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Joe Biden is officially president. Here’s what he wants to do in office.

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Joe Biden is officially president. Here’s what he wants to do in office.

Photo: President Biden and Vice President Harris will take office amid a world-historic crisis. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images. Article by Dylan Matthews. Vox – January 20, 2021.

It’s the beginning of a period of great opportunity, but time is short.

When Joe Biden, the former two-term vice president under Barack Obama and 36-year Senate veteran, took the oath of office on January 20, he became the chief executive with the most experience in public service in US history. His running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, became the first woman, first African American, and first South Asian American to serve as vice president.

The 46th president and his vice president take office amid a world-historic crisis, a pandemic that has already claimed more American lives than US soldiers who died in World War II, and has produced the highest unemployment rates since the Great Depression.

As the scale of the pandemic and its economic damage started becoming clear earlier this year, the campaign signaled that Biden wanted an “FDR-sized” administration. And as a result of the surprise Democratic sweep of Georgia’s Senate runoffs earlier this month, Biden has congressional majorities, albeit extremely narrow ones, that could enable him to realize that ambition, or at least come close. He will be able to enact not just sweeping changes through executive action, but major spending bills with the benefit of a Democratic Senate and House. […]

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