[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 124, 111th Congress, 2nd Session]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]

 
PROCLAMATION 8603--NOV. 18, 2010

Proclamation 8603 of November 18, 2010
National Family Week, 2010
By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Like generations before them, today's American families rely on their
love and care for each other to face challenges. During National Family
Week, we celebrate the resilient spirit of America's families and their
role in building vibrant communities and a strong Nation.
My Administration remains committed to finding solutions to the issues
affecting American families. In my first year in office, I established
the White House Task Force on the Middle Class, chaired by Vice
President Joe Biden, which aims to protect working families' economic
security and raise their standard of living. And the continued success
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created more jobs, as
well as housing, educational, and child care support for families
throughout the country.
This year, I was proud to sign the Affordable Care Act, which
strengthens health security for families through important health
insurance reforms. This landmark law allows young adults to stay on
their parents' health insurance plan until they turn 26 or have coverage
through their job, requires new plans to cover recommended preventive
care with no out-of-pocket costs, prohibits insurance companies from
denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and eliminates
lifetime and annual caps on dollar amounts insurance companies will
spend on care. I also signed the Health Care and Education
Reconciliation Act,

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which provides increased funding for Pell grants to help families cover
the rising costs of higher education.
The strength of our families will determine our success as a Nation.
Families of all kinds can provide a supportive and stable foundation to
unlock the promise in each of us. These units are the building blocks of
our neighborhoods and communities, shaping the development of our
society, instilling values in us, and impacting our lives with their
care and compassion. During this holiday season, we especially
acknowledge the sacrifices of our brave service members and their
families who keep our loved ones safe here at home and abroad.
This National Family Week, we recognize the importance of the family
unit in helping all Americans reach their dreams. As we confront our
challenges as a Nation, let us support our families in creating safe,
nurturing environments for our loved ones and communities. Together, we
will build a foundation for the future success of all of America's sons
and daughters.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of
America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and
the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 21 through
November 27, 2010, as National Family Week. I invite all States, local
communities, and individuals to join in observing this week with
appropriate ceremonies and activities to honor our Nation's families.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of
November, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-
fifth.
BARACK OBAMA