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The President previews his budget, explaining that it will help the government live within its means, while still investing to make sure America wins the future.
Weekly Wrap Up
Quote: “America has always used the building of our infrastructure networks to take our economy forward and to build out American industry. The Wireless Initiative is going to bring that to the 21st Century. It’s going to take it to the next level, because that’s the American way.”–Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, explaining the National Wireless Initiative on the White Board.
Out-Building: This week, the President puts forward plans to build up the nation’s infrastructure, investing in things like high speed rail, and expanding broadband access so all of America’s families will be equipped to win the future:
“Time to Invest in America”: President Obama visits the Chamber of Commerce to talk about how investing in America’s workers will keep our economy growing.
West Wing Week Video: “The New Electrification”
Egypt: “There are very few moments in our lives where we have the privilege to witness history taking place. This is one of those moments. This is one of those times. The people of Egypt have spoken, their voices have been heard, and Egypt will never be the same.” Watch the President’s remarks.
Blowing in the Wind… Offshore: A new strategy that will guide a national effort to accelerate development of coastal wind projects while driving down costs, helping us meet President Obama’s goal of powering the nation with 80% clean electricity by 2035.
Celebrating Black History Month: February is Black History Month, and WhiteHouse.gov is featuring African Americans from across the Administration whose work is contributing to the President’s goals for winning the future. Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett also shared a special message on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Voices of Health Reform: Nan Warshaw is a small business owner in Chicago, Illinois, who is benefiting from the small business tax credits in the Affordable Care Act. Read more about her story.
Protecting Intellectual Property: President Obama signs an Executive Order establishing two intellectual property enforcement advisory committees tasked with improving the Federal Government’s intellectual property enforcement efforts.
New Trade Initiatives: Ron Kirk, the U.S. Trade Representative, announces new progress on trade initiatives during testimony before Congress.
Making Home Affordable: Jacqueline of Hialeah, Florida shares her story of home-ownership thanks to the Making Home Affordable Program through the Department of the Treasury.
Working Together in Detroit: Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis publishes an op-ed in the Detroit Free-Press on the importance of American auto companies to work with labor to keep the auto industry growing.
IssueMap at FCC.gov: The Federal Communications Commission launches IssueMap, the first product that lets users visualize the relationship between data in America and the communities the data come from.
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- Weekly Wrap Up: “We Will Not Rest” (whitehouse.gov)
- Obama Says Government Must Remove Obstacles to Growth (businessweek.com)
- Obama Shifts Economic Team to Focus on a Recovery – New York Times (news.google.com)
- Sperling tapped to head economic council – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- The Note: Will Obama Sink Or Swim In 2012?: Jobs Report Holds Clues (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Obama Touts Benefits of the Tax Cuts Compromise in the New Year (blogs.abcnews.com)
- Help Wanted? Why Obama Doesn’t Need a Jobs Czar (time.com)
- Obama’s Jobs Czar: A Solution in Search of a Problem? (time.com)
- Austan Goolsbee: Not Raising The Debt Ceiling Would Be “Catastrophic” And “Insanity” (mediaite.com)
- Goolsbee says jobless rate still too high (reuters.com)