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Assessing the Biden Agenda: What will the next 100 days bring?

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The 100-day mark is an important yardstick for assessing a modern President’s performance. It has traditionally been the “honeymoon” period, providing a window of opportunity for new administrations to move campaign promises from rhetoric to reality. Although most Americans can’t seem to agree on much these days, we can probably agree that these are atypical times, and that makes Biden’s “honeymoon” a complex one. The Biden-Harris administration faces numerous historic challenges at home and abroad, all while attempting to move its agenda forward. Join Dr. Esther Choo, a health policy researcher; Joel Clement, Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Julie Kashen, director for women's economic justice at The Century Foundation; and Jonathan Gruber, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The panel discusses where the Biden administration has and has not made headway and what comes next. POLITICO White House correspondent Eugene Daniels moderates the discussion. ## Resources: Read Joel Clement’s “Biden Deletes Trump’s Climate Negligence with a Single Event,” [here](https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-deletes-trumps-climate-negligence-with-a-single-event/ar-BB1g4bQZ ). Learn about the [American Rescue Plan](https://home.treasury.gov/news/featured-stories/fact-sheet-the-american-rescue-plan-will-deliver-immediate-economic-relief-to-families). Read Dr. Choo’s Suffolk Journal article on [Racism in Public Healthcare](https://thesuffolkjournal.com/33332/news/renowned-physician-speaks-on-racism-during-the-pandemic-within-healthcare/). Check out Julie Kasha’s commentary on “[Why Caregiving is key to Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plan](https://tcf.org/content/commentary/caregiving-key-bidens-american-jobs-families-plan/).” You can check out this Facts Sheet on the American Jobs Plan, [here](https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/03/31/fact-sheet-the-american-jobs-plan/). Learn about the long-term financial impact of COVID-19 from in [the Pew Research Center's report](https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2021/03/05/a-year-into-the-pandemic-long-term-financial-impact-weighs-heavily-on-many-americans/) .

Eugene Daniels is a Playbook author and White House correspondent at POLITICO, with a focus on Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Gentleman and emerging power players in Washington.
A physician and health and science communicator, Dr. Esther Choo is a bold and innovative voice on gender and racial equity in healthcare and an advocate for building positive and productive workplaces.
In 2017, Joel Clement - an environmental scientist and policy expert - resigned his post as a senior Department of the Interior official over the suppression of facts about implications of climate change on human populations. He cited the department’s "poor leadership, waste, and failures on climate change.”
**Julie Kashen** is a senior fellow and director for women’s economic justice at The Century Foundation, with expertise in work and family, caregiving, economic mobility, and labor. Kashen has more than two decades of experience forwarding these issues in federal and state government and through the nonprofit sector, including helping to draft three major pieces of national legislation. As a labor policy advisor to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), she helped draft and build momentum for the first paid sick days bill in Congress, the Healthy Families Act. As policy director of the three-year Make It Work campaign, she drafted a visionary child care proposal, whose principles were incorporated into the Child Care for Working Families Act. And as a senior advisor to the National Domestic Workers Alliance, she led the work to create and introduce the first ever national Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In addition, as deputy director of policy for Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), she helped New Jersey become the second state in the nation to adopt paid family and medical leave. She is an active member of many child care, paid leave, and equal pay coalitions and tables. Kashen has been affiliated with The Century Foundation since 2015, and is excited to expand her role in 2020.
**Dr. Jonathan Gruber** is the Ford Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught since 1992. He is also the former Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the former President of the American Society of Health Economists. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Econometric Society. He has published more than 180 research articles, has edited six research volumes, and is the author of Public Finance and Public Policy, a leading undergraduate text, Health Care Reform, a graphic novel, and Jump-Starting America: How Breakthrough Science Can Revived Economic Growth and the American Dream (with Simon Johnson). In 2006 he received the American Society of Health Economists Inaugural Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under. During the 1997-1998 academic year, Dr. Gruber was on leave as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Treasury Department. From 2003-2006 he was a key architect of Massachusetts’ ambitious health reform effort, and in 2006 became an inaugural member of the Health Connector Board, the main implementing body for that effort. During 2009-2010 he served as a technical consultant to the Obama Administration and worked with both the Administration and Congress to help craft the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011 he was named “One of the Top 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of Our Time” by Slate Magazine. In both 2006 and 2012 he was rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in health care in the United States by Modern Healthcare Magazine. In 2020 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship.