Biden’s Day One Promises

During the transition, Biden committed to a slew of Executive Orders and initiatives he would implement on Day One of his Administration. Find out which ones he failed to keep. 

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Combating Coronavirus

Implement Federal Mask Mandate

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Implement A National Mask Mandate On Federal Property

Biden, On Day One, By Executive Order, Would Institute A National Mask Mandate On Federal Property. “Mr. Biden has already said that, as president, he would mandate masks on all federal property, an executive order that could have wide reach. He could use his authority under federal transit law to require masks on public transportation. He could also prod governors who are resisting mask mandates to at least require masks in public buildings in their states.” (Sheryl Gay Stolberg, “Biden’s Call For ‘National Mask Mandate’ Gains Traction In Public Health Circles,” The New York Times, 10/29/20)

Restore White House National Security Council Directorate For Global Health Security & Biodefense

If Elected President, Biden Would Immediately Restore The White House National Security Council Directorate For Global Health Security And Biodefense

If Elected, Biden Would “Immediately Restore The White House National Security Council Directorate For Global Health Security And Biodefense, Which Was Established By The Obama-Biden Administration And Eliminated By The Trump Administration In 2018.” (“Joe And Kamala’s Plan To Beat COVID-19,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Rejoin World Health Organization (WHO)

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Rejoin The WHO

Biden In July 2020: “Americans Are Safer When America Is Engaged In Strengthening Global Health. On My First Day As President, I Will Rejoin The @WHO And Restore Our Leadership On The World Stage.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 7/7/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 7/7/20)

Provide Immediate Relief To Families, Small Businesses, & Communities

If Elected, Biden Said He Would Immediately Provide Relief To Families, Small Businesses, And Communities

Biden Would “Provide State, Local, And Tribal Governments With The Aid They Need So Educators, Firefighters And Other Essential Workers Aren’t Being Laid Off.” (“Build Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs And Economic Recovery Plan For Working Families,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Biden Would “Extend COVID Crisis Unemployment Insurance To Help Those Who Are Out Of Work.” (“Build Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs And Economic Recovery Plan For Working Families,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Biden Would “Provide A Comeback Package For Main Street Businesses And Entrepreneurs.” (“Build Back Better: Joe Biden’s Jobs And Economic Recovery Plan For Working Families,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Ask Dr. Fauci To Continue Service

If Elected President, Biden Said He Would Immediately Reach Out To Dr. Fauci To Ask Him To Continue His Work On Combatting The Coronavirus

Biden In June 2020: “If I’m Elected, I’ll Immediately Reach Out To Dr. Fauci And Ask Him To Continue His Incredible Service To Our Country.” “If I’m elected, I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country. I’ll have the nation’s top medical experts and scientists ready to advise our response on day one — and I'll actually listen to them.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 6/30/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 6/30/20)

Collaborate With Restaurants To Fight Hunger

If Elected President, Biden Said He Would Immediately Work With José Andres To Help Restaurants Find A Way To Combat Hunger During The Coronavirus

“If I Were President, I’d Immediately Work With @Chefjoseandres To Empower Our Restaurants To Be Part Of The Solution As Families Go Hungry During The COVID-19 Crisis.” “Hunger today isn’t about scarcity — it’s about a massive failure in leadership. If I were President, I’d immediately work with @chefjoseandres to empower our restaurants to be part of the solution as families go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 5/24/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 5/24/20)

Provide Relief For Direct And Child Care Services

If Elected, Biden Would Immediately Provide States, Tribal, And Local Governments With Funds To Provide For Vital Services, As Well As, Direct And Child Care Services

“Biden Will Immediately Provide States, Tribal, And Local Governments With The Fiscal Relief They Need To Keep Workers Employed And Keep Vital Public Services Running, Including Direct Care And Child Care Services.” “Biden’s economic recovery plan won’t just build back our economy to the way it was before, but build it back better – including by building a robust 21st century caregiving and education workforce. As a first step, Biden will immediately provide states, tribal, and local governments with the fiscal relief they need to keep workers employed and keep vital public services running, including direct care and child care services.” (“The Biden Plan For Mobilizing American Talent And Heart To Create A 21st Century Caregiving And Education Workforce,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Economy

Eliminate Trump Tax Cuts & Tax Loopholes

On Day One, Biden Vowed To Eliminate The Trump Tax Cuts And Unjustified Tax Loopholes Present In The Current Tax Code

