On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden said that he planned to use his first 100 days in office to take action on an immigration bill, roll back President Trump’s executive orders on the environment and send assistance to state and local governments.
Biden gave a sneak peak of his agenda in an interview with Lester Holt, on NBC News — his first televised interview since he was projected the winner of the presidential election.
“Some of it is going to depend on the kind of cooperation I can or cannot get from the United States Congress,” Biden said of his priorities in his first 100 days.
“I made a commitment, in the first 100 days, I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America,” Biden continued.
An immigration reform measure like this seems unlikely to pass the Senate if it remains under Republican control; the two Senate runoffs in Georgia taking place in January will decide the control of the Senate.
Biden also said he plans to roll back what he described as “damaging executive orders” signed by Trump that have impacted the climate. Biden said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been “eviscerated” under the current president.
Biden said he would ensure that state and local governments impacted by the coronavirus pandemic receive “immediate assistance,” though he did not elaborate on how he would do so. Congress has been unable to agree to a deal on the next round of coronavirus stimulus in months of talks with Trump’s White House.
Biden said it would be important to assist communities hardest hit by the pandemic, including minority communities, and “get the kind of help to keep people afloat.”
“This is more than just a financial crisis, it is a crisis that is causing real mental stress for millions of people,” Biden said.
The interview was taped on Tuesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware, and took place three weeks after Election Day.
Trump has refused to concede the election but on Monday said he would allow his administration to begin the transition, after the General Services Administration (GSA) “ascertained” Biden as the winner — a step needed to free up federal resources for the transition and allow Biden’s transition team access to federal agencies.
Biden has picked a handful of people to serve in roles in his White House and on Tuesday introduced members of his national security team and Cabinet at an event in Wilmington.
Biden’s transition team has begun interacting with federal agencies since GSA’s decision, something he has said will be crucial to addressing the coronavirus pandemic. Biden has also engaged with Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, but his transition team had not disclosed any calls with Republican lawmakers as of Tuesday. Earlier this month, Biden said he expected to speak with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at some point.