Immigration, executive action top Biden preview of first 100 days

(Nov. 24, 2020) President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday 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 previewed his agenda in an interview with NBC News’s Lester Holt — 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.

Such an immigration reform measure appears 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 adversely impacted the climate. Biden said that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been “eviscerated” under the current president.

Biden said he would make sure 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.”

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