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I'm reviewing Joe Biden's promises to get an estimate of how hard they would be to realize with a republican senate and Mitch Mcconell still as the majority leader.
My initial though, and from what I understand of US politics, is that it will be extremely difficult but, if I'm correct, budget may be used to bypass the Mcconnell "gate" to some degree.
From what I understand, Mcconnell can't really hold budget from votes and even if republicans turn the budget down forcing a shutdown, Republicans tend to end up "losing" shutdowns most of the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pITlnrvhrY

I'm using this article as a listing of Joe Biden's promises : https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Here-s-what-Joe-Biden-wants-to-do-as-president-15709583.php

Ending the pandemic:
The easy part should be to increase testing.
The hard one would be to pass any relief package as they will be blocked by Mcconnell.
A mask mandate may be possible but might sow division and fuel right wing activist and conspiracy theorist.
It would probably be necessary to work directly with every state and ask them to follow science and mandate mask to avoid sowing more division.
On this file though Joe Biden will inivitably be able to claim victory as vaccine roll out.

Expanding health care:
Near impossible, but what's in place might just be properly funded with next budget.

Reforming immigration:
Near impossible

Raising the minimum wage:
Difficult but may bypass Senate by working directly with states to raise their minimum wages and include provision in the next budget to help states and/or business to which this burden might be to much.

Stronger action on climate change:
Hard part - would be to add new regulation and law.
The more "doable" part would be to end fossil fuel subsidies and increase investment in green infrastructure and Green program in the next budget.

Free college — for some:
Can be done to some degree using the budget.

Higher taxes for the rich, corporations:
Doable - if his able to tied those in his next budget.
Since Trump tax cut included an increase for 2021 for those earning to below 40K and the pandemic will likely still be around it should be doable to force a vote on a new tax plan.





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EpicRandy said:

Reforming immigration:
Near impossible

Stronger action on climate change:
Hard part - would be to add new regulation and law.
The more "doable" part would be to end fossil fuel subsidies and increase investment in green infrastructure and Green program in the next budget.

I agree mostly but at the very least on Immigration he can reverse some of the executive orders that Trump had made and reinstate some of the ones like for Dreamers that Obama had in place before Trump removed them.

On the Environment, it be hard to make new laws but the Environmental Protection Agency do have some power to regulate so Biden simply putting someone in charge of the EPA that actually believe in the EPA mission instead of someone who there to undermine it will be a improvement.



There is still a realistic chance for the Democrats to win the Senate before President Biden. Can't wait what the Republicans are gonna pull to hold on to that.



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vivster said:
There is still a realistic chance for the Democrats to win the Senate before President Biden. Can't wait what the Republicans are gonna pull to hold on to that.

If there were ever a time when Dems should have full control over Gov, it's right now.



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EricHiggin said:
vivster said:
There is still a realistic chance for the Democrats to win the Senate before President Biden. Can't wait what the Republicans are gonna pull to hold on to that.

If there were ever a time when Dems should have full control over Gov, it's right now.

Yeah, because Mitch is going to block any covid relief bill for the people like he's doing for half a year now, leading to the death of thousands of Americans and thus screwing the people even more than they already are right now. He's really doing everything in his power to earn his nickname of "Reaper"...



Bofferbrauer2 said:
EricHiggin said:
vivster said:
There is still a realistic chance for the Democrats to win the Senate before President Biden. Can't wait what the Republicans are gonna pull to hold on to that.

If there were ever a time when Dems should have full control over Gov, it's right now.

Yeah, because Mitch is going to block any covid relief bill for the people like he's doing for half a year now, leading to the death of thousands of Americans and thus screwing the people even more than they already are right now. He's really doing everything in his power to earn his nickname of "Reaper"...

Yup. No person in their right mind would sail Titanic below her full speed. Headlines.



EricHiggin said:
vivster said:
There is still a realistic chance for the Democrats to win the Senate before President Biden. Can't wait what the Republicans are gonna pull to hold on to that.

