Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and
protected student borrowers.
Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%.
Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for
Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the
Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs.
Appointed nation's first Chief Technology Officer.
Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau to look out for the interests of everyday Americans.
Signed financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit
history, income, and employment status.
Signed financial reform law prohibiting banks from engaging in proprietary
trading (trading the bank's own money to turn a profit, often in conflict
with their customers' interests).
Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded
companies to vote on executive pay.
Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%.
Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities
Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history.
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic
Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years.
Voluntary disclosure of White House visitors for the first time in US
Appointed first Latina to the US Supreme Court.
Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national
database of volunteer opportunities.
Reversed 'global gag rule', allowing US aid to go to organizations
regardless of whether they provide abortions.
Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA
the authority to regulate the manufacturing, marketing, and sale of tobacco
for the first time.
Signed New START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia.
Increased average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg to 35.5mpg, starting
Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against
pay discrimination for women and other workers.
Provided travel expenses to families of fallen soldiers to be on hand when
the body arrives at Dover AFB.
Reversed the policy of barring media coverage during the return of fallen
soldiers to Dover Air Force Base.
Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing
transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste, or abuse.
Provided the Department of Veterans Affairs with more than $1.4 billion to
improve services to America's Veterans.
Signed the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides
health care to 11 million kids -- 4 million of whom were previously
Issued executive order to repeal Bush era restrictions on federal funding
for embryonic stem cell research.
Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of
comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living
Developed stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for
nondefense scientific research and development.
Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act to stop fraud and wasteful
spending in the defense procurement and contracting system.
Issued executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Ended Bush administration's CIA program of 'enhanced interrogation methods'
by requiring that the Army field manual be used as the guide for terrorism
Increased minority access to capital.
Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies
from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers.
Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying
insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their
parents' insurance until the age of 26.
Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee
health care coverage.
Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health
Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133
percent of the federal poverty level.
Require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually
goes to patient care.
Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and
retain more mental health professionals.
Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act.
Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit
family and send remittances to the island.