The executive orders and decisions signed by President Biden during the first days of his term are the most numerous in history. Here is a partial list for our readers of some of the decisions made by President Biden during these first few days. They are just a sample of the most relevant among dozens of executive orders signed in those early days.
Partial list of the actions taken by Biden and his administration
following his Jan. 20 inauguration
- The Keystone XL pipeline’s construction was halted after Biden revoked the construction project’s permit.
- Signed an executive order for the United States to rejoin the 2015 Paris Agreement.
- The United States would send $4 billion for development to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.
- Halted deportation of noncitizens entering the United States illegally.
- Removed the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist group.
- Announced that the Biden administration would codify Roe v. Wade, which would allow for legal abortions even in the event that the Supreme Court overturns the 1973 ruling.
- Halted the Interior Department agencies and bureaus from issuing oil and natural gas drilling leases or permits on federal lands and waters.
- Signed an executive order saying that it is “the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”
- Terminated a Feb. 15, 2019, executive order by Trump that declared a national emergency concerning the southern border. The new order also pulls out all funding for the construction of a border wall.
- Signed an executive order requiring that masks be worn in airports, commercial aircraft, trains, ferries, buses, and other forms of transportation.
- Signed an executive order that requires the director of the Office of Personnel Management to provide a report “with recommendations to promote a $15/hour minimum wage.
- Reversed a Trump executive order that barred transgender people from serving in the military.
- Issued an executive order mandating that the Census Bureau include illegal immigrants in its apportionment, so they will thus be represented in Congress.
- Signed an order stating that the federal government “must advance environmental justice.” The order directs all federal agencies to review federal regulations and other actions taken by the Trump administration.
- Rescinded Trump’s travel ban on nations with individuals posing a terrorist threat to the United States.
- Froze the former Trump administration’s drug rule that allowed community health centers to pass on all their insulin and epinephrine savings to patients.
- Signed an executive order to reverse Trump’s immigration enforcement order and “reset the policies and practices” to align enforcement with the Biden administration’s “values and priorities.”
- Signed an executive order revoking a slew of executive orders on deregulation. In two Jan. 20 executive orders, Biden nixed about a dozen orders of Trump’s that pertained to regulatory reform, including one on “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” and one on “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.”
- Signed an executive order directing the federal government to “pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all.”
According to the New York times: «Over all, Mr. Biden used the presidential podium to promote his policy priorities. His remarks were aspirational and light on empirical assertions.»
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