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Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
March 22, 2014

Hi, everybody.  This week, I visited a community college in Florida, where I spoke with students about what we need to do to make sure our economy rewards the hard work of every American.

More specifically, I spoke about making sure our economy rewards the hard work of women. 

Today, women make up about half of our workforce, and more than half of our college graduates.  More women are now their families’ main breadwinner than ever before. 

But in a lot of ways, our economy hasn’t caught up to this new reality yet.  On average, a woman still earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man does.  And too many women face outdated workplace policies that hold them back – which in turn holds back our families and our entire economy.

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

Cantor Calls For Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a leading proponent of school choice, addressed education, health care and other pressing national issues in the House Republican Party’s four-point policy agenda as featured speaker at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series held March 10.

Introduced by Congressman Chris Collins, Cantor emphasized an “American That Works” plan in response to major challenges being faced today largely by the middle class.

“Many have lost faith in our nation and in the American dream. The American people deserve better and that’s why the House Republican leadership’s number one issue is to restore an America that works,” said Cantor, a six-term Virginia congressman.

Cantor pointed to the “middle-class squeeze” brought on by minimal wage growth and rising costs in making it harder for middle-class families to make ends meet. “Three out of four Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” he said.

Grisanti Petition against Free College Classes for Prisoners Shatters Goal of 1,000 Signatures in a

Grisanti Petition against Free College Classes for Prisoners Shatters Goal of 1,000 Signatures in a

  New York State Senator Mark J. Grisanti (R,I – Buffalo) announced this evening that his goal of 1,000 signatures on the petition he launched earlier in the day in opposition to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to give free college to state prison inmates has been shattered in less than seven hours. The petition, titled ”Say ‘NO’ To Free College For Prisoners” sat at 1,338 this evening after being launched earlier in the day. The number continues to go up.

“Keep the signatures coming,” said Grisanti. “I am proud, but not surprised, that many Western New Yorkers agree that we should put the needs of hardworking, law-abiding citizens who are positively contributing to society first.” To sign the petition, visit www.senatormarkgrisanti.com

Daemen Lecture Series to Launch With House Majority Leader, Prominent Congressman

Daemen Lecture Series to Launch With House Majority Leader, Prominent Congressman

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Congressman Brian Higgins will be the first featured speakers in the newly established Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, which will bring top government and public officials to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national and international issues.

Higgins will deliver the inaugural lecture, “From the Ground Up: Building a Stronger Western New York and Nation,” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the college’s Wick Campus Center Social Room.

“This lecture series will give prominent leaders in the political and public service sectors the opportunity to share their experiences and insight on timely key topics,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “By featuring speakers diverse in thought, perspective and leadership style, we will be fostering important discussions on varied issues impacting our region and country.”

Senator Grisanti Recognizes National Women And Girls In Sport Day

Senator Grisanti Recognizes National Women And Girls In Sport Day

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.

 

This year's celebration highlighted the role that athletics can play in young girls' development and success by acknowledging the past accomplishments of female athletes, recognizing current sports achievements, pointing out the man positives of participating in sports and highlighting the continued struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

"Studies have shown that participation in sports can have a positive influence on the intellectual, physical and psychological health of young girls," said Senator Grisanti. "According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, the majority of female athletes earn higher grades in class and have a better chance of earning entrance to college."

JACOBS SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO KEEP PISTOL PERMIT INFORMATION PRIVATE

JACOBS SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO KEEP PISTOL PERMIT INFORMATION PRIVATE

Makes motion for vote at statewide County Clerk's Meeting

Erie County, NY - Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs made a motion at the New York State County Clerk's Association (NYSACC) meeting calling for the State Legislature to pass legislation to keep the information of pistol permit holders protected from public disclosure.

"The SAFE Act kept the State Police Pistol Permit Database protected from public disclosure yet county pistol permits are not; we are asking for consistent protection of our citizens across-the-board,” said Jacobs. The vote of the statewide County Clerk's Association, representing Clerks from the 62 Counties across the State, was nearly unanimous at today's meeting which laid out the 2014 Legislative Agenda for NYSACC.

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti Announces Satellite Office Hours

New York State Senator Mark Grisanti Announces Satellite Office Hours

Senator Grisanti’s district office will hold satellite office hours throughout the 60th District of the New York State Senate.

A staff member will be present and have available various forms, informational brochures, and contact information for constituents. The general public is invited to visit at no cost to taxpayers and interact with one of the senator’s representatives.

The locations, dates and times are listed below:

ORCHARD PARK TOWN HALL:

4295 S. Buffalo Street

Orchard Park, NY 14127

Tuesday, January 21st ……..4-7pm

Tuesday, February 18th…….4-7pm

Tuesday, March 18th ………..4-7pm

Tuesday, April 15th …………..4-7pm

Tuesday, May 20th …………..4-7pm

Tuesday, June 17th ………….4-7pm

HAMBURG TOWN HALL:

6100 South Park Avenue

Hamburg, NY 14075

Tuesday, January 7th ………4-7pm

Tuesday, February 4th……..4-7pm

Tuesday, March 4th …………4-7pm