Up against a Republican House and Senate, who's only objected was to ensure that
Barak Obama failed as US President, Barak Obama was limited as to what he could accomplish.
However, even with the limitations imposed upon him, by the,
mean spirited, arrogant, elitists, he was still able to make a difference.


Top 50 Accomplishments (And stop saying "What has he done?" because you sound either ignorant or just plain racist:

1. Passed Health Care Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010). It will cover 32 million uninsured Americans beginning in 2014 and mandates a suite of experimental measures to cut health care cost growth, the number one cause of America’s long-term fiscal problems. Keep in mind that the Republicans had 7 Years to repeal and replace ObamaCare, but never to repair or make better.

2. Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression. Weeks after stimulus went into effect, unemployment claims began to subside. Twelve months later, the private sector began producing more jobs than it was losing, and it has continued to do so for twenty-three straight months, creating a total of nearly 3.7 million new private-sector jobs.

3. Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession. The new law tightens capital requirements on large banks and other financial institutions, requires derivatives to be sold on clearinghouses and exchanges, mandates that large banks provide “living wills” to avoid chaotic bankruptcies, limits their ability to trade with customers’ money for their own profit, and creates the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (now headed by Richard Cordray) to crack down on abusive lending products and companies.

4. Ended the War in Iraq: Ordered all U.S. military forces out of the country. Last troops left on December 18, 2011.

5. Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012. According to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the combat mission there will be over by next year.

6. Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed and a trove of al-Qaeda documents was discovered.

7. Turned Around U.S. Auto Industry: In 2009, injected $62 billion in federal money (on top of $13.4 billion in loans from the Bush administration) into ailing GM and Chrysler in return for equity stakes and agreements for massive restructuring. Since bottoming out in 2009, the auto industry has added more than 100,000 jobs. In 2011, the Big Three automakers all gained market share for the first time in two decades. The government expects to lose $16 billion of its investment, less if the price of the GM stock it still owns increases.

8. Recapitalized Banks: In the midst of financial crisis, approved controversial Treasury Department plan to lure private capital into the country’s largest banks via “stress tests” of their balance sheets and a public-private fund to buy their “toxic” assets. Got banks back on their feet at essentially zero cost to the government.

9. Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Ended 1990s-era restriction and formalized new policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for the first time.

10. Toppled Moammar Gaddafi: In March 2011, joined a coalition of European and Arab governments in military action, including air power and naval blockade, against Gaddafi regime to defend Libyan civilians and support rebel troops. Gaddafi’s forty-two-year rule ended when the dictator was overthrown and killed by rebels on October 20, 2011. No American lives were lost.

11. Told Mubarak to Go: On February 1, 2011, publicly called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to accept reform or step down, thus weakening the dictator’s position and putting America on the right side of the Arab Spring. Mubarak ended thirty-year rule when overthrown on February 11.

12. Reversed Bush Torture Policies: Two days after taking office, nullified Bush-era rulings that had allowed detainees in U.S. custody to undergo certain “enhanced” interrogation techniques considered inhumane under the Geneva Conventions. Also released the secret Bush legal rulings supporting the use of these techniques.

13. Improved America’s Image Abroad: With new policies, diplomacy, and rhetoric, reversed a sharp decline in world opinion toward the U.S. (and the corresponding loss of “soft power”) during the Bush years. From 2008 to 2011, favorable opinion toward the United States rose in ten of fifteen countries surveyed by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, with an average increase of 26 percent.

14. Kicked Banks Out of Federal Student Loan Program, Expanded Pell Grant Spending: As part of the 2010 health care reform bill, signed measure ending the wasteful decades-old practice of subsidizing banks to provide college loans. Starting July 2010 all students began getting their federal student loans directly from the federal government. Treasury will save $67 billion over ten years, $36 billion of which will go to expanding Pell Grants to lower-income students.

15. Created Race to the Top: With funds from stimulus, started $4.35 billion program of competitive grants to encourage and reward states for education reform.

16. Boosted Fuel Efficiency Standards: Released new fuel efficiency standards in 2011 that will nearly double the fuel economy for cars and trucks by 2025.

17. Coordinated International Response to Financial Crisis: To keep world economy out of recession in 2009 and 2010, helped secure from G-20 nations more than $500 billion for the IMF to provide lines of credit and other support to emerging market countries, which kept them liquid and avoided crises with their currencies.

18. Passed Mini Stimuli: To help families hurt by the recession and spur the economy as stimulus spending declined, signed series of measures (July 22, 2010; December 17, 2010; December 23, 2011) to extend unemployment insurance and cut payroll taxes.

19. Began Asia “Pivot”: In 2011, reoriented American military and diplomatic priorities and focus from the Middle East and Europe to the Asian-Pacific region. Executed multipronged strategy of positively engaging China while reasserting U.S. leadership in the region by increasing American military presence and crafting new commercial, diplomatic, and military alliances with neighboring countries made uncomfortable by recent Chinese behavior.

