Following president Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, he immediately sprung into action, having signed 17 executive orders in the hours following the ceremony. By Friday of the same week, his administration had announced at least 75 actions to be taken then or in the coming weeks. Many of these actions counteracted those made by former president Trump and addressed the Covid-19 pandemic, among other more miscellaneous actions.
Biden and his administration first addressed many of the policy changes enacted by Former president Trump in his last few days in office, including policies which would allow for discrimination of LGBTQ+ people in healthcare and homeless shelters. He also repealed the ban on transgender people serving in the military.
The president had the US rejoin the Paris Agreement to help combat climate change, which was one of his major campaign promises. He ended the ban on entry to the US from countries that were largely made up of Muslims and removed federal agency regulator restrictions, in addition to a policy that intended to go harder on the shielding of undocumented immigrants put in place during Trump’s presidency.
Biden and his administration also defunded the border wall promised by Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign. The president and his administration have been reviewing and repealing many other acts put in place by Trump concerning housing and other issues.
Many of these acts and policies are intended to combat Covid-19 and assist those that are especially hurt by it. Among them, he extended the freeze of student loan payments. He is also attempting to reallocate resources to marginalized groups that are being hit harder by the epidemic. Biden is also having the government further respond to Covid-19 by requiring masks on all federal property and creating the position of Covid-19 Response Coordinator to advise him and oversee the distribution of supplies.
Biden has also cancelled the Keystone XL permit, which would carry crude oil between Canada and the US and pass through Indigenous land. He also strengthened the DACA program, which stopped undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children from being deported.