President-elect Joe Biden is not going to waste any time getting to work when he takes office on Jan. 20. The incoming president plans to sign over 10 executive orders in his first day of office, followed by more signings in the following days. The majority of the executive orders will work to undo what his predecessor signed over the last four years.
This move is not a departure from the norm. President Donald Trump also spent a considerable amount of time and effort undoing what former President Barack Obama signed into law.
Highlights of Wednesday Legislation
According to the incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain, the highlights of the first day of orders include canceling the travel ban on specific Muslim countries. In addition, Biden will request to rejoin the Paris climate accord. Also on the first day, Biden will issue a nationwide mask mandate in all federally owned and operated areas. There will also be executive orders that will defer student loan payments and institute an eviction moratorium. These orders are designed to help struggling Americans during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
More to Come on Thursday
The flurry of signings will not let up on Thursday. On Biden’s first full day in office, he will sign orders that will attempt to tackle the COVID-19 crisis head-on. This includes legislation designed to expand testing and provide assistance to schools and businesses so that they can safely open. These orders are also meant to complement Biden’s newly announced $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that he hopes to pass shortly after taking office.