Case for Obama:150 Reasons

Case for Obama

  1. Increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to the highest level since 1992.
  2. Established the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform
  3. Established President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans
  4. Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010
  5. Dodd-Frank (DF) Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the biggest financial reform law since the Great Depression
  6. Managed the Troubled Asset Relief Program
  7. Pension relief Act of 2010.
  8. Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act
  9. Reformed deferral rules to curb tax advantages for investing overseas
  10. Established new offshore investment policy that promotes in-sourcing
  11. Cut salaries for 65 bailout executives 
  12. Banks have repaid 75% of TARP funds, bringing the cost down to $89B as of June 2010
  13. Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes
  14. Created new criminal penalties for mortgage fraud
  15. Reformed credit card swipe fees
  16. Established a credit card bill of rights
  17. (Treasury) Sold 1.5 billion shares of Citigroup at a profit
  18. Negotiated deal with Swiss banks to permit US government to gain access to records of tax evaders and criminals
  19. Provided $12.2 billion in new funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Act though the American Recovery and investment Act
  20. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; Instituted equal pay for women
  21. Presidential Memorandum extending benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
  22. Presidential Memorandum protecting gay and lesbian partners’ visitation/healthcare decision-making rights 
  23. Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to include gender, sexual orientation and disability
  24. Supported the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 
  25. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act
  26. Established White House Council on Women and Girls
  27. Increased minority access to capital
  28. Increased Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities
  29. Promoted internet freedom as part of U.S. foreign policy
  30. Expanded loan programs for small businesses
  31. Small Business Act
  32. Small Business Investment Act
  33. Denied federal contracts to tax delinquents
  34. Modernized the portal to connect people to the services they require
  35. Launched the National Export Initiative, with the goal of doubling US exports by 2015
  36. North American Wetlands Conservation Act
  37. Established partnerships to share environmental technology with other countries
  38. Increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
  39. Increased funding for national parks and forests
  40. $175 million of ARRA allocated for water conservation, $135 million of that in the West
  41. Reengaged in the treaties/agreements to protect the Antarctic
  42. Expanded access to places to hunt and fish
  43. Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration
  44. Led effort to phase out whaling
  45. Pursued a wildfire management plan
  46. Ordered removal of more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires
  47. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  48. US auto industry rescue plan
  49. Start-Up activity now higher than it was during the dotcom boom
  50. Created task force to fight deficit
  51. Raised the small business investment limit to $250,000 through the end of 2009
  52. Created an Advanced Manufacturing Fund to invest in peer-reviewed manufacturing processes
  53. Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act – establishes a Federal “Do Not Pay” list
  54. Extended unemployment insurance benefits and temporarily suspend taxes on these benefits
  55. U.S. Economy: Manufacturing grew by most since 2004
  56. Success of the stimulus–how do you illustrate ‘could have been worse’?
  57. Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010
  58. Established President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans
  59. Provided means for students struggling to make college loan payments to refinance
  60. Expanded Pell grants for low-income students
  61. Expanded Pell grant pool by eliminating private lender subsidies for student loans
  62. Created the Race to the Top Fund ($4.35 billion) to reward States that create comprehensive education reform plans
  63. Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009
  64. Established State Equalization Fund; new funds for school construction 
  65. Provided $77 Billion for reforms to to strengthen Elementary and Secondary education
  66. Provided $12.2 billion in new funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Act through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  67. $26 billion state aid package saved 160,000 teacher jobs
  68. Provided over $2.3 billion in additional funding to Head Start and Early Head Start programs in 2009
  69. Provided $5 billion dollars for Early Learning Programs under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  70. Eliminated abstinence-only funding in budget
  71. Helped rebuild schools in New Orleans
  72. Established school programs to highlight space and science achievements
  73. Recruited math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession
