Republicans moaned and groaned about government overreach when President Obama signed executive orders, but they didn’t mind when Donald Trump signed them. Now, the Biden transition team is talking about signing lots of executive orders once the new president takes office in January.
Biden plans immediate flurry of executive orders to reverse Trump policies https://t.co/tGIDldNJ8T
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 8, 2020
Biden plans to do undo some of Trump’s worst acts as president, including those that put immigrants and the planet in danger. After all the people Trump hurt with his Muslim ban and his attacks on immigrant families, some relief may finally come in the form of a series of executive orders undoing Trump’s cruelty.
The Washington Post reports:
‘He will rejoin the Paris climate accords, according to those close to his campaign and commitments he has made in recent months, and he will reverse President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. He will repeal the ban on almost all travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and he will reinstate the program allowing “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain in the country, according to people familiar with his plans.’
Donald Trump issued 194 Executive Orders. Each and every one of them will be subject to cancellation by Joe Biden. And Joe can reinstate any of Obama’s EO’s that Trump cancelled.
January 20th the clean up begins.
— Abraxsys (@Abraxsys) November 7, 2020
Biden plans to show that he is a different president with a very different agenda than the current one, and the change in this case will be vast. Trump’s work to undermine all of what makes America truly great can, even without Congress, be undone.
‘Although transitions of power can always include abrupt changes, the shift from Trump to Biden — from one president who sought to undermine established norms and institutions to another who has vowed to restore the established order — will be among the most startling in American history.’
Bernie Sanders calling on Joe Biden to unleash executive orders is my MOOD pic.twitter.com/5B0px1b8zj
— Brett Banditelli is tired – it ain't over yet (@banditelli) November 7, 2020
The fate of the Senate, though, does present its challenges. Major initiatives like creating a public option for health care depend on the two Senate races in Georgia – with Rev. Raphael Warnock facing Republican Kelly Loeffler and Jon Ossoff facing David Perdue – and their outcome. Executive orders can undo much of Trump’s worst policies, the special elections in January 2021 will prove important to Joe Biden’s ability to lead the country.
‘Although the Democrats will hold a narrowed majority in the House, the final makeup of the Senate is not yet clear. That will be decided on Jan. 5, with two runoff elections in Georgia. Democrats would need to win both races to effectively have control of the Senate — with Vice President Kamala D. Harris serving as the tie-breaking vote — while Republicans would retain a narrow advantage by winning at least one.’
"Trump employed executive orders and administrative tools to undermine the ACA and Medicaid, in virtually every case…Biden can use the same tools in reverse," writes columnist @hiltzikm. https://t.co/k4y3937T8w
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 5, 2020