President Biden’s First 100 Days Promises: Are They Being Kept?

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Sebastian Buchman

Every time a new president takes office, their first 100 days are usually when ambitious goals are set by the incoming commander-in-chief. These first 100 days usually include an array of promises made by the president to the American people that are meant to set the pace for how much they can accomplish in a short amount of time.

President Joe Biden’s first 100 days included promises such as administering 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, reversing Trump-era legislation on environmental regulations, and the introduction of an immigration reform bill to Congress. These were all key talking points of his campaign last year, especially actions to combat the spread of COVID-19.

He has succeeded in the vaccine dosage department, as more than 100 million doses have already been given out since January 20. In fact, Biden’s new goal is to get to 200 million doses before the end of his first 100 days. Biden said, “I believe we can do it” in relation to the 200 million milestone by April 30.

Biden has made significant moves in regards to environmental regulations, such as putting the US back into the Paris Climate Agreement and canceling the Keystone XL pipeline. These are actions that back up his promise to reverse prior environmental legislation that Biden disagreed with.

His reform bill on immigration was sent to Congress on his first day in office, but it has failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill. There are tensions about the conditions at the border, where inhumane policies continue in the interim before reforms are passed. This promise is not going well for the Biden administration, as while the bill was introduced, it has not been an effective response to the issue.

President Biden has not been in office too long yet, but he has already had his share of wins and losses with his promised agenda, being able to enforce some of his desired policies while struggling to push forward on some fronts. The first 100 days set the tone for the rest of the term, so expect more positives on the pandemic and the environment in relation to his predecessor, while hearing more about immigration in the coming months until significant legislation is passed.