GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – President Joe Biden is already getting to work just hours after taking office on Wednesday. He made several policy changes through Executive Order and was expected to sign others into law later this week.
Some people said on Wednesday they are hopeful about the new president, while some have their doubts. 9OYS spoke with an East Carolina University political science professor to find out what we could see in the coming days and weeks.
Dr. Peter Francia said the president’s first 100 days will look a lot different than the Trump administration. Job one for President Biden and Vice President Harris is the pandemic.
Political experts expect many of the initial executive orders to be aimed at addressing COVID-19, including efforts to slow down the spread of the virus. The president is also calling for a $1.9 trillion COVID relief package just weeks after Congress passed a $900 billion measure.
Framcia said the Biden-Harris team must also address hyper-partisanship especially in Congress, where Democrats have a fragile majority over Republicans.
“While the tone can certainly change, I don’t expect that the policies of either party will change that much, and that will mean that there will still be vibrant debate,” Francia said. “Hopefully, it can be a respectful debate, and I think the country really wants and expects that in the weeks, months and years ahead.”
Biden could face a fight with Republicans over two issues: his call to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and efforts to turn around many Trump administration immigration policies.