This article is the 65th in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.
"A week ago today, I sent Congress the American Jobs Act. It's a plan that will lead to new jobs for teachers, for construction workers, for veterans, and for the unemployed. It will cut taxes for every small business owner and virtually every working man and woman in America. And the proposals in this jobs bill are the kinds that have been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past. So there shouldn't be any reason for Congress to drag its feet. They should pass it right away. I'm ready to sign a bill. I've got the pens all ready ." __Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, September 19, 2011
Day969/Sep16th/Friday: The President traveled to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, where he visited a classroom to see demonstrations of several student science and technology projects, delivered remarks, and signed patent reform legislation, America Invents Act, into law. Transcript Video
The President signed into law H.R. 2887 , the "Surface and Air Transportation Programs Extension Act of 2011," which extended through March 31, 2012, funding for programs funded from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), authority to make expenditures from the HTF for HTF-financed programs, and authority to collect taxes that fund the HTF; and extended through January 31, 2012, authorities to collect taxes that fund the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, make expenditures from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, and make grants to airports under the Airport Improvement Program. Source
The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Maryland and ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Irene during the period of August 24 to September 5, 2011. Federal funding was made available to state 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 Hurricane Irene in the counties of Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source
The President proclaimed September 18 through September 24, 2011, as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Source
The President proclaimed September 18 through September 24, 2011, as National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week. Source
The President proclaimed September 17, 2011, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and September 17 through September 23, 2011, as Constitution Week. Source
The President proclaimed September 18 through September 24, 2011, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week. Source
The week's West Wing Week was released.
Day971/Sep18th/Sunday: Nothing to report.
Day972/Sep19th/Monday: the President delivered remarks from the Rose Garden of the White House on his vision for a balanced approach to reducing the deficit of the United States and announced his recommendations to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction. Transcript Video Fact Sheet: Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future-The President's Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction Presidential Memorandum
The President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone about the Eurozone crisis and recent developments in financial markets. Both agreed that concerted action would be needed in the months ahead to address the current economic challenges and to assure global economic recovery. They also discussed Middle East peace, and the President thanked the Chancellor for her commitment to the peace process and her personal engagement with the parties to facilitate a return to direct talks. Source
The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate: