While the orders and timing are subject to change, here’s a rundown of the executive steps Biden is expected to take this week:
Billed as “Buy American” day, Biden is expected to sign one executive order directing agencies to “strengthen requirements for procuring goods and services from sources that will support US businesses and workers.”
Tuesday, January 26
Tuesday focuses on equity, with a list of executive orders that will:
- Create a policing commission and reinstate Obama-era policy on the transfer of military-style equipment to local law enforcement.
- Establish steps to improve prison conditions and eliminate the use of private prisons.
- Formally disavow discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, which, the document says, comes “particularly in light of rhetoric around the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Biden also plans to sign a memorandum directing Housing and Urban Development to take steps to promote equitable housing politics.
Wednesday, January 27
Biden is also due to sign a a memorandum on scientific integrity.
Thursday, January 28
Friday, January 29
Impeachment trial date set
Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial is scheduled to begin on February 9 after Senate leaders reached a deal to push it back, giving Trump’s legal team more time to prepare and Senate Democrats a chance to consider Covid-19 legislation and to confirm Biden’s Cabinet.
House Democrats will formally walk over the single article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday evening, but the agreement between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will push back the substance of the trial until February. Without an agreement, the trial would have started the afternoon after the article was transmitted to the Senate.
“We have made good progress in our efforts to determine the timing and structure of the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump,” Schumer said Friday evening announcing the trial schedule, saying it would begin the week of February 8.
The state of play
Pressed earlier Sunday on whether the President will hold out for bipartisanship agreement to pass the package amid growing reports of Republican unease, White House chief of staff Ron Klain said the administration does want to see the proposal passed quickly, but that engaging both sides is not the “enemy” of speed.
“We’re reaching out to people,” Klain said. “I don’t think bipartisanship and speed are enemies of one another. The need is urgent.”
White House call
“President Biden and his advisors will continue to engage and consult bipartisan groups of lawmakers, including today, to make the case why urgent action is needed to get relief to hard-hit communities and families and more resources to public health officials so we can ramp up vaccinations,” one White House official told CNN.
Trump world speed read
The state Republican Party voted this weekend to publicly punish Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Cindy McCain, all of whom opposed Trump’s efforts to overturn Biden’s victory.