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The 4th of July Parade was great! Pat, thank you for taking these pictures. 

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Need some Biden accomplishments to tell people? Here's a list. 

Are you sure you are ready for that?

In fact here is what Joe Biden alone has done for the Poor and Middle Class:

1. No U.S. soldiers involved in any war for the first time in decades.

2. U.S. Economic Growth Outpacing China’s for First Time Since 1976

3. Record high stock market January 2024

4. Passage of significant legislation with bipartisan support.

5. American Rescue Plan controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. $1.9 trillion plan distributing financial assistance during the pandemic.

7. $1,400 payments to low-to-medium income Americans.

8. Extension of a $300 weekly federal unemployment benefit.

9. Temporary expansion of the child tax credit program.

10. Allocation of $7.25 billion for small business loans.

11. Provision of $128 billion in grants for state educational agencies.

12. Nationwide COVID-19 vaccine rollout in collaboration with the CDC.

13. $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law improving national infrastructure.

14. $284 billion for transportation needs including bridges, roads, and public transit.

15. $65 billion for broadband internet expansion.

16. $73 billion for power infrastructure development.

17. $55 billion for clean drinking water initiatives.

18. Support from 32 Republicans for the infrastructure law.

19. After President Biden's meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico agrees to pay $1.5 billion over two years for U.S. border security efforts.

20. CHIPS Act allocating approximately $53 billion for domestic semiconductor manufacturing.

21. Reduction of reliance on foreign semiconductor chip production.

22. Bipartisan support for the CHIPS Act.

23. Inflation Reduction Act aimed at tackling inflation and reducing the federal deficit.

24. Promotion of production of certain goods under the Inflation Reduction Act.

25. Limiting the cost of some prescription drugs.

26. $369 billion for climate initiatives to reduce greenhouse emissions.

27. $300 billion in new revenue through corporate tax increases under the Inflation Reduction Act.

28. $80 billion for the IRS for modernization and auditing.

29. $2,000 annual cap for Medicare's out-of-pocket prescription costs.

30. Over $100 billion in total aid to Ukraine for defense against Russia.

31. Financial, military, and humanitarian support for Ukraine.

32. Robust support in the midterm elections influenced by the Supreme Court decision on abortion rights.

33. Anticipated positive long-term impacts of infrastructure investments.

34. Ability to work across party lines for significant laws.

35. Economic support measures during the pandemic.

36. Effective rollout and tracking of COVID-19 vaccinations.

37. Significant funding for educational agencies and small businesses.

38. Investments in broadband internet, clean energy, and power infrastructure.

39. Legislative resilience in passing impactful legislation.

40. Measures to stabilize the economy and support social welfare.

41. Strong support for Ukraine, underscoring the U.S. role in international diplomacy.

42. Public health and safety improvements through healthcare reforms and gun-safety legislation.

43. Nationwide efforts to modernize infrastructure and technology.

44. Administration's commitment to build a clean transportation future.

45. New public and private commitments to boost access to electric vehicles (EVs).

46. Efforts to save taxpayer dollars and tackle the climate crisis.

47. Release of new Federal employee travel guidelines for sustainable transportation.

48. Increase in the use of EVs and clean transportation in Federal business travel.

49. State of California, companies, and nonprofits making new commitments to expand EV fleets.

50. Increase in consumer education on EVs.

51. Growth in the availability of EV charging and other clean transportation infrastructure.

52. Advancement of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, focusing on domestic manufacturing, supply chains, competitiveness, job creation, and healthier communities.

53. Tripling of EV sales under President Biden’s leadership.

54. Nearly 70% growth in the number of publicly available charging ports since Biden took office.

55. Private companies announcing over $150 billion in investments in the EV and battery supply chain.

56. Record sales of over 1 million EVs in the current year.

57. Federal Government's shift to cleaner transportation options, including American-made electric vehicles and charging infrastructure.

58. Operational changes to accelerate clean transportation transformation and increase good-paying union jobs.

59. Federal Sustainability Plan targeting net-zero emissions from overall Federal operations by 2050, with a 65% emissions reduction by 2030.

60. New guidelines directing Federal agencies to prioritize sustainable transportation.

61. Steps to ensure sustainable travel options are easily accessible to Federal employees.

62. State of California issuing guidance to state employees to use Zero Emission Vehicle rentals.

63. Collaborative efforts between the Federal government, travel industry, major corporations, and state, local, and Tribal governments for sustainable travel.

