Press Releases

 

Thursday
Feb262009

White House Media Affairs - Nabors to Brief Reporters on Budget via Conference Call Thursday 

WASHINGTON – Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget Rob Nabors will hold a conference call Thursday to brief reporters on President Obama’s budget overview for the next fiscal year. The call will take place at 12:30 p.m. An RSVP is required to participate.

 

WHAT: Conference call with OMB Deputy Director Rob Nabors

 

WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.

 

HOW: To receive dial-in information, please RSVP to media_affairs@who.eop.gov

 

Thursday
Feb262009

ALG - CPAC Live Video Feed Update 

Yesterday, I sent you a news release announcing that beginning Thursday morning ALG News will supply exclusive internet videos from the CPAC conference in Washington DC. I wanted to take a moment and give you a quick update.

 

The interviews will be with top political policymakers and pundits. Most interviews will be conducted by ALG News executive editor Carter Clews, a veteran journalist and broadcaster. Interviews will be conducted in a fully editable news interview format.

 

The interviews will begin at 10am on Thursday morning and continue throughout the day. They will pick back up Friday morning within the same time frame.

 

Each interview will last five to ten minutes and will be posted immediately upon conclusion onto ALG's website and ALG's Youtube site.

 

Should you wish to be directly notified of upcoming interviews, we will be happy to do so via email, twitter or telephone. Should you wish to avail yourself of such notification please contact me as soon as possible at the contact information below.

 

Should you wish ALG News to interview any specific attendee at CPAC we would be happy to do so. Please let me know at any one of the contact points below.

 

Again, the feeds will be available on the website and youtube page.

 

Thursday
Feb262009

PSN - National policy experts to outline strategies for state implementation of recovery act 

Open discussion will include guidelines for transparency, job creation, and social services

 

WHAT: A call to bring together progressive policy experts from across the country to answer questions and share practical strategies for obtaining federal stimulus funds and using them to shore up budget gaps, restore ailing economies, and effect lasting progressive change.

WHO: Phineas Baxandall, Federal Tax and Budget Policy Analyst, U.S. PIRG
Maurice Emsellem, Policy Co-Director, National Employment Law Project
Nick Johnson, Director of the State Fiscal Project, Center for Budget & Policy Priorities
Joel Packer, Director of Education Policy and Practice, National Education Association
Jenny Sullivan, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Families USA
Nathan Newman, Interim Executive Director, Progressive States Network

WHEN: 4pm EST, Thursday, February 26

RSVP: http://progressivestates.org/conferencecallrsvp

Poised to receive billions in federal grant money amidst unprecedented budget shortfalls, state governments across the country face a host of difficult decisions over how to identify and allocate the resources they need to turn their ailing economies around. On Thursday, PSN will host a call to give legislators from across the country a chance to brainstorm solutions and address questions to some of the nation's leading policy experts on how to understand funding guidelines and identify progressive policy priorities as they move forward to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

A major focus will be how state governments -- which thus far have been lagging in the transparency systems they have in place to track the number and quality of jobs created through contracts funded by economic subsidies -- can bring their online reporting systems up to par with the standards required under the federal recovery plan.

The call comes on the heels of PSN's announcement of an initiative to assist states in implementing the recovery plan. The initiative is centered around a new online resource hub at http://progressivestates.org/stimulus, which provides legislators, advocates, and the general public with policy guidelines, model legislation, information about where federal funding is being directed, and links to resource organizations in a host of key issue areas, including: transparency, unemployment insurance, infrastructure and transit, health care, clean energy, and increasing access to and adoption of broadband.

Thursday
Feb262009

Workforce Fairness Institute Calls On Andy Stern To Name SEIU 60 

Labor Boss Says There Are Enough Senators To End Debate

 

WASHINGTON, DC (February 25, 2009) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today called on Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to name the “SEIU 60” - the 60 sitting Senators who have committed to support the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act (EFCA) by voting in favor of cloture.

“Andy Stern stated today that he has 60 votes to pass the Employee ‘Forced’ Choice Act, if so, he should name them. Time and again we have seen Mr. Stern communicate exaggerations and, at times, out and out fabrications of the truth, so he will need to excuse us if we doubt his claim,” said Katie Packer, executive director of the Workforce Fairness Institute. “This is an undemocratic bill that does away with secret ballot protections for workers and mandates government-run binding arbitration, both of which are job killers. And in this fragileeconomy, we believe that many U.S. Senators are hearing from small business owners alarmed by this big labor power grab.”

Background:

“Stern also said there are 60 senators who either support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or would vote to cut off a filibuster.” (Jill Lawrence, “SEIU Head Andy Stern Predicts Quick Action On Health Care, Card Check http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/02/63330979/1,” USA Today, 2/25/09)

 

A bill to eliminate secret ballot election in the workplace is currently making its way through Congress. Something like this could never happen, right? Actually, it could. Under the so-called “Employee Free Choice Act,” workers, in violation of our Democratic principles, would be denied their American right to a private ballot in union organizing elections in the workplace. Workers would be forced to publicly state their vote -- for everyone to see. This is more appropriately called the FORCED CHOICE ACT and would fundamentally change the rights of employees in the workplace ... it would force unions on them; force contracts on them and force payment of dues on them.

 

The Workforce Fairness Institute is an organization committed to educating voters, employers, employees and citizens about issues affecting the workplace. To learn more, please visit: www.WorkforceFairness.com.

 

Thursday
Feb262009

Daily Grind: Obama Criticizes Bad Loans, Promises More Lending 

Obama Criticizes Bad Loans, Promises More Lending
In the height of duplicity, President Obama promises more the same and calls it “change.”

 

Rolling the Dice
By Treasury Secretary Geithner's own admission, the Administration “will make mistakes.”

 

The Mendacity of Gloom
President Obama has lived his entire life under a Marxist cloud, and he won't be satisfied until he rains on capitalism's parade once and for all.

 

ALERT: Meet Joe the Plumber!
ALG News will be interviewing Joe Wurzelbacher and other noted political personalities Thursday and Friday in Washington at CPAC.