Joe Biden Signs Mountain of Executive Actions on First Day of Presidency
Joe Biden intends enacted 17 executive actions on his first day of presidency.
Some of the executive orders he’ll exercise will reverse decisions made by former President Trump and deal with issues such as COVID-19, climate change and human rights.
This is following the decision he made to change the COVID-19 vaccination effort name from “Operation Warp Speed”, the moniker that former President Trump used, to “Covid Response”.
The Biden administration attributed the name-change to “failures of the Trump team approach to vaccine distribution.”
“OWS [Operation Warp Speed] is the Trump team’s name for their program. We are phasing in a new structure, which will have a different name than OWS. Many of the public servants will be essential to our response,” said Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki.
Psaki also said Biden intends to “[revoke] the ban on military service by transgender Americans.”
President Biden said that he intends to end the death penalty during his term, which is another departure from his predecessor Trump, who has advocated for use of the death penalty on multiple occasions.
“Over 160 individuals who’ve been sentenced to death in this country since 1973 have later been exonerated … These individuals should instead serve life sentences without probation or parole,” Biden’s website read.
In addition to the death penalty, Biden’s website details his plans for criminal justice reform.
Among those plans are to stop corporations from profiteering off of incarceration and expanding the power of the U.S. Justice Department to address systemic misconduct in police departments and prosecutors’ offices.
In his effort to deal with climate change, Joe Biden also signed the executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, which Trump withdrew from during his term.
Furthermore, Biden plans to exercise an executive order to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline construction.
The construction of the fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline, known as the XL, has received pushback from environmentalists as well as members of the Native American communities that will be most affected by construction of the pipeline.
This is also a continuation of former U.S. President Obama’s intentions, as Obama stopped the construction of the Keystone XL, as well as the Dakota Access pipeline during his term.
The Trump administration signed executive orders to expedite the process for both of those pipelines, with the intention of lowering energy costs.
Biden also plans to take on a different approach to immigration issues. He seeks to end the Muslim travel ban that was originally instated in 2017 under the Trump administration, which restricted travel and immigration to the U.S. from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Biden intends to stop construction of the border wall at the southern border as well.
The border wall was one of Trump’s most prominent undertakings as president in an effort to curtail illegal immigration and keep jobs in America. The wall also caused controversy among Democratic critics, with those opposed to the wall claiming that the move to build the wall was xenophobic.