Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is the new president of the United States as of noon on Wednesday, and the Democrat is determined not to waste any of his early leverage.
The Biden team said it will issue a blitz of executive orders within the first 10 days. The Democrats have a narrow advantage in Congress after the surprise double victory in Georgia’s Senate races, but the margins are tight and the party isn’t in a position to pass sweeping legislation.
A memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain stated that Biden will issue executive orders on rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord, as well as on tackling COVID-19, boosting the economy, helping those in financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic and ending the travel ban from Muslim-majority countries.
He has also promised to make 100 million vaccine doses available within his first 100 days, and is calling for all Americans to wear a mask for 100 days