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If A Biden Presidency Comes Along, Here’s What’s Coming With It

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has long been beating incumbent President Donald Trump in the polls, and this week his odds of winning the presidency have hit a record high. If Biden wins come Election Day, what is he bringing with him into the White House?

For starters, his running mate Kamala Harris will become next in line for the presidency starting Jan. 20, 2021 if Biden has his way on Election Day. (RELATED: This Could Be The Most Important Vice Presidential Decision Of Our Lifetime)

In 2019, Govtrack’s analysis of Harris’ voting record determined Harris was the most left-wing member of the Senate. ProgressivePunch, which analyzes voting records from a nonpartisan but progressive perspective, claims Harris is the eighth most liberal senator — in front of both Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Harris recently squared off Wednesday against Vice President Mike Pence in the only vice presidential debate of the election cycle where she, like her running mate, refused to answer whether or not Democrats will attempt to pack the Supreme Court. She also said the Biden administration would “repeal” the Trump tax cuts “on day one.”

Harris co-sponsored the Green New Deal in the Senate, and said she’d consider ending the Senate filibuster if she became president in order to get it passed. Biden said he does not support the Green New Deal in the first presidential debate, but that “the Green New Deal will pay for itself as we move forward.” On Biden’s campaign website, it says Biden “believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges,” and the Democratic Party platform commits itself to the Green New Deal’s ultimate objective: net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050.

As a 2020 presidential candidate, Harris claimed she would ban fracking. While Biden has sent mixed messages with regards to fracking, Biden now says he opposes new fracking on public lands, and would work to phase it out, but would not immediately ban fracking.

As the party presidential candidate, Biden has taken up the mantle of the Democratic Party platform, which was approved at the Democratic National Convention in August. The platform was heavily influenced by the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations, which was an attempt by the Biden and Sanders camps to unify progressives and moderates within the party behind a single platform after it became clear Biden was going to win the nomination.

Biden has said he wants a public option and to expand Obamacare. He has rejected Sanders’ and Harris’ (along with other prominent Democrats’) various Medicare for All proposals, but the party platform he champions does not shut the door on socialized healthcare. “Our party welcomes advocates… who support a Medicare for All approach,” the platform says.

The former vice president also wants to change federal gun laws in the United States that increase restrictions on individuals’ ability to purchase firearms, which he outlines in “The Biden Plan To End Our Gun Violence Epidemic.”

While in the Senate, Biden helped Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein pass the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 1994, which banned the manufacture, transfer and possession of semi-automatic weapons classified as “assault weapons,” as well as some high-capacity magazines. The ban expired in 2004 when it was not renewed after its sunset provision. A 2004 Department of Justice report analyzed the ban’s effectiveness, and found that the ban had little, if any, impact on decreasing gun violence and deaths.

Biden’s plan seeks to reinstate such a ban, and says he is willing to use “executive authority to ban the importation of assault weapons.” His running mate has also suggested using executive powers to push through gun-control legislation if congress failed to “get their act together” in 100 days when she was a presidential candidate.

He also has proposed that the nearly 18 million sporting rifles in the United States be registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the same manner as automatic firearms under the National Firearms Act of 1934.

Biden’s campaign website also says his administration will “enact legislation to prohibit all online sales of firearms, ammunition, kits, and gun parts.”

The former vice president has also changed his position on the Hyde Amendment, which has prevented the use of federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in danger since its passage 1977.

When his primary opponents attacked him over his support of the Hyde Amendment, Biden came out against it.