President Joe Biden has signed and is expected to sign a number of executive orders tonight marking his first official actions from the Oval Office.
Among the multitude of executive orders, many of them override previous executive orders and directives of Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump.
Here are some of the orders Biden has signed and is expected to sign tonight:
Extend the Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments
Last month, the Trump administration will sign an order continuing a break in federal student loan payments until the end of January. Biden’s White House said the hiatus on federal student loan payments will continue until September 30.
The executive order is expected to be followed by legislation that will provide partial federal student loan forgiveness to borrowers.
100-day mask mandate
The Biden administration will require masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal land, and by federal employees and contractors.
Join the World Health Organization
Almost a year after Trump pulled the United States out of the World Health Organization, Biden signed an order to join the WHO. As part of his return to the WHO, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr Anthony Fauci, who Biden has asked to serve as his chief coronavirus adviser, will deliver remarks to the WHO Governing Board tomorrow.
Trump withdrew the United States from the WHO after claiming the organization did not act against China at the start of the coronavirus pandemic
Extension of moratoriums on evictions and seizures
Biden’s White House is asking the CDC to extend the federal moratorium on evictions until at least March 31. Biden is also asking that federally guaranteed mortgages and forbearance requests be extended until at least March 31. In addition, Biden heads Federal House Finance. The agency will extend its moratoriums on foreclosures and evictions until at least February 28.
Join the Paris Agreement
After Trump withdraws the United States from the Global Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the United States will join the agreement within 30 days. The Paris Agreement was first signed by the Obama administration in hopes of cutting emissions in a bid to slow the pace of global climate change.
Include undocumented migrants in the census
Biden will overturn a directive from Trump that called for excluding undocumented immigrants from counting redistribution in the census. The redistribution tally is used to allocate seats in Congress among states. In previous decennial censuses, undocumented immigrants were included in the count.
Launch an initiative to advance racial equity
Biden calls for incorporating fairness into federal policy making and removing systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity for federal programs and institutions. As part of the order, Biden quashed the 1776 Commission formed by Trump, Biden claims he sought to erase the history of racial injustice in the United States. Biden also calls on each federal agency to undertake a baseline review of the state of equity within its agency and provide a 200-day plan of action to remove unequal barriers to opportunity in policies and programs. agencies.
Remove visa bans in predominantly Muslim countries
Biden will sign an executive order to lift bans on issuing new visas to nationals of some predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, Syria and other countries.
Stop construction of the border wall
The Biden administration will immediately end the declaration of national emergency that allowed Trump to reallocate defense funds to be used to build the border wall. Trump reallocated funds after Trump struggled to secure funds from Congress for one of his main political goals. The issue of the use of defense funds has been hotly contested in the Federal Court.
Increase protections for “dreamers”
Biden will sign an order calling on Congress to enact legislation providing permanent status and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and have remained in the country since their birth. childhood.