Biden’s first days

Chloe Clarke-Phillip, Staff Writer

Joe Biden was brought into office on January 20, 2021. Since his first day in office, he has already made strides to support the United States and the people who live in it, and all of the executive orders are very important to cementing the first days of his presidency. 

On his first day in office, Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Climate agreement, which the United States left on November 4th of 2020. The Paris Climate agreement is a plan to slow down climate change, and any countries involved do their part in contributing to slow global warming. The agreement was made on December 12th of 2015, and currently has 189 member countries. 

Along with rejoining the Paris Agreement, Biden cancelled the permit allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the border from Canada into the U.S. to move and transport oil to Mexico. Cancelling the pipeline has made it so that many farmers’ and ranchers’ land would be protected, and was also an important step in protecting the land of indigenous people. 

Biden has also reiterated the importance of mask wearing and social distancing in hopes to slow down the spread of the coronavirus while vaccines are being distributed, requiring masks to be worn on federal property, airlines, trains, and many other public transit systems. He has also committed to working on increasing the available vaccine supply and providing a roadmap to get schools open safely. 

The President has also extended current pauses in student loan repayment and has proposed cancelling a portion of student loans in his Covid relief plan in addition to ending the “Muslim ban, restoring the DACA program, and pausing construction of the border wall. 

Biden has also made it so that the Affordable Care Act and ObamaCare will be protected,  and he plans to continue to expand healthcare to millions of Americans. He also banned private prisons and took steps to protect the LGBTQ community. In doing these things, Biden has put more executive orders into place in the first week than any past president, 22 in total. Click here for an ongoing record and explanation of all presidential executive orders.