April 8, 2021: President Joe Biden (D) is expected to issue several executive actions on gun violence and announce David Chipman as his nominee to lead the ATF.
Every weekday, Ballotpedia is tracking key presidential appointments, executive actions, and policy developments from the Biden administration.
- There are no committee hearings scheduled Thursday. The Senate stands adjourned until April 12 for a full session.
- Biden is expected to issue several executive actions on gun violence Thursday related to the purchase of unregistered firearms assembled at home, which the White House called ghost guns; the regulation of pistol-stabilizing braces; model legislation for red flag laws; community violence interventions; and an annual report on firearms trafficking.
- Biden is also expected to announce David Chipman as his nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Chipman is an explosives expert and former ATF agent.
- The White House is vetting Amos Hochstein as a potential special envoy to halt the Nord Stream 2, the Russia-Germany gas pipeline project. Hochstein was a special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs in the Obama administration.
Transition in Context: Congressional Approval Rating
The following chart compares congressional approval ratings during the administrations of Presidents Donald Trump (R) and Joe Biden (D) on a week-over-week basis. This number is taken from the 30-day average of polls conducted by a select list of polling organizations and outlets. Click here to read the list of polling organizations used.
Congress’ approval rating during the tenth week of President Biden’s term was 24.6%, down 1.9 percentage points from the week before. At the same point in President Trump’s term, Congress’ approval rating was 18.5%, down 1.8 percentage points from the week before.
What We’re Reading
- CBS News: Biden says inaction on infrastructure “simply is not an option”
- Politico: Biden wants to cement a governing majority. His Build Back Better bill is his plan to do it.
- Roll Call: More questions than answers in parliamentarian’s budget opinion