Promise Kept rulings on the Obameter

No. 204: Initiate a grant and training program for law enforcement to deter cyber crime

"Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will also initiate a grant and training program to
provide federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies the tools
they need to detect and prosecute cyber crime."

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No. 208: Improve relations with Turkey, and its relations with Iraqi Kurds

"Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will lead a diplomatic effort to bring together
Turkish and Iraqi Kurdish leaders and negotiate a comprehensive
agreement that deals with the PKK threat, guarantees Turkey’s
territorial integrity, and facilitates badly needed Turkish investment
in and trade with the Kurds of northern Iraq. Barack Obama and Joe
Biden will support the promotion of democracy, human rights, and
freedom of expression in Turkey and support its efforts to join the
European Union."

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No. 212: Launch an international Add Value to Agriculture Initiative (AVTA)

"In
order to increase the incomes of subsistence producers, decrease the
pressure on shrinking arable lands, and minimize the vulnerability of
commodity exports to global price shocks, an Obama administration will
launch the AVTA Initiative. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are committed to
spurring research and innovation aimed at bringing about a Green
Revolution for Africa, by partnering with land grant institutions,
private philanthropies and business to support agricultural processing
through increased investment in research and development for improved
seeds,
irrigation methods, and affordable and safe fertilizers."

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No. 215: Create a rapid response fund for emerging democracies

"Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will introduce a new Rapid Response Fund – a seed
fund that will provide a shot of adrenaline to young democracies and
post-conflict societies, through foreign aid, debt relief, technical
assistance and investment packages that show the people of newly
hopeful countries that democracy and peace deliver, and the United
States stands by them."

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No. 222: Grant Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send money to Cuba

"Cuban
American connections to family in Cuba are not only a basic right in
humanitarian terms, but also our best tool for helping to foster the
beginnings of grassroots democracy on the island. Accordingly, as
president, Obama will grant Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to
visit family and send remittances to the island."

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No. 224: Restore funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program

"The
(Bush) administration has consistently proposed to cut or eliminate
funding for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne/JAG) program,
which funds anti-drug and anti-gang task forces across the country.
…Since 2000, this program has been cut more than 83 percent. … As
president, Obama will restore funding."

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No. 225: Establish an Energy Partnership for the Americas

"As
president, Barack Obama will establish an Energy Partnership for the
Americas. This partnership will increase research and development in
clean coal technology, the next generation of sustainable biofuels and
in wind, solar and nuclear energy. The partnership will also look for
ways for nations to coordinate to transport green energy across
national borders. It will help Latin American and Caribbean nations
become more energy independent and promote sustainable growth for the
region. The partnership also will create additional markets for
American biofuels and American-made green energy technology."

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No. 229: Expand the Nurse-Family Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers

"Barack
Obama and Joe Biden will expand the highly-successful Nurse-Family
Partnership to all low-income, first-time mothers. The Nurse-Family
Partnership provides home visits by trained registered nurses to
low-income expectant mothers and their families. The trained nurses use
proven methods to help improve the mental and physical health of the
family by providing counseling on substance abuse, creating and
achieving personal goals, and effective methods of nurturing children."

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No. 239: Release presidential records

"Will nullify the Bush attempts to make the timely release of presidential records more difficult."

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No. 241: Require new hires to sign a form affirming their hiring was not due to political affiliation or contributions.

"Will
issue an executive order asking all new hires at the agencies to sign a
form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely
on the basis of political affiliation or contribution."

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No. 244: Provide affordable, high-quality child care

"Will provide affordable and high-quality child care to ease the burden on working families."

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No. 247: Recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession

"Will
recruit math and science degree graduates to the teaching profession
and will support efforts to help these teachers learn from
professionals in the field. They will also work to ensure that all
children have access to a strong science curriculum at all grade
levels."

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No. 259: Reduce subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers

Will
"eliminate wasteful subsidies to private student lenders, which will
save nearly $6 billion dollars per year, and invest the savings in
additional student aid."

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No. 266: Encourage water-conservation efforts in the West

Will
"support federal policies to encourage voluntary water banks,
wastewater treatment, and other market-based conservation measures" to
address the water shortage in western states.

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No. 269: Increase funding for national parks and forests

"Will
repair the damage done to our national parks by inadequate funding and
emphasize the protection and restoration of our National Forests."

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No. 270: Increase funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Will
support "increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund,
which supports land acquisition and maintenance of parks" and "will
lead efforts to acquire and conserve new parks and public lands,
focusing on ecosystems such as the Great Plains and Eastern forests
which do not yet have the protection they deserve."

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No. 272: Encourage farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient

"Will
encourage the use of methane digesters that are being used to produce
power from animal waste; and will expand USDA projects that focus on
energy efficiency and conservation."

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No. 275: Expand Pell grants for low-income students

"Will
continue to work to ensure that the maximum Pell Grant award is
increased for low-income students. Specifically, he will ensure that
the award keeps pace with the rising cost of college inflation."

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No. 277: Pursue a wildfire management plan

"Will
aggressively pursue an effective fire prevention, mitigation and land
and forest management plan that decreases the fire risks that many
communities are now
facing. When wildfire threatens lives and
property, an Obama-Biden Administration will increase the federal
government’s commitment to field the most professional, well-trained,
and well-coordinated wildfire fighting force in the world. Unlike the
Bush Administration, they will not finance these efforts by raiding the
budgets relied upon by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
to provide public access to, and manage, the more than 430 million
acres of public lands that they oversee. Barack Obama will work with
Governors, Congress and local officials on a bipartisan basis to
develop and enact reliable, dedicated funding sources to fight the most
catastrophic fires so that public lands may continue to be managed for
public access, fish, wildlife, recreation, forestry and other multiple
uses."

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No. 278: Remove more brush, small trees and vegetation that fuel wildfires

"Will
place a high priority on implementing cooperative projects to remove
brush, small trees and other overgrown vegetation that serve as fuel
for wildfires. Barack Obama will focus the Forest Service and Bureau of
Land Management’s efforts on working with local communities on
hazardous fuels projects to make communities safer and forests
healthier."

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