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
Increased Access to Presidential Records
Revoked Executive Order 13233, which had limited access to the records of former presidents.
Authorized Action Against ISIS
Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.
Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles
New Start Treaty
Added Additional Security To The Borders
Added Border Patrol officers to heavily trafficked areas.
Created A Tax Credit For Workers
Created and extended $400 Making Work Pay tax credit.
Permanently Extended Numerous Tax Credits
Extended the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, research credits, and charitable deductions.
My Brother's Keeper
A $200 million, 4-year initiative to help black youth
Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell
More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks
Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act
Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement
Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sentences
National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 Sec. 4713
Created Race to the Top School Achievement Program
Also restricted for-profit colleges, and advocated for free community college.
Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan
Reduced troop level in Iraq from 140,000 to less than 150 before renewed push against ISIS.
Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal
Helped broker six-nation accord that eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for suspending their nuclear program.
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
Created New Financial Regulations
American Financial Stability Act of 2010
Bailed Out the Auto Industry
In 2009, he gave $62 billion in federal funds to save GM and Chrysler
Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations
Executive Order 13491
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
Signed a Universal Health Care Bill
Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)
Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs
But failed to reach the 5 million that the bill was created for. Green Jobs Bill
Obama passed an $825 Billion Stimulus but failed to keep unemployment under 8% as promised.