The Presidential Planner

Mar 31, 2010 9:18am

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

At the Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility, President Obama will this morning deliver remarks on energy security and off-shore drilling.

The president is expected to outline the decisions made after the administration, led by Interior Secretary Salazar, has evaluated the decisions by the Bush administration for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leasing.

During his remarks, the president will announce that the Department of Interior will conduct the first new offshore oil and gas sale in the Atlantic in over two decades as part of a lease sale 50 miles off of the Virginia coast, the White House says previewing the announcement.

Interior will continue lease sales in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico. Interior would open up approximately 2/3 of the available oil and gas resources in the Eastern Gulf in the event that the Congressional moratorium is lifted. 

Proposed leasing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay will be canceled. In addition four pending lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas in North Alaska will be canceled and those areas reserved for future scientific research to assess their suitability for further leasing.  One previously scheduled lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet will proceed.

In the afternoon, the president will meet with the family of civil rights legend Cesar Chavez on what would have been his 83rd birthday. Chavez coined the phrase “si se puede” during the United Farm Worker’s protests, which President Obama adopted during his 2008 presidential campaign.

Also present for the meeting today will be leaders of the United Farm Workers (UFW) that Chavez co-founded. The president will then sign a proclamation designating March 31, 2010 as Cesar Chavez Day.

In the afternoon the president and first lady Michelle Obama will participate in the Forum for Workplace Flexibility in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

"The Forum for Workplace Flexibility is an opportunity for the president and first lady to discuss the importance of creating workplace practices that allow America’s working men and women to meet the demands of their jobs without sacrificing the needs of their families,” the White House said.

Small business owners, business leaders, policy experts, workers and labor leaders will participate along with administration officials to share ideas and strategies for making the workplace more flexible for employees.

The first lady will deliver remarks at the opening session, the group will then break up into breakout sessions for smaller discussions and then the president will deliver closing remarks to end the forum.

– Sunlen Miller

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