Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected to serve as the 46th President of the United States, crossing the 270 electoral vote threshold on Saturday, November 7, with a victory in Pennsylvania. His running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), will be the first woman, first African-American and first South Asian-American to serve as Vice President. Their historic victory follows an election where a record number of voters cast ballots across a deeply divided country, as reflected in the presidential and closely contested Senate and House races. Absent the success of court challenges filed by the Trump campaign in several states to contest the results in the presidential campaign and assuming Republicans win at least one of two runoff elections in George for U.S. Senate seats, President-elect Biden will face divided government.
We are pleased to provide analysis and key takeaways in four areas including:
- The 2020 "lame duck" agenda.
- The outlook for the "first 100 days" of the Biden administration.
- A longer-term outlook for the 117th Congress.
- An appendix with a recap of (1) the 2020 election, (2) potential Biden administration officials, (3) potential leadership, caucus and committee positions in the 117th Congress and (4) a listing of programs expiring in the short-term.
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