President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office noted several accomplishments, but bipartisan efforts to work with Republicans was not among them, potentially destroying any chances that the GOP will be willing to work with him in the future to accomplish his long-term agenda.
“The legislative approach this administration deployed has been akin to Biden walking into the honeymoon suite to say he was going out with the fellas,” said Josh Holmes, a GOP consultant and former chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“When you have explicit disrespect for bipartisanship from the jump it makes it significantly more difficult to find bipartisan support going forward,” he added.
Top milestones for the Biden administration include a wide array of executive actions to rollback Trump policies, 200 million COVID-19 vaccine shots and passing a monumental $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.
Biden’s stimulus bill pressed forward largely without Republican support. After approval in the Democrat-controlled House, it gained enough votes to pass along party lines after using a budgeting process to avoid a required 60-vote filibuster.
Many of the president’s early accomplishments have also occurred through executive orders. In his first week, Biden shut down work on the Keystone XL Pipeline. The move delighted many environmentalists, but ended thousands of American jobs.
Biden also signed executive orders that ended the construction of Trump’s border wall and ended most deportations for 100 days. An immigration crisis followed, with more than 400,000 estimated illegal immigrants crossing the nation’s southern border in Biden’s first 100 days.
The president now plans to address a joint session of Congress to highlight his successes and share future plans. Republicans hope his plans will include more collaboration and less executive action to better serve his bipartisan claims in the days ahead.