Biden: Where the President-Elect stands on the issues

On November 7th, 2020 Joe Biden was officially projected to be the 46th President of the United States. With the election in the rearview mirror, some Americans are questioning what the President-Elect is going to do for the nation, so here are the facts.

  • Unity: President-Elect Joe Biden puts unity at the forefront of his campaign. “A presidency for all Americans,” are the first words seen on his campaign website,

In his first speech as President-Elect, Biden made a statement promising he would strive to help all Americans come together.

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,” said Biden. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal.” 

  • A hopeful end to the pandemic:  Biden has stated he will “follow the science” to fight COVID-19. As stated on his website, Biden plans to eliminate cost barriers to help patients seeking medical attention for COVID-19. This will be done by increasing free testing sites and widening the distribution of materials needed to combat COVID-19. 

  • A change for Minimum Wage workers: Biden wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

“It’s time we had a $15 an hour minimum wage, so families can earn a living and get ahead,” Biden said in a campaign video. 

  • A push forward in green energy: Biden wants to ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050. The President-Elect also says he will rejoin the Paris climate accord, all stated on his website. 

  • Criminal Justice Reform: Biden says he believes racism exists in this country and solving it will be a turning point in improving criminal justice. 

“There is institutional racism in America,” Biden said in the first presidential debate. 

The Biden plan states that taking on institutional racism will help with criminal justice reform, saying that “Black mothers and fathers should feel confident that their children are safe walking on the streets of America.”

The Biden plan also wants to focus on rehabilitation in criminal justice. Biden says he will do this by expanding federal funding to mental health and substance use disorder services and research. Biden also plans to eliminate mandatory minimum sentencing. 

  • Expand public health insurance: Biden says he will increase affordable health care, by building on the affordable care act by making our healthcare system easier to navigate and providing people with more choice in their healthcare. 

“I believe that we have to protect and build on Obamacare,” Biden said in a campaign video. “Starting over makes no sense to me at all… if I'm elected president I’m going to do everything in my power to protect it and build on it.” 

  • A change in immigration laws:  Biden says he will work to end the Trump administration’s policies that separate children from their families at the border, and ensure that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection follow humane and professional standards, as stated on his website.

  • Expansions in affordable education: Biden says on his website that he will ensure access to preschool for children ages three to four years old. He plans to do this by expanding tax credits and sliding-scale subsidies. He also plans to take steps toward free community college. 

In a video by Brooking’s Institution Biden said that “12 years of education is no longer sufficient…we need widespread access to affordable education.. college, community college, they should be free in my view.” 

  • Continue the fight for LBGT rights: Biden wants to retract Retract the transgender military ban put in place by the Trump administration. 

“I will flat out change the law,” Biden said at an ABC News Town Hall meeting, “there should be zero discrimination." The Biden administration has also created a program called “As You Are” to promote understanding and acceptance of the LGBT youth. 

“This is literally a matter of life and death for so many young people. A 2017 study said 47% of LGBT youth has considered suicide and 23% attempted it,” Biden said. 

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