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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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  • 1
    Increased Access to Presidenti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    265
    85

    Increased Access to Presidential Records

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

  • 2
    Authorized Action Against ISIS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    260
    111

    Authorized Action Against ISIS

    Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.
  • 3
    Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade E is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    671
    418

    Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade Embargo on Cuba

    *Proposed* Further action is pending on congressional approval
  • 4
    Permanently Extended Numerous  is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    157
    112

    Permanently Extended Numerous Tax Credits

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


  • 5
    Restricted Warrantless Wiretap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    1,075
    1,087

    Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps

    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
  • 6
    Created A Tax Credit For Worke is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    901
    989

    Created A Tax Credit For Workers

    Created and extended $400 Making Work Pay tax credit.
  • 7
    Added Additional Security To T is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    921
    1,012

    Added Additional Security To The Borders

    Added Border Patrol officers to heavily trafficked areas.
  • 8
    Sought Verifiable Reductions I is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    1,026
    1,142

    Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles

    New Start Treaty
  • 9
    My Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    338
    399

    My Brother's Keeper

    A $200 million, 4-year initiative to help Black youth

  • 10
    Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    1,067
    1,397

    Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell

    Bill: S.4023
  • 11
    More Disclosure, Waiting Perio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    682
    902

    More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks

    Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act
  • 12
    Strengthened Antitrust Enforce is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    726
    989

    Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement

    Antitrust Initiative
  • 13
    Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    768
    1,070

    Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 Sec. 4713
  • 14
    Created Race to the Top School is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    102
    152

    Created Race to the Top School Achievement Program

    Also restricted for-profit colleges, and advocated for free community college.
  • 15
    Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    107
    166

    Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Reduced troop level in Iraq from 140,000 to less than 150 before renewed push against ISIS.
  • 16
    Created New Financial Regulati is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    712
    1,221

    Created New Financial Regulations

    American Financial Stability Act of 2010
  • 17
    Obama's 2014 Executive Action  is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    274
    480

    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
  • 18
    Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    110
    200

    Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal

    Helped broker six-nation accord that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for suspending their nuclear program.
  • 19
    Ended Use Of Torture in Interr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    814
    1,439

    Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations

    Executive Order 13491
  • 20
    Small Business Jobs Act of 201 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    548
    1,063

    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
  • 21
    Signed a Universal Health Care is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    893
    1,738

    Signed a Universal Health Care Bill

    Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)
  • 22
    Bailed Out the Auto Industry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    241
    503

    Bailed Out the Auto Industry

    In 2009, he gave $62 billion in federal funds to save GM and Chrysler
  • 23
    Created 225,000 "Green&qu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    595
    1,295

    Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs

    But failed to reach the 5 million that the bill was created for. Green Jobs Bill
  • 24
    Path To Citizenship For Undocu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    606
    1,504

    Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

    DREAM Act
  • 25
    The Stimulus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
    620
    1,587

    The Stimulus

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