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Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

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Restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood

The Promise:

"As president, Biden will reissue guidance specifying that states cannot refuse Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers that refer for abortions or provide related information and reverse the Trump Administration’s rule preventing Planned Parenthood and certain other family planning programs from obtaining Title X funds."

Update: Biden administration rule paves the way for Planned Parenthood clinics to rejoin Title X network

Guarantee 12 weeks paid family and medical leave

The Promise:

"Biden will create a national paid family and medical leave program to give all workers up to 12 weeks of paid leave, based on the FAMILY Act."

Update: Paid family leave is back in the Democrats’ reconciliation bill

Update the Voting Rights Act

The Promise:

"As President, Biden will strengthen our democracy by guaranteeing that every American’s vote is protected. He will start by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act to update section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and develop a new process for pre-clearing election changes."

Update: Biden’s promise to update Voting Rights Act hits Senate roadblock

Get COVID-19 under control

The Promise:

"I’m never going to raise the white flag and surrender. We’re going to beat this virus. We’re going to get it under control, I promise you. "

Update: Biden releases a new plan to combat COVID-19, but experts say there’s still a ways to go

End wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East

The Promise:

"Biden will end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have cost us untold blood and treasure. As he has long argued, Biden will bring the vast majority of our troops home from Afghanistan and narrowly focus our mission on Al-Qaeda and ISIS. And he will end our support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen."

Update: Joe Biden declares the war in Afghanistan over

Give disadvantaged communities 40% of spending benefits related to clean energy

The Promise:

"Setting a goal that disadvantaged communities receive 40% of overall benefits of spending in the areas of clean energy and energy efficiency deployment; clean transit and transportation; affordable and sustainable housing; training and workforce development; remediation and reduction of legacy pollution; and development of critical clean water infrastructure."

Update: Congress holds key on clean energy dollars to poorer communities

Provide Section 8 vouchers to low-income families to cap housing costs at 30% of income

The Promise:

"Provide Section 8 housing vouchers to every eligible family so that no one has to pay more than 30% of their income for rental housing."

Update: Joe Biden has a long way to go to meet housing goal

Lower cost of prescription drugs

The Promise:

"I’m going to lower prescription drugs by 60%, and that’s the truth."

Update: Biden takes steps to lower drug prices, but odds are long for achieving his promised 60% reduction

Allow import of prescription drugs from other countries

The Promise:

"To create more competition for U.S. drug corporations, Biden will allow consumers to import prescription drugs from other countries, as long as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has certified that those drugs are safe."

Update: Biden's executive order includes push for drug importation, but experts question feasibility

Restore Cuba engagement

The Promise:

“Yes, I would. In large part, I would go back,” Biden said. “I’d still insist they keep the commitments they said they would make when we, in fact, set the policy in place.”

Update: Biden’s promise to restore Cuba engagement stalls

End wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East

The Promise:

"Biden will end the forever wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East, which have cost us untold blood and treasure. As he has long argued, Biden will bring the vast majority of our troops home from Afghanistan and narrowly focus our mission on Al-Qaeda and ISIS. And he will end our support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen."

Update: U.S. continues its military drawdown in Afghanistan

Eliminate the federal death penalty

The Promise:

"Because we cannot ensure we get death penalty cases right every time, Biden will work to pass legislation to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level ... These individuals should instead serve life sentences without probation or parole."

Update: Attorney General Garland orders moratorium on federal executions

Rejoin Iran nuclear deal

The Promise:

"Tehran must return to strict compliance with the deal. If it does so, I would rejoin the agreement and use our renewed commitment to diplomacy to work with our allies to strengthen and extend it, while more effectively pushing back against Iran’s other destabilizing activities."

Update: Preliminary talks underway to revive the Iran nuclear deal

Award federal contracts to companies that make all products in US

The Promise:

"I want to promise you one thing, the president has control of $600 billion, handing out contracts for construction. For everything from building aircraft carriers, to public housing. Well here’s the promise I’m making to you, not one single contract will be let to a contractor who doesn’t have products that are all made in America."

Update: White House moves on new Buy American guidelines

Eliminate the federal death penalty

The Promise:

"Because we cannot ensure we get death penalty cases right every time, Biden will work to pass legislation to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level ... These individuals should instead serve life sentences without probation or parole."

Update: DOJ seeks death penalty in Boston bomber case despite Biden’s promise