Obama's Campaign Promises Now in the Works

Promise in the Works Ensure taxes don't go up for families with incomes lower than $250,000

"And I can make a firm pledge: Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase — not your income taxes, not your payroll taxes, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." — 9/12/08, Dover, N.H. >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Cut taxes for 95 percent of all working families

"I will cut taxes — cut taxes — for 95 percent of all working families." — 8/28/08, Denver, Colorado >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Allow bankruptcy judges to modify the original terms of home mortgages for ordinary families

Will repeal provisions of the Chapter 13 law that prohibit bankruptcy judges from modifying the original terms of home mortgages for ordinary families — regardless of whether the loan was predatory or unfair or is otherwise unaffordable — "so that ordinary families can also get relief that bankruptcy laws were intended to provide." — "Obama: Supporting Urban Prosperity" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Include more technology in public schools

"We'll help schools integrate technology into their curriculum so we can make sure public school students are fluent in the digital language of the 21st-century economy." — 9/9/08, Dayton, Ohio >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Launch robust diplomatic effort with Iraq and neighbors

"Launch an aggressive diplomatic effort to reach a comprehensive compact on the stability of Iraq and the region. … include all of Iraq's neighbors — including Iran and Syria, as suggested by the bi-partisan The Iraq Study Group Report." — Obama Iraq plan >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Develop an effective cyber security and response strategy

"Barack Obama and Joe Biden will ensure that his administration develops a Cyber Security Strategy that ensures that we have the ability to identify our attackers and a plan for how to respond that will be measured but effective." — "Obama-Biden: Confronting 21st Century Threats" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Reduce Veterans Benefits Administration claims backlog

"There are currently over 400,000 claims pending within the Veterans Benefits Administration, and over 800,000 claims receipts are expected in 2008 alone. … Obama will hire additional claims workers and convene our nation's leading veterans groups, employees and managers to develop an updated training and management model that will ensure that VA benefit decisions are rated fairly and consistently, and stem from adequate training and accountability for each claims adjudicator." — "Fulfilling a Sacred Trust with our Veterans" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Appoint a senior Native American policy adviser

"I'll appoint an American Indian policy adviser to my senior White House staff to work with tribes. I'll host an annual summit at the White House with tribal leaders to come up with an agenda that works for tribal communities." — 5/19/08, Crow Agency, Mont. >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Change standards for determining broadband access

Obama believes the Federal Communications Commission should provide an accurate map of broadband availability using a true definition of broadband instead of the current 200 kbs standard and an assessment of obstacles to fuller broadband penetration." — Obama and Biden's Plan for Small Business >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP programs

"Expand eligibility for the Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) programs and ensure that these programs continue to serve their critical safety net function." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Invest $10 billion/year on electronic health info systems

"Invest $10 billion a year over the next five years to move the U.S. health care system to broad adoption of standards-based electronic health information systems, including electronic health records." — BarackObama.com >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Reject and ban the use of torture

"When I am president, America will reject torture without exception." — 8/1/07, Washington D.C. >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works End the use of extreme rendition

"From both a moral standpoint and a practical standpoint, torture is wrong. Barack Obama will end the use torture without exception. He also will eliminate the practice of extreme rendition, where we outsource our torture to other countries." — "Barack Obama: The War We Need to Win" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Develop an alternative to President Bush's Military Commissions Act on handling detainees

"He will reject the Military Commissions Act, which allowed the U.S. to circumvent Geneva Conventions in the handling of detainees. He will develop a fair and thorough process based on the Uniform Code of Military Justice to distinguish between those prisoners who should be prosecuted for their crimes, those who can't be prosecuted but who can be held in a manner consistent with the laws of war, and those who should be released or transferred to their home countries." — "Barack Obama: The War We Need to Win" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Encourage community service through online outreach and social networking

Will build on the foundation of sites like USAFreedomCorps.gov and VolunteerMatch.org and leverage technology to increase awareness of and participation in service opportunities. There will be a comprehensive, easily searchable web presence with information about service opportunities, and a full strategy to ensure that people interested in opportunities can find them." — "Helping All Americans Serve Their Country" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Expand broadband's reach

Will "get true broadband to every community in America through a combination of reform of the Universal Service Fund, better use of the nation's wireless spectrum, promotion of next-generation facilities, technologies and applications, and new tax and loan incentives." — "Barack Obama: Science, Technology and Innovation for a New Generation" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Double federal funding for basic science research

Will "support doubling federal funding for basic research over ten years, changing the posture of our federal government…to one that embraces science and technology. This will foster home-grown innovation, help ensure the competitiveness of US technology-based businesses, and ensure that 21st century jobs can and will grow in America." — "Barack Obama: Science, Technology and Innovation for a New Generation" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Increase fuel economy standards

"Will increase fuel economy standards 4 percent per year while providing support to domestic automakers to invest $50 billion to retool their manufacturing facilities in America to produce these vehicles." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Modernize electricity grid and use "smart grid" practices

"Will establish a Grid Modernization Commission to facilitate adoption of Smart Grid practices across the nation's electricity grid to the point of general adoption and ongoing market support in the U.S. electric sector." — "New Energy for America" >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Work with United Nations on climate change

"Will re-engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) – the main international forum dedicated to addressing the climate problem … will also create a Global Energy Forum of the world's largest emitters to focus exclusively on global energy and environmental issues." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Support for women's right to choose abortion

"Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and will make preserving… women's right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Work to reduce unintended pregnancies

"Obama will work to reduce unintended pregnancy by guaranteeing equity in contraceptive coverage, providing sex education and offering rape victims accurate information about emergency contraception." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Require more energy-efficient appliances

"The current Department of Energy has missed 34 deadlines for setting updated appliance efficiency standards, which has cost American consumers millions of dollars in unrealized energy savings. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will overhaul this process for appliances and provide more resources to his Department of Energy so it implements regular updates for efficiency standards. They will also work with Congress to ensure that it continues to play a key role in improving our national efficiency codes." >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Hire based on merit

"When it comes to hiring people in my administration, the litmus test that will apply will not be based on party or ideology or who's traded the most favors, but on qualifications and experience. We're going to have experienced, competent people in the White House." — 05/19/08 Billings, Mont. >>More (Comments)

Promise in the Works Deliver fireside chats online

"He will personally deliver occasional fireside chats via webcast." — Obama's Blueprint for Change >>More (Comments)


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