Joe Biden Signs a Record 40 Executive Actions in His First Week in Office

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After nearly 2 weeks in office, President Biden has already signed a record forty executive actions.

But it seems he’s raked in some criticism for his actions…

The past few weeks has seen a huge shift for the US.

With Donald Trump leaving the White House and Joe Biden sworn in as the President of the United States.

Combined with the Democrats gaining control of the Senate, some big changes are underway.

And President Biden is wasting no time putting his mark firmly upon our country.

In his first week as President of the United States, Joe Biden has already signed forty executive orders.

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Many of which dismantle a whole array of Trump-era regulations.

Here are some of Biden’s changes so far:

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First of all, not an executive order but seemingly as important, Biden reportedly wasted no time removing Trump’s diet coke button from the Oval Office

Then mere hours after his inauguration ceremony, Biden fulfilled one of his top campaign promises by pledging to put the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement on climate change – an international pact aimed at curbing emissions that cause global warming.

Trump famously withdrew from the agreement in 2017, citing costs to American taxpayers.

He also clamped down on the country’s COVID-19 response.

Biden signed an executive order which created the position of COVID-19 response coordinator, who will advise the president and oversee the distribution of vaccines, tests, and other supplies.
An executive order requiring mask-wearing on federal property was also signed.

Then the Democrats introduced a bill proposing to more than double the US minimum wage by 2025.

If passed, the “Raise the Wage Act” would initially see the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour increased to $9.50.

Following that, increases would gradually happen until the wage reaches $15 in 2025.

A version of the bill was passed back in 2019, but it was never voted upon in the then Republican controlled Senate.

And as for the country’s ongoing racial division?

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Well, Biden has already got to work on putting the pieces back together.

He first signed an executive order to promote racial equity.

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Biden ordered his government to conduct equity assessments of its agencies and reallocate resources to “advance equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

He then reversed Trump’s infamous ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries.

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Biden’s proclamation reversed Trump’s policy that barred entry to the U.S. for refugees and residents from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and orders plans within forty-five days for resuming visa processing.

Then, he brought back the plans for the face of Harriet Tubman to be put on the new $20 bill design.

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Now, this would be a huge move for not only Black history, but for all Black people across America.

Known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad.

To this day, she remains a poignant figure in the slavery abolishment movement, and a true hero among the Black community.

Among all of these changes, Biden also instructed the Justice Department to not renew contracts with private prisons.

With the aim of ending the use of private prisons for federal use.
The order will see the Justice Department phase out its contracts with privately-operated criminal detention facilities which have been said to contribute to America’s mass incarceration problem.

President Biden also repealed the anti-abortion policies introduced by Donald Trump.

As he signed a presidential memorandum to repeal the global gag rule which stops the federal government from spending US tax dollars on any foreign health organization that offer or provide information on abortion services.

The memorandum also requests the Health and Human Services Department consider revoking the Trump administration rule that currently blocks health care providers in the federally funded Title X family planning program from referring patients for abortions.

He also signed an order allowing transgender people to serve in the military.

After just a week into his presidency, Biden signed a record forty executive orders.

But not everyone’s happy about it.

President Biden has faced criticism for the amount he’s signed in such a short space of time.

An opinion piece from the New York Times titled “Ease Up on the Executive Actions, Joe” said, “This is no way to make law. A polarized, narrowly divided Congress may offer Mr. Biden little choice but to employ executive actions or see his entire agenda held hostage. These directives, however, are a flawed substitute for legislation.”
Later adding, “Just as Mr. Trump set about reversing as many of President Barack Obama’s directives as possible, Mr. Biden is now working to reverse many of Mr. Trump’s reversals. With executive orders, there is always another presidential election just a few years off, threatening to upend everything.”

It has also been criticized by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who as per the New York Post said in a statement, “On the Biden administration’s very first day, it took several big steps in the wrong direction.”

“The Day One priority was to kill thousands of American jobs, including union jobs, disappointing our strong ally Canada, and reverse some of our progress toward energy security.”

Though the actions have been defended by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who during a press conference said, “There are steps, including overturning some of the harmful, detrimental, and, yes, immoral actions of the prior administration that he felt he could not wait to overturn, and that’s exactly what he did.”

Reported by the New York Post, she added, “Any historian will tell you that he walked into the presidency at one of the most difficult moments in history that required additional executive action in order to get immediate relief to the American people.”

Clearly, Biden is paving the way to a new era for America.

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