A new Twitter account was set up for the transition of the Biden Harris presidency, along with a website highlighting the priorities of the new government.
The verified account with the handle @Transition46 had already piled up more than 60,000 followers early Sunday morning. It is followed by two people: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
The report was launched hours after Biden and Harris’ victory speeches and has so far posted a tweet – a video narrated by Biden highlighting his administration’s priorities and encouraging Americans to visit the transition website for more information: website-buildbackbetter.com.
“We are finally standing together as one America,” says Biden in the 50-second clip. “We will rise stronger than before. We will act on the first day of my presidency to bring COVID under control.
We stand together as one America. We will rise stronger than we have been before.https://t.co/97NKAZksSL pic.twitter.com/PRvzygWxRI
– Biden-Harris Presidential Transition (@Transition46) November 8, 2020
“We will act to pass my economic plan, which will finally reward work and not wealth in this country. We will act to restore our faith in democracy and our faith in each other. We will become one nation again, under God, indivisible, a united nation, a strengthened nation, a healed nation”.
The Transition website highlights four priorities: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equality and climate change.
“We will not simply rebuild what has worked in the past. This is our opportunity to rebuild better than ever,” the website says.
The website lists the Biden Harris government’s seven-point plan to overcome COVID-19, which includes the implementation of nationwide masking mandates.
It also aims to ensure that all Americans have access to regular, reliable and free testing, that problems with personal protective equipment (PPE) are finally resolved, and that “clear, consistent and evidence-based” guidance is provided on how communities should cope with the pandemic.
This includes planning for “effective, equitable distribution” of treatments and vaccines, protecting older Americans and other high-risk groups, and expanding defenses to “predict, prevent and contain” pandemic threats.
To support the country’s economic recovery, the website says Biden has “a plan to create millions of well-paid jobs, to facilitate unionization and collective bargaining for workers and to give America’s working families the tools, choices and freedom they need to better rebuild.
But it adds: “We cannot solve the jobs crisis unless we solve the public health crisis.
The website also specifically outlined how the Biden Harris government plans to combat systemic racism in the U.S. after months of protests against police brutality this year triggered a reckoning with racism.
The Biden Harris administration will work with Congress to pass police reform legislation, the website says. These include: a nationwide ban on strangleholds; ending the transfer of weapons of war to police forces; improving oversight and accountability to create a model standard for the use of force; and creating a national commission of police oversight.
On the issue of climate change, Biden will go further than simply re-committing the US to the Paris Accord, the website says. “He is working to lead efforts to get every major country to raise the ambitions of its national climate targets,” he adds.
Biden will also work to ensure that the U.S. “never again stands still” by advocating the launch of a national effort “aimed at creating the jobs we need to build a modern, sustainable infrastructure now and create a fair future with clean energy”.