Biden to sign 17 executive orders on first day in office, reversing numerous Trump policies
Biden’s first order is to impose a federal mask mandate. The “100 Days Masking Challenge” will require masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands and by federal employees and contractors.
Biden will also install a coronavirus response coordinator to oversee the Biden White House’s efforts to distribute vaccines and medical supplies.
Moreover, the order by President Trump to complete the border wall construction will be reversed, according to Biden officials. That order will require an “immediate termination” of funding for the border wall at the U.S.- Mexico border. Construction will be put on “immediate pause” and funding will be redirected, Fox News reports.
Biden will reverse the travel ban from several largely Muslim and African countries as well, despite concerns among opponents that some of these nations governments are incapable of providing the vetting needed to ensure the security of those entering the U.S., as previously reported by Sara Carter.
In 2017, Trump signed an executive order suspending entry into the U.S. from the nations of Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. The ban was extended in Jan 2020 to include an additional six countries.
According to Fox News, Biden will instruct the State Department to restart visa processing for affected countries in an effort to “restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans.”
Biden is planning to reverse Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. Biden is also expected to restore the White House’s National Security Council’s pandemic unit, which Trump disbanded early in his administration.
Biden is expected to rejoin the Paris climate agreement that was created during the Obama administration, to combat global warming.
Further, Biden will revoke a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Other actions Biden will take Wednesday include extending the student loan pause, extending eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, launching a government initiative to advance racial equity and signing an executive order that prohibits against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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