Democratic Accomplishments

Our party, at all levels, have a long history of progressive legislation and actions which have helped make life more livable for all Americans.

National

Economy, Labor and Development

  • 8-Hour Workday
  • Minimum Wage Law
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Federal Home Loan Program
  • Securities & Exchange Act
  • Davis-Bacon Act
  • Balanced budget in 1998 as a result of the Balanced Act 1993 (Bill Clinton)
  • Federal Reserve Bank Act (Woodrow Wilson)
  • Clayton Anti-Trust Act (Woodrow Wilson)
  • Securities & Exchange Act (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Barack Obama)
  • Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) (Barack Obama)
  • Saved the US Auto Industry $62 billion in federal money to Save GM and Chrysler and 1,000,000 jobs (Barack Obama)

Rural Farming and Support

  • Rural Electrification Act of 1935 (Franklin Roosevelt)
  • Farm Loan Bank Act (Woodrow Wilson)
  • Federal Crop Loan Act (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • Farmer’s Home Administration (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • Soil Conservation Service (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • Rural Telephone Act (Harry Truman)
  • Agricultural Adjustment Administration (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  • Cooperative Extension Service (Woodrow Wilson)
  • Farm Loan Housing Act (Harry Truman)

Social welfare

  • Social Security
  • Workers Compensation Act
  • Unemployment Compensation Act

Military, veterans and international development

  • G.I. Bill of Rights
  • Marshall Plan
  • NATO
  • Peace Corps

Healthcare

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • The Afforable Care Act of 2010
  • Family and Medical Leave Act

Education

  • Operation Head Start
  • School Lunch Program
  • Guaranteed Student Loan Program
  • Smith-Hughes Vocational Education Act (Woodrow Wilson)
  • Fulbright-Hays Scholarship (Harry Truman)
  • Creation of the Education Department (Jimmy Carter)
  • School-to-Work Opportunities Act (Bill Clinton)
  • Race to the Top (Barack Obama)

Civil rights and Law Enforcement

  • Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Lyndon Johnson)
  • Matthew Shepard and James ByrdJr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (Barack Obama)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (Barack Obama)
  • 100,000 New police on U.S. streets

Voting Rights

  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Lyndon Johnson)
  • Motor Voter Act of 1993 (Bill Clinton)
  • Women’s Suffrage Amendment (Woodrow Wilson)

Environment, Science and technology

  • Water Quality Act
  •  Clean Air Act
  • First Man on the Moon (1969)