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This Week at Interior March 8, 2013


March 8, 2013


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THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR

 

(Bill signing, applause)

 

PRESIDENT OBAMA THIS WEEK SIGNED THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. THE UPDATED LAW INCLUDES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS FOR FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBAL COMMUNITIES IT ALSO ADVANCES THE PROGRESS THE NATION HAS MADE COMBATING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BY PROVIDING GREATER PROTECTION AGAINST HOMICIDE, RAPE, ASSAULT AND BATTERY IN THE HOME, WORKPLACE, AND ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES.

 

"If the bill being signed today were law when I was married, it would have allowed my tribe to arrest and prosecute my abuser. When this bill is signed, the Violence Against Women Act will finally reach Native American women like me."

 

"Because this is a country where everybody should be able to pursue their own measure of happiness and live their lives free from fear. No matter who you are. No matter who you love. That's got to be our priority. That's what's today's about."

 

AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TOURISTS HEADED FOR WASHINGTON D-C CAN NOW CIRCLE MARCH 26TH TO MARCH 30TH... THAT'S WHEN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE SAYS THE CITYíS WORLD FAMOUS CHERRY BLOSSOMS WILL HIT THEIR PEAK. LAST YEAR MORE THAN A MILLION VISITORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND AROUND THE WORLD CAME TO SEE THE CHERRY TREES THAT BLOOM AMONG SOME OF AMERICA'S MOST TREASURED HISTORICAL LANDMARKS. FROM THE PURCHASE OF AIRLINE TICKETS TO DINING IN AREA RESTAURANTS TO STAYING IN HOTELS, THESE VISITORS ARE INFUSING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS INTO THE COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES.

 

THE TREES WERE A GIFT TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES FROM JAPAN IN 19-12. THIS YEAR THE PARK SERVICE SAYS AN ADDITIONAL 150 TREES WILL BE PLANTED, BRINGING THE NUMBER OF TREES TO NEARLY 4000.

 

THATíS THIS WEEK AT INTERIOR.