Obama Administration

Liberal Accomplishments

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Tracked MetricTypeStart DateStart ValueLatest ValueImprovementYears
Dow Jones Industrial AverageStock Index1/20/20098,279.6316,380.41 % 97.84
S&P 500Stock Index1/20/2009849.641,886.76 % 122.07
NASDAQ CompositeStock Index1/20/20091,520.764258.44 % 180.02

07/16/15EEOC rules that workplace sexual orientation discrimination is IllegalProfilingLGBT
07/14/15Six major world powers reach agreement with Iran to curb their nuclear programNuclear EnergyCombating Nuclear Proliferation
07/13/15President Obama commutes the sentences of 46 men and women convicted of nonviolent crimes Pardons
2015 JULUnited States and Cuba re-open embassiesTreaties & AgreementsSmarter Government
06/30/15Obama Administration raises the threshold to qualify for overtime pay from $23,660 to $50,440.JobsWorkers & Improving Economic Stability
12/17/14Obama Administration negotiates release of 53 political prisoners held in Cuba International Relations
12/17/14United States restores diplomatic relationship with Cuba after 50 year freeze International RelationsBusinesses
11/20/14President Obama issues executive order allowing the parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents to continue residing in the United StatesImmigrationBusinesses & Liberals
11/12/14China and the United States agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to twenty-five percent by 2030Global WarmingProtecting the Environment
07/21/14President Obama signs executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminting against LGBT individualsCivil & Human RightsLGBT
02/19/14International Trade Data System created to streamline small business Export/Import processBusiness & EconomySmall Businesses
02/12/14Minimum wage for Federal Contractors raised to $10.10 per hour.Minimum WageWorkers
10/17/13Federal Government reopens after 16 day shutdown defeating Republican partisan attempt to cancel health care benefits for millions under ObamacareGovernment ShutdownWorkers
09/27/13President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have first formal communication between the two nations in 35 yearsInternational Relations
09/14/13Syria agrees to dismantle chemical weapons stockpile after deal reached between the Obama Administration and RussiaTreaties & Agreements
06/26/13Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional by Supreme CourtCivil & Human RightsLGBT
05/09/12President Obama becomes first sitting president to publicly support marriage equalityCivil & Human RightsLGBT
02/22/12Federal unemployment benefits programs extended an additional 13 to 20 weeks Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Cr...Unemployed & Improving the Economy
02/22/12Cuts in Medicare physician payment rates averted with extension of existing rates through 2012Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Cr...Doctors & Retirees
02/22/12Employee social security payroll tax reduction from 6.2% to 4.2 % extended through 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Cr...Workers & Improving the Economy
02/22/12Self-employed social security payroll tax reduction from 12.4% to 10.4 % extended through 2012 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Cr...Entrepreneurs & Improving the Economy
12/06/11US government international campaign initiated to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide DiscriminationLGBT
02/23/11Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional and no longer defended in federal courts by the Obama AdministrationLGBT
12/22/10US sponsored measure to include “sexual orientation” in the definition of human rights adopted by the UN General Assembly, 122- 0. DiscriminationLGBT
12/22/10Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly in the militaryDon't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal ActLGBT & Military Personnel
12/22/10$193 million saved over five years by eliminating recruiting and retraining costs of replacing soldiers discharged due to DADTDon't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal ActMilitary Personnel & Reducing Debt\Deficits
09/27/10$30 billion lending program created for community banks with incentives to increase small business lendingSmall Business Jobs ActSmall Businesses & Improving the Economy
09/27/10$12 billion in assistance for small businesses through eight separate tax cutsSmall Business Jobs ActSmall Businesses
07/22/10Long-term economic stability improved through new FDIC powers to liquidate failing financial firms such as insurance companies and non-bank financial companiesWall Street Reform ActImproving Economic Stability
07/22/10Borrowers protected from bad loans with rules and penalties requiring that lenders verify that they are able to repay the loans that they issueWall Street Reform ActHomeowners & Consumers
07/22/10Financial Stability Oversight Council established to identify and monitor excessive risks to the U.S. financial systemWall Street Reform ActImproving Economic Stability
07/22/10Future economic downturns minimized with new rules and transparency regarding bank trading in credit default swaps and derivatives including the "Volker Rule"Wall Street Reform ActImproving Economic Stability
07/22/10Risk in the financial system reduced with new SEC Office of Credit Ratings (OCR) to monitor credit rating agencies for conflict of interests & inaccuraciesWall Street Reform ActImproving Economic Stability
07/22/10FDIC bank deposit insurance increased from $100,000 to $250,000Wall Street Reform ActConsumers & Improving Economic Stability
07/22/10Transparency of Federal Reserve improved with additional government oversight and new audits to be performed by the GAOWall Street Reform ActImproving Govt Transparency
07/22/10Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established to promote fairness and transparency for mortgages, credit cards, and other consumer financial productsWall Street Reform ActConsumers
06/02/10Federal benefits extended to same sex partners of workers through memorandum by Obama administrationCivil & Human RightsLGBT & Federal Employees
03/30/10$68 billion to expand Pell grants & make it easier for students to repay outstanding loans after graduation through savings in the federal student loan programStudent Aid ActCollege Students & Improving Education
03/30/10$2 billion investment to laid off workers for education and career training programs in community colleges over four years starting in 2010Student Aid ActUnemployed & Improving Education
03/23/10People denied coverage for a pre-existing condition given access to a temporary high risk health insurance planObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Children under 19 can no longer be denied coverage or benefits for a pre-existing conditionObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers & Children
03/23/10Young adults can stay on parent's insurance plan up until age 26Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)Young Adults & Consumers
03/23/10$250 rebate for those in the Medicare Prescription drug "donut hole" during 2010Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)Senior Citizens & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/1050% discount on prescription drug costs for seniors in the Medicare "donut hole" starting in 2011Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)Senior Citizens & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Health care insurance plans prohibited from putting a lifetime limit on the benefits you receiveObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers
