President Biden wasted no time implementing his agenda and turning the page from the Trump years after he was inaugurated Wednesday, signing a slew of executive actions with more on the way.
The new president signed 17 executive orders and other directives on the first day of his presidency in what administration officials have said is an initial wave of actions Biden will take in his first 10 days in office.
Below is a list of all the executive actions Biden has taken thus far.
Executive order establishing the position of coordinator of the COVID-19 response
Biden signed an executive order establishing the position of coordinator of the COVID-19 response and counselor to the president, known as the COVID-19 response coordinator.
Jeff ZientsJeff ZientsBiden seeks to immediately turn page from Trump era Biden to order agencies to use Defense Production Act in coronavirus fight Three COVID-19 vaccines under late-stage review for WHO emergency approval MORE will fill that role in a move Democrats and other Trump critics said was a long overdue step in bolstering the federal response to the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 Response Coordinator shall report directly to the President; advise and assist the President and executive departments and agencies (agencies) in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic; coordinate all elements of the COVID-19 response; and perform such duties as the President may otherwise direct,” the order reads.
Executive order on mask-wearing on federal property
Biden is mandating that people wear masks on federal property and socially distance in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
He does not have the authority to issue a mask mandate nationally but said Wednesday he is taking the authority to require one where he can.
Executive order reversing U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Biden signed an executive order reversing the U.S. withdrawal from the WHO that was triggered by former President TrumpDonald TrumpIran’s leader vows ‘revenge,’ posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden ‘backing away’ from ‘populist offerings’ Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE.
Trump said last year the U.S. would leave the body due to complaints over its response to the coronavirus, but withdrawal takes a year to go into effect and would not have formally occurred until July.
“The WHO plays a crucial role in the world’s fight against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic as well as countless other threats to global health and health security. The United States will continue to be a full participant and a global leader in confronting such threats and advancing global health and health security,” Biden wrote in a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
Executive order extending moratorium on evictions and foreclosures
The Department of Agriculture will extend a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures to the end of March in an effort to help struggling families during the coronavirus pandemic.
“USDA recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an almost unprecedented housing affordability crisis in the United States,” the Agriculture Department said in a statement.
Executive order extending pause on student loan payments
The Education Department will extend a pause on federal student loan payments and collections through the end of September, per an executive order from Biden. Interest rates for such payments will also be kept at zero percent.
Biden has vowed to cancel up to $10,000 in student debt per person, though progressives have lobbied him to up that amount to $50,000.
Executive order rejoining the Paris Climate Accords
Biden signed an executive order putting the U.S. back in the Paris climate accords, fulfilling a top campaign promise that was a key part of his plan to combat climate change.
The international treaty, from which Trump withdrew the U.S., sets goals for nations to limit their carbon emissions to “limit global warming to well below” 2 degrees Celsius.
Executive order revoking permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and stopping oil and pausing gas leasing at Arctic refuge
Biden signed an executive order scrapping a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the controversial 1,200-mile structure