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Can you name the major legislation signed into law by President Obama?

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Year SignedLegislationHint
January 29, 2009Amended the Civil Rights Act; made the 180-day statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit regarding pay discrimination reset with each new discriminatory paycheck
Febraury 4, 2009Expanded an existing federal program to include 4 million more children under health coverage, including legal immigrants, funded by an increase in taxes on tobacco
February 11, 2009Delayed the deadline on which the nation swiched from analog television to exclusively digital broadcasting of free over-the-air television programming to until June 12, 2009
February 17, 2009An economic package worth approximately $787 billion to prop up the environment
March 30, 2009Designated two million acres of wilderness for protection, established a National Landscape Conservation System, and added lands to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System and National Trails System
April 21, 2009Reauthorized and expanded the AmeriCorps program
May 20, 2009Takes a number of steps to enhance criminal enforcement of federal fraud laws, especially regarding financial institutions, mortgage fraud, and securities fraud or commodities fraud
May 20, 2009Expands eligibility for Chapter 13 bankruptcy by excluding home mortgage debt from the current maximum debt limitations, allows bankruptcy judges to alter morgage loans, expansion of the HOPE for Homeowners program, and provides a legal safe harbor from liability for lenders that participate in loan modifications or workouts with borrowers
May 22, 2009Reformed the way the Pentagon contracts and purchases major weapons systems
May 22, 2009Establishes fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit
June 22, 2009Allows the FDA to regulate the tobacco industry and imposes new warnings and labels on tobacco packaging and their advertisements
August 6, 2009Program to encourage U. S. residents to purchase new, more fuel-efficient vehicles when trading in less fuel-efficient vehicles
October 22, 2009Provides funds for veterans' healthcare
October 28, 2009Expands federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim's actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
October 30, 2009Extended the federal program that provides funds for low-income, uninsured and under-insured victims of AIDS and HIV and their families
November 6, 2009Provided an additional 20 weeks of unemployment benefits to laid-off workers and extended the homebuyer's tax credit
January 27, 2010Expanded the repatriation funds of HHS and assited low-income Medicare beneficiaries by paying their Medicare Part B premiums
Year SignedLegislationHint
March 4, 2010Created a Corporation for Travel Promotion and charged some non-U.S. tourists a fee of $10.00 to raise funding for advertising to get tourists to visit the U. S.
March 18, 2010Provides payroll tax breaks and incentives for businesses to hire unemployed workers
March 23, 2010Prohibits health insurers from denying coverage or refusing claims based on pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid eligibility, subsidizing insurance premiums, providing incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits, establishing health insurance exchanges, and support for medical research
March 30, 2010Makes changes to federal healthcare law - increasing tax credits to buy insurance, closes the Medicare Part D 'donut hole,' and offered more generous subsidies to lower income groups
May 5, 2010Provides healthcare benefits to veterans and their families
May 17, 2010Expands State Department scrutiny of news media intimidation and freedom of the press restrictions during its annual human rights report
July 21, 2010Creates several new agencies and merges and removes others, streamlines the regulatory process, increases oversight of institutions regarded as systemic risks, amends the Federal Reserve Act, and promotes transparency
July 22, 2010Extends the filing period for unemployment benefits for Americans affected to the serious economic recession of 2007 until November 2010
July 22, 2010Requires federal agencies to spend at least $1 million annually on audits which target government fraud and waste
August 10, 2010Makes foreign libel judgments unenforceable in the U. S. unless they are compliant with the First Amendment
September 27, 2010Authorizes the creation of the Small Business Lending Fund Program to make capital investments in eligible institutions to increase the availability of credit for small business
December 17, 2010Temporary the 'Bush' tax cuts for two years, extends unemployment benefits, reduces the payroll tax and has an overall impact of $858 billion
December 22, 2010Repealed the previous policy which restricted the military from efforts to discover or reveal the sexuality of closeted homosexual or bixexual servicemembers or applicants, while also barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service
December 22, 2010If ratified by Russia, the number of strategic nuclear missile launchers will be reduced by half and a new inspection and verification regime will go into effect
January 2, 2011Provides health monitoring and financial aid to sick 9/11 workers
January 4, 2011Permits the FDA to recall food in the case of contamination or illness and requires farms to track their production of food as well as construct plans to deal with the recall of food or outbreaks of disease, provides the FDA access to the records of food growers, and requires food importers to verify that their food meets U. S. standards
August 2, 2011Kept the United States from defaulting on its debt, cuts federal spending, and creates the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

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