|President Obama reflects on his accomplishments in 2015 and looks ahead to his final year in office
and his plans to keep pushing his agenda until his last day as President.
- Legislative Prowess
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Improving the Economy and Preventing Depression
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ("Stimulus Package")
- TARP financial and banking rescue plan
- Making Home Affordable Refinancing Plan (H.A.R.P.) and Helping Families Save Their
- Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act and Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
- Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act
- Worker, Home Ownership, and Business Assistance Act
- Auto industry rescue plan
- Wall Street Reforms and Consumer Protection
- Passed Dodd-Frank and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- White House Council on Women and Girls
- Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act
- $20B increase for the Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
- White House Office of Urban Affairs
- Improved Foreign Relations and American Status Abroad
- Better Approach to "Defense"
- Reduced Star Wars program by $1.4B
- Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks
- Negotiated, signed, and pushed ratification of new SALT Treaty
- Draw down troops from Afghanistan and Iraq
- Reformed student loan program
- $5B added to the Head Start program
- Expanded Pell Grants program
- Added $2.2B to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- Greater Transparency and Better Government
- National Safety and Security
- Science, Technology and Health Care
- Environment and Energy
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|President Obama's top 10 accomplishments -- according to President Obama|
President Obama jumped on the year-in-review bandwagon with a video, released Saturday, that lists his
administration's top accomplishments of 2015.
International agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Iran nuclear deal feature prominently on
the list. But some domestic issues, particularly those that faced Supreme Court challenges, also make it on the
Take a look at what the president believes "should make every American optimistic about 2016":
10. The economy
Businesses, according to the president, have "added 13.7 million new jobs over a 69-month streak of job
growth." Mr. Obama also cited the latest unemployment rate figures -- in October, it fell to 5 percent and has
remained at that level since -- as proof of a strong economy.
9. "More Americans getting health insurance coverage"
Supreme Court upholds Obamacare subsidies in 6-3 ruling. Despite numerous Republican threats and
challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the president's landmark health bill survived 2015. In June, the
Supreme Court even upheld a major part of the Obamacare legislation, ruling in a 6-3 decision that the federal
government can give out subsidies to its consumers in all states, no matter whether they signed up through the
federal or state-based exchange.
"The rate of the uninsured in America dropped below 10 percent for the first time ever," Mr. Obama said in his
video. "In all, 17.6 million people and climbing have gained coverage as the Affordable Care Act has taken
Just this month, the White House extended the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the ACA by two
days because of "unprecedented demand."
8. "America's global leadership on climate change"
For the past year, the president has heavily championed a climate change agenda. And just last week, the world
came together at the Paris COP21 climate talks to reach a historic deal with ambitious goals to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
Of the Paris accord, the president said, "it was only possible because America led with clean energy here at
home and strong diplomacy around the world."
7. U.S.-Cuba relations
In August, the U.S. re-opened its embassy in Cuba, the first symbolic step to normalizing relations between the
two countries and the first time the American flag has flown in Havana in 54 years.
Since the momentous occasion, the administration has taken further steps to make it easier to travel to and do
business in Cuba.
"We turned the page on an outdated, half-century-old policy by re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba
and reopening embassies in both our countries, allowing us to build greater ties between Americans and
Cubans," Mr. Obama said.
6. Iran nuclear deal
In July, six world powers, including the United States, struck a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. And in the
months after, despite staunch Republican objection, the deal survived a vote in Congress.
The president touted the accord in his Saturday video, saying "We succeeded in forging a strong deal to stop
Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
"In fact," he added, "Iran has already dismantled thousands of centrifuges that enrich uranium."
5. "Standing strong against terrorism"
Over the past week, the president has urged Americans to stay united in the face of terror threats, after the
recent shooting in San Bernardino left the nation wary of future strikes.
"Even as we continue to grieve over the attack in San Bernardino, we're leading a global coalition and hitting
ISIL harder than ever," Mr. Obama said, using a different acronym for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or
ISIS. "In Syria and Iraq, ISIL is losing territory, and we're not going to stop until we destroy this terrorist
4. The Trans-Pacific Partnership
Obama: Trade deal critics are just "accepting a status quo". In October, Mr. Obama's legacy-defining trade deal
involving 12 Pacific Rim countries was sealed, with provisions to cut trade barriers, protect labor and
environmental interests and ensure intellectual property rights. In his Saturday video, the president called the
Trans-Pacific Partnership the "strongest, most pro-worker, pro-environment trade agreement in our history."
3. Bipartisan budget and education deals
In an era where partisan bickering in Washington has reached a fever pitch, the president chose to highlight
two bipartisan legislative achievements. He pointed to a sweeping education overhaul of No Child Left Behind
and a budget deal that avoided the threat of a government shutdown, calling them "a pair of Christmas
miracles in Washington."
2. The legalization of same-sex marriage
"Love won," the president said, referring to the Supreme Court's landmark 5-4 decision that same-sex couples
have a constitutional right to marry. "No matter who you are, here in America, you're free to marry the person
you love because the freedom to marry is now the law in all 50 states."
1. "The American people"
"All of this progress is because of you -- because of workers rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done
and entrepreneurs starting new businesses," Mr. Obama said Saturday. "Because of teachers and health
workers and parents -- all of us taking care of each other. Because of our incredible men and women in
uniform, serving to protect us all. Because, when we're united as Americans, there's nothing that we cannot
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