maine

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.

My community has many workers piecing a living together season to season and they really need a raise.
Nancy S.
Brooksville, Maine (map)

Maryland

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.

I am glad I live in Maryland, which just passed a hike in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2018. It's progress.
Annette B.
Bel Air, Maryland (map)

Minnesota

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.

Minnesota has the widest disparity in the USA of income and educational outcome. Higher wages for the working poor will reduce poverty, stress, and crime, which will improve educational achievement - hungry, tired, angry children cannot learn effectively.
Tim B.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (map)

Mississippi

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!

Mississippians desperately need a boost in the minimum wage. Let's not be last in this, too!
Dawn C.
Madison, Mississippi (map)

Missouri

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.

I volunteer in our community food pantry and see the needs of those who just squeak by. These neighbors are hardworking people who are far different from the stereotype often presented of minimum wage workers.
Jerry C.
Kearney, Missouri (map)

Montana

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!

Most jobs in my tourist town are minimum wage, and the costs of living are high. Raising the wage would really help Montanans!
Stephanie C.
Gardiner, Montana (map)

Nebraska

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!

Raising the minimum wage will give the hard-working folks of Omaha, Nebraska, the ability to transform their lives and the lives of their children for a brighter tomorrow!
Lee C.
Omaha, Nebraska (map)

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.

I am a single mom just trying to give the best life possible to my daughter. I work at a gym and am barely making minimum wage which makes it difficult to even be able to afford to pay bills, put groceries on the table and provide for our everyday needs. A raise in pay would most certainly make a big difference for us.
Ashley S.
Lexington, Nebraska (map)

Nevada

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.

I am a Software Engineer making well above the minimum wage, but I do see a wage increase as beneficial to all of the United States. I believe it will spark growth in local communities, raise morale of employees, and overall provide a more fair and level playing field for everyone in America.
Nicholas C.
Las Vegas, Nevada (map)

New Jersey

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.

People will be able to feed their families more nutritiously, will be able to tend to medical needs, and will be able to participate in educational and civic activities. My community and the entire U.S. economy will benefit when low-income workers have a few more dollars to spend.
Ellen K.
Elizabeth, New Jersey (map)

New Mexico

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.

As a retiree, raising the minimum won't benefit me, but when I see and hear of people in my community struggling to make ends meet with the dreadfully low minimum wage as it stands today, I sincerely hope the Congress will get on and vote to raise the minimum wage.
Jane E.
Taos, New Mexico (map)

New York

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.

Most of my life, I've only earned very low wages. I don't have kids to put through college, but I like the thought of retiring someday.
Laura P.
Albany, New York (map)

North Carolina

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!

Many who are working the minimum wage jobs are the bread winners or supplementing their education expenses. I would happily pay more for goods and services to those businesses if they would increase the wages and make happier, more productive employees!
Micki P.
Boonville, North Carolina (map)

Ohio

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.

I live in a community where many people work at minimum wage jobs; they work just as hard as anyone else, and deserve to earn a living wage.
Andrea F.
Cincinnati, Ohio (map)

Oklahoma

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.

In Norman, Oklahoma, the cost of living is relatively low, yet workers earning minimum wage must work more than 70 hours a week just to pay rent. Many work two jobs and still find it hard to make ends meet. Yes! We need to increase the minimum wage.
JoAnn R.
Norman, Oklahoma (map)

Oregon

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.

I could afford food and not go to sleep with a headache and hunger pains.
Garret S.
Wolf Creek, Oregon (map)

Pennsylvania

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.

As a small business owner, we are preparing to voluntarily raise our employees’ wages. We believe this will help us in the long run. We can hire people who are more dedicated and supportive of the business which will increase sales and customer loyalty. And, of course, anything that keeps dollars in our community, our neighbors, and our schools, is always welcome.
Rebecca L.
Kutztown, Pennsylvania (map)

South Carolina

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!

Raising the minimum wage will help me start a savings account so I can save for my future. My community will thrive because we will work for a wage we can live on!
Hannah R.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (map)

South Dakota

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.

