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Biden Will Begin His Presidency With Immediate and Widespread Legislation

Last updated on February 4, 2021

8 August 2019, 18:54, Photo Credit to Gage Skidmore, Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a town hall hosted by the Iowa Asian and Latino Coalition at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 33 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

On January 20, 2021, President-elect Joseph R. Biden will become the 46th US President when he swears the presidential oath that will confirm his presidency. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also become the 49th Vice President, making history as the first female, Asian-American, and African-American Vice President.

After a lengthy and controversial presidential transition of power, President-elect Biden’s nominees for high executive offices and presidential cabinet positions will undergo a confirmation process in the Senate.

The Senate was regained by the Democrats through the narrowest possible margin with a 50-50 political split. If a proposed bill does have a 50-50 split, Kamala Harris, a Democrat, will cast the tie breaking vote. Since the Democrats also have an 11 seat majority in the House of Representatives, Joe Biden enters the presidency with a blue congress, which will be an effective asset in enacting his legislative agenda.

According to Biden’s incoming Chief of Staff Peter Doocy, Biden plans on enacting several executive orders on his first day such as rejoining the Paris Climate accords, enforcing a mask mandate on federal property, extending the student loan pause, and reversing what is commonly known as the “Muslim ban,” which restricted travel from certain countries.

According to a memo sent by an incoming Biden Senior staff to the New York Times, a Biden administration will prioritize a response to “four crises” facing the nation: Covid-19, the economy, the climate and racial inequity. The actions expand on the Biden campaign’s message of “build back better” and claim to “reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration.”

Biden has also announced that he will urge Congress to pass a 1.9 trillion package aimed at economic stimulus in response to COVID-19. The package will include 400 billion dollars to address the pandemic, vaccine distribution, and reopening schools within 100 days. The other parts of the stimulus will include money diverted to local governments and direct payments of 1400 dollars to individual American citizens.

Also, Biden plans on providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.

Furthermore, while Biden plans to address Congress with the previously mentioned legislative proposals, the Senate will begin a formal trial on the impeachment article the House passed on January 13th. When the Senate reconvened on January 19, Senator Mitch McConnell stated the mob that stormed the Capitol was “provoked by the president.”

Lastly, the inauguration set for tomorrow will be unprecedented. According to Politico, 21,500 national guardsmen are deployed to the National Capitol Region in anticipation for attacks similar to the January 6 Capitol Siege. Also, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will not be a large crowd of thousands of Americans when Biden will be inaugurated.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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