From Sunlen Miller
President Obama today will speak at the Export-Import Bank's Annual Conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC today where he will reiterate his goal, as first stated in his State of the Union address, of doubling exports in five years.
The President will announce new details of his National Export Initiative, a government-wide, presidential-level export promotion strategy aimed at championing American workers and businesses by providing the necessary tools to keep our nation competitive and help create new jobs at home, the White House says.
During his speech the president will lay out the goals of the initiative which include: “improving access to financing for businesses that want to increase exports; enforcing existing trade deals and leveling the playing field for American businesses and workers; and promoting and advocating for our businesses and our products overseas,” a White House official says.
Mr. Obama will sign an Executive Order instructing the federal government to use every available federal resource in support of this effort as well as creating an Export Promotion Cabinet. He will also re-establish the President’s Export Council and name Jim McNerney, President and CEO of The Boeing Company, and Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Company, to lead the Council.
Later in the day, the President will meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus in the afternoon and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the evening to discuss health insurance reform in the State Dining Room.
The president will also meet with Senators Schumer and Graham in the Oval Office to “get an update on their efforts toward producing a bipartisan bill to fix the broken immigration system.” This meeting was rescheduled from earlier in the week.
The president will later meet separately with Secretary of State Clinton in the Oval Office, a weekly meeting between the two.
The president and the First Lady in the evening will host a movie night, a preview screening of HBO’s new series, “The Pacific,” in the White House Movie Theater.
Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, Members of Congress, and members of the VFW and the Women in the Military Service for America Memorial. Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Steven Spielberg and HBO President Richard Plepler are also expected to attend.