64. EV Acceleration Challenge to boost EVs in America.

65. Commitments from organizations across sectors to build America’s clean transportation future.

66. Various initiatives and commitments from the travel and hospitality sector to increase EV adoption and infrastructure.

67. Rental car and rideshare companies committing to increase EV availability and usage.

68. Private sector commitments to deploy charging points and reduce business travel emissions.

69. Non-profit sector updating policies to prioritize electric vehicles and sustainable travel.

70. Historic agreement to work with Tribes and States from the Pacific Northwest.

71. Restoration of wild salmon populations.

72. Expansion of Tribally sponsored clean energy production.

73. Stability for communities depending on the Columbia River System for various needs.

74. Unprecedented commitment to honor the United States’ obligations to Tribal Nations.

75. Protection and restoration of America’s natural wonders for future generations.

76. Recognition of the benefits the Columbia River System provides to regional communities and businesses.

77. Federal agencies directed to prioritize restoration of healthy and abundant salmon, steelhead, and other native fish populations.

78. Anticipated delivery of over $1 billion in new Federal investments for wild fish restoration over the next decade.

79. Facilitation of the build-out of at least one to three gigawatts of Tribally sponsored clean energy production.

80. Charting a new path forward for restoration of wild salmon and other native fish while safeguarding sustainable energy and water resources.

81. A 10-year break from litigation against the Federal government’s operation of dams in the Pacific Northwest.

82. $300 million investment by the Bonneville Power Administration for native fish and habitat restoration.

83. Additional investments from various federal departments to supplement fish and wildlife funding.

84. Commitment to support the development of Tribally sponsored clean energy projects.

85. Increased flexibility in the operations of the Federal hydrosystem to benefit fish, maintain grid reliability, and uphold health and safety requirements.

86. Studies to be undertaken on replacing services provided by the four Lower Snake River dams.

87. Importance of wild salmon, steelhead, and other native fish populations to the culture, economy, religion, and way of life of Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples.

88. Acknowledgment of the harm caused to wild fish populations by Federal dams, private dam building, population growth, and other factors.

89. Addressing the impact of climate change on these fish populations.

90. Building on a historic agreement to support Tribally led efforts to restore salmon populations in the Upper Columbia River Basin.

91. $200 million commitment over 20 years from the Bonneville Power Administration for the Upper Columbia agreement.

92. President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act addressing Big Pharma price gouging.

93. Saving seniors thousands of dollars per dose of medication.

94. Requirement for pharmaceutical companies to pay rebates to Medicare for price hikes.

95. Impacting prescription drugs taken by over 750,000 seniors annually.

96. Rebates applied to 48 Medicare Part B drugs that raised prices faster than inflation.

97. Significant savings for seniors on their medication, ranging from $1 to $2,786 per dose.

98. Medicare being allowed to negotiate lower prescription drug prices directly.

99. Capping insulin costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $35.

(takes a quick breath. Oh wait, there's more!)

100. Making recommended adult vaccines free.

101. Drug companies required to pay rebates if prices are raised faster than inflation.

102. Locking in savings of $800 per year on health insurance for nearly 15 million Americans.

103. New list from HHS of 48 Medicare Part B drugs subject to inflation rebates.

104. Savings for Medicare beneficiaries on various prescription drugs, including those used for cancer and infections.

105. Focus on medications developed with taxpayer funds being available at reasonable prices.

106. Proposal to increase competition and reduce costs for families.

107. HHS making fair pricing a standard part of contract negotiations for medical products.

108. Commitment by the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) to obtain best value for US taxpayers.

109. Data release on the ten drugs selected for Medicare Drug Price Negotiation showing significant out-of-pocket spending for Medicare enrollees.

110. Doubling of total Medicare spending on the ten drugs from 2018 to 2022.

111. Successful negotiation of lower prescription drug prices by Medicare.

112. Out-of-pocket cost savings for seniors on certain prescription drugs in 2023 due to the Inflation Reduction Act.

113. Health insurance savings for nearly 15 million Americans in 2023.

114. Reduction of insulin costs for 1.5 million seniors on Medicare.

115. Free recommended vaccines for seniors with Medicare Part D.

116. Savings on vaccines for seniors in 2023.

117. Elimination of 5% co-insurance for Part D enrollees in the catastrophic phase of their benefit in 2024.

118. $2,000 out-of-pocket cap on prescription drugs in 2025, projected to save nearly 19 million seniors and beneficiaries.