I want to see this change because it's simply the right thing to do. And that alone is enough reason. And I dont yet know what's in it for me except that their happiness is mine too.
Meron G.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota (map)

Tennessee

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.

Raising the minimum wage will allow me to be able to put myself through college. My dream is to be able to have the opportunity to go to college, where I can study to be a nurse. It's very difficult to set aside money for college when I am living from pay check to pay check. If I were to make $10.10 an hour, it would allow me to be able to have the opportunity to save money, so I can start to take a few classes at a time.
Kathy L.
Kingston Springs, Tennessee (map)

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.

Raising the minimum wage is bound to increase nutrition in this community. I have heard of people here skipping meals so their children could eat. There is something absolutely wrong with that picture.
Griselda S.
Rockwood, Tennessee (map)

Texas

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.

I am an adjunct instructor at a local community college, and I visit with students, who are sometimes young parents or a single mother, and hear them speak of the hardships experienced while trying to better themselves by attending college and simultaneously holding down minimum wage jobs. A fair minimum wage of $10.10 would come closer to helping some of these young hard-working students to meet the financial hurdles they face early in life.
Jim W.
Amarillo, Texas (map)

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.

I'll be able to help more with the bills and help provide for my family. The cost of living is high so the minimum wage right now just doesn't cut it.
Sawinder G.
Garland, Texas (map)

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.

As a struggling college student, finding jobs that work with my school schedule is difficult. I know this country prides itself on education and the importance of it, but it’s very difficult to pay to continue my education while making 7 bucks an hour in Texas.
Judith A.
Lubbock, Texas (map)

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.

I've worked for minimum wage when I was young and I barely got by. That was in 1972. I don't know how anyone today can work for minimum wage and live out on their own let alone raise a family.
Lucille H.
Sealy, Texas (map)

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.

It will be a tremendous boon to the parents of the students in my classroom, who have to struggle to buy their children the school supplies and uniforms they need.
Karen H.
Weslaco, Texas (map)

Utah

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.

It won't help me, as I am retired, but if it is raised, I will be able to sleep better at night. It's the right thing to do.
George H.
Washington, Utah (map)

Vermont

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.

I am payed the current minimum wage, and while I don't support anyone with this fee, a slightly higher wage would raise the money I've been saving to pay for college.
Lily H.
Peru, Vermont (map)

Virginia

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.

I am a school librarian where many families hold minimum wage jobs, sometimes more than one. Raising their wages will give the kids more support, more food and nutrition so they can learn better, more time with parents who can help support their learning, more books for the home.
Lynn R.
Alexandria, Virginia (map)

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.

I think raising the minimum wage will help my business (computer service).  I lose business when my clients fall into poverty or otherwise cannot afford to have their computers fixed by a professional.
Jesse M.
Strasburg, Virginia (map)

Washington

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 

Many of the clients I work with cannot afford to pay their electric bills on time, due to their low wages. This causes them a lot of stress.  Raising the minimum wage could help alleviate that stress. People who work full time should be able to pay their basic bills. 
Rachel A.
Spokane, Washington (map)

West Virginia

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.

I grew up in West Virginia and to see my friends and family struggle with working for minimum wage makes me wish I could write them all a paycheck every two weeks.
Gary G.
Salem, West Virginia (map)

Wisconsin

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.

My daughter could focus on her career versus working three jobs to try to survive month to month.
Chales G.
Hartland, Wisconsin (map)

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.

My family wouldn’t struggle so much to make ends meet every month. We would have the money to put food on the table every night.
Ann M.
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin (map)

Wyoming

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.

It will help thousands of single-parent families in Wyoming.
Thomas D.
Casper , Wyoming (map)

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President Obama Signs Kentucky Disaster Declaration

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on October 1, 2014 | 6:14 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of August 18-23, 2014.

Federal funding is available to commonwealth and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides in the counties of Floyd, Johnson, Knott, and Pike.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the commonwealth.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named W. Michael Moore as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. 

