WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, as part of efforts to make the U.S. workplace more accommodating for employees with families, will on Monday direct federal agencies to step up efforts to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules.
Obama, who is seeking to boost Democratic fortunes before the midterm elections in November, has been urging Congress to back legislation to make workplaces more “family friendly.”
WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
wife Michelle both worked minimum-wage jobs before they got law
degrees: a character-building experience they said they also
want their teenage daughters to share.
The president scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited
tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also
worked as a painter. The first lady worked at a book binding
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Thursday that his decision to send military advisers to Iraq and consider targeted strikes against insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group did not mean U.S. troops would again be at war in the country.
“American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” the U.S. president told a White House news conference after meeting his national security team to discuss the crisis.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired insurgency and was prepared to take targeted military action if it was necessary.
But the U.S. president, speaking to a news conference after meeting with his national security team, insisted: “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country’s transportation projects from running out of money in August.
Republican Senator Bob Corker and Democrat Chris Murphy called for raising the tax 6 cents a year for two years and linking future fuel tax increases to inflation.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation, but told gay rights activists they need to keep up the pressure on Congress to pass a broader law.
Drawing a lengthy standing ovation from a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) gala raising money for the Democratic National Committee, Obama said the order was the right thing to do for human rights and the economy.
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday cast his administration’s push to reduce pay disparities between men and women in personal terms and said such wage gaps are something that could hypothetically affect his life as well as those of other men.
“This is not a women’s issue, this is a family issue. Women now bring in close to half of all income, and there are a whole lot of families out there where the woman is the primary breadwinner,” Obama said during a townhall-type event in Pittsburgh, before referring to his wife, Michelle.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday he will take several days to review options for how the United States can help Iraq deal with a militant insurgency, saying any action would need significant involvement by Iraq itself.
“The United States is not simply going involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they are prepared to work together,” Obama said, making it clear that he would not send U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER FRANCE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama paid tribute on Friday to U.S. veterans who 70 years ago stormed the beaches of northern France, telling them their spirit of courage and sacrifice is being continued by a new generation of soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.
More than 250 World War Two veterans in their late 80s and early 90s, many of them frail, traveled to Omaha Beach to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
WARSAW (Reuters) – When Lech Walesa, the man whose Solidarity movement helped bring down the Iron Curtain, found himself sitting across from Barack Obama at a banquet in the Polish capital on Tuesday evening, he offered the younger man a piece of advice.
“I said that I wished the United States would lead,” Walesa told Polish television about the encounter, which he said was not so much an upbraiding of the U.S. president as an “interesting” encounter.