"The greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next," he said. The federal government has faced the prospect of shutdown due to lack of appropriations or the possibility of not paying its bills due to hitting the debt ceiling in periodic crises over the past 2 years .
President Obama took to steps toward implementing administration cybersecurity policy Feb. 12 by signing an executive order establishing a security framework for privately-held critical infrastructure and releasing a new presidential policy directive on critical infrastructure security.
Federal agencies have four months to develop policies to address the impact of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the workplace, including support plans for workers affected by such violence.
This is the template of the modern State of the Union presidential speech: A laundry list of political objectives intertwined with stories of ordinary Americans so those watching can empathize with a call to action, a group of former presidential speech writers said on the morning of the annual address.
President Obama urged Congress Tueday to pass a small package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would head off the March 1 onset of sequestration and give more time to work out a long-term federal spending deal, although House Republicans quickly rejected any measure involving greater revenue collection.
Pew's average of polls last found public trust in government in excess of 50 percent for a brief time after September 11, 2001. Other than that, Pew says a majority has not trusted government since before President Richard Nixon resigned, and currently only about a quarter of Americans do.
The House and Senate have passed a bill to ignore enforcement of the debt ceiling through May 18. In a Friday press briefing , White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said he is sure that the president will sign the bill but does not know the exact date.
Despite stark areas of disagreement on the need for additional gun control, Republican senators on Wednesday told their Democrat colleagues that there exists common support for strengthening background checks and making gun trafficking a federal offense.
After President Obama and a bipartisan group of senators released immigration reform frameworks earlier this week, points of contention began to emerge. The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), said in a statement that "we cannot support reforms today unless they hinge on gaining operational control of our borders."
Three months after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, a $50.7 billion federal aid package has become law. President Obama signed the legislation Jan. 29 after the Senate approved it the day before, by a vote of 62-36. The House passed the bill Jan. 15, and the Senate did not amend it.