Trump’s failure to negotiate a new Covid stimulus with Congress will set Biden up for a political fight on Day One about how to help Americans hurt by the pandemic.
Here’s what expires in December without further action:
Provisions to beef up unemployment insurance
A deferral on student loan payments
A paid family leave provision
Coronavirus relief funding for states whose tax base has been decimated
And a moratorium on evictions
Trump could potentially address these items with executive orders if he were to focus on them. Regardless, the first major political fight of Biden’s presidency is likely to be this standoff with either a narrowly Republican- or Democratic-controlled Senate.