(Yes, I realize that Joe is not yet the President, but he will be when he signs these orders and I just wanted to trot out that title because I like the sound of it.)
Courtesy of WaPo:
President-elect Joe Biden is planning to quickly sign a series of executive orders after being sworn into office on Jan. 20, immediately forecasting that the country’s politics have shifted and that his presidency will be guided by radically different priorities
He will rejoin the Paris climate accords, according to those close to his campaign and commitments he has made in recent months, and he will reverse President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. He will repeal the ban on almost all travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and he will reinstate the program allowing “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain in the country, according to people familiar with his plans.
Although transitions of power can always include abrupt changes, the shift from Trump to Biden — from one president who sought to undermine established norms and institutions to another who has vowed to restore the established order — will be among the most startling in American history.
Biden’s top advisers have spent months quietly working on how best to implement his agenda, with hundreds of transition officials preparing to get to work inside various federal agencies. They have assembled a book filled with his campaign commitments to help guide their early decisions.
Although the Democrats will hold a narrowed majority in the House, the final makeup of the Senate is not yet clear. That will be decided on Jan. 5, with two runoff elections in Georgia. Democrats would need to win both races to effectively have control of the Senate — with Vice President Kamala D. Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote — while Republicans would retain a narrow advantage by winning at least one.
“The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power,” said a Biden ally who has been in touch with his team who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. “I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock.”
I mentioned the Coronavirus task force in an earlier post, and now we know that Biden has many more plans as well.
Joe Biden is famous for being one of the most beloved members of the Senate, and one would think that his long tenure and the relationships he built on both sides of the aisle would serve him well in this job.
However, the facts are that we are living in hyper-partisan times and it is highly unlikely that too many Republicans will be willing to support any plans put forward by Biden and the Democrats, which might threaten their reelections.
If the Dems do not get control of the Senate after these two runoff races in Georgia, then they are going to have to push hard to gain control in 2022.
Failing that there is much that Biden wants to accomplish that will be left undone.