What Has Joe Biden Done As President? The Full List Of His Accomplishments

Joe Biden Inauguration
Joe Biden Inauguration

Tracking what Joe Biden has accomplished since becoming the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.

As of September 2021 there are 98 verified accomplishments for Biden on the comprehensive list.

Table of Contents

Domestic Policy
Immigration/Border
Climate Change
Human Rights
COVID-19
National Security
Judiciary
Environment
Foreign Policy

Domestic Policy

Biden declassified previously secret 9/11 documents.

Biden directed Treasury and HUD to implement policies to increase the supply of affordable housing.

Biden signed legislation that provided Congressional Gold Medal  to the Harlem Hellfighters, the Black soldiers who served in World War 1

Biden restarted posting White House visitor logs after Donald Trump had stopped doing so

Biden ordered multiple agencies to enact policies that will increase the supply of affordable of homes in America

Biden signed a law expanding access for veterans to therapy dogs and service dogs

Biden cancelled student loan debt for more than 300,000 Americans with severe disabilities (over $5.8 billion worth of debt)

Biden increased food stamp benefits by 25% to directly help needy families

Biden canceled $55.6 million in student debt for students of for-profit schools

Biden has the narrowest pay gap between women and men in the White House of any president

The Biden administration released rules that protect patients from unexpected medical bills.

Attorney General Merrick Garland ordered a halt on federal death penalty executions.

Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (aka COVID-19 Stimulus) providing $1.9 trillion of relief to the American economy

Biden signed an executive order to make the Department of Justice work on reducing the use of “ghost guns”

Biden signed an executive order expanding access to legal representation for the poor.

Biden (and Vice President Kamala Harris) released their 2021 tax returns, after Trump refused to release his for his entire four-year term.

Biden ordered the Department of Justice to produce a rule clarifying when a device marketed as a gun brace turns a pistol effectively into a short-barreled rifle

Biden told the Department of Justice to produce model “red flag” legislation for all 50 states so that they could enact such laws against gun violence

Biden increased the minimum wage for thousands of federal contractors to $15/hr

Stimulus payments from the American Rescue Plan were sent via direct deposit just 24 hours after the plan was signed into law

Biden directed $2.5 billion in funding to specifically address America’s mental illness and addiction crisis

American Rescue Plan extended a 15% increase to SNAP funding, helping children who qualify for free lunch

The American Rescue Plan restores funding to veterans programs, including programs to assist veterans’ mental health, that had been cut under Trump

The American Rescue Plan adds boosted funding to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), providing new options for people who need health insurance and lowering costs for people already insured.

American Rescue Plan provides money to the airline industry, preventing tens of thousands of aviation jobs who will no longer be furloughed

Socially disadvantaged (including Black, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American) farmers will get $4 billion from the American Rescue Plan in debt relief, while another $1 billion will create a racial equity commission.

Biden will be nominating three Democrats to the USPS board of governors, which will lead to the removal of Postmaster Louis DeJoy.

Biden issued an executive order that will make American supply chains less reliant on foreign companies.

Biden revoked a Trump executive order mandating stricter work rules on people seeking welfare help.

Biden restored labor rights to workers at the Department of Defense.

Biden got rid of a Trump order that used COVID as an excuse for deregulation.

Biden undid a Trump-era mandate that said federal buildings had to be constructed in classical style.

Biden revoked a Trump order that suspended federal funds from going to purported “anarchist jurisdictions.”

Biden got rid of conservative officials stashed at the Voice of America and other broadcasting-related entities of the government.

Biden issued an executive order requiring political appointees to take an ethics pledge.

Biden signed pension relief, keeping more than 100 pension plans solvent and providing retirement benefits to millions.

Immigration/Border

Biden raised the cap on refugees being admitted to the United States to 62,500 from the 15,000 set by Trump.

Biden terminated contracts with companies to construct the border wall

Biden reversed a Trump ruling and extended protected status to 100,000 Haitians.

Biden revoked Trump’s order banning Muslims from certain countries entering the U.S.

Biden reinstated the Central American Minors Program, a program begun under President Obama that allows minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to reunite with a parent living lawfully in the United States.

Biden terminated a 2018 Trump agreement that put up roadblocks to families trying to help undocumented immigrant children

Biden stopped ICE from targeting undocumented immigrants at COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Biden will allow migrant families that were separated under Trump to be reunified in the United States or their country of origin.

