As expected, President Joe Biden will sign 17 executive orders when he takes office this afternoon. Many to directly reverse some of the actions taken by Donald Trump during his four-year term.
“On Inauguration Day, President-elect Biden will sign roughly a dozen actions,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain wrote in a memo last week. “While the policy objectives in these executive actions are bold, I want to be clear: the legal theory behind them is well-founded and represents a restoration of an appropriate, constitutional role for the President.”
Among the list Biden will implement includes rejoining the World Health Organization and Paris Climate Agreement, along with ending the Muslim travel ban and construction of the southern border wall.
“The executive actions will make changes to the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic and try to ease some of the financial strain placed on Americans resulting from the pandemic. But other executive actions directly target and undo President Trump’s actions on the environment, immigration, the U.S. census, and regulatory changes,” according to CBS News.
Donald Trump signed 33 executive orders in his first 100 days, according to a review of the Federal Register. He signed a single action on his first day in office to roll back the Affordable Care Act.
Neither Barack Obama nor George W. Bush signed any executive orders or other presidential directives on their first day in office. Obama signed 11 executive actions in his first week while Bush had none, according to the Federal Register.
Biden will put a 100-day national mask mandate in place for federal buildings and lands by employees and contractors. A move to curb the spread of Coronavirus by reducing exposure risks. The President-elect remembered the victims of COVID-19 at an event held at the National Mall on Tuesday night.
A top priority with Biden saying in November, “We’re going to act. On Day One, we’re going to act to get COVID under control.”