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Hitting the Ground Sprinting

Updated: Apr 2, 2021

Newly-inaugurated President Biden is moving quickly on a progressive agenda, including signing more executive actions in such a short period of time than any other president. If you're having trouble keeping up, you are not alone!

Biden is expected to sign some economic-focused executive orders today, including increasing food assistance and ensuring the previously approved stimulus checks make it to Americans who haven’t received them yet. He plans to outline a Buy American action on Monday, followed by a focus on racial equity Tuesday, climate change on Wednesday, health care on Thursday, and immigration on Friday next week.

Here's a list of the Executive Actions President Biden signed in his first 1.5 days in office:


  • Re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement

  • Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis which included:

    • An immediate review of all agency actions taken during the Trump era,

    • An immediate review of Trump’s national monument modifications, including the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

    • A temporary moratorium on implementation of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    • Reinstating ban on oil and gas drilling in the Bering sea

    • (re)Establishing an Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases

    • Revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline permit

    • Revoking additional EOs including: Waters of the United States rule, promoting energy independence, America-first offshore energy strategy, Energy infrastructure and economic growth, efficient federal operations, establishing discipline and accountability in the environmental review and permitting process for infrastructure projects,

    • Rescinding the Council on Environmental Quality’s Draft National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions


  • Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing

  • Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security

  • Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel

  • Executive Order on Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatments for COVID-19

  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats

  • Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors’ Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States

  • Executive Order on a Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain

  • Executive Order on Ensuring an Equitable Pandemic Response and Recovery

  • Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers

  • Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety

  • National Security Directive on United States Global Leadership to Strengthen the International COVID-19 Response and to Advance Global Health Security and Biological Preparedness

  • Executive Order on Establishing the COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board and Ensuring a Sustainable Public Health Workforce for COVID-19 and Other Biological Threats

  • Extending the Pause on Federal Student Loan Payments


  • Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government

  • Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation


  • Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

  • Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

  • Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities

  • Proclamation on the Termination Of Emergency With Respect To The Southern Border Of The United States And Redirection Of Funds Diverted To Border Wall Construction 


  • Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census

  • Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation (revoking the administrative PAYGO, the 2 for 1 regulatory rule, and other regulatory and agency guidelines from the Trump administration)

  • Modernizing Regulatory Review - to improve the OIRA regulatory review process, with a nod to progressives who say the White House review process too often skews in favor of industry interests.

  • Ethics Commitments for Executive Branch Personnel - which includes barring former Biden officials from “shadow lobbying” as well as active lobbying for two years after their service in the administration.

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