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On Wednesday, January 20, the US will hold its 59th inaugural ceremony to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. The event, held at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, will be unlike other presidential swearing-in ceremonies in memory, marked by rising COVID-19 cases, the January 6 attack on the Capitol by, and Trump’s plan not to attend the swearing-in ceremony.
With increasing security concerns at the inauguration, the Defense Department is expected to deploy up to 25,000 National Guard troops in the country’s capital.
The FBI, local police, and other government agenciesin response to , prior to his trial in the Senate. The city’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, has asked the United States Department of the Interior to deny permits for all public gatherings from January 11 to January 24, and in Washington to discourage travel to the high-alert area. And across the country, state capitals are also preparing for riots in the days leading up to the ceremony in DC.
“In light of reports of more demonstrations, I insist that there should be NO violence, NO violations of law and NO vandalism,” Trump said in a statement on Jan. 13.
Here’s everything we know about Biden’s inauguration. This story was recently updated with new information.
What time does the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris start?
The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20 on the west side of the Capitol. The tenure of each elected U.S. president begins that day at noon ET, according to the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution. The president-elect must take the oath of office before assuming duties. After the presidential inauguration, Biden will deliver his inaugural address. Harris is expected to resign her seat in the Senate on Monday pending swearing-in. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will fill her seat.
How can you watch Biden become the US president live?
No exact airtime has yet been announced, although the opening notes historically take place around 11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PT. The procedure will be livestreamed on Biden’s inaugural website, and the event will be broadcast live on YouTube.
The inauguration will likely be streamed live by all major news outlets, and also shared on platforms such as Facebook Live, Twitter and C-Span. It will be nearly impossible to miss, but we’ll update this information when we know more.
Biden’s inaugural committee said on Jan. 4 that there will be a virtual parade on television with performances by people from all over the country. “The parade will celebrate America’s heroes and reflect on the diversity, heritage and resilience of our country,” the committee said in a tweet.
After the storming of the Capitol, the mayor of DC encourages the Americans to participate virtually.
Which speakers and celebrities will perform at the inauguration?
While speakers have not yet been announced, inaugurations usually include performances by A-list musicians and artists. This year, there’s a 90-minute TV special hosted by Tom Hanks, which starts at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Celebrity performances include:
- Lady Gaga, singing the national anthem
- Justin Timberlake
- Jennifer Lopez
- Demi Lovato
- Ant Clemons
- Jon Bon Jovi
- John Legend
- Foo Fighters
- Bruce Springsteen
Politicians and religious leaders – such as archbishops, pastors, and rabbis – usually also give speeches.
What security measures will be taken during the inauguration?
About 25,000 National Guard members will serve at Biden’s inauguration, The Washington Post reported Jan. 16. The force complements Bowser’s actions to declare a pre-emergency disaster for DC, a request Trump approved on Jan. 11.
The Secret Service is calling it a “zero failure mission” and promises that the security will be “robust” with layered fences and vehicle checkpoints. The entire National Mall in DC will also reportedly be closed due to security concerns.
On Jan. 11, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration warned airline travelers that a security threat could result in imprisonment or a $ 35,000 fine. This followed reports that every airline flying out of the DC area had recently experienced incidents. Airlines have also introduced increased security after the riots and will continue to work with law enforcement agencies.
US House Committee on Oversight and Reform sent letters to multiple travel and lodging companies, including Hilton, Expedia and Greyhound, on January 14 to ensure that their services are not used for the next few days to “facilitate violence or domestic terrorism.”
Biden will no longer take Amtrak to the inauguration for security reasons, and the rehearsal of the inauguration scheduled for Sunday will be moved to Monday due to security threats across the country, Politico reported.
Will Trump attend the inauguration of Biden and Harris?
Trump tweeted on Jan. 8 that he would not be attending. “To all who have asked, I am not going to the inauguration on January 20th,” he said. Trump’s Twitter account has since, in the aftermath of the January 6 uprising, a move that Trump has widely accepted to have instigated amid false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
That’s “one of the few things he and I can ever agree on,” Biden said on Jan. 8. “It’s a good thing he doesn’t show up.”
Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend.
Former presidents – including the non-sitting president and presidents from previous terms – traditionally attend the inauguration of the president-elect, but there are exceptions. According to the White House Historical Association, John Adams was not present at Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration and John Quincy Adams was not present at successor Andrew Jackson’s inauguration.
Who will personally attend the inauguration?
Traditionally, members of the public apply for free tickets through the office of their US Senator or Representative, but not this year. Due to concerns about COVID-19, Americans cannot get tickets, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced in mid-December.
“ The JCCIC, in consultation with diversified public health and medical experts and the Presidential Inaugural Committee, determined that this global pandemic and the increase in COVID-19 cases warranted a difficult decision to limit participation in the 59th inaugural ceremony to a live audience that resembles a State of the Union, ”said JCCIC chairman Roy Blunt. “We are also working on better opportunities to watch the ceremonies online, in addition to traditional national television coverage.”
This time, the invitations for members of Congress are limited to themselves and one guest. Commemorative card bundles and program packages will be made available to voters’ convention offices after the ceremonies.
What is the theme of the inauguration?
On January 11, the Biden Inaugural Committee tweeted that the theme is America United, adding, “At a time of unprecedented crisis and deep divisions, America United reflects the beginning of a new journey to restore America’s soul, the country together. and create a path to a brighter future. “
What are Biden’s top priorities immediately after he became president?
The president-elect says one of his top priorities is to tackle COVID-19. He has a target of 100 million vaccine shocks in the first 100 days of his administration. Biden and Harris have already announced the creation of a COVID-19 advisory board to help shape the upcoming government’s response to the pandemic. The council is made up of 13 public health experts and will be led by Co-Chairs Dr. David Kessler, a former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration; Dr. Vivek Murthy, a former US surgeon general; and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, a researcher at Yale University.
Biden set the scene for oneJanuary 14th that includes one in front of . His proposal also calls for , raises the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour and extends eviction protection. Biden is also expected to sign a collection of executive orders immediately upon taking office, including re-joining the Paris climate accord and extending a ban on deportations.
He also unveiled a plan that aims to ensure that the US achieves a 100% clean energy and net zero emissions economy by 2050. During the presidential debates, he reiterated that promise in his climate plan.