What has Joe Biden done as President?

After taking office on January 20, 2021, President Joe Biden and his administration have been working tirelessly for the American people. We've done our best to consolidate highlights from his past 3.5 years in office. 

En español: ¿Qué ha hecho Joe Biden como presidente?

Economic Growth and Job Creation

  • Nearly 15 million jobs created since 2021
  • 750,000 new manufacturing jobs
  • Established $15 minimum wage for Federal workers and contractors
  • Companies have announced nearly $300 billion in manufacturing investments in the United States
  • Enacted the Inflation Reduction Act, which lowers costs for families, combats the climate crisis, reduces the deficit, and finally makes the largest corporations pay their fair share
  • Near record low unemployment rates for the Hispanic and African-American communities
  • Record low unemployment rate for people with disabilities

Infrastructure

  • Infrastructure investments in all 50 states, D.C., territories, and throughout Tribal nations, to rebuild or add new highways, bridges, and rail.
  • Led the world in a historic release of strategic reserves.
  • Over 16 million households receiving lower cost or free high-speed internet through the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Public Health and Healthcare

  • Lowered seniors’ health care expenses, including capping out-of-pocket expenses on prescription drugs for seniors at $2,000 per year, ensuring that people enrolled in Medicare will not pay more than $35 for a month’s supply of insulin, and recipients will receive free vaccines.
  • 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.
  • Four out of five people who sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act can find health care coverage for $10 a month or less, and millions of Americans on Obamacare are saving an average of $800 a year.
  • Combined 50 percent increase in enrollment in states that use HealthCare.gov and the nation’s uninsured rate is historically low at 8 percent.
  • Over 16 million Americans signed up for quality, affordable health coverage, the highest number ever produced in an open enrollment period.
  • Signed the PACT Act, the most significant expansion of benefits and services for toxic exposed veterans in more than 30 years
  • Defended reproductive rights by signing Executive Orders to protect access to reproductive health care and taking action against state or local officials who attempt to interfere with women exercising their constitutional right to travel out of state for medical care.

International Relations and National Security

  • Rallied the world to support the people of Ukraine, imposing unprecedented economic costs against Russia and securing bipartisan support at home to deliver critical assistance for Ukraine.
  • Strengthened America’s alliances and partnerships to advance our interests and values, including strengthening NATO, deepening security and economic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific, and building coalitions to solve shared challenges across the world.
  • Took key leaders of ISIS and Al Qaeda off the battlefield, defending the American people against terrorism.

Environmental Stewardship

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Set new policies to reduce super pollutants like HFCs and methane to protect communities and reduce emissions fueling climate change.
  • 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.
  • Awarded more than $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.

Safety

  • Signed legislation to put more cops on the beat and invest in community policing.
  • Signed legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Signed an Executive Order on Improving Public Safety and Criminal Justice for Native Americans and Addressing the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous People.
  • Signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major piece of gun safety legislation in three decades.
  • Signed a landmark executive order on safe, effective, and accountable policing, mandating federal reforms and strengthening public safety and public trust.

Equality and Justice

  • Invested historic funding for Tribal governments and Native communities.
  • Signed historic executive orders to advance equity and racial justice, leading to bold action to narrow the racial wealth gap, invest in communities facing persistent poverty, deliver racial justice, and reform criminal justice.
  • Signed legislation protecting marriage for same-sex and interracial couples and advancing full equality for LGBTQI+ Americans.
  • Appointed a record number of women and people of color to serve in his Administration.
  • Nominated and confirmed Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court, along with a record number of diverse judicial appointees.
  • Initiated the process to review how marijuana is scheduled under federal law and pardoned all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession.

Education and Debt Relief

  • Increased the maximum value of Pell Grants by $900.
  • More than 40 million borrowers stand to benefit from student debt relief.
  • Announced debt relief 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.
  • Early 2023, announced a plan to provide millions of borrowers with more affordable monthly student loan payments through changes to income-driven repayment plans.

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