First week of the Biden administration.

The 46th U.S. President, Joseph R. Biden Jr’s main campaign message was if he were to win his early days in office would be a “battle for the soul of the nation”.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on inauguration day at the U.S. Capitol.

Joe Biden ensured Americans that he would focus on the significant problems in our nation including; Covid-19, re-opening of schools, climate change, and equality for women, people of color plus members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris, Jill, and Joe Biden arriving at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Key Moments from the President’s First Week in Office:

The Biden Harris team has authorized 19 executive orders on their first week in office, out of the 19, at least 12 were a reversal of the previous president’s orders. Included in the 19 is an order that will stop all Trump administration regulations that are in process so that the new administration can review them.

Climate Change:

“In my view, we’ve already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis. We can’t wait any longer,” says president Biden. On the first day in office, Joe Biden and his team carried through the promise of rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change. Which is a pact between 197 countries that concentrates on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change as well as avoiding dangerous climate change. Biden also removed the permit for the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline which was intended to transport fossil fuels. As a part of Biden’s plan to tackle the climate crisis, he ensued to protect the environment and restore sciences.

Then Sen. and now Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at San Francisco Pride Parade on June 30, 2019. (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Equality:

Biden ordered the distribution of 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”. The president also undid Trump’s ban on entry from majority-Muslim countries. He also ordered that undocumented immigrants be counted in the census as well as pulling funds from the border wall. He also signed an executive order denouncing anti-Asian discrimination and xenophobia. Another item Biden removed was the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, which hoped to promote a more conservative history curriculum in schools. For the LGBTQ+ community, Biden has abolished the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, he also expanded protections against bias based on sex in federal agencies to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as well. Biden is mandating all department heads regularly consult with American Indian and Alaska Native tribal officials on policy matters which may affect them.

Biden and Harris introduce the plan to tackle the COVID-19. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

Covid-19:

Due to the vast increase of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States, Biden created the position of a Covid-19 response coordinator. They will supervise the allocation of vaccines, tests, and supplies. He also ordered the requirement of mask-wearing on federal property and also encouraged all Americans to mask up. He also canceled orders by the previous president by rejoining the World Health Organization. These are a few of the many tasks Biden has signed to move the efforts of removing Covid-19 as well as restoring the American lives and the economy due to this deadly disease. He has also established a Covid-19 testing board.

President Joe Biden signs many executive orders in the Oval Office on his first day of taking office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Education:

To restore the lives of many Americans, Biden is supporting the reopening schools by working with the Department of Education, saying “in deciding whether and how to reopen, and how to remain open, for in-person learning; and in safely conducting in-person learning.” as well as, promoting workplace safety during the pandemic. Biden is also working on the student debt problem, during his campaign he has mentioned the possible solution of loan forgiveness work. This ensures people can serve without having to worry about the burden of their student loans.

 

View the full list of all the executive orders made by the Biden administration in 2021: https://www.federalregister.gov/presidential-documents/executive-orders/joe-biden/2021