US President Joe Biden after assuming office on Wednesday made his first moves on the coronavirus pandemic and climate change and rolled back policies implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump. Biden said there is no time to waste and signed 15 executive orders, memorandums and directives in the Oval office after assuming charge.
President Biden said, “Some of the executive actions I am going to be signing today are going to help change the course of the COVID crisis. We are going to combat climate change in a way that we have not done so far and advance racial equity and support other underserved communities” said Biden. The democrat said it is just the beginning.
US to return to WHO, Paris climate accord
Aides said the actions the Democratic president signed included a mask mandate on federal property and for federal employees, an order to establish a new White House office coordinating the response to the coronavirus and halting the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Biden signed a document to begin the process of re-entering the Paris climate accord and issued a sweeping order tackling climate change, including revoking the presidential permit granted to the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Orders on immigration, travel ban on Muslim countries
Among a raft of orders addressing immigration, Biden revoked Trump’s emergency declaration that helped fund the construction of a border wall and ended a travel ban on some majority-Muslim countries.
The Day One plans were just the start of a flurry of executive actions Biden would take soon after entering office, said his press secretary, Jen Psaki.
“In the coming days and weeks, we will be announcing additional executive actions that confront these challenges and deliver on the president-elect’s promises to the American people,” Psaki said.
Good news for transgenders
He also revoked the ban on military service by transgender Americans and reversing a policy that blocks US funding for programs overseas linked to abortion.
As far as the economic front is concerned, the US president asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend a moratorium on evictions until the end of March. He also directed the Department of Education to suspend student loan payments until September-end.
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