• Richard Easson

A Dozen Executive Orders to be Signed on Biden's First Day

President-elect Joe Biden is planning on signing about a dozen executive orders on his first day as president. The orders will reverse a number of the Trump administration’s key policies.

The incoming chief of staff under Biden, Ron Klain, issued a memo to his staff on Saturday outlining "four overlapping and compounding crises: the Covid-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis."

Klain wrote, "All of these crises demand urgent action. In his first 10 days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America's place in the world."

On day one in the White House, Biden will reportedly sign an executive order returning the United States to the Paris climate accord. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement in June 2017 saying “the bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” and citing its competitive advantage to China and India.

Another order the Biden administration will enact is one that rescinds the travel ban Trump put into place. The Trump ban restricts the travel of nationals from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and certain Venezuelan government officials.

A “100 Day Masking Challenge” will be implemented to force people on government property and interstate travel to wear masks. Other COVID-19-related executive orders are also in the pipeline that will "change the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely re-open schools and businesses."

In what the Los Angeles Times calls a “groundbreaking legislative package,” Biden will seek to address immigration reform by providing a pathway to citizenship to the approximately 11 million illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.

Biden is expected to extend the suspension on the repayment of federal student loans and interest, originally implement by Trump.

Rebecca Morin of USA Today reported that “Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, Biden will sign more executive actions, memoranda and issues additional Cabinet directives, including ones addressing equity and support in communities of color and underserved communities, and criminal justice system reforms.”

All of these, and more, are expected to be implemented soon after the president-elect is sworn into office on January 20th.