What to expect from a Biden Administration

TMJ4's Charles Benson talked to local leaders across the aisle for their expectations.
Posted at 7:02 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 05:24:40-05

WASHINGTON — A historic transition of power on Wednesday at the U.S Capitol as America ushers in a new administration to lead the nation.

Joe Biden is now the 46th President of the United States: "For all those who supported our campaign, I'm humbled by the faith you placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward," the president said during the inauguration ceremony.

TMJ4'S Charles Benson talked with two people, from across the aisle, on what we can expect from a Biden Administration.

Milwaukee's Alex Lasry has high hopes for a President he helped get elected.

"Joe Biden was elected, I think for this moment," Lasry said.

But the Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President also knows there are high expectations and skepticism that the 46th president can heal a country divided by politics and a pandemic.

"I think he is someone who is going to be able to come in and not only act on a bold agenda, I think, also, bring more of the country together," said Lasry.

President Biden's bold agenda includes 100 million vaccinations in 100 days. He also wants a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that will include an additional $1,400 check for most Americans.

Lasry - who lead the effort to get the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee - says Biden is up to the challenge.

"Working right away on getting his cabinet through, getting those checks out to people and working towards stemming the rising cases of coronavirus," said Lasry.

Republican County Executive Paul Farrow of Waukesha says President Biden's inauguration speech was a good start and he sees opportunities of working together.

"I think he's on the right track when you talk about unity," said Farrow.

Farrow knows it's going to take a unified effort to beat the coronavirus. He says Waukesha County wants to ramp up to vaccinating 1,000 people a day starting March 1.

The county has about 80,000 people 65 years and older who are waiting for the shot.

"When you look at the vaccine, at what the potential is to kind of relieve a lot of anxiety, and get people to realize we can get back out in the economy and we can regain some of our normalcy that we had, it's a big step," Farrow said.

Farrow gives the Trump Admiration's high marks for city and county leaders on important issues like infrastructure and transportation needs. He believes that connection can go a long way to bringing everyone to the table.

"I'm hoping that continues under President Biden," said Farrow, "because there are lots of things we do to implement what the state and federal government put in place,"

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