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fees for very specific group of countries. one of the things that has been part of our change process has been very important. without a capital increase, we have been able to increase our capacity to lend more than anytime in history. this past change in the financial -- and the financial it is the largest increase in history. we have done it without a capital increase. the way it was done is because of demand. china, indonesia, mexico have all asked for increase of the limit. we have a limit as to what one single country could ask for. we would increase the limit for the five countries. the increase in fees -- in other words, all of the money that will be loaned that is above the
single borrower limit, we've increased by 50 basis points. forerms of advice countries, that has not been increased. the concessional loans for the poorest countries are focused -- are zero interest with a 40 year maturity. that has not changed. for some countries, especially the very poorest, we still provided grants. the fees have only change for a very small percentage of countries. we are very grateful because they had to approve that. as you can imagine, it was not an easy conversation. we take this as a vote of confidence that despite the increase of cost, these countries are ready and willing to pay best because they like what they get from the world bank group. in terms of intermediaries, it
has been one of the strategies that we have used in terms of making access to finance and reality. i can tell you the vast majority of the financial intermediaries we invested in our local banks. it's is our way of making financing available for even the poorest households and businesses. we are fixing to think of ways improve access. for example, anna china and india, we have invested in financial institutions that are making loans available to even extremely urban corners. i visited an apartment building in one of the city's, the poorest state in india. an apartment, and have been billed because the financing was available. china, one of our financial intermediaries made available -- had built a branch of a local
inc. that'll specifically tailored to women to ensure women have greater access. problem of poor people in poor places getting access to finance is a huge problem. it is one of the -- one of the problems we have if we want to boost its parity. this is the mechanism we have been using. if there are problems with intermediaries, i want to know about it. when a there have been problems, i have been very clear with my own staff. there are going to be problems. there are going to be problems that arise. when they arise, you have to face them directly and make up andnst and -- amends continue to go forward. this lack of access to capital at that level is a major one and we are charged to solve it. >> we have a one minute.
quick question. right here. >> thank you. i am with business daily. i was wondering if you can say a few words on climate change. u.n.'s climate chief said that up to 3/4 -- should remain in the ground. how would that affect developing nations? -- i have been very clear on the importance of climate change and very clear very clear, for a robust practical plan to tackle it. group, weld bank a are focusing on five main areas. the first and most important is the one that's the most traversal is establishing a -- and with the team to work with many different groups on this. there are very present programs.
there is a carbon trading scheme and china that is taking off. we work with countries and regions that are trying to build those type of carbon trading programs of but it is difficult. another clear issue is we have to help countries. we shared a very strong conviction. it is also very bad for the environment, but politically, very different -- difficult to get rid of. we are working to make long-term financing available for energy. with china building one of the most livable cities. we think we can make improvements in agriculture that improve activity to put more carbon in the ground. we are quickly coming to the point where we are not going to be able to -- two
degrees celsius. warming will have major implications. things we have pointed out at 40% in africa will be gone. bangkok could be underwater. this is really serious business. i think the most important thing for us now is to find ways afford. -- forward. every body wants to live a cleaner cities. everybody was to have access to finance. these are things we can all agree on. subsidiesgs like fuel and carbon is much more difficult. we have to tackle them anyway. we are being very practical and focused and looking at an entire portfolio to make sure we are doing in thing can about climate change. this is just one of the things where i think the psychologists call cognitive dissonance.
we have talked ourselves out of taking it serious but in 10 or 15 years when the battles breakout he cuts a lack of access to food, we'll be thinking how come we did not do more back then. one of the things i am trying to do -- live toll take you george washington university to a press conference by jack lew. >> as well as the australians for holding this event and thank you all of you for coming. the discussion that ministers and governors over the last two days -- driving growth to create jobs and raising living standards is the top priority of the global economy and that focus is a role turning point the economicce problems began. before taking your questions, let me make a few observations starting with the united states. the united states' economy
continues to gain strength as the international monetary fund noted. the united states will remain a main driver. still, we remain concerned that too many americans cannot find jobs and those who have just a struggling to get by. the president is committed to confronting these challenges of by fostering growth and expanding opportunity. he demonstrated that with his recent budget which included making investment in infrastructure and reform our taxes to him and expanding manufacturing. this budget was for a smart strategy to boost competitiveness and bolster united states' middle class. in conversations with my european counterparts, it is clear why -- while the euro area aboutown, concerns remain modest growth and low inflation. more needs to be done to ignite.
this will help reduce the burden and the periphery and the rebalancing in the euro area while fueling growth in job creation across europe. japan's past few years, recovery from a decade and a half of deflation has been driven by domestic demand. ,ith challenges and the outlook it is important that the japanese authorities or make him pick -- committed to calibrating three areas to sustain reign. long-term structural reforms will be key to creating this sustainable growth. the ford looking reform second and china will shift to a more about the company that delivers higher standard and continued economic stability and growth which has cartwright china's -- has categorized china's progress.
the chinese economy will require further exchange rate depreciation so consumption a rather the investment drives domestic demand. volatility in emerging markets over the past few months have receded. many emerging markets and countries have taken an part in actions to strengthen their macroeconomic frameworks. stronger growth in the united states will benefit emerging markets and the entire global economy. emerging markets economies have potential spillover from growth in advance economies for policies that support strong economic fundamentals including rates. flexible exchange let's return to the ukraine which was a significant part of our discussion. the international community is united in the effort to support ukraine as it moves down a path of stability. we recognize the people's right to achieve the aspiration and determine their future.
to that end, presidential election will be held next month to give all ukrainians a safe. at the same time, ukraine' leaders have embarked on reforms. these reforms will allow ukraine to cap goal long-standing challenges to unleash the significant potential. in my meetings including the one yesterday sent with the russian finance minister, i emphasize the united states will continue to oppose russia for it illegal and illegitimate annexation of crimea and fully prepared to impose additional sanctions. that broad andte strong unity within the g-seven with a response to as collating action from russia. as ukraine takes gaps to shore up its economy i'm a the international committee is providing assistance.
