What are the 17 executive orders signed by newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden?

A couple of months ago, I did a posting explaining the role of executive orders in the American political system and suggesting that, once in the Oval Office, Joe Biden would enact a slew of such orders to undo some of the worst features of the Trump presidency.

So it has proved to be. But what have these 17 executive orders done? In summary:

Mandate federal employees and contractors to wear masks

Re-enter the World Trade Organisation

Restructure the federal government’s Covid-19 response

Extend moratorium on home eviction and foreclosure

Extend freeze on student loan repayments

Rejoin the Paris climate accord

Restore environmental regulations

Root out systemic racism in federal government programmes and and institutions

Restore counting of non-citizens in US census

Preserve and fortifying protections for Dreamers

Reverse the travel bad on 13 Muslim-majority countries

Repeal of Trump executive order on interior enforcement

Stop construction of the wall on the US-Mexico border

Defer enforced departure for Liberians

Prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation

Mandate an ethics pledge for executive branch appointees

Restore regulatory actions by the government curbed by Trump

You can find more information on these 17 executive orders here.


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