Washington Examiner, April 2021
President Joe Biden will likely increasingly rely on the power of his pen to implement left-leaning priorities as bills begin to pile up in the evenly divided Senate, experts say.
After 100 days in the White House, Biden has left a long trail of executive action paperwork behind him. As of mid-April, for instance, he had signed 40 executive orders, outpacing former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Biden’s 100th day, an artificial presidential marker since Franklin Roosevelt, delineates the end of the administration’s set-play politics as it pivots to deal with more unanticipated matters amid the pandemic.
And with Democratic-crafted legislation unlikely to attract the required support of at least 10 Republican senators to pass Congress, Biden soon will have little choice but to become even more aggressive going it alone, when he can both legally and in meaningful ways turn as much of his party’s agenda into policy. To be sure, he will face intense pressure from various factions within the Democratic Party to do just that.