A Tough Road Ahead for Democrats' Ambitious Policy Agenda

A Tough Road Ahead for Democrats' Ambitious Policy Agenda

Feb 23, 2021

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Co-author, Law360, February 23, 2021

President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to address income inequality and ensure that corporations, especially those that offshore jobs, pay their fair share.

Biden now has two years with a Democratic majority to translate his expansive campaign platform into legislation.
Before Democrats can turn to their longer-term agenda, Biden has indicated that his immediate priority will be a COVID-19 relief bill to get the nation back to work and provide support for struggling families.

Democrats are well on their way to enacting an initial relief bill — the American Rescue Plan. The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are poised to approve the $1.9 trillion package in the coming weeks.

After this, Biden will pivot to his Build Back Better agenda. However, without a COVID-19-related deadline to renew certain expiring benefits, it remains to be seen whether Democrats will be able to successfully execute their ambitious agenda.

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