Biden's Most Ever First Day Executive Actions

Mish

Joe Biden made the most first-day actions in history. Here's the list.

No Time Like Today

Biden signed 15 executive orders and 2 agency actions on Wednesday evening. "There’s no time to start like today," says the incoming president. 

Here are the Executive Orders and Actions Signed by Biden on Day One.

Executive Orders 

  1. An executive order requiring that people wear masks and maintain social distancing on federal property.
  2. The launch of a “100 Days Masking Challenge” to encourage Americans to wear masks.
  3. The reversal of Trump’s decision to remove the U.S. from the World Health Organization. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, will lead the American delegation, CNN reported.
  4. An executive order that creates the position of COVID-19 response coordinator and restores the Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, a team in charge of the pandemic response, within the National Security Council.
  5. An executive order to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums. The moratorium for evictions will be extended until at least March 31.
  6. Extended the existing pause on student loan payments and interest for Americans with federal student loans until at least Sept. 30. “These are emergency measures that will help to make sure that no American is put in the place of having to make the decision to pay their student loan payment or put food on the table in the short term and will help to provide some near-term relief,” Brian Deese, the new director of the White House National Economic Council, told The Washington Post.
  7. An “instrument” that will allow the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change within 30 days. The executive order fulfilled a campaign promise and represented a stark rebuke of Trump’s “America First” approach, the Post reported. Trump officially withdrew the nation from the Paris agreement on Nov. 4.
  8. An executive order with the aim of “embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions.” This order will also disband the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, which released a report on Monday that historians said distorted the role of slavery in the U.S.
  9. An executive order reversing an order that excluded undocumented immigrants from the Census. The order now requires non-citizens to be included in the Census and the apportionment of congressional representatives.
  10. An executive order revoking Trump’s “harsh and extreme immigration enforcement” and directing agencies to set immigration policies more “in line” with the Biden administration’s “values and priorities.”
  11. A proclamation that will pause the construction of the border wall with Mexico and determine how to best divert those funds elsewhere. The order includes an “immediate termination” of the national emergency declaration that allowed the Trump administration to redirect billions of dollars to the wall, the Times reported.
  12. A memorandum to extend a designation allowing Liberians who have been in the United States for a long time to remain. The order would block the deportation of Liberians who have been living in the United States.
  13. An executive order directing the government to interpret the Civil Rights Act as prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
  14. An executive order enacting new ethics rules for government officials. The rules will require executive branch appointees to sign an ethics pledge, barring them from acting in their personal interest.
  15. An executive order reversing “regulatory process executive orders” enacted by the Trump administration. Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review and reverses Trump’s regulatory approval process.

Executive Actions

  1. A memorandum directing officials to “preserve and fortify” the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The memo strengthens DACA after Trump’s efforts to undo protections for undocumented people who were brought into the country as children.
  2. An executive action repealing two proclamations, informally known as the “Muslim ban” that restricted entry into the U.S. from majority-Muslim countries. Biden directed the State Department to restart visa processing for individuals from the affected countries, The New York Times reported. The president also asked the agency to develop ways to address the harm caused to those who were prevented from coming to the United States because of the ban.

Expect a lot more executive actions and orders in the next few days. 

Any executive action or order by Trump, good or bad, will soon be tossed.

Mish

Comments (71)
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lurkin Lurch
lurkin Lurch

Hey Mish. Did you notice how Joe DID NOT hold up each executive order 'parading his magnificent Sharpie signature' after signing each order. I guess hes just not a 'proud boy'. Jeez what a shame.

Realist
Realist

Good Luck President Biden. You've been handed another fine mess from the previous Republican Administration. Again. Just like in 2008. Only this time it is even worse. Don't you ever get tired of cleaning up their mess?

Realist
Realist

By the way, what happened to all the people who were convinced of the following:

Trump would win the election in a landslide.

There is all kinds of proof coming out about how Biden stole the election.

The courts would declare the election invalid and install Trump for another term.

