President Biden will allegedly issue several executive orders aimed at law enforcement reform and equity, plus will push to place Harriet Tubman on the $20 dollar bill, and more of today’s top stories in Democratic politics.
Biden to sign several executive orders related to law enforcement and “equity”
President Joe Biden is expected to sign a series of executive orders on Tuesday that are related to an “equity” policy, according to a draft of his plans that were reviewed and reported on by CNN.
Several of the orders are expected to revolve around law enforcement issues. One order will reportedly create a policing commission. Another order will reportedly ban the transfer of military equipment to local police departments. Another order while allegedly seek to improve prison conditions and eliminate the use of private prisons.
Apart from law enforcement, another order will reportedly seek to disavow discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Another order will direct Housing and Urban Development to take actions to ensure equitable housing policies, according to CNN.
Senators to be sworn in for Trump impeachment trial
Senators will be formally sworn in on Tuesday as jurors in the second impeachment trial former president Donald Trump. Impeachment managers from the House of Representatives, a group of Democratic lawmakers, will act as prosecutors.
However, the trial itself isn’t scheduled to start until the week of February 8, CNN reported. The House presented a single article of impeachment on Monday evening with the charge of “incitement of insurrection.”
Biden administration continues effort to place Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill
The Biden administration announced it is continuing a plan first initiated by the Obama administration in 2016 to place African-American abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman on the front of a newly designed $20 bill, replacing Andrew Jackson. However, a specific timeline is still forthcoming from the Treasury Department.
The effort was stalled during the Trump administration which set in 2019 that the new bill would be delayed until at least 2028 because of technical issues, NBC reported.
Tubman is known for some 13 rescue missions of slaves through the Underground Railroad. She also served as a scout and spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and during her later years was an activist in the women’s suffrage movement.
Yellen confirmed as first female Treasury Secretary in US history
Former chair of the Federal Reserve Janet Yellen has been confirmed as the secretary of the treasury. She will be the first woman in US history to hold the position. Yellen was confirmed on Monday by a Senate vote of 84-15.
In 2014, Yellen was also the first woman in history to head the Federal Reserve, previously holding numerous positions there. She has a PhD from Yale University and has taught at Harvard University, the London school of economics and the University of California, Berkeley.
According to NBC, Yellen has several advantages in the role. First, she is well known and respected among lawmakers of both parties. Second, from her previous position in the Federal Reserve, she has a wealth of experience dealing with enormous economic challenges.