As President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office come to a close, an assessment of what he has accomplished in this time reveals that his top priorities included addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout, expanding abortion access and advancing the transgender ideology.
The Biden administration has also attempted a significant amount of action in the areas of immigration and the environment, as well as moves to address racial tensions and advance proposals for police reform.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has remained one of the most pressing issues for Biden, and he surpassed his goal of getting 100 million Americans vaccinated during his first 100 days in office, announcing recently that more than 200 million Americans have received a COVID vaccine. Some critics have pointed out that this accomplishment is due in part to the Trump administration’s efforts toward rapid vaccine development.
Biden halted the Trump administration’s planned departure from the World Health Organization (WHO) shortly after his inauguration and appointed Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and a key member of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus taskforce, to represent the United States on the WHO’s executive committee.
Biden signed a $1.9-trillion COVID relief package in March that included payments of up to $1,400 for most U.S. citizens, extended a $300-per-week boost to unemployment insurance through Sept. 6, and expanded the child tax credit for a year. The relief package included $20 billion for COVID-19 vaccinations and $25 billion in rental and utility assistance.
But there was criticism of the package from Catholic leaders for its lack of standard Hyde Amendment protections against taxpayer-funded abortion despite its billions of dollars in health-care funding.
In a joint statement, members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said, “the many important, life-saving provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act have been undermined because it facilitates and funds the destruction of life, which is antithetical to its aim of protecting the most vulnerable Americans in a time of crisis.”
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