the imf has forced a preliminary agreement on the size of the loan program. on monday, i will sign a declaration of a $1 billion loan guarantee. countries like the unit states are moving forward with critical systems, there is no doubt that only the imf has the capacity to provide the full sweep of support that the ukraine requires and will continue to require for the foreseeable future. the fact is the imf is indispensable in the united states has an immense stake in this institution. that is why the united states is committed for that implementation of the quota. while we were deeply disappointed that lawmakers failed to include the imf reform and the assistance program, the bipartisan support will continue to work through congress to get legislation passed this year. we have includes proposed legislation to the president wetria's budget proposal and
will continue out steps. in closing, i want to underscore of the past couple of days they international event has made it clear that boosting growth is our top priority. and the united states will continue to work with our partners to keep moving that vital growth agenda forward. with that, i look forward to taking your questions. >> thank you so much. marty, we will start with you. said there was strong unity in of the g7 on increasing sanctions on russia if they do not change policy on ukraine. did you say where you are getting that idea that does not seem to be in the g7 statement? >> it was a g7 communiqué -- >> of the right couple of sentences. -- but there were couple of sentences. if you could just tell us --
>> i could tell you but the meeting i went to. the statement made by the chairman of the g7, by the finance minister of germany and of myself, you see consistency. the discussion went on for quite a long time in the room, there was no dissent in the room that it was he central there be unity and taking action if necessary. there is nobody in the room i felt who wanted to be in the -- aren where additional necessary. it is to make clear to russia that they need to step back. if they do things that are illegal, there will be leaders and the world responding. that is the meeting i went to. ann talley? right here.
just just tods clarify. their support for moving together at some point, but not right now? if you're going to apply sanctions, it is best not to do butnilaterally multilaterally together. and the imf said it they are trying to find financing to meet the $27 billion was. what is the difficulty there? >> the question of timing. we are all a talking constantly about what we are doing both in the first round of sanctions. we took steps on the crimea piece of sanctions. and the decision will be made in each of us will independently make our decision. will make it in coastal tension with each other. saying, there is a clearheadedness. there is not a finance mr. in the world that was to do
something that has the risk of causing economic problems in europe or the global economy. on the other hand, no one in the room who put the economic risk above the broader principle that we have to stand together in telik russian they have to step back. i think you are looking at something that made not be quite ready for people to decide. but where that conversation was shows remarkable unity in the terms of commitment to what the to continued working together. i felt it was a very strong statement of unity. challenge of putting together the whole package for ukraine, obviously, the item of package is the critical corp. ease. they are finalizing their
discussion and hopefully, we'll be in position by the end of the theh to actually be making first disbursements. we are putting our $1 billion loan guarantee in place by signing the agreement on monday and it takes time to work through the market to produce funding. the europeans increase their level of support. if you look at the time that has elapsed and the time support that has been shown, it reflects the strong, broad, shared concern that ukraine have access to the resources it needs to restore stability in the ukrainian economy. >> next question. jason? right here. >> thank you. i am from reuters. the g-20 said they will wait until the end of the year before asking the imf to consider
options. you have said you are very disappointed with a lack of action in congress and is a big priority for you. if it were such a priority, why have you not make concessions with congress to get an agreement on this? >> if you look at the work we have done over the past year, we have made enormous progress working with congress. i've worked with a bipartisan members of the house and senate trying to increase the level of understanding and commitment to getting imf reform done. i've worked all i am of funding in many. iods andn many per roles. and there is more understanding. we have made tremendous progress. if you look at the vote, it showed strong support for a bill that included i am reform.
-- imf reform. the issues that were not resolvable between the parties in congress is a something that was not appropriate and takes a something that is a core national interests and mixes it up with domestic, political matters. i believe the ratification, that i am of reforms, it is really important for global security and financial security. the united states has a very large voice in the imf. we are the only country that has the veto power over decisions. onexercise our influence things like making an imf package like the one i described happening. it is not necessarily the place the imf would not have gone to. there are a lot of occasions where people in the world have set let's do something short and see how things go. we took the view correctly that
it needs to be a statement of long-term support for stability in ukraine. if you look at the imf role as a first responder in the world and the united states' role at a time when there are other veryrs that make it a important to the united states to have that ability, congress needs to get back to work on this and get it done and not mixed well with extraneous issues. they friendly have nothing to do with the imf. >> anne? there's a lot of talk about the effect, impact of the sanctions. ukrainian finance minister said that the russians are laughing at the lack of impact of the sanctions. what insurances do you have or evidence are you seeing that show the sanctions really are take a bite on a russia?
>> if you look at the impact of the -- the last few weeks, few months all russia' economy, it's russia'sxchange -- on cks,omy, its sto exchange -- it is move in a bad way. if you look at what we implemented, it was designed carefully. the question was understood and moscow it was designating people who were very close and very close to the leadership, financial institutions, very important to that group of people. we made a frame down of how we would precede if they proceeded making it clear we do not want to have to go down that path. i do not think there is any amputee about the willing -- and
utility -- ambiguity. it is real pressure. and additional sanctions is something that are well aware of. arefact that the sanctions working. something i said about sanctions in regard to other contexts as well, take a great economic impact, the fact leaders should consider. it is leaders that have to change their policy. sections do not change policy, leaders are due. >> next question. sanctions do not change policy, leaders do. -- next question. >> i am from japan. i would like to ask about japan. -- at the you met g-20. on ukraineu discuss
and -- [indiscernible] japan's recent sales tax increase. part, some have expressed skepticism about the structure reform. do you share those concerns? >> i had several conversations with the minister. each tie would get together we discuss a broad range of issues about the global economy and each of our national economies. i have said many times that i have the first 2 arrows worked to reverse economic decline and deflation. the third arrow that holds the future for long-term sustainable growth and i have on many occasions heard that those steps to be taken at taken effectively. and i know that the japanese
government is still working on that. ablertainly hope they are to reach a very favorable conclusion. >> will take one last question. >> the financial times. coming into these meetings, the concerns we her for treasury will like the reemergence and of the -- and the euro zone intervention in china. interesting concrete assurances from these countries they will do their part -- did you hear concrete assurances from these countries they will do in their part? >> the issues we raise before the meeting not surprising are the issues we raise and conversation at these meetings. these are not new issues. issues would've been discussing for some time. our position is well understood. i hope we made progress.
the fact that going forward we would have to speak to that. at the that if you look world economic outlook that was issued, it put a lot of emphasis on the united states' leadership in driving global demand. a point i freakily make to my colleagues is we cannot make -- the point i freakily make to my colleagues is we cannot make up for growth. repeatedly make to my colleagues is we cannot make up for growth. where we each have to do our part of have to do it in a way that is fari. it cannot be by exchange rates that make the way of growth, it has to be through domestic demand that has long term structural effects on the domestic economy.
it is something we believe very strongly and in the case we make and i believe is well understood. >> thank you so much. >> thank you, you all. -- >> later, paul ryan will be talking. on facebook, we are asking the question would paul ryan make a good president? you can go online to share your comments. he said based on the budget keeps trying to pass, i will say no. said he is an intelligent man i think will actually be an ok president. tomorrow, live coverage from the freedom summit hosted by citizens united.
