Tracking politicians' promises

The Obameter

Tracking Obama's Campaign Promises

GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

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Overhaul the corporate tax code and reduce the rate for manufacturing companies

The Promise:

"Reforming the corporate tax code to bring down tax rates on domestic manufacturers by nearly a quarter -- while closing tax preferences and loopholes to pay for it."


Update December 7th, 2016: Corporate tax code resists change

End tax deductions for companies that offshore

The Promise:

"Ending tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas, and using the saving to create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs home."


Update December 7th, 2016: No traction for offshoring pledge

Create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs to the United States from overseas

The Promise:

"Ending tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas, and using the saving to create a new tax credit for companies that bring jobs home."


Update December 7th, 2016: Jobs tax credit idea dead upon legislative arrival

Cut another $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion in spending

The Promise:

"I'll make sure the government does its part by cutting away spending we don't need. We've already cut a trillion dollars of spending we didn't need and we can do more. I want to do another trillion, trillion and a half of cuts."


Update December 5th, 2016: He presided over significant cuts, but not necessarily as high as promised

Make the Veterans Administration a national leader in health reform

The Promise:

"Make the VA a leader of national health care reform. … This includes efforts to improve electronic records interoperability, expand effectiveness research, promote wellness programs, and instill more accountability for performance and quality improvement initiatives."


Update December 5th, 2016: VA: Progress on some fronts but not all

Require drilling on current oil and gas leases

The Promise:

"A "Use it or Lose It" Approach to Existing Leases. Oil companies have access to 68 million acres of land, over 40 million offshore, which they are not drilling on. Drilling in open areas could significantly increase domestic oil and gas production. Barack Obama and Joe Biden will require oil companies to diligently develop these leases or turn them over so that another company can develop them."


Update December 5th, 2016: Early proposals disappeared and never resurfaced

Establish a small business initiative for rural America

The Promise:

"Will support entrepreneurship and spur job growth by establishing a small business and micro-enterprise initiative for rural America. The program will provide training and technical assistance for rural small business, and provide a 20 percent tax credit on up to $50,000 of investment in small owner-operated businesses. This initiative will put the full support of the nation's economic policies behind rural entrepreneurship."


Update December 1st, 2016: Half of promise implemented, half not

Set a standard for utilities that 80 percent of U.S. electricity comes from clean sources by 2035

The Promise:

"Setting a standard for utility companies to that 80 percent of the nation's electricity comes from clean sources by 2035"


Update December 1st, 2016: Halted Clean Power Plan incentivizes renewables for power generation

Work with UN on climate change

The Promise:

"Will re-engage with the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) – the main international forum dedicated to addressing the climate problem . . . will also create a Global Energy Forum of the world's largest emitters to focus exclusively on global energy and environmental issues."


Update December 1st, 2016: Paris agreement signed and ratified

Invest $150 billion to encourage "green" business sector

The Promise:

"I will invest $150 billion over the next 10 years - $15 billion a year - to put America on the path of true energy security. This fund will fast-track investments in a new green energy business sector that will end our addiction to oil and create up to 5 million jobs over the next two decades."


Update November 30th, 2016: 'Green business sector' definition makes funding difficult to tally

Safeguard the right to privacy

The Promise:

"Will strengthen privacy protections for the digital age and will harness the power of technology to hold government and business accountable for violations of personal privacy."


Update November 18th, 2016: FCC limits broadband providers use of personal data

Restrict warrantless wiretaps

The Promise:


"Barack Obama opposed the Bush Administration's initial policy on warrantless wiretaps because it crossed the line between protecting our national security and eroding the civil liberties of American citizens. As president, Obama would update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to provide greater oversight and accountability to the congressional intelligence committees to prevent future threats to the rule of law."

Update November 18th, 2016: Some limits on warrantless wiretaps but loopholes remain

Lead the world in college graduates by 2020

The Promise:

"He set a goal to lead the world in college graduates by 2020, and cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years, a goal that will save the typical student thousands of dollars a year, and proposed bringing together community colleges and businesses to train 2 million Americans for good jobs that actually exist now and are waiting to be filled."


Update November 15th, 2016: Though improving, U.S. still lags South Korea

Create a veterans job corps

The Promise:

"I want to create a veterans job corps, so we can put our returning heroes back to work as cops and firefighters in communities that need them."


Update November 15th, 2016: Programs exist, just not the one Obama promised

Create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016

The Promise:

"President Obama set a goal to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016 and is working to double American exports over the next five years by promoting U.S. goods and removing trade barriers, expanding access to credit, and promoting strong growth."


Update November 14th, 2016: Statistics fall short on both manufacturing jobs, exports