Obama Administration

Liberal Accomplishments

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 61 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Mar 30 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 97 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
    Dec 18 2015
  • Female soldiers roles expanded to serve in any combat position
    Dec 03 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • China and the United States agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to twenty-five percent by 2030
    Nov 12 2014
  • President Obama signs executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminting against LGBT individuals
    Jul 21 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
  • 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
  • President Obama becomes first sitting president to publicly support marriage equality
    May 09 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
  • US government international campaign initiated to build respect for the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide
    Dec 06 2011
  • Defense of Marriage Act declared unconstitutional and no longer defended in federal courts by the Obama Administration
    Feb 23 2011
  • 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
  • $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
  • 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
  • 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
  • $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
  • 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
    2009
  • 1.45 million American jobs saved overall by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
    2009
  • $96 billion in personal income losses avoided by government financing and restructuring of GM and Chrysler to avoid liquidation
    2009
  • $28.6 billion net public benefit in income taxes and social security taxes paid because liquidation of GM and Chrysler avoided
    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
  • First-ever reception at the White House honoring Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual Pride Month hosted by the President and First lady
    Jun 29 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.
  • Restrictions eased on Cuba travel, money transfers, and cellular telephone/satellite service.
  • 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