An inauguration different from all others: While the National Mall would normally be crowded with spectators, this year, it was filled with 400,000 flags, representing the 400,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. In his Inaugural Address, President Biden recognized the multiple crises our nation is facing, and immediately after being sworn in, he took action to restore leadership and help the American people.
Addressing COVID: Since noon on Wednesday, President Biden has demonstrated that he shares our values in both words and action. He’s addressing the pandemic with Executive Orders, mandates and a strategy for vaccination rollouts, after a complete lack of a strategy in the past year.
Getting to Work: Inauguration Day wasn’t just about celebrating – President Biden signed 17 Executive Orders. Two of the first orders the president signed were to end the Muslim Ban and to protect DREAMERs by reinstating DACA. Humane immigration policies are a top priority of American Jews, and we rejected Trump’s unAmerican, inhumane, illegal policies because they were antithetical to our values.
History in the Senate:
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris weren’t the only ones to make history on Wednesday. Hours after the inauguration, Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock were sworn in as the first Jewish and first Black Senators to represent the state of Georgia, making Senator Chuck Schumer the Senate Majority Leader and the first Jewish American
to lead either chamber of Congress. We are so proud of the work we did to get them there, and share that pride with all of you. Now it’s time for the Senate to get to work, confirming Biden’s nominees and delivering for the American people.