20. Increased Support for Veterans: With so many soldiers coming home from Iraq and Iran with serious physical and mental health problems, yet facing long waits for services, increased 2010 Department of Veterans Affairs budget by 16 percent and 2011 budget by 10 percent. Also signed new GI bill offering $78 billion in tuition assistance over a decade, and provided multiple tax credits to encourage businesses to hire veterans.

21. Tightened Sanctions on Iran: In effort to deter Iran’s nuclear program, signed Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act (2010) to punish firms and individuals who aid Iran’s petroleum sector. In late 2011 and early 2012, coordinated with other major Western powers to impose sanctions aimed at Iran’s banks and with Japan, South Korea, and China to shift their oil purchases away from Iran.

22. Created Conditions to Begin Closing Dirtiest Power Plants: New EPA restrictions on mercury and toxic pollution, issued in December 2011, likely to lead to the closing of between sixty-eight and 231 of the nation’s oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants. Estimated cost to utilities: at least $11 billion by 2016. Estimated health benefits: $59 billion to $140 billion. Will also significantly reduce carbon emissions and, with other regulations, comprises what’s been called Obama’s “stealth climate policy.”

23. Passed Credit Card Reforms: Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (2009), which prohibits credit card companies from raising rates without advance notification, mandates a grace period on interest rate increases, and strictly limits overdraft and other fees.

24. Eliminated Catch-22 in Pay Equality Laws: Signed Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, giving women who are paid less than men for the same work the right to sue their employers after they find out about the discrimination, even if that discrimination happened years ago. Under previous law, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., the statute of limitations on such suits ran out 180 days after the alleged discrimination occurred, even if the victims never knew about it.

25. Protected Two Liberal Seats on the U.S. Supreme Court: Nominated and obtained confirmation for Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and third woman to serve, in 2009; and Elena Kagan, the fourth woman to serve, in 2010. They replaced David Souter and John Paul Stevens, respectively.

26. Improved Food Safety System: In 2011, signed FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which boosts the Food and Drug Administration’s budget by $1.4 billion and expands its regulatory responsibilities to include increasing number of food inspections, issuing direct food recalls, and reviewing the current food safety practices of countries importing products into America.

27. Achieved New START Treaty: Signed with Russia (2010) and won ratification in Congress (2011) of treaty that limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads (down from 2,200) and 700 launchers (down from more than 1,400), and reestablished and strengthened a monitoring and transparency program that had lapsed in 2009, through which each country can monitor the other.

28. Expanded National Service: Signed Serve America Act in 2009, which authorized a tripling of the size of AmeriCorps. Program grew 13 percent to 85,000 members across the country by 2012, when new House GOP majority refused to appropriate more funds for further expansion.

29. Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection: Signed Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (2009), which designated more than 2 million acres as wilderness, created thousands of miles of recreational and historic trails, and protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers.

30. Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco: Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009). Nine years in the making and long resisted by the tobacco industry, the law mandates that tobacco manufacturers disclose all ingredients, obtain FDA approval for new tobacco products, and expand the size and prominence of cigarette warning labels, and bans the sale of misleadingly labeled “light” cigarette brands and tobacco sponsorship of entertainment events.

31. Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders: Issued executive order in 2009 requiring all federal agencies to make plans to soften their environmental impacts by 2020. Goals include 30 percent reduction in fleet gasoline use, 26 percent boost in water efficiency, and sustainability requirements for 95 percent of all federal contracts. Because federal government is the country’s single biggest purchaser of goods and services, likely to have ripple effects throughout the economy for years to come.

32. Passed Fair Sentencing Act: Signed 2010 legislation that reduces sentencing disparity between crack versus powder cocaine possessionfrom100 to1 to 18 to1.

33. Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense: Cut the Reagan-era “Star Wars” missile defense budget, saving $1.4 billion in 2010, and canceled plans to station antiballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic in favor of sea-based defense plan focused on Iran and North Korea.

34. Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown: After winning agreement from congressional Republicans and Democrats in summer 2011 budget deal to reduce projected defense spending by $450 billion, proposed new DoD budget this year with cuts of that size and a new national defense strategy that would shrink ground forces from 570,000 to 490,000 over the next ten years while increasing programs in intelligence gathering and cyberwarfare.

35. Let Space Shuttle Die and Killed Planned Moon Mission: Allowed the expensive ($1 billion per launch), badly designed, dangerous shuttle program to make its final launch on July 8, 2011. Cut off funding for even more bloated and problem-plagued Bush-era Constellation program to build moon base in favor of support for private-sector low-earth orbit ventures, research on new rocket technologies for long-distance manned flight missions, and unmanned space exploration, including the largest interplanetary rover ever launched, which will investigate Mars’s potential to support life.

36. Invested Heavily in Renewable Technology: As part of the 2009 stimulus, invested $90 billion, more than any previous administration, in research on smart grids, energy efficiency, electric cars, renewable electricity generation, cleaner coal, and biofuels.

37. Crafting Next-Generation School Tests: Devoted $330 million in stimulus money to pay two consortia of states and universities to create competing versions of new K-12 student performance tests based on latest psychometric research. New tests could transform the learning environment in vast majority of public school classrooms beginning in 2014.

