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The Obama Administration: June 1-15, 2011

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Day867/June 6th/Monday: T he President met with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Readout

The President, with dog Bo, entered the Roosevelt Room of the White House about midway into a meeting of 10 young Americans who had participated in the "100 Youth Roundtables" Initiative. The President took a seat and talked about a range of topics: from the economic situation to climate change, education, incarcerated youth, Don't Ask/Don't Tell   (DADT), the Social Work and Reinvestment Act, and civic engagement. Source

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Oklahoma and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding during the period of May 22-25, 2011. Federal funding was made available to affected individuals in the counties of Canadian, Delaware, Grady, Kingfisher, Logan, and McClain Counties, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the order of succession to the functions and duties of the office of the President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) during any period in which the President of OPIC has died, resigned, or otherwise become unable to perform the functions.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson announced from Lansing, Michigan, $76 million in clean-up grants to be used for turn tainted factories, deserted gas stations, closed smelters and some of the more than 450,000 other abandoned or contaminated sites throughout America into vibrant residential and retail districts. Source

 

Day868/June 7th/Tuesday: T he President and the First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Federal Republic of Germany to the White House (welcoming remarks video), where, in the Oval Office, the President and Chancellor Merkel held a bilateral meeting.

The President held an expanded bilateral meeting with Chancellor Merkel and the Official U.S. and Official German Delegations in the Cabinet Room of the White House. Source

The President held a joint press conference with Chancellor Merkel in the East Room of the White House. Transcript Video

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Illinois and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms occurring on April 19, 2011, and April 22 to May 2, 2011, and flooding resulting from those storms beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing. Federal funding was made available to affected individuals in Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Lawrence, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, White, and Williamson Counties, including grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President declared a major disaster existed in the State of Minnesota and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms and tornadoes during the period of May 21-22, 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 the severe storms and flooding in Anoka and Hennepin Counties. Federal funding was also made available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. Source

The President announced his intent to nominate Peter Schaumber (bio) for Member, Board of Trustees of the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation .

The President sent these nominations to the United States Senate:

Margo Kitsy Brodie , of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York bio

Jesse M. Furman , of New York, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York bio

Susie Morgan , of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana bio

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