By: The Editorial Board
This Thursday, January 20, marks the first year since the Biden-Harris administration took office. After inheriting a nation recovering from a right-wing attack, divisive presidency, a health and economic crises, President Joe Biden’s administration has taken numerous actions to move the country in the right direction.
During the first year in office, President Biden has far outpaced his predecessor in the number of executive actions taken. The Biden-Harris administration has also pushed for historical investments and key legislation that led to many successes, including:
- The passage of the Child Tax Credit gave relief to families across the nation. With experts estimating the lowest child poverty rate ever in 2021.
- The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal marked the largest investments ever in the power grid, electric vehicle chargers, clean drinking water and climate resiliency efforts.
- In terms of job growth, the economy added a record 6.4 million jobs, or 537,000 a month.
- The unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% when Biden took office to 3.9%, the biggest single year drop in American history.
- The COVID-19-relief package helped families—and states and cities—weather the financial hardship caused by the pandemic.I In addition, the smooth rollout of the major COVID-19 vaccines offered protection to more than 200 million people.