WASHINGTON, 20 Jan (Reuters) – Joe Biden will sign 15 executive actions after taking over as US president on Wednesday, advisers said, undoing policies implemented by outgoing President Donald Trump and taking his first actions on the pandemic and climate change.
To address the “crises” of the pandemic, the economy, climate change and racial inequality, Biden will sign the decrees and memoranda in the Oval Office in the afternoon and will ask agencies to take action in two additional areas, said Jen Psaki, incoming press secretary.
Actions include a mask-wearing mandate for federal employees while at sites of Federal property, and an order to establish a new White House office to coordinate the response to the coronavirus.
Biden will also begin the re-entry process to the Paris climate accord and issue a radical order to address the change climate, including revocation of the presidential permit granted to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Among a series of orders that address immigration, Biden will revoke Trump’s emergency declaration that helped finance the construction of a border wall and will end travel bans in some Muslim-majority countries.
Day One plans are just the start of a series of executive actions that Biden will take shortly after taking office, Psaki added.
“In the coming days and weeks we will announce additional executive actions to address these challenges and fulfill the promises of the president-elect to the American people,” said Psaki.
Other actions will include repealing the ban on military service for transgender people and reversing a policy blocking US funding for abortion-related programs abroad.
(Reporting by Simon Lewis and Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington; edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)