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President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue a flurry of executive actions — 17 of them to be exact — in the first hours of his presidency in an attempt to undo much of what President Donald Trump accomplished over the last four years.

The 17 executive actions, 15 of which are executive orders, generally address what the transition team has billed as “four overlapping and compounding crises: the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis.”

Senior officials in the incoming Biden administration reportedly characterized the blitz of unilateral action as an “undoing” or “reversing” of Trump-era policies they believe were “harmful” or “inhumane.”

Included in the list of actions are the termination of border wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border, rejoining the Paris climate agreement, and launching a “whole-of-government” racial equity initiative.

Biden will also reportedly re-engage with the World Health Organization, launch a nationwide masking challenge, and reverse Trump’s ban on travel from certain Muslim nations.

According to CNBC, the complete list of day one executive actions goes as follows:

  • Launch a “100 Days Masking Challenge” and Leading by Example in the Federal Government
  • Re-Engage with the World Health Organization to Make Americans and the World Safer
  • Structure Our Federal Government to Coordinate a Unified National Response [to COVID-19]
  • Extend Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums
  • Extend Student Loan Pause
  • Rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • Roll Back President Trump’s Environmental Actions in Order to Protect Public Health and the Environment and Restore Science
  • Launch a Whole-of-Government Initiative to Advance Racial Equity
  • Reverse President Trump’s Executive Order Excluding Undocumented Immigrants from the Reapportionment Count
  • Preserve and Fortify Protections for Dreamers
  • Reverse the Muslim Ban
  • Repeal of Trump Interior Enforcement Executive Order
  • Stop Border Wall Construction
  • Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians Presidential Memorandum
  • Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
  • Executive Branch Personnel Ethics Executive Order
  • Regulatory Process Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum

The day one executive actions will kickstart what is set to be a busy first 10 days in office for the 46th president, according to incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, who outlined Biden’s policy plans in a memo sent to staff on Saturday.

“In his first 10 days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain wrote in the memo.

Biden will reportedly introduce a “groundbreaking legislative package” tackling immigration reform and providing a pathway to citizenship to 11 million illegal immigrants.

According to USA Today, over the next week Biden will also issue executive actions to “advance equity and support communities of color and other underserved communities” as well as implement criminal justice reforms and health care reform particularly for low-income women and women of color.

Author: Phil Shiver

Source: The Blaze: Biden set to use 17 executive actions on day one to stop border wall construction, rejoin Paris climate deal, launch racial equity initiative, and more

Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga.) said Saturday that barring resistance from police, he has “no doubt” that the riotous Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol last week would’ve continued on to “lynch” black lawmakers like him.

Johnson made the comments in an interview with the Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC during which he also claimed that the riots last Wednesday were “nothing but a race war that was about to be unleashed.”

He argued that had law enforcement not fired a shot killing one of the rioters, a 14-year Air Force veteran from San Diego named Ashli Babbitt, things would have ended much differently for him and other members of Congress, especially those who are black.

“Had it not been for the gunshot of the one shot fired by that plainclothes officer in the Speaker’s lobby right behind the House gallery … if those people had been able to get through, they would have had us who were in the gallery up on the third floor trapped,” he said.

“Rev. Al, when they finally got us out of there, we walked past spread-eagled rioters on the floor at gunpoint by the Capitol Hill police officers as we went down the steps. They had us surrounded up there on the third floor. And if that police officer had not fired and stopped the onslaught in the Speaker’s lobby, they would’ve cut off our escape route,” he continued. “They would’ve had us upstairs, and I have no doubt that some of us who look like me would’ve been hanging from the railings of the third floor, onto