U.S president Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by predecessor Donald Trump, according to Reuters. Biden said there was “no time to waste” as he issued the executive orders, memorandums, and directives. 

  • Biden’s executive actions included a mask mandate on federal property and federal employees, an order establishing a new White House office coordinating the response to the coronavirus, and halting the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization.
  • Biden signed a document to begin the process of re-entering the Paris climate accord. 
  • The U.S president issued a sweeping order tackling climate change, including revoking the presidential permit granted to the contentious Keystone XL oil pipeline.
  • Biden revoked Trump’s emergency declaration that helped fund a border wall construction and ended a travel ban on some majority-Muslim countries.
  • The president also asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend a moratorium on evictions until the end of March and the Department of Education to suspend student loan payments until the end of September.
  • More executive actions are expected from Biden, including revoking the ban on military service by transgender Americans. 
  • Biden is also expected to reverse a policy that blocks U.S funding for programs linked to abortion.

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