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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 Presidential Records1
    284
    102

    Increased Access to Presidential Records

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

  • Authorized Action Against ISIS2
    272
    130

    Authorized Action Against ISIS

    Ordered air strikes against known ISIS position, sent troops to Iraq to advise Iraqi army.
  • Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade Embargo on Cuba3
    682
    438

    Lifted the 54-Year Old Trade Embargo on Cuba

    *Proposed* Further action is pending on congressional approval
  • Permanently Extended Numerous Tax Credits4
    161
    133

    Permanently Extended Numerous Tax Credits

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


  • Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps5
    1,085
    1,104

    Restricted Warrantless Wiretaps

    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
  • Added Additional Security To The Borders6
    936
    1,026

    Added Additional Security To The Borders

    Added Border Patrol officers to heavily trafficked areas.
  • Created A Tax Credit For Workers7
    908
    1,006

    Created A Tax Credit For Workers

    Created and extended $400 Making Work Pay tax credit.
  • Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles8
    1,034
    1,158

    Sought Verifiable Reductions In Nuclear Stockpiles

    New Start Treaty
  • My Brother's Keeper9
    344
    422

    My Brother's Keeper

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

  • Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell10
    1,071
    1,424

    Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell

    Bill: S.4023
  • More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks11
    685
    917

    More Disclosure, Waiting Period For Earmarks

    Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act
  • Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement12
    735
    1,003

    Strengthened Antitrust Enforcement

    Antitrust Initiative
  • Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sentences13
    773
    1,093

    Reformed Mandatory Minimum Sentences

    National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 Sec. 4713
  • Created Race to the Top School Achievement Program14
    109
    168

    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 Afghanistan15
    115
    180

    Drew Down Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Reduced troop level in Iraq from 140,000 to less than 150 before renewed push against ISIS.
  • Created New Financial Regulations16
    722
    1,235

    Created New Financial Regulations

    American Financial Stability Act of 2010
  • Spearheaded Iran Nuclear Deal17
    120
    216

    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 Immigration18
    284
    498

    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 Interrogations19
    823
    1,455

    Ended Use Of Torture in Interrogations

    Executive Order 13491
  • Signed a Universal Health Care Bill20
    909
    1,751

    Signed a Universal Health Care Bill

    Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872)
  • Small Business Jobs Act of 201021
    552
    1,078

    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
  • Bailed Out the Auto Industry22
    245
    522

    Bailed Out the Auto Industry

    In 2009, he gave $62 billion in federal funds to save GM and Chrysler
  • Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs23
    602
    1,311

    Created 225,000 "Green" Jobs

    But failed to reach the 5 million that the bill was created for. Green Jobs Bill
  • Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants24
    613
    1,524

    Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

    DREAM Act
  • The Stimulus25
    621
    1,609

    The Stimulus

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