As anticipated, President Biden signed more than a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, reversing many of the policies implemented by former President Donald Trump.
While many of the orders alter the country's approach to COVID-19 response, including a mask-mandate on government property, others covered a vast array of federal policy.
The executive orders Biden signed included:
- 100 Day Masking Challenge
- Return of "Global Health Security and Biodefense" office in the White House
- Rejoin the World Health Organization
- Extension of moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions
- Extension of student loan payment moratorium
- Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement
- Cancel Keystone XL pipeline project
- Pursuit of racial "equity" in federal agencies
- Inclusion of non-citizens in U.S. Census count
- Include sexual orientation and gender identity in federal workplace protections
- Demand congressional action on a path to citizenship for "Dreamers"
- Restart visas, travel, and immigration from countries targeted by Trump's "Muslim travel ban"
- Repeal Trump's strict interior immigration enforcement by ICE
- End construction on southern border wall
- Extend deferred enforcement departure for Liberians living in America
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said there was more to come.
"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, including revoking the ban on military service by transgender Americans and reversing the Mexico City policy," Psaki said.