If there were ever a time when Dems should have full control over Gov, it's right now.

Or really at any point in the last 20 years and next 20 years.



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EpicRandy said:

I'm reviewing Joe Biden's promises to get an estimate of how hard they would be to realize with a republican senate and Mitch Mcconell still as the majority leader.
My initial though, and from what I understand of US politics, is that it will be extremely difficult but, if I'm correct, budget may be used to bypass the Mcconnell "gate" to some degree.
From what I understand, Mcconnell can't really hold budget from votes and even if republicans turn the budget down forcing a shutdown, Republicans tend to end up "losing" shutdowns most of the time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pITlnrvhrY

I'm using this article as a listing of Joe Biden's promises : https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Here-s-what-Joe-Biden-wants-to-do-as-president-15709583.php

Ending the pandemic:
The easy part should be to increase testing.
The hard one would be to pass any relief package as they will be blocked by Mcconnell.
A mask mandate may be possible but might sow division and fuel right wing activist and conspiracy theorist.
It would probably be necessary to work directly with every state and ask them to follow science and mandate mask to avoid sowing more division.
On this file though Joe Biden will inivitably be able to claim victory as vaccine roll out.

Expanding health care:
Near impossible, but what's in place might just be properly funded with next budget.

Reforming immigration:
Near impossible

Raising the minimum wage:
Difficult but may bypass Senate by working directly with states to raise their minimum wages and include provision in the next budget to help states and/or business to which this burden might be to much.

Stronger action on climate change:
Hard part - would be to add new regulation and law.
The more "doable" part would be to end fossil fuel subsidies and increase investment in green infrastructure and Green program in the next budget.

Free college — for some:
Can be done to some degree using the budget.

Higher taxes for the rich, corporations:
Doable - if his able to tied those in his next budget.
Since Trump tax cut included an increase for 2021 for those earning to below 40K and the pandemic will likely still be around it should be doable to force a vote on a new tax plan.

You have to take into account that a lot can be accomplished through administrative agencies. These agencies have already been granted some of Congress' power (which is controversial but legal as of now) and in a very real sense function as law making bodies.

An organization like the EPA can do a lot in terms of regulating greenhouse gasses and such. Trump's travel bans were implemented by administrative action/executive order and can be undone by the same. How DACA is interpreted and enforced is also a matter that could be done without the Senate. The IRS can also make revenue rulings that can close certain loopholes and such.

Winning the Senate would be great, but the executive branch has grown very powerful, and there's a lot that can get done without the legislative branch. Whether that's a good thing on balance is debatable (I personally think not), but it's the way things are for the time being. And of course, there's always 2022. It's incredibly unclear what happens to the republican party in the post-Trump future, so it's too early to predict what might happen, but the map is probably more favorable in 2022 than it was this year, and the democrats will be able to lose at most one seat.

I also wonder if Biden might be able to take a republican Senator off the table by offering them a cabinet position. I'm not suggesting they do that specifically to shift the Senate, but if a Senator is qualified, why not appoint someone like Romney? And if that Senator is in a swing state (obviously Romney would be replaced by another Republican in Utah) that could be an interesting scenario. Probably not going to happen, but it's possible. 



EricHiggin said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:
EricHiggin said:
vivster said:
There is still a realistic chance for the Democrats to win the Senate before President Biden. Can't wait what the Republicans are gonna pull to hold on to that.

If there were ever a time when Dems should have full control over Gov, it's right now.

Yeah, because Mitch is going to block any covid relief bill for the people like he's doing for half a year now, leading to the death of thousands of Americans and thus screwing the people even more than they already are right now. He's really doing everything in his power to earn his nickname of "Reaper"...

Yup. No person in their right mind would sail Titanic below her full speed. Headlines.

That's not just below full speed, that's full stop. And all while you need to hurry due to sickness on board.