119. Anticipated savings for millions of seniors when negotiated drug prices go into effect in 2026.

120. Lowering costs of everyday expenses for families.

121. Achieving the highest employment rate in American history.

122. Focusing on domestic manufacturing and job creation.

123. Rescuing the economy and altering the course of the pandemic.

124. Rebuilding infrastructure across the nation.

125. Expanding benefits and services for veterans exposed to toxic substances.

126. President Biden and Republicans passed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major gun safety legislation in three decades.

127. Protecting marriage rights for LGBTQI+ and interracial couples.

128. Historic confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and diverse federal judges.

129. Rallying global support for Ukraine in response to Putin's aggression.

130. Strengthening alliances and partnerships for American interests.

131. Conducting successful counterterrorism missions against leaders of Al Qaeda and ISIS.

132. Issuing executive orders to protect reproductive rights.

133. Implementing historic student debt relief for middle- and working-class families.

134. Changing the approach to marijuana regulation.

135. Advancing equity and racial justice, including criminal justice reform.

136. Delivering on a climate and environmental justice agenda.

137. Increasing the number of people with health insurance coverage.

138. Enacting the Inflation Reduction Act, combating climate crisis, and reducing the deficit.

139. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and capping insulin costs for seniors.

140. Lowering gas prices significantly from their peak in summer 2022.

141. Reigniting the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

142. Advancing research on cancer and other diseases through the ARPA-H initiative.

143. Investing in community policing and increasing police presence.

144. Signing the Electoral Count Act to protect election integrity.

145. Making hearing aids available over the counter.

146. Created a record number of manufacturing jobs in 2022.

147. Encouraging competition across industries to lower costs.

148. Taking action to reduce energy costs for families.

149. Capping seniors’ healthcare expenses, including prescription drugs.

150. Accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles and developing EV infrastructure.

151. Rejoining the Paris Agreement to combat the climate crisis.

152. Initiating the American offshore wind industry and offshore wind partnerships.

153. Implementing policies to reduce super pollutants.

154. Achieving the largest annual reduction in the deficit in American history.

155. Securing commitments to increase internet speeds and cut prices.

156. Reauthorizing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act.

157. Awarding federal contracts to small and disadvantaged businesses.

158. Hosting the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

159. Investing in the cleanup of Superfund sites, brownfield sites, and abandoned mine lands.

160. Restoring protections for national monuments and conserving lands and waters.

161. Improving public safety and justice for Native Americans and addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people.

162. Providing historic funding for Tribal governments and Native communities.

163. Distributing over 740 million free COVID-19 tests.

164. Achieving two years of strong job growth.

165. Benefitting over 40 million borrowers through student debt relief.

166. The economy created 2.7 million new jobs in 2023—a year when the unemployment rate was consistently below 4 percent—more jobs than during any year of the prior Administration. .

167. Lowering household energy costs and reducing gas prices.

168. Increasing the maximum value of Pell Grants.

169. Achieving a 3.5% unemployment rate, the lowest in 50 years.

170. Reaching near-record low unemployment rates for Hispanics, African-Americans, and people with disabilities.

171. Saving millions on health insurance coverage.

172. Implementing a $15 minimum wage for federal workers and contractors.

173. Fully vaccinating 79% of American adults against COVID-19.

174. Leading strategic reserves release globally.

175. Investing in infrastructure across states, territories, and Tribal nations.

176. Enabling over 16 million households to access lower-cost or free high-speed internet.

177. Two strongest years of job growth in history during 2021 and 2022.

178. Creation of nearly 14 million jobs since President Biden took office.

179. Official statistics from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show that manufacturing employment has risen by 789,000 since Biden took office in January 2021. .

180. Unemployment rate at a 50-year low.

181. Record number of small businesses started since President Biden took office.

182. Near record low unemployment rates for Black and Hispanic Americans.

183. Record low unemployment for people with disabilities.

184. Manufacturing boom with nearly $300 billion in investments in the United States.

185. Technologies of the future being made in America.

186. Reshoring of supply chains from overseas.

187. Wage growth is now outpacing inflation growth. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, wages and salaries increased by 4.6% for the 12-month period ending in September 2023 and by 5.1% for the 12-month period ending in September 2022 .