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[sirens] after the fall of the twin towers, president george w. bush issued a secret order that authorizes surveillance tools to be used to combat terrorism including digital spying on americans online and telephone communication. is stillthe government using those surveillance tactics. and the summer of 2013, edward snowden revealed the prism program which intercepts and collect data on american citizens would absolutely no connection to terrorism at all including other e-mail, chat with friends, and private videos. the nsa has access to all of our data and internet communication. consequently, and the internet era i'm a everybody privacy has the potential to be compromise.
,> surveillance in general sure, it can be used as an investigative tool for example. the reason we have agencies like the nsa and fbi it's because of attacksle in stopping on the u.s. or crimes within the u.s. but, this is not something that is totally unchecked it happened without any oversight. there are pros and cons. it is up to the american people to decide what sort of surveillance is being done and whether those pros outweigh the cons. >> they were actually and a plot to stage is to bomb the new york stock exchange. he said tapping into the e-mail of an al qaeda leader in to this man inwn
kansas city and two other americans prepare to attack. >> the united states' government employed several tactics to spy on citizens. the bottom line is all of the taxes share the same purpose -- to collect information for offensive or defensive purposes. the prevention of terrorist attacks on u.s. and foreign soil is clearly a been fitted to these programs. however, the overuse of surveillance is unconstitutional . surveillance cannot be an advantage if it breaches civil rights. >> it allows agencies to share americans'private e-mails. quick i spoke with nsa whistleblower mark fein who were cooperationmpany's with the government to install hardware to capture american --
is a whole new level of surveillance that was never dreamed of. the internet has penetrated into every part of society. it is in your house, your phone you walk around with every day. it is in your car. expanding they are places where the internet can access. and the nsa can penetrate all of those places in scooping up all of that and collecting it and storing it in huge data warehouses. we hear from snowden that it is tapped into the fiber-optic cables that cover a good portion of the world's communication. anytime the government was to look up someone, it is all there. all of yourd
associates, what you talked to people about, what your financial transactions are. what kind of pictures and videos you look at. your whole life is out there on the internet. but throughout american history, intelligence is help secure our country and freedoms will stop u.s. intelligence agencies were anchored in a system of checks and balances. with oversight from elected leaders and protections from ordinary citizens. is avernment surveillance crucial issue that congress must address in 2014. the fact that the government is targeting and using billions of e-mails and chats and other data without a warrant or cause is a breach of united states constitution. the basis for all of american freedom. to protect the citizens of the united states, the fourth
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studentcam's facebook page or tweet us. on "washington peter willriane and join us to discuss gender pay equality. h.d elaine povic plus, your calls and tweets. live tomorrow at 7:00. >> earlier today, president obama announced sylvia burwell to be the next secretary of hhs. she will replace kathleen sebelius. the president's announcement is 25 minutes. ladies and gentlemen, the president and vice president of the united states accompanied by sylvia mathews burwell and kathleen sebelius.
great advisors. it's bittersweet when any of them leave. early in march, my secretary of health and human services told me she would be moving on once the open rolled that time and are the affordable care act came to an end. after five years of extraordinary service to our country, and 7.5 million americans who have signed up for health coverage, she has earned that right. [applause]
i will miss her advice, i will miss her friendship, i will miss her wit, but i'm proud to nominate somebody to succeed her who holds these traits in abundance. sylvia mathews burwell. [applause] just a couple of things about kathleen. when i nominated kathleen more than five years ago, i've gotten to know her when she was governor of kansas, and showed extraordinary skills there. she was a great advisor and presidential campaign. -- she was a great advisor and
supporter in my presidential campaign. i knew she was up for a tough job ahead one of her responsibilities would be to make sure that the countries repaired for a pandemic flu outbreak. i did not know that that would literally be her first task. to give you a sense of the sorts of daily challenges that kathleen has handled, often without fanfare, often on acknowledged, but have been critical to the health and american -- welfare of the american people. she has fought to improve children's health from birth to kindergarten. brought us close to the first aids free generation. she has been a tireless advocate for women's health. of course, what kathleen will go in history for is serving as the secretary of health and human services when the united states of america finally declared
quality, affordable health care is not a privilege but a right of every single citizen. [applause] kathleen has been here through the long fight to pass the affordable care act. she has bumps, i got bumps, bruises, but we did it because we knew, of all of the people that we have met all across the country who have lost a home, had put off care, had decided to stay with the job instead of start a business because they were uncertain about their health care situation, we have met families who had seen their children suffer because of the uncertainty of health care. we are committed to get this
done. that is what we have done. and that is what kathleen has done. yes, we lost the first quarter of open enrollment with the problems of healthcare.gov. they were problems. but under kathleen's leadership, her team at hhs turns the corner, got it fixed, got the job done, and the final score speaks for itself. there are 7.5 million people across america who have health care. most of it because of the woman standing here next to me today. [applause] it is a historic accomplishment. [applause] that's right.
in the meantime, alongside 7.5 million people being enrolled, health-care costs under kathleen's leadership are growing at their slowest rate in 50 years. folks keep saying, they're not doing anything about cost, except -- what do they mean? health records are moving from dogeared paper to high-tech systems. kathleen partnered with the department of justice to progressively pursue health care fraud and return billions of dollars, record sums for the medicare trust fund. kathleen's work will benefit our families in this country for decades to come.
we want to thank kathleen's husband, gary, first dude of kansas. [laughter] two outstanding sons, ned and john, who have been willing to share their mom with us these past five years. kathleen, i know your dad who served as governor of ohio and inspired you to pursue public service and he passed away last year. he would've been so proud of you today. we want to thank you once again for your service to our country. [applause]
>> now, we know there is still more work to do at hhs. there is more work to do to implement the affordable care act, there's another enrollment period coming up, there is a whole array of responsibilities to meet over at this large and very important agency. i could choose no manager as experienced and confident as my current director of the office of management and budget, sylvia matthews burwell. [applause] sylvia is from a small town in west virginia. she brings the common sense that you see in small towns.