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the commonwealth and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on October 1, 2014 | 4:46 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Dean C. Garfield – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Harold McGraw III – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Bob Stallman – Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
  • Bradford J. White – Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Lisa Borin Ogden – Member, Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations, Incorporated
  • Sakurako Fisher – General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Maura Corby Sullivan – Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Naomi L. Nelson – Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission

President Obama also announced his appointment of the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Brad D. Smith – Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans
  • Michèle A. Flournoy – Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board
  • Kevin Nealer – Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Dean C. Garfield, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Dean C. Garfield is President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council, a position he has held since 2008.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010.  Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America and as Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America.  Mr. Garfield is a member of the boards of the SEED School, Aidan Montessori School, and College for Every Student.  Mr. Garfield received a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Harold McGraw III, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Harold McGraw III is Chairman and previous President and CEO of McGraw-Hill Financial.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010 and served as its Chairman from 2012 to 2014.  Mr. McGraw serves on the boards of United Technologies and Phillips 66.  He is Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, and the U.S. Council for International Business.  He serves on the boards of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Carnegie Hall, the Council for Economic Education, New York Public Library, National Organization on Disability, and Prep for Prep.  Mr. McGraw previously was chairman of Business Roundtable and the U.S. – India Business Council.  Since 2009, he has participated in the U.S.–India CEO Forum.  Mr. McGraw received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bob Stallman, Appointee for Member, Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations

Bob Stallman is a rice and cattle producer in Columbus, Texas and is President of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).  Previously, he was President of the Texas Farm Bureau and a member of AFBF’s board of directors.  Mr. Stallman was first appointed to the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2007, and was also selected to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.  Mr. Stallman received a B.A. from the University of Texas.

Bradford J. White, Appointee for Member, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Bradford J. White is an Associate Director of the Alphawood Foundation, which he joined in 2012.  He was first appointed to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in 2011.  From 2009 to 2012, Mr. White was Vice President at CBWhite & Associates in Evanston, Illinois.  He is also the former Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at The Habitat Company LLC.  Previously, Mr. White was Vice President of Related Midwest LLC.  He serves on the board of the Delta Institute and is past chair of the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois and Preservation Action.  Mr. White received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from DePaul University.

Lisa Borin Ogden, Appointee for Member, Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations, Incorporated

Lisa Borin Ogden is a Deputy Attorney General and the Director of the Victims’ Compensation Assistance Program at the Delaware Department of Justice, a position she has held since 2011.  She has served on the Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations, Incorporated since 2011.  Ms. Ogden served as Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel from 2009 to 2010.  Prior to that, she served as Legislative Assistant to then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  Ms. Ogden received a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Sakurako Fisher, Appointee for General Trustee, Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Sakurako Fisher is the President of the San Francisco Symphony, a position she has held since 2012.  She has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony’s Board of Governors since 1992, and was formerly the Vice President of the Symphony’s Board of Governors and Chair of the Development Steering Committee.  Ms. Fisher serves as the Chairman of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and is a member of the U.S. advisory board of the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs.  She is an advisory board member of the Department of Humanities and Sciences and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.  Ms. Fisher was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the government of France.  Ms. Fisher received a B.A. from Stanford University.

Maura Corby Sullivan, Appointee for Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs

Maura Corby Sullivan is a former Marine Corps Captain and veteran of the Iraq War, serving in Fallujah in 2005.  Ms. Sullivan has served in a number of general management roles at PepsiCo, most recently as Zone Director for Frito-Lay’s Central New England Zone business.  In 2013, Ms. Sullivan was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts to serve on The Board of Trustees of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea, MA.  She was appointed to serve as Member of the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2010.  Ms. Sullivan received a B.A. from Northwestern University, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Naomi L. Nelson, Appointee for Member, National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Dr. Naomi L. Nelson is Associate University Librarian at Duke University, a position she has held since 2014.  She has also been Director of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University since 2010.  Previously, she was Interim Director for the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University from 2008 to 2010, and held a number of positions at Emory University after joining in 1991.  Dr. Nelson is on the faculty of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Duke University Press.  Dr. Nelson has served on the Society of American Archivists’ Committee on Education, the Research Libraries Group’s Encoded Archival Description Advisory Group, and on the Digital Library Federation’s Aquifer Initiative.  She previously chaired the Society of American Archivists’ Technology Best Practices Task Force.  Dr. Nelson received an A.B. from Duke University, an M.L.S. from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science, and a Ph.D. from Emory University.

