In his first few hours in the Oval Office, President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign more than a dozen executive orders to address challenges like the Covid pandemic and the student debt crisis.
Biden’s orders will also help overturn many of the orders issued by President Donald Trump, including the so-called Muslim travel ban and the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Senior members of the Biden Policy Team said during a press conference Tuesday evening that Biden would sign the Executive Orders immediately after his inauguration at noon.
The list of assignments and policies reported by CNBC included a “100 Day Masking Challenge,” requiring masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, in all states, and by federal employees and contractors.
Also included in Biden’s health-oriented orders is a reversal of Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the World Health Organization.
Here is the full list of Biden’s Day One Executive Orders as detailed by the transition team:
- Start a “100 Days Masking Challenge” and set a good example in the federal government
- Re-engage with the World Health Organization to make Americans and the world safer
- Structure of our federal government to coordinate a unified national response [to Covid-19]
- Extension of the eviction and enforcement moratoria
- Extension of the student loan
- Accession to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
- Rollbacks President Trump’s environmental actions to protect public health and the environment, and restore science
- Start a nationwide initiative to promote racial justice
- Reverse President Trumps Executive Order to exclude undocumented immigrants from reallocation
- Preserve and strengthen protections for dreamers
- Lift the Muslim ban
- Repeal of the Trump Interior Enforcement Executive Order
- Stop building the border wall
- Postponed forced departure for the presidential memorandum of the Liberians
- Preventing and combating discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation
- Personal Ethics of the Executive Executive Order
- Regulatory Process Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum
The pandemic will continue to get worse before it gets better, said Jeff Zients, head of the Biden government’s Covid Response. ” This is clearly a national emergency and we will treat it as such. “
“We will mobilize an entire government response and work with states and municipalities and officials from both parties,” he added. “To get the vaccine out fairly as quickly as possible, we need all hands on deck to get shots in the arms and we will get everyone to work.”
Brian Deese, Biden’s decision to head the National Economic Council, followed Zients in the meeting and outlined several arrangements that will ease the financial burden on households struggling to pay rent and those working to repay student loans should.
Deese said Biden would urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Veterans Affairs, Agriculture and Housing and Urban Development departments, to consider extending the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums immediately.
Biden will also urge the Department of Education to extend the hiatus on interest and principal payments on direct federal loans until at least September 30th.
“These immediate measures are important,” said Deese. “There are more than 11 million mortgages guaranteed by the VA, the Department of Agriculture and the HUD that would be affected by the extension of the foreclosure moratorium.”
Regarding climate change, on day one, Biden will lead the US back to the Paris Agreement, the landmark deal that sets ambitious goals for countries to reduce their carbon footprint over the next few decades. Trump withdrew the US from the deal in 2017.
According to new climate advisor Gina McCarthy, the future president will also instruct all federal agencies to consider revising vehicle fuel emissions standards.
He will ask the Home Office to review the boundaries and conditions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears, Northeast Canyons, and Seamounts Marine National Monuments. This order also imposes a temporary moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Susan Rice, Biden’s decision to chair the Home Affairs Council, will lead the government’s efforts to advance racial justice and advocate other underserved communities such as LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.
Biden also plans to revoke the Trump administration’s order to exclude non-citizens from the census and division of congressional officials.
He will sign another ordinance to consolidate the program of delayed action on the arrival of children and urge Congress to “pass laws that people who came to this country as children and lived, worked and contributed to ours have permanent status and provide a route to citizenship. ” Country for many years. “
“For the first time, we will have a team of experts dedicated to justice, definition and racial justice,” said Rice. “The order is also direct [the Office of Management and Budget] Begin the work of fairer federal funding to empower underserved communities. “
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s new national security advisor, highlighted orders designed to facilitate the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigrant policing and the construction of the southern border wall.
First, Biden will lift Trump’s so-called Muslim ban, a series of two presidential proclamations restricting entry to the United States from mainly Muslim and African countries. Sullivan said these proclamations are “rooted in xenophobia” and incompatible with America’s rich history of diversity and immigration.
Biden will order an immediate halt to the construction of the southern boundary wall, which will “allow for a thorough review of the legality of the financing and contracting methods used and the best path for diverting funds diverted from the previous administration to funding wall construction.”