38. Cracked Down on Bad For-Profit Colleges: In effort to fight predatory practices of some for-profit colleges, Department of Education issued “gainful employment” regulations in 2011 cutting off commercially focused schools from federal student aid funding if more than 35 percent of former students aren’t paying off their loans and/or if the average former student spends more than 12 percent of his or her total earnings servicing student loans.

39. Improved School Nutrition: In coordination with Michelle Obama, signed Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 mandating $4.5 billion spending boost and higher nutritional and health standards for school lunches. New rules based on the law, released in January, double the amount of fruits and vegetables and require only whole grains in food served to students.

40. Expanded Hate Crimes Protections: Signed Hate Crimes Prevention Act (2009), which expands existing hate crime protections to include crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender, or disability, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin.

41. Avoided Scandal: As of November 2011, served longer than any president in decades without a scandal, as measured by the appearance of the word “scandal” (or lack thereof) on the front page of the Washington Post.

42. Brokered Agreement for Speedy Compensation to Victims of Gulf Oil Spill: Though lacking statutory power to compel British Petroleum to act, used moral authority of his office to convince oil company to agree in 2010 to a $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; $6.5 billion already paid out without lawsuits. By comparison, it took nearly two decades for plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez Alaska oil spill case to receive $1.3 billion.

43. Created Recovery.gov: Web site run by independent board of inspectors general looking for fraud and abuse in stimulus spending, provides public with detailed information on every contract funded by $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Thanks partly to this transparency, board has uncovered very little fraud, and Web site has become national model: “The stimulus has done more to promote transparency at almost all levels of government than any piece of legislation in recent memory,” reports Governing magazine.

44. Pushed Broadband Coverage: Proposed and obtained in 2011 Federal Communications Commission approval for a shift of $8 billion in subsidies away from landlines and toward broadband Internet for lower-income rural families.

45. Expanded Health Coverage for Children: Signed 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Authorization Act, which allows the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to cover health care for 4 million more children, paid for by a tax increase on tobacco products.

46. Recognized the Dangers of Carbon Dioxide: In 2009, EPA declared carbon dioxide a pollutant, allowing the agency to regulate its production.

47. Expanded Stem Cell Research: In 2009, eliminated the Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, which shows promise in treating spinal injuries, among many other areas.

48. Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers: In 2009, signed Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who the government cheated out of loans and natural resource royalties in years past.

49. Helped South Sudan Declare Independence: Helped South Sudan Declare Independence: Appointed two envoys to Sudan and personally attended a special UN meeting on the area. Through U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split in 2011.

50. Killed the F-22: In 2009, ended further purchases of Lockheed Martin single-seat, twin-engine, fighter aircraft, which cost $358 million apiece. Though the military had 187 built, the plane has never flown a single combat mission. Eliminating it saved $4 billion.

  • Senior ISIS information minister Wael Adel Salman killed in Syria after U.S. drone strike
    Sep 16 2016
  • Marine national monument that will permanently protect nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the coast of New England designated by President Obama
    Sep 15 2016
  • Median household income up 5.2% for the first time in over seven years due to economic policies put in to place that benefit lower and middle income Americans
    Sep 13 2016
  • Poverty rate at its lowest level since 1999 due to economic policies put in to place that benefit lower and middle income Americans
    Sep 13 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani killed in Syria after U.S. airstrike
    Aug 30 2016
  • Marine national monument that will permanently protect 582,578 square miles of land and sea in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands designated by President Obama
    Aug 26 2016
  • 87,500 acres of wildlife, forests, rivers and mountains in Maine’s North Woods designated as a national monument that will be protected by the National Park Service
    Aug 24 2016
  • Scientists researching the potential benefits of medical marijuana can apply to grow their own marijuana after the DEA lifted the ban limiting the number of institutions allowed grow the plant
    Aug 11 2016
  • 214 prisoners serving excessive and unfair prison sentences for nonviolent crimes have sentences commuted
    Aug 03 2016
  • Transgender Americans able to serve openly in the military after the Department of Defense lifted a ban prohibiting them from serving
    Jul 01 2016
  • All Freedom of Information request responses to be posted online after a successful pilot program was permanately expanded and signed into law
    Jun 30 2016
  • Students who were defrauded or had their contract breached by a college or university can more easily petition to have their student loans forgiven under new rules by the Department of Education
    Jun 13 2016
  • 42 prisoners serving excessive and unfair prison sentences for nonviolent crimes have sentences commuted
    Jun 03 2016
  • President Obama becomes the first President to visit Hiroshima laying a wreath at Peace Memorial Park
  • Senior Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour killed in Pakistan after U.S. drone strike
    May 22 2016
  • Nutritional labels updated and modernized to better inform consumers of what they are purchasing under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
    May 20 2016
  • Suggested maximum daily sugar amount added to nutritional labels for the first time under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
    May 20 2016
  • First openly gay Secretary of the Army confirmed unanimously by the Senate
    May 18 2016
  • Over four million Americans to qualify for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week under new rule by the Labor Department that raised the salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 per year
    May 17 2016
  • Environmentally dangerous methane emissions from the oil and gas sector regulated for the first time under new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency
    May 12 2016
  • Transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity under new rule by the Obama Administration
    May 12 2016
  • American bison named as the first national mammal after the National Bison Legacy Act was signed into law
    May 09 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Sa'ad al-Sudani killed in Syria after U.S. airstrike
    May 05 2016
  • Stonewall Inn named the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the United States
    May 04 2016
  • 40 ISIS operatives responsible for multiple attacks in Europe and the Middle East killed by Delta Force and Navy SEAL commandos during various raids
    Apr 27 2016
  • First woman on American currency in more than 100 years will be Harriet Tubman after the Treasury Department announced she will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill
    Apr 20 2016
  • Individuals investing in retirement accounts protected under new rule requiring financial advisers to provide investment advice that puts their client's best interests above all else
    Apr 15 2016
  • 387,000 Americans unable to to work due to a permanent disability have their student loan debts forgiven by the Department of Education
    Apr 12 2016
  • Homeowners taken advantage of by deceptive mortgage practices from Goldman Sachs to receive monetary relief after agreement between the bank and the Justice Department
    Apr 11 2016
  • American banks must identify the owners of shell companies they do business with under a new rule by the Treasury Department
    Apr 10 2016
  • Gender neutral restrooms available for White House staff and visitors so individuals can use the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity
    Apr 07 2016
  • Senior Al-Qaeda leader Abu Firas al-Suri killed in Syria after U.S. air strike
    Apr 04 2016
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 61 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Mar 30 2016
  • ISIS Finance Minister Haji Iman killed during U.S. operation
    Mar 25 2016
  • Hazardous industrial material crystalline silica which is known to pose serious risks of incurable lung disease and lung cancer regulated to lower the allowable exposure limit
    Mar 23 2016
  • Workers must be informed of their employers and its contractors direct or indirect persuading against forming a union under a new rule by the Labor Department
    Mar 23 2016
  • Cuban citizens witnessed Cuban President Raul Castro take questions from the media for the first time during press conference with President Obama
  • Public Wi-Fi areas in Cuba greatly expanded since American telecommunication companies were allowed to do business in the country
  • President Obama becomes the first U.S. President to visit Cuba since 1928 after successful diplomatic negotiations
  • General Lori Robinson becomes first woman nominated to lead a combatant command in the United States military
    Mar 18 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Omar al-Shishani and 12 additional ISIS fighters killed in Syria after a series of U.S. drone and manned aircraft strikes
    Mar 15 2016
  • Offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast prohibited after local communities voiced strong opposition
    Mar 15 2016
  • Cubans may open U.S. bank accounts under new rule by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
  • U.S. citizens may travel to Cuba for people-to-people educational reasons under new rule by the Treasury and Commerce Departments
  • 150 Al-Shabaab fighters killed at Somalia training camp after U.S. air strike
    Mar 08 2016
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Yusuf Ali Ugas killed in Somalia after U.S. air strike
    Mar 05 2016
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Mohamed Mire killed in Somalia after U.S. air strike
    Mar 05 2016
  • Senior unnamed ISIS operative captured and detained during U.S. led raid in Iraq
    Mar 03 2016
  • Moderates winning a majority in Iran's parliament and Assembly of Experts partially attributed to improved diplomacy and landmark nuclear deal with major world powers
  • Senior ISIS leader Noureddine Chouchane and over thirty ISIS militants killed in Libya after U.S. airstrikes
    Feb 19 2016
  • American citizens may fly to Cuba for the first time in 50 years after the two countries sign an agreement restoring commercial air travel
  • All active duty service members eligible for 12 weeks of fully paid maternity leave through new rule by the Department of Defense
    Jan 28 2016
  • Juveniles in federal prisons can no longer be placed in solitary confinement after executive order by President Obama
    Jan 25 2016
  • Consumers who reduce their electricity use during peak hours receive a discount through new rule by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Jan 25 2016
  • Four United States citizens imprisoned in Iran released after a prisoner swap between the United States and Iran
  • Ten Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay for fourteen years transferred to Oman
    Jan 14 2016
  • New coal mining leases on public lands halted under new rule by the Department of Interior
    Jan 14 2016
  • Ten Navy sailors detained by Iran after accidentally sailing into their waters freed within 24 hours through diplomatic negotiations
  • ISIS cash depot holding millions of dollars bombed in Mosul, Iraq by U.S. air strike
    Jan 11 2016
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani injured and detained in Iraq after U.S. air strike
    Jan 07 2016
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 97 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Dec 18 2015
  • Environmentally hazardous plastic microbeads found in personal care products banned from being manufactured in the U.S.
  • Families with three or more children have their taxes reduced $200-$600 through the permanent expansion of the Child Tax Credit
  • College students can claim $2,500 towards tuition, fees, and course material on their taxes after the extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit
  • Medical marijuana patients may purchase prescriptions without fear of arrest after DEA prohibited from raiding legal dispensaries
  • Solar and wind energy production to double in size through a five year extension of Federal tax credits
  • World community pledges to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees celsius
    Dec 12 2015
  • Teacher performance evaluations no longer based off student test results after passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Abdirahman Sandhere killed in Lybia by U.S. air strike
    Dec 07 2015
  • Female soldiers roles expanded to serve in any combat position
    Dec 03 2015
  • Military personnel who handled service dogs in combat zones given first rights of adoption after the dog retires from duty
    Nov 25 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Wisam al Zubaidi killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
    Nov 14 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
    Nov 14 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John) killed in Syria by U.S. drone strike
    Nov 13 2015
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
    Nov 13 2015
  • Veterans and their families offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in all fifty states
    Nov 11 2015
  • Final phase of Keystone pipeline rejected because it would not serve the national interest of the United States
    Nov 06 2015
  • Federal job applicants can't be denied employment solely for having a prior conviction
    Nov 02 2015
  • Seventy hostages held by ISIS in Iraq rescued after joint operation with Iraqi soldiers and US special forces
    Oct 22 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Sanafi al-Nasr killed in Syria by U.S. air strike
    Oct 18 2015
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 6,000 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Oct 06 2015
  • First openly gay American nominated to become Secretary of the Army
    Sep 18 2015
  • Employees of Federal government contractors must be offered seven days of paid sick leave per year
    Sep 07 2015
  • Transgender Americans may not be discriminated against by health insurance companies or medical providers
    Sep 03 2015
  • Tallest mountain in North America renamed Mount Denali
    Aug 31 2015
  • First openly transgender person hired by White House to work as civilian employee
    Aug 18 2015
  • Each state must reduce carbon emissions by set amounts by 2030
    Aug 04 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in Syria by U.S. air strike
    Jul 21 2015
  • Sexual orientation discrimination against Federal employees ruled illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
    Jul 16 2015
  • Six major world powers reach agreement with Iran to curb their nuclear program
    Jul 14 2015
  • Sentences commuted for 46 people serving excessive & unfair punishment for nonviolent crimes
    Jul 13 2015
  • National monuments consist of 260 Million Acres throughout America
    Jul 12 2015
  • United States and Cuba re-open embassies after 54 year diplomatic freeze
  • Government mandated threshold for all hourly workers to qualify for overtime pay increased from $23,660 to $50,440.
    Jun 30 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strike
    Jun 12 2015
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Nasr al-Ansi killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
    Apr 21 2015
  • New Medicare formula changes the way doctors are reimbursed; rewards doctors when their patients have better health outcomes
    Apr 16 2015
  • 53 political prisoners in Cuba released as a show of good will in the ongoing restoratiation of diplomatic relationship between the two countries
  • United States restores diplomatic relationship with Cuba after 50 year freeze
  • Abortion coverage extended to Peace Corps volunteers who became pregnant because of rape, incest, and life endangerment
  • President Obama issues executive order allowing the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to continue residing in the United States
    Nov 20 2014
  • President Obama pledges $3 Billion to global fund assisting poor countries coping with climate change
    Nov 14 2014
  • China and the United States agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to twenty-five percent by 2030
