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Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress

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Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

Promises we’ve rated recently

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: Is COVID-19 ‘under control’ in the U.S.? Experts say yes

Forgive student loan debt from public colleges and universities

The Promise:

"Forgive all undergraduate tuition-related federal student debt from two- and four-year public colleges and universities and private HBCUs and MSIs for debt-holders earning up to $125,000."

Update: Biden orders $10,000 to $20,000 in student loan debt forgiveness

Double value of Pell Grants

The Promise:

"Double the maximum value of Pell grants and significantly increase the number of middle-class Americans who can participate in the program. "

Update: Biden signs Pell Grant increase into law, but amount falls short of campaign goal

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: Biden has made only scant progress in expanding Section 8 housing vouchers

Put US on a course to net-zero emissions by 2050.

The Promise:

"I will make massive, urgent investments at home that put the United States on track to have a clean energy economy with net-zero emissions by 2050."

Update: Historic climate investments put US on track toward net-zero emissions

Increase access to affordable housing

The Promise:

"Establishing a $100 billion Affordable Housing Fund to construct and upgrade affordable housing. He will ensure funding supports community development efforts, expanding the HOME program and the Capital Magnet Fund, which spurs private investment in affordable housing and economic development in distressed communities.

Update: Inflation Reduction Act has little in the way of affordable housing

Repeal law barring Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices

The Promise:

"Biden will repeal the existing law explicitly barring Medicare from negotiating lower prices with drug corporations."

Update: Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act will allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices

Raise corporate tax rate to 28%

The Promise:

"He will ask wealthy Americans and big corporations to pay their fair share, including by: Raising the corporate tax rate to 28%."

Update: Provisions targeted at biggest companies replace hike to overall corporate tax rate

Offer up to $8,000 tax credit for child care

The Promise:

"Families will get back as a tax credit as much as half of their spending on child care for children under age 13, up to a total of $8,000 for one child or $16,000 for two or more children. The tax credit will be refundable, meaning that families who don’t owe a lot in taxes will still benefit, and Biden will actively work with child care experts to explore ways to make it advanced, so cash-strapped families can immediately benefit from the credit. The full 50% reimbursement will be available to families making less than $125,000 a year. And, all families making between $125,000 and $400,000 will receive a partial credit ensuring that in no case will they get less under the Biden plan than they are eligible for today."

Update: Proposed boost for child care left out of final version of bill

Establish an offshoring tax penalty

The Promise:

"Biden is announcing that he will impose a Biden Offshoring Tax Penalty. This penalty is specifically aimed at those who offshore manufacturing and service jobs to foreign nations in order to sell goods or provide services back to the American market. Biden will establish a 28% corporate tax rate, plus a 10% Offshoring Penalty surtax, on profits of any production by a United States company overseas for sales back to the United States. Companies will pay a 30.8% tax rate on any such profits. Biden’s offshoring penalty surtax will also apply to call centers or services by an American company located overseas but serving the United States, where jobs could have been located in the United States."

Update: No tax penalty targeting foreign operations included in final bill

Offer universal preschool to 3- and 4-year-olds

The Promise:

"Ensure access to high-quality, affordable child care and offer universal preschool to three-and four-year olds through greater investment, expanded tax credits, and sliding-scale subsidies."

Update: Universal preschool didn’t make the final cut in Senate bill

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: Family leave provision not included in final Senate bill

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