Biden to sign 17 executive actions, orders to reverse Trump policies, restore Obama-era programs on first day
President-elect Joe Biden will sign 17 executive actions and orders in the first hours of his presidency on Wednesday.
The moves are expected to restore a number of Obama-era policies and reverse some of what the Biden team calls “the gravest damages” of the Trump administration.
Biden is expected to sign the executive actions from the Oval Office on Wednesday afternoon after the inauguration, which is set to lay out a “forward-looking” vision for his presidency.
“He wants to roll up his sleeves and get to work as quickly as possible,” incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that some of that work will be to overturn the actions of his predecessor, President Trump, to fulfill Biden’s goals of “moving the country forward.”
Biden will declare an “immediate termination” of funding for the border wall construction putting an end to a key Trump campaign and administration promise to “build a wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border
Meanwhile, Biden will sign the instrument to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord — after the Trump administration officially left the agreement last year.
Biden will also extend the eviction and foreclosure moratoriums for those affected by the “unprecedented housing affordability crisis” brought on by the pandemic through March 31.
Biden will also sign an executive order to “restore and maintain public trust and government,” and will order every appointee in the executive branch to sign the “ethics pledge,” which will ensure that employees act in the interest of the American people and not for personal gain.
Biden is set to roll back and reverse a number of Trump’s policies and directives as his first actions as president.