Lowering Costs of Families’ Everyday Expenses
The Inflation Reduction Act lowers costs for families, combats the climate crisis, reduces the deficit, and finally makes the largest corporations pay their fair share. For the first time, Medicare will be able to negotiate the price of certain high-cost drugs, and seniors’ out of pocket expenses at the pharmacy will be capped at $2,000 a year. President Biden and Congressional Democrats worked together to deliver a historic legislative achievement that defeats special interests, delivers for American families, advances the most aggressive action on climate change and environmental injustice in American history, and grows the economy from the bottom up and middle out.
Making More in America
The President is leading a manufacturing boom with businesses investing in new manufacturing lines across the country and 700,000 manufacturing jobs created. The CHIPS and Science Act will lower the costs of everything from cars to dishwashers, create good-paying manufacturing jobs across the country, including union construction jobs, and ensure the United States manufactures more critical technologies here at home.
Rescued the Economy
The American Rescue Plan changed the course of the pandemic and jumpstarted our economic recovery. The American Rescue Plan funded our vaccination campaign that resulted in millions of American adults getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, safely re-opened all schools for in-person learning, helped 200,000 child care providers keep their doors open, provided 7 million emergency rental assistance payments to households who may have otherwise faced eviction, and delivered relief to American families.
Rebuilding our Infrastructure
Washington policymakers celebrated “infrastructure week” without ever delivering. President Biden got it done. He worked across the aisle to forge consensus and passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure. We are rebuilding our roads, bridges, ports, and airports, upgrading public transit and rail systems, replacing lead pipes to provide clean water, cleaning up pollution, providing affordable high-speed internet to every family in America, delivering cheaper and cleaner energy to households and businesses, and creating good-paying jobs.
Historic Expansion of Benefits and Services for Toxic Exposed Veterans
President Biden signed into law the PACT Act -- the most significant expansion of benefits and services for toxic exposed veterans in more than 30 years. This law also enables the Department of Veterans Affairs to move more quickly in the future to determine if illnesses are related to military service, and it offers critical support to survivors who were harmed by exposures. And, the law authorized 31 new clinical sites and provides VA several tools and resources to ensure effective implementation of the law.
The First Meaningful Gun Violence Reduction Legislation in 30 Years
President Biden brought together Democrats and Republicans to pass the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major piece of gun safety legislation in three decades. The law will save lives by requiring young people ages 18 to 21 to undergo enhanced background checks; narrowing the "boyfriend loophole" to keep guns out of the hands of convicted dating partners; funding crisis interventions, including extreme risk protection order ("red flag") laws; making significant investments to address the mental health crisis in America, including in our schools; clarifying who needs to register as a federally licensed gun dealer and run background checks before selling a single weapon; and making gun trafficking and straw purchases distinct federal crimes.
Historic Confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Federal Judges of Diverse Backgrounds
President Biden nominated and the Senate confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Jackson is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and has unprecedented experience in our legal system. President Biden’s appointees include record percentages of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and civil rights lawyers and public defenders. Sixty-seven percent of President Biden’s nominees are women, and 66% are people of color.
Executive Orders Protecting Reproductive Rights
Since the Supreme Court took away a constitutional right from the American people, President Biden is doing everything in his power to defend reproductive rights. He has signed two Executive Orders to protect access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception, and safeguard patient privacy and sensitive health information, and has made clear his commitment to fighting any attack by a state or local official who attempts to interfere with women exercising their constitutional right to travel out of state for medical care.
Historic Student Debt Relief for Middle- and Working-Class Families
The Biden Administration announced debt relief of up to $20,000 for Americans earning less than $125,000 per year who had Pell Grants in college, and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers below that income threshold. More than 40 million borrowers stand to benefit from this action, and about 20 million would see their debt entirely wiped out - and nearly 90% of this relief will go to borrowers earning less than $75,000 per year.
Ending our Failed Approach to Marijuana
To help remedy our country’s failed approach to marijuana, including racial disparities, the President pardoned all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession and urged governors to do the same. The Administration is also initiating the process to review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law. Marijuana is currently a Schedule I drug, the same classification as for heroin and LSD and even higher than for fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Rallied the World to Support Ukraine in Response to Putin’s War
Since the start of President Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified full-scale invasion of Ukraine, President Biden has rallied the world to rise to the moment, stand up to autocracy, and defend democracy. President Biden has worked around the clock with partners and allies to strengthen Ukraine, coordinate and impose unprecedented economic costs against Russia, and secure robust bipartisan support at home to deliver critical weapons and economic and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine.
Successful Counterterrorism Missions Against the Leaders of Al Qaeda and ISIS
At President Biden’s direction, the United States took key leaders of ISIS and Al Qaeda off the battlefield, demonstrating our resolve and ability to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm and in ways that do not require risking the lives of thousands of Americans on the ground. These successful missions have sent a powerful message to all terrorists who threaten America and our interests around the world that the United States is committed to being relentless in these efforts.
