On Wednesday, following his inauguration, Biden will end Trump’s restriction on immigration to the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries, move to rejoin the Paris climate accord and mandate mask-wearing on federal property and during interstate travel. Those are among roughly a dozen known actions Biden will take on his first day in the White House, his incoming chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a memo to senior staff.
“These executive actions will deliver relief to the millions of Americans that are struggling in the face of these crises,” Klain said in the memo. “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.”
“Full achievement” of Biden’s goals will require Congress to act, Klain wrote, including the $1.9 trillion virus relief bill he outlined on Thursday. Klain said that Biden would also propose a comprehensive immigration reform bill to lawmakers on his first day in office.
Here’s what the President-elect has promised for “Day One”:
- End Trump’s restriction on immigration to the U.S. from some Muslim-majority countries
- Move to rejoin the Paris climate accord
- Mandate mask-wearing on federal property and during interstate travel
- Extend the pause on student loan payments
- Extend restrictions on evictions and foreclosures
- Push for the passage of the COVID-19 relief legislative package
- Rejoin the World Health Organization
- Sign executive order to achieve 100-percent clean-energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050
- Enact executive order to conserve 30% of America’s lands and waters by 2030
- Repeal transgender military ban
- Restore guidance for transgender students in schools to protect access to sports, bathrooms and locker rooms