“President-elect Biden assumes the presidency at a time of deep crisis for our nation. We face four overlapping and worsening crises: the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis and a crisis of racial equity,” incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klein said in a memorandum to incoming White House senior staff on Saturday.
All of these crises require urgent action. In his first 10 days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent further urgent and irreversible damage, and restore America’s place in the world, he said. he writes in the memorandum dated January 16.
“On Inauguration Day, President-elect Biden will sign a dozen actions to combat the four crises, restore humanity to our immigration system, and make government work for the people,” Klein said.
As previously announced, he will ask the Department of Education to extend the existing pause on student loan and interest payments for millions of Americans with federal student loans, join the Paris Agreement, and rescind the Muslim ban, he wrote.
Biden will kick off his “100 Day Masking Challenge” by issuing a mask mandate on federal property and interstate travel — part of a critical effort to begin bending the curve on COVID. “And, we will take action to expand nationwide restrictions on evictions and foreclosures and provide more than 25 million Americans with greater stability, instead of living on the edge every month,” he said. .
The next day, January 21, Biden will sign off on a number of executive actions to act aggressively to change the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely reopen schools and businesses, including taking steps to mitigate the spread by expanding testing, protecting workers and setting clear public health standards.
On January 22, the President-elect will direct his Cabinet agencies to take immediate action to provide economic relief to working families bearing the brunt of this crisis.
Klein said that between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, the president-elect will sign additional executive actions, memoranda and Cabinet directives. The president-elect will keep his promises to strengthen Buy American provisions so that America’s future is made in America.
He will take important early steps to advance equity and support communities of color and other underserved communities. He will take steps to begin to deliver on campaign promises related to criminal justice reform.
Biden will sign additional executive actions to address the climate crisis with the urgency science demands and ensure that science guides the administration’s decision-making, Klein said.
It will take the first steps to expand access to health care – including for low-income women and women of color.
“He will deliver on his promises to restore dignity to our immigration system and our border policies, and begin the difficult but critical work of reuniting separated families at the border. And, President-elect Biden will demonstrate that America is back and take action to restore America’s place in the world,” Klein said.
During the campaign, he said, Biden pledged to take immediate action to begin addressing these crises and building back better.
As president, he will keep those promises and sign dozens of executive orders, presidential memoranda, and directives to Cabinet agencies in fulfillment of the promises he made.
These executive actions will bring relief to the millions of Americans who are struggling in the face of these crises. “Biden will take action — not only to undo the most serious damage from the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” he said.
These actions will change the course of COVID-19, fight climate change, promote racial equity and support other underserved communities, and rebuild the economy in a way that strengthens the backbone of the country – workers and workers who built the nation, Klein wrote.
“While the political objectives of these executive actions are audacious, I want to be clear: The legal theory behind them is well-founded and represents a restoration of an appropriate constitutional role for the president,” the memorandum reads.
Full realization of the Biden-Harris administration’s policy goals requires not only the actions of the executive branch that the president-elect has promised to take, but also strong congressional action, Klein noted.
“The President-elect advocated his first major legislative proposal earlier this week and will continue to propose legislative solutions to critical issues, such as in the immigration bill he will send to Congress on Day One. of his term; the reconstruction best stimulus proposal to create millions of well-paying union jobs which he will unveil in the coming weeks; and his continued support for legislation relating to voting rights, minimum wages, the struggle against violence against women, and more,” he wrote.