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Now that Biden Has Won, What's Ahead?

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Now that Biden Has Won, What's Ahead?

2020-11-08 21:16:46

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Jill Biden (Image source: Screenshot)

The country is moving into its next chapter: the Joe Biden presidency. The country made it through the past four years with Donald Trump, and while there were doubts this past week of who was going to win and whether Trump would mount legal blocks to take the election back, it still ended up firmly in Biden's control. What's next?

First, the country has to make it past any possible legal blocks that Trump is able to throw up. It does not appear that any legal threat would hold much weight. So far, the courts he has brought lawsuits to have rejected them, telling him he cannot push a fraud case without evidence of fraud. Even the Supreme Court, which he was counting on, has rejected his efforts so far.

Additionally, there will be recounts in states he lost narrowly. It's assumed it won't change the result. Trump has still not conceded the election either.

Assuming Biden makes it past any potential legal threats, how Biden will govern the next four years depends on what happens with the Senate. At one point on Election Day, as the results streamed in, it seemed like Democrats had little hope of turning the Senate back under their control.

However, it sits now at a tie of 48. Two Georgia Senate seats are still open. They are headed toward a runoff in January. North Carolina and Alaska seats have not been decided either. With Democrats retaining a narrow lead in the House and winning the presidency, if they take control of the Senate as well, Biden will have much more power in his hands than if the Senate remains in Republican control.

In these very divided times, that means very much. Many contests have been decided strictly by partisan vote. Currently, Republicans are leading in Alaska and North Carolina, and if that holds, yet Democrats pick up both seats in Georgia, it leaves it a tie between the GOP and Democrats and no majority. In this case, the party who has control of the White House takes the majority, which is good news for Biden.

Biden promised in his acceptance speech on Saturday night to govern "the whole people." He preached that "it's time to put away the harsh rhetoric" and "to listen to each other again."

"The Bible tells us that to everything there is a season — a time to build, a time to reap, a time to sow. And a time to heal," he said. "This is the time to heal in America."

He told Americans that they had called on him and vice president-elect Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to fight a collection of battles, including "the battle to control the virus, the battle to build prosperity, the battle to secure your family's healthcare, the battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country, the battle to save the climate, and the battle to restore decency, defend democracy, and give everybody in this country a fair shot."

This shows a very basic plan to how he will tackle the next four years. First on his agenda is the coronavirus pandemic. And starting Monday, Biden vowed to name his own task force of scientists and experts to create a plan that will take effect on Inauguration Day, January 20.

The objectives of the economy, health care, racial injustice, and the climate appear next on this list. He had already vowed to rejoin the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord the day he takes over the office.

There are changes he can make without the approval of Congress, the same stuff Trump did. It was clear Trump made it his mission to undo former President Barack Obama's legacy, specifically getting rid of the Affordable Care Act.

He was not able to completely get rid of Obamacare so just continued to dismantle it. This coming week the Supreme Court will debate its value. It's known that this was one reason why Justice Amy Coney Barrett was added to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Surely, if they do get rid of it, Biden will replace it. He has talked about "Bidencare."

Biden will definitely have his plate and hands full. As has been pointed out, he's not taking over the reins of America such much as he's inheriting Trump Country. 

The country is so divided, but if anyone can bring it back together, it would be Biden, who is known for not playing partisan politics and getting along with both parties.

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