Displaying 178 Accomplishments
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • All Freedom of Information request responses to be posted online after a successful pilot program was permanately expanded and signed into law
  • 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
  • Senior Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour killed in Pakistan after U.S. drone strike
  • Nutritional labels updated and modernized to better inform consumers of what they are purchasing under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
  • Suggested maximum daily sugar amount added to nutritional labels for the first time under new labeling rules by the Food and Drug Administration
  • 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
  • Environmentally dangerous methane emissions from the oil and gas sector regulated for the first time under new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Transgender students in public schools must be allowed to use the bathrooms of their gender identity under new rule by the Obama Administration
  • Senior ISIS leader Abu Sa'ad al-Sudani killed in Syria after U.S. airstrike
    May 05 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
  • 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
  • Homeowners taken advantage of by deceptive mortgage practices from Goldman Sachs to receive monetary relief after agreement between the bank and the Justice Department
  • American banks must identify the owners of shell companies they do business with under a new rule by the Treasury Department
  • Gender neutral restrooms available for White House staff and visitors so individuals can use the bathroom that conforms to their gender identity
  • Senior Al-Qaeda leader Abu Firas al-Suri killed in Syria after U.S. air strike
  • Sentences reduced and adapted for 61 people serving excessive and unfair punishment in federal prison for nonviolent crimes
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cuban citizens witnessed Cuban President Raul Castro take questions from the media for the first time during press conference with President Obama
    Mar 22 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Yusuf Ali Ugas killed in Somalia after U.S. air strike
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Mohamed Mire killed in Somalia after U.S. air strike
  • 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
  • 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
  • Consumers who reduce their electricity use during peak hours receive a discount through new rule by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • New coal mining leases on public lands halted under new rule by the Department of Interior
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Abdirahman Sandhere killed in Lybia by U.S. air strike
  • 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 Abu Nabil killed in Libya by U.S. air strike
  • 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
  • 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
  • Employees of Federal government contractors must be offered seven days of paid sick leave per year
  • Each state must reduce carbon emissions by set amounts by 2030
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Muhsin al-Fadhli killed in Syria by U.S. air strike
  • Six major world powers reach agreement with Iran to curb their nuclear program
  • National monuments consist of 260 Million Acres throughout America
  • 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.
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi killed in Yemen by U.S. drone strike
  • Senior Al-Qaida leader Nasr al-Ansi killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
  • New Medicare formula changes the way doctors are reimbursed; rewards doctors when their patients have better health outcomes
  • Abortion coverage extended to Peace Corps volunteers who became pregnant because of rape, incest, and life endangerment
  • President Obama pledges $3 Billion to global fund assisting poor countries coping with climate change
  • China and the United States agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to twenty-five percent by 2030
  • Senior Al-Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane killed in Somalia by U.S. airstrike
  • Broad Coalition of Middle-Eastern countries conduct military campaign against ISIS inside of Syria
  • 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
  • Senior Al-Qaida commander Fahd al-Quso killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
  • Members of Congress and certain government employees prohibited from using non-public information for personal profit
  • Federal unemployment benefits programs extended an additional 13 to 20 weeks
  • 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
  • Senior Al-Qaeda figure Aslam Awan killed in U.S. drone strike
  • Senior Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki killed in Yemen by a CIA-led U.S. drone strike
  • Al-Qaeda's operations chief for Pakistan Abu Hafs al Shahri reported killed in U.S. Predator strike
  • U.S./Pakistani joint arrest of suspected Chief Al-Qaeda Younis al-Mauritani in Quetta
  • Al-Qaeda No. 2 Atiyah Abd al-Rahman Killed in Pakistan by CIA predator drone strike
  • East Africa's Al-Qaeda senior leader Harun Fazul killed at security checkpoint in Somalia
  • Al-Qaeda Commander Ilyas Kashmiri Killed in U.S. Predator Strike
  • 6 senior Al-Qaeda figures killed in U.S. Air Strike
  • US Forces Kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan
  • Number of US and Russian nuclear warheads deployed reduced by two-thirds by 2017
  • Number of US and Russian strategic nuclear missile launchers reduced in half by 2017
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • $30 billion lending program created for community banks with incentives to increase small business lending
  • 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
  • U.S. drone attack killed 7 known terrorists, most notable Al-Qaeda operative from Egypt Hawza al Jawfi
  • Al-Qaeda’s number three commander Sheik Saeed al-Masri killed in U.S. drone attack
  • 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
  • Joint American and Iraqi operation killed Al-Qaeda leaders Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi
  • $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
  • $2 billion investment to laid off workers for education and career training programs in community colleges over four years starting in 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Al-Qaeda operative Hussein al-Yemeni killed by U.S. drone attack in Pakistan
  • Al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked Fedayeen-i-Islam leader Qari Zafar killed in US airstrike
  • Militant commander Muhammad Haqqani killed by U.S. drone attacks
  • 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
  • Al-Qaeda Operational Commander Saleh al-Somali killed in U.S. drone attack
  • Somalian Al-Qaeda leader Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan killed by U.S. raid
  • White House voluntary disclosure of visitor logs
  • Co-founder of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Tohir Yo‘ldosh killed by U.S. drone attacks
  • U.S. drone attack killed Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud in Pakistan
  • 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
  • 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
  • Disadvantaged youth job opportunites enhanced by community service to gain skills/experience and earn education grants and stipends
  • 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
  • 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
    Apr 01 2009
  • 2010 real GDP increased by about 3.4% due to stimulus spending
  • $82.2 billion in aid for low income workers, unemployed and retirees (including job training)
    Feb 17 2009
  • $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
  • Statute of limitations on filing equal-pay lawsuits eased by setting period to start from the date of the most recent paycheck.
    Jan 29 2009
  • Pay discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, age and disability prohibited.
    Jan 29 2009
  • Employers prompted to review, develop and update their criteria on employee compensation to ensure they are applied consistently and uniformly.
    Jan 29 2009