A day after winning the presidency of the United States, Joe Biden already works with his advisers on the main points of his governance plan and on how to achieve it, which will include more executive orders than planned, because everything indicates that the Senate will not remain in Democratic hands.
The key theme is how to address the nation’s coronavirus crisis and negotiations for a new economic stimulus package to help respond to the impacts caused by the pandemic.
Although a stimulus package of the size raised by Democrats seems unlikely, Senate leader Mitch McConnell has already said he is willing to endorse a smaller program, Biden’s campaign highlights in a paper on his government priorities.
In addition, it plans to establish a coronavirus workforce e later this week and, among the measures envisaged, the establishment of a national mandate for the use of masks.
More than 237,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 and coronavirus cases have soared to record numbers in recent days. Biden made his criticism of Trump’s response to the pandemic a centerpiece of his campaign.
In the economic sphere, it proposes to provide tax aid to state governments, extend federal unemployment aid programmes, and give a second round of $1,200 money transfers to U.S. families, as well as additional aid to airlines, heavily hit by the pandemic.
Among the initial actions raised by the Democrat are the re-entry into the Paris Agreement, which the United States officially abandoned on November 4, and reverse Donald Trump’s order to leave the World Health Organization.
In education, it aims to treat so-called “Dreamers” fairly, so that they can access assistance services, remove limits on student visas and promote the defense of students’ civil rights.
Biden’s energy agenda will drive alternatives to fossil fuels, with infrastructure expenditures, a support fund for disadvantaged communities, investment in transport systems, and adaptation of public buildings, schools and homes to make them more energy efficient and sustainable.
Technological, in the spotlight
Although Biden promises that his government’s stance will be “less politicized” than Trump’s, he is committed to continuing investigations and lawsuits against technology platforms.
There will also be a more astringent review of M&A proposals, with an implicit bias against consolidations.
One point, which could be read as dedicated to Amazon, is the prohibition for e-commerce platforms to compete against third-party sellers.
The push for more legislation that protects privacy and data protection will also be a constant, according to Biden’s agenda, as well as bipartisan work to review Section 230 of the Communications Act, which protects technology platforms from legal remedies and is published on their sites.
Republican Donald Trump, the first U.S. president to lose a re-election candidacy in 28 years, gave no indication of giving in as his campaign progressed in legal battles to challenge the outcome.
In a fact illustrating the uphill path Biden will face after taking office on January 20 at the time of working with Trump’s party lawmakers, Republican leaders in Congress still did not yet recognize the former vice president this Sunday as theWinner.
In a speech in his home state of Delaware saturday night, Biden delivered a message of unity and conciliation, stating that it is “time to heal” the nation and reach Americans who voted for Trump and Republicans in Congress.
Trump posted on Twitter comments from analysts who questioned the integrity of the election, including, “This was a stolen election.” Twitter tagged the comments and noted that “this claim about voter fraud is unsubstantiated,” on the last occasion a social media platform warns of its posts.
Trump and his advisers have presented no evidence of their accusations of voter fraud.
But the president of the United States doesn’t have the entire Republican party on his side. Former President George W. Bush said in a statement that he had spoken to Biden and congratulated him on his victory.
“While we have political differences, I know Joe Biden is a good man, who has won the opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Bush said. “The American people can trust that this election was fundamentally fair (…) and that its outcome is clear.”
Senator Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, said on CNN that he understood why Trump wants to keep fighting.
“I believe, however, that it is destructive to the cause of democracy to suggest widespread fraud or corruption. There’s just no evidence of that right now,” Romney said.
Many world leaders ignored the Republican resources presented in justice and congratulated Biden on his victory, with two notable exceptions in Latin America: the presidents of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.
Even Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted a Trump victory, celebrated Biden, whom he called a “great friend of Israel.”
King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, both very close to Donald Trump, also acknowledged the Democrats’ victory in the US presidential.
Salman, who was the last of the Gulf monarchs who had not yet reacted after Biden’s election, expressed “his best wishes for success” and recalled “the historical and close relations between these two countries and neighbouring peoples,” the state agency SPA said.