Republicans would be able to invalidate the results in many states that Biden won.

Mike Pence could declare Trump the winner.

Trump has the military in his back pocket and will declare Martial Law.

The real coup will happen today.

Where did all those people go? And if they come back, what conspiracy theory will they be trotting out next?

Mr. Purple
Mr. Purple

"Any executive action or order by Trump, good or bad, will soon be tossed."

I'm confused. "Good?" Please cite an example, tia.

Felix_Mish
Felix_Mish

People illegally in the US count for representation? That's interesting.

Many years ago I suggested that people in other countries should have US congressional representation. After all, congress has a lot of affect on people worldwide. Shouldn't those people have a voice in congress?

As it is, shouldn't states with illegal residents count such people at a fraction, say 3/5ths, rather than as full citizens?

Johnson1
Johnson1

One of the dilemmas the middle class are facing. Housing. Cheap money has allowed Wall Street to become the biggest landlord in the U.S.

The SEC has allowed them to put their loans into MBS and move the risk to the bond investors. In addition, they were able to get these loans backed by the GSEs.

So it is easy for them to raise more money to buy more houses without any risk of a downside.

When Wall Street Is Your Landlord
With help from the federal government, institutional investors became major players in the rental market. They promised to return profits to their investors and convenience to their tenants. Investors are happy. Tenants are not.

Sechel
Sechel

Trump in four years issued 220 executive orders , almost as many as Obama did in eight. Many of Trump's executive actions were done specifically to undo Obama era actions. Trump just had an Obama thing going on. Considering his birtherism it's probably deep seated racism. Only makes sense that Biden immediately reverse the most egregious of Trump's.

All modern Presidents are over relying on actions instead of going to the legislature. The next President can alter these actions yet again but I suspect Trump will be seen as an outlier as his thinking was sort of atavistic on many issues and not based on any science or rational analysis.

We're probably going to continue to see a bevy of new actions but I suspect the pace will slow. These actions were prepared over the past few months and were sitting in a cue

Sechel
Sechel

Many of Trump's executive orders were plain silly and meaningless. Probably Biden needs to undo at best a third. I'll second the motion which Trump executive orders were "good"?

Sechel
Sechel

Cancelling the XL pipeline may be a mistake. Just encourages oil shipments via rail which is simply more expensive and even more prone to environmental risks. Warren Buffett may be smiling however

Sechel
Sechel

Had to look up the difference just now of how executive actions differ from executive orders. Executive orders have the same force as laws and go through judicial review and get published. Executive actions are symbolic and meaningless

Sechel
Sechel

Going through the list. I also don't agree on Biden's position on evictions and foreclosures. I'm against this. This merely inflicts pain on the owner of the home. We'd be far better off using the bankruptcy courts and using direct payments to people the government deems worthy of assistance. But this action merely forces the owner of the home to subsidize thoe who can't afford their rent or those who own the mortgage

Lance Manly
Lance Manly

I wonder if they will use up senate time to use the Congressional Review Act to undo some of the most egregious recent regulations.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Many people who like Strauss and Howe thought Trump was going. to be the “grey champion” of this Fourth Turning.

Might I be the first to suggest that it could be Joe Biden, as unlikely as that might seem right now..

dbannist
dbannist

I'm curious about how number 13 on Mish's list will affect religious organizations like churches, schools and charities.

"An executive order directing the government to interpret the Civil Rights Act as prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to race, color, religion, sex and national origin."

Will an Evangelical School be forced to retain a homosexual teacher? Will an Evangelical church be forced to hire homosexual clergy? Will a Catholic charity be required to hire staff members who change their gender? If so, that's an egregious assault on religious freedom.

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

What are the great themes of our time?

Racial and Social Justice

Wealth Inequality

Climate Change

Overpopulation

Mass Migration

Resource Depletion

Burgeoning Public Debt

Regional Conlicts

American Empire In Decline

How the next few American Presidents handle these issues is going to determine whether mankind HAS a future...not just the shape of the future.

I believe that in the right circumstances the American people have the ability to come together and create synergies that can overcome a great deal of what ails us as a nation. But it won’t happen as long as various factions are trying to tear the system down and play the blame game.

If you’re someone who prays, I suggest praying for this old man.....he has his work cut out for him.

Bungalow Bill
Bungalow Bill

Ah number 11, a symbol of Trump's unconstitutional national emergency declaration that allowed him great power over the purse a POTUS was never meant to have. It's symbolic of Trump's first two years of tweeting and playing golf and not going about appropriations for a border wall with much fight as Republicans held majority in both houses. You can't be mad at Joe on this one MAGAts. This is all on Trump. The money Congress already appropriated can't be reversed by executive fiat--only the money he took from the national emergency.

Probably a good thing. MAGA rioters on January 6 showed us how easily walls are beaten as numerous pictures show them scaling a wall on the back side of the Capitol to participate in their riot.

KidHorn
KidHorn

An executive order with the aim of “embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions.”

This is absurd. Everything in the federal gov't is slanted towards favoring minorities. There are many contracts where preferential treatment is given to minority and female owned contractors. Unless the plan is to reverse the blatant discrimination that currently exists against white men, this is a complete joke.

CCBW
CCBW

Earlier Mr. Purple said Biden would be boring President please he may get us the GREAR RESET do you know what it is? Well if you are not one of the movers and shakers you get to own nothing just rent from them. Need to go to town no problem just call and a self driving car will show up in moments and Wisk you where you need to go, and it will just charged against your bank account where your basic livable wage was sent . I suggest you get the book COVID-19 THE GREAT RESET by Klaus Schwab you know Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Oh come on they have the party once a year in Davos, Switzerland’ where all the world leaders go to kiss his ring. It’s a great read get it on Amazon for $10.99. I bought 10 one for myself so I could see what our lives will be like and 9 for some of my liberal friends and gave them for Xmas you know you can’t say Christmas any more that’s not politically correct. Well got to go I have work to do while I wait for instructions were to go for deprograming can’t wait this is definitely the best way to unify a country.

CCBW
CCBW

Oh come on don't you know we're all Commies now

Anon1970
Anon1970

What is the likelihood of Biden overturning Trump's Executive Order forcing American investors to dump their holdings in certain Chinese companies? It seems that the big losers from that order were or will be Americans not Chinese. The forced sales will be done at depressed prices, hurting American investors and providing windfall bargains for Chinese investors.

Anon1970
Anon1970

It says that he is responding to the interests of his base, interests which would not be put into law by a very divided Congress. Now if only there was a way for him to bypass the Supreme Court's decision to allow religious groups to ignore state and local limits on the number of people that can gather together at any one time and place. Massive gatherings of people, many not wearing masks, are a great way to spread the covid-19 virus.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

The worthless, spineless EU circus is ever so happy with Biden ! Biden hired Obama veteran, Vicky Nuland-Fuck Europe, so that s one promising aspect to start with...Will the Circus be arm twisted again into giving membership to Ukraine ? Would be quite interesting for Hunter! Unlike Trump, Biden won t mind us buying cheap gas from Russia , will he ? Maybe he will send us your LNG for free? Why not, we re all jolly good friends now, aren t we ?

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Both parties should move to curb executive power when it comes to things that should be done through legislation. Each President has increasingly used executive actions to unilaterally govern. This is an opening the oligarchs will love the next time they try to overthrow the government here. In previous eras Presidents rarely used executive actions. Now they use it as a matter of circumventing the hard work of legislation and negotiation. The truth of the matter is the system wasn't designed to change very quickly by design. Biden should have rescinded all executive actions first and then worked through the House and Senate. We just get an executive branch that swings from one extreme to the other.

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FromBrussels
FromBrussels

Biden will be merely a mask of hypocrisy on the ugly face of business as usual....politically correct of course.... evil nonetheless...


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