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US 2020 Elections: Agenda of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris - Key Points

Congratulation Ceremonies for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in Delaware, November 7, 2020

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Joe Biden is now widely accepted as the US President-Elect and Kamala Harris, as the VP-Elect. The latest remaining World power to congratulate Biden and Harris is China. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have now moved forward with the presidential preparations and necessities of building an administration  highlighting their agenda and appointing people to key positions. AfroAmerica Network is following the details on the agenda and the candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are considering and vetting. A summary of  Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' proposed agenda is given below.

 “We are already beginning the transition. We’re well underway. The fact that they’re not willing to acknowledge we’ve won is not of much consequence,” Joe Biden told the media.

In congratulating Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbi said in a news conference “We respect the American people’s choice. We congratulate Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris.”

 It is expected that women and minorities will be highly represented and will play a major role in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' administration. Meanwhile,  Joe Biden has started to announce some of the names who will be part of his administration.

He appointed Ronald A. Klain as White House chief of staff. Ronald  Klain served as  senior adviser to Democratic leaders, including presidents, vice-presidents, and law makers. When Joe Biden was vice-president,  Klain ran his s office  (see AfroAmerica Network: US 2020 Elections: Top Candidates For Joe Biden's Government)

As reported earlier by AfroAmerica Network, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's agenda can be summarized in the following key areas:

  • Healthcare:
    • Expanding Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare, by offering all Americans a public insurance option;
    • Lower costs for medicare;
    • Reduce medicare age requirement from 65 to 60 years old;
    • Medicaid expansion;
    • Address opioid crisis;
    • Address racial disparities;
    • Healthcare for Immigrants.
  • Social Security:
    • Preserve and strengthen social security, by putting Social Security on a path to long-run solvency and protecting benefits for teachers, widows and widowers, and elderly
  • Immigration:
    • Create guaranteed access to counseling for immigrants; access to health case for all immigrants
  • Climate Change:
    • Support Green New Deal with major investments, to more than $2 trillion;
    • Ban fracking ban, mostly for oil and gas production from federal lands.
  • Economy and Banking:
    • Keep strict rules and regulations on bank lending, especially targeting big banks;
    • Eliminiate income gaps between men and women and whites and minorities, enact minimum wage and allow workers to join unions. Ensure some guaranteed income to all americans.
  • Technology:
    • fight monopolies and protect users' privacy online.
  • Law Enforcement/Policing and Criminal Justice:
    • strengthen America’s commitment to justice and reform our criminal justice system. This includes:
      • reducing the number of people incarcerated in the USA country while also reducing crime;
      • rooting out the racial, gender, and income-based disparities in the system, and
      • focusing the criminal justice system on redemption and rehabilitation
  • Racial inequalities:
    • advance the economic mobility of African Americans and close the racial wealth and income gaps by investing in African American businesses and entrepreneurs;
    • ensuring equal access to credit and capital;
    • enacting policies and regulations enforcing fair lending and fair housing protections for homeowners, and increasing opportunities for African American-owned businesses to obtain or participate in federal contracts
  • Foreign Policy: 
    • Restore and reimagine partnerships and strengthen cooperation with democratic partners beyond North America and Europe by :
      • reaching out to partners in Asia to fortify  collective capabilities, and
      • integrating  friends in Latin America and Africa. 

In  upcoming articles, AfroAmerica Network will cover the details on the agenda by sector and the roles women and minorities are expected to play in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' administration. 

 

@AfroAmerica Network, 2020