One Pager: President Biden Had A Historic First Year Thanks To Senate Democrats

December 23, 2021

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Providing Critical Support For American Families. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more than 160 million Americans received economic impact payments. The expanded Child Tax Credit has provided $77 billion in support for 61 million children and kept millions of children out of poverty. The American Rescue Plan provided tens of billions to support vaccination and testing in response to the COVID pandemic.

Delivering Critically Needed Historic Legislation To Rebuild Our Crumbling Infrastructure. The Bipartisan Infrastructure law is “the biggest public-works bill since former President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system in 1956.” The infrastructure law includes the largest-ever investment in clean drinking water, the largest-ever investment in public transit, the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak, and the largest investment in clean energy transmission and EV infrastructure in U.S. history.

Supercharging American Innovation and Laying the Groundwork for a New Century of American Leadership. The Senate passed the US Innovation and Competition Act, which the New York Times called “the most significant government intervention in industrial policy in decades.” The legislation would address supply chain resilience and boost American manufacturing, including in critical products like semiconductor chips.

Making Historic Steps to Restore the Judiciary. Thanks to Senate Democrats, President Biden has had more total circuit and district court nominees confirmed in his first year in office than any president in the last forty years – and as many as in the first year under any president since John F. Kennedy. And, according to FiveThirtyEight, “Biden’s judges are breaking records on diversity.”

Confirming History-Making Nominees. According to the Brookings Institution, the Biden administration made history with “the most diverse set of confirmed appointees” through 300 days. This includes the first Native American Cabinet Secretary (Sec. Haaland), the first woman to be Secretary of the Treasury (Sec. Yellen), the first Black Secretary of Defense (Sec. Austin), and many more.

Undoing the Trump Administration’s Worst Rules and Making Progress in the Fight Against Climate Change. President Joe Biden signed three separate laws to repeal Trump-era rules, “blocking payday lenders from avoiding caps on interest rates, restricting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas drilling and ending rules on how the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settles claims.”

Fighting Back Against Hate, Crime and Oppression. The COVID-19 Hate Crimes law will allow us to better confront anti-Asian hate crimes. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed unanimously by the Senate, will ban the sale of goods made by Uyghur slave labor and take a stand against the genocide of the Uyghur people. President Biden signed bipartisan legislation to provide support to the victims of crimes. And President Biden signed legislation to commemorate Juneteenth, celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.

 

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