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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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Increased Access to Presidenti... is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Authorized Action Against ISIS is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade E... is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Permanently Extended Numerous ... is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Restricted Warrantless Wiretap... is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles
New Start Treaty
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Added Additional Security To T... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Created A Tax Credit For Worke... is listed (or ranked) 8 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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My Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 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) 12 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement
Antitrust Initiative
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Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sen... is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Created Race to the Top School... is listed (or ranked) 14 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) 15 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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Obama's 2014 Executive Action ... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Created New Financial Regulati... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
Created New Financial Regulations
American Financial Stability Act of 2010
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Ended Use Of Torture in Interr... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Rank President Obama's Enacted Policies
Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations
Executive Order 13491
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Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Signed a Universal Health Care... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Bailed Out the Auto Industry is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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 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