President BidenJoe Biden Supreme Court Will Hear Boston Terrorist Death Case – Biden Administration Allowing The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden Assigns Harris To Border; today’s press conference Democrats face questions about the agenda MORE He will hold his first formal press conference on Thursday, more than 60 days after taking office.
The press comes as Biden faces a growing crisis on the southern border, mass shootings that have reignited a debate over gun control and infighting among Democrats over whether to get rid of obstructionism and how much to try to work with Republicans.
Here are nine questions that you are likely to face.
Should the Democrats gut the filibuster? Are you really interested in bipartisanship?
Biden ran as a centrist candidate and vowed to return Washington to normalcy. He also said he could work with Republicans.
So far, the only major legislation Biden has signed is the $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package that passed the Senate with budget reconciliation rules that circumvented filibuster. Not a single Republican voted for him.
The White House and Democrats see the Republican opposition as proof that Republicans are not really interested in working with Biden, or even addressing the pandemic. Republicans say it shows that Biden really doesn’t care about bipartisanship.
In recent weeks, Democrats have been plagued with debates about what to do about filibuster as liberals grow frustrated that big items on the agenda could be blocked in the Senate.
On Thursday, Biden will have the opportunity to indicate which direction he wants his party to take.
Last week, he told ABC that he would be willing to bring the talking filibuster back, which would require senators to go to the floor and speak to stop the legislation.
The president is sure that on Thursday he will be asked to explain and say whether he supports ending obstructionism to pass legislation on the right to vote, gun control and statehood for Washington, DC.
What can your administration do to stop the wave of migrants at the border?
And how will your administration ensure that those who arrive are treated fairly and humanely?
Biden faces pressure from left and right at the border, where images of migrant groups crammed into detention facilities have raised questions about how migrant children are treated.
Republicans accuse Biden of sending the message that the United States is completely open to migrants with his reversal of Trump-era policies.
It’s a problem that threatens to take over the Biden presidency if the White House is not careful, even as Biden enjoys solid approval ratings as vaccines surge and aid from the coronavirus relief package circulates through the economy.
Biden can also be asked when he plans to visit the southern border himself; He indicated that he would do so at some point in the future, but the White House has not offered details on when it could happen.
Are you going to raise taxes?
Biden’s most likely next big package is an infrastructure and climate change measure that would fit his Build Back Better agenda.
Reports circulated earlier this week that spending proposals worth $ 3 trillion were in the works.
Infrastructure is an issue Biden could work on with Republicans, but the spending leaks suggest such a huge amount that it’s hard to imagine Republican lawmakers working with Democrats.
Biden has made no secret of the fact that he’s interested in raising the cut corporate tax rate under Trump and taxes on wealthy households to pay for his initiatives, another factor that hasn’t started with the Republican Party.
The White House has emphasized that no decision is final and Biden will meet with members of his economic team this week to discuss the matter. He is expected to present the proposal in a speech in Philadelphia next week.
Can you turn the gun debate around and do something?
Biden on Tuesday asked Congress to quickly pass legislation passed by the House to toughen background checks, as well as a bill to reinstate the ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
But there are doubts about whether anything will be done in an environment where stagnation in arms measures has been a reality for decades.
Biden witnessed the difficulty of doing anything with guns as vice president, when former President Obama failed to achieve meaningful reforms even after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in late 2012.
It is likely impossible to achieve real reforms without ending filibuster, but Democrats face divisions in their Senate group on guns and filibuster itself.
Biden could be asked Thursday if he will take any action to try to push his party on the issue.
Why don’t you have more Asian Americans in your cabinet?
This week, two Democratic senators briefly said they would not back Biden’s cabinet elections unless he added more Asian or Pacific Islander American representation to his rule.
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Biden pointed to the overall diversity of his cabinet when asked Tuesday about the lack of representation, but he is likely to face additional questions Thursday about why he did not select an Asian-American to head a cabinet executive agency and whether his The administration truly reflects the country if it lacks high-level Asian-American representation, given that it is the fastest growing demographic in the nation.
How will you respond to China’s aggression? And what punishments will Russia face for its interference in past elections?
Biden has drawn a hard line with both China and Russia, and relations are at a new low.
Biden is likely to receive questions about his approach to relations with both nations. – what your administration will do to try to change your behavior and if you are trying to lower the temperature.
There are other pressing foreign policy issues as well. – including an upcoming decision on the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, efforts to join the Iran nuclear deal, and recent missile launches by North Korea, which are sure to emerge at the press conference.