Just a week in office, and President Biden is making some big decisions, including repealing one of Donald Trump's major anti-abortion laws. Keep scrolling to find out more...
The few weeks have 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 change are underway.
In fact, just a week after he was sworn in, President Biden has already made some big decisions.
Clearly, he is wasting no time putting his mark firmly upon our country.
Biden has been busy dismantling a whole array of Trump-era regulations.
He reportedly wasted no time removing Trump's diet coke button from the Oval Office
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?
Well, Biden has already got to work on putting the pieces back together.
He first signed an executive order to promote racial equity.
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.
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.
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.
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To this day, she remains a poignant figure in the slavery abolishment movement, and a true hero among the Black community.
Biden then 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.
And his latest move?
President Biden is repealing anti-abortion policies introduced by Donald Trump.
Biden signed a presidential memorandum to repeal the global gag rule, a step to reverse the current anti-abortion policy put in place by Donald Trump.
Also known as the Mexico City Policy, the global gag rule stops the federal government from spending US tax dollars on any foreign health organization that offer or provide information on abortion services.
As per CNN, the policy made $9.5 billion in aid for everything from HIV treatment to clean water projects and child immunizations contingent on groups agreeing not to discuss or perform abortions.
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.
The Huffington Post reports that the memorandum reads, "Women should have access to the healthcare they need."
"For too many women today, both at home and abroad, that is not possible. Undue restrictions on the use of Federal funds have made it harder for women to obtain necessary healthcare."
"The Federal Government must take action to ensure that women at home and around the world are able to access complete medical information, including with respect to their reproductive health."
Though the repeal will be a great relief for many women across the globe, advocates for abortion restrictions have criticized the move.
Yet another turning point.
Clearly, Biden is paving the way to a new era for America.
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