In this weekâ€™s address, President Obama announced that â€“ due to clean energy incentives launched by his administration â€“ a company called BrightSource plans to break ground this month on a new, revolutionary type of solar power plant. This will put about 1,000 people to work building the facility. And once completed, it will power up to 140,000 homes, making it the largest such plant in the world. But for all the potential of clean energy projects like this one, the GOP recently pledged to scrap all incentives for these projects, even ones currently in progress.
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After the Supreme Court overturned decades of law and precedent in the Citizens United decision, the administration tried to fix the new loopholes in the campaign finance system with a common sense law. But, the GOP leadership has blocked a vote on the law in the Senate in hopes that the special interests will reward them by funding attack ads against their opponents.
In his weekly address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Americaâ€™s workers and the middle class. Even before the current recession hit, the middle class had been hurting from stagnant incomes and declining economic security. To repair the economy and strengthen the middle class, the administration has invested in infrastructure projects that will lead to jobs in the private sector, taken emergency steps to prevent the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers and cops, and cut taxes for 95 percent of working families. The President is fighting to pass a law that will provide tax breaks for folks who create jobs in America
“According to a Medicare Trustees report, the steps we took this year to reform the health care system have put Medicare on a sounder financial footing. Weâ€™ve made Medicare more solvent by going after waste, fraud, and abuse â€“ not by changing seniorsâ€™ guaranteed benefits. In fact, seniors are starting to see that because of health reform, their benefits are getting better all the time.”
In this weekâ€™s address, President Barack Obama announced that the Department of Energy is awarding nearly $2 billion in conditional commitments from the Recovery Act to two solar companies. These projects will create more than 2,000 construction jobs, and over 1,500 permanent jobs as the plants produce millions of state of the art solar panels each year.
In his weekly address, President Barack Obama underscored his commitment to helping the people of the Gulf Coast recover and rebuild from the BP oil spill that has threatened their livelihoods. On Friday, the President heard from local residents and small business owners about the hardships that they are facing as a result of this catastrophe.
On this day, we honor not just those whoâ€™ve worn this countryâ€™s uniform, but the men and women whoâ€™ve died in its service; whoâ€™ve laid down their lives in defense of their fellow citizens; whoâ€™ve given their last full measure of devotion to protect the United States of America. These are the men and women I will be honoring this weekend, and I know many of you are doing the same.