Biden plans ‘about a dozen’ executive actions on day one: help
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) – United States President-elect Joe Biden to cap a busy day of inaugural pageantry by using the powers of his new office to push for policy changes on housing, student loans, change climate change and immigration, a senior official said on Saturday.
Biden, who campaigned on a series of pledges to undo President Donald Trump’s legacy even before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the country, will unveil “about a dozen” previously pledged executive actions on Wednesday, said the Minister. Biden’s new chief of staff, Ron Klain. distributed to journalists.
Steps to be taken on Wednesday include returning the Paris climate accords, rescinding a travel ban in several Muslim-majority countries, extending a hiatus on federal student loan payments, halting deportations and foreclosures, as well as the placement of masks in interstate travel and on federal property.
All the measures had already been announced.
Most of the measures are a reversal of policies pursued by Trump and do not require action by Congress. But Biden will also unveil a long-awaited immigration proposal that would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who require congressional action.
The move, along with Biden’s recent proposal of $ 1.9 trillion in spending on COVID vaccinations and economic stimulus, faces tough battles in a Congress tightly controlled by Biden’s fellow Democrats.
A broader set of Biden’s “day one” promises will be executed over the next nine days after the inauguration, Klain said. These measures include expanding COVID-19 testing and forcing the government to favor products made in the United States when shopping.
“President-elect Biden assumes the presidency at a time of deep crisis for our nation,” Klain said. “During the campaign, President-elect Biden pledged to take immediate action to start addressing these crises and to build back better.”
Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Edited by Dan Grebler