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Biden’s First 100 Days

Wednesday President Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time of his presidency. Once he was elected President Biden pledged to work swiftly, signing numerous executive orders and preparing major legislation. As he reaches his 100th day has he fulfilled his promises (npr.org/2021/04/26/990305593/100-days-how-biden-has-fared-so-far-on-his-promises)?


COVID-19

President Biden has completed several agenda items relating to the continued COVID-19 pandemic. He signed a $1.9 trillion relief package that provided support to local and state governments, extended unemployment benefits, and sent out direct payments. He has also been lauded for his efforts in getting the new vaccines distributed with 40% of the population receiving at least one dose and 27% fully vaccinated. He has also built a coronavirus task force and worked closely with Dr. Fauci and the W.H.O.


Economy

President Biden pledged to reverse President Trump’s corporate tax cut. This hasn’t been done yet, but it may be implemented if his $2 trillion infrastructure plan is passed.


Environment

President Biden recently organized an international climate summit and has pledged to cut emissions over the next ten years.

Racial Equity

President Biden pledged to make progress with racial equity after the restless summer of violence. While he had pledged to make a police oversight committee, that has since been dropped. He also has tried to get two bills passed, a new voting rights act and the SAFE justice act. Neither has been passed at this point.


Immigration

This is an area that many Americans have criticized President Biden over. While he used his executive orders to halt border wall construction and overturn most of President Trump’s other immigration policies, he has seen record numbers in border crossings. When he was running for president, Biden was critical of Trump’s policy that separated children. That being said, Biden has since continued the policy.


Foreign Policy

Biden recently pledged to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 9/11/21. He has also pushed back against Russian intervention, imposing sanctions for their hacking back in December. Ultimately President Biden hopes to have an international summit for democracy.


Do you agree with these policy decisions? If not, why? Would you consider these achievements a success? What should the administration’s focus be over the next 100 days?

Image Credit: Chelsea Beck/NPR

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