Top 10 Of Obamas Biggest Achievements So Far
President Obama becomes the first U.S. President in history to fully embrace that level of civil rights for gays. Obama's announcement gave an immediate jolt to the decades-long movement for gay equality at a moment when a growing number of states are moving to ban - or legalize - same-sex unions as polls showed a majority of Americans supporting equal marriage rights.
#9 Increased Funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%
Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year. A bill approved by Congress increased critical funding for the annual operating needs of the national parks as well as vital investments in the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the preservation of America's Everglades, Great Lakes, and other nationally-significant ecosystems.
#8 Provided $12.2 Billion in New Funding for the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
"Barack Obama has been a strong and consistent advocate for fully funding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Congress promised to shoulder 40 percent of each state's "excess cost" of educating children with disabilities, but it has never lived up to this obligation. Currently, the federal government provides less than half of the promised funding (17 percent)". The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a United States federal law that governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education, and related services to children with disabilities.
#7 Appointed Nation's First Chief Technology Officer
President Obama appointed Todd Park as the New U.S. Chief Technology Officer with the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the Federal government work better for the American people. He led the successful execution of an array of breakthrough initiatives, including the creation of HealthCare.gov, the first website to provide consumers with a comprehensive inventory of public and private health insurance plans available across the Nation by zip code in a single, easy-to-use tool.
#6 Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
Yes, this is a US house resolution that was passed in the House in April 2009. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, is a federal statute in the United States that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on June 22, 2009. The Act also bans flavored cigarettes, places limits on the advertising of tobacco products to minors, and requires tobacco companies to seek FDA approval for new tobacco products.
#5 Signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act
The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act was an Act of Congress passed in 2009 that was created to reform the way the Pentagon contracts and purchases major weapons systems. The bill was signed into law on May 22 by President Barack Obama. Another government report detailed $295 billion in waste and cost overruns in defense contracts. The Act also puts more emphasis on testing new weapons before they enter production to ensure sufficient development, giving commanders more say in weapons requirements.
#4 Provided Health Care to 11 Million Kids
The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) now known more simply as the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a program administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides matching funds to states for health insurance to families with children. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. said at the time: "I believe the extension of SCHIP will stand out as one of the great accomplishments of this body. By passing this legislation, we would state clearly that the health of children in this country is an issue too important to be dealt with as business as usual."
#3 Extended Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees
The U.S. government will now begin to extend federal benefits to all legislative employees legally married to same-sex spouses, as a result of last month's Supreme Court ruling striking down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Until the Supreme Court's ruling, the term "marriage" was only applicable to a legal union between a man and a woman. Since DOMA was enacted in 1996, the federal government has been prohibited from extending the same benefits to same-sex unions as it had provided to those of the opposite sex.
#2 Signed New START Treaty - Nuclear Arms Reduction Pact with Russia
New START (for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States of America and the Russian Federation with the formal name of Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. In a ceremony filled with plenty of flourish and the echoes of history, President Obama and President Dmitri Medvedev put aside the tensions of recent years to seal the New Start pact paring back their nuclear arsenals. The two leaders used the moment to showcase their growing personal relationship and a mutual commitment to cooperation on a host of issues.
#1 Provided Stimulus Funding to Boost Private Sector Spaceflight Programs
NASA released information regarding its intention to invest $50 million of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act stimulus funding in multiple competitively awarded, funded agreements for commercial crew concepts. This new program, known as the Commercial Crew Development or "CCDev," represents a new milestone in the development of an orbital commercial human spaceflight sector. By maturing "the design and development of commercial crew spaceflight concepts and associated enabling technologies and capabilities," the program continues to allow several companies to move a few steps forward towards the ultimate goal of full demonstration of commercial human spaceflight to orbit.
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