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Tracking politicians' promises


Tracking Obama's promises

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Tracking the promises of the GOP Leadership in Congress


Tracking Trump's Campaign Promises

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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

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: Biden includes universal preschool proposal in American Families Plan

Resume ties with the Palestinian Authority

The Promise:

"Reverse the Trump Administration’s destructive cutoff of diplomatic ties with the Palestinian Authority and cancellation of assistance programs that support Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation, economic development, and humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza, consistent with the requirements of the Taylor Force Act, including that the Palestinian Authority end its system of compensation for individuals imprisoned for acts of terrorism."

Update: Biden keeps promise to resume ties with the Palestinian Authority

Increase COVID-19 testing

The Promise:

"Double the number of drive-through testing sites, invest in next-generation testing, including at home tests and instant tests, so we can scale up our testing capacity by orders of magnitude."

Update: Biden kept his promise to increase testing capacity, even as demand for testing drops

Make 2 years of community college or a high-quality training program tuition-free

The Promise:

Enact legislation "to ensure that every hard-working individual, including those attending school part-time and DREAMers (young adults who came to U.S. as children), can go to community college for up to two years without having to pay tuition."

Update: Biden’s American Families Plan would make community college tuition-free for millions

Expand services for people during and after incarceration

The Promise:

"Expand access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment, as well as educational opportunities and job training for individuals during and after incarceration. ... Biden will eliminate barriers keeping formerly incarcerated individuals from accessing public assistance such as SNAP, Pell grants, and housing support."

Update: Biden’s budget proposes more support for incarcerated people, reentry programs