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Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far

January 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden signs his first executive order in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington.??(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden has signed a flurry of executive orders, actions and memorandums aimed at rapidly addressing the coronavirus pandemic and dismantling many of former President Donald Trump's policies. See them all here.

Directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development to review the Trump administration’s regulatory actions for their effects on fair housing and to then “take steps necessary” to comply with the Fair Housing Act

Directs the attorney general not to renew federal contracts with private prisons

Acknowledges the rise in discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the past year, directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider issuing guidance on best practices to improve “cultural competency, language access and sensitivity toward AAPIs” in the federal government’s Covid-19 response, and directs the Department of Justice to partner with AAPI communities to prevent hate crimes and harassment

Reinstates Covid-19 travel restrictions for individuals traveling to the United States from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa

Reverses the Trump administration’s ban on transgender Americans joining the military

Directs FEMA to expand reimbursement to states to fully cover the cost for National Guard personnel and emergency supplies

Directs FEMA to create federally-supported community vaccination centers

Directs the Department of Education and HHS to provide guidance for safely reopening and operating schools, childcare providers and institutions of higher education

Calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to release clear guidance on Covid-19, decide whether to establish emergency temporary standards, and directs OSHA to enforce worker health and safety requirements

Creates the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force to help ensure an equitable pandemic response and recovery

A presidential directive to restore America’s leadership, support the international pandemic response effort, promote resilience for future threats and advance global health security and the Global Health Security Agenda

Requires masks and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by government contractors, and urges states and local governments to do the same.


Creates the position of Covid-19 Response Coordinator, reporting directly to Biden and managing efforts to produce and distribute vaccines and medical equipment



Extends the existing pause on student loan payments and interest for Americans with federal student loans until at least September 30

Cancels the Keystone XL pipeline and directs agencies to review and reverse more than 100 Trump actions on the environment

Rescinds the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, directs agencies to review their actions to ensure racial equity

Reverses the Trump administration’s restrictions on US entry for passport holders from seven Muslim-majority countries

Undoes Trump’s expansion of immigration enforcement within the United States

Requires executive branch appointees to sign an ethics pledge barring them from acting in personal interest and requiring them to uphold the independence of the Department of Justice

Memo, Executive Order

Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review and undoes Trump’s regulatory approval process

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