Joe Biden plans to reject Donald Trump's key policies through "shock and awe" as soon as he takes office with instructions from the executive to end the "Muslim ban", restart the dreamer program and rejoin the WHO and Paris Agreement
- Joe Biden plans to implement a series of executive orders immediately after taking office to reverse some of Donald Trump's proposed guidelines
- Orders include lifting a travel ban from a handful of Muslim-majority countries and restoring the program of delayed action on the arrival of children
- He also plans to re-enter the Paris Climate Accords and World Health Organization through executive action
- There are restrictions on what Biden can achieve if the Senate is held by Republicans, which will be decided by two runoff elections in January
- He likely won't be able to stick to a number of laws if the GOP majority is retained, including health care and gun control
- Biden's judicial and cabinet appointments could also take place in the Senate
Joe Biden plans to immediately sign a series of comprehensive executive orders after taking office in January to reverse some of Donald Trump's key policies and resume programs that the president ended.
At the top of Biden's list is a rejection of Trump's immigration policy, those close to his campaign told the Washington Post in a report released Sunday morning. Day one priorities include lifting a travel ban from a handful of Muslim majority countries and restoring the program of delayed action on the arrival of children.
During Trump's four years, he ended DACA, an Obama-era program that allowed "dreamers" or those illegally brought to the US as children to stay in the country.
People familiar with Biden's plans also say that he plans to re-enter the US and re-enter the World Health Organization, from which Trump emerged amid the coronavirus, in the Paris climate accords, which focus on reducing global gas emissions Pandemic has withdrawn.
Biden plans to begin setting up its own coronavirus task force on Monday, which former surgeon general Vivek Murthy and former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, David Kessler, will co-chair.
Joe Biden plans to implement a series of executive orders immediately after taking office that will reverse some of the guidelines put forward by President Donald Trump
These orders include lifting a travel ban from a handful of Muslim majority countries, restoring the program of delayed action on the arrival of children, and resuming the Paris Climate Agreement and the World Health Organization
Biden has already started forming its own coronavirus task force and plans to make fighting the pandemic a priority from day one
He also wants to quickly appoint a supply commander to oversee the production and distribution of tests and personal protective equipment like masks and robes – and ultimately vaccines.
The new task force could meet within a few days to come up with a new strategy for dealing with the pandemic.
The plans for radical and rapid changes within the presidency once Biden takes office show the very different priorities between Trump and the former vice president.
Those close to Biden and his campaigning say that as president, he may have more executive action at his disposal than he originally hoped, especially if the Democrats fail to blue the Senate in two Georgia runoff elections scheduled for Jan. 5 .
If Republicans stick to the Senate by incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who have won their respective races in Georgia, Biden will be prepared for a lame duck presidency, with most of his actions likely to be carried out by order of the executive.
Executive orders will enable Biden to realign federal agencies and repeal and enforce regulations. However, without the Senate on his side, he will not be able to enforce some of the key laws he promised during his campaign or approve appointments and nominations, including cabinet officials and judges.
"The policy team, the transition policy teams, are now very focused on executive power," a Biden ally who was in contact with his team told The Post. "I'm assuming this can be freely used in a Biden administration at this point if the Senate becomes a roadblock."
One option his team is talking about is appointing cabinet members as actors. This tactic has also been used to get officials to work without a lengthy verification process.
"This is always a possibility only because of the calendar and the number of vacancies," said the individual. "Because the Senate is moving so slowly now, so much slower than it used to be."
Protesters took to the streets all Saturday to celebrate Biden's planned victory
The former vice president officially declared victory on Saturday after becoming the planned winner in Pennsylvania, giving him the electoral college votes necessary to break the 270 threshold.
Biden has also vowed to send a bill to Congress to remove liability protection for gun manufacturers and fill loopholes in the background check to improve gun control legislation.
This would be a great achievement if he didn't have the Senate on his side.
Biden would also have trouble lifting the 2017 GOP tax cuts if Republicans held the Senate.