Advancing Equity and Racial Justice, Including Historic Criminal Justice Reform
On his first day in office, President Biden signed a historic executive order directing the federal government to use every tool available to advance equity and racial justice. As a result, the Administration has taken bold action to narrow the racial wealth gap, invest in communities facing persistent poverty, and advance programs and policies to deliver racial justice. President Biden has delivered criminal justice reforms to improve prison conditions and help people get back on their feet after incarceration. To strengthen public safety and public trust, he signed a landmark executive order on safe, effective, and accountable policing that mandated federal reforms such as banning chokeholds, restricting no-knock entries, creating a national police accountability database, and restricting the transfer of military equipment to local police departments.
Strengthened Alliances and Partnerships to Deliver for the American People
America’s alliances and partnerships are the strongest they’ve ever been at any point in recent history – a hallmark of President Biden’s approach to the world to advance our interests and values. Following Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine, President Biden moved quickly to strengthen NATO. He provided reassurance and support to Allies, particularly on the eastern flank, and he generated congressional support for the accession of two new states, Sweden and Finland, into the Alliance. The G7 has become the premier platform in coordinating the international response to the biggest challenges we face from energy security to the swift economic costs we’ve imposed on Russia for its brutal war. In the Indo-Pacific, we have deepened our security and economic partnerships and we’ve brought together Atlantic and Pacific partners to shape the rules of the road and strengthen our edge in the competition with China, in this decisive decade. Across the world, from Africa to the Western Hemisphere, to the Middle East, President Biden is building the strongest possible coalition of nations to solve shared challenges and position the United States to shape the future of the international order.
Delivering on the Most Aggressive Climate and Environmental Justice Agenda in American History
The U.S. is positioned to achieve our ambitious climate goals of cutting our emissions in half by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. The President has taken executive action and signed legislation to develop clean energy at home, accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, and reduce pollution that endangers overburdened communities. And, the President is lowering energy costs for families, creating good paying jobs, and ensuring America leads the global clean energy economy. The President also protected more lands and waters in his first year than any President since John F. Kennedy.
More People Are Working than at Any Point in American History
As a result of President Biden’s economic strategy, we’ve created 10 million jobs, and more Americans applied to start new small businesses last year than ever before for a total 5.4 million new small business applications. The unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, including near a record low for Hispanics and near a record low for African-Americans.
More People with Health Insurance Than Ever Before
Since the beginning of the Biden Administration, 5 million people have gained health insurance coverage and the nation’s uninsured rate is the lowest it has ever been at 8 percent. 14.5 million Americans signed up for quality, affordable health coverage, the highest number ever produced in an open enrollment period.
That's not all — President Biden has also:
- Mailed over 650 million free COVID-19 tests directly to tens of millions of Americans
- Lowered the cost of hearing aids by making them available over the counter
- Created more manufacturing jobs in 2021 than in any single year in nearly 30 years
- Signed an Executive Order to encourage competition across industries
- Lowered energy costs for families by leading the world in the largest release of oil reserves in history
- Lowered seniors’ health care expenses, including by capping out of pocket expenses on prescription drugs for seniors at $2,000 per year
- Accelerated adoption of electric vehicles by reducing costs for families, jumpstarted the first national EV charging network, and made historic investments into EV batteries and materials
- Rejoined the Paris Agreement on day one to reassert the United States global leadership to combat the climate crisis
- Jumpstarted the American offshore wind industry and convened the nation’s first federal-state offshore wind partnership
- Set new policies to reduce super pollutants like HFCs and methane to protect communities and reduce emissions fueling climate change
- Lowered the deficit with the single largest nominal reduction in American history
- Boosted homegrown biofuels to lower gas prices and fight Putin’s Price Hike
- Secured commitments from 20 leading internet providers to increase speeds and cut prices
- Signed legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act
- Awarded the most ever federal contracting dollars to small businesses and disadvantaged small businesses
- Reignited the Cancer Moonshot with the goal of cutting the cancer death rate by at least half over the next 25 years
- Appointed a record number of women and people of color to serve in his Administration
- Hosted the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in over 50 years and released a National Strategy to end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases and disparities by 2030
- Took historic steps to advance full equality for LGBTQI+ Americans, including reversing the discriminatory ban on transgender servicemembers in the military, strengthening non-discrimination protections in health care, housing, education, and employment, and ensuring that transgender Americans can access government support and services
- Awarded $1 billion to initiate cleanup and clear the backlog of 49 previously unfunded Superfund sites, over $250 million to clean up hundreds of contaminated brownfield sites and $725 million for abandoned mine lands
- Restored protections for Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monuments and designated Camp Hale-Continental Divide National Monument to conserve our lands and waters, honor our nation’s veterans, protect Tribal cultural resources, and support jobs and America’s outdoor recreation economy
- Signed an Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People
- Invested historic funding for Tribal governments and Native communities
- Helped develop 4,000 new Registered Apprenticeship programs that led to the hiring of more than 1 million apprentices