List of Joe Biden’s Accomplishments

Proven Leadership for All Americans

Joe Biden has dedicated his life to serving the American people. What has Joe Biden accomplished in 47 years, Trump zealots ask? A whole lot! We invite you to share this list below with your friends who would like to learn more about Joe Biden's achievements fighting for Americans, first as a U.S. Senator and then as Vice President alongside Barack Obama.

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Reviving Our Economy

  • as Vice President, oversaw implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, then the biggest economic recovery plan in our country’s history. helped rebuild the American economy and save the American auto industry, lifting us out of the Great Recession
  • brokered Senate negotiations between Democrats and Republicans to pass the Budget Control Act of 2011 and avert a federal government shutdown
  • led a review in 2014 of federal employment and training programs that reach more than 21 million people per year, retooling $1.5 billion in grants to align with job-driven training best practices

Expanding Access to Healthcare

  • helped pass Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), guaranteeing health coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions and 20 million who were previously uninsured
  • helped launch a “Cancer Moonshot” initiative in 2016 to accelerate efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer 

Advancing Women's Rights and Gender Equity

  • sponsored the original Violence Against Women Act in 1994, leading to a major decline in intimate partner violence, from 2.1 million victims in 1994 to 907,000 in 2010
  • oversaw the confirmation of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman in the history of the Supreme Court in 1993
  • as chair of an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee, advocated the addition of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Carol Moseley Braun

Climate Change

  • cosponsored proposed legislation to curb greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 
  • called for American participation in UN climate negotiations in 2005
  • introduced one of the Senate’s first climate change bills, in 1986, leading to the creation of a task force on global warming
  • utilized his experience working across the aisle to establish a pragmatic plan to cut carbon emissions and secure a sustainable future (click here to read more)
  • oversaw dispersement of $90 billion for clean energy as part of the 2009 Recovery Act. solar power increased 20x between the years 2008 and 2016

Promoting Peace and Security

  • secured the passage of arms limitation agreements in 1979 between the United States and the Soviet Union, reducing the risk of global nuclear disaster
  • advocated for economic sanctions against South Africa’s apartheid government
  • pushed for U.S. intervention in the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, ending ethnic cleansing and bringing peace to the region
  • supported expanding NATO to include Warsaw Pact nations Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, advancing the cause of an undivided, democratic and peaceful Europe

Protecting our children

  • served as primary sponsor of the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008, helping law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child predators 
  • sponsored and introduced the Criminal History Background Checks Pilot Extension Act of 2008, allowing volunteer organizations – such as children’s sports groups – to obtain national and state criminal history background checks on their volunteers

Policing and criminal justice reform

  • Co-authored the 1994 crime bill, which has been credited with decreasing levels of violent crime, but also increasing rates of incarceration. Biden has recognized flaws with the original bill and his proposed policies look to address many of the concerns that resulted (click here to read more)

Stopping Far-Right Judges

  • as ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, blocked Jeff Sessions from becoming a federal judge in 1986
  • blocked the nomination of Robert Bork, who wanted to roll back advances in civil rights, to the Supreme Court in 1987

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