President Obama announced his appointment of the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Brad D. Smith, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans

Brad D. Smith is currently the President and CEO of Intuit, positions he has held since 2008.  Previously, Mr. Smith held various positions at Intuit, including Senior Vice President of the Small Business Division from 2005 to 2007, General Manager of the Small Business Division from 2006 to 2007, and General Manager of the Quickbooks Business Unit from 2005 to 2006.  He led Intuit’s Consumer Tax Group from 2004 to 2005 and served as Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s Accountant Central and Developer Network from 2003 to 2004.  Prior to joining Intuit, Mr. Smith held several executive positions at ADP from 1996 to 2003, including Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.  He also held various positions at PepsiCo, Seven-Up, and Advo, Inc.  Mr. Smith received a B.A. from Marshall University and an M.A. from Aquinas College.

Michèle A. Flournoy, Appointee for Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Michèle A. Flournoy is CEO of the Center for a New American Security.  She co-founded the non-profit research organization in 2007.  She is also a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, a position she has held since 2012.  From 2009 to 2012, Ms. Flournoy served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense (DOD), and from 2007 to 2009 she was a co-lead for President Obama’s DOD transition team.  Ms. Flournoy has also served as a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2001 to 2006, and from 1998 to 2001 she was a Research Professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University.  From 1997 to 1998, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction, and from 1995 to 1998 she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy at DOD.  Ms. Flournoy received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.Phil. from Balliol College, Oxford University.

Kevin Nealer, Appointee for Member, President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Kevin Nealer is a Principal and Partner at the Scowcroft Group.  He joined the company in 1993.  From 1990 to 1991, Mr. Nealer was a Fulbright professor in the People’s Republic of China.  From 1982 to 1987, he served on the Professional Staff of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, and was previously a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State.  Mr. Nealer has served as a lecturer, program moderator, and adjunct professor at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the American Board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.  From 2011 to 2013, he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.  Mr. Nealer received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu Meet at the White House

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Blog Post on October 1, 2014 | 4:40 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
President Obama meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Oct 1, 2014

President Barack Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the Oval Office, Oct 1, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House this morning, where the two met on a number of issues including the situation in Gaza and the work to degrade and destroy ISIL.

In remarks to the press, the President noted that this meeting "gives us an opportunity once again to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and Israel, and our ironclad commitment to making sure that Israel is secure."

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The President Honors the MLS Cup Champions

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Video (YouTube) on October 1, 2014 | 4:38 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)
On October 1, 2014, President Obama delivered remarks in honor of the Sporting KC, the MLS Cup Champions of 2013.
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Readout of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco's Meeting with Security Officials from the Netherlands

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on October 1, 2014 | 4:35 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa O. Monaco met at the White House today with the Netherlands Minister for Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten and National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism Dick Schoof.  In this meeting, Ms. Monaco expressed the United States’ appreciation for the Netherlands’ contributions to the international coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and reaffirmed the U.S. government’s commitment to continue cooperating closely with the Dutch on a range of counterterrorism priorities, particularly the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters.  Ms. Monaco, Minister Opstelten and Mr. Schoof discussed opportunities for our two countries to strengthen collaboration to prevent and disrupt foreign terrorist fighter travel to Syria and Iraq and address the shared threat posed by returning foreign fighters.  

Remarks by the President Honoring the MLS Cup Champion Sporting KC

Barack Obama's White House Presidential Office (D) posted a Press Release on October 1, 2014 | 4:30 pm - Original Item - Comments (View)

East Room

2:13 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody!  (Applause.) Hello, Kansas City.  Everybody, have a seat.  Have a seat.  Welcome to the White House.  Give it up to the MLS champ, Sporting Kansas City.  (Applause.)  Yay!

