Crossposted at DailyKos As the battle for control of Congress has tightened and the so called enthusiasm gap is evaporating, we must continue speaking to voter about what Democrats in Congress have accomplished. If you are a democrat and you have an enthusiasm gap, I am hoping that this could change your lack of enthusiasm. The facts are in the last 23 months, the following are things that I think are worth keeping scores about what President Obama and the Democratic congress have accomplished that get over looked without an ounce of credit by some who are always disappointed about something. I think it is important to not only speak to voters about the fact we are moving forward together but remind activists to see what they have been resisting. I don't know about you but I am ready to go and these are the reasons why I have more Enthusiasm than ever: Health Care Reform: 1) Coverage can’t be denied to children with pre-existing conditions. 2) Adults up to age 26 can stay on their parents’ health plans. 3) Free preventive care. 4) Rescinding coverage is now illegal. 5) Eliminating lifetime limits on insurance coverage. 6) Restricting annual limits on insurance coverage. 7) More options to appeal coverage decisions. 8) $5 billion in immediate federal support to affordable Coverage for the Uninsured with Pre-existing Conditions. 9) $10 billion investment in Community Health Centers. 10) Create immediate access to re-insurance for employer health plans providing coverage for early retirees. 11) Made an $80 billion deal with the pharmaceutical industry to contribute to cut prescription drug costs for the nation’s seniors reduce the size of the "donut hole" in the Medicare (Part D) Drug Benefit. On the Economy: 1) The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) has worked. The Economy Has Been Growing - take a look at the graph of GDP growth between 2007 thru 2010. 2) US auto industry rescue plan -- Detroit making profits again and at least 1 million jobs saved. 3) Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009 that extended Unemployment benefits up to 20 weeks and more. 4) Provided $14.7 billion in small business loans increasing minority access to capital. 5) The $26 billion aid to states package preventing large-scale layoffs of teachers and public employees. Banking and Financial Reform 1) Signed a sweeping bank-reform bill (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act)into law 2) Managed the $700 Billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) that Banks have repaid 75% of TARP funds, bringing the cost down to $89B as of June 2010. 3) Cuts Salaries For 65 Bailout Executives 4) Closed offshore tax safe havens, tax credit loopholes on companies that use the tax laws to ship American Jobs oversees. HR 4213. 5) Signed into law the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act to fight fraud in the use of TARP and recovery funds, and to increase accountability for corporate and mortgage frauds. 6) Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act Education: 1) Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 that increased the amount of federal Pell Grant awards and enabled the stripping of banks privileges as intermediaries for student loan servicing. 2) Created the Race to the Top Fund, a $4.35 billion program to reward States that submit the best proposals for change. 3) As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funded over $100 Billion for reforms to strengthen Elementary and Secondary education, early learning programs, college affordability and improve access to higher education, and to close the achievement gap. Jobs: 1) The $787 billion economic stimulus package has created or saved nearly 2 million jobs slowing the bleeding 2) Jobs for Main Street Act (2010)injected $27.5 Billion for Highways, $8.4 Billion for Transit into the country’s transportation system to create jobs and spur economic activity. 3) A $33 Billion Jobs Package that will allow Small businesses to get $5,000 tax credit for new hires. 4) A $26 billion State Aid Package Jobs Bill saving 300,000 teachers and public workers jobs from unemployment. 5) The Auto bailout saved 1 million jobs. Green Energy: 1) Implemented renewable fuels mandate of 36 billion gallons by 2022, four times what we currently consume. 2) Automakers will be required to meet a fleet-wide average of New Gas Mileage Standards at 35.5 MPH by 2016. 3) A $60 billion investment in renewable and clean energy. Housing: 1) $275 billion dollar housing plan - $75 billion dollars to prevent at-risk mortgage debtors already fallen victim to foreclosures and $200 billion to bring about confidence to offer affordable mortgages and to stability the housing market. 2) Established "Opening Doors" to end the homelessness of 640,000 men, women, and children in the United States in 10 years. 3) Provided $510 Million for the rehabilitation of Native American housing. ref 4) Provided $2 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization Program to rehab, resell, or demolish in order to stabilize neighborhoods. 5) Provided $5 billion for Weatherization Assistance Program for low income families to weatherize 1 million homes per year for the next decade. 6) Provided grants to encourage states and localities to take the first steps in implementing new building codes that prioritize energy efficiency. Medicaid/Medicare/Social Security 1) giving $250 economic stimulus check to 55 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients in 2009. 2) Cutting prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients by 50% and began eliminating the plan’s gap (“donut hole”) in coverage. 3) Passing as part of H.R.3962 (Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010) a $6.4 billion measure reversing a 21 percent cut in physician payments that would have started a flood of rejections by some doctors of seniors covered by Medicare. 4) Expanded eligibility for Medicaid to all individuals under age 65 with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level ($14,400 per year for an individual). Military Veterans and Families 1) Implemented a strategic plan to increase the hiring of Veterans and Military spouses throughout the Federal civil service. 2) Provided for the expenses of families of to be at Dover AFB when fallen soldiers arrive. 3) Passed the Veterans' Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2009 increasing the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survivors of certain disabled veterans. 4) Declared the end of the war in Iraqi bringing back nearly 100,000 U.S. troops home to their families. 5) Donated 250K of Nobel prize money to Fisher House, a group that helps provide housing for families of patients receiving medical care at military and Veterans Affairs medical centers LBGT 1) Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees 2) Signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act 3) Instructed HHS to require any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds (virtually all hospitals) to allow LGBT visitation rights. 4) Banned job discrimination based on gender identity throughout the Federal government (the nation's largest employer) 5) Signed the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act 6) Extended the Family and Medical Leave Act to cover Gay employees taking unpaid leave to care for their children of same-sex partners 7) Lifted the HIV Entry Ban. 8) Implemented HUD Policies that Would Ban Discrimination Based On Gender Identity Well, there is more but you see we have done a lot. We have the tools to shape the message. We need to move forward together and focus on what we will accomplish forward in the coming years. That is why we have to work hard for the next three weeks to GOTV. These are my kids at the One Nation March about a week ago. They are fired up as I am. Are you?
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