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of the Washington Examiner highlights
GOP preparations for one aspect of a new Joe Biden presidential administration.
- President-elect Joe Biden is readying a stack of executive orders to sign after he's sworn into office, and it has some Republicans experiencing déjà vu.
- Like former President Barack Obama before him, Biden is poised to rely on unilateral action as he faces the prospect of a recalcitrant Senate. On top of a possible Republican-controlled Senate, Biden has to grapple with tensions within his own party as well. Far-left lawmakers, for instance, are set to push him on policy, despite a slimmer Democratic majority in the House.
- Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain has already listed some of Biden's priorities. They include reintroducing protections for "Dreamers" brought to the country illegally as children and a slew of environmental regulations.
- Biden would also ensure the United States rejoined the Paris agreement and the World Health Organization, Klain told MSNBC. He would roll back the travel restrictions President Trump placed on a handful of majority-Muslim countries. And fix "some of the flaws in the Affordable Care Act that the Trump administration has imposed," Klain said.
- Biden's COVID-19 response plan and broader immigration reforms were on top of his to-do list too, according to Klain.
- "He's getting ready for that now during the transition. We're going to deliver on that starting on Jan. 20," he said.
- Biden's embrace of direct authority is a pivot from the Democratic primary. During the primary, the two-term vice president and 36-year Delaware senator, who prides himself on being a dealmaker, boohooed the measures, sometimes perceived as heavy-handed because they don't require consensus. They can also be easily reversed by the succeeding Oval Office occupant.
- He reiterated the sentiment last week when asked by reporters about COVID-19 economic relief negotiations in Wilmington, Delaware.