As Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris is one day from being sworn in, she prepares to usher in policies and a legislative agenda that supports the Biden Administration’s plans to address key issues debilitating the country.
While security is beefing up for the swearing in the 46th POTUS, the first 100 days of the Biden administration will focus on getting the pandemic under control and distributing the vaccine for free in a fair and impartial manner. COVID-19 aside, putting small businesses and employees in better positions pre-COVID-19 is a huge area of concern for Harris and Biden.
Part of President-Elect Joe Biden’s Lift Every Voice Plan for Black America during his campaign was to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour for essential workers. Prior to Biden’s agenda for Black America, Vice President-Elect Harris joined with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Patty Murray (D-WA), in support of a new legislation that would raise the national minimum wage to $15 per hour. With Harris as the vote that will break the 50-50 tie in the Senate, the minimum wage increase seems extremely likely.
Harris tweeted, “We must build our economy back better so it lifts up everyone, no matter what you do for a living or where you live—whether it’s in small towns, big cities, or anyplace in between. This starts with a higher minimum wage, paid leave, safe workplaces, and stronger unions.”
Both President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris agree that the way PPP funds were disbursed over the course of the pandemic left many small businesses in a compromising financial state. To remedy this, Harris and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) introduced the Saving Our Streets Act that would allocate grants of up to $250,000 to businesses that have less than 10 employees to help fix this financial disparity, as per VOX.
Harris tweeted, “Small business owners from restaurants to barber shops are hurting.”
Similarly, President-Elect Biden’s Lift Every Voice plan for Black America, reserves half of all PPP funds for small businesses with 50 employees or less. According to the plan, this reservation of funds would help target more minority owned businesses.
President-Elect Biden tweeted, “My administration won’t just build back to the way things were before — we’re going to build back better. We’re going to ensure every single American has a fair shot to get ahead.”
Unlike Biden and Harris, the recent Capitol Hill riots have left incumbent President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on opposite ends of the aisle. While Trump is consumed by the election results, Pence is focusing his attention on a peaceful transition of power. Currently he is working with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard and Federal Officials to ensure that the Inauguration on January 20 is safe.
Outgoing Vice President Pence tweeted, “And we will always be grateful for the men and women who stayed at their post to defend this historic place….Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the People’s House.”
Conversely, President-Elect Biden has not turned blind eye to the Capitol Hill riots. The Huffpost reports that Biden plans to redress the racially biased double standard in the U.S. law system.
“Our nominees for the Justice Department will restore the independence of the Department, so it serves the interests of the people—not a presidency. They’ll rebuild public trust in the rule of law and work to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system,” says Biden.
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