President Biden is signing a lot of things that are $2,000 checks for every American.
President Biden is signing a lot of things that are not $2,000 checks for every American. Getty Pool

Last week, President Joe Biden signed over two dozen executive actions and proclamations, largely undoing many of Trump's most destructive policies. He 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. You can check out our round-up of those orders here.

This week, Biden has not slowed his roll in the slightest, adding seven more executive actions to the pile across Monday and Tuesday. Those orders reversed the transgender military ban, reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions, addressed racial equity in the U.S., and more. On Wednesday, Biden continued the executive order melee by signing orders aimed at combating climate change, as well as a science-related memorandum.

These executive actions can be pretty dry, so we're hoping to make this a little fun for you. Gulp down your coffee and join us on this bureaucratic ride:

JANUARY 25



Executive Order on Enabling All Qualified Americans to Serve Their Country in Uniform

31. Biden says trans people can serve in the military too. This order reverses a Trump-era policy that bans transgender Americans from the military, halting any involuntary discharges of trans troops. This makes me think of a sticker that I see around Capitol Hill a lot: Trans Liberation, Not U.S. Invasion! Also, can we talk about the graphics of this tweet?


Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease
32. Biden reinstates COVID-19 traveling restrictions for non-U.S. citizens traveling to the United States. Specifically for individuals coming from the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa, where variant COVID strains have proliferated. The order also restricts travelers coming from Ireland and the Schengen Area, where travel is allowed across open borders. This order reverses a relaxation of travel restrictions enacted by Trump during his final days in office.


Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers

33. Biden says yeeeeeeeeehaw! Buy American! This is Ol' Joe making good on a campaign promise to strengthen American manufacturing through the purchasing power of the federal government. This order closes loopholes in previous Buy American provisions and makes it harder for federal agencies to get waivers to buy overseas goods. Also! It commits to replacing the entire federal fleet of cars, SUVs, and trucks with American-made electric vehicles over time. Are Harris and Biden about to be besties in Tessies?


JANUARY 26



Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships

34. Biden wants to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and tribal governments. This memo affirms the sovereignty of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes, directing federal agencies to communicate more regularly with indigenous officials on how policies might affect them.


Executive Order on Reforming Our Incarceration System to Eliminate the Use of Privately Operated Criminal Detention Facilities

35. Biden tells the Department of Justice to end its contracts with private prisons. This SOUNDS cool, but does not address facilities run by the Department of Homeland Security—like ICE detention centers—nor state prisons, where the majority of prisoners in the United States are held. We've got a long way to go.


Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States

36. Biden disavows racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In complete contrast to President Trump referring to COVID as the "China Virus," in this memo Biden affirms his condemnation of racism against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. The memo also directs the Department of Justice on how to better collect data on anti-Asian hate incidents.


Memorandum on Redressing Our Nation’s and the Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies
37. Biden says wants another look at Trump's housing policies. In this memo, Biden tells the Department of Housing and Urban Development to examine the effects of the Trump administration's actions that undermined fair housing policies and laws, and correct them. It also acknowledges how shitty the federal government has been with housing policing, particularly the detrimental effects of redlining on Black communities as well as other communities of color and queer people. This acknowledgement is all well and good, Biden, but where are my reparations? Or at least my $2,000?

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JANUARY 27


Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
38. Pause that drilling, baby. At least for now. It's Climate Day at the White House, and this order notably directs the secretary of the interior to "pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters." It also establishes a National Climate Task Force that will include people from nearly two dozen federal agencies. It's a particularly girthy order, including commitments to new "clean energy technologies and infrastructure" across multiple offices. We counted over 7,500 words in this order, so good luck wiggling through it.


Executive Order on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
39. The PCAST is back. A slightly more petite executive order, this one reestablishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, also known as PCAST. This robust council advises the president on policy related to science, technology, and innovation. We would like to add that PCAST sounds like a great streaming platform for those among us who are into piss play.


Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking
40. There's no integrity without science. We know Joe's mentioned this about 10,000 times already, but did you know Joe's committed to science? He is. This new memorandum makes that infinitely clear. It requires the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to ensure "that agencies adhere to the principles of scientific integrity." There will be a task force. It is called the Task Force on Scientific Integrity, in case you were wondering.