188. Signing of the American Rescue Plan to combat the pandemic and boost economic recovery.

189. Funding for a successful vaccination campaign through the American Rescue Plan.

190. Safe reopening of schools for in-person learning.

191. Support for 200,000 child care providers to keep their doors open.

192. Delivery of relief to American families under the American Rescue Plan.

193. Bipartisan Infrastructure Law making once-in-a-generation investments in the nation's infrastructure.

194. Rebuilding of roads, bridges, ports, and airports.

195. Upgrading of public transit and rail systems.

196. Replacement of lead pipes to ensure clean water.

197. Cleanup of pollution and provision of affordable high-speed internet.

198. Delivery of cheaper and cleaner energy to households and businesses.

199. Creation of additional good-paying jobs, including union jobs and jobs not requiring a four-year degree.

200. Signed the PACT Act, the most significant expansion of benefits and services for toxic exposed veterans in over 30 years.

No, we're not through yet....

201. Enables the Department of Veterans Affairs to more quickly determine if illnesses are related to military service.

202. Offers critical support to survivors harmed by toxic exposures.

203. Authorized the establishment of 31 new clinical sites.

204. Provides the VA with various tools and resources for effective implementation of the law.

205. Thanks to the enhanced background checks enacted by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Justice Department has now successfully denied more than 500 illegal gun purchases by people under 21 years old who presented a danger to our communities.

206. Enhanced background checks required for young people ages 18 to 21.

207. Narrowing of the "boyfriend loophole" to keep guns from convicted dating partners.

208. Funding for crisis interventions, including "red flag" laws.

209. Investments to address the mental health crisis in America, including in schools.

210. Clarification on who needs to register as a federally licensed gun dealer.

211. Making gun trafficking and straw purchases distinct federal crimes.

212. President Biden's early support for marriage equality and signing legislation protecting marriage for same-sex and interracial couples.

213. Reversal of the ban on transgender servicemembers in the military.

214. Strengthening non-discrimination protections in health care, housing, education, and employment for LGBTQI+ Americans.

215. Nomination and confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

216. High percentage of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and civil rights lawyers among Biden’s judicial appointees.

217. Rallying global support for Ukraine against Putin’s invasion.

218. Strengthening NATO and securing congressional support for Sweden and Finland's accession.

219. Building security and economic partnerships in the Indo-Pacific and globally.

220. Successful counterterrorism missions against leaders of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

221. Executive Orders signed by President Biden to defend reproductive rights.

222. Announcing debt relief for Americans earning less than $125,000 with Pell Grants and other borrowers.

223. Pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession.

224. Initiating the review of marijuana scheduling under federal law.

225. Equity and racial justice initiatives launched by President Biden on his first day.

226. Criminal justice reforms to improve prison conditions and reentry support.

227. Executive order on safe, effective, and accountable policing.

228. Ambitious climate goals including cutting emissions in half by 2030 and net-zero by 2050.

229. Legislative and executive actions to develop clean energy and adopt electric vehicles.

230. Lowering healthcare costs for millions of Americans through the Affordable Care Act.

231. Historic increase in health insurance enrollment and reduction in the uninsured rate.

232. The second U.S.-ROK NCG meeting convened in Washington D.C. on December 15, 2023.

233. Established to implement the Washington Declaration by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and President Yoon Suk Yeol.

234. Aimed to strengthen the U.S.-ROK Alliance and enhance extended deterrence in the Korean Peninsula and region.

235. Meeting convened by Maher Bitar of the U.S. NSC and Dr. Kim Tae-hyo, ROK’s Deputy National Security Advisor.

236. Discussions led by Dr. Vipin Narang, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and Dr. Heo Tae-keun, ROK’s Deputy Minister for National Defense Policy.

237. Participation from officials across NSC, defense, foreign affairs, intelligence, and military agencies of both countries.

238. The U.S. reaffirmed its commitment to provide extended deterrence to the ROK, including nuclear capabilities.

239. Clear stance against any nuclear attack by North Korea, promising a swift and decisive response.

240. Acknowledgment of deepened U.S.-ROK nuclear deterrence cooperation and progress since the first NCG meeting.

241. Mention of specific workstreams, including guidelines, security, information sharing, nuclear consultation, strategic planning, and risk reduction practices.

