President Biden’s First 100 Days: Week 4

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

February 19th, 2021 – February 28th, 2021

Many of the issues the United States is facing today stem from the COVID-19 pandemic, including national security. As a result of the pandemic, the United States has faced issues in manufacturing, supply and demand, job security, homelessness, and the shut-down of businesses. National security does not always mean the status of the country with other foreign entities, rather, it means our country’s ability to protect our citizens, industries, and properties. This week, President Biden addressed many of the national security issues as a result of COVID-19. 

COVID-19

COVID-19 has ravished nearly every aspect of our country. We have lost over 500,000 people, and scientists say the only way to reduce the spread of the virus is through herd immunity which will be sped up through the administration of COVID-19 vaccines. President Biden’s goal of 100 million vaccines into the arms of American citizens in his first 100 days reached a milestone this week with over 50 million administered vaccines. President Biden continues to implement policies that work for the American people throughout these difficult times.

  • Nearly a year ago on March 13th, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19 under Proclamation 9994. The proclamation restricted travel to high-risk countries and laid the groundwork for the emergency manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to treat those with the virus. As of February 24th, 2021, the National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic remains. The national emergency is now focused on manufacturing vaccines and providing financial support for citizens. 
  • Shortly after the declaration of a national emergency, former President Trump signed many proclamations that prevented the entry of immigrants. The orders included Proclamations 10014, 10052, and 10131. President Biden argues that the prohibition of many immigrants into our country does not represent the integrity of the United States. In the Proclamation on Revoking Proclamation 10014, Proclamations 10052 and 10131 were also revoked allowing for the unrestricted entry of immigrants that were previously prohibited from entry into the United States. 
  • In one of President Biden’s first executive orders, he promised $1,400 in the pockets of American citizens to relieve the financial strain on those affected by COVID-19 under the COVID-19 Relief Bill. As of February 28th, Americans have yet to receive their promised $1,400, but President Biden addressed this in his Remarks on the American Rescue Plan. The remarks were given on February 27th and at that point, members of the House of Representatives voted to approve the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill, but the Senate has yet to vote on the bill. 

National Security

National security remains among the top priorities for President Biden as he continues to implement effective policies that abstain from discrimination. Diplomacy is not always placed at the forefront of national security decision-making, which results in years of unresolved foreign issues. One of these issues is the continuation of poor relations between the United States and Cuba. 

  • In February of 1996, the Cuban government destroyed two unarmed United States aircraft in international airspace. Following this event, a national emergency was declared. 25 years later, the national emergency remains in place with President Biden’s signing of The Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Cuba
  • There are many factors that play into the security and efficiency of manufacturing in America. Technology issues, cyber and terrorist attacks, economic prosperity, extreme weather, and competition all play a role in production rates. The Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains will task government agencies with identifying weak areas in manufacturing and working towards addressing any issues to secure the consistent production of goods in the United States. 

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

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