New Year, New Administration: Biden/Harris and the Coming Changes

By: Kenyan Carter | News Editor

On Jan. 20, a historic Inauguration Day held at the White House as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, African American and Asian American, sworn in as vice president. 

Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez headlined the socially distanced inauguration event, and Garth Brooks, 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman also made headlines for the reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb.” 

President Biden takes office during a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is raging. According to the CDC, over 25 million Americans have been infected, and over 400,000 people have died. The president released a timeline of actions to combat the virus, including doubling the number of testing sites, investing $25 billion in a vaccine manufacturing and distribution plan, and working with governors and mayors to implement a nationwide mask mandate. 

President Biden leads his administration with Democrats having control of Congress and the Senate with Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff earlier this month in the Georgia Senate election. The president promised to use the supermajority to send another round of stimulus checks and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, among other things, in his $1.9 trillion Covid-19 economic stimulus package, expected to be introduced into Congress soon. 

Still, in the meantime, President Biden has signed 33 executive orders reversing Trump policies, such as lifting the transgender ban in the military and restoring collective bargaining power for federal workers. The executive orders also include measures dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, like directing FEMA to create community vaccination centers.

Without as much bipartisan blockage, it will be interesting to see how the Biden Harris administration legislates going forward.     

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