1. Black History Ended Bush administration's CIA program of 'enhanced interrogation methods' by requiring that the Army field manual
be used as the guide for terrorism interrogations Increased minority access to capital.
  1. Established Credit Card Bill of Rights, preventing credit card companies from imposing arbitrary rate increases on customers
  2. Health Care Reform Bill, preventing insurance companies from denying insurance because of a pre-existing condition
  3. Health Care Reform Bill, allowing children to remain covered by their parents' insurance until the age of 26
  4. Tax cuts for up to 3.5 million small businesses to help pay for employee health care coverage
  5. Tax credits for up to 29 million individuals to help pay for health insurance
  6. Expansion of Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level
  7. Require health insurance plans to disclose how much of the premium actually goes to patient care
  8. Added 4.6 billion USD to the Veterans Administration budget to recruit and retain more mental health professionals
  9. Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act
  10. Lifted restrictions granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island
  11. Eliminated subsidies to private lender middlemen of student loans and protect student borrowers
  12. Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%
  13. Significantly expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college
  14. Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
Hate Crimes Prevention Act
  1. Provided stimulus funding to boost private sector spaceflight programs
  2. Appointed nation's first Chief Technology Officer
  3. Signed financial reform law establishing a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to look out for the interests
of everyday Americans.
  1. igned financial reform law requiring lenders to verify applicants' credit history, income, and employment status
  2. 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)
  1. Signed financial reform law allowing shareholders of publicly traded companies to vote on executive pay
  2. Cut prescription drug cost for medicare recipients by 50%
  3. Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  4. Extended Benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees
  5. Appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in US history
  6. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009: a $789 billion economic stimulus plan
  7. Created more private sector jobs in 2010 than during entire Bush years
Black History