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Vox/ Biden’s flurry of first-day executive actions, explained The actions reverse Trump policies and launch a more progressive policymaking era.
President Joe Biden says he has no concerns that top officials in his Cabinet have yet to be confirmed by the Senate.
"No I’m not concerned," Biden said when asked about the situation at the end of an event in the State Dining Room.
"I’m confident we can move quickly," he said.
Biden entered office with no Cabinet officials confirmed by the Senate, forcing his administration to name acting agency heads.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been sworn in, in an inauguration ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Biden is now the 46th President of the United States, and Vice President Harris is the first female and first Black Vice President of the United States.
President Joe Biden isn’t waiting for Congress to start enacting his policy agenda. His presidency is beginning with an aggressive first 10 days in the Oval Office with a suite of executive orders and actions.
The promised actions span from the substantive to more symbolic. Some repeal key parts of former President Donald Trump’s agenda; others lay the groundwork for some of Biden’s own progressive promises.
On his first day, Biden will sign 17 executive initiatives. He’ll mandate masks on federal property. He’ll rescind Trump’s decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization. He’ll extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums as well as a student loan pause. He’ll take multiple actions on global warming, including rejoining the Paris agreement. He’ll move on immigration, reversing Trump’s travel ban and stopping construction of a wall at the US-Mexico border. He’ll reinforce commitments to racial equity and nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people. And more.
President Joe Biden is urging Americans to stand up to the “lies told for power and for profit” in an effort to bridge the nation’s divides.
Biden, who campaigned for the White House last year on a pledge to restore bipartisanship and unity, made the remarks on Wednesday shortly after being sworn in as the nation’s commander in chief. The president, in particular, used his inaugural address to discuss the “common objects … that define us as Americans.”
“What are the common objects we as Americans love, that define us as Americans,” Biden asked those watching his address. “I think we know. Opportunity, security, liberty, dignity, respect, honor, and yes, the truth.”
The president proceeded to argue that “the truth,” while consequentially important, had been under sustained attack.
“Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson,” the president said. “There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit.”