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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Accomplishments of the Obama Administration

Require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care.

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Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals

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Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act

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Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island.

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Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers.

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Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%

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Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college

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Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

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Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs.

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Appointed nation's first Chief Technology Officer.

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Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans.

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Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit history, income, and employment status.

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Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict with their customers' interests)

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Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay.

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Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%.

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Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.

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Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

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Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history.

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The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic stimulus plan.

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Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years.

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Voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US history.

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Appointed first Latina to the US Supreme Court.

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Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national database of volunteer opportunities.

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Reversed 'global gag rule', allowing US aid to go to organizations regardless of whether they provide abortions.

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Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco for the first time.

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Signed New START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia.

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Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg, starting in 2016.

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Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.

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Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB.

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Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen soldiers to Dover Air Force Base.

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Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse.

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Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to improve services to America's Veterans.

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Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids -- 4 million of whom were previously uninsured.

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Repealed Bush era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.

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Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

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Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for nondefense scientific research and development.

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Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.

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Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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Ended Bush administration's CIA program of 'enhanced interrogation methods' by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations.

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Increased minority access to capital.

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Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying insurance because of a pre-existing condition.

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