How President Obama’s fighting for young Americans

  • President Obama took office in the middle of a financial crisis and took action to get the economy moving again. March was the 25th consecutive month that the economy added private-sector jobs, for a total of nearly 4.1 million new jobs.
  • The President announced historic new fuel efficiency standards that will nearly double vehicles’ fuel economy by 2025. That means we’re breathing cleaner air, importing less oil and saving money at the pump.
  • President Obama’s landmark health reform allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they turn 26. That means 2.5 million more young Americans now have health coverage. An estimated 12.1 million young adults will be covered once health reform is fully implemented.
  • By doubling funding for Pell Grants and eliminating billions of dollars in federal subsidies to banks acting as middlemen, President Obama has made a college education more accessible and affordable for millions of students.
  • The President responsibly ended the war in Iraq and is committed to bringing the war in Afghanistan to a responsible end.
  • Under the Obama administration, people who have gone into public service and work in fields like teaching, nursing, and the armed forces will have their federal student loans forgiven after 10 years if they make their payments on time. Income-based repayments on federal student loans will be capped at 10 percent of income.
  • President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” LGBT men and women can now serve our country without hiding who they are.
  • Under President Obama’s watch, the Environmental Protection Agency has enacted the first national standards for mercury emissions and other dangerous air toxins from coal and oil-fired power plants.
  • President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, which helps workers file claims against age and gender wage discrimination.
  • President Obama signed the Credit CARD Act into law, which protects young people from credit card company abuse. One major provision bans companies from marketing to students on college campuses.

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