Asst. News Editor
On January 20th, President Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. His running mate, former-California Senator Kamala Harris, was sworn in as the first female to ever serve as Vice President. The day comes just two weeks after the attempted insurrection at the Capitol Building and in the midst of rising political tension throughout the country.
Since his inauguration, President Biden has maintained many of his campaign promises and worked to backtrack some of the executive actions put into place by his predecessor, former-President Donald trump.
Out of the 42 executive orders the President has signed since taking office, some of the most prominent include; the repeal of President’s Trump’s ban on openly-transgender people serving in the military, enacting a nationwide mask madate on Federal property as well as on certain modes of public transportation, repealing a Trump adminstration ban on passport holders from seven-Muslim majority countries entering the United States, and rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and World Health Organization.
The Biden administration insists that it has been working on enacting the promises it made to the American people on the campaign trail. At his inauguration President Biden also stressed the need for unity during these tumultuous times. The President said, “Without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos.”
Nevertheless, not everyone on Capitol Hill seems to subscribe to the President’s calls for unity. Marjorie Taylor Green, a well established woman in the conservative party who represents Georgia’s 14th District, has attempted to file articles of Impeachment on President Biden and his family. She states “President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the Presidency. His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama's Vice President is lengthy and disturbing." Republicans have additionally accused Biden of using his role as former Vice President to boost his son Beau’s business ventures.
Although the President has used his executive power liberally, his administration acknowledges that there are many things he is unable to do without the help of Congress. The Biden administration has proposed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which is in the process of being negotiated with party leaders in Congress. The relief package will include much needed aid for Americans and families, small businesses, schools and more funding for testing and vaccinations.