Biden will create a COVID-19 position as Response Coordinator, which will be filled by Jeff Zients, who served in that role in the presidential transition. The same executive order that creates this position “is restoring NSC’s Directorate of Global Health Security and Biosafety to focus on national and global biological threats, play a vital role in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing future biological disasters. “Biden will also undo Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization and launch a ‘100 Day Masking Challenge’.
To mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 economy, Biden will urge the Federal Housing Agency to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums beyond February 28, and urge the Department of Education to extend a break on student loans.
Biden will rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and sign an executive order taking “important first steps to tackle the climate crisis, create good union jobs and promote environmental justice while reversing the harmful policies of the previous government”. In many cases, these are things that he will instruct federal authorities to do, such as “Consider revising the standards for fuel consumption and emissions from vehicles, methane emissions, and efficiency standards for equipment and buildings to ensure these standards reduce pollution, save consumers money and create good union jobs. “But it will also include the direct withdrawal of some Trump executive orders, such as the revocation of the approval for the Keystone XL gas pipeline.
Biden will also lift Trump’s Muslim ban and strengthen protections for dreamers. He will ensure a more accurate census count by reversing Trump’s policy to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census. He will stop the construction of the border wall. He will sign an implementing regulation that “Ensures that the federal government interprets Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as prohibiting discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “
Then there is a really big project. How Really, Really Big: “The President-Elect will sign an Executive Ordinance that will begin the work of embedding justice in federal politics and removing systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity through federal programs and institutions. The Executive Ordinance defines equity as the consistent and systematic treatment of all persons in a fair, equitable and impartial manner, including those belonging to underserved communities, such as: B. Blacks, Latinos, Indigenous and Native American people, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other people of color; LGBTQ + people; People with disabilities; religious minorities, people living in rural areas; and people otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality. “
It will be the job of the progressives to get Biden and Congress to push all of this through. But it’s a good start and a sign that Biden is listening.