Although President Joe Biden has looked to swiftly undo his predecessor’s moves on a wide range of policies, there are some actions that former President Donald Trump took that are likely to survive, according to The Hill.
One such example was the passage, with bipartisan support, of the First Step Act, which reduced sentences for drug offenses and enabled an earlier release for some serving time.
Biden, who on the campaign trail said he regretted backing the 1994 crime bill, vowed to expand on criminal justice reform.
“We saw a First Step Act but there was never a second,” said Ames Grawert, senior council for the Brennan Center for Justice.
Biden is also expected to utilize the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which was agreed upon last year.
Edward Alden, an expert on economic competitiveness and trade at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Hill that “The USMCA was a big bipartisan success” and that he expects there’s going to be a lot of continuity there.
But Alden pointed out that Biden’s overall approach will still be markedly different, saying “we are moving from America First trade policy to a trade policy that is going to be built much more in consultation with allies.”
A foreign policy decision that has more chance of being built upon by Biden is the Abraham Accords, which reestablished diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.
Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that during the campaign Biden “made no bones about… saying, ‘I think this is a good thing. I think this is a positive thing.’ And he’s said consistently over the course of the last several months, that he would like to carry forward this initiative.”
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