President Biden assumes office at a time when our nation is facing crises that demand urgent action. Starting today, the President will take decisive actions to address these challenges, prevent other harms, and restore America’s place in the world.
Biden paused his inaugural address and asked Americans to join him in a silent prayer for the victims of the nation’s worst public health crisis in more than a century.
On Day One, Biden to undo Trump policies on climate, virus
- COVID-19 response: Rejoin the World Health Organization;
- Immigration: Send bill to Congress “for legislative immigration reform that will modernize our immigration system and 11 million undocumented immigrants a roadmap to citizenship;”
- Climate change: Sign executive order to formulate plan to achieve 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050;
- Transgender rights: Repeal transgender military ban enacted by President Trump; Mr. Biden would also restore Obama-era guidance for transgender students in schools, to protect “students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity;” and
- Environment: Enact an executive order “to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030.”
WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific text for swearing-in ceremonies and specifies only the wording of the president’s oath. That wording does not include the phrase “so help me God,” but every modern president has appended it to their oaths and most have chosen symbolically significant Bibles for their inaugurations.
Below is a partial list of Biden’s planned actions:
- Rejoin the World Health Organization
- Ask federal agencies to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums through March 31
- Ask Education Department to extend federal student loan payment and interest pause through Sept. 30
- Place a temporary moratorium on oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Begin to reverse more than 100 actions Trump took to roll back environmental regulations
- Rescind President Trump’s 1776 Commission and revoke Trump’s order limiting diversity training
- Stop on all wall construction at the southern border
- Reverse the Trump directive to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census numbers used to reapportion each state’s share of congressional seats and Electoral College votes
WILMINGTON, Delaware (WPVI) — As details begin to emerge about the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week, we’re now hearing from one man who will play a very important role. Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman is the pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilmington.
First 100 days
Mr. Biden will be relying on Congress to approve many of the initiatives he aims to accomplish for his first 100 days, which could potentially be difficult, even with the slight majority that will be held by Democrats. Here are some of those promises:
- Economic recovery: Initiate “Build Back Better” economic recovery plan in February, during a joint session of Congress. Released during the general election, the plan called for spending trillions on American-made products, health services and infrastructure updates.
- Climate: Organize a “climate world summit” to push world leaders to more aggressively tackle climate change, specifically addressing global shipping and aviation emissions. This is one of the priorities Mr. Biden has established that does not require congressional approval. The new president also promised to “pressure” China to stop subsidizing coal and “outsourcing” pollution.
- Repealing tax cuts: In order to pay for many of these wish list items, Mr. Biden said he would fight for the repeal of the 2017 tax cuts, which would require action by Congress. He argued that the tax cuts favored wealthy Americans.
- Guns: After the FBI studies “loopholes” in the gun system, Mr. Biden said he would ask Congress to close the “loopholes” and also repeal liability protection for gun manufacturers, which would allow Americans to sue the gun industry if a gun is used in a crime. Biden also said he wants to “restructure” federal agencies that oversee gun laws.
- Violence: As a senator, Mr. Biden authored the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 to offer more protections for women. This legislation needs to be signed into law again. Biden said one key effort in the update would include greater protections for transgender women.
- Equality: Push to pass the “Equality Act,” a bill to add more for LGBT Americans.