Biden's To-Do List Starts with Orders 01/19 06:09
Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for his earliest days as
president and many promises to keep over the longer haul.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Joe Biden has given himself an imposing to-do list for
his earliest days as president and many promises to keep over the longer haul.
Overshadowing everything at the very start is Biden's effort to win
congressional approval of a $1.9 trillion plan to combat the coronavirus and
the economic misery it has caused.
But climate change, immigration, health care and more will be competing for
attention --- and dollars. Altogether Biden has laid out an ambitious if not
always detailed set of plans and promises across the range of public policy.
Drawn from a review of his campaign statements and a recent memo from Ron
Klain, who'll be his chief of staff, here's a sampling of measures to expect
right away, around the corner and beyond:
WEDNESDAY, after the inauguration, mostly by executive action:
--- Declaration that the U.S. is rejoining Paris climate accord.
--- Declaration that the U.S. is rejoining World Health Organization.
--- Ethical standards for his administration and an order prohibiting
interference in the operations of the Justice Department from other parts of
--- Start of a process to restore 100 public health and environmental rules
that the Obama administration created and President Donald Trump eliminated or
--- Start of a process to rejoin the deal restraining Iran's nuclear program
in exchange for sanctions relief.
--- Executive action to end travel restrictions on people from a variety of
--- Executive action to protect from deportation people who came to the
country illegally as children.
--- Executive action to make masks mandatory on federal property and when
travelling out of state. Others will be asked to wear masks for 100 days.
--- Steps to extend pandemic-era restrictions on evictions and foreclosures.
--- Legislation to go to Congress proposing to repeal liability protections
for gun manufacturers and tightening some other aspects of gun control.
--- Immigration legislation to go to Congress as part of an effort to offer
a path to citizenship for 11 million people in the U.S. illegally and to codify
protections for people who came illegally as children.
--- Education Department to be asked to extend the existing pause on student
loan payments and interest for millions with student debt.
--- Executive action laying out new steps to expand virus testing, protect
workers and set new public health standards.
--- Directive to agencies to take unspecified immediate action to deliver
economic relief from the pandemic.
BY FEB. 1
--- Executive actions to strengthen "buy American" provisions.
--- Executive actions to address climate change.
--- First steps to expand access to health care, for low-income women, women
of color and other segments of the population.
--- First steps to reunite families still separated at the Mexican border.
BEYOND (some may be tried sooner)
--- Ensure 100 million vaccines have been given before the end of his first
--- Ensure 100 federally supported vaccination centers are up and running in
his first month.
--- Expand use of the Defense Production Act to direct the manufacture of
critical pandemic supplies.
--- Win passage of a $2 trillion climate package to get the U.S. to net-zero
carbon emissions by 2050.
--- Seek passage of a "Medicare-like public option" to compete alongside
private insurance markets for working-age Americans; increase existing premium
--- Eliminate certain corporate tax cuts where possible, by executive
action, while doubling the levies U.S. firms pay on foreign profits.
--- Make a plan within 100 days to end homelessness.
--- Expand legal immigration slots.
--- Freeze deportations for 100 days, then restore the Obama-era principle
of deporting foreigners who are seen as posing a national security threat or
who have committed crimes in addition to the crime of illegal entry, thereby
pulling back the broad deportation policy of the Trump years.
--- Halt financing of further construction of the wall along the Mexican
--- Within 100 days, establish a police oversight commission to combat
institutional racism by then.
--- Reinstate federal guidance, issued by Obama and revoked by Trump, to
protect transgender students' access to sports, bathrooms and locker rooms in
accordance with their gender identity.
--- Ensure taxes are not raised on anyone making under $400,000.
--- Restore Obama-era rules on campus sexual misconduct and a policy that
aimed to cut federal money to for-profit colleges that left students with heavy
debt they can't pay back.
--- Support legislation to make two years of community college free and to
make public colleges free for families with incomes below $125,000, with no
repayment of student loans required for people who make less than $25,000 a
year and, for others, no repayment rate above 5% of discretionary income.
--- Support increasing the national minimum wage to $15.
--- Try to win passage of a plan to spend $700 billion boosting
manufacturing and research and development.
--- Establish a commission to study expanding the Supreme Court.