President Obama’s Weekly Address: Working for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Working for Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, DC… Hi, everybody. Thirty years ago, there were 500,000 people behind bars in America. Today, there are 2.2 million. The United States is home to 5 percent of the world’s population, but 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. Every year, we spend $80 billion to keep people locked up. Now, many of the folks […]

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Writing the Rules for a Global Economy

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Writing the Rules for a Global Economy

Washington, DC… Hi, everybody. This week, after five years of effort with eleven other nations, we reached agreement on a new trade deal that promotes American values and protects American workers. There’s a reason this Trans-Pacific Partnership took five years to negotiate. I wanted to get the best possible deal for American workers. And that […]

USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers

USDA Offers Help to Fire-Affected Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, DC…The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State that USDA has programs to assist with their recovery efforts. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences or eligible trees, bushes […]

Weekly Presidential Address: It’s Time for Congress To Pass a Responsible Budget

Weekly Presidential Address: It’s Time for Congress To Pass a Responsible Budget

Washington, DC… Remarks of President Barack Obama, “Hi, everybody. It’s hard to believe, but it was seven years ago this week that one of Wall Street’s biggest investment banks went bankrupt, triggering a meltdown on Wall Street and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. And in the months that followed, millions of Americans […]

DOD Comments On Iraq Conducting First Counter-ISIS Air Operations Using F-16s

DOD Comments On Iraq Conducting First Counter-ISIS Air Operations Using F-16s

Washington, DC…”Today the Government of Iraq announced that Iraq has conducted its first counter-ISIL air operations using F-16 fighter aircraft. We commend the Iraqi Air Force for its successful use of this cutting edge aircraft ‎in the international campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. The first four aircraft purchased by the Government were delivered […]

The President On 70th Anniversary Commemorating the End of World War II

The President On 70th Anniversary Commemorating the End of World War II

Washington, DC…Today we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formal end of World War II in the Pacific, a conflict that tragically claimed millions of lives across Asia and Oceania and stretched several months beyond the war’s conclusion in the European theater. We salute the American servicemen and women of the Greatest Generation who answered […]

President Obama Announces New Investments to Enhance Safety and Security in the Changing Arctic

President Obama Announces New Investments to Enhance Safety and Security in the Changing Arctic

Anchorage, AK…The following is a White House position paper…”Climate change is reshaping the Arctic in profound ways. The global Arctic has warmed approximately twice as fast as the rest of the world, resulting in significant impacts on land and sea. Among the most noticeable changes is the retreat of Arctic sea ice, which has experienced […]