242. Commendation for the Extended Nuclear Deterrence Immersion Course held in November for ROK officials.

243. Review of strategic assets’ visibility to bolster deterrence, including USS KENTUCKY's port visit, B-52 flyover, and joint observation of an ICBM test launch.

244. Approval of a work plan and key events for the first half of 2024, with a commitment to expedited progress.

245. Plans to report progress on NCG workstreams to respective commanders-in-chief.

246. Announcement of the third principal-level NCG meeting to be convened in Korea in summer.

247. Quad countries, Australia, India, Japan, and the United States, as leaders in digital technology and connectivity, are working on capacity building in the Indo-Pacific to strengthen cyber defenses.

248. Reaffirmation of the application of international law to cyberspace and concern over cyber attacks on critical infrastructure in the region.

249. Welcome of progress on Quad cyber initiatives and support for the Quad Cybersecurity Partnership.

250. Emphasis on Secure Software, Cybersecurity of Critical Infrastructure, Supply Chain resilience, and Cyber awareness initiatives.

251. Idea of sharing cyber resources through capacity building projects to enhance infrastructure security in the Indo-Pacific.

252. Recognition of the importance of a safe and secure cyberspace for a healthy society and the need for international cooperation.

253. Discussion on the increase in frequency and sophistication of cyber attacks.

254. Focus on enhancing cooperation to secure resilience of IT and OT systems in critical infrastructure.

255. Mutual recognition of labeling schemes for cybersecurity of IoT products among Quad nations.

256. Use of critical and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning.

257. Need for reliable, secure, and resilient supply chains for critical sectors.

258. Discussion on cooperation in securing digital infrastructure and connectivity including undersea cables, telecommunications networks, and cloud services.

259. Continuation of collaborative work with Indo-Pacific countries for capacity building through the QSCG.

260. Commitment to leveraging Quad partners' strengths and resources to progress cyber initiatives.

261. Proclaimed December 17, 2023, as Wright Brothers Day

262. 1.9T American Rescue Plan

263. $1400 stimulus checks for adults, children, and adult dependents

264. 1 year child tax credit expansion – $3600 0-5, $3000 6-17, removed income reqs and made fully refundable

265. One year EITC expansion

266. $350 billion state and local aid

267. $130 billion for schools for safe reopening

268. $40 billion for higher ed, half of which must go to student aid

269. Extended $300 supplemental UI through September 2021

270. Expanded eligibility for extended UI to cover new categories

271. Made $10,200 in UI from 2020 tax free

272. $1B for Head Start

273. $24B Childcare stabilization fund

274. $15B in low-income childcare grants

275. One Year Child and Dependent Care credit expansion

276. $46.5B in housing assistance, inc:

277. $21.5B rental assistance

278. $10B homeowner relief

279. $5B for Sec 8 vouchers

280. $5B to fight homelessness

281. $5B for utilities assistance

282. Extended Eviction moratorium through Aug 2021 (SC struck down)

283. 2 year ACA tax credit expansion and ending of subsidy cliff – expanded coverage to millions and cut costs for millions more

284. 100% COBRA subsidy through Sept 30th, 2021

285. 6 month special enrollment period from Feb-Aug 2021

286. Required insurers to cover PrEP, an HIV prevention drug, including all clinical visits relating to it

287. Extended open enrollment from 45 to 76 days

288. New year round special enrollment period for low income enrollees

289. Restored Navigator program to assist with ACA sign up

290. Removed separate billing requirement for ACA abortion coverage

291. Eliminated regulation that allows states to privatize their exchanges

292. Eliminated all Medicaid work requirements

293. Permanently removed restriction on access to abortion pills by mail

294. Signed the Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act to fund increased ALS research and expedite access to experimental treatments

295. Rescinded Mexico City Policy (global gag rule) which barred international non-profits from receiving US funding if they provided abortion counseling or referrals

296. Allowed states to extend coverage through Medicaid and CHIP to post-partum women for 1 year (up from 60 days)

297. 42 Lifetime Federal judges confirmed – most in 40 years

298. 13 Circuit Court judges

299. 29 District Court judges

300. Named first openly LBGTQ woman to sit on an appeals court, first Muslim American federal judge, and record number of black women and public defenders. 

Still not done here!

