In less than two months, President-elect Joe Biden will be moving into the White House and trying to turn his election promises into politics.
Biden said in a recent interview that he had not so much a list of priorities that must be done in the correct order, but several actions that must be done simultaneously during his first 100 days in office.
In an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, the new president said three areas he would take immediate action are immigration reform, the environment, and economic aid to state and local governments due to pandemic losses.
The President-elect acknowledged that any move on some of these priorities would depend on working with Congress.
While the Democrats control the House of Representatives, the scope and plausibility of Biden’s priorities in the Georgia runoff on Jan. 5, when the two US Senate seats and Senate control are decided, could be the scope and plausibility of Biden’s. Most predictions are that the GOP will retain control of the Senate, but an unlikely one-two for the Georgia Democrats would equally expand the Senate to party lines and give aspiring Vice President Kamala Harris a tie if necessary.
“I made a commitment in the first 100 days that I would send the United States Senate an immigration bill with a route to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” the president-elect told NBC last week.
That summer, Biden’s socially distant campaign pledged to send a bill to Congress that would make the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – known as DACA – permanent on its first day in the White House. The hill reports.
A US Supreme Court ruling in June confirming the program could help Biden pass DACA law.
in the another campaign promise, the new president pledged to end a Trump administration policy on the first day of his administration to separate immigrant children from their parents on the US-Mexico border.
Trump’s southern border and immigration policies were also the fulfillment of his own election promises to tighten America’s borders, including building a wall along the US-Mexico border.
The president-elect told NBC News’ Holt that he would “get rid of very harmful executive orders that have had a major impact on making the climate worse and less healthy.”
National Public Radio reports radio that one of Biden’s “longest election promises” was to re-include the United States in the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Biden has also proposed in his clean energy plan to get the country on track for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and invest $ 2 trillion in clean energy and climate sustainability during his tenure, according to the NPR.
“Many leading climate activists have long believed that any significant investment in the fossil fuel transition must be embedded in a comprehensive stimulus bill.” CNN reported.
In his first 100 days in office, Trump has signed an implementing regulation instructing EPA to “review existing regulations that may affect the development or use of domestically generated energy resources” and said the agency should “suspend, revise or repeal” those regulations.
According to the NBC interview, Biden also plans to bolster the Environmental Protection Agency – an agency the president-elect said was “gutted” by the previous administration.
According to the EPA, the agency’s budget for Trump’s first three years in office was higher than it was for Obama’s last three years, but the agency lost an average of nearly 800 employees during Trump’s tenure.
During his interview with NBC News, Biden said he wanted to “make sure we have immediate assistance to state and local governments to keep them from – basically – from doom”.
“The most important thing,” added the president-elect, “is to focus on the people, who always – when a crisis occurs – are the first to be hit and when they recover they are the last.
According to CNN, the new administration is focused on adopting a “comprehensive economic aid package” and, when the legislature is not needed, a “set of executive measures” to advance the government’s “pressing priorities” – such as economic recovery and against Racial inequality.
On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers – including Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a Republican, and Rep. Ben McAdams, a Democrat demo – Proposed a $ 908 billion bailout package that was later shot down by Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell for being too tough.
Earlier this month CNBC reported, Biden said he was backing a trillion-dollar aid package similar to the HEREOS bill that the Democratic-owned House passed this spring.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been standing still on future additional pandemic aid for months, with negotiations hanging on the price tag. Biden hopes to break this stalemate.
“This is more than just a financial crisis,” Biden told NBC’s Holt of the nearly year-long coronavirus pandemic. “It is a crisis that causes real psychological stress for millions of people. And it is in our power to solve it and grow the economy at the same time. “