03/23/10Annual dollar limits on health benefits restricted and phased out by 2014Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Insurers selling to groups of 50 or more employees must spend 85% of premiums on medical care and quality improvementObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Consumers guaranteed the right to choose the primary care doctor or pediatrician from their health plan’s provider networkObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10HIV Testing Will Now Be Covered Under ObamacareObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Consumers are guaranteed the right to appeal decisions made by their health insurance providerObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Women are no longer charged higher premiums because of their genderObamacare (Affordable Care Act)
03/23/10Preventative services will be covered at no additional costObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers
03/23/10Insurance companies must provide consumers a short, easy to understand summary of their benefits and coverageObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers
03/23/10Health insurance companies can not charge higher premiums for out of network emergency room careObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers
03/23/10People with a pre-existing condition cannot be denied health coverge by an insurance company starting in 2014Obamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers & Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10$143 billion in deficit reduction estimated between 2010-2019 from health care reform law provisionsObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Reducing Debt\Deficits
03/23/10Mental health and drug addiction coverage is an "essential benefit" that can not be deniedObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Improving Health & Wellness
03/23/10Insurance companies must spend 80% of the money raised from consumers premiums on health care and quality improvementObamacare (Affordable Care Act)Consumers
03/18/10Social Security payroll tax credits in 2010 for employers that hired people who have been unemployed for 60+ daysHire ActUnemployed & Businesses
03/18/10Tax credits to employers who keep new hires for 52 weeks to encourage retention of new hiresHire ActUnemployed & Businesses
03/18/10 $17.5 billion in tax cuts, business credits and subsidies for state and local construction bonds to stimulate business investment and hiringHire ActUnemployed & Businesses
03/18/10$20 billion to the highway trust fund for spending on highway and transit programs.Hire ActUnemployed & Improving Infrastructure
03/18/10Encourages job creation by expanding investments in schools and clean energy projectsHire ActUnemployed
03/18/10Offsets 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.Hire ActUnemployed
01/01/10Discrimination based on gender identity banned in federal workplacesDiscriminationLGBT
2009Liquidation of General Motors and Chrysler avoided through government mandated restructuring plans and conditional investment and loan programsBusiness & EconomyBusinesses & Workers
2009115,000 jobs created at General Motors and Chrysler since government financing and restructuring implementedJobsWorkers & Creating Jobs
20091.45 million American jobs saved overall by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidationJobsWorkers & Saving Jobs
2009$96 billion in personal income losses avoided by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidationLaborWorkers & Improving the Economy
2009$28.6 billion net public benefit in income taxes and social security taxes paid because liquidation of GM and Chrysler avoided TaxesBusinesses & Improving the Economy
10/30/09People with HIV/AIDS no longer prohibited from entering the United StatesDiscriminationImmigrants & LGBT
10/28/09Federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.Matthew Shepard ActLGBT
10/28/09Existing hate crime laws strengthened with funding to investigate and prosecute those crimesMatthew Shepard ActLGBT
06/29/09First-ever reception at the White House honoring Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual Pride Month hosted by the President and First lady DiscriminationLGBT
05/20/09Homeowners' foreclosures avoided by improved terms for loan modification and restructuring of their debt Helping Families Save Their HomesHomeowners
05/20/09Lenders incentivized to reduce foreclosures by loss mitigation guarantees, compensation and lender protection from lawsuits by investors holding the loans Helping Families Save Their HomesHomeowners
05/20/09$2.2 billion appropriated to help communities address the homeless crisis.Helping Families Save Their HomesHomeless
04/13/09Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.International Relations
04/01/09Deeper recession or depression averted in 2009 and beyond with the help of stimulus bill provisions2009 Stimulus BillImproving Economic Stability
04/01/09Approximately 2.7 million jobs added to US payrolls and unemployment rate kept 1½ percentage points lower due to Stimulus spending2009 Stimulus BillWorkers & Businesses
02/17/092010 real GDP increased by about 3.4% due to stimulus spending2009 Stimulus BillBusinesses & Improving the Economy
02/17/09Tax credit of $400 per worker ($800 per couple) for middle income workers for 2009 & 2010 totaling $116 billion2009 Stimulus BillMiddle Class & Workers
02/17/09$82.2 billion in aid for low income workers, unemployed and retirees (including job training)2009 Stimulus BillPoor & Unemployed
02/17/09$70 billion in tax relief for middle class workers by patching the Alternative Minimum Tax for one year2009 Stimulus BillMiddle Class
02/17/09$155 billion in health care assistance for the poor & unemployed primarily for Medicaid, health information technology and insurance premium subsidies 2009 Stimulus BillPoor & Unemployed
02/17/09$100 billion in education aid to prevent lay-offs, modernize schools, award Pell grants and help low income children & special education programs2009 Stimulus BillMiddle Class & Poor
02/17/09$48.1 billion in investments for highway, bridge, high-speed rail & other transportation projects2009 Stimulus BillImproving Infrastructure
02/04/094 million more children insured under SCHIP in addition to the 6.6 million already coveredChildren's Health Insurance Progra...Children
01/29/09Statute of limitations on filing equal-pay lawsuits eased by setting period to start from the date of the most recent paycheck.Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay ActWomen & Women's Rights
01/29/09Pay discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, age and disability prohibited.Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay ActWomen & Women's Rights
01/29/09Employers prompted to review, develop and update their criteria on employee compensation to ensure they are applied consistently and uniformly.Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay ActWomen & Women's Rights
01/21/09Use of torture by CIA and military to interrogate prisoners prohibited.Torture