Barack Obama’s Policies
Barack Hussein Obama represented his state of Illinois as a junior senator. He was the only African American serving in the US Senate before he was elected president on November 4, 2008. Almost two weeks later, he gave up his US Senate seat.
The National Education Association gave Obama an A rating in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
Elections and Government Policy
Obama has been an advocate of ethics as well as election and campaign finance reform.
Obama wanted to federally fund rebuilding New Orleans as well as the Gulf Coast communities after Hurricane Katrina. He pushed for hearings because he felt like the Bush administration was slow in responding to the needs of the people.
He had pushed for creating 5 million new green energy jobs within his first four years. This idea was first pushed for by Senator Hillary Clinton.
National Security and Foreign Policy
Barack was one of the loudest opponents of the Iraq War, calling it a “stupid war”, even before it began in 2002. He waivered on that opposition during the elections 4 years ago. He introduced a bill to get troops out of Iraq within 16 months. He still holds this position. He has spoken against ending the war but has voted against a bill to fund the troops.
Hoshyar Zabari, an Iraqi Foreign Minister, said that Barack tried to get the Iraqi leader to halt a troop withdrawal. In July 2008 he tried to delay an agreement until after a new president was elected.
Veterans and Soldiers Conditions
Obama voted to increase standards and oversight of VA programs.
Obama has challenged the Bush administration to back a UN or NATO force in Darfur.
Energy and Environment Issues
In 2006, Obama wanted the US automakers to take 10% of their billions of dollars in health costs for retirees in exchange for making more fuel-efficient cars and trucks. He criticized the Bush administration for not pushing hard enough for energy independence.
Labor, Immigration, and Retirement Policy
In 2006, Barack pushed forth a bill that would keep congressional raises at the same rate as increases in the federal minimum wage.
Liberties, Rights, and Courts Issues
Barack supported the interests of Leadership Conference of Civil Rights, American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for the Seperation of Church and State, Human Rights Campaign, Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN), Iranian American Political Action Committee, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Council of La Raza, and the Arab American Institute.
Food and Agricultute
Barack supported the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Council of Agricultural Employers, American Farm Bureau Federation, and the National Farmers Union.
Barack supported the Alliance for the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy, American Academy of Family Physicans, Academy of General Dentistry, American Public Health Association, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American Nurses Association, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the St. Joseph Health System.
Tobacco Control Policy
There were many tobacco laws Barack pushed for. In one of them, Barack voted for the “Display of Tobacco Products Act” and that makes it unlawful to offer for sale, give away, or display tobacco products where customers can get products through self-service.
Science, Communications, and Intellectual Property
Obama is in favor of network neutrality legislation.
Infrastructure and Transportation Policy
Barack was in favor of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Barack was in favor of the Children’s Defense Fund, Family Research Council, and American Family Association.
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