After his inauguration today, Joe Biden will become the 46th President of the United States and already, he has confirmed everything he plans to get on top of from Day 1.
Ahead of his swearing-in today, a statement from Biden’s office was released, which reads: “Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises.
“He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity.”
At the forefront of Biden’s priorities appears to be tackling coronavirus, after reports that Trump’s administration sent him some ‘confusing’ COVID-19 vaccine numbers.
According to CNN, many US officials are insisting that vaccine delivery numbers reported by Trump’s office are not aligning with what they are seeing on the ground.
In outlining Biden’s plans, his office continued: “Today, President-elect Biden is launching his ‘100 Days Masking Challenge,’ asking the American people to do their part — their patriotic duty — and mask up for 100 days.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that masks ‘are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease’.”
Meanwhile, there are plans to provide economic relief and support to working families while coordinating a unified official response in terms of tackling coronavirus.
In addition to this, further plans outlined in the statement include the rejoining of the Paris agreement in addressing climate change – in order to protect the public health, the environment and restore science that was rolled back by Trump’s administration.
There are also plans to advance racial equality and support underserved communities.
The President Elect’s statement continued: “The president-elect’s equity agenda is grounded in advancing racial justice and building back better for communities who have been underserved, including people of color and Americans with disabilities, LGBTQ+ Americans, religious minorities, and rural and urban communities facing persistent poverty.”
The Muslim Ban will be reversed, as will Trump’s policy on excluding undocumented immigrants from the national census.
The published plan outlined: “The president-elect will sign an Executive Action putting an end to the Muslim Ban, a policy rooted in religious animus and xenophobia.
“It repeals Proclamations 9645 and 9983, which restrict entry into the United States from primarily Muslim and African countries, and instructs the State Department to restart visa processing for affected countries and to swiftly develop a proposal to restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans, especially for individuals stuck in the waiver process and those who had immigrant visas denied.
“This is an important step in providing relief to individuals and families harmed by this Trump Administration policy that is inconsistent with American values.”