Re-join the Paris Local weather Settlement and raise the “Muslim ban”.
President-elect Joe Biden will sign more than a dozen executive orders in the first few hours of his presidency to address a litany of challenges ranging from the Covid-19 pandemic to the student debt crisis.
Biden’s orders will also help reverse many of the orders issued by President Donald Trump, including the so-called Muslim travel ban and the construction of a wall along the southern United States border.
Senior members of Biden’s political team said during a press conference Tuesday evening that Biden would sign the Oval Office Executive Orders on Wednesday afternoon in the hours immediately following his inauguration.
The list of 17 orders displayed 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.
“The pandemic will continue to get worse before it gets better,” Jeff Zients, head of the Biden government’s Covid Response, said during the call on Tuesday. “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 as quickly as possible, we need all hands on deck to get the shots in the arms and we will get everyone to work.”
Brian Deese, Biden’s decision to head the new National Economic Council, followed Zients and outlined a series of directives designed to ease the financial burden on households struggling to pay rent and those looking to repay student loans.
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.
In a separate order, the new president will also instruct all federal agencies to consider revising fuel and emissions standards for vehicle fuels, according to new climate advisor Gina McCarthy.
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 will issue orders on Wednesday to revoke the Trump administration’s order to exclude non-nationals from the census and allocation of congressional officials.
He will sign another program to consolidate the program of delayed action on the arrival of children and call on Congress to “enact laws that will affect people who came to and lived in this country as children.” have helped to provide permanent status and a path to citizenship “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, rounded off the call Tuesday evening.
He highlighted a number of 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 argued that these proclamations were “rooted in xenophobia” and were inconsistent with America’s rich history of diversity and immigration.
Biden will order an immediate cessation of construction of the southern boundary wall, which will “allow for a thorough review of the legality of the funding and contracting methods used and determine the best route for diverting funds diverted from the previous Fund Wandbau.”