What Are We Learning About the Biden-Harris Administration So Far?

Despite the shenanigans that Trump’s inept crew is trying to pull, Joe Biden will become President, and Kamala Harris will become Vice President, at noon on January 20. And while the media has been covering Trump’s meltdown, Biden’s team is doing the work needed to be ready to get to work on Day 1. Today, let’s take a look at what we’ve been learning about the incoming administration.

But first…

The timeline to inauguration

First, states have to certify their election results. Here are the certification dates in the states that are in the center of the current drama:

Georgia – Nov. 20 (today!)
Michigan – Nov. 23
Pennsylvania – Nov. 23
North Carolina – Nov. 24
Arizona – Nov. 30
Nevada – Dec. 1
Wisconsin – Dec. 1

Then, the next crucial dates are these:

Dec. 8 – The deadline by when all states need to have resolved any election issues

Dec. 14 – Electors cast their votes. The “certificates of votes” are sent to various officials in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 6 – The House and the Senate hold a joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes. When one ticket gets to 270 votes, none other than Vice President Mike Pence announces the results. (For a detailed rundown of what the joint session might look like, read this great AP article.)

Jan. 20 – Joe Biden is inaugurated

The incoming administration

One of the first decisions we learned out of the gate was that Biden had named Ronald Klain as his Chief of Staff, one of the most crucial positions in the White House. He had previously served as Chief of Staff for VP Al Gore, and Biden when he was VP. Biden also named his fantastic campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, as deputy Chief of Staff.

NPR has a great article that you’ll want to bookmark: Biden Administration: Here’s Who Has Been Named So Far. They’ve listed all the crucial White House positions (and what they do), the Cabinet positions, which ones need Senate confirmation, and they’re updating the article each time announcements are made.

Biden recognizes that if the Republicans retain control of the Senate, getting his Cabinet positions confirmed is going to be a bear. He’s already assembled a team to tackle confirmations and has asked Jen Psaki, President Obama’s White House communications director, to lead it.

A few names have started to float out there for potential Cabinet picks. “One near-certainty about Joe Biden’s Cabinet: Pete Buttigieg will be in it. Biden officials have made clear to donors and party officials the question surrounding Buttigieg is not if, but where, he lands.” (Source)

Some really good news: “President-elect Joe Biden’s return to ‘normalcy’ will include restoring the daily press briefing — and at least two women are under consideration to lead the new post-Trump show.” (Source – plus some speculation as to who might step into the role.)

Tackling the virus: “President-elect Joe Biden’s scientific advisers plan to meet with vaccine makers in coming days even as a stalled presidential transition keeps them out of the loop on government plans to inoculate all Americans against COVID-19.” (Source) Also, the transition team tweeted, “The Biden-Harris administration will act swiftly and aggressively to help protect and support the frontline health care workers helping us face this pandemic.”

Climate change: The Washington Post reported that “Biden is poised to embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government” in a “far-reaching strategy is aimed at making significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions even without congressional action, by maximizing executive authority.”

In the days and weeks to come, we’ll learn a lot more about the Biden-Harris administration. Which starts on January 20th. Oh, what a glorious day that’ll be.

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  1. TokyoSand, the first observation is it will be a calmer and more reasoned White House. Whether people agree with his policies or not, Biden won’t make seemingly ever issue about him like the outgoing president. This incumbent opines on things we really do not need to hear his opinion on, especially a self-serving, often uninformed one. The outgoing president just wears people out. Keith

    • It will definitely be calmer and less narcissistic, for sure. But clearly, the remaining Republicans are going to continue to be a national headache.

      • TokyoSand, I hope the message is getting out, as even Tucker Carlson is getting frustrated with the lack of evidence claims. But, it is the followers who I worry about. Trump is not bragging that he has lost two dozen election fraud court cases, winning only a small one that threw out a few votes. He is not bragging that Republican election officials are pushing back. And, he is certainly not bragging on how he orchestrated this mess over the last six months, which Bernie Sanders predicted with eerie accuracy a month ago on Jimmy Kimmel.

        There is a fraud being perpetrated on Americans, but it is by the guy claiming he was cheated. That is right out of the narcissist playbook, by the way.

        I did pen a note to a friend who is a Trump fan. I posted it last night. Hopefully some of it will sink in, but I will not hold my breath. Keith

      • The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that the misinformation that half of the country is being fed is destroying our democracy. They quite simply aren’t dealing with the same facts we are. It used to be that we agreed on a problem, but disagreed on how to solve the issue. Those days seem long gone. I wish you luck with your friend, but I think it’s wise not to hold your breath.

      • True. The outgoing president counts on a misinforming the uninformed. I call it “fear selling,” the one thing he is very good at. Keith

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