she brings the values of caring about your neighbor and ordinary folks to some of the biggest and most complex challenges of her time. she is a proven manager who has demonstrated her ability to feel -- fill great teams, forge strong relationships, and deliver results at the highest level in the public and private sectors. as c.o.o. and later president of global development at the gates foundation, she worked on the cutting edge of the world's most pressing health challenges. as head of the walmart foundation, she gained first-hand experience into how insurance markets work and how they can work better for businesses and families. here, as my budget director at the white house, she has already delivered results. in the years since she arrived, the deficit has plunged by more than $400 billion. i'm just saying. [laughter]
[applause] thats happened during time. when the government was forced to shut down last october and even as most of her own team was barred from reporting the work, sylvia was a rock, a steady hand on the wheel who helped navigate the country through very challenging time. once the government was allowed to reopen, sylvia was vital to winning the two-year budget agreement that put an end to these manufactured crises we have seen in washington so we can keep our full focus on growing the economy and creating new jobs and expanding opportunity for everybody who is seeking opportunity. all the while, she has helped advance important initiatives to bring the government into the 21st century, including efforts to speed up job creation by dramatically speeding up the permitting process for big infrastructure projects.
sylvia is a proven manager, and she knows how to deliver results. and she will need to be a proven manager, because these are tough tasks. from covering more families with economic security that health insurance provides to ensuring the safety of our food and drug supply to protecting the country from outbreaks or bioterror attacks, to keeping america at the forefront of job creating medical research, all of us rely on the dedicated servants and scientists, the researchers at hhs and the fda and cdc and nnih. all of them are an extraordinary team, and sometimes the american people take them for granted, the incredible network of outstanding public service that we have that is helping to keep us healthy and improve our lives every single day. i want to thank stephen.
sylvia's husband, and matthew, and helene, for sharing wife and mom with us a little bit longer. we will miss seeing you around the white house, but i know you will do an outstanding job as america's secretary of health and human services. i hope the senate confirms sylvia without delay. she's going to do great. last time she was confirmed unanimously. i'm assuming not that much has changed since that time. [laughter] with that, i want to give them both an opportunity to say a few words, starting with kathleen. [applause] >> thank you. i want to start by thanking you, mr. president and mr. vice president, for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to serve in this cabinet. i want to thank my hhs family,
many of whom are here, at least the health leaders are here, for their incredible work. and my personal family, represented today by our oldest son, ned. my husband gary is on the bench in kansas today, doing multiple hearings, which he does each and every day. our youngest son is in ecuador, but they are with us in spirit. hhs is an amazing department, full of bright and talented and hard-working people who believe strongly in our important mission, providing health care and essential human services to all americans. inscribed on the walls of the humphrey building where your office will be are the words of the namesake. hubert humphrey said, the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are
in the dawn of life -- the children -- those are who in the twilight of life -- the elderly -- and those who are in the shadow of life. that describes what we do at hhs. our employees help their friends and neighbors every day. the researchers in nih labs and scientists working to improve new drugs and devices are helping change the face of humanity by advancing new cures, research, and innovation. we are advancing public health in the u.s. and around the globe, with anti-smoking efforts and promoting child health. finally, behavioral health and physical health issues will be considered both part of essential treatment, and that's a big step forward. our workers look out for a safe and secure food and drug supply in a global market.
our smart diplomacy, sharing health expertise and advances, win the hearts and minds of nations across the globe. we have done transformational work in communities across this country. at any point in our history, that mission would be highly rewarding and some of the most important work anybody could do. but i have had an additional amazing opportunity. no one has had this before. i got to be a leader of hhs during these most historic times. we are in the front lines of a long overdue national change, fixing a broken health system. this is the most meaningful work i have ever been a part of. it has been the cause of my life. there's a reason that no earlier president was successful in passing health reform, despite
decades of attempts. throughout the legislative battles, the supreme court challenge, contentious reelection and years of votes to turn back the clock, we are making progress, tremendous progress. critics and supporters alike are benefiting from this law. my professional work as a legislator and insurance commissioner and governor have been tremendously helpful in navigating the policy and politics of this historic change. at the end of the day, health is personal. it's personal to all of us. family illnesses and personal health challenges touch us to our core. i spent time as a daughter, navigating care for ill parents. as a mother and now grandmother, i have experienced and worried about prenatal care and healthy babies. we have had family health challenges, as all of us have, and finding the right care can be difficult even with the best
contacts and the right resources. the personal reward for me at the end of the day are the folks who approach me, the strangers who approach me at a meeting or pass me a note on a plane or hand me a phone with someone on the other end saying thank you. their stories are so heartening about finally feeling secure in knowing they can take care of themselves and their families. unfortunately, a page is missing. [laughter] so i'm just grateful for having had this wonderful opportunity. the president was in austin yesterday at the lbj library, commemorating 50 years in the civil rights efforts led by lyndon johnson. 50 years ago, my father was part of that historic congress. he served in the congress with the passage of medicare and
medicaid, with head start. those programs are now in the agency i have had the honor to lead. it seems like a wonderful passing of the baton. the affordable care act is the most significant social change in this country in that 50 year period of time. i'm so grateful to have had this opportunity. i appreciate all of the effort and support. i thank my cabinet colleagues who are here on the front row, and not only are they here today, but they have been part of an all hands on deck effort making sure that seven and a half million people were able to sign up for affordable health care. thank you, mr. president. i know that sylvia is a trusted and valued friend, a great partner. i know she will be a terrific leader for hhs. sylvia.urn it over to
[applause] >> first, i'd like to thank you, mr. president and mr. vice president for the trust you placed in me in my role at omb and your confidence in nominating me for this new role. as we all honor kathleen's accomplishments today, i also want to personally thank her for her support and friendship through this year. i want to express my heartfelt thanks to the team at the office of management and budget and to our congressional counterparts with whom i've had the privilege to work closely throughout this year. omb is an extraordinary
institution. it's a credit to the professionalism and commitment of omb's people that we have been able to meaningfully improve our nation's fiscal policy over the past year. i want to thank my family, especially my husband, stephen. i'm humbled and honored and excited for the opportunity to build on the achievement that kathleen, the president, and so many others have put in place. if confirmed by the senate, i look forward to carrying on the important work of ensuring that children, families, and seniors have the building blocks of healthy and productive lives, whether it's through implementing the affordable care act, supporting affordable childcare, or finding new frontiers to prevent and treat disease. thank you, mr. president. [applause] >> give these extraordinary
women one more round of applause. thank you, sylvia and kathleen, for your service. [applause] sylvia burwell at the white house, nominated to replace kathleen sebelius. we spoke with a reporter at politico are more. >> we have a reporter from politico. tell us about the nomination of his tokyo burwell. president obama nominated sophia burwell today at the next health and human services secretary. what is your background?
