U.S President Joe Biden immediately got to work after his inauguration on Wednesday. The President wasted no time in signing 17 Executive Orders.
Biden’s actions are intended to reverse several of former President Donald Trump’s policies, including the pandemic response, the environment, anti-immigration policies, diversity and economic recovery.
Here are Biden’s executive actions from his first day:
- An executive order that mandates people to wear masks and maintain social distancing on federal property.
- The launch of a “100 Days Masking Challenge” to encourage Americans to wear masks.
- An executive order that sees the U.S rejoin the World Health Organization.
- An executive order that creates the position of COVID-19 response coordinator and restores the Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, a team in charge of the pandemic response, within the National Security Council.
- An executive order to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums. The moratorium for evictions will be extended until at least March 31.
- An executive order extending the existing pause on student loan payments and interest for Americans with federal student loans until at least Sept. 30.
- An executive order cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline and directs agencies to review and reverse more than 100 Trump actions on the environment.
- An “instrument” that allows the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change within 30 days.
- An executive order with the aim of “embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions.”
- An executive order preventing workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender
- An executive order reversing an order that excluded undocumented immigrants from the Census.
- A memorandum directing officials to “preserve and fortify” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The memo strengthens DACA after Trump’s efforts to undo protections for undocumented people who were brought into the country as children.
- An executive action repealing two proclamations, informally known as the “Muslim ban” that restricted entry into the U.S. from majority-Muslim countries. Biden directed the State Department to restart visa processing for individuals from the affected countries, The New York Times reported.
- An executive order revoking Trump’s “harsh and extreme immigration enforcement” and directing agencies to set immigration policies more “in line” with the Biden administration’s “values and priorities.”
- A proclamation that will pause the construction of the border wall with Mexico and determine how to best divert those funds elsewhere. The order includes an “immediate termination” of the national emergency declaration that allowed the Trump administration to redirect billions of dollars to the wall, the Times reported.
- A memorandum to extend a designation allowing Liberians who have been in the United States for a long time to remain. The order would block the deportation of Liberians who have been living in the United States.
- An executive order directing the government to interpret the Civil Rights Act as prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
- An executive order enacting new ethics rules for government officials. The rules will require executive branch appointees to sign an ethics pledge, barring them from acting in their personal interest.
- An executive order reversing “regulatory process executive orders” enacted by the Trump administration. Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review and reverses Trump’s regulatory approval process.
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