Tag Archives: President Obama

NASW disappointed by U.S. Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

    NASW STATEMENT: The U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 failed to act on deciding the fate of millions of undocumented families whose legal status had been in limbo since Texas challenged President Obama’s executive action which sought to limit the risk of deportation of parents of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The President’s executive action, referred to ... Read More »

NASW Statement: Judge Merrick Garland Highly Qualified to be U.S. Supreme Court Justice

NASW Statement: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is pleased President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Garland is highly qualified and respected and NASW expects the U.S. Senate to fulfill its obligation and hold hearings on his nomination in reasonable time. It will be a disservice to the nation if Senate ... Read More »

President Obama’s Budget Offers Opportunities for Social Workers in Child Welfare, Behaviorial Health, Early Childhood Home Visiting

When President Obama released his final budget for Fiscal Year 2017 on February 9, there were several opportunities for social workers in child welfare, behavioral health and early childhood home visiting. Of particular note is the focus on improving the child welfare workforce, policy priorities long sought by the National Association of Social Workers. The budget provides funding to improve ... Read More »

Police shootings demonstrate need for social workers to press for reforms

Recent, highly publicized cases of police using deadly force against people of color, including the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 9,  underscore the need for the social work profession to call for reforms in the nation’s law enforcement systems. This issue is important for the profession, which has a long history of working to end all ... Read More »

Administration Begins to Fulfill Promise to Shorten Certain Drug Sentences

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have begun to make good on their promise to reform criminal justice sentencing reform and encourage sensible drug policies. A first step toward sentencing reform began with Holder’s March 13, 2014 announcement of a new policy intended to shorten sentences for certain federal drug offenders. Just weeks later on April 20 Holder announced ... Read More »

Enthusiasm for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program tempered by Administration announcement of prohibition on affordable health coverage

NASW, along with other advocacy organizations, recently signed a letter expressing disappointment with the recent announcement by the Obama Administration to exclude young people approved for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from receiving benefits through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and to prevent children and pregnant women approved for DACA from enrolling in Medicaid and the ... Read More »

NASW Celebrates President Obama’s Endorsement of Same-Sex Marriage

For the first time in the history of our country a sitting President has publicly announced his personal support for same-sex marriage.  The announcement by President Obama, coming off the heels of the disappointing North Carolina vote to ban same-sex marriages through a constitutional amendment, speaks volumes for the marriage equality movement and ignites hope in the LGBT community. NASW ... Read More »

President Obama Signs National Hospice Month Proclamation

President Obama declared November 2010 as National Hospice Month.  Here is more information from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. For Immediate Release: November 1, 2010President Obama Signs National Hospice Month Proclamation as the Hospice Community Works to Better Serve Veterans at Life’s End (Alexandria, Va) – In a proclamation issued from the White House, President Obama declared November ... Read More »

President Obama Signs Executive Order on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

President Obama signed an Executive Order to enhance the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics so that it better serves communities across the country by engaging them in the process of improving the education of Latino Students. Among the changes, the new Executive Order provides a better structure for the Initiative to take action and forge partnerships between ... Read More »