Labor activists started calling for an 8-hour day in 1836; Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the above provisions into law for many workers more than a century later.
First enacted in 1944 under FDR, the G.I. Bill of Rights provides funds for military veterans to receive education/training, started unemployment compensation for veterans, and facilitates loans for returning veterans to buy homes and start businesses.
Enacted under Lyndon B. Johnson, which outlawed major forms of discrimination against blacks and women, including racial segregation and unfair voter registration requirements.
Enacted for limited recipients in 1935 under FDR and expanded under Harry Truman and LBJ, which helps ensure that people who are too old or infirm to work can still access basic necessities.
Provides greatly subsidized health care to retirees. Medicare was signed into law in 1965 by LBJ as an amendment to the Social Security Act.
First enacted under Truman in 1944(the Federal Water Pollution Control Act) and expanded under Jimmy Carter in 1977. The 1977 amendments created a greater structure for regulating pollutants contaminating U.S. waters and gave the EPA authority to implement pollution control programs.
Signed into law in 1993 under Bill Clinton, the Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees who have worked for an employer for at least 1 year to take up to 12 weeks of leave for a family illness, birth or adoption within each 12 month period. Employers must apply accrued sick or vacation time to the worker’s family/medical leave and compensate workers for that time.
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...without the policies of FDR & HST, I and others, who were born in the 30s would still be poor. Without the policies of JFK & LBJ, I and others, like me, would have lost our gains and be subjected to dirty water & air. In addition, we would not have some of the basic benefits of a provided & protected commons ... to include Public Education. I am a Democrat, because the Party unabashedly supports Human & Civil Rights. Beyond that ... the list is endless! - Lawrence G. German
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