We are only three days into this new era and the recently inaugurated president's hand is on fucking fire. President Biden has already signed over two dozen executive actions and proclamations, largely undoing many of Trump's most destructive policies.
In his first week in office, Biden's orders primarily focused on bolstering the federal government's coronavirus response, reversing Trump's ass-backward environmental rollbacks, halting paranoid immigration policies, and attempting to provide a wee bit of economic relief. These executive actions can be pretty dry, so we're hoping to make this a little fun for you. Note: We just said a little fun, not a lot of fun.
Grab some coffee and let's get to work.
100 day masking challenge.
Today, @POTUS issued a mask mandate on federal property, launching his “100 Day Masking Challenge” as part of our efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve. pic.twitter.com/NLGr6JHB0h
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 21, 2021
Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security2. Biden creates the position of a COVID-19 Response Coordinator. The role, filled by Jeff Zients, will report directly to Biden, managing vaccine and medical equipment production and distribution.
Trump. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been named the head of the American delegation to the international body and delivered remarks to the organization's executive board this week.
LATEST: The United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, made the announcement during a WHO executive board meeting Thursday morning. https://t.co/jGnKDHwRYf pic.twitter.com/ntJiwIZ9gB
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2021
Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction 4. Biden says fuck Trump's wall. This order halts the construction of Trump's unhinged and expensive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Biden says he'll direct a "careful review" of the resource$ Trump redirected to construct the blasted thing.
The Defense Department will pause construction on the border wall as it continues to review President Biden's executive order calling for construction to grind to a halt. https://t.co/fOrDziIUsr
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 21, 2021
aggressively expanded the government's efforts to find and deport undocumented immigrants. This order undoes the previous administration's policies.
This is terrific news, and a hard-won victory for activists who’ve spent so long pushing for our leaders to halt deportations. We have to keep up the fight for an immigration system that’s fair, humane, and reflects our values.https://t.co/QTt83MZ7nj
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 22, 2021
Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census9. Biden says non-citizens should get counted too. This order overturns a Trump administration plan to exclude non-citizens from the census count.
VICTORY: President Biden just rescinded Trump's unconstitutional plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count used to determine seats in Congress.
The Constitution is clear: EVERY person counts. https://t.co/R7YlOkI1SN
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 21, 2021
BREAKING: Biden just extended the federal eviction moratorium until March 31.
This is a critical move that will help keep the most vulnerable, low income renters stably housed during the pandemic.
But we can and must demand more.
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 21, 2021
Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis13. Biden cancels the Keystone XL pipeline. In this confusingly titled order, President Biden cancels the Keystone XL pipeline (to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's chagrin) and directs federal agencies to review and reverse more than 100 of Trump's actions on the environment. This order also places a temporary moratorium on the oil and natural gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undoes a decision to slash national monuments, and re-establishes a working group on the social cost of greenhouse gases. Republicans are, predictably, freaking out.
President Biden’s first actions halt construction of President Trump’s border wall, block the Keystone XL Pipeline and re-enter the Paris Climate Accord. Instead of putting Americans first, he’s implementing a liberal agenda to score points with the international community.
— Rep. Diana Harshbarger (@RepHarshbarger) January 21, 2021
Biden will revoke the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Keystone XL is projected to create 42,000 jobs & contribute $3.4 billion to our economy.
Pipelines are the safest way to transport oil. Biden would rather import dirty oil from hostile nations.
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) January 20, 2021
Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation14. Biden makes sure queers can be queer at work. This order reinforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, requiring the government not to discriminate based on gender identity or sexual orientation. It also directs federal agencies with protections against sex discrimination to interpret those protections to also include discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, consistent with the Bostock v. Clayton County Supreme Court ruling in 2020. This is largely seen as a reversal of Trump-era policy goals.
Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government15. Biden revokes Trump's 1776 Commission. As one of his final acts in office, Trump released the inaccurate alternative history of the United States, conceived as a response to the racial justice protests of last summer as well as the New York Times' "1619 Project." President Biden undid all that. The order also directs federal agencies to advance racial equity in their departments.
another memo to agency heads, Biden also directs the Office of Management and Budget director to modernize regulatory review.
two year lobbying ban.
ARE YOU STILL THERE!?!?!? Let's move on to...
planes and trains. This is a double-punch building on Day One's mask mandate on federal property. Taking place immediately, all you conservative freaks are required to wear masks on certain forms of domestic travel, like commercial aircrafts, ferries, and intercity bus services. Somewhere in there it probably says "no whining," too.
President Biden signed a directive requiring travelers on planes, trains and buses to wear masks — a federal mandate that industries have been seeking for months after Trump officials refused.https://t.co/tsjalanqjD
— NPR (@NPR) January 22, 2021
Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats20. The Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be based in science and data and FACTS. This is what Biden's been saying all throughout the campaign trail/in his bunker. Nothing that new here, but it solidifies the data-driven approach through an executive order.
Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States21. The National Guard will help grandmas get jabbed. The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security are now ordered to assist governors' responses to COVID-19 with the deployment of the National Guard. A sexy little item for states stressing about budgets: "FEMA shall fund 100 percent of the cost of activities associated with all mission assignments for the use of the National Guard."
To get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible, we need more clinics across the nation. That’s why my administration will harness the full resources of the federal government to establish thousands of community vaccination centers. https://t.co/c551gKJZwa
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 16, 2021
use the fuckin' Defense Production Act to fulfill supply chain issues. It also urges departments to "immediately review" PPE supplies. Pricing is an important section in this order, ordering everyone to watch out for price gouging and hoarding. I don't think that means they're coming for your toilet paper hoard, but let it be known that you're on notice, Susan.
built into his transitional advisory board, but now it's official.
Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers24. The Education Department needs to work with the Department of Health and Human Services to reopen schools safely. A lot of these orders are akin to a dad making his kids talk to each other, which, under President Trump, wasn't happening. The departments will create "Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices," something that you'd think would've already happened but, again, this country's been a shithole.
new COVID-19 safety guidelines to employers. They've got two weeks to come up with them!
Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats26. WHEW! Last one for Day Two, and it's got a lengthy title. The TL;DR here is that a "COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board" is in the works and it will implement a "Government-wide, unified approach" to "promote COVID-19 diagnostic, screening, and surveillance testing." Creating a "government-wide, unified approach" is a big theme with these executive orders, seeing as the last guy in office could hardly connect two ends of a sentence, let alone two government bodies.
And now, for Friday...
eight million Americans have still not received either their $1200 or $600 stimulus checks from last year. This order asks the Treasury Department to hurry the hell up, calling on them to examine their delivery structure to make sure everyone gets their money on time. It also expands food stamps, increasing the amount of money families get for food each month.
restores collective bargaining and other worker protections revoked by Trump. This is your friendly reminder that $15 an hour still doesn't cut it.
.@JanetYellen on $15 min wage, in written responses to senators' questions:
"I believe the workers who have risked their health to provide necessary services to American households should be paid a wage that allows them to afford basic necessities like food and rent."
— Ylan Q. Mui (@ylanmui) January 22, 2021