Now, my press secretary, Josh Earnest, is from Kansas City. He has made the observation that the Royals are advancing -(applause) -- that the Chiefs made the Patriots look kind of bad on Monday night.  (Laughter.)  And so, clearly, something is going on in Kansas City, but apparently these guys are the ones who got it all started, got the ball rolling.  (Applause.)  It’s a pretty good day to be from Kansas City.  You guys are feeling kind of cocky right now.  (Laughter.) 

We’ve got some members of Congress who are here today from Kansas City, who obviously love sports.  It’s a great sports town.  We’ve got the Sporting KC’s owners and family.  I want to congratulate your manager, Peter Vermes, for becoming the first person in MLS history to win titles both as a player and a coach in the same organization.  (Applause.) 

That is not the only history that Sporting KC made this season.  After beating New England and Houston in the playoffs to win the Eastern Conference, they were rewarded with the coldest title game ever played in Major League Soccer.  (Laughter.)  When the game started, the temperature was just 20 degrees.  By the end, it was less than 10 degrees.  I’m sure that felt good.  (Laughter.)  That was after 120 minutes of soccer and the longest penalty shootout -- 10 rounds -- in MLS Cup history.  But finally, Aurelien Collin kicked the winning penalty shot, and KC raised their second Cup. 

And the thing about Kansas City fans is that even in below-freezing temperatures, the seats were filled.  Sporting Park was packed.  It is a city that loves soccer.  They’ve sold out 51 straight games.  In a section of seats called “The Cauldron,” thousands of fans come out to stand and chant all game long.

And this past summer, when Americans packed restaurants and stadiums and city parks during the World Cup, the fans in Kansas City led the way.  It seemed like 10 minutes couldn’t pass without seeing live shots of thousands of fans crowding the Power and Light District and cheering on Team USA.  I know they cheered extra hard for Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, who represented Sporting KC and their country in Brazil.  So as soccer continues to grow here in the United States, it does so in large part because of the great example of dedicated fans in Kansas City.  So congratulations to all of you.  (Applause.)

In the same way that Kansas City has embraced its soccer team, the soccer team has embraced the city.  Aurelien has a fashion line and men’s clothing shop in Kansas City.  (Laughter.)  Where are you?  You want to model some of your stuff?  (Laughter.)  He’s got the pocket square, the earrings.  I’m going to look like him after I get out of office.  (Laughter.)  He looks pretty sharp.  You’ve got Seth Sinovic, and assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin, and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who all made their debuts in the Kansas City Ballet last year.  That’s impressive.  They got to bring that trophy with them on stage to distract the audience from their limited ballet skills.  (Laughter.) 

And through the Victory Project, Sporting KC works to raise money for kids in the region with cancer and special needs and life-threatening medical conditions through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  They’ve opened new practice fields, they’re hosting soccer clinics all over Missouri and Kansas.  So this is an organization that knows that being a champion isn’t just about what you do on the field -- it’s also what you do off the field.

I know that the entire city is very, very proud of you.  We want to congratulate you.  And I want to congratulate all the fans of Kansas City for the great job you do as well.  So give them all a big round of applause.  (Applause.) 

COACH VERMES:  So a little background.  Fourteen years ago, as you stated earlier, I won the MLS Cup with the team as a player.  And unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to come to the White House, so I figured I had to go back and come coach to win it so that I could get here.  So here I am.  (Laughter.)  So I’m pretty excited about that aspect.
    
What I’d like to say is, from the entire organization, thank you very much for hosting us.  We greatly appreciate it.  Obviously, this is an incredible honor for all of us.  And more importantly, hopefully we can do it again, and we can show up here again and see you in a year from now.
    
So I’d like to first present you with this medal.  We also have a -- I’m not sure which side it’s on -- there is a -- it’s on this side?  We have a shirt you might want to take a look at.  (Applause.)
    
THE PRESIDENT:  I’m going to have to break the glass to wear it.  (Laughter.) 
    
Thank you so much.  Congratulations.   
    
COACH VERMES:  Thank you, I really appreciate it.
    
THE PRESIDENT:  Good, appreciate you. 

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2:21 P.M. EDT

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