Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 Accomplishments of the 111th Congress

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Top 10 Democratic Accomplishments during the 111th Congress

During the past two years, President Obama and Congressional Democrats have fought to address inherited challenges of economic stability, fairness, and opportunity. And thanks to the dedication and self-sacrifice of thousands of OFA volunteers, these historic measures now are improving the lives of millions of people across the country.

As 2010 and the 111th Congress near a close, Democrats can reflect on the past two years with pride. In keeping with America’s age-old, year-end   tradition to list the “best of,” today’s post marks the first in a series of year-end superlatives.

10. Passing Credit Card Reform (CARD Act)
Protects Americans from unfair and misleading credit card practices

9. Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Ensures that all workers in America are paid what they deserve, regardless of race, gender, or age

8. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan
President Obama nominated and the Senate confirmed Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court    

7. Student Loan Reform
Helps make college more affordable for students and families

6. Wall Street Reform
Holds Wall Street accountable, ends "too big to fail" bailouts, and enacts the strongest consumer protections in history

5. The New START Treaty           
Keeps America safe and strengthens our global leadership on nuclear weapons issues             

4. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal
Ends the discriminatory policy preventing gays and lesbians from serving in America’s armed forces

3. Ending combat operations in Iraq
Effectively ends Operation Iraqi Freedom and withdraws 100,000 troops

2. The Recovery Act
Saves and creates millions of jobs, investing unprecedented resources in building a new foundation for our country, and preventing a second Great Depression

1. The Affordable Care Act    
Reforms our country’s broken health care system by holding insurance companies accountable, lowering costs, ensuring greater choice, and improving the quality of care for all Americans

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