this throughinto the senate confirmation process. she served at the office of management and budget. she was in the private sector she works at the gates foundation. she served during the entirety -- clinton administration. she comes from an economic management background. management of the economy is more her thing. that might be what they need right now. they need to continue to right the ship on health there -- healthcare.gov. >> you mentioned if she gets through the senate. you talked about that in your politico article. what do you expect?
>> the nomination will have to go through the senate finance and ready. confirmationgh the a year ago. she got three unanimously. this is a very different process. republicans will use this hearing to relitigate the health care law. up ising that will come that there is a lot of authority over how gets implemented. she will come into a job that has a lot of power. republicans will draw problems with the laws through her confirmation. she only needs 50 votes to get through the senate. losean really afford to some senate democratic votes and get through the process.
when you expect these hearings will get underway? will happen over the next two weeks. it is something that will happen shortly. the further we go to the november election, the harder this process will be. it will be pretty early. >> what key senators do you assume will be involved? >> the chairman of the senate finance committee will stop he put out a statement praising her as an excellent choice. the top republican on that panel is orrin hatch. he stressed that she would have to prove -- willing to work with for publicans on the law. democratse moderate who are facing tough reelection. >> although senators be?
>> mary landrieu in louisiana. they will not be anxious to vote for anyone who will be the chief implementer of obamacare. she can lose five senate democrats. they will be the ones to watch. >> what do you think her chances are? will she win approval in the senate? >> i think it is too early to say. if i have to put money on it, i say she will get through. the democrats will align behind her. will face pressure at home. republicans will use this vote against him if they vote for her. haberkorn, we appreciate your time as always. >> thank you.
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summit starts tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. eastern on seized and. -- c-span. earlier today michelle obama and jill biden hosted an event in support of military caregivers. 5.5 millions americans. there were also reports from elizabeth dole and rosalyn carter. this is 45 minutes. >> thank you very much. hi. welcome to the white house. we are so honored to be here. it is a pleasure to welcome back to the white house first lady rosalyn carter. i am also pleased to be working closely on an issue that transcends party lines. and first lady michelle obama. i cannot believe it has already been three years since we started joining forces. from the beginning we knew we
wanted to work together to support our military families. he knew the american people will come out in full force. it is safe to say we have been overwhelmed by piece of work shown or our servicemembers members, veterans and our military families. it is so fitting that we market this milestone by honoring all of you, our caregivers. add in honor to work with you in races around the world. the loyalty and devotion is truly inspiring. there is no truer example of that than two brothers we met last fall. kyle and brett are from michigan.
bright is up on the stage with us today and kyle is out in the audience. kyle, an army specialist, was injured during his first deployment to afghanistan sustaining multiple ankle injuries to most of his white -- right leg. when he first came to the white house he was in a wheelchair. when he came to our home for a wounded warrior event a few months later, he was walking. he will tell you that much of his progress is due to the fact that his older brother was able to serve as his primary caregiver. this is shared by many military families and many civilian families.
as baby boomers age and more people live longer lives with chronic illnesses, the number of caregivers is only going to increase. like so many americans, we have had first hand experience caring for our parents in the final years of their lives. i was so grateful that we could either to health care for them and be with them in the last moments of life, to do what family members do out of love. i understand how isolated caregiving can be, how you can feel completely cut off from your world as you knew it. the caregiving experiences reminds me how much you appreciate the simple things, stepping outside to see the vivid colors of the sky or smelling the first -- fresh air of spring. this is what i've heard from so many caregivers. all of us want you to know that we so greatly value what you do. your devotion is never taken for
granted. you truly inspire us with your empathy, compassion and care. in so many ways, you have been caregivers to our country, angels walking among us. we cannot thank you enough. that is why we're all here today. you are doing your part to meet our sacred obligation to those who serve. it is up to us to give us the support you need and rightly deserve. with that i am so honored to introduce a dear friend and one of our finest first ladies who, along with her and, continues a lifetime of public service, some in the lisbon at the forefront of caregiving issues for decades. first lady rosalyn carter. [applause] >> i am fine. i am fine. >> thank you. that was very nice. >> thank you.
i am so pleased to be here today with jill and michele and elizabeth. and to honor our nation's military and veteran caregivers. caregiving is a calling very close to my heart. it is something very close to my heart. i've been working on the issue for more than 25 years. i became involved only got home from the white house. our local state university had a small endowment for mental health.
since i have been working on mental health, they wanted me to do something with them and start a program. in 1987, we established rci. we are working with those. iparty had a very good mental health program. we got home and 1981. it quickly spread for all caregivers. over the years with generous support from johnson and johnson, we have taken these programs. one of which we helped develop for those caring for loved ones with alzheimer's and adapted
them to the community. you cannot take a program in here just like it came from the research. you have to adapted to the community. now our country faces a new challenge. they are adjusting through a new normal. as the love ones return from service bearing from visible and in -- and indivisible wins. i cannot imagine how it would be to so eagerly anticipate a love one coming home and instead of unbridled joy, the caregiving demands that never before were imagined. i know you all know how i feel and i know how you feel about that. the impact of these demands can
have devastating effects leading to strength in the relationships and difficulties in the workplace. one michele first announced the initiative, i wrote her an offer to help. we were already working with military families in my state. i thought the lessons we have learned with that in working with other caregivers for so long, we might be able to help. we launched operation family caregiver in 2012. it empowers caregivers by teaching problem solving and coping skills. it is evidence based and tailored specifically to individual families. each family is assigned a caregiving coach. she knows firsthand what the challenges are.
