Biden’s agenda is sure to take center stage during his first official domestic trip as President — a visit to Milwaukee for a CNN town hall.
And at its heart, Biden and his administration have tied their efforts to combat climate change to ultimately creating millions of new “green jobs.”
Now, inside the Biden White House, the President and his staff peg potential infrastructure investments as part of their larger agenda to rebuild the economy amid the pandemic.
So far, the White House has signaled willingness to push an infrastructure package early in Biden’s term. And even as negotiations over the President’s coronavirus relief package continue, the White House is starting to dip into infrastructure talks.
Last week, Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with a bipartisan group of senators at the White House to talk about infrastructure. And after the President met with governors and mayors last week to discuss Covid-19 relief, Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters that an infrastructure bill was brought up as “the next opportunity for bipartisanship.”
But the administration, Biden has said, has a long way to go on immigration.
The President will need the approval of Congress to pass his administration’s immigration bill, which, among other investments in border security and foreign aid to Latin America, provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the US.
Some of the President’s health care priorities can be implemented through executive action, but other campaign promises related to the ACA — including instituting a government-backed public health care option — would require Congress to act.
Equity, inclusion and unity
Biden, who has selected what will be the most racially diverse Cabinet in history, has said he wants to be a unifier.
While Biden called for unity during his first weeks in office, his predecessor faced an impeachment trial in a divided Congress.
Biden has largely sought to avoid saying definitively whether Trump should have been convicted by the Senate, arguing that it was up to Congress to decide. But with impeachment proceedings now over, Biden could offer up his most substantive comments to date during Tuesday’s CNN town hall.