Biden’s cabinet says how he plans to govern


WASHINGTON (AP) – Joe Biden promised that his presidency would mean a return to normalcy. His cabinet selection helps demonstrate how he plans to deliver.

The presidential-election announced its final candidates last week, completing a diverse team of two dozen people. He noted on Friday that it would be the “first cabinet ever” to reach gender equality and that it would include the majority of people of color, noting earlier concerns that he was largely leaning on whites.

Some nominees have decades of experience in their respective agencies. Many played prominent roles in the Obama administration. Many have already begun associating with interest groups and advocacy organizations, and their transition team has been described as an “open-door policy” toward advocacy groups for months.

This is in contrast to President Donald Trump’s cabinet, which was largely dominated by whites with little experience in Washington. Biden’s aides say that was one of the goals he set to fill his cabinet: to signal that his presidency meant a return to competent, stable leadership government.

This is particularly important, Democrats say, as epidemics and economic turmoil and the nation navigate through the aftermath of last week’s violent uprising in the American Capitol.

“Joe Biden is holding office under the most challenging circumstances in a century,” said former White House senior adviser to Obama Dan Pfeiffer. “There is no time for on-the-job training. He needs people who can hit the running ground because what happens in the first six months of his presidency will likely determine the trajectory of all four years. “

When he assumes the presidency on January 20, Biden is unlikely to replace his cabinet. The Senate, which should confirm the candidates, has not held a hearing for several pix. One exception is Lloyd Austin, Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, who is expected to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on January 19.

Some candidates faced initial questions about their confirmed prospects, most notably Neera Tandon, to head Biden’s office management and budget. Tandon has angered Republicans with his outspoken criticism on Twitter.

But the confirmation process may be smooth for many Democrats candidates after evenly dividing the Senate’s two seats in Georgia last week. Vice-President Kamla Harris will be a tie-breaking vote giving Democrats an edge.

Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said the election of the president “is to work with both parties in Congress in good faith, because of the fact that our national security and lives and jobs are being lost every day.” To waste any time. “

But many nominees may face unprecedented levels of scrutiny as they task their departments to dig both public confidence in government and erosion of morale from within. Many department budgets and employees were shelved during the Trump administration.

According to former White House adviser, Eric Shultes, it is hollow why it is so important for Biden to choose veteran veterans for his cabinet.

“One of the problems that Biden faces is that Obama did not do in 2009 how the Trump administration has treated federal agencies and departments,” he said. “Reconstruction – just, operationally – these agencies, that back up and running, is going to take a lot of work. So it doesn’t make sense that a bunch of newbies

They will also have to meet the demands of progress in seeking major changes from leaders from the Homeland Security Department to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department. Many of them will be on the forefront of addressing an epidemic that has killed more than 371,000 people in the United States, while taking action on issues of race and inequality and climate change that have inspired national movements for change in recent years is.

To get ahead of those problems, Biden’s transition team held meetings with business, advocacy and interest groups across Washington and beyond for months, looking to reestablish relationships that had atrophied during the Trump administration. Now that his team has been named, his nominees have begun their meetings with major groups as they prepare to take office.

Some meetings are aimed at resolving concerns among critics, such as when Tom Vilsack, Biden’s pick for Secretary of Agriculture, met with Black Farm advocates. Vilsack faced questions about what critics say was his failure to address discrimination against black farmers within the agency while he was Obama’s agriculture chief.

But still others have included representatives from areas not commonly seen as domesticated democratic constituencies. Three of Biden’s top leaders for health advisory positions met with interfaith leaders on Thursday, and the next day Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s pick at Homeland Security, met with 20 leaders who share their Jewish faith.

The Rev. Gabriel Salguero, a pastor from Florida who founded the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, said the Biden transition has made a “very strong and very deliberate effort” to build relationships with faith leaders. Salguero recalled other faith-specific calls with Susan Rice, who was selected as Biden’s domestic policy advisor and Tandon.

While Salguero recalled meetings with the Trump administration on key issues, he said the outreach of the Biden transition team had already moved forward.

Even groups that can combine more with Trump and Republicans on their issues are already pleased with Biden’s approach to governance. Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmdorff said his business had been a response from customers and other Washington lobbyists, who he said were “very positive” because “the business definitely likes it.”

“Business likes a plan,” Elmdorff said. “And while some of the results, under Donald Trump, were liked by people, they didn’t really like the government by tweets and Fox News.”

Even those who do not agree with all of Biden’s policies, Elmdorff said, are relieved to return to normal working order because “they believe that there will be a process that is addressable, and transparent, and where stakeholders There will be an opportunity to get to know his thoughts. “

Associated Press writer Alana Shure contributed to this report.

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