i am pleased to report that operation family caregiver makes a different era and amanda has told me about her experience and about how caregivers are more satisfied with their lives, have your trips to the house at all and suffer less depression. operation family caregiver is helping create stronger, healthier families among those who have served our nation. we must honor the victims and fellow loved ones by act now to increase the support services available to them.
we invite other organizations to join us. with me here today is the direct your of the rosalyn carter institute in some of the operation family caregiver staff are here and in the audience i suppose. we can be so much more effective working together and we welcome the opportunity to share. one of the best things that has happened to the caregiving filled his having citizens become involved. she knows the difficulties faced by the military families having
been at walter reed hospital for 11 months while her husband was recuperating and seeing the stress and bewilderment at families, not knowing where to turn when their loved ones come home. spoke in an annual summit last all and is a wonderful mother -- a passionate leader. it is a pleasure to introduce senator elizabeth old. [applause] >> thank you so much for the tremendous work that you have done over the years on mental health and caregiving issues. it
is an honor indeed to join you, first lady michelle obama and dr. jill biden today. united in our support in america's military caregivers. three years ago, almost to the day, i was in this room with the first lady and dr. biden for the launch of joining forces, an initiative that has done a great deal to raise awareness for military veterans and caregivers and families. thank you both for your leadership and commitment to our men and women in uniform. as we gather today, i know we all hold a special place in our heart for the fort hood military families. our thoughts and prayers are surely with them. as many of you know, several years ago my beloved husband bob was hospitalized. it was almost 11 months at walter reed.
i became a caregiver myself. my eyes were opened to the incredible challenges facing the caregivers of our wounded warriors. across this country, a quiet, untold story of her found it need is emerging. it is the story of america's hidden heroes, women and men caring for those who cared for us. uncertain about their future, often alone, if they soldier on with incredible strength and resilience. today we say "you are not alone." those 11 months at walter reed inspired me to establish a foundation for military caregivers. what we discovered almost immediately was the need for comprehensive evidence-based research. that led to my commissioning the
rand corporation to undertake the largest national study on caregivers and their needs. we unveiled the findings last week, providing us the evidence and showing us why support for america's hidden heroes is so important. the health, well-being and recovery is significantly enhance by a strong, well supported caregiver. he also said that there is no silver bullet. our response must be most definitely bipartisan. the report is a clarion call. it is up to those of us in this room and to people of goodwill across our country to answer the call. here is my answer. i am proud to announce the launch of hidden heroes, and effort meant to inspire individuals and organizations to work together to raise awareness and support of america's military caregivers.
i have been blown away from leaders willing to join the coalition. now ms. nonprofits are leading the way. patty murray, richard burr, and many others. labor and the private sector is asking what can we do to help? rich trumka is turning on his organization here in communities and work it -- reaching out to their workers like pastor joel boasting -- joel olsteen. many committed leaders and friends are here with us. we thank you, one and all. we look forward to working with you in the weeks and months ahead here it i'm a single out several support areas.
thanks to hank greenberg starr foundation, a veteran of two wars since self, he knows the concerns and has enabled our mission to raise awareness and to support military caregivers since day one a warm thanks to the military warrior project. he served as a lead partner on the lancet study. i know you're out there. thank you those much as a big thank you to jacqueline or her incredible support over the course of my life i have witnessed the generosity of the american people and the fact that we are a nation of problem solvers. the circumstances of our caregivers is a huge problem. and predictably heartwarming fashion, the problem-solving has
begun. it is a privilege to announce some early commitments from our coalition that i believe will inspire others. we know that military caregivers are experienced goal financial issues. we just these on two fronts. first, the association of america with assistance from the u.s. a a and american bar association is launching a new website supported by the innovation grants. it will serve as a public porch or for thousands of caregivers across the country to access financial, legal and social resources. this will be further enhance their innate national collaborative effort facilitated by the foundation called "lawyers for heroes."
they offer free legal services. my heartfelt thanks to the leaders of these organizations for their incredible commitments. the critical need for increased caregiver education and training. i am exciting to announce that they have stepped forward to lead a national effort. the dixon center, the national alliance for caregiving, uso, atlas research, family caregiver alliance. this collaboration will provide thousands of caregivers with valuable training across the country. targeting those who are not
currently eligible for the program. online sessions will be for those unable to make the live sessions do to their caregiving responsibilities at home. we have an organizational a team involved in this initiative. adjusting get another finding, the u.s. chamber of commerce and its foundation have made a significant commitment to military caregiver employment and work ways need. the organization's hiring the heroes program will leverage its experience to assist caregivers who need to find employment in order to support their family and to offset additional caregiving experience. it will introduce cared givers to a myriad of virtual tools and incorporate them into an innovative ritual job there program that will soon be unveiled. the current job fair initiative
will be expanded to focus on caregivers and areas near military treatment facilities. additionally, the chamber will host a major summit for the business community and partnership with my foundation is amber to promote employment -- september 2 promote employment. as you can see, they are already committed to making a huge difference in the lives of care givers. these major commitment demonstrate the kind of measurable solutions the coalition will focus on moving forward. i am truly touched we're joined today by caregivers from across america including those who are part of our 50 state caregiver fellows program, advising the foundation and raising awareness by sharing their story. they are the heart and soul of everything we do.
they inspire us with their true acts of heroism and remind us why the work ahead is so important that i am committing today to convene us a year from now to report on our collective progress. we owe that accountability to the caregivers in this room and across america. i know my partner's feel the same. united we stand, divided we fall has always been a transcendent american motto. it reminds me of what might they fret historical antidotes. it is the story of a night in 1945 when dwight eisenhower was walking along the banks of the rhine river, it in king of the crossing in which he would leave the allied armies. he met a soldier and asked why he was not slipping. the young g.i. said i guess i am a little nervous. "so am i," said eisenhower.
let's walk together and perhaps we will draw strength from one another. i draw strength every single day from the stories of love and devotion demonstrated i are nation's military and veteran caregivers. may the commitments to their loved ones inspire us to walk with them and together we will draw the strength and support of americans in every corner of this country. hank you so very much. god bless you all. may god lest this great land of the free america. may god bless this great land of the free america. thank you. [applause]
>> thank you very much. thank you. thank you so much. i'm coming back. i now have the honor of introducing melissa meadows. she left her job as a nurse to serve as a full-time caregiver to her beloved and staff sergeant john meadows after his medevac from afghanistan last year. they have three sons, one daughter and a grandson. their story of love and devotion to one another is are inspirational indeed. melissa, would you come forward please? >> good afternoon. last january my husband was injured in a mission and was medevaced here in virginia.
i was expecting to be only gone a week or so but i picked the past 14 months caring for my husband 24/7. he suffers from dramatic brain injury, pts the, autonomic nervous system function and orthopedic issues. like for him and me can be a challenge. every day i help him get up and get ready for the day and make sure he takes his medication. i managed finance and offer emotional support every step of the way. we have been blessed with a wonderful medical care team who is helped to make significant progress. one provider had described him as an advanced alzheimer's patient. he is doing much better. he is working harder to become an independent person. is beginning to attend there be sessions alone. he's learning to work a microwave. he still has a very long way to go.
