New York State has a whole lot of work to do at the moment, as their governor appears to be completely indignant regarding the trouble that he’s in.
Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is now being accused, credibly, by at least five women of sexual harassment and lewd behavior. He’s offered some half-hearted apologies on the matter, and the need for him to resign has even kicked off an inter-party fight at the state level.
The Biden administration has been predictably vague on the matter, hoping to keep the chatter on the subject to a minimum.
But the latest executive order from the team at the White House reeks of the scandal.
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On Monday, Biden is expected to sign two executive orders geared toward gender equality. One will create a new Gender Policy Council that will be part of the Executive Office of the President.
According to administration officials, one of the key priorities of the new council will be to combat “systemic bias and discrimination, including sexual harassment.”
Under Biden’s new executive order, the council’s co-chairs will have to provide the president with a strategy that will “address gender in policies, programs and budgets.” They will also have to submit annual reports “to measure progress on implementing the strategy.”
The council will focus not just on domestic policy but foreign policy as well, although it is unclear what impact they might have on American dealings in other parts of the world.
Biden’s second executive order of the day mandates the Department of Education “to review all of its existing regulations, orders, guidance, and policies” to make sure they are consistent with the administration’s position “that students be guaranteed education free from sexual violence.”
Cuomo has stated simply that he has no intention to resign, and that move, in and of itself, was controversial.
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