After he is sworn in today as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden is expected to sign a slate of executive actions in the Oval Office, fulfilling a campaign promise to act on a wide range of issues on day one.
Here's a look at some of the actions we're expecting:
On the Covid-19 pandemic:
- Biden will enact a “100 Days Masking Challenge,” asking Americans to wear a mask for 100 days and signing a national mask mandate, requiring masks in all federal buildings and federal lands.
- He will stop the United States’ withdrawal from the World Health Organization.
- Biden will create the position of “COVID-19 Response Coordinator” through executive action. This is a role that that will report directly to the President.
- Biden will restore the National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense.
On the economy:
- Biden will issue an executive order asking the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend the moratorium on evictions until at least March 31.
- Ask the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Housing and Urban Development to extend foreclosure moratoriums for federally guaranteed mortgages and continuing applications for forbearance for federally guaranteed mortgages until March 31.
- Ask Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to extend foreclosure moratoriums until March 31.
On the climate crisis:
- Biden will rejoin the Paris Agreement, singing a notice that will be sent to the United Nations later today. The United States will officially become party to the agreement in 30 days.
- He will sign a broad executive order that will direct agencies to review emissions standards, take action on any regulations imposed during the Trump administration that are deemed ‘harmful,’ and place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Biden will re-establish the Interagency Working Group the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases.
- He will revoke permits over the last four years that "do not serve the US national interest," including a presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL pipeline.
On racial equity:
- Biden will issue an executive order instructing agencies to conduct a baseline review of systemic inequities in their programs and policies and to deliver action plans to reverse these findings.
- As part of a broader executive order, Biden will rescind the 1776 Commission.
- He will overturn President Trump’s executive order to limit federal government contractors and agencies from implementing diversity training.
- He will rescind President Trump’s orders excluding non-citizens from the US Census.
- Incoming National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan outlined the administration’s immigration policies while noting that Biden intends to begin work immediately to address the broader root causes of failed immigration policy.
- On DACA, Biden will sign a Presidential Memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security to take ‘appropriate actions’ to preserve and fortify DACA.
- He will overturn the executive order ending the travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries.
- He will sign a memorandum to extend Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians until June 30, 2022.
- He will also sign an order ensures that the federal government interprets Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Biden will declare an immediate pause in border wall construction. This includes finding a way to redirect funds that were funneled into the building of the wall by the Trump administration.