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The Obama Administration: September 1-15, 2011

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T he President, in the evening, addressed a Joint Session of Congress at the United States Capitol. Transcript Video Enhanced Video Fact Sheet: The American Jobs Act


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Day962/Sep9th/Friday: the President traveled to the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, where he delivered remarks about the American Jobs Act. Transcript Video

The President returned to the White House, where he participated in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. Among the credentialed, the President accepted the credentials of Ali Suleiman Aujali as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Libya--the first representative to the United States from the new Libya, and one of the first Libyan diplomats internationally to be fully credentialed since Moammar Qaddafi' s fall. Source

The President spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by telephone about attacks upon the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. The President expressed his great concern about the situation at the Embassy, and the security of the Israelis serving there. He reviewed the steps that the United States was taking at all levels to help resolve the situation without further violence, and to call on the Government of Egypt to honor its international obligations to safeguard the security of the Israeli Embassy. The President and the Prime Minister agreed to stay in close touch until the situation was resolved. Source

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The President issued an Executive Order to reinforce, integrate, and complement public communications efforts across the executive branch that are (1) focused on countering the actions and ideology of Al-Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents, and other international terrorist organizations and violent extremists overseas, and (2) directed to audiences outside the United States. This collaborative work among executive departments and agencies was to bring together expertise, capabilities, and resources to realize efficiencies and better coordination of U.S. Government communications investments to combat terrorism and extremism. The Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications was directed to coordinate its analysis, evaluation, and planning functions with the National Counterterrorism Center.

The President issued a Presidential Memorandum, continuing for 1 year the national emergency previously declared on September 14, 2001, in Proclamation 7463, with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on the United States.

The President declared an emergency existed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from the Remnants of Tropical Storm Lee beginning on September 3, 2011, and continuing, authorizing the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts for the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the flood emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Adams, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Wyoming, and York. Specifically, FEMA was authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide, at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, was made available at 75 percent federal funding. Source

The President sent a letter to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, requesting, "... the Congress to consider the enclosed budget request for disaster response needs through Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. It includes a supplemental appropriations request for FY 2011 of $500 million and a budget amendment for FY 2012 of $4.6 billion for the Department of Homeland Security.

The proposed totals for FY 2011 and FY 2012 would increase by $5.1 billion as a result of this request. The additional funding would fund disaster response needs in the Disaster Relief Fund, including approximately $1.5 billion for the Federal share of costs to respond to Hurricane Irene.

This request responds to urgent and essential needs. The supplemental appropriations request would be designated as an emergency requirement. The request for FY 2012 in the budget amendment would constitute disaster relief within the meaning of section 251 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended by the Budget Control Act of 2011, and would therefore adjust the discretionary spending levels for FY 2012 pursuant to section 251. The details of this request are set forth in the enclosed letter from the Director of the Office of Management and Budget ."

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The President proclaimed September 11, 2011, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance. Source

The President proclaimed September 11, 2011, as National Grandparents Day. Source

The President proclaimed Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 2011, as National Days of Prayer and Remembrance. Source

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