President-elect Joe Biden has indicated that he plans to sign a flurry of executive orders as soon as he is sworn into office on January 20th, to reverse many of the decisions that Trump made during his presidency. Biden campaign insiders say that the orders are intended to signal that that country's politics have shifted, and that his presidency will work to implement this cultural shift in the political system.
Biden reportedly plans on rejoining the Paris climate accords, as well as the World Health Organization, both of which the Trump Administration withdrew from. He also intends to repeal the travel ban that the Trump administration put on many Muslim-majority countries, according to a paywall-blocked report in the Washington Post. He will also reinstate the "dreamers" program, which allows immigrants who have been in the country since they were children to stay regardless of their immigration status. He also plans to immediately reverse Trump’s rollback of 100 public health and environmental rules.
Schumer saying Biden can cancel first $50,000 in student debt via executive order. And will do so in first 100 days. This will change so many lives. https://t.co/nkWZykLJVE
— Tom Winter (@WinterForMT) November 7, 2020
The Post said that the transition of power between Trump and Biden could be among "the most startling in American history." For months, as the election dragged on, Biden's top advisers were working to set up plans for the transition of power, anticipating the win that was eventually to come. The report indicated that Biden's team has put together a book filled with drastic plans for the administration.
Biden will also be taking a very different approach to the pandemic than Trump had. Biden has promised to set up a coronavirus task force immediately. The task force will reportedly be co-chaired by former surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy and David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
NEW: Joe Biden will look to a series of executive orders to sign on Jan. 20, immediately forecasting that the country’s politics have shifted and that his presidency will be guided by radically different priorities.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 8, 2020
However, given the Republican majority of the Senate, it could be difficult to pass certain pieces of legislation through congress.
“The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power. I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock,” a Biden campaign insider told the Post.
“Just by virtue of the calendar and how many positions are filled, that’s always a possibility. Because the Senate moves so slowly now, so much more slowly than it used to,” they added.
In addition to executive orders, Biden also plans to send bills to congress repealing liability protections for gun manufacturers, and closing background-check loopholes. He has also promised to reverse tax cuts for wealthy individuals that were passed in 2017.
Bernie Sanders, despite initial criticism of Biden, says that he could be "the most progressive president."
Biden’s transition effort is being overseen by Ted Kaufman, who is one of his closest advisers.
The campaign of President Donald Trump continues to contest the election results, claiming that the Democrats cheated in numerous states and even demanding recounts in some areas. Most major news networks in the United States have called the race for Biden, and many world leaders have come out to publicly congratulate him. Still, the Trump campaign remains firm, promising a series of legal challenges in the coming days.