Biden, On Day One, Said He Would Eliminate The Trump Tax Cuts, As Well As, Any Unjustified Tax Loopholes In The Current Tax Code. (Joe Biden, Twitter, 10/15/19)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 10/15/19)

Close Critical Supply Chain Gaps

Biden Would Immediately Direct A Comprehensive And Ongoing Process To Evaluate And Protect U.S. Supply Chains

“Biden Will Make Sure We Close Critical U.S. Supply Chain Gaps By Immediately Directing A Comprehensive And Ongoing Process To Evaluate And Protect Key U.S. Supply Chains, Starting With A 100-Day Supply Chain Review At The Beginning Of A Biden Administration To Determine Vulnerabilities And Needs In Vital Sectors.” (“The Biden Plan To Ensure The Future Is “Made In All Of America” By All Of America’s Workers,” Accessed 11/10/20)

“Work With Allies To Reduce Their Dependence On Competitors Like China While Modernizing International Trade Rules To Secure U.S. And Allied Supply Chains.” (“The Biden Plan To Ensure The Future Is “Made In All Of America” By All Of America’s Workers,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Labor

Eliminate Restrictions On Union Workers

On Day One, Biden Would Restore Federal Employees’ Rights To Organize And Bargain Collectively 

“On Biden’s First Day In Office, He Will Restore Federal Employees’ Rights To Organize And Bargain Collectively, And Will Direct His Agencies To Bargain With Federal Employee Unions Over Non-Mandatory Subjects Of Bargaining.” (“The Biden Plan For Strengthening Worker Organizing, Collective Bargaining, And Unions,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Foreign Policy

Re-Engage NATO Allies

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Get On The Phone With NATO Allies And Tell Them They Can Count On U.S. Again

VIDEO: Biden Said He Would Call NATO Leaders On Day One To Assure Them They Can Once Again Count On The United States. BIDEN: “I’ve known every major world leader in the last 35 years. I think I can help put things back together. Day one, if I win, I’m going to be on the phone talking to our NATO allies to say we’re back and you can count on us again.” (Joe Biden, Interview With NBC-Phoenix, 7/14/20) Minute: 7:23-7:35

Repair Damage Done In Iran

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Repair The Damage Done By Trump In Iran

Biden In January 2020: “Donald Trump Brought Us Dangerously Close To Starting A New War With Iran Without Any Semblance Of A Plan. This Moment Requires A Leader Who Will Be Ready On Day One To Pick Up The Pieces And Repair The Damage Trump Has Caused.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 1/10/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 1/10/20)

End Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

On Day One, Biden Vowed To End Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

In July 2020, Biden Vowed To End Trump’s “Vile” Muslim Travel Ban. “Joe Biden said Monday he would overturn on his first day in office President Donald Trump’s travel ban that initially targeted Muslim-majority countries.” (Bart Jansen, “Joe Biden Vows To Abolish ‘Vile’ Muslim Travel Ban On Day 1 If Elected President,” USA Today, 7/21/20)

Immigration

Ensure Pathway To Citizenship

Biden Said He Would Send A Bill To Congress Creating A Roadmap To Citizenship For Dreamers And 11 Million Undocumented People In The United States On Day One

Biden In June 2020: “Here’s My Promise To You: On Day One, I’ll Send A Bill To Congress That Creates A Clear Roadmap To Citizenship For Dreamers And 11 Million Undocumented People Who Are Already Strengthening Our Nation. It’s Long Overdue.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 6/18/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 6/18/20)

VIDEO: Biden In February 2020: “On Day One I’m Sending To The United States Congress A Immigration Bill Providing A Pathway For 11 Million Undocumented And I’m Going To Make Sure Every Dreamer Is Protected. Now.” (Joe Biden, CNN Town Hall, Las Vegas, NV, 2/21/20) 

(Joe Biden, CNN Town Hall, Las Vegas, NV, 2/21/20)

End Asylum Limits & Migrant Protection Protocols

On Day One, Biden Promised To End Asylum Limits And Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols

Biden In January 2020: “Donald Trump Has Slammed The Door Shut In The Face Of Families Fleeing Persecution And Violence. On Day One, I Will Eliminate President Trump’s Decision To Limit Asylum And End The MPP Program.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 1/29/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 1/29/20)

Biden In August 2019: “On Day One, I Will Eliminate President Trump’s Decision To Limit Asylum And Undo His Executive Orders That Eliminated Obama-Biden Enforcement Priorities On National Security And Public Safety.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 8/21/19)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 8/21/19)

