April 30, 2021

Recognizing President Biden’s First 100 Days

43 Alumni for America would like to congratulate President Biden on his first 100 days in office. While we may not, and likely will not, agree with everything the Biden Administration does, we are grateful for the return to a sense of decorum, professionalism, and respect for the rule of law. We also acknowledge areas where we have common ground with the Administration and celebrate their success.

On COVID:

Established a nation-wide vaccination program to contain COVID-19 and safely reopen schools

Distributed over 290 million doses of the vaccines, to date

Administered over 230 million doses of vaccines, to date

Invested nearly $160 billion dollars to provide the supplies, emergency response, testing, and public health workforce to stop the spread of COVID-19

Signed an executive order focusing on immediate action to be taken by all federal employees, and contractors in all federal buildings and on all federal lands to wear mask, practice social distancing and follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines related to the pandemic.

On the Economic Relief Related to COVID:

Established the American Rescue Plan, which provided $1.9 trillion dollars in economic aid for working families and small businesses

Provided low and middle-class Americans with $1,400 per-person stimulus check

Extend current unemployment insurance benefits and eligibility

Provided a $300 per week supplement to unemployed Americans

Helped Americans stay in their homes by providing emergency aid to cover back rent

Created the Homeowners Assistance Fund, which assisted struggling homeowners with their mortgage payments

Provided additional funding for families and individuals who are recovering from or at risk of homelessness

Increased the value of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to address food insecurity during the pandemic

Provided emergency grants, lending, and investment to hard-hit small businesses to rehire and retain workers

Established the Small Business Opportunity Fund to provide growth capital to main street small businesses in economically disadvantaged areas

Distributed more than $360 billion in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments to keep front line public workers on the job and paid to order to maintain vital services

Provided $130 billion to help schools transition to digital learning to serve all students

On Climate Issues:

Signed an executive order to “rejoin” the Paris Agreement on climate change

On Immigration:

Created an inter-agency task force to address reunification of families who were separated on the Southern border

Signed an executive order to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections for undocumented residents brought to the United States as minors

Issued an executive order rescinding the Trump administration “Muslim travel ban”

On Good Government:

Signed an executive order establishing an “Ethics Pledge” to restore and maintain public trust in government