Program Success Barack Obama Special Edition - Page 19
Achieved New START Treaty:
Expanded National Service:
Expanded Wilderness and Watershed Protection:
Signed with Russia (2010) and won ratification in
Congress (2011) of treaty that limits each country to 1,550
strategic warheads (down from 2,200) and 700 launchers
(down from more than 1,400), and reestablished and
strengthened a monitoring and transparency program that
had lapsed in 2009, through which each country can monitor
President Barack Obama waits with Sergeants at Arms and Members of Congress before entering
the House Chamber to deliver the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.,
Jan. 28, 2014 Standing with the President are, from left: Paul Irving, House Sergeant at Arms; House
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; and Terrance Gainer, Senate Sergeant
Signed Serve America Act in 2009, which authorized a
tripling of the size of AmeriCorps. Program grew 13 percent
to 85,000 members across the country by 2012, when new
House GOP majority refused to appropriate more funds for
Signed Omnibus Public Lands Management Act (2009),
which designated more than 2 million acres as wilderness,
created thousands of miles of recreational and historic trails,
and protected more than 1,000 miles of rivers.
Gave the FDA Power to Regulate Tobacco:
Signed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco
Control Act (2009). Nine years in the making and long
resisted by the tobacco industry, the law mandates that
tobacco manufacturers disclose all ingredients, obtain FDA
approval for new tobacco products, and expand the size and
prominence of cigarette warning labels, and bans the sale
of misleadingly labeled “light” cigarette brands and tobacco
sponsorship of entertainment events.
Pushed Federal Agencies to Be Green Leaders:
Passed Fair Sentencing Act:
President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S.
Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014.
Trimmed and Reoriented Missile Defense:
Issued executive order in 2009 requiring all federal
agencies to make plans to soften their environmental impacts
by 2020. Goals include 30 percent reduction in fleet gasoline
use, 26 percent boost in water efficiency, and sustainability
requirements for 95 percent of all federal contracts. Because
federal government is the country’s single biggest purchaser
of goods and services, likely to have ripple effects throughout
the economy for years to come.
Signed 2010 legislation that reduces sentencing
disparity between crack versus powder cocaine
possessionfrom100 to1 to 18 to1.
Cut the Reagan-era “Star Wars” missile defense
budget, saving $1.4 billion in 2010, and canceled plans to
station antiballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech
Republic in favor of sea-based defense plan focused on Iran
and North Korea.
Began Post-Post-9/11 Military Builddown:
President Barack Obama passes an honor guard as he walks to Marine One at Caen-Carpiquet
Airport for departure to Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, June 6, 2014.
Let Space Shuttle Die / Killed Planned Moon
Mission: Allowed the expensive ($1 billion per launch),
After winning agreement from congressional
Republicans and Democrats in summer 2011 budget deal
to reduce projected defense spending by $450 billion,
proposed new DoD budget this year with cuts of that size
and a new national defense strategy that would shrink
ground forces from 570,000 to