301. $1.2T infrastructure law, including $550B in new funding $

302. 110B for roads and bridges •$66B for passenger and freight rail

303. $39B for public transit, plus $30.5B in public transit funds from ARP

304. $65B for grid expansion to build out grid for clean energy transmission

305. $50B for climate resiliency

306. $21 for environmental remediation, incl. superfund cleanup and capping orphan wells

307. $7.5B for electric buses

308. $7.5B for electric charging stations

309. $55B for water and wastewater, including lead pipe removal

310. $65B for Affordable Broadband

311. $25B for airports, plus $8B from ARP

312. $17B for ports and waterways

313. $1B in reconnecting communities

314. Rejoined the Paris Climate Accords 50% emission reduction goal (2005 levels) by 2030

315. EO instructing all federal agencies to implement climate change prevention measures

316. Ordered 100% carbon free electricity federal procurement by 2030

317. 100% zero emission light vehicle procurement by 2027, all vehicles by 2035

318. Net Zero federal building portfolio by 2045, 50% reduction by 2032

319. Net Zero federal procurement no later than 2050

320. Net zero emissions from federal operations by 2050, 65% reduction by 2030

321. Finalized rule slashing the use of hydrofluorocarbons by 85% by 2036 – will slow temp rise by 0.5°C on it’s own.

322. Set new fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, raising the requirement for 2026 from 43mpg to 55mpg.

323. Protected Tongass National Forest, one of the world’s largest carbon sinks, from development, mining, and logging

324. Revoked Keystone XL permit

325. Used the CRA to reverse the Trump administration Methane rule, restoring stronger Obama era standards.

326. EPA proposed new methane rule stricter than Obama rule, would reduce 41 million tons of methane emissions by 2035

327. Partnered with the EU to create the Global Methane Pledge, which over 100 countries have signed, to reduce methane emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels

328. US-EU trade deal to reward clean steel and aluminum and penalize dirty production

329. Ended US funding for new coal and fossil fuel projects overseas, and prioritized funding towards clean energy projects

330. G7 partnership for “Build Back Better World” – to fund $100s of billions in climate friendly infrastructure in developing countries

331. Restoring California’s ability to set stricter climate requirements

332. Signed EO on Climate Related Financial Risk that instructs rule making agencies to take climate change related risk into consideration when writing rules and regulations.

333. $100M for environmental justice initiatives

334. $1.1B for Everglades restoration

335. $100M for environmental justice initiatives

336. $1.1B for Everglades restoration

337. 30 GW Offshore Wind Plan, incl:

338. Largest ever offshore wind lease sale in NY and NJ

339. Offshore wind lease sale in California

340. Expedited reviews of Offshore Wind Projects

341. $3B in DOE loans for offshore wind projects

342. $230M in port infrastructure for Offshore wind

343. Solar plan to reduce cost of solar by more than 50% by 2030 including $128M in funding to lower costs and improve performance of solar technology

344. Multi-agency partnership to expedite clean energy projects on federal land

345. Instructed Dept of Energy to strengthen appliance efficiency rules

346. Finalized rule to prevent cheating on efficiency standards

347. Finalized rule to expedite appliance efficiency standards

348. Repealed Federal Architecture EO that made sustainable federal buildings harder to build

349. Reversed size cuts and restored protections to Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante, and Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monuments

350. Restoring NEPA regulations to take into account climate change and environmental impacts in federal permitting

351. Extended public health emergency through at least April 15, 2022

352. $50B in funding for FEMA for COVID Disaster Relief including vaccine funding

353. Set 100% FEMA reimbursement to states for COVID costs, retroactively to start of pandemic

354. $47.8B for testing

355. $1.75B for COVID genome sequencing

356. $8.5B to CDC for vaccines

357. $7.6B to state and local health depts

358. $7.6B to community health centers

359. $6B to Indian Health Services

360. $17B to the VA, including $1B to forgive veteran medical debt

361. $3B to address mental health and substance abuse

362. Over 500 million vaccine shots administered in a year

363. Established 90,000 free vaccination sites

364. Raised federal reimbursement from $23 to $40 per shot for vaccine sites

365. 6000 troops deployed for initial vaccination

366. Cash incentives, free rides, and free childcare for initial vaccination drive

367. 400 million vaccines donated internationally, 1.2 billion committed

368. $2B contribution to COVAX for global vaccinations

369. Funded expansion of vaccine manufacturing in India and South Africa

370. Implemented vaccine mandate for federal employees, contractors, and employees at healthcare providers that receive Medicare/Medicaid funding.

