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 Embargo on Cuba *Proposed* Further action is pending on congressional approval
Authorized Action Against ISIS Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.
Increased Access to Presidential Records Revoked Executive Order 13233, which had limited access to the records of former presidents.
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
Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations Executive Order 13491
Created Race to the Top School Achievement Program Also restricted for-profit colleges, and advocated for free community college.
Signed a Universal Health Care Bill Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)
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
Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan Reduced troop level in Iraq from 140,000 to less than 150 before renewed push against ISIS.
Bailed Out the Auto Industry In 2009, he gave $62 billion in federal funds to save GM and Chrysler
Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs But failed to reach the 5 million that the bill was created for. Green Jobs Bill
Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal Helped broker six-nation accord that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for suspending their nuclear program.
The Stimulus Obama passed an $825 Billion Stimulus but failed to keep unemployment under 8% as promised.
Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants DREAM Act
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.
Ordered Guantanamo To Be Shut Down Within the Year Guantanamo still remains open and operating. Executive Order 13492
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.
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)