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Tighten 'Made In America' rules

The Promise:

"Today, loopholes in the law allow products to be stamped 'made in America' for purposes of federal procurement even if barely 51% of the materials used to produce them are domestically made. Biden will tighten these rules to require more legitimate American content — so when we deem something made in America, it reflects the work and output of American workers."

Update: New rules gradually raise the bar for Made-in-America

Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

The Promise:

"This reauthorization includes significant, forward-looking improvements and innovations, such as reforms to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers by closing the so-called 'boyfriend loophole' and 'stalking loophole.'"

Update: Biden signs bill that closes the ‘boyfriend loophole’

Work to codify Roe v. Wade

The Promise:

"As president, Biden will work to codify Roe v. Wade, and his Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate the constitutional right to an abortion, such as so-called TRAP laws, parental notification requirements, mandatory waiting periods, and ultrasound requirements."

Update: Senate Democrats fail to codify Roe v. Wade, again

Block new fracking on federal lands, but not ban all fracking

The Promise:

"I do not propose banning fracking. I think you have to make sure that fracking is in fact not emitting methane or polluting the well or dealing with what can be small earthquakes in how they're drilling. So, it has to be managed very, very well, number one. Number two, what we have to do is the future rests in renewable energy."

Update: Joe Biden breaks promise to ban new fracking on federal lands

Nominate the first Black woman to U.S. Supreme Court

The Promise:

Commit to select an African American woman to be first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

Update: Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court

Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

The Promise:

"This reauthorization includes significant, forward-looking improvements and innovations, such as reforms to keep firearms out of the hands of abusers by closing the so-called 'boyfriend loophole' and 'stalking loophole.'"

Update: Biden signs Violence Against Women Act, but without change to 'boyfriend loophole'

Nominate the first Black woman to U.S. Supreme Court

The Promise:

Commit to select an African American woman to be first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court

Update: Joe Biden keeps promise to name first Black woman to Supreme Court

Add 150,000 community health workers

The Promise:

"Biden will more than triple the number of community health workers – often workers of color serving the communities where they live – who are part of a national effort to both prevent and treat chronic conditions in underserved, economically-disadvantaged urban and rural communities."

Update: Under Medicaid, several states are adding community health workers

Create a Public Health Jobs Corps

The Promise:

"Establish a U.S. Public Health Jobs Corps to mobilize at least 100,000 Americans across the country with support from trusted local organizations in communities most at risk to perform culturally competent approaches to contact tracing and protecting at-risk populations."

Update: AmeriCorps is creating a public health jobs corps

Expand broadband, or wireless broadband via 5G, to every American

The Promise:

"Expand broadband, or wireless broadband via 5G, to every American – recognizing that millions of households without access to broadband are locked out of an economy that is increasingly reliant on virtual collaboration."

Update: Signing of bipartisan infrastructure bill is major step forward for broadband promise

Block new fracking on federal lands, but not ban all fracking

The Promise:

"I do not propose banning fracking. I think you have to make sure that fracking is in fact not emitting methane or polluting the well or dealing with what can be small earthquakes in how they're drilling. So, it has to be managed very, very well, number one. Number two, what we have to do is the future rests in renewable energy."

Update: Court ruling, administration backtracking undercut fracking ban

Establish new fuel economy standards

The Promise:

"Establish ambitious fuel economy standards that save consumers money and cut air pollution. Biden will negotiate fuel economy standards with workers and their unions, environmentalists, industry, and states that achieve new ambition by integrating the most recent advances in technology."

Update: EPA tightens fuel efficiency rules for cars and light trucks

Use evidence to determine COVID-19 openings and closings

The Promise:

"Joe Biden will direct the CDC to provide specific evidence-based guidance for how to turn the dial up or down relative to the level of risk and degree of viral spread in a community, including when to open or close certain businesses, bars, restaurants, and other spaces; when to open or close schools, and what steps they need to take to make classrooms and facilities safe; appropriate restrictions on size of gatherings; when to issue stay-at-home restrictions."

Update: CDC issued guidance throughout Biden’s first year on school openings, but did it matter?

Introduce a constitutional amendment to eliminate private dollars from federal elections

The Promise:

"Introduce a constitutional amendment to entirely eliminate private dollars from our federal elections. Biden believes it is long past time to end the influence of private dollars in our federal elections. As president, Biden will fight for a constitutional amendment that will require candidates for federal office to solely fund their campaigns with public dollars, and prevent outside spending from distorting the election process. This amendment will do far more than just overturn Citizens United: it will return our democracy to the people and away from the corporate interests that seek to distort it."

Update: No sign of constitutional amendment to ban private funding of elections

Work with allies to develop secure private-sector-led 5G networks

The Promise:

"A Biden administration will join together with the United States’ democratic allies to develop secure, private-sector-led 5G networks that do not leave any community, rural or low income, behind."

Update: U.S. leverages allies to back 5G alternatives insulated from China