371. Implemented vaccine/test mandate for large businesses (SC struck down)

372. Invoked DPA for testing, vaccine, PPE manufacturing

373. Federal mask mandate for federal buildings, federal employees, and public transportation

374. Implemented test requirement for international travel

375. Implemented joint FDA-NIH expedited process to approve at home tests more quickly

376. Over 20,000 free federal testing sites

377. 8 at home tests per month required to be reimbursed by insurance

378. 1B at home tests available for free by mail

379. 50M at home tests available free at community health centers

380. 25M high quality reusable masks for low-income residents in early 2021

381. 400M free N95 masks at pharmacies and health centers

382. Military medical teams deployed to help overburdened hospitals

383. Rejoined the WHO

384. Ended the ban on trans soldiers in the military

385. Reversed Trump admin limits on Bostock ruling and fully enforced it

386. Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ patients in healthcare

387. Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ families in housing under the Fair Housing Act

388. Prohibited discrimination against LGBTQ people in the financial system to access loans or credit

389. Justice Department declared that Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in education.

390. Revoked ban on Federal Diversity Training

391. Instructed the VA to review its policies to remove barriers to care for trans veterans

392. First Senate confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet Secretary

393. First trans person confirmed by the Senate

394. Extended birthright citizenship to children of same sex couples born abroad

395. State Department allows X gender marker on passport for non-binary Americans

396. Banned new contracts with private prisons for criminal prisons

397. Justice Department reestablished the use of consent degrees with police departments

398. Pattern and Practice investigation into Phoenix, Louisville, and Minneapolis

399. Banned chokeholds and limited no-knock raids among federal law enforcement

400. Initiative to ban modern day redlining

Still not done yet!

401. Doubled DOJ Civil Rights Division staff

402. Increase percentage of federal contract for small disadvantaged businesses from 5% to 15% ($100B in additional contracts over 5 years)

403. Sued TX and GA over voting laws. Sued TX over abortion law. Sued GA over prison abuse.

404. Signed law making Juneteenth a federal holiday

405. Signed EO to use the federal government to improve voting access through federal programs and departments.

406. Signed COVID-19 Hate Crime Act, which made more resources available to support the reporting of hate crimes

407. Signed EO for diversity in the federal workplace

408. Increased federal employment opportunities for previously incarcerated persons

409. Banned ghost guns

410. New regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces

411. First annual gun trafficking report in 20 years

412. New zero tolerance policy for gun dealers who willfully violate the law

413. Signed COPS act, ensuring confidentiality for peer counseling for police officers

414. Signed Protecting America’s First Responders Act, expediting benefits for officers disabled in the line of duty

415. Signed bill making it a crime to harm US law enforcement overseas

416. Student loan freeze through April 30th, 2022

417. Changed criteria so an additional 1.14M borrowers qualified for the loan pause (retroactively forgave interest and penalties)

418. Forgiven $11.5B in student loans for disabled students, students who were defrauded, and PSLF

419. Fixed PSLF so that it is much easier for previous payments to apply.

420. Determined that the paused months will apply to PSLF

421. Student loan debt forgiveness is tax free through 2025

422. Ended Border Wall emergency and cancelled all new border wall construction and contracts

423. Repealed Trump’s Muslim Ban

424. Set FY 2022 refugee cap to 125,000, the highest in almost 30 years

425. Prohibiting ICE from conducting workplace raids

426. Family reunification taskforce to reunite separated families. Reunited over 100+ families and gave them status to stay in US

427. Granted or extended TPS for Haitians, Venezuelans, Syrians, and Liberians

428. Lifted moratorium on green cards and immigrant visas

429. Ended use of public charge rule to deny green cards

430. Loosened the criteria to qualify for asylum

431. Changed ICE enforcement priorities

432. Reinitiated the CAM Refugee program for Northern Triangle minors to apply for asylum from their home countries

433. $1B+ in public aid and private investment for addressing the root causes of migration

