Encouraging foreign companies to invest and create more jobs in America was the central message this week at the Select USA Investment Summit in Washington, where President Barack Obama addressed 1,000 business leaders from about 60 countries.
With no agreement on a spending bill in sight, the federal government shutdown — the first in nearly two decades — continues to take a toll on employees and economic output. Here’s a closer look at the thousands of workers affected by the shutdown.
U.S. senators are taking action to strengthen the nation’s manufacturing competitiveness with the bipartisan Revitalize American Innovation Act of 2013, which is intended to support and expand on the Obama administration’s proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and accelerate the creation of high-tech manufacturing jobs.
President Barack Obama announced his Climate Action Plan last week to applause from friends and foes alike. His friends approved because Obama’s appears to be finally deliver on promises from his 2008 election campaign to get tough on climate change. His foes applauded, however, because they perceive the president to have overplayed his hand, much to the detriment of Democrats in key upcoming elections.
Chris Field, director of the Department of Global Ecology of the Carnegie Institution for Science and co-chair of a working group tasked with assessing climate change impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, wrote on CNN that the goals in the president’s Climate Action Plan include “cutting pollution from coal plants and aggressively pursuing clean energy alternatives.” Read more
Congress today passed a bill aimed at cutting away red tape that would otherwise slow initial construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Despite the bill’s bipartisan backing, some Democrats and White House officials say it won’t be long lived. Read more
On April 29, First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new public- private partnership that will provide the opportunity for thousands of service members to get credentials for high demand IT jobs before they leave military service. Read more