Biden revoked a Trump executive order suspending the issuing of visas that used the pandemic as an excuse to do so.

Biden canceled the National State of Emergency which had allowed Trump to divert federal funds to his border wall project.

Biden changed ICE rules on arrests and detentions so fewer people are kept away from their families.

Climate Change

Biden ordered the EPA and the Department of Transportation to rollout increased fuel emission standards that will lead to 40-50 percent of US cars being electric by 2030

Biden allocated $5 billion from FEMA for communities affected by climate-related disasters

Biden returned the United States to the Paris Climate Accord

Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline

Biden blocked drilling at the Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)

Biden ordered a stop to the issuing of new leases for oil and gas exploration on public lands

Human Rights

Biden signed legislation increasing the amount that can be spent providing assistance to Americans returning from Afghanistan from $1 million to $10 million

Under Biden, the U.S. State Department added a third gender option to passports.

Biden appointed a Special Envoy, Jessica Stern, to advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons

Biden had the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) recognize that laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also apply to LGBTQ+ people, reversing a Trump’s policy

Biden rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, after America left it under Trump.

Biden withdrew the federal government’s support of an anti-transgender lawsuit which sought to block transgender girls from participating in sports.

Biden extended federal fair housing protections to LGBTQ Americans.

Biden created a Gender Policy Council at the White House, rolling back the Trump administration decision to end a similar program under Obama.

Biden has more women and minorities as part of his Cabinet and key advisers than any other president.

Biden raised the cap on admitting refugees to 125,000 after the number had been dramatically lowered by Trump.

COVID-19

Biden had the Department of Defense double the number of military health teams assisting hospitals with COVID-19.

Biden expanded COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.

Biden ordered the TSA to double fines for travelers who refuse to mask.

Biden instructed the Department of Education to pay teachers or school officials who had their pay withheld for instituting mask mandates.

Biden required all educators in Head Start to be vaccinated.

Biden ordered the Department of Labor to require employers with 100 workers or more to give paid time off for vaccination.

Biden signed an executive order requiring all executive branch federal employees to be vaccinated.

Biden ordered the Department of Labor to require companies with 100 or more employees to ensure full vaccination.

Biden is requiring that the staffs of nursing homes are vaccinated or they will lose their federal funding.

Biden extended the pause on student loan repayment until January 31 2022 due to COVID-19

Biden directed every state, along with all tribes and territories, to make all adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1 2021

Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to accelerate vaccine development. This led to enough vaccine being produced to have supply for every adult American by May 2021 instead of the original date of July 2021.

Biden brokered an arrangement between Merck and Johnson & Johnson to manufacture the single-dose vaccine.

The Biden administration will deliver more than 25 million masks to health centers and food pantries.

Biden directed the U.S. to donate $4 billion to international vaccine distribution efforts, as he promised during the campaign.

Biden secured 200 million extra doses of vaccine for a total of 300 million available vaccine doses by July 2021.

Biden deployed over 1,000 active duty troops to assist with vaccinations.

Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to make vaccines and PPE (personal protective equipment) like masks.

Biden sent more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to countries who need it.

National Security

37,000 people were evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, by the US military in 8 days

Biden signed legislation awarding Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol Police who responded to the January 6 attack on the Capitol

Biden barred Donald Trump from receiving intelligence briefings, citing his erratic behavior and the possible danger to U.S. security.

Biden told Russian president Vladimir Putin the United States would no longer “roll over” for his aggressive actions.

Biden rescinded the Trump administration’s decision to designate Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen as a terrorist group. The designation was widely criticized by international organizations at the time.

Judiciary

Biden threw out 32 last-minute nominations offered by the Trump administration. Included in the rejections were judicial appointments supported by conservatives.

Environment

Biden ended large-scale logging at Tongass National Forest in Alaska

Biden delayed a Trump administration rule that experts said could have led to the unnecessary death of “billions” of birds.

Foreign Policy

Biden ended the 20-year long war in Afghanistan, evacuating over 120,000 people from the country

Biden created a Leaders Summit for Democracy, with the first meeting scheduled for December 2021

Biden sanctioned members of the Belarus government for their actions subverting democracy

The U.S. formally turned over Bagram base in Afghanistan to the government there

Biden sanctioned Russia for their attempts at election interference and for the SolarWinds hacking attack.

Biden had the United States rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO)

Biden levied sanctions against Russian officials in retaliation for the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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