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Over the past four years, the Trump administration has rolled back important regulations and issued a multitude of harmful executive orders. These actions have exacerbated suffering for those already struggling, imposed fear and hardship on immigrant families, emboldened white supremacy, undermined diplomacy, driven us further from peace, endangered the environment, and hampered our ability to respond effectively to the climate crisis. 

President Joe Biden can take immediate action in his first days in office.

Given that these actions have only compounded the challenges of a global pandemic, a deep economic recession, and ongoing systemic racism, elected leaders must respond swiftly and boldly. While Congress considers legislation, President Joe Biden can take immediate action in his first days in office.

Here are FCNL’s top recommendations for the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration:

Alleviate hardship for millions of struggling families:

Repeal harmful immigration policies:

Restore environmental protections:

Reduce gun violence:

Reduce domestic state sanctioned violence:

Address systemic racism:

Restore U.S. partnership with the global community:

  • Extend the New START Treaty for five years without conditions.  The last remaining nuclear arms limitation agreement between Russia and the United States is set to expire on Feb. 5, 2021.
  • Renew international consensus on Iran by returning to the JCPOA on a compliance for compliance basis, clarifying that UN sanctions on Iran aren’t “snapped back,” and supporting a $5 billion dollar IMF loan to Iran to address COVID-19. 
  • Re-enter the Paris Climate Accord. The United States is the only country to reject this agreement, under which we had agreed to cut our greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 to 26 percent or less of our 2005 levels. 

The United States is the only country to reject the Paris agreement.

Respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and urgent humanitarian crises:

  • Request at least $20 billion for international COVID relief and support the release of Special Drawing Rights from the International Monetary Fund to enable countries to address the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Restore and expand humanitarian aid to all parts of Yemen, pressure Saudi Arabia and the UAE to meet and expand funding pledges for Yemen, and reverse the designation of the Houthis as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
  • Restore funding to UNRWA, and end Israeli occupation in Gaza and the West Bank.
  • Issue a worldwide Temporary General License allowing all COVID-19 related humanitarian trade to all U.S.- sanctioned countries and locations — including testing kits, respiratory devices, personal protective equipment, and vaccines — for the duration of the pandemic.
  • Lift broad-based economic sanctions imposed by the United States on all countries and locations for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Promote international peacebuilding:

  • Release a declassified list of “countries and regions at risk of atrocities, including a description of specific risk factors, at-risk groups, and likely scenarios in which atrocities would occur;” as mandated in the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocity Prevention Act (P.L. 115-441). 
  • Prioritize women’s participation and rights in the Afghan peace talks, urge a comprehensive ceasefire, and encourage regional actors to play a constructive role in supporting peace in Afghanistan.
  • Revise Executive Order 13224 Modernizing Sanctions to Combat Terrorism to exempt the provision of expert advice or assistance, training, and personnel in support of peacebuilding and DDR programs.  Material support prohibitions under U.S. Code 2339B prevent peacebuilders from working with armed groups to find peaceful resolutions to violent conflict.

Reduce militarism abroad:

  • Declare the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) expired and support its repeal. This authorization is not needed for any ongoing operations and should be repealed to prevent further abuse.
  • Commit to obtaining congressional authorization for any new use of military force, and set an end date for operations conducted under the 2001 AUMF. Three presidents have stretched the 2001 AUMF to justify 41 operations in 19 countries against groups like ISIS that didn’t even exist on 9/11. 

Commit to obtaining congressional authorization for any new use of military force.

Rein in Pentagon spending: