Corrected February 4, 2021
Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021.
President Biden’s actions thus far, together with his stated plans for his first 100 days in office, provide a clear picture of his priorities for the nation. It appears that those priorities involve dismantling many of the policies of the Trump administration and restoring many of the policies of former President Barack Obama.
On his first day in office, President Biden signed 15 executive orders and two other executive actions. These orders and actions include a mandate that masks be worn on federal government property during the COVID-19 pandemic, the extension of a “pause” on student loan payments, and a requirement that federal agencies evaluate racial equity issues and make action plans based upon their findings. The President also took several actions that rescinded a Trump-era policy or reinstated an Obama-era policy. Those actions included:
- Rejoining the 2016 Paris Agreement regarding climate change;
- Defunding the construction of a wall on the southern border of the United States;
- Directing government agencies to combat discrimination based upon the phony categories of sexual orientation and gender identity;
- Rescinding President Trump’s ban on travel from certain Muslim-majority nations; and
- Cancelling the permit for the completion of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
President Biden has said that during his first 100 days in office, he intends to pass a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, hold a world climate summit, create a national police oversight commission, prioritize the passage of the so-called Equality Act (an LGBT agenda priority), and reinstate the Obama administration “guidance” on opposite-sex facilities access in schools for students identifying as “transgender.”
As President Biden’s term commences, the United States is a troubled nation. We, like nations across the globe, are combatting a pandemic. We are also deeply divided along political and ideological lines. President Biden’s rhetoric about national unity is welcome, but some of the policies his administration is racing to implement are totally unnecessary and will cause further division. If he truly wishes to heal and unite the nation, President Biden should focus on eradicating COVID-19—not on pandering to leftist activists.
Correction: This blog post originally stated that on his first day in office, President Biden signed an order allowing servicemembers who assert “transgender” identities to remain in the Armed Forces and revoked the pro-life Mexico City Policy. In fact, President Biden signed the order regarding “transgender” servicemembers on January 25, 2021 and revoked the Mexico City Policy on January 28, 2021. We regret the error.