14 months later our family is forever change. i lost my job as a nurse. our son stayed home. they got a crash course in being adult in managing a home without mom. i thank god for the friends and families in our lives. i cannot be more proud to call myself a military caregiver. i had the opportunity to speak to the first lady as a small group of caregivers. i was amazed at how intently she listened to me and the other women. i thought she was someone who genuinely cared about us and our struggles. him and the world to us as caregivers and women. it is my privilege to introduce her to you. i would like to introduce you to first lady michelle obama. [applause]
>> thank you, everyone. thank you so much. good morning. let me start by thinking melissa for sharing her story with us and for all that she does for her family and for our country every single day. i also want to recognize the leaders of our military who were here today as well as everyone from military one source for their generosity and support of today's event. i want to thank the wonderful women on stage with me today, senator dole, mrs. carter, and might outstanding partners. these women have shown such tremendous leadership in this effort. i am thrilled that we can all be together here today to market the herd in a brochure joining
forces. today is just the first of a series of events out april that will celebrate the many ways our country is stepping up to support our military families in areas like employment, education, immunity outreach, and i am excited to kick the month off by honoring many of the folks who are here in our unanswered day. when jill and i started joining forces three years ago we did it because of people like you. i want to take a moment. when i look at you all and i see how emotional you are because you are here, because the country is recognizing what you do.
we know you have incredible strength. we know you have sacrificed so much. so much of what you do goes unnoticed. having people on stage here is just a reflection of our respect and admiration for your sacrifice. you are some of the most unsung heroes in this country. i know from firsthand experience, i've seen you in action. i the chance to meet with her and four other military caregivers at intrepid spirit one.
this is one of our newest and most cutting-edge facilities are at it is amazing. it helped them deal with the unseen rules of war like ptsd intermountain brain injuries. when i met with these women, i was instantly impressed by how incredibly poised in polycystic -- and polished each and every one were. they were so incredibly articulate. they were exactly the kind of all any company want to hire an promote. i was wowed by how sharp they were. then i heard their stories. i was just blown away. they were dealing with the daily challenges that would knock the most people to their knees. everything from helping their spouses a to adjusting their new prosthetics to battling depression, anxiety, recurring panic attack. one woman quit her job almost immediately after her husband was injured.
others have gone through counseling with their loved ones just to handle these newfound family issues. they all talked about how difficult it was to relate to their friends. even family members who did not quite get what they were going through. i remember one woman shared how little those closest to us understood what it was like when her husband spent extended time in a care facility. she told us how a coworker said it must be like your husband is out of town for a while. [laughter] another tell me a story that has stayed with me to this day. she said when her husband first came home, everything seemed fine. it was the joyous celebration that senator dole mentioned. it days and weeks passed and she began to notice small changes in his behavior. he had trouble remembering things.
simple tasks became increasingly more difficult. their marriage began to suffer. she says slowly the husband she wants a new just seemed to disappear -- once new seemed to disappear. she talked about feelings of loneliness and despair and isolation and fear. she also talked about the love and determination that kept her there by his side. she knew her family needed help. that is not mean that asking for it was easy. according to the study that senator dole commissions, it is a common feeling among the one million caregivers of our newest caregivers of post-9/11 veterans.
many caregivers do not have much of a support network for themselves and they are dealing with these emotional responsibilities largely on their own. this can take a serious toll on anyone. caregivers report more strength on their relationships at work and at home than on caregivers. often their own health suffers. they are at higher risk for depression. there are financial consequences, too. military caregivers wind up missing as many as three or four days of work a month. after they have a job they cannot keep a job. it means lost income as well. the burden that these women in men -- and men bear for our country is real. they should not have to shoulder all of that alone. that is why i am thrilled that we have such a fraud coalition of leaders here today. we're here to show these hidden heroes that we have their backs.
senator dole told us about the many new commitments from our businesses and nonprofit organizations to caregivers with training programs and financial and legal resources and to provide better workplace possibility. we cannot be more thankful for the leadership to make these reality. yes. [applause] i am proud to say this throughout of the encounter i had with melissa and the four other caregivers at the intrepid center. that meeting was the first time that the staff had convened a group like that. it was the first time. for one of the women there, it was the first time should ever spoken with another caregiver
ever. -- she had ever spoken with another caregiver ever. we could immediately be how powerful it was for these women to be talking to their peers. soon enough they forgot i was even in the room. it was so good. they were immediately problem-solving. they were connecting with each other immediately. they were solving each other's problems and directing each other to websites and resources that could help. it was phenomenal. to the credit of the incredible doctors, they recognize the value of these peer-to-peer connections. they spring into action right after that meeting. they told me they would reach out to more caregivers and reconvened this group every week. in the times since that meeting, another support group was formed
as well. between the two groups, membership has grown to almost 50 caregivers just at ft. belfour. they're committing to form in person, pure forms of every military installation that serves wounded warriors and their caregivers around the world. there will also be creating online tools and webinars so caregivers who are not able to attend and enter some -- in person for them can connect with their peers as well. the tragedy assistance program for survivors, elizabeth dole foundation and other organizations are committing to training 10,000 caregiving peer mentors, a commitment that will reach 50,000 caregivers nationwide. they have the added support they need. the support of a friend and mentor who understands what
they're going through. someone you can help them manage everything in their lives. it is really just a tip of the ice or. everything that we are talking about today from the pure forms to all the new resources that senator dole mentioned, all of that is a supplement to the tremendous caregiver support offered by the military and by the v.a. four years ago my husband signed the health services act. thousands of caregivers have received travel reimbursements of up to about $2300 a month. thousands more have received comprehensive caregiver training. they have received access to insurance through the v.a. and they have received mental health care and counseling for
themselves. through this law, caregivers are eligible for up to 30 days a year of respite care for themselves which means they can may be relaxed, may be reenergized or find some time to clean the house or go grocery shopping. we want to encourage all eligible caregivers to take advantage of these than the its and connect with a host of resources by visiting caregiver.va.gov. one of the things we learned at this meeting is when you are alone and isolated, often do not even know what resources are available. people are not accessing these resources as they are alone. we as a nation have to find folks out there who are struggling on their own and help them to connect. that is really what today is about. is about connecting them with
the resources available to them. i am so grateful for the leadership shown by everyone here today. i want us to take a moment to look around this room. we have republicans and democrats. we're coming together to show our military families how much we appreciate them. this reminds me of a moment from earlier this year when my husband shared the story of sergeant first class cory renz berg in the state of the union address. i had the chance to sit next to him as the president told his incredible story, how as an army ranger he had nearly been killed by a roadside bomb in afghanistan. he fought back valiantly to speak again.
