“This is America’s day,” Biden said in his first comments after becoming president. “This is democracy’s day, a day of history and hope, of renewal and resolve.”
(The Center Square) – Joe Biden took the oath of office Wednesday to become the nation’s 46th president, ending four years of Donald Trump’s administration and marking the beginning of a push for progressive policies in Washington D.C. that could have a widespread impact on taxpayers.
“The American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us,” Biden said.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to Biden. Minutes before Biden was sworn in, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath to Harris.
Biden, a Democrat, takes over as Democrats hold control of the U.S. House and the Senate is evenly divided with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats, though Vice President Harris holds the tie-breaking vote.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have vowed to reverse course on a number of Trump-era decisions. That includes rejoining the Paris Climate Accord to combat climate change; ending funding for the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and easing other strict immigration enforcement measures; revoking Trump’s permit allowing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada through the U.S., which would have increased capacity to process billions of barrels of crude oil from the Alberta tar sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas; among other new directives.
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Biden also has proposed scaling back some of the tax cuts contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which reduced federal income taxes on individuals and businesses across the country.
By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square
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