    Nov 12 2014
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane killed in Somalia by U.S. airstrike
    Sep 05 2014
  • Broad Coalition of Middle-Eastern countries conduct military campaign against ISIS inside of Syria
    Sep 2014
  • President Obama signs executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminting against LGBT individuals
    Jul 21 2014
  • United States assumes control of weapons-grade plutonium and highly enriched uranium from Japan after the two countries signed an agreement to secure their stockpile to prevent it from theft
    Mar 24 2014
  • International Trade Data System created to streamline small business Export/Import process
    Feb 19 2014
  • Minimum wage for Federal Contractors raised to $10.10 per hour.
    Feb 12 2014
  • Agriculture Act of 2014 signed into law
  • Federal Government reopens after 16 day shutdown defeating Republican partisan attempt to cancel health care benefits for millions under Obamacare
    Oct 17 2013
  • President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have first formal communication between the two nations in 35 years
  • Syria agrees to dismantle chemical weapons stockpile after deal reached between the Obama Administration and Russia
    Sep 14 2013
  • Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court
    Jun 26 2013
  • Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng relocates to the United State after diplomatic agreement between China and the Obama administration
  • President Obama becomes first sitting president to publicly support marriage equality
    May 09 2012
  • Senior Al-Qaida commander Fahd al-Quso killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
    May 06 2012
  • Members of Congress and certain government employees prohibited from using non-public information for personal profit
    Apr 04 2012
  • Federal unemployment benefits programs extended an additional 13 to 20 weeks
  • Cuts in Medicare physician payment rates averted with extension of existing rates through 2012
  • Employee social security payroll tax reduction from 6.2% to 4.2 % extended through 2012
  • Self-employed social security payroll tax reduction from 12.4% to 10.4 % extended through 2012
  • U.S. drone attack in Yemen killed 12-15 militants, including at least four Al-Qaeda leaders
    Jan 30 2012
  • Senior Al-Qaeda figure Aslam Awan killed in U.S. drone strike
    Jan 2012
  • War in Iraq ended with last American troops crossing border into Kuwait
    Dec 17 2011
  • US government international campaign initiated to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide
    Dec 06 2011
  • $700 million annual funding for child protection, child abuse prevention, family support and adoption promotion through 2016
  • Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
    Sep 30 2011
  • Entrepreneurs and businesses benefited by reduced average wait time for patent approvals from 3 years to 1 year.
    Sep 16 2011
  • Patent litigation costs reduced through tightened patent standards, quality and processes to expedite challenges.
    Sep 16 2011
  • Al-Qaeda's operations chief for Pakistan Abu Hafs al Shahri reported killed in U.S. Predator strike
    Sep 11 2011
  • U.S./Pakistani joint arrest of suspected Chief Al-Qaeda Younis al-Mauritani in Quetta
    Sep 06 2011
  • Al-Qaeda No. 2 Atiyah Abd al-Rahman Killed in Pakistan by CIA predator drone strike
    Aug 22 2011
  • East Africa's Al-Qaeda senior leader Harun Fazul killed at security checkpoint in Somalia
    Jun 07 2011
  • Al-Qaeda Commander Ilyas Kashmiri Killed in U.S. Predator Strike
    Jun 03 2011
  • 6 senior Al-Qaeda figures killed in U.S. Air Strike
    Jun 2011
  • US Forces Kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan
    May 02 2011
  • Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional and no longer defended in federal courts by the Obama Administration
    Feb 23 2011
  • Number of US and Russian nuclear warheads deployed reduced by two-thirds by 2017
    Feb 05 2011
  • Number of US and Russian strategic nuclear missile launchers reduced in half by 2017
    Feb 05 2011
  • Small family farms selling locally exempted from federal regulations such as traceability and record keeping
  • Safety of imported food improved with new FSVP & VQIP programs that helps ensure it is safe, unadulterated and not misbranded
  • Safety of U.S. grown food improved with requirements for large factory farms to register all food handlers and maintain records relating to food safety
  • US sponsored measure to include “sexual orientation” in the definition of human rights adopted by the UN General Assembly, 122- 0.
    Dec 22 2010
  • Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the military
  • $193 million saved over five years by eliminating recruiting and retraining costs of replacing soldiers discharged due to DADT
  • $186 billion in tax relief for all tax payers by extending the Bush income tax cuts for 2010 & 2011
  • $136 billion in tax relief for 21 million middle class households through patch to the Alternative Minimum Tax for 2010 & 2011
  • $111 billion in tax relief for workers by a reducing social security payroll tax from 6.2% to 4.2% for 2011.
  • Unemployment benefits extended for 13 months at a cost of $56 billion
  • $40 billion in tax credits for college students and lower income families with children
  • Number of eligible children enrolled in school meal programs increased by approximately 115,000 students
  • Schools and communities provided resources to utilize local farms and gardens to provide fresh produce for school food programs.
  • $1.5 billion awarded to some 75,000 black farmers who were victims of discrimination in applying for farm loans from 1983 to 1997
    Dec 08 2010
  • $3.4 billion settlement for Native Americans against the US government arising from incorrect accounting for royalties on mineral leases
    Dec 08 2010
  • Veteran work-study programs expanded to include congressional offices, state agencies and institutions of higher learning
    Oct 14 2010
  • On-the-job training opportunities expanded for veterans by reimbursing energy sector employers for training costs.
    Oct 14 2010
  • Insurance policy amounts and terms enhanced for severely disabled veterans
    Oct 14 2010
  • Service members receiving relocation orders protected from early termination fees for certain contracts and residential leases
    Oct 14 2010
  • $10 million in job training, counseling, placement services, and child care services for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children
    Oct 14 2010
  • Disabled veterans provided improved independent assisted living services, automobile adaptive equipment and allowances for automobile purchase
