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Executive Action Report: 10/14/2009 – 10/20/2009

October 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 14

Thursday, October 15

  • The President signed a bill to provide financial aid to the government of Pakistan. The bill provides $1.5 billion per year for the next five years to be spent on social programs. No conditions are attached to the funds. Congress passed the bill unanimously.
  • On a visit to New Orleans, President Obama promised not to repeat the mistakes made by the Bush Administration after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.


Executive Action Report: 09/30/2009-10/06/2009

October 7, 2009

Wednesday, September 30

Thursday, October 1

Friday, October 2


Executive Action Report: 09/16/2009-09/22/2009

September 23, 2009

Wednesday, September 16

  • The White House responded to criticism of its policy of appointing “czars” to oversee specific policy areas. A blog post on the White House website points out that many of the “czars” also existed in the Bush Administration, and that several critics of the practice had voiced support for “czars” in the past.
  • President Obama said that he will not make a “quick decision” about whether to send additional troops to Afghanistan. Military leaders in Afghanistan and at the Pentagon have called for increasing the number of troops in order to conduct a broader counterinsurgency campaign.

Thursday, September 17

  • President Obama announced a shift in United States missile defense policy. The new policy will rely on ship-based missile systems to combat the threat posed by intermediate range missiles launched from Iran. This replaces the Bush Administration’s policy of land-based missiles located in Eastern European countries, a policy that Russia had sharply criticized.

Friday, September 18


Executive Action Report: 09/02/2009-09/08/2009

September 9, 2009

Wednesday, September 2

  • President Obama will address a joint session of Congress next Wednesday. The address will attempt to build momentum for the President’s health care reform proposals.
  • The State Department announced that former Senator George Mitchell will return to the Middle East next week. Senator Mitchell, the Administration’s special envoy for Mideast peace, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York over the weekend.
  • President Obama will chair a session of the United Nations Security Council focusing on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament. The session will concentrate on broad goals rather than specific problems presented by countries like North Korea. This will be the first time a President of the United States has chaired a session of the Council.

Thursday, September 3

  • The Department of Health and Human Services announced the reappointment of John Howard as the coordinator for health issues related to the September 11 Attacks. Mr. Howard served in this capacity from 2006 to 2008, but the Bush Administration chose not to renew his position following disagreements over health policy.
  • The White House announced that President Obama intends to nominate Michael Punke to be U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Mr. Punke is a novelist and history professor who served as White House director for International Economic Affairs from 1993 to 1995.


Executive Action Report: 08/19/2009-08/25/2009

August 26, 2009

Wednesday, August 19

Thursday, August 20

Friday, August 21


Executive Action Report: 08/05/2009–08/11/2009

August 12, 2009

Wednesday, August 5

  • President Obama visited Indiana to highlight the progress of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Indiana has received $400 million in recovery fund grants.
  • Before leaving for Indiana, the President made a statement on the release of two journalists from North Korea. He thanked former President Clinton and former Vice President Gore for their efforts to secure the release of the journalists.
  • The Associated Press reports that the Department of Transportation has not provided data it has collected on the “Cash for Clunkers” program. The Associated Press requested the data last week in order to verify claims made by the administration about the program’s impact. The White House is asking Congress for an additional $2 billion in funding for the program.

Thursday, August 6


Executive Action Report: 07/22/2009–07/28/2009

July 29, 2009

Wednesday, July 22


Executive Action Report: 07/08/2009–07/14/2009

July 13, 2009

Wednesday, July 8

Thursday, July 9

  • House Intelligence Committee members have revealed that CIA Director Leon Panetta told the Committee that the CIA concealed “significant actions” from Congress from 2001 until 2009. The chairman of the committee concludes that the CIA gave misleading testimony on a number of occasions, and in one case “affirmatively lied” to the Committee. In light of this evidence, seven Democratic members of the Committee have issued a letter asking Mr. Panetta to correct his statement, made on May 15, that “it is not [the CIA’s] policy or practice to mislead Congress.”
  • The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Education attended a swine flu preparedness summit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The summit focused on coordinating state efforts to prevent an increase in H1N1 flu cases this fall. President Obama participated by phone from the G-8 meeting in Italy. The Department of Health and Human Services is sponsoring a public service announcement contest, seeking to “tap into the nation’s creativity to help educate Americans about how to plan for and prevent the spread of the flu and the H1N1 virus.”
  • The White House announced that the President has nominated Philip Murphy to be ambassador to Germany. Mr. Murphy is a former finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He was also an executive at Goldman Sachs, and was head of that company’s Frankfurt office from 1993 to 1997.


Executive Action Report: 06/24/2009 – 06/30/2009

July 1, 2009

Wednesday, June 24

  • The White House announced that President Obama intends to send an ambassador to Syria. The post has been vacant since 2005 when President Bush withdrew the ambassador in response to the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the decision to send an ambassador was the result of the President’s broader policy of engagement with the Middle East, and not in response to any positive developments within Syria.
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced plans to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. More than sixteen million students use the form to apply for government-backed education loans. The changes would reduce the number of screens necessary to complete the online form and allow a new web application to automatically complete parts of the form based on information individuals had already submitted to the IRS. The administration also plans to ask Congress to pass legislation that would remove more than half of the financial questions from the form.
  • President Obama extended economic sanctions on North Korea. The President used his powers under § 1622(d) of the National Emergencies Act to extend the restrictions on property dealings, which would have expired on June 26. In a letter to Congress, President Obama cited the risk of nuclear weapons proliferation and the continuing national security threat posed by North Korea as justification for his action.

Thursday, June 25


Executive Action Report: 06/09/2009 – 06/16/2009

June 17, 2009

Tuesday, June 9

  • The President delegated to the Secretary of State certain duties under the Naval Vessel Transfer Act of 2008. The delegated powers require the President to produce an assessment of Israel’s qualitative military edge over threats. The initial report is due by June 30, 2009.

Wednesday, June 10

  • The White House announced new measures designed to prevent excessive salaries for corporate executives. The President will appoint a “special master” in charge of setting executive compensation for companies receiving Troubled Asset Recovery Program (TARP) funds. Treasury Secretary Geithner released a statement outlining several additional proposals for executive compensation reform. The statement calls on Congress to pass “say-on-pay” legislation that would give shareholders the right to vote on the salaries of their corporation’s executives.

Thursday, June 11



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