New executive orders signed by Biden in his first day as POTUS

After being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, President Joe Biden wasted no time in signing executive orders on a wide array of issues from campaign promises to COVID-19 actions.

In orders related to the ongoing pandemic, Biden directed the U.S. Government to rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO) and required mask-wearing and social distancing at all federal government buildings. The Trump Administration withdrew from the WHO earlier in 2020 after accusing the organization of incompetence. Biden also challenged all Americans to wear a mask in the first 100 days of his presidency, and said he planned to provide 100 million vaccination shots in the same time frame.

In continuing actions taken to aid Americans struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, Biden is asking the Department of Education to extend a pause on federal student loan payments to at least Sept. 30, 2021 and delay housing foreclosures and evictions to at least March 31, 2021.

In fulfilling campaign promises, Biden announced plans to rejoin the Paris climate accord, a global effort to cut fossil-fuel emissions. There are a number of other areas where Biden will look to roll back actions taken by the Trump Administration, including revoking a presidential permit for the Keystone XL oil and gas pipeline and an administrative freeze on the vehicle mileage and emission standards.

On immigration policies, the Biden Administration is ending the travel ban that Trump enacted on seven different Muslim countries and is ending the national emergency declared by Trump in 2018 that sent billions of dollars to the Defense Department for construction of a border wall. Biden will also look to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

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