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PRESS CALL ADVISORY: The Power of the President—Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change

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Contact: Madeline Meth
Phone: 202.741.6277

Washington, D.C.—November’s midterm election aftermath has caused both pundits and politicians to predict overwhelming deadlock and stalemate in the upcoming 112th Congress that will prevent President Barack Obama from advancing his policy priorities. Additionally, there is an ongoing debate as to whether Obama’s administration should move to the left or to the center and compromise with the new House leadership.

Despite all this banter and politics, the U.S. Constitution and the laws of our nation grant the president significant authority to create and implement policy. This is an opportunity for President Obama to demonstrate strength, resilience, and a capacity to get things done in order to improve our nation. The following authorities can be used to ensure progress on key issues facing the country today:

  • Executive orders
  • Rulemaking
  • Agency management
  • Convening and creating public-private partnerships
  • Commanding the armed forces
  • Diplomacy

Join the Center for American Progress in a press call to discuss the grave importance of using executive orders and other authorities to take our nation forward on the issues of energy, the economy, healthcare, education, foreign policy, and national security.

What: A press call to discuss how concentrating on executive powers presents an opportunity for the Obama administration to deliver results for the American people on issues that matter most to them


John D. Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress

Neera Tanden, Chief Operating Officer, Center for American Progress

Sarah R. Wartell, Executive Vice President, Center for American Progress

When: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Call info: 877.210.8943

Conference ID: 25694609

To RSVP to the call, please contact Anna Soellner at 202.492.2967 or via email at

**Please note that this call will be recorded. By participating in the call, you consent to be recorded.**




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