Wednesday, October 14
- President Obama signed an executive order reestablishing the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The panel was established by President Clinton, but President Bush did not renew its mandate when it expired.
- The White House is asking Congress to approve $250 payments to senior citizens receiving Social Security. Social security recipients normally receive cost-of-living increases, but the Social Security Administration will announce on Thursday that there will be no increases this year due to the low rate of inflation.
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.