to stand again. to walk again. it was a moment that brought a divided congress to its feet and inspired millions of americans across the country. you might also remember the man standing next to cory holding his arm as he's said to the gallery. that was his caregiver. his father, along with his wife, have stood by cory's side since the explosion. they make sure cory is taking the right medications. she cooks is the meals. she helps with his morning and evening routine. craig spends an hour or two every day managing his legal and initial paperwork and answering his correspondence. cory calls craig his secretary. their family has never been alone on this journey.
they have had a team by their side. the support started flowing and almost immediately after the explosion when an organization called "the ranger leave be way funds" but plane tickets and more families could fly to the hospital in germany. then there were the fisher houses which gave craig and his family warm meals and beds to sleep on for 15 straight months. the nonprofit that paid to retrofit his house with wider doors at an accessible shower and the military which provides the caregiving stipend to help pay the bills. most of all, craig will tell you about the support and flexibility yet been granted from his employers.
he is a director. the folk there told her to call them back when she was ready. when she was ready, she call them back and they hired her back. in a better position with even more flexibility than before. today cory continues to make progress. he has been renting his own place since last june. in six months or so he will be moving into a new house, one purchased for him by the ranger lead the way funds. his story is the model. that is not true for everyone.
this is his ideal. to achieve this goal we've got to follow through on these commitments we're making here today. we have to to keep asking ourselves what more can we do? that is the question for everyone watching today. how can we reach those that live in our own communities? that is what joining forces is about. that is why this month is not just a celebration but a call to action. it is a call to all of us to match the veterans and caregivers with services of our own.
i want to thank all of the leaders who are here today. the men and women in this room and -- in this room, i want to thank you for showing us what bravery and courage and sacrifice really means. i want you all to know that we are not going to quit until we serve you as well as you served us. that is our pledge to you. joining forces is not about photo ops or white house events. is about making concrete changes you can feel in your daily lives. we want you to keep working with us, hold our feet to the fire. let us know that you can feel all of these things that we are doing. give us feedback and criticize us and poke access. is going to take all of us together.
every time we asked, people step up. there's no one that has said no. we want to encourage those who are living in the shadows to step out. they have been waiting to help. we need to know that they are out there. that is where many of you come in. many of these caregivers are young themselves. so many of you will be such a tremendous of war. we want you all to stay strong. remember this day. this is not the exception. it will be the rule. i know we will continue to work on this issue just like these wonderful leaders who hold up such a high bar.
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we are at a standard of living that is at the same as 1988. we have, her family, unfunded obligations. $1.1 million per family. context ford a things to come. the biggest problem that i see with congress is this denial of reality. you can still be a good person and deny reality. we all deny reality in some sense in our lives every day. we do not want to face it. the fact is that we have not had leadership in this country in a long time. i'm talking presidential and congressional. and tell thehen up situation we find ourselves in. coburn on his career
and his retirement from the senate. sunday night at 8:00 p.m. >> paul ryan will be speaking at the iowa republican dinner in cedar rapids in just a few minutes. you can take part by sharing your comments on facebook or twitter. for details about paul ryan's appearance in iowa at the republican party dinner, we will ,urn to rebecca sinderbrand she is the deputy editor of politico. >> there is a short version and a less short version. brian agreed to speak at the dinner as the were -- at the request of the chairman of the rnc. he will help raise money. the middlesman is in of a very interesting phase in his career.
he is trying to decide on his next move. the iowa stop is definitely part of that decision-making process. plans? >>e his future there are a couple of options. he is coming to a fork in the road. his term is expiring. he's making a run for the oval office in 2015 -- 2016, or looking to claim the ways and means committee. he is keeping it close to the vest. people do not know exactly where his mind is. there are two options that are reported right now. over the next few months, we will say which way he is leading. >> it is expiring this term. his new term would begin. he may seek the chairmanship of the ways and means committee. >> who is in the audience? what part of the party attend.
interestingery moment for the iowa republican party. we have seen these battles over the years. bastions of the party battling it out. not you have this liberty movement trying to take control of the party in iowa. that control looks to be coming to an end. it is based on what is happening . incoming leadership and outgoing leadership, it is very much not on the same page you have this split. social second server this -- conservatives and liberty conservatives who are at odds with each other. that is manifesting. that is what they are expecting. >> we are seeing that split in iowa. what does it mean for the republican party nationally?
>> you've seen this played out across the country. we saw that during the presidential run. supporters of the then congressman took control of the committees. they took control the delegate selection process. some social conservatives were pushing back on that. you would see splits where he had two sides, both claiming control of the party infrastructure. paulrters of congressman would claim the party structure. but then the national party would sponsor a structure. that we haveit seen played out across the country. right now we are seeing in iowa. i have is that affect midterm elections? >> is tough to say exactly whether either party will play
out at the ballot box. it could play out when you see what happens in terms of the foot soldiers. the party infrastructure itself is turning the party is going to want to put the resources on the ground and support their candidate. thatfinitely is a struggle is worth watching. it remains to be seen if it affects the turnout republicans have come to expect. >> you can read more of politico.com and follow her on twitter. thank you for your time. >> thank you. we are here live in cedar rapids tonight waiting for paul ryan and other speakers. you can take part by sharing your comments with us.