President Biden’s First 100 Days: Week 3

A Comprehensive Series that Analyzes the Actions of President Joe Biden on his First 100 Days in Office

February 9th, 2021 – February 18th, 2021

This week, President Joe Biden only signed three executive orders. While he signed less orders this week than previous weeks, President Biden has remained consistent on his campaign promises of creating well-paying jobs and maintaining national security. This week, President Biden acted in response to the international threats in Burma and Libya, worked towards strengthening community aid-based organizations, and continued to tackle the climate crisis.

Jobs

President Biden remains firm in his goal to restore the economy through the implementation of jobs. The plan to create more jobs is being used as a solution for climate change as President Biden plans to create jobs in the renewable energy industry to reduce America’s carbon footprint. 

  • This week, President Biden got to work on his American Rescue Plan. The plan focuses on economic recovery from COVID-19 by creating well-paying infrastructure jobs, policies to tackle climate change, and advancing our country in terms of racial equality. This plan came into play this week through President Biden’s signing of the Revocation of Executive Order 13801. Executive Order 13801 was implemented in 2017 by former President Trump, and its goal was to better prepare American students for the workforce through the expansion of apprenticeships. President Biden plans to reinstate a similar version of this order, but it will focus on providing more opportunities for people of color and minorities. 
  • The Biden-Harris Administration launched an American Innovation Effort that will create jobs and tackle the climate crisis. This effort includes a $100 million funding initiative that will reduce energy storage costs, reduce carbon emissions, and develop environmentally-friendly infrastructure changes. 
  • President Biden showed his support of organizations that work to serve their communities by signing the Executive Order to Establish a White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Organizations. This order will create an office in the White House that will implement policies to expand organizations’ abilities to work in their communities with the support of the Domestic Policy Council and the Office of Public Engagement. 

National Security

National Security in regards to foreign threats has been on the decline as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As travel restrictions and quarantine regulations are loosening across the world, the United States will begin to see an increase in national security threats and policies. 

  • In response to the coup in Burma in early February of this year, President Biden signed the Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to the Situation in Burma. This order will prevent any American efforts to engage in the state of affairs in Burma with regard to property interests. This order only impacts Americans with property ties to Burma and has little effect on the citizens of Burma. 
  • In 2011, President Obama declared Libya a national security threat in his signing of Executive Order 13566. The declaration was prompted by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s involvement in extreme violence against the citizens of Libya. President Biden announced in the Notice on the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Libya that Libya has made little effort to resolve the government’s violence against its people. With no change being made in Libya, President Biden is extending the national emergency to prohibit American citizens from intervening or interacting with the Libyan government and its people.
  • President Biden announced in a letter to the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate that there will be a Termination of the National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border. The termination is in response to Proclamation 9844 , which was announced under the Trump Administration in 2019. The proclamation declared a national emergency along the United States-Mexico border. The declaration of a national emergency resulted in millions of dollars allocated to the border wall’s failed construction. Beyond the termination of the national emergency at the border, President Biden announced that no more funding will be diverted to the border wall construction.

COVID-19

In a continual attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, President Biden has implemented more policies to increase the accessibility of the COVID-19 vaccine. Biden remains optimistic in meeting his goal of 100 million vaccines into the arms of American citizens by the end of his first 100 days. 

  • The low accessibility of the COVID-19 vaccine in low-income and high minority communities poses a threat to our country’s most vulnerable populations. President Biden announced the launch of a vaccination program and another increase in vaccines to states, tribes, and territories to address this issue. This program will allow for the additional distribution of 11 million vaccines to our country’s most at-risk areas.

Infrastructure

President Biden has many goals for the Infrastructure of our Country. President Biden plans to build modern, sustainable, and efficient infrastructure. The construction, manufacturing, and engineering needed for these tasks will, in turn, create millions of jobs. 

  • In the Remarks given by President Biden before his meeting with senators to discuss infrastructure, it was emphasized that sustainability and job creation are the primary goals. In the remarks, President Biden mentioned that he discussed high-speed trains with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Implementing a modern high-speed rail system will create millions of jobs and reduce reliance on carbon-producing vehicles.  

Keep following this weekly series for more updates on the actions of President Joe Biden!

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