Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A month in office. What did Joe Biden manage to do and what problems are ahead?


The first month of Joe Biden’s presidency has passed. What did the new president manage to do and what challenges did he already face?

One month after his inauguration on January 20, 2021 US President Joe Biden is on the verge of adoption economic assistance package, larger than approved during the 2009 financial crisis.

Biden has already overturned a number of political decisions of his predecessor Donald Trump from a variety of areas, from climate change to immigration.

In addition, the distribution rate of COVID-19 vaccines increased by 55 percent.

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Feb. 21 that the United States would respond to a hacker attack on SolarWinds within “weeks, not months.”

“It will take weeks, not months, to prepare a response. This answer will include a combination of several tools, visible and invisible. And it will not be just sanctions, because, as you know, the response to such a set of actions requires a comprehensive set of tools. And this is exactly what the administration intends to do, “he stressed.

Sullivan added that the administration would make “Russia understand where the United States is pursuing this line.”

US President Joe Biden criticized Russia during a speech at the Munich Security Conference on February 19.

According to him, Moscow has carried out malicious and concerted actions to undermine democracy in the United States, Europe and other countries.

The US president called on European allies to stand firm in Washington’s position. At the same time, Biden praised the continuation of the Russian-American agreement on the reduction of nuclear arsenals.

Biden stressed that Washington will remain a supporter of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

America has returned to the world stage, the transatlantic alliance has returned, the US president stressed. According to Biden, Washington is fully committed to continuing cooperation between Europe and America.

Will political battles be avoided?

Wider strategy White House, which is to avoid hopeless political struggles, focus on political decisions that appeal to many voters, and generally ignore Republican attacks, will face increasing difficulties in the coming months, both Democrats and Republicans predict.

“Problems await them around the corner,” he said Jim Manley, who was once the main aide to the former leader of the Democratic majority in Senate Harry Reed.

Biden made many changes with the help of presidential decrees. But he has laws ahead of him that the United States Democratic Party itself lacks unity on. For example, to ease the debt burden for students, raise taxes and impose restrictions on the energy sector.

Democrats are seeking to develop and approve a package of economic assistance (with or without Republican support) by mid-March 2021, when the supplementary unemployment insurance expires.

A simple majority is enough, but every Democrat needs to side with the White House.

Doubts are growing that the law will include a provision to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, much to the disappointment of the Liberal Democrats.

“I see cracks appearing,” Manley said.

Some Democrats, including Congresswoman Alexandria Okas-Cortes and the senator Elizabeth Warren, criticized Biden when on February 16 he stated that he did not agree with fellow party members who want to forgive student debts in the amount of 50 thousand dollars per person.

Will Biden gain bipartisan support?

Republicans are rebuilding after Trump’s presidency, the Republican strategist said Paul Shoemaker.

According to him, Biden can unite them if he puts too much emphasis on taxes and spending, but if he does very little in this direction, he will disappoint part of his democratic base.

“He enjoys his honeymoon, but everyone knows that the honeymoon is coming to an end,” Shoemaker said.

The White House says the political order it intends to promote in the coming months is aimed at voters from both parties, and they believe that Republicans will eventually be forced to support it for the sake of their constituents.

“Does he intend to? [Байден] seek the support of every Republican? Of course not. But he intends to offer plans that meet the needs of US citizens from both parties, “said the White House Director of Communications. Kate Beddingfield.

The White House also counts on bipartisan support to implement its infrastructure development plan. Expected. that in its scale and value it will surpass the bill on stimulus measures for the US economy worth $ 1.9 trillion.

Adoption of this law will almost certainly lead to an increase in the deficit and require some tax increases, which is expected to provoke opposition.

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