Biden’s Activity in Office Brings Hope for the Future of America

A summary of actions Biden has taken at the beginning of his term

Faith Schaefer, Editor-In-Chief

     In just his first days of office, President Joe Biden had already taken executive action to bolster the country’s efforts with Covid-19 as well as a slew of other things.

     On his first day, Biden signed an executive order rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change, an international pact aimed at curbing emissions causing global warming, going forth with ordering a variety of establishments for environmental protection procedures. 

     This action alone is already fulfilling one of the biggest pulls from his campaign, promising better regulations and foresight on climate change. He also created an executive order that revoked the Keystone XL permit; a pipeline system cutting through Indigenous lands from Canada to the U.S.

     Biden also ordered the revision of immigration enforcement policies as well as promoting racial equity and ending the ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries. 

     Another major impact was his order requiring a mask to be worn on federal property, followed by his government-wide Covid-19 response. Biden’s order instated a response coordinator whose job is to advise the president on the situation and oversee distribution of the vaccine as well as widespread testing.

     He also expanded the access to treatments on his second day in office.

     Biden also made moves banning the discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation followed by his reversal of the transgender military ban.

     This expands protections against the discrimination based off of ones sex in federal agencies, including orientation, identity and expression as well.

     In addition, his action of repealing the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military ordered the defense secretary to “immediately prohibit involuntary separations, discharges and denials of reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances relating to their gender identity.”

     A proclamation to pull funds from the border wall was also signed.

     The construction of the wall at the southern border of the U.S., which has caused lots of controversy for its environmental impacts and improper use of funds, has been terminated.

     Furthermore, Biden signed an executive order reinforcing Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

     Biden offset Trump’s attempts to diminish the Affordable Care Act by signing an order directing agencies to re-examine the policies that undermined the protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. He also designated a “special enrollment period” from Feb. 15 to May 15 to encourage uninsured Americans to sign up for health insurance amidst the pandemic.

     These were just a few of the orders Biden had instituted in the beginning of his term, merely skimming the surface of what his presidency will look like.