What Has Biden Done? Here is a Long List of Accomplishments

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There’s a common misconception that mainstream media outlets have an overt bias toward Democrats.

This all started in the late 1970s with “pioneer of conservative talk radio” , who paved the way in the post- 1980s for right-wing hate media personalities like Rush Limbaugh.

After President Bill Clinton signed the , media mogul found the field ripe for extending his empire, fulfilling of creating the 100-percent 24/7 “fair and balanced” cable television channel we know as Fox News.

Joining it today are cable channels One , -owned stations, Murdoch-owned newspaper , and , like Breitbart; The Epoch Times; The Blaze; ; The Washington Times; ; and Meta, the site formerly known as Facebook.

These right-wing outlets have done such a successful job hammering home the lie that any other mainstream outlet not them is de facto “liberal” that the presumably “liberal” outlets tack further to the right to avoid being accused of it.

This obsession with their more truculent competitors has ironically led “liberal” , , and to adopt a more .

So we shouldn’t be surprised when the trains its attention on any tidbit of coming out of the current White House, particularly economic, the Biden administration has achieved in just one year.

want to know how the press covers the Biden economy?

last friday, 531K new jobs announced. NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight both ignored the story.

this wk, inflation jumped 6%, Nightly News and World News slotted it as their second story of the night

- Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert)

also, press noted all week, biggest inflation jump since 1990.

OMG that’s awful! US economy tanked in 1990!

guess what mortgage interest rates were 1990? 10%

today? 2.5%

- Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert)

And there are a lot of successes.

Here are just some the Democratic party can boast of this first year of the Biden administration with a congressional majority:

Need some more?

Below are just a few (okay, more than a few) of the most consequential.

Education

Housing

  • $46.5B in housing assistance that includes $21.5 billion in rental assistance, $10 billion for homeowner relief, $5billion for section-8 vouchers, $5 billion to fight homelessness, $5 billion for utilities assistance

Healthcare

  • 2-year Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax credit expansion that ended the “subsidy cliff”- expanded coverage and cutting costs for millions
  • Required insurers to cover pre-exposure prophylaxis medicine (), an HIV prevention drug, and all related clinical visits
  • Extended the ACA open enrollment period from 45 to 76 days with a new year-round special enrollment period for low-income enrollees
  • Restored Navigator program to assist with ACA sign up
  • Removed separate billing requirement for ACA abortion coverage
  • Eliminated a regulation allowing states to privatize exchanges
  • Eliminated all Medicaid work requirements
  • Permanently removed the restriction on mail access to abortion pills
  • Rescinded Mexico City Policy (global gag rule) barring international non-profit corporations from receiving US funding that provided abortion counseling or referrals
  • Allowed states to extend coverage through Medicaid and the (Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to post-partum women for one year (up from 60 days)
  • $6 billion to Indian Health Services
  • $17 billion to the Veterans’ Administration (VA), including $1B to forgive veteran medical debt
  • $3 billion to address mental health and substance abuse
  • Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ patients

Judiciary

  • Confirmed 42 lifetime federal judges (the most in 40 years), 13 circuit court judges, and 29 district court judges
  • Named first openly LBGTQ woman to sit on an appeals court, first Muslim American federal judge, and record number of black women and public defenders

Environment

  • Committed $100 million for environmental justice initiatives, $1.1 billion for Everglades restoration, $100 million for environmental justice initiatives
  • Signed a 30-gigawatt that includes the largest ever offshore wind lease sale in NY and NJ, offshore wind lease sales in California, expedited offshore wind projects, $3 billion in Dept. of Energy loans for offshore wind projects, and $230 million in offshore wind port infrastructure
  • Established a solar plan to slash in half the cost of solar by 2030, including $128 million in funding to lower costs and improve solar technology
  • Forged a multi-agency partnership to expedite clean energy projects on federal land
  • Instructed Dept. of Energy to strengthen appliance efficiency rules
  • Finalized the rule to prevent cutting corners on efficiency standards
  • Finalized the rule to expedite appliance efficiency standards
  • Repealed a federal architecture executive order making sustainable federal buildings harder to build
  • Reversed size cuts and restored protections to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments

Pandemic Relief

  • Extended the public health emergency through at least April 15, 2022
  • $50 billion in funding to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for COVID disaster relief that includes vaccine funding and states’ reimbursement for COVID costs, retroactively to March 2020
  • Committed $47.8 billion for testing, $1.75 billion for COVID genome sequencing, $8.5 billion to CDC for vaccines, $7.6 billion to state and local health departments, $7.6 billion to community health centers
  • Administered over 500 million vaccine shots through 90,000 free vaccination sites
  • Raised federal reimbursement from $23 to $40 per shot for vaccine sites
  • Deployed 6000 troops for initial vaccination
  • Provided cash incentives, free rides, and free childcare for the initial vaccination drive
  • Donated 400 million vaccines internationally, committed 1.2 billion
  • Contributed $2 billion to COVAX for global vaccinations
  • Funded expansion of vaccine manufacturing in India and South Africa
  • Implemented vaccine mandate for federal employees, contractors, and employees at healthcare providers that receive Medicare/Medicaid funding.
  • Implemented vaccine/test mandate for large businesses (SC struck down)
  • Invoked DPA for testing, vaccine, PPE manufacturing
  • Implemented a federal mask mandate for federal buildings, federal employees, and public transportation
  • Implemented test requirement for international travel
  • Implemented joint FDA-NIH expedited process to approve at home tests more quickly
  • Required over 20,000 free federal testing sites
  • Provided 8 at-home tests per month to be reimbursed by insurance
  • Secured one billion at-home tests to be available for free by mail and 50 million at-home tests available free at community health centers
  • Secured 25 million high-quality reusable masks for low-income residents in early 2021 and 400 million free N95 masks at pharmacies and health centers
  • Deployed military medical teams to assist overburdened hospitals
  • Rejoined the World Health Organization (WHO)

LGBTQ

  • Ended the ban on transgender soldiers in the military
  • Reversed the Trump administration limits on the and fully enforced it
  • Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ patients in healthcare
  • Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ families in housing under the Fair Housing Act
  • Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ people in the financial system to access loans or credit
  • Declared the Justice Department (DOJ) will enforce that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in education.
  • Revoked the ban on federal diversity training
  • Instructed the VA to review its policies to remove barriers to care for transgender veterans
  • Confirmed the first Senate LGBTQ cabinet secretary
  • Extended birthright citizenship to children of same-sex couples born abroad
  • Permitted the State Department to allow non-binary Americans to use an “X” gender designation on passports

Criminal Justice

  • Banned new contracts with private prisons for criminal prisons
  • Re-established the Justice Department’s use of police department consent degrees
  • Investigated police department pattern and practice in Phoenix, Louisville, and Minneapolis
  • Banned chokeholds and limited no-knock raids among federal law enforcement

Civil Rights

  • Banned modern-day redlining
  • Doubled DOJ Civil Rights Division staff
  • Increased percentage of federal contract for small disadvantaged businesses from 5% to 15% ($100B in additional contracts over 5 years)
  • Sued TX and over voting laws
  • Sued TX over
  • Sued GA over prison abuse
  • Signed law making Juneteenth a federal holiday
  • Signed an executive order to use the federal government to improve voting access through federal programs and departments.
  • Signed the COVID-19 Hate Crime Act making more resources available to support hate crime reporting
  • Signed an executive order for diversity in the federal workplace
  • Increased federal employment opportunities for the previously incarcerated

YEAR ONE WHAT BIDEN HAS DONE MEGA THREAD

*1.9T American Rescue Plan
*$1400 stimulus checks for adults, children, and adult dependents
*1 year child tax credit expansion — $3600 0–5, $3000 6–17, removed income reqs and made fully refundable
*One year EITC expansion

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- What Biden Has Done (@What46HasDone)

For a complete list, visit the website .

While there is more — to do and should have been done, Democrats have done more for the American people in 12 months than republicans have the past 40 years.

But if we just listened to the , we would assume Democrats are bumbling around the halls of the Capitol trying to find the exits.

In their cause to avoid being accused of having a “liberal bias,” the media could be repeating the .

Originally published at on January 29, 2022.

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for Liberal America and the Left Place blog on Substack: https://theleftplace.substack.com/.

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