WHITE HOUSE UPDATE: “Dorothy I. Height Post Office”, the Medicare physician payment reduction delay and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
(WASHINGTON - December 16, 2010) - The following updates are from the White House, dated December 15, 2010.
Statement by the Press Secretary: On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, the President signed into law:
H.R. 6118, which designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located in Washington, D.C., as the “Dorothy I. Height Post Office;”
H.R. 4994, the “Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010,” which delays for one year a reduction in Medicare physician payments that would otherwise take effect on January 1, 2011; extends other expiring Medicare and Medicaid payment provisions; changes limits on the amount of excess health insurance tax credits that must be repaid to the Government; and makes other Medicare and Medicaid clarifications and adjustments; and
S. 2847, the “Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation or the “CALM Act,” which requires the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe a regulation limiting the volume of audio on commercials transmitted by television broadcast stations, cable operators, and other multichannel video programming distributors.
Statement by the President on the House Passage of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010
I applaud the House for passing, with bipartisan support, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. Legislative repeal is supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The process contained in this legislation allows for a smooth and responsible repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a way that maintains good order and discipline in our military ranks. Indeed, all of the Service Chiefs have said that when this law is changed , they will implement an orderly transition effectively and efficiently. As the comprehensive study by the Department of Defense clearly shows, we can move to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and our national security.
I particularly want to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Congressman Patrick Murphy for their leadership on this issue. I have consistently called for the repeal of this law. Moving forward with the repeal is not only the right thing to do, it will also give our military the clarity and certainty it deserves. We must ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally by their country.