Just in case recent events have clouded your brain . . .
Policy policy policy policy . . .
- The President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has been responsible for about 3 million American jobs and brought the economy back from the brink of another depression.
- The President signed Wall Street Reform, the most sweeping reforms since the Great Depression, to hold Wall Street accountable, put an end to bailouts and “too big to fail,” and enforce the strongest consumer protections in history.
- The President signed the Small Business Jobs Act providing tax breaks and better access to credit for millions of small businesses.
- The President signed the HIRE Act providing a payroll tax credit for companies that hire employees who have been looking for work for 60 days or more. Millions of workers have been hired through this process already.
- The President launched the National Export Initiative with a goal of doubling exports and supporting several million new jobs over five years.
- The President announced the “Making Home Affordable” home refinancing plan.
- The President launched a $15 billion plan to boost lending to small businesses.
- President Obama played a lead role in G-20 Summit that produced a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.
- The President signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act which gives the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud, from lending to the financial system, and creates a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial practices that brought us to this point.
- The President signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, expanding on the Making Home Affordable Program to help millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures, providing $2.2 billion to help combat homelessness , and helping to stabilize the housing market for everybody.
- The President signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act to protect Americans from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.
Clean Energy Economy
- Recovery Act Investments in Clean Energy
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included more than $80 billion in the generation of renewable energy sources, expanding manufacturing capacity for clean energy technology, advancing vehicle and fuel technologies, and building a bigger, better, smarter electric grid, all while creating new, sustainable jobs.
- Appliance Efficiency Standards
The Administration has established more stringent energy efficiency standards for commercial and residential appliances, including microwaves, kitchen ranges, dishwashers, light bulbs and other common appliances.
- Leadership in Sustainability
President Obama signed an Executive Order on Federal Sustainability, committing the Federal Government to lead by example and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2020, increase energy efficiency, and reduce fleet petroleum consumption.
- Efficiency Standards for Cars and Trucks
In May 2009, President Obama announced the first ever joint fuel economy/greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and trucks. In May 2010, President Obama created the first-ever efficiency and emissions standards for medium- and heavy-duty cars and trucks.
- Making Homes More Energy Efficient
Recovery Through Retrofit will eliminate key barriers in the home retrofit industry by providing consumers with access to straightforward information about their home’s energy use, promoting innovative financing options to reduce upfront costs, and developing national standards to ensure that workers are qualified and consumers benefit from home retrofits.
And here is a wee bit more reading that will take some time to absorb.
- Civil Rights
- Energy & Environment
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Foreign Policy
- Health Care
- Homeland Security
- Seniors & Social Security
- Urban Policy