WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 20, 2021)—-today on day one President Joe Biden signed several executive orders to extend the eviction and foreclosure moratorium and to pause student loan interest payments, while driving Congress to approve the $1.9 trillion economic relief plan he unveiled last week.
Biden signed 17 executive orders, memorandums and proclamations less than one day after taking office in the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon. Among the steps the president took were orders to rejoin the Paris climate accord and end the travel ban imposed by President Trump predominantly on Muslim and specific hostile African countries.
President Biden has taken action to end his predecessor’s legacy on Wednesday, acting hours after taking the oath of office to put aside President Donald J. Trump’s pandemic response, reverse his environmental agenda, tear down his anti-immigration policies–including how the southern wall is opened to immigrants, bolster the weak economic recovery and restore federal efforts aimed at promoting diversity.
In December, Congress approved a one-month extension of a federal eviction moratorium after President Trump unilaterally extended it this summer. Without further action, that moratorium is set to expire at the end of January, putting between 30 million and 40 million American renters at risk of losing their homes during the winter, according to estimates by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit group.
Biden also rejoined the Paris Agreement , imposed a national mandate requiring masks in federal building and federal lands. Biden’s mandate included maintaining the physical distancing policy already in place. And he terminated President Donald J. Trump’s order to withdraw from the World Health Organization, Biden appointed Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, to lead the delegation to participate in the group’s annual executive board meeting on Thursday.
“We’ll press forward with speed and urgency, for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibilities,” Mr. Biden said during his Inaugural Address at the Capitol, delivered to a crowd shrunken by coronavirus risks and threats of violence. “Much to repair. Much to restore. Much to heal. Much to build, and much to gain.”
Source: White House Press Office