434. Ended family detention of immigrants and moved towards other monitoring

435. HHS prohibited working with ICE on enforcement for sponsors of unaccompanied minors

436. Got rid of harder citizenship test

437. Allowed certain visas to be obtained without an in person consulate interview

438. Rescinded “metering” policy that limited migrants at ports of entry

439. Ended the War in Afghanistan

440. First time in 20 years US not involved in a war

441. Ended support for Saudi offensive operations in Yemen

442. Airstrikes down 54% in 2021 from 2020.

443. Issued policy restricting drone strikes outside of warzones

444. Restored $235M in aid to Palestinians

445. AUKUS defense pact with Australia and UK

446. New rules to counter extremism within the military

447. Signed law funding capitol police and Afghan Refugees

448. EO on competitiveness to write consumer friendly rules, such as right to repair

449. EO on improving government experience, incl

450. Social Security benefits will be able to be claimed online

451. Passports can be renewed online

452. Makes it easier for low-income families to apply for benefits

453. Increase telehealth options

454. WIC recipients can use benefits online

455. $7.25B in additional PPP funds

456. Signed PPP extension law to extend the program for 2 months

457. Changed criteria to make it easier for small and minority businesses to qualify for PPP loans

458. $29 Restaurant Recovery Fund to recover lost revenue

459. $1.25B Shuttered Venue fund

460. $10.4B for agriculture

461. 30 year bailout of multiemployer pension funds that protects millions of pensions through 2051.

462. Pro-labor majority appointed to NLRB

463. Established task force to promote unionization

464. Restored collective bargaining right for federal employees

465. Negotiated deal for West Coast Ports to run 24/7 to ease supply chain

466. Signed EO to secure and strengthen supply chains

467. Investing $1B in small food processors to combat meat prices

468. Extended 15% SNAP benefit increase through Sept 30, 2021

469. Made 12 million previously ineligible beneficiaries eligible for the increase

470. Public health emergency helps keep benefits in place

471. Largest permanent increase in SNAP benefit history, raising permanent benefits by 27% ($20B per year)

472. Made school lunches free through for all through the 2021-2022 school year

473. Extended the Pandemic EBT program

474. Largest ever summer food program in 2021 provided 34 million students with $375 for meals over the summer.

475. Restarted the FHA-HFA risk sharing program to finance affordable housing development

476. Raised Fannie/Freddie’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit from $1B to $1.7B a year to invest in affordable housing

477. $383M CMF grant program for affordable housing production

478. Prioritizing owner-occupants and non-profits as purchasers of FHA-insured and Distressed HUD properties, rather than large investors

479. Paid a 10% retention incentive to permanent federal firefighters and a $1000 bonus to seasonal firefighters

480. Transitioned hundreds of federal firefighters from part time to full time and hired hundreds more

481. $28.6B in supplemental disaster relief approved for natural disasters

482. $8.7B in funding to increase lending to minority communities

483. Released $1.3B in Puerto Rico disaster aid previously held up by Trump admin and removed restrictions on $8.2B housing disaster aid

484. Forgave $371M in community disaster loans in PR

485. Released $912M in previously withheld education aid to PR

486. Permanently made all families in PR eligible for the CTC (previously only families with 3 or more children were)

487. Provided permanent funding to quadruple the size of PRs local earned income tax credit

488. Permanent $3B per year boost to funding for PR’s Medicaid program

489. Raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal contractor, eliminated the minimum wage exception for certain contractor positions, and ended the tipped contractor wage.

490. Ordered the minimum wage for federal employees to be raised to $15 an hour

491. Medicaid drug rebate change to discourage excessive price increases and save Gov $23.5B

492. Incentives for states to expand Medicaid

493. Finalized the rule that bans surprise medical bills for out of network medical services

494. Provided More Than $200 Million To Support Youth Mental Health

495. Negotiated release of 6 US citizens being unlawfully detained by foreign governments.

496. During a prime time nationally televised debate, called Trump a “clown” and mocked Trump’s style by saying, “Will you shut up, man?”

497. Turned the tables on his critics by introducing himself as "Dark Brandon" and saying "A cup of Joe never tasted better." as he places a coffee mug on a table in front of him, revealing it features a “Dark Brandon” meme complete with laser beam eyes.

498. Displayed his sense of humor by making a witty remark to reporters after stumbling over one of the two small black sandbags that were on stage to support the teleprompter used by Biden and other speakers at the graduation, jokingly saying, "I got sandbagged."

499. Exhibited his wit about his age during his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Addressing the reporters, he remarked, "After all, I stand by the First Amendment — and not just because my dear friend Jimmy Madison penned it," eliciting laughter and applause from the audience.

500. Defending the Sacred Cause of American Democracy


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