We have a new president and a new vice president, ladies and gentlemen, like many of you I had the inauguration on this morning as I was doing some work, and I thought it was a lovely ceremony, different than what we’ve seen in years past, but still stately and presidential.
Joe Biden took the oath of office at eleven forty-eight A.M. Eastern Time, and that is when he officially became the forty-sixth president of the United States.
As expected, Trump was not in attendance at the inauguration and swearing-in ceremonies, and he said this morning that he wants to say goodbye but hopefully it’s not a long-term goodbye. He said we’ll see each other again. In his inaugural address Joe Biden said, “This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day” and reiterated his calls to unity among all Americans similar to the statements he has made since the election.
And in a few hours, shortly after the Senate comes in at four P.M., three new Democratic senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, who won their respective Georgia races earlier this month, along with Alex Padilla, who is Kamala Harris’s appointed replacement in the Senate, these three Senators will be sworn in later today.
And let us not forget what Joe Biden said a little over two weeks ago, on Monday, January Fourth, as we discussed on this channel, the day before the Georgia runoff elections, Joe Biden said that if the Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats, the two thousand dollar checks will go out the door.
Let’s hold him to that, let’s not let that be an empty campaign promise. Word on the street right now is that a massive COVID relief bill is not likely to be passed until next month or possibly even March, however next week the House of Representatives may pass new legislation for vaccines and for stimulus checks.
It’s looking like Biden has not forgotten the promise he made that if Dems won in Georgia the boosted stimulus checks would go out the door. Right now this is all from anonymous sources, but I frankly wouldn’t be surprised if this happens.
Biden wants to come in, score an easy win, and an easy win would be putting money in the pockets of the American people as well as allocating money toward vaccine funding. At five fifteen P.M. Eastern Time today, Biden will sign several executive orders. I have gone over several of these earlier this week, they include the hundred days masking challenge in which he asks the American people to do their part and mask up for one hundred days, masks and physical distancing will also be required in all federal buildings.
Biden will sign an executive order to reengage the United States with the World Health Organization, he will sign an executive order to create the position of COVID-19 Response Coordinator, who will report directly to the president and be responsible for coordinating all elements of the COVID-190 response across government. As mentioned earlier this week today Biden will call on the CDC to extend the federal eviction moratorium until at least March Thirty-First, today Biden will extend the student loan pause through September Thirtieth, he will rejoin the United States to the Paris Climate Change Agreement, he will sign an executive order to address the climate crisis and advance environmental justice, including directing all executive departments and agencies to review and take appropriate action to address any Trump-era regulations or actions that were harmful to public health or to the environment.
He will sign an executive order that will quote “begin the work of embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions. This Executive ORder will define equity as the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities.
This Executive Order will direct every federal agency to review the state of equity within their respective agencies and deliver an action plan within two hundred days to address unequal barriers to opportunity in agency policies and programs.
This executive order will also task the Office of Management and Budget with working to more equitably allocate federal resources to empower and invest in communities of color and other underserved communities. Biden will also sign an executive order to reverse the Trump Administration’s orders to exclude noncitizens from the census and apportionment of Congressional representatives, will fortify the Deferred Action for Deferred Childhood Arrivals, reverse the Muslim ban, stop border wall construction, fight discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and more, I have left a document in the description below covering all of the executive orders that Joe Biden intends to sign today.
So let’s keep our eyes on that as well as on what Nancy Pelosi is doing in the House, if these rumors that the House intends to get some points on the board for Team Biden next week by passing standalone legislation for vaccine funding and stimulus checks.