    Oct 14 2010
  • $30 billion lending program created for community banks with incentives to increase small business lending
  • $12 billion in assistance for small businesses through eight separate tax cuts
  • Large disparity in jail sentences reduced for crack cocaine related offenses that disproportionately affected African Americans
    Aug 03 2010
  • Long-term economic stability improved through new FDIC powers to liquidate failing financial firms such as insurance companies and non-bank financial companies
  • Borrowers protected from bad loans with rules and penalties requiring that lenders verify that they are able to repay the loans that they issue
  • Financial Stability Oversight Council established to identify and monitor excessive risks to the U.S. financial system
  • Future economic downturns minimized with new rules and transparency regarding bank trading in credit default swaps and derivatives including the "Volker Rule"
  • Risk in the financial system reduced with new SEC Office of Credit Ratings (OCR) to monitor credit rating agencies for conflict of interests & inaccuracies
  • FDIC bank deposit insurance increased from $100,000 to $250,000
  • Transparency of Federal Reserve improved with additional government oversight and new audits to be performed by the GAO
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial products
  • U.S. drone attack killed 7 known terrorists, most notable Al-Qaeda operative from Egypt Hawza al Jawfi
    Jun 29 2010
  • Federal benefits extended to same sex partners of workers through memorandum by Obama administration
    Jun 02 2010
  • Transgender Americans able to list their gender identity on their passports under rule issued by the State Department
    Jun 01 2010
  • Al-Qaeda’s number three commander Sheik Saeed al-Masri killed in U.S. drone attack
    May 21 2010
  • Family caregivers of veterans granted eligibility to VA counseling and mental health services
  • Health care services improved and expanded for women veterans at Veterans care facilities
  • Counseling and care enhanced for military women victims of sexual trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Care options expanded for veterans living in rural areas that lack the necessary VA medical facilities
  • Housing and care options expanded for homeless veterans living in care shelters
  • Joint American and Iraqi operation killed Al-Qaeda leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
    Apr 18 2010
  • $68 billion to expand Pell grants & make it easier for students to repay outstanding loans after graduation through savings in the federal student loan program
    Mar 30 2010
  • $2 billion investment to laid off workers for education and career training programs in community colleges over four years starting in 2010
    Mar 30 2010
  • People denied coverage for a pre-existing condition given access to a temporary high risk health insurance plan
  • Children under 19 can no longer be denied coverage or benefits for a pre-existing condition
  • Young adults can stay on parent's insurance plan up until age 26
  • $250 rebate for those in the Medicare Prescription drug "donut hole" during 2010
  • 50% discount on prescription drug costs for seniors in the Medicare "donut hole" starting in 2011
  • Health care insurance plans prohibited from putting a lifetime limit on the benefits you receive
  • Annual dollar limits on health benefits restricted and phased out by 2014
  • Insurers selling to groups of 50 or more employees must spend 85% of premiums on medical care and quality improvement
  • Consumers guaranteed the right to choose the primary care doctor or pediatrician from their health plan’s provider network
  • HIV Testing Will Now Be Covered Under Obamacare
  • Consumers are guaranteed the right to appeal decisions made by their health insurance provider
  • Women are no longer charged higher premiums because of their gender
  • Preventative services will be covered at no additional cost
  • Insurance companies must provide consumers a short, easy to understand summary of their benefits and coverage
  • Health insurance companies can not charge higher premiums for out of network emergency room care
  • People with a pre-existing condition cannot be denied health coverge by an insurance company starting in 2014
  • $143 billion in deficit reduction estimated between 2010-2019 from health care reform law provisions
  • Mental health and drug addiction coverage is an "essential benefit" that can not be denied
  • Insurance companies must spend 80% of the money raised from consumers premiums on health care and quality improvement
  • Social Security payroll tax credits in 2010 for employers that hired people who have been unemployed for 60+ days
    Mar 18 2010
  • Tax credits to employers who keep new hires for 52 weeks to encourage retention of new hires
    Mar 18 2010
  • $17.5 billion in tax cuts, business credits and subsidies for state and local construction bonds to stimulate business investment and hiring
    Mar 18 2010
  • $20 billion to the highway trust fund for spending on highway and transit programs.
    Mar 18 2010
  • Encourages job creation by expanding investments in schools and clean energy projects
    Mar 18 2010
  • Offsets costs through a 30 percent withholding tax on income from certain U.S. financial assets held by foreign banks who have not agreed to disclosures.
    Mar 18 2010
  • Al-Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni killed by U.S. drone attack in Pakistan
    Mar 2010
  • Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked Fedayeen-i-Islam leader Qari Zafar killed in US airstrike
    Feb 24 2010
  • Militant commander Muhammad Haqqani killed by U.S. drone attacks
    Feb 2010
  • Discrimination based on gender identity banned in federal workplaces
    Jan 01 2010
  • Liquidation of General Motors and Chrysler avoided through government mandated restructuring plans and conditional investment and loan programs
  • 115,000 jobs created at General Motors and Chrysler since government financing and restructuring implemented
  • 1.45 million American jobs saved overall by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
  • $96 billion in personal income losses avoided by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
  • $28.6 billion net public benefit in income taxes and social security taxes paid because liquidation of GM and Chrysler avoided
  • Al-Qaeda Operational Commander Abdallah Sa’id killed in U.S. drone attack
    Dec 17 2009
  • Al-Qaeda Operational Commander Saleh al-Somali killed in U.S. drone attack
    Dec 08 2009
  • People with HIV/AIDS no longer prohibited from entering the United States
    Oct 30 2009
  • Federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.
    Oct 28 2009
  • Existing hate crime laws strengthened with funding to investigate and prosecute those crimes
    Oct 28 2009
  • Operation Celestial Balance: Navy Seals Kill Somalian Al-Qaeda leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in raid
    Sep 14 2009
  • Somalian Al-Qaeda leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan killed by U.S. raid
    Sep 14 2009
  • White House voluntary disclosure of visitor logs
    Sep 04 2009
  • Co-founder of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Tohir Yo‘ldosh killed by U.S. drone attacks
    Aug 29 2009
  • U.S. drone attack killed Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud in Pakistan
    Aug 05 2009
  • First-ever reception at the White House honoring Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual Pride Month hosted by the President and First lady
    Jun 29 2009
  • Sonya Sotomayor nominated and approved as Supreme Court justice
    May 25 2009
  • Dept of Defense systems analysis, engineering and developmental testing processes overhauled to reduce high rates of failure on defense acquisitions
  • Defense Dept ordered to evaluate the technological maturity and product knowledge of critical weapons' technologies before letting defense contracts
  • Independent cost assesessment director initiated to ensure that cost estimates for major Defense contracts are fair, reliable, and unbiased
  • Defense oversight council required to seek input from combat commanders in evaluating proposed weapons system capabilities and needs
  • Defense contractors prohibited from participating in both the systems engineering and the development /construction phases of the weapon systems
  • Oversight and audit required of those major defense programs experiencing cost overruns to determine if the programs are essential and cost-effective
  • Funding provided to hire and retain highly skilled specialists to assess the cost, schedule and applicability of proposed Defense Dept weapons systems
  • Annual awards program established to recognize individuals and teams making significant contributions to improving efficiency of defense aquisition programs
  • Credit cardholders protected against arbitrary interest rate increases, hidden and excessive fees, and due date gimmicks
    May 22 2009
  • Homeowners' foreclosures avoided by improved terms for loan modification and restructuring of their debt
  • Lenders incentivized to reduce foreclosures by loss mitigation guarantees, compensation and lender protection from lawsuits by investors holding the loans
  • $2.2 billion appropriated to help communities address the homeless crisis.
  • Financial Crisis Inquiry commission created to examine and report on the domestic and global causes of the 2008 - 2009 financial and economic crisis
    May 20 2009
  • Mortgage lending businesses added to list of financial institutions subject to Federal criminal law in fraudulent lending practices
    May 20 2009
  • Crime of major fraud against the United States amended to include Federal grants made to stimulate economic recovery for fiscal years 2009 and 2010
    May 20 2009
  • Securities fraud definition amended to include fraud related to commodities futures and derivatives fraud
    May 20 2009
  • $140 million in special funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate fraud in financial institutions
    May 20 2009
  • $100 million in special funding for the offices of the United States Attorneys to investigate and prosecute fraud in financial institutions
    May 20 2009
  • $80 million in special funding to the criminal, civil and tax divisions of the Dept of Justice to investigate and prosecute fraud in financial institutions
    May 20 2009
  • $60 million in special funding for the Postal Inspection Service to investigate financial institutions for fraud
    May 20 2009
  • $60 million in special funding for Inspector General's Office at the U S Dept of Housing and Urban Development to investigate financial institutions for fraud
    May 20 2009
  • $40 million in special funding for the Secret Service to investigate financial institutions for fraud
    May 20 2009
  • $42 million in special funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate securites fraud in financial institutions
    May 20 2009
  • 250,000 volunteers by 2017 for community service programs in low income neighborhoods
    Apr 21 2009
  • Community volunteer program expanded to address the education, health care, energy and veterans needs of low income communities
    Apr 21 2009
  • Disadvantaged youth job opportunites enhanced by community service to gain skills/experience and earn education grants and stipends
    Apr 21 2009
  • Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.
  • Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips rescued during operation in which U.S. Navy Seal snipers kill three Somali Pirates holding him for ransom aboard lifeboat
    Apr 11 2009
  • Deeper recession or depression averted in 2009 and beyond with the help of stimulus bill provisions
    Apr 01 2009
  • Approximately 2.7 million jobs added to US payrolls and unemployment rate kept 1½ percentage points lower due to Stimulus spending
    Apr 01 2009
  • 2010 real GDP increased by about 3.4% due to stimulus spending
    Feb 17 2009
  • Tax credit of $400 per worker ($800 per couple) for middle income workers for 2009 & 2010 totaling $116 billion
    Feb 17 2009
  • $82.2 billion in aid for low income workers, unemployed and retirees (including job training)
    Feb 17 2009
  • $70 billion in tax relief for middle class workers by patching the Alternative Minimum Tax for one year
    Feb 17 2009
  • $155 billion in health care assistance for the poor & unemployed primarily for Medicaid, health information technology and insurance premium subsidies
    Feb 17 2009
  • $100 billion in education aid to prevent lay-offs, modernize schools, award Pell grants and help low income children & special education programs
    Feb 17 2009
  • $48.1 billion in investments for highway, bridge, high-speed rail & other transportation projects
    Feb 17 2009
  • 4 million more children insured under SCHIP in addition to the 6.6 million already covered
  • Statute of limitations on filing equal-pay lawsuits eased by setting period to start from the date of the most recent paycheck.
  • Pay discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, age and disability prohibited.
  • Employers prompted to review, develop and update their criteria on employee compensation to ensure they are applied consistently and uniformly.
  • Use of torture by CIA and military to interrogate prisoners prohibited.
    Jan 21 2009
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