End Child Separations

If Elected, Biden Said He Would Immediately End The Practice Of Separating Migrant Children From Their Parents

Biden Would “Immediately Reverse The Trump Administration’s Cruel And Senseless Policies That Separate Parents From Their Children At Our Border, Including Ending The Prosecution Of Parents For Minor Immigration Violations As An Intimidation Tactic, And Prioritize The Reunification Of Any Children Still Separated From Their Families.” (“The Biden Plan For Securing Our Values As A Nation Of Immigrants,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Establish Task Force To Reunite Undocumented Children Who Lost Parents

On Day One, Biden Promised To Issue An Executive Order Creating A Task Force Aimed At Reuniting Children Whose Parents Could Not Be Found After Being Separated

VIDEO: Biden For President Ad Narrator: “On His First Day As President, Joe Biden Will Issue An Executive Order Creating A Federal Task Force To Reunite These Children With Their Parents.” (Joe Biden, “Separated,” 10/28/20)

(Joe Biden, “Separated,” 10/28/20)

Ensure Automatic Citizenship For Some Children In Military Families

If Elected President, Biden Said He Would Immediately Reverse The Decision To Deny Some Children Of Military Families Automatic Citizenship

Biden In August 2019: “Our Military Families Sacrifice Everything In Service To Our Nation. And Today, The Trump Administration Revoked Automatic Citizenship For Some Of Their Children. It’s Reprehensible And Cruel. As President, I’ll Reverse It Immediately.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 8/28/19)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 8/28/19)

Order Immediate Review Of Temporary Protected Status

If Elected, Biden Said He Would Order An Immediate Review Of Temporary Protected Status

Biden Would “Order An Immediate Review Of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) For Vulnerable Populations Who Cannot Find Safety In Their Countries Ripped Apart By Violence Or Disaster.” “The Trump Administration’s politically-motivated decisions to rescind protected status for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing countries impacted by war and natural disasters — without regard for current country conditions — is a recipe for disaster. Biden will protect TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders from being returned to countries that are unsafe. TPS/DED holders who have been in the country for an extended period of time and built lives in the U.S. will also be offered a path to citizenship through legislative immigration reform.” (“The Biden Plan For Securing Our Values As A Nation Of Immigrants,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Revoke The Public Charge Rule

If Elected, Biden Said He Would Immediately Revoke The Public Charge Rule

Biden Said He Would “Immediately Revoke The Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule, Which Discriminates Against Immigrants With Disabilities.” “Immigrants with disabilities may be prevented from receiving an immigration status simply because of their disability or, conversely, may have to forego necessary medical services in order to be granted a visa or residency status. Biden will ensure that our country welcomes immigrants with disabilities and their families, including refugees, asylum-seekers, and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and that they can access services and support they need to succeed in the United States. He will ensure that newly arrived immigrants are not subject to mistreatment and receive appropriate accommodations and that the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) complies with the ADA at every step of the naturalization process.” (“The Biden Plan For Full Participation And Equality For People With Disabilities,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Climate Change

Series Of Environmental Related Executive Orders

On Day One, Biden Said He Will Use The Powers Of The Executive Branch To Enact Environmental Protections Of “Unprecedented Reach”

“On Day One, Joe Will Sign A Series Of New Executive Orders With Unprecedented Reach That Go Well Beyond The Obama-Biden Administration Platform And Put Us On The Right Track.” (“Joe’s Agenda For Students,” Accessed 11/10/20)

  • “Requiring Aggressive Methane Pollution Limits For Oil And Gas Operations.” (“Joe’s Agenda For Students,” Accessed 11/10/20)
  • “Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transportation By Preserving And Implementing The Clean Air Act And Developing Rigorous New Fuel Economy Standards.” (“Joe’s Agenda For Students,” Accessed 11/10/20)
  • “Protecting Biodiversity, Slowing Extinction Rates, And Helping Leverage Natural Climate Solutions By Conserving 30% Of America’s Lands And Waters By 2030.” (“Joe’s Agenda For Students,” Accessed 11/10/20)

“Protecting America’s Natural Treasures By Permanently Protecting The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge And Other Areas Impacted By President Trump’s Attack On Federal Lands And Waters.” (“Joe’s Agenda For Students,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Rejoin Paris Climate Accords

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Rejoin The Paris Climate Accords And Push Beyond What Was Originally Agreed To Under The Obama Administration

