The first public meeting of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans was held at the Treasury Department. The panel was created to educate young people on money management and financial decisions. Speakers included Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray.
Jay Carney briefed reporters and answered questions at the daily White House briefing. Topics included the Russian military intervention in Ukraine and possibilities for a resolution to the unrest. Secretary Carney said the U.S. will not recognize the referendum for Crimea to be a part of Russia. President Obama was scheduled to meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk that same week.
State and local public transportation leaders discussed priorities for the next Transportation Authorization Bill. Panelists included Milwaukee alderman Robert Bauman, Mayor William Euille (D-Alexandria, Va) & state Sen. Steve Farley (D-AZ).
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) talked about Afghanistan, and the changing U.S. role as American troops were scheduled to withdraw from the country later in 2014. He spoke about the importance of holding on to gains made in Afghanistan as the country prepares to hold presidential elections next month. He also responded to questions from the audience. Senator Casey chairs the Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee. He spoke at the Center for American Progress.