Joe Biden: I’m just getting started

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Updated: February 28, 2021

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday said he was “just getting started” on the job after his first 10 days in office led to more than 40 executive actions to “undo the damage done by Trump,” as he put it early this week.

“Over the last 10 days, I’ve taken action on: COVID-19, the economy, climate change, racial equity, immigration, health care, LGBTQ+ rights. And I’m just getting started,” Biden, 78, wrote in a Facebook post.

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President Biden’s big plan for America will focus on four big areas: 1- His $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (COVID-19 Relief), 2- Build It Back Better Plan (Jobs and Infrastructure), 3 – Immigration reform and 4- Voting Rights and Democracy.

A – American Rescue Plan

His American Rescue Plan to get COVID-19 under control and rebuild the economy focuses on 8 areas:

1- Fund the national vaccine program

2 – Get stimulus checks to struggling Americans

3 – Fund small businesses

4- Get emergency aid to states and local governments

5 – Expand eviction moratorium and help tenants struggling to pay rent

6 – Enact a pause on student loan payments

7- Boost unemployment checks

8 – Increase the federal minimum wage

B – Build It Back Better Plan

The president’s Build It Back Better Plan focuses on four main areas: 1- Rebuild domestic manufacturing, 2 – Improve transportation, 3 – sustain infrastructure as well as 4 – achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

C – Immigration Reform

On his immigration reform, the president would like to propose and achieve 1- an eight-year path to citizenship, 2 – advance border security, 3 – ease asylum restrictions and 4 – expand refugee resettlement.

D – Voting rights and Democracy

On expanding voting rights and shoring up democracy, President Biden would like to ensure 1 – the Voting Rights Advancement Act, 2 – Non-partisan redistricting, 3 – Early voting and same-day registration, 4 – Expand Access to Vote-By-Mail and 5 – National Automatic Voter Registration.

The president is right. He’s just getting started as all these will require Congress to become law.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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