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

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  • $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
  • 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 (PrEP), 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  • Rescinded Mexico City Policy (global gag rule) barring international non-profit corporations from receiving US funding that provided abortion counseling or referrals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
  • 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
  • Committed $100 million for environmental justice initiatives, $1.1 billion for Everglades restoration, $100 million for environmental justice initiatives
  • Signed a 30-gigawatt offshore wind plan 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
  • 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)
  • Ended the ban on transgender soldiers in the military
  • Reversed the Trump administration limits on the Bostock ruling 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 Title IX 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
  • 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
  • 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 GA over voting laws
  • Sued TX over abortion law
  • 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

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Ted Millar

Ted Millar

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