COVID, Immigration And Voting Rights: Checking In On Biden’s Year-One Promises

Biden promised his campaign for president to tackle a wide range of issues in his first year in office.

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden while running for president made a long list of promises for his first year in office, many of them tied to reversing the policies of his predecessor and getting control of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly a year into his presidency, Biden has followed through on a number of his campaign-era pledges — such as recommitting the U.S. to the Paris climate pact — but has faced many setbacks when it comes to issues like Covid-19 and voting rights.

Here is a look at some of the promises Biden made and his progress toward keeping them.

Covid-19 relief and vaccinations

Biden achieved his goal of administering 100 million Covid shots within his first 100 days in office, but his vaccination efforts have since hit a wall.

Roughly 28 percent of American adults are still not fully vaccinated against Covid, and the Biden administration, combating a wave of misinformation, has struggled to convince the remaining holdouts to get a shot. The lagging vaccination rate has created pockets of opportunity for the coronavirus to continue to spread, complicating the president’s Covid response.

After shying away from mandating vaccines, Biden changed course in September, issuing two executive orders requiring federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated and requiring private companies with over 100 employees to either mandate vaccinations or implement regular testing. Both of those rules have faced pushback from Republicans and Democrats and are being held up in federal court.

Despite the difficulty the president has encountered in vaccinating the American public, he has been able to keep most K-8 public schools open, and he followed through on his campaign promise to provide Covid economic relief. In early March, Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, delivering stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits and funding to increase vaccine distribution.

By Lauren Egan for NBC NEWS
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