  74. Unveiled initiatives to help men be better fathers
  75. Jobs for Main Street Act
  76. American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010
  77. Dedicated $100 million in Energy Training Partnership green jobs training grants
  78. $33 billion-dollar jobs package
  79. $26 billion aid to states package
  80. $5,000 tax credit for every new worker
  81. Job training programs in clean technologies for displaced workers
  82. Green Vet Initiative to promote environmental jobs for veterans
  83. Initiated a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
  84. Required new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliations or contributions
  85. CBO found 3.7 Million jobs created by stimulus
  86. Job loss exploded under Bush, improves under Obama
  87. 682,370 jobs created under the Recovery Act Between January 1 — March 31,2010
  88. Implemented renewable fuels mandate of 36 billion gallons by 2022
  89. More than doubled federal spending for research on clean fuels
  90. $60 billion in spending and tax incentives for renewable and clean energy
  91. Invested in all types of alternative energy
  92. Invested $2 billion in solar power, hailed new jobs
  93. Established consumer tax credit for plug-in hybrid cars
  94. Provided grants to encourage energy-efficient building codes
  95. Doubled funding for bicycling, walking projects
  96. $8 billion combined public/pvt funding committed to develop Smart Power Grid
  97. ncentivized farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient
  98. Purchased fuel efficient American-made fleet for the federal government
  99. Ordered 5,000 hybrids for federal fleet
  100. Wind power growth up 39% due to government stimulus
  101. Ended the previous policy of not regulating and labeling carbon dioxide emissions
  102. Created Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage
  103. Set smog limit: new strict proposal to replace Bush-era rule
  104. Regulated greenhouse gases for large industrial sources
  105. Raised fuel economy standards
  106. Required states to provide incentives for utilities to reduce energy consumption
  107. Allowed states to enact tougher fuel efficiency standards than federal standards
  108. Tax breaks to promote public transit
  109. Reengaged in global warming and greenhouse gas emissions talks
  110. Pledged 28% cut in federal greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
  111. Instituted “Cash for Clunkers” to spur auto sales and promote fuel efficiency
  112. Sharply limited mountaintop mining
  113. Limited mercury emissions
  114. Introduced Oil Spill Recovery Bill to remove oil company liability cap
  115. Created offshore drilling safety review board
  116. Created new drilling agency with investigative arm
  117. Ordered $100 million to compensate those hurt by drilling moratorium
  118. Mandated new safety rules for offshore drilling
  119. Opened civil and criminal investigations into Gulf oil spill
  120. Poll: World’s opinion of U.S. has “improved sharply” under Obama
  121. 47 nations rise to Obama’s challenge at US nuke summit and agree to four years of non-proliferation efforts
  122. Visited more countries and world leaders than any first year president
  123. Created a rapid response fund for emerging democracies
  124. Bolstered the military’s ability to speak different languages
  125. Cut salaries of senior White House aides
  126. Made $20 Billion in budget cuts
  127. Provided that Members of Congress shall not receive a cost of living adjustment in pay during fiscal year 2011
  128. Canceled contract for new Presidential helicopter fleet
  129. Cracked down on tax cheats
  130. Returned taxpayer monies for refurbishment of White House offices and living quarters
  131. Established, a web portal for determining and comparing all consumer health insurance and health care options
  132. Established an independent health institute to provide accurate and objective information
  133. Established the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council
  134. Provided $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  135. Provided $500 million in expanded funding for Health Professions Training Programs
  136. Provided funding to strengthen hospital preparedness and emergency response
  137. Established a New Patient’s Bill of Rights
  138. Expanded vaccination programs
  139. Required large employers to contribute to a national health plan
  140. Required insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions
  141. Required health plans to disclose how much of the premium goes to patient care
  142. Provided minimum essential health care coverage by Veteran’s Affairs
  143. Expanded eligibility for State Children’s Health Insurance Fund
  144. Prevented children from being refused health insurance coverage
  145. Cut prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50% and began eliminating the plan’s gap
  146. Extended COBRA
  147. Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009
  148. Established “Opening Doors” – a federal strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness
  149. Provided $5 billion for Weatherization Assistance Program for low income families
  150. Made Haiti donations tax deductible for 2009

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