• Senior ISIS information minister Wael Adel Salman killed in Syria after U.S. drone strike
  • 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
  • Poverty rate at its lowest level since 1999 due to economic policies put in to place that benefit lower and middle income Americans
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Muhammad al-Adnani killed in Syria after U.S. airstrike
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Stonewall Inn named the first national monument honoring the history of gays and lesbians in the United States
  • 40 ISIS operatives responsible for multiple attacks in Europe and the Middle East killed by Delta Force and Navy SEAL commandos during various raids
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast prohibited after local communities voiced strong opposition
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani injured and detained in Iraq after U.S. air strike
  • 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
  • Senior ISIS leader Wisam al Zubaidi killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
  • Senior ISIS leader Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John) killed in Syria by U.S. drone strike
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
  • Veterans and their families offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities in all fifty states
  • Final phase of Keystone pipeline rejected because it would not serve the national interest of the United States
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • International Trade Data System created to streamline small business Export/Import process
  • 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
  • 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
  • Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Patent litigation costs reduced through tightened patent standards, quality and processes to expedite challenges.
  • 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
  • $3.4 billion settlement for Native Americans against the US government arising from incorrect accounting for royalties on mineral leases
  • Veteran work-study programs expanded to include congressional offices, state agencies and institutions of higher learning
  • On-the-job training opportunities expanded for veterans by reimbursing energy sector employers for training costs.
  • Insurance policy amounts and terms enhanced for severely disabled veterans
  • Service members receiving relocation orders protected from early termination fees for certain contracts and residential leases
  • $10 million in job training, counseling, placement services, and child care services for homeless women veterans and homeless veterans with children
  • Disabled veterans provided improved independent assisted living services, automobile adaptive equipment and allowances for automobile purchase
  • $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
  • 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
  • Transgender Americans able to list their gender identity on their passports under rule issued by the State Department
  • 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
    Mar 23 2010
  • Children under 19 can no longer be denied coverage or benefits for a pre-existing condition
    Mar 23 2010
  • Young adults can stay on parent's insurance plan up until age 26
    Mar 23 2010
  • $250 rebate for those in the Medicare Prescription drug "donut hole" during 2010
    Mar 23 2010
  • 50% discount on prescription drug costs for seniors in the Medicare "donut hole" starting in 2011
    Mar 23 2010
  • Health care insurance plans prohibited from putting a lifetime limit on the benefits you receive
    Mar 23 2010
  • Annual dollar limits on health benefits restricted and phased out by 2014
    Mar 23 2010
  • Insurers selling to groups of 50 or more employees must spend 85% of premiums on medical care and quality improvement
    Mar 23 2010
  • Consumers guaranteed the right to choose the primary care doctor or pediatrician from their health plan’s provider network
    Mar 23 2010
  • HIV Testing Will Now Be Covered Under Obamacare
    Mar 23 2010
  • Consumers are guaranteed the right to appeal decisions made by their health insurance provider
    Mar 23 2010
  • Women are no longer charged higher premiums because of their gender
    Mar 23 2010
  • Preventative services will be covered at no additional cost
    Mar 23 2010
  • Insurance companies must provide consumers a short, easy to understand summary of their benefits and coverage
    Mar 23 2010
  • Health insurance companies can not charge higher premiums for out of network emergency room care
    Mar 23 2010
  • People with a pre-existing condition cannot be denied health coverge by an insurance company starting in 2014
    Mar 23 2010
  • $143 billion in deficit reduction estimated between 2010-2019 from health care reform law provisions
    Mar 23 2010
  • Mental health and drug addiction coverage is an "essential benefit" that can not be denied
    Mar 23 2010
  • Insurance companies must spend 80% of the money raised from consumers premiums on health care and quality improvement
    Mar 23 2010
  • 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.
  • Existing hate crime laws strengthened with funding to investigate and prosecute those crimes
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mortgage lending businesses added to list of financial institutions subject to Federal criminal law in fraudulent lending practices
  • Crime of major fraud against the United States amended to include Federal grants made to stimulate economic recovery for fiscal years 2009 and 2010
  • Securities fraud definition amended to include fraud related to commodities futures and derivatives fraud
  • $140 million in special funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate fraud in financial institutions
  • $100 million in special funding for the offices of the United States Attorneys to investigate and prosecute fraud in financial institutions
  • $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
  • $60 million in special funding for the Postal Inspection Service to investigate financial institutions for fraud
  • $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
  • $40 million in special funding for the Secret Service to investigate financial institutions for fraud
  • $42 million in special funding for the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate securites fraud in financial institutions
  • 250,000 volunteers by 2017 for community service programs in low income neighborhoods
  • Community volunteer program expanded to address the education, health care, energy and veterans needs of low income communities
  • Disadvantaged youth job opportunites enhanced by community service to gain skills/experience and earn education grants and stipends
  • 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
  • Approximately 2.7 million jobs added to US payrolls and unemployment rate kept 1½ percentage points lower due to Stimulus spending
  • 2010 real GDP increased by about 3.4% due to stimulus spending
  • Tax credit of $400 per worker ($800 per couple) for middle income workers for 2009 & 2010 totaling $116 billion
  • $82.2 billion in aid for low income workers, unemployed and retirees (including job training)
  • $70 billion in tax relief for middle class workers by patching the Alternative Minimum Tax for one year
  • $155 billion in health care assistance for the poor & unemployed primarily for Medicaid, health information technology and insurance premium subsidies
  • $100 billion in education aid to prevent lay-offs, modernize schools, award Pell grants and help low income children & special education programs
  • $48.1 billion in investments for highway, bridge, high-speed rail & other transportation projects
  • 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