Democrats moving ahead on COVID relief, with or without GOP support
Feb 04 2021
PresidentJoe Biden puts the cap on a pen after signing an executive order in the State Dinning Room of the White House.
At the same time, the White House may be willing to adjust its ask, perhaps shifting some less virus-oriented aspects into a package that is set to go next before Congress, the official said.
Some Republicans view the reconciliation strategy as a partisan gambit that undermines Biden's call for unity in the aftermath of a January 6 Capitol riot by supporters of then-President Donald Trump which left five people dead.
Since coming into office he has canceled two of his predecessor's landmark measures, suspending construction of the wall along the border with Mexico and lifting a ban on USA entry for residents of a number of countries with majority Muslim populations.
According to the Times, senior administration officials said Monday night that most of Biden's executive orders would not implement immediate changes, but serve the objective of giving Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department and the State Department time to strategize plans related to undoing the former president's agenda.
A review of border security will include a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexican border cities for hearings in USA immigration court.
The Biden administration has already stopped adding people to the program but has not yet outlined how it will process the claims of those already enrolled. "I'm eliminating bad policy".
Since Trump issued the policies by presidential proclamation, they could be easily undone, immigration policy experts and former officials said.
Sen. Rick Scott, Florida Republican, said the move does not show the "unity" that Mr. Biden has touted.
What "we did agree to do was to follow up and talk further at the staff level and amongst ourselves and with the president and vice president on how we can continue to work together on this very important issue", Collins said. "The federal government should develop welcoming strategies that promote integration, inclusion and citizenship, and it should embrace the full participation of the newest Americans in our democracy", he said in one of the three executive orders.
Ms Brane said advocates will now need to "wait and see" what concrete steps U.S. immigration agencies take to implement Mr Biden's directives. On the day of his inauguration last month, Biden reversed the Trump-era "Muslim ban", which President Biden called "morally wrong" and "designed to target primarily Black and Brown immigrants".
"I personally support an increase in the minimum wage, not to $15, but I think we need one".
"This is not the time to come to the United States", Psaki said during a briefing on Tuesday.
Biden framed his views during the virtual lunch meeting with Democrats by talking about the need not to forget working and middle-class families - even those like nurses and pipefitters making $150,000 for a family of four - who are straining during the crisis, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the private call.
Biden added Tuesday, "We are going to work to undo the moral and national shame of the previous administration that literally, not figuratively, ripped children from the arms of their families. with no plan, none whatsoever to reunify the children who are still in custody and their parents". The children are living with relatives or in foster care, according to an attorney representing plaintiffs in the litigation.
Senate Democrats appear to be on track to pass a $1.9 trillion stimulus package without Republican support as all 50 senators in the Democratic caucus approved a "motion to proceed" resolution on Tuesday.