President Biden will mark the 50th day of his presidency Wednesday on the verge of his first significant legislative accomplishment as the House moves to pass his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.
Biden appears well on his way to checking off key goals for his first 100 days in office. He has quickly unraveled key policies of his predecessor by way of executive action, the country has administered tens of millions of vaccine doses, and major school systems are set to return to in-person learning over the next month.
“He has done exactly what he promised that he’d do, and in most cases, done it faster and better” than expected, said Matt Bennett, executive vice president for the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way.
Biden’s first 50 days have been consumed by the coronavirus pandemic and attempts to blunt both the virus and its economic fallout. The House is poised to pass Biden’s coronavirus relief package on Wednesday, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The administration hopes to have stimulus checks out to many Americans by the end of the month.
“Whenever you involve Congress, there is going to be negotiation, there’s going to be change. But he’s getting a package through that is exactly like he’s promised,” said Bennett.
Biden on Wednesday is expected to host an event at the White House with company leaders from Johnson & Johnson and Merck to recognize the collaboration between the two competitors to quicken delivery of the former’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine. Biden is expect to announce plans to secure an additional 100 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, according to a White House official.
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Source: the Hill