Joe Biden’s presidency as the 46th President of the United States began on January 20, 2021. Joe Biden is a Politician from Delaware who previously served as Vice President under Barack Obama. He took office after defeating Republican incumbent President Donald Trump in the presidential election of 2020. He was elected along with Kamala Harris, the first female African American and Asian American vice president. Biden assumed the presidency amid a COVID-19 pandemic, an economic slump, and increased political division.
Speaking to a broken nation in the middle of a pandemic, he vowed to restore unity and do “great things” just weeks after the Capitol riot.
“We can make things right. People can get good jobs. We can educate our children in secure schools and can also defeat this lethal virus, “- Joe Biden
Let’s have a look at Joe Biden’s presidency over one year. This article will give you a glimpse of what progress Biden’s presidency has made.
Improved pandemic situation
President Joe Biden says he keeps a card in his pocket with the number of Americans killed by the virus. He made it very clear that combating the pandemic is his top priority.
Biden believes we must spend everything we can as soon as possible to meet public health demands and deal with the escalating economic consequences. The federal government must act quickly and forcefully to protect and support our families, small businesses, first emergency workers, and caregivers.
He says the government should help those most in need of health and financial security rather than blaming others or bailing out corporate entities.
The main pillars of his Covid plan were a widespread vaccination campaign and a significant increase in testing.
However, the rise of variants and some people’s continued opposition to vaccines indicate that the pandemic is far from over. Over the year, the United States was hit by three major waves of the virus, and more than 850,000 Americans died due to Covid. It was the highest recorded national death toll from the pandemic.
In a July speech, Mr. Biden declared that the United States should start celebrating “independence” from the Covid-19 pandemic. Which might join George W. Bush’s “mission accomplished” banner from the Iraq War in the hall of premature presidential victory declarations.
The Economy Crisis
For many Americans, the economy is the country’s most pressing issue. When Mr. Biden took the presidency, the pandemic started to slow job growth, and the United States faced unemployment problems due to the lockdown.
Employment has improved slightly in the last year, with 6.4 million new jobs added. While total employment remains lower than before the pandemic, jobless claims have fallen to a 50-year low.
Even though the United States confronts serious economic challenges due to the ongoing global pandemic, 2021 was an exceptional year of economic growth and recovery. The country experienced unprecedented job growth and a drop in unemployment. As measured by real GDP, the economy likely grew faster than in any year since 1984. (GDP). The economy not only recovered all pandemic-related GDP losses by 2021 but also exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Despite rising inflation, Americans’ disposable incomes in 2021 were higher in real (wage growth) terms than in 2019 and 2020. Furthermore, various essential metrics such as savings and bank balances make Americans more financially secure. The United States also significantly reduced its unusually high child poverty rate.
$1.2 trillion infrastructure Bill
Joe Biden made another significant legislative achievement in November. He signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law, a $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
The law injects federal funds into America’s aging public-works system to repair bridges and roads, airports, public transportation, national broadband internet, waterways, and energy systems.
The bill was passed by the House in November by a vote of 228 to 206. 13 Republican politicians breaking ranks to support the bill. Biden first proposed the bill in March, which the Senate passed in August.
The Biden administration claimed in a White House statement that the bill would help combat inflationary pressures by easing disruptions in supply chains.
Despite the support of 15 Nobel Prize-winning economists and Republicans, democrats were concerned that the bill’s large budget. It will contribute in rising inflation.
Highest Appointment of Federal Judges
Since his inauguration, Biden has had over 40 federal judges confirmed by the Senate. Nominating more to the bench in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan.
According to a recent Alliance for Justice analysis, nearly 75% of Biden’s nominations have been women. Almost 65% being people of color. According to the Pew Research Center, 189 of the 226 judges appointed by President Donald Trump. Among them approximately 83% were white, with only about one-fourth being women.
Over the last year, there has been a lot of focus on what Mr. Biden hasn’t accomplished in Congress versus what his administration has been successful in pushing through. Making a promise you can’t keep, as any parent knows, is a surefire way to incite a temper tantrum. Mr. Biden made a lot of campaign promises, some of which were unrealistic or depended on circumstances beyond his control. Now he’s up against an electorate whose temper is fraying.