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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

Implement mask mandates nationwide

The Promise:

"Implement mask mandates nationwide by working with governors and mayors and by asking the American people to do what they do best: step up in a time of crisis."

Update: Some states drop mask mandates

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: Joe Biden has proposed corporate tax hike to 28%

Create a bipartisan commission to consider reforms to the Supreme Court

The Promise:

"If elected, what I will do is I'll put together a bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative. And I will ask them to ...  come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it's getting out of whack, the way in which it's being handled. And it's not about court packing."

Update: Biden forms commission to study changing Supreme Court

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 announces total Afghanistan withdrawal by Sept. 11, 2021

Use a national commission to address policing issues

The Promise:

"I promise you there will be a national commission on policing out of the White House where I’ll bring everyone to the table, including police chiefs, including civil rights activists, including the NAACP, including the African, the Latino community. We’re going to sit down there and we’re going to work it out."

Update: Biden pauses promise to form police oversight commission

Incentivize states to restore voting rights to convicted felons

The Promise:

"The Biden Administration will incentivize states to automatically restore voting rights for individuals convicted of felonies once they have served their sentences."

Update: Biden supports bill to restore voting rights to felons

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 moves to reduce U.S. troops in Afghanistan

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: Bills in Congress align with Biden’s campaign promise on Voting Rights Act

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: COVID-19 relief package includes housing assistance

100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots for 50 million people in 100 days

The Promise:

My administration will get "at least 100 million COVID vaccine shots into the arms of the American people in the first 100 days. 100 million shots in the first 100 days."

Update: 58 days in, Biden reaches milestone of 100 million shots within his first 100 days

Give small businesses a 'restart package' for pandemic-related openings

The Promise:

"Provide a 'restart package' that helps small businesses cover the costs of operating safely, including things like plexiglass and PPE."

Update: American Rescue Plan includes aid for small businesses, including restaurants

Help state and local governments prevent budget shortfalls

The Promise:

"Establish a renewable fund for state and local governments to help prevent budget shortfalls, which may cause states to face steep cuts to teachers and first responders."

Update: American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion for states, localities

Increase transparency of election spending

The Promise:

"Biden will propose legislation codifying what should be a simple tenet of campaign finance law: any group that advocates for or against candidates for federal office in its ads or communications must disclose its contributors. No more hiding behind 'dark money' groups to spread lies. This law will require all online ads, how they’re targeted, and who paid for them to be posted by the groups to a public database on a new one-stop website, ethics.gov — so no one can target voters with misinformation without attracting media or political attention."

Update: Anti-"dark money" provisions included in House-passed H.R. 1

Require all federal candidates to release tax returns

The Promise:

"As president, Biden will enact legislation requiring that every candidate for federal office disclose returns dating back 10 years prior to the date they declared their candidacy for their first federal office."

Update: House-passed H.R. 1 would require presidential, VP candidates to share tax returns

Prevent the White House from interfering in federal investigations and prosecutions

The Promise:

"Biden will issue an executive order directing that no White House staff or any member of his administration may initiate, encourage, obstruct, or otherwise improperly influence specific DOJ investigations or prosecutions for any reason; and he will pledge to terminate anyone who tries to do so."

Update: Merrick Garland, other Justice Department nominees pledge political impartiality