Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

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Interested in President Barack Obama's policies and political legacy? Check out this Obama policies list, a list of policies passed by Obama, with details and information about each item.

No matter what side of the aisle they are on, there is always a lot of debate about what politicians have done. Here is a list of what President Obama did during his time in office. Vote up the policies that mattered the most in your opinion, and vote down the policies you think were less important or that least improved America.

What are President Obama's best policies? What are his worst policies? These initiatives were chosen because they have been the most discussed. More information on some of these policies can be found here.
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    Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade E... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade Embargo on Cuba *Proposed* Further action is pending on congressional approval

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    Restricted Warrantless Wiretap... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

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    Sought Verifiable Reductions I... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles New Start Treaty

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    Created A Tax Credit For Worke... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Created A Tax Credit For Workers Created and extended $400 Making Work Pay tax credit.

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    Added Additional Security To T... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Added Additional Security To The Borders Added Border Patrol officers to heavily trafficked areas.

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    Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell Bill: S.4023

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    More Disclosure, Waiting Perio... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act

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    Strengthened Antitrust Enforce... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement Antitrust Initiative

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    Authorized Action Against ISIS is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Authorized Action Against ISIS Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.

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    My Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    My Brother's Keeper A $200 million, 4-year initiative to help black youth

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    Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sen... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sentences National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 Sec. 4713

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    Increased Access to Presidenti... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Increased Access to Presidential Records Revoked Executive Order 13233, which had limited access to the records of former  presidents.

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    Created New Financial Regulati... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Created New Financial Regulations American Financial Stability Act of 2010

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    Obama's 2014 Executive Action ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Obama's 2014 Executive Action on Immigration Offered temporary legal status to millions of illegal immigrants who've been in the country for 5+ years

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    Ended Use Of Torture in Interr... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations Executive Order 13491

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    Signed a Universal Health Care... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Signed a Universal Health Care Bill Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)

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    Permanently Extended Numerous ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Permanently Extended Numerous Tax Credits Extended the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, research credits, and charitable deductions.

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    Bailed Out the Auto Industry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Bailed Out the Auto Industry In 2009, he gave $62 billion in federal funds to save GM and Chrysler

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    Small Business Jobs Act of 201... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 The tax cut compromise in this policy extends the rates only temporarily, and with the same limitations as before. HR 4583

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    Created Race to the Top School... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Created Race to the Top School Achievement Program Also restricted for-profit colleges, and advocated for free community college.

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    Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan Reduced troop level in Iraq from 140,000 to less than 150 before renewed push against ISIS.

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    Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal Helped broker six-nation accord that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for suspending their nuclear program.

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    Created 225,000 "Green&qu... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs But failed to reach the 5 million that the bill was created for. Green Jobs Bill

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    The Stimulus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    The Stimulus Obama passed an $825 Billion Stimulus but failed to keep unemployment under 8% as promised.

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    Path To Citizenship For Undocu... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants DREAM Act

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    Trained And Equipped the Afgha... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Trained And Equipped the Afghan Army Authorized approximately 4,000 additional trainers, who were expected to be in place in Afghanistan by the end of September, bringing the total authorized training force to about 6,500.

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    Ordered Guantanamo To Be Shut ... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Ordered Guantanamo To Be Shut Down Within the Year Guantanamo still remains open and operating. Executive Order 13492

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    Signed National Defense Author... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Signed National Defense Authorization Act There was controversy over this bill because it could or could not be used to indefinitely detain US citizens domestically. It is written to allow the detention of US citizens abroad as well as foreigners without trial.

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    Suspended Select Deportations is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies

    Suspended Select Deportations Stopped deportation proceedings against hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants between the ages of 16-30 who had no criminal offenses and had been in the country more than 5 years. (Executive Order)

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