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BIDEN’S FIRST 50 EXECUTIVE ORDERS

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WHAT ARE THEY AND WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Since his inauguration on January 20th, 2021, Joe Biden has signed off on an extensive list of executive orders. Most of these orders have been to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, but a very large portion of executive orders signed by Biden have been made to directly overturn some of Trump’s policies.

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President Biden has signed over 50 executive orders, more than any other president in U.S. history, within the first two months of his presidency. 22 of these executive orders were signed in order to dismantle Trump’s policies, including stopping funding for Trump’s border wall. Biden has been adamant about overturning Trump’s policies on immigration; in fact, nine out of eleven of recent executive orders surrounding immigration have been to reverse Trump’s former policies.  

Aside from these, Biden has also signed an executive order to overturn perhaps two of Donald Trump’s most controversial policies:  the United States will overturn the ban on transgender people in the military, as well as rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement

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On the first day of Joe Biden’s presidency, he took action against the Coronavirus pandemic. His first three executive orders were signed on January 20th, the day he was inaugurated, and they were made to combat the COVID-19 crisis. These executive orders included requiring masks and social distancing on all federal property,  establishing a COVID response coordinator in the executive office, and rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO). 

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Perhaps one of the most influential executive orders that Biden has signed thus far is the Equality Act. Biden made sure to sign the executive order on his first day in office, January 20th. The act bans discrimination toward people based on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. This executive order will ensure the protection of members of the LGBTQ+ community when finding a job, trying to buy a home, and many other life-altering necessities. 

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Joe Biden since sworn into the presidency has made monumental executive orders that will help American citizens from all walks of life. With the president having signed over 50 executive orders so far and the speed of the vaccine rollout, Americans are hopeful that Biden will follow through on his promise to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, make progress in the issues surrounding climate change, and offer much-needed support to disproportionately affected communities.