Biden In March 2020: “Climate Change Is The Existential Crisis Of Our Time. On Day One, I’ll Rejoin The Paris Agreement — And Then Rally The World To Push Our Progress Further.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 3/6/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 3/6/20)

Biden In September 2019: “Joe Biden Knows How To Rally The World To Meet The Climate Crisis Because He’s Done It Before. Biden Worked Alongside President Obama To Get The World—Including China—To Agree To The Paris Accord; And He Will Be Prepared On Day One Of His Presidency To Push Beyond Those Goals.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 9/12/19)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 9/12/19)

Create Pathway To Net-Zero Emissions By 2050

On Day One, Biden Said He Put Us On Course For Net-Zero Emissions By 2050

Biden In December 2019: “There Is No Time To Waste When It Comes To Addressing The Climate Emergency. On Day One, I’ll Take Bold Action To Unleash The Power Of Renewable Energy And Put Us On Course To Become A 100% Clean Energy Economy With Net-Zero Emissions By 2050.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 12/13/19)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 12/13/19)

Smart Infrastructure Investments

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Make “Smart Infrastructure” Investments

“On Day One, Biden Will Make Smart Infrastructure Investments To Rebuild The Nation And To Ensure That Our Buildings, Water, Transportation, And Energy Infrastructure Can Withstand The Impacts Of Climate Change.” “Build a stronger, more resilient nation. On day one, Biden will make smart infrastructure investments to rebuild the nation and to ensure that our buildings, water, transportation, and energy infrastructure can withstand the impacts of climate change. Every dollar spent toward rebuilding our roads, bridges, buildings, the electric grid, and our water infrastructure will be used to prevent, reduce, and withstand a changing climate. As President, Biden will use the convening power of government to boost climate resilience efforts by developing regional climate resilience plans, in partnership with local universities and national labs, for local access to the most relevant science, data, information, tools, and training.” (“The Biden Plan For A Clean Energy Revolution And Environmental Justice,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Promote Biofuels

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Use “Every Tool” Possible To Promote And Advance Renewable Energy, Ethanol, And Other Biofuels

“From Day One, President Biden Will Use Every Tool At His Disposal, Including The Federal Fleet And The Federal Government’s Purchasing Power, To Promote And Advance Renewable Energy, Ethanol, And Other Biofuels.” “Promote ethanol and the next generation of biofuels. President Trump has launched a full-on assault on the ethanol industry, consistently siding with Big Oil over farmers and ethanol producers for the past four years. Time and time again, he undercut the Renewable Fuel Standard by granting waivers to Big Oil. Biden believes renewable fuels are vital to the future of rural America – and the climate. As part of his R&D investment, Biden will invest in developing the next generation of biofuels. Biden will invest in research to develop cellulosic biofuels in a manner that protects our soil and water and addresses the challenge of climate change, while turning grass, crop residues, and other biomass into fuel. Doubling down on these liquid fuels of the future will not only make value-added agriculture a key part of the solution to climate change – reducing emissions in planes, ships, and other forms of transportation – but will also create quality jobs across rural America. From day one, President Biden will use every tool at his disposal, including the federal fleet and the federal government’s purchasing power, to promote and advance renewable energy, ethanol, and other biofuels.” (“The Biden-Harris Plan To Build Back Better In Rural America,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Civil Rights

Have A Diverse Cabinet

On Day One, Biden Vowed To Have A Diverse Cabinet

“Biden Will Start On Day One Of His Administration Leading By Example, Making Sure His Political Appointees, Including His Cabinet, And Our Entire Federal Workforce Look Like The Country They Serve.” “Biden has committed to selecting a woman to be his Vice President and an African American woman to be his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, but his commitment to ensuring women help lead his Administration does not end there. As President, Biden will nominate and appoint people who look like the country they serve. He will reissue and mandate strict compliance with the Obama-Biden executive order to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce, which President Trump has ignored. He will modify it to mandate that Cabinet agencies and other executive branch agencies work with federal employee unions to create and implement a diversity and inclusion plan for the federal workforce. And, he will provide more training and mentoring opportunities to improve retention, and collect better data about who is applying for federal service positions as well as being promoted.” (“The Biden Agenda For Women,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Immediately Sign John Lewis Voting Rights Act

If Elected President, Biden Vowed To Immediately Sign The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act

Biden In August 2020: “As President, I’ll Immediately Sign The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act Into Law.” “The fight for civil rights is what drove me to get involved in politics in the first place. It’s why I fought for and helped secure a 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act. And it’s why as president, I’ll immediately sign the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act into law.” (Joe Biden, Twitter, 8/6/20)

(Joe Biden, Twitter, 8/6/20)

Reinstate Obama-Biden Transgender Guidance

On Day One, Biden Vowed To Reinstate Obama Administration Guidance On Transgender Access To Sports, Bathrooms And Locker Rooms

“On His First Day In Office, Biden Will Reinstate The Obama-Biden Guidance Revoked By The Trump-Pence Administration, Which Will Restore Transgender Students’ Access To Sports, Bathrooms, And Locker Rooms In Accordance With Their Gender Identity.” “On his first day in office, Biden will reinstate the Obama-Biden guidance revoked by the Trump-Pence Administration, which will restore transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity. He will direct his Department of Education to vigorously enforce and investigate violations of transgender students’ civil rights.” (“The Biden Plan To Advance LGBTQ+ Equality In America And Around The World,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Appoint A Special Envoy For The Human Rights Of LGBTQ+ Persons At The Department Of State & USAID

If Elected, Biden Said He Would Immediately Appoint A Special Envoy For The Human Rights Of LGBTQ+ Persons At The Department Of State

“Biden Will Immediately Appoint A Special Envoy For The Human Rights Of LGBTQ+ Persons At The Department Of State To Coordinate Diplomatic Efforts And Combat Homophobia, Transphobia, And Stigma Globally.” (“The Biden Plan To Advance LGBTQ+ Equality In America And Around The World,” Accessed 11/10/20)

“He Will Also Appoint A Special Coordinator In Charge Of International LGBTQ+ Programming At USAID.” (“The Biden Plan To Advance LGBTQ+ Equality In America And Around The World,” Accessed 11/10/20

Government Reform

Stop Interference In DOJ Investigations

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Prevent Himself Or White House Staff From Improperly Interfering In Federal Investigations And Prosecutions

“On Day One Of His Presidency, Biden Will Issue An Executive Order Directing That No White House Staff Or Any Member Of His Administration May Initiate, Encourage, Obstruct, Or Otherwise Improperly Influence Specific DOJ Investigations Or Prosecutions For Any Reason; And He Will Pledge To Terminate Anyone Who Tries To Do So.” “Prevent the president or White House from improperly interfering in federal investigations and prosecutions. Biden will work to block any future president or anyone else in the White House from improperly interfering with decisions about who or what to investigate and prosecute. Those decisions must be based on the facts and the law alone, free from political or partisan influence. The president can set broad enforcement priorities, but he or she should never tell DOJ which specific people or companies to investigate or prosecute. On day one of his presidency, Biden will issue an Executive Order directing that no White House staff or any member of his administration may initiate, encourage, obstruct, or otherwise improperly influence specific DOJ investigations or prosecutions for any reason; and he will pledge to terminate anyone who tries to do so. Biden will also enact legislation giving the DOJ Inspector General full power to investigate any allegation of improper partisan influence on DOJ investigations and prosecutions; and requiring the IG to report in detail to Congress any time such an allegation is substantiated. And, Biden will work with Congress to strengthen our whistleblower laws, so that any federal employee who learns of an improper attempt to influence a DOJ investigation or prosecution knows how to report it and receives full protection against retaliation by anyone, including the president. Those reforms will also ensure that all such reports are transmitted directly to the Congress.” (“The Biden Plan To Guarantee Government Works For The People,” Accessed 11/10/20)

Expand On Obama Administration Ethics Pledge

On Day One, Biden Said He Would Expand On And Codify Into Law The Obama-Biden Administration Ethics Pledge

On His First Day In Office, Biden Said He Would Issue An Ethics Pledge Addressing “Improper Influence Of Lobbyists, But Also Any Improper Or Inappropriate Influence From Personal, Financial, And Other Interests – Ensuring An Extra Layer Of Review And Scrutiny Whenever Policy Proposals Or Recommendations Come From A Conflicted Source.” “On day one, Biden will issue an ethics pledge, building and improving on the Obama-Biden Administration’s pledge, to ensure that every member of his administration focuses day-in and day-out on the best outcomes for the American people, and nothing else. The pledge will address not only the improper influence of lobbyists, but also any improper or inappropriate influence from personal, financial, and other interests – ensuring an extra layer of review and scrutiny whenever policy proposals or recommendations come from a conflicted source.” (“The Biden Plan To Guarantee Government Works For The People,” Accessed 11/10/20)