While many of President Biden's plans can be accomplished through executive orders, those requiring congressional approval will be met with slim Democratic majorities. Below are his current goals:
Climate & Energy
- Ban new oil and gas permits on public land and water.
- Rejoin the Paris Climate Accords.
- End the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
- Make the U.S. electricity system carbon-neutral by 2035 through carbon capture and solar and wind energy.
- Make the U.S. economy reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through tougher fuel efficiency standards.
Education & Child/Elder Care
- Forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt per student.
- Raise Social Security benefits for people over 78, with low income, and for widows and widowers.
- Guarantee twelve weeks of paid family leave, equaling 2/3 of pay up to $4,000.
- Make two years of community college tuition-free to all, and all public colleges and universities tuition-free to students whose families make below $125,000.
- Create federal grants to encourage states to adopt "red flag" laws.
- Require more FBI criminal background checks lasting up to ten days, exempting only private sales between close family members.
- Reimpose the semiautomatic weapons ban and high-capacity magazines.
- Eliminate the earning cap on ACA tax credits subsidizing the purchase of healthcare insurance.
- Lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60.
- Create a public option.
- End the current travel ban from majority-Muslim countries.
- Redirect funds for border wall construction to higher-tech border enforcement.
- Raise the refugee admittance cap by 18,000 to 125,000.
- Increase the current 140,000 annual cap on work visas.
- Restore protections against deportations of 660,000 Dreamers.
- Create a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
Tariffs & Trade
- Reevaluate tariffs on Chinese goods while working with allies to move China to change its economic practices.
- Work with labor and environmental groups when engaging in trade negotiations.
- Return the top federal income tax rate to 39.6% for individuals making at least $400,000.
- Raise the corporate income tax rate to 28% from 21%.
- Impose a minimum 15% annual tax on profits U.S. companies report to investors.
- Enact a payroll tax of 12.4% on wages above $400,000 to fund the Social Security system.
- Tax capital gains as ordinary income.
Other Domestic Policies
- Extend civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.
- Extend the right to unionize to all federal and state government workers.
- Increase the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2026.
- Spend $50 billion in the first year on infrastructure.
- Revoke exit from the World Health Organization.
- Rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal.
To read the full list of Day One Executive Actions, please click here.
To read the full list of proposed Agency Actions, please click here.
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