We’ve had 8 years of progress under President Obama. Here’s how Hillary Clinton will build on it.
A look back at President Obama’s historic legacy.
The progress we’ve achieved under President Obama has been nothing short of extraordinary. And this year, that progress is on the ballot. The issues we care about — from providing access to health care for millions of people to ensuring a safer and cleaner world for future generations — are at stake. This election is a fundamental choice between building on that progress or tearing it all down.
Here’s a look back at what we’ve built under President Obama — and how Hillary Clinton will expand on that progress.
January, 2009: President Obama signs his first bill‚ one that allows women the right to fight for equal pay.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — which ensured women and other victims of pay discrimination could challenge unequal pay in the workplace — was the first bill President Obama signed into law. But nearly eight years later, women still earn just 80 cents on the dollar compared to men. As a lifelong fighter for families and children, Hillary will work to ensure women are paid for equal pay for equal work.
March, 2009: President Obama signs The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
President Obama began his first term as the American economy was in freefall. The Recovery Act included both tax relief for working families and key investments in teachers, small business and infrastructure — and it helped restart the economy. Today, the unemployment rate has been cut in half and we’ve created 15 million jobs since early 2010. Hillary wants to build on that progress — which is why in her first 100 days as president, she will work with both parties to pass a comprehensive plan to create the next generation of good jobs and make the biggest investment in American infrastructure in decades.
May, 2009: President Obama nominates the first Latina to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
President Obama made the historic decision to nominate Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court in his first year in office. With her Senate confirmation, Sotomayor became the first justice of Latino heritage to hold the position. Hillary knows it’s crucial to have a Supreme Court that is reflective of our diverse nation — and a court that will stand on the side of the people, not corporations and millionaires.
March, 2010: President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act.
President Obama became the first president since Lyndon Johnson to reform the health care system and provide near-universal health coverage for millions of Americans. That means insurance companies can no longer discriminate against women or people with pre-existing conditions, and young adults can be covered on their parents’ plans up to age 26.
While Republicans have worked for years to repeal the law, Hillary has said she will “defend and expand on the Affordable Care Act” as president — making it work better for families. Her plan includes tax cuts to help cover out-of-pocket costs, steps to keep prescription drug prices under control, and new choices, including a public option and Medicare buy-in.
July, 2010: President Obama signs into law Wall Street reform.
President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to protect American families from unfair financial practices and provide oversight for a system that had gone unchecked for too long. Despite this landmark legislation, the banking system is still “too complex and risky,” and Hillary will not only fight efforts to roll back Wall Street reform — she’ll make sure that financial institutions responsible for dangerous behavior are held accountable for their actions.
May, 2011: President Obama gives the order to get Osama bin Laden.
In the spring of 2011, President Obama ordered the mission to get Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda’s founder. It was a major victory in the fight against global terrorism — but we still have to make sure we defeat enemies like Al-Qaeda and ISIS on the battlefield. Hillary is the only candidate in this election who understands the threats we face — and she’s the only candidate who has a comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS and other terrorist groups.
December, 2014: President Obama begins the process to restore relations with Cuba.
President Obama took executive action to make the historic decision to lift various travel and financial restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba after more than 50 years of stalled relations. Only Congress can vote to remove the embargo entirely — but if they fail to do so, Hillary will use her own executive action to help normalize relations.
June, 2015: Same-sex marriage becomes law of the land.
In a landmark victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court declared that state-level bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, making unions between gay couples law of the land in all 50 states. Yet, despite the historic ruling, members of the LGBT community are still unfairly targeted and harassed. As president, Hillary has vowed to support, protect, and expand the rights of all LGBT Americans.
July, 2015: The United States negotiates a historic deal to block Iran’s path to obtaining nuclear weapons.
As secretary of state, Hillary was instrumental in securing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, which brought Iran to the negotiating table and led to the negotiating a historic agreement to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon. As president, Hillary will vigorously enforce the nuclear agreement with Iran and implement a broader strategy to confront its bad behavior and the threat it poses to Israel.
October, 2016. The U.S. and more than 190 other countries agree on historic climate agreement.
President Obama, along with our international allies, pledged to combat the growing threat of climate change by bringing down global temperatures to below pre-industrial times. Hillary knows the warming of the planet is an urgent threat and a “defining challenge” of our time, so she will not only hold up our end of the international treaty, but also has a comprehensive plan to make sure the U.S. is the clean-energy superpower of the 21st century.
We’ve truly made some historic strides under President Obama. Although his name is not on the ballot this year, so much of the progress we’ve achieved is.
Originally published at www.hillaryclinton.com.