WASHINGTON – Since Franklin Roosevelt, all American presidents have been judged by how much of their agenda they were able to accomplish in the first 100 days of their administrations.
According to experts, President-elect Joe Biden is determined to get a significant portion of his agenda through Congress early in his term.
“What other president has come right out of the door to push for a $ 2 trillion stimulus?” Asked Dan Mahaffy, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Presidential Power and Congress in Washington.
However, Biden will have to work with a much more fragile majority in every house than under Barack Obama.
However, his plan is “even more ambitious because of the dual challenge in health and economics,” Mahaffi said.
The biggest element of his plan is direct payments and other measures to support affected individuals and families, totaling some $ 1 trillion.
Biden’s plan also calls for $ 440 billion in direct aid to small businesses and local governments.
But accepting this package is far from the only thing he hopes to achieve in his first months in office. Here are some of Biden’s other political priorities.
Biden has pledged to restore relations with allies and other countries alienated by the isolationist America First agenda pursued by the Donald Trump administration. He also intends to convene an international summit dedicated to the fight against corruption and militant nationalism.
Criminal justice reform
In response to public outcry over the killings of unarmed African Americans by police, Biden has pledged to establish a national police oversight commission and to develop strategies to build trust between police and local communities to defuse tensions.
Biden made it clear that he would rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and take other steps to ensure that the United States becomes a global leader in efforts to mitigate climate change.
Biden hopes to reverse the massive corporate tax cuts that Trump introduced, when company tax fell from 35 percent to 21 percent. He also wants to raise income taxes for the wealthiest Americans.
After four years of administration, which was clearly hostile to many forms of immigration to the United States, the Biden administration will propose radical immigration reform that will enable more than 11 million illegal immigrants to obtain citizenship.
According to Mahaffi, Biden can count on at least some cooperation with Congress in the early days of his administration.
“The consensus in Congress, even though the Senate is exactly 50 to 50 seats, is that we need to take action on the economy,” he said.