President-elect Joe Biden is revealing his first plans after taking over the job in the White House.
A memo released from Biden‘s Chief of Staff Ron Klain outlined his strategy upon assuming the presidency later in the week on Saturday (January 16), via People.
“We face four overlapping and compounding crises: the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis. All of these crises demand urgent action. In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” the memo reads.
He plans to undo many of Donald Trump‘s contentious policies, beginning with “roughly a dozen executive actions” on Inauguration Day.
“President-elect Biden will take action –; not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration –; but also to start moving our country forward,” the memo continued.
He will ask the Department of Education to extend the pause on student loan payments and interest for Americans with federal student loans, and will also re-join the Paris Agreement and reverse Trump‘s Muslim Ban.
For the pandemic, he will launch the “100 Day Masking Challenge” and issue a mask mandate on federal property and interstate travel. He will also extend nationwide restrictions on evictions and foreclosures.
In his second day, Biden will sign “a number of executive actions to move aggressively to change the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely re-open schools and businesses, including by taking action to mitigate spread through expanding testing, protecting workers, and establishing clear public health standards.”
He also plans to strengthen “Buy American” provisions, as well as overturning Trump‘s border enforcement policies and “start the difficult but critical work of reuniting families separated at the border.”
“But by February 1st, America will be moving in the right direction on all four of these challenges –; and more –; thanks to President-elect Joe Biden‘s leadership. While the policy objectives in these executive actions are bold, I want to be clear: the legal theory behind them is well-founded and represents a restoration of an appropriate, constitutional role for the President,” the memo continued.
Biden also proposed a stimulus package that includes $350 billion in state and local aid, $1,400 direct payments to Americans, expanded unemployment benefits and a higher federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.
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