President-Elect Joe Biden is already preparing to take actions on his first day to reverse or undo keystone actions President Trump took during his administration.
According to the incoming White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who outlined in a memo “four overlapping and compounding crises” that Biden will seek to address on his first day in office, Biden will act swiftly.
According to the memo, Biden could act as early as immediately following the Wednesday inauguration or Thursday to “sign roughly a dozen actions to combat the four crises.”
Axios reports Biden will focus his attention on the climate, mounting student loan debt, international travel, and the coronavirus pandemic:
Biden’s actions on day one of his presidency will include rejoining the Paris climate agreement, extending a pause on federal student loan payments, reversing Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries and issuing a coronavirus mask mandate.
- On Thursday, Biden will sign several executive actions aimed at changing the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely re-open schools and businesses.
- On Friday, the president-elect will “direct his Cabinet agencies to take immediate action to deliver economic relief to working families bearing the brunt” of the coronavirus crisis, Klain wrote.
- Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, Biden will address the climate crisis, criminal justice reform, take steps to expand access to health care, and move to reform immigration — including reuniting families separated at the border under Trump’s immigration policy.
These changes will be immediate and expensive.
The first stimulus Biden is looking to sign into law costs a whopping $1.9 trillion, which Klain claims Biden is hoping to use as a signal that he has a “willingness to be aggressive on policy issues and confronting Republicans from the start to take their lead from him.”
Many of these initiatives were previously announced when Biden shared his “100-day challenge.”
Axios previously reported:
- Biden “will launch a massive public education campaign to increase vaccine acceptance,” as part of “ensuring that 100 million shots have been administered by the end of our first 100 days.” Biden said he’ll set up vaccination sites, and “send mobile units to hard-to-reach communities.”
- “I’ll be asking the American people to wear a mask for the first 100 days … Our administration will require masks where we can for federal workers, in federal facilities, and on interstate travel like planes and trains. And we’ve been working directly with county officials, mayors, and governors to implement mask mandates in their towns, cities, and states.”
- “Another 100-day challenge is opening most of our K-8 schools by the end of our first 100 days” — the end of April.