President Obama: We Can’t Let Partisan Politics Get in the Way

This week, my administration announced that we’re extending a program to help more responsible families modify their mortgages so they can stay in their homes.

But to keep our housing market and our economy growing, Congress needs to step up and do its part. Members of Congress will be coming back next week for an important month of work. We’ve got to keep this progress going until middle-class families start regaining that sense of security. And we can’t let partisan politics get in the way.

* Congress should pass a law giving every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgage by refinancing at historically low interest rates.

* Congress should put more Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, like the one that collapsed last week in Washington state. We’d all be safer, and the unemployment rate would fall faster.

* And Congress should fix our broken immigration system by passing commonsense reform that continues to strengthen our borders; holds employers accountable; provides a pathway to earned citizenship; and also modernizes our legal immigration system so that we’re reuniting families and attracting the highly-skilled entrepreneurs and engineers who will help our economy grow.

And if we work together, I’m as confident as I’ve ever been that we’ll get to where we need to be.

President Obama: ‘We Must Change’

“Some back in Washington are already floating the idea that they might use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms. Think about that. They’re not just saying they’ll vote ‘no’ on ideas that almost all Americans support. They’re saying they won’t allow any votes on them at all. They’re saying your opinion doesn’t matter. And that’s not right,” he said.

Taking a cue from the National Rifle Association, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control group led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), will release its very own scoring system on Tuesday to evaluate lawmakers’ votes and statements on issues related to guns, the Washington Post reported.

According to WaPo, the Bloomberg-financed group will award lawmakers letter grades from “A” to “F” — not unlike the NRA’s own scorecard, which the pro-gun lobby has used effectively through the years to apply pressure on elected officials.

“For decades, the NRA has done an admirable job of tracking to minute detail how members of Congress stand on gun bills. We’ve simply decided to do the same,” Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told WaPo.

Bloomberg has positioned himself as the leading gun control advocate in the country, saying last month that he’s trying to “level the playing field” with the NRA. Mayors Against Illegal Guns launched a $12 million advertising campaign late last month intended to pressure senators to support universal background checks.

The Sequester and You

Sequester graph

Harmful automatic budget cuts aka The Sequester threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform.

These cuts will make it harder to grow our economy and create jobs by affecting our ability to invest in important priorities like education, research and innovation, public safety, and military readiness.

President Obama has

A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit:

President's Plan re Sequester

Details re the President’s plan on dealing with the sequester.

Interactive Map: How will the Sequester impact the individual states reports that Congresswoman DeLauro met with twenty-three mayors and first selectmen from nearly every community in the 3rd Congressional District to discuss the automatic federal budget cuts that are taking effect.

“This is something that will happen gradually, but with a profound effect,” DeLauro said. “For example, $2.5 billion will be cut from the Hurricane Sandy disaster relief — that means cuts to direct assistance, Army Corps of Engineer cuts, transportation cuts — all of which will affect the ability of our cities and towns to repair their communities and to make them whole again.”

She said the so-called sequestration cuts will hurt a broad spectrum of people, from special education teachers to air travelers to those who need help paying their heating oil bills.

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