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September 24, 2015

Pope Francis Speech to Congress Transcript

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

On a historic Thursday on the Hill, Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress, calling on the legislative body to act on immigration, climate and the economy.

Below is the CQ Roll Call transcript of the speech in its entirety. Full story

September 23, 2015

Pope and President Talk Climate, Immigration on South Lawn

First lady Michelle Obama, Pope Francis, and President Barack Obama waves from the balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

First lady Michelle Obama, Pope Francis, and President Barack Obama waves from the balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The history making arrival ceremony for Pope Francis at the White House lived up to its billing, with the pontiff challenging America to live up to its founding ideals and President Barack Obama touting many areas of agreement — from protecting the planet and welcoming immigrants to opening up Cuba.

On a perfect, sunny, breezy day, Pope Francis arrived in his little black Fiat, greeted by the president and first lady Michelle Obama, flanked by an honor guard, the Cabinet, numerous members of Congress from both parties — and cheers from the 11,000 gathered on the South Lawn. Full story

September 1, 2015

Obama’s Alaska Climate Action Call Skips Over Congress

Obama departs the White House for Alaska on Monday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama departs the White House for Alaska on Monday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that President Barack Obama didn’t bother mentioning Congress when he made his remarks on climate change in Alaska late Monday. Republican leaders, after all, uniformly vilify his efforts to clamp down on carbon emissions.

Obama’s speech was aimed at a broader audience than Capitol Hill — intended as a rallying cry for a global agreement later this year in Paris — and a shot to the doubters and deniers.

Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 12:04 p.m.
Climate Change

August 31, 2015

Alaska Visit, Denali Naming Highlights Obama’s Bucket List

President Barack Obama’s renaming of Mount McKinley to Denali has raised the hackles of Speaker John A. Boehner, but the rest of his Alaska trip may rile the GOP even more as the president highlights the effects of climate change and his go-it-alone plans to tackle it.

That’s part of the freedom Obama is enjoying in his last year and a half in office. He can cross off more items on his bucket list, doesn’t have to face the voters again and increasingly doesn’t worry about carping from the congressional peanut gallery. Full story

May 14, 2015

Takeaways From Obama’s Press Conference

Warren and Obama have been trading barbs of late over trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Warren and Obama have been trading barbs of late over trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama says his fight with “Elizabeth,” as in Warren, has never been “personal.”

He’s happy the Senate is moving forward on his fast-track trade bill but wants to keep reaching out to opponents on the left.

Full story

November 17, 2014

Obama Full Speed Ahead on EPA Climate Regulations; Your Move, McConnell

Podesta, right, is dismissing Republican efforts to roll back Obama's climate agenda and EPA climate regulations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Podesta, right, is dismissing Republican efforts to roll back Obama’s climate agenda including EPA climate regulations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s administration is dismissing incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to target the EPA’s efforts to cap carbon emissions and what he calls the “War on Coal.”

“I don’t believe they can stop us,” White House counselor John Podesta said when asked about the Kentucky Republican’s plans on a conference call announcing another climate report Monday.

McConnell made fighting the EPA climate regulations a key part of his successful re-election bid, and vowed on election night that his supporters’ voices on the issue will be heard in Washington.

But so far the White House has, if anything, accelerated its efforts. Podesta said the EPA would be hard at work finalizing its key rule cutting carbon emissions for existing power plants in the coming months — something that is expected to shutter a number of coal plants by 2030. The president also committed to emissions reductions in an agreement with China’s leaders on his Asia trip, and the administration is looking to take other executive actions to align grant and other programs to fight climate change and mitigate its effects. Full story

June 8, 2014

On Climate Change, Landrieu Stands With Coal, Against Obama

Landrieu opposes the EPA's carbon cap for power plants to reduce climate change.

Landrieu is touring a coal power plant to emphasize her opposition to Obama’s plans to cut carbon emissions to reduce climate change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: June 6, 9:06 a.m. | Sen. Mary L. Landrieu will head to a coal-fired power plant Monday, to emphasize her opposition to President Barack Obama’s goal to take a big whack at coal as part of his plan to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

The vulnerable Louisiana Democrat will head to the Big Cajun II coal-fired power plant in New Roads, La., according to a news release.

She’ll “meet with plant workers, take a tour of the facility and hold a roundtable discussion with power industry leaders from across Louisiana.” Full story

June 2, 2014

Obama Power Plant Rules Take a Big Swing at Big Coal

Obama power plant rules coal regulations

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama is bypassing Congress to take a big swing at Big Coal — with the EPA announcing a sweeping new cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.

A 30 percent cut in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 is a big number — less than environmental groups want but far more than the president can get via Congress, where climate change skeptics rule the House and the Democratic Senate so far avoiding bringing a climate change bill to the floor during Obama’s presidency.

The Obama power plant rules are the most far-reaching policies in the “pen-and-phone” second-term presidency, with the impact touching every American who turns on a light switch.
Full story

May 8, 2014

Obama’s 2014 Stump Speech — Victory Lap but Wages Flat

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Barack Obama’s stump speech at a Los Angeles fundraiser Wednesday night was one part self-celebratory victory lap, one part a nod to the anxiety of families whose wages have remained flat and one part pure partisan red meat.

Perhaps most striking was the president’s acknowledgement that family incomes have remained stagnant on his watch, as he talked at length about “disquiet around the country” and frustration with a dysfunctional Washington.

“And for families, in particular, even with the recovery, they still have not seen an increase in wages, an increase in incomes. They’re still worried that they’re not going to be able to retire when they plan to retire. They worry about the prospects for their kids, whether they’re going to be able to live out their American Dream the same way that they did.” Full story

May 5, 2014

‘Zero’ Chance Congress Can Block Obama’s Climate Change Regulations, Podesta Says

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and Podesta, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and Podesta, center, are working to push through sweeping climate change regulations. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second term may be sweeping climate change regulations, and he isn’t about to let Congress rein him in.

White House adviser John Podesta, back at the White House podium, said congressional Republicans will not be able to block the president’s climate regulations, despite numerous legislative efforts to do so.

“Those have zero percent chance of working,” Podesta said. “We’re committed. … There are no takers at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue.” Full story

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