President Biden is starting his full official week of his presidency with another new wave of planned executive orders and actions aimed at further dismantling many policies put into place by former President Trump as well as fulfilling key campaign promises from racial equity and climate change.
The orders were outlined by Biden’s Chief of Staff in a memo that allows the president to take “immediate action” to set foward his agenda into motion as he awaits for his cabinet nominee to be fully confirmed by Congress.
Just hours after being sworn in last Wednesday, Biden signed 17 executive actions with nine of those were directly focused on reversing his predecessor’s legacy. In three days since, Biden has signed and issued 30 executive orders, presidential memoranda, and agency directives implementing his campaign promises while undoing Trump’s signature policies. Ten of those 30 executive actions reverses Trump’s policies including halting funding for the construction of the U.S. southern border wall, reversing Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations, rejoining international agreements Trump withdrew from including both the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization, and rescinding the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission.
“There’s no time to start like today,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office Wednesday as he began signing the stack of 17 executive orders and directives. “I’m going to start by keeping the promises I made to the American people.”
This week, Biden will continue using the stroke of a pen focused on a specific theme outlined in the calendar of executive steps Biden has planned to take over the next 10 days.
Monday, January 25 — “Buy American”
Biden will sign an executive order focusing on “Buy American” that directs agencies to “strengthen requirements for procuring goods and services from sources that will support U.S businesses and workers.”
Biden will also sign an order repealing former President Trump’s ban on transgender serving in the U.S. military
Tuesday, January 26 — Equity
Biden will sign a broad range of executive orders related to racial equity, including creating a policing commission and reinstate Obama-era policy on the transfer of military-style equipment to local law enforcement. Other orders Biden plans to sign will establish steps to improve prison conditions and eliminate the use of private prisons as well as formally disavow discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, which, the document says, comes “particularly in light of rhetoric around the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Biden also plans to sign a memorandum directing Housing and Urban Development to take steps to promote equality in housing.
Wednesday, January 27 — Climate Crisis
One of the most prominent order of the suite of executive orders that will launch his agenda on combatting the climate crisis will be an order Biden will sign to direct federal agencies to determine how expansive a ban on new oil and gas leasing on federal land should be. The expected clampdown on new oil and gas leases goes further than Biden’s actions on Inauguration Day, which halted the Interior Department and other agencies’ authority to issue drilling leases or permits for 60 days
Biden also will direct the government to conserve 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030, create a task force to assemble a governmentwide action plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and create several new commissions and positions within the government focused on environmental justice and environmentally friendly job creation, including one to help displaced coal miners.
Other executive orders will include a series of regulatory actions to “combat climate change domestically and elevates climate change as a national security priority,” along with an omnibus order re-establish of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He will also sign a memorandum on scientific integrity, urging agencies to make decisions based on available science and evidence.
Biden will also announce plans for a U.S.-hosted leadership summit to take place on Earth Day as one of multiple executive actions aimed at addressing the climate crisis.
Thursday, January 28 — Health care
Biden will rescind the Mexico City Policy which bans the use of U.S. funding for foreign organizations that provide or promote abortions.
He will also order a review of the Trump administration’s controversial changes to the Title X family planning program, which required family planning providers participating in the program to stop providing or promoting abortions to remain eligible for funding.
Biden is also slated to sign an executive order strengthening Medicaid and initiating an open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
Friday, January 29 — Immigration
Biden will add on some of the executive actions he signed on Day One centered on immigration with executive orders rescinding Trump administration policies around the asylum system, an order detailing regional migration and border processing, establishing principles to guide the implementation of the Refugee Admission Program, and an order directing immediate review of the Public Charge Rule.
He also will sign an order establishing a task force focused on family reunification of migrants separated at the U.S. border