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Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden reportedly intends to follow former President Barack Hussein Obama’s lead and rule primarily by executive fiat if he’s elected president.
The moment he enters the White House, he intends to sign a slew of executive orders to re-enter the United States into the flawed Paris climate accords and the discredited World Health Organization, as reported by The Washington Post.
Biden also plans to sign executive orders reversing President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from nations beset by Islamic terrorism, and reenacting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that, prior to its repeal by Trump, had allowed illegal alien “children” to flood into the United States and immediately gain legal status.
According to Post, a far-left establishment paper, these “abrupt changes” are designed to undo Trump’s bucking of so-called “established norms and institutions” and thus “restore the established order.” Put differently, Biden’s goal is to promptly reassert the power of the establishment via the only way he can, executive power.
Because the Senate is poised to remain in Republican control — unless Democrats are fortunate enough to win two Senate runoff elections in a longtime GOP stronghold — Biden will have virtually no chance of passing any meaningful legislation. As a result, his team is prepping to rule for four years straight via executive action.
“The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power. I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock,” an unnamed Biden ally told the Post.
Similarly, Biden’s team has reportedly begun discussing plans to work around the Senate when it comes to cabinet positions by simply appointing cabinet members on an “acting” basis. Doing this doesn’t require Senate confirmation.
One thing about Mitch McConnell controlling the Senate during a potential Biden presidency: not only will Biden not be able to get his judges through, he’ll have to be extra cautious about the people he nominates for Senate confirmable positions. https://t.co/ljEyZsySp0
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 5, 2020
It’s not clear though whether a work-around would even be necessary.
“Brendan Dunn, a former McConnell tax aide who’s now a lobbyist at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, said he doesn’t expect Senate Republicans to blockade Biden’s nominees en masse if Biden wins and Republicans hold the chamber,” Politico reported Thursday.
Keep in mind that Dunn was simply speculating on how the Senate will behave.
As for Biden’s planned Inauguration Day executive spree, he also intends to reverse the president’s rollback of at least 100 over-burdensome, job-killing “public health and environmental rules” that Obama had enacted during his tenure in office.
Included among these regulations will be the disastrous 2015 Clean Water Rule that would have regulated virtually every body of water, potentially including even puddles, had Trump not formally rescinded it this past January.
“[T]he Trump administration on Thursday lifted protections for some of the nation’s millions of miles of streams and wetlands — clean water rules vigorously opposed by farmers who believed even puddles formed after a rain would be subject to government regulation,” the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported at the time.
One of Biden’s top priorities upon entering office will be to somehow, someway magically rid the country of the coronavirus pandemic that has ravaged the world.
I’m not going to shut down the country.
I’m not going to shut down the economy.
I’m going to shut down the virus.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 30, 2020
“Biden is planning to set up a coronavirus task force on Monday, in recognition that the global pandemic will be the primary issue that he must confront. The task force, which could begin meeting within days, will be co-chaired by former surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy and David Kessler, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner,” the Post reported.
“The coronavirus response has been foremost on Biden’s mind, and it is seen inside his campaign as a chief reason for his victory. He has previously said that even before the inauguration he would reach out to Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious-disease expert, asking him for advice.”
Any official moves by Biden will of course be contingent on him actually winning the 2020 election. While the media have declared him the winner, that declaration is neither formal nor anyway meaningful.
Nevertheless, the Democrat nominee has already put together a full transition team that in turn has reportedly “been given government-issued computers and iPhones for conducting secure communications, and 10,000 square feet of office space in the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington.”
“His advisers have been granted temporary security clearances and undergone FBI background checks to fast-track the processing of personnel who can receive briefings on intelligence,” the Post reported.
However, any potential further access is restricted until at which time the General Services Administration finalizes the results of the election. The decision will ultimately rest with GSA administrator Emily W. Murphy, a Trump appointee.
This has pushed a low-key civil servant, Emily Murphy, center stage as the law gives her sole authority when to start the transition.
The GSA wants to avoid partisanship and Trump not conceding/pending lawsuits & recounts puts her in a tricky position.
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) November 7, 2020
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