Common Defense Reflects on One Year of the Biden Administration and Looks Towards the Future

WASHINGTON — As we reflect on the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency, we at Common Defense both celebrate the administration’s victories and assess opportunities for improvement as we look towards the next three years. The past twelve months have been defined by achievements to be proud of and opportunities to push our progressive goals further. […]

WASHINGTON — As we reflect on the first year of Joe Biden’s presidency, we at Common Defense both celebrate the administration’s victories and assess opportunities for improvement as we look towards the next three years. The past twelve months have been defined by achievements to be proud of and opportunities to push our progressive goals further.

Common Defense Political Director Naveed Shah issued the following statement:

“On the one-year anniversary of Pres. Biden’s inauguration, we at Common Defense are celebrating with our progressive allies as we reflect on the accomplishments that our movement has made since Donald Trump left office.

“The American Rescue Plan saw the Biden administration and a Democratic Congress make a $1.9 trillion investment in the American people, providing much needed relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Working class families, veterans included, benefited greatly from direct aid and the expansion of child care subsidies and unemployment benefits.

“This first year has also seen the passage of a sweeping $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in the form of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA’s funding for transportation and road proposals, clean water, electric grid renewal, and broadband access will be felt across the country as our internal infrastructure is revitalized over the course of the next several years.

“As we transition into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s presidency has seen 75% of Americans receive at least one dose of the vaccine, protecting them from the worst effects of the virus. The national unemployment rate has also dropped significantly, falling to 4.2%, less than one third of the pandemic peak of 14.8% in 2020. The jobless rate for veterans was cut in half under Pres. Biden’s leadership, from 6.5% in 2020 to 3.3% now.

“Though there is much to celebrate, we remain focused on the work to come, eager to build on the victories of the administration thus far and address the most pressing issues for veterans and working class families. There is still much to be done, including passing the Build Back Better Act, as well as taking bold action on both voting rights and the climate. We at Common Defense will continue to support progressive causes and candidates, especially going into this year’s midterm elections. Together, we will work with our allies to organize against the entrenched power of billionaires who have rigged our economy. We are proud to champion an equitable and representative democracy where we live up to our highest American ideals in the next year of this presidency and beyond.”

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