March Madness, Political Edition
March is a busy time of year, and like basketball, there is a lot of “madness” taking place, except in the form of politics. In this blog, I will be discussing some of the key political events that took place during the month of March under the Biden Administration.
*One hundred million COVID vaccine doses in the first one hundred days: While Biden himself is not solely responsible for this milestone, some argue that his administration deserves credit for getting the job accomplished. The White House recently announced that every adult in America should have access to the vaccine by May, but that does not mean every adult will have been vaccinated by then.
*Biden nominated his first judges for the U.S. District Court: For those who are not familiar, there are three branches of federal courts; District, Appellate, and Supreme. If someone loses his or her case at a federal district court, the individual may file an appeal with the help of an attorney to argue the case in front of the appellate court. The Supreme Court is the highest court in the U.S. judiciary system and justices only hear about eight percent of cases assigned to them.
Biden‘s nominees include Zahid Quraishi, who would become the first female Muslim judge in Maryland’s history to serve on the federal level.
*Immigration: While Biden has been mostly praised for his work regarding Covid vaccine distribution and increasing diversity within the federal court system, many are skeptical of his work regarding the Mexico-U.S. border and handling immigration. According to the latest NPR poll, Biden’s immigration policy approval rating is a meager thirty-four percent. Biden assigned Harris the task of handling immigration, and it is too soon to tell whether she will get the job done.
*Infrastructure: Biden is working on a two trillion dollar infrastructure plan that would fund environmentally friendly technology, electric vehicles, waterways, and schools. However, the Senate may shut down Biden’s plan, as there is currently a filibuster, in which sixty Senators are required to support a bill. Filibusters hurt the likelihood of a President to have his or her legislation succeed because they delay the voting process and delay its ratification.
Described earlier as a “Moderate Democrat,” Biden’s latest bold policy proposals suggest that he may be pushing forth a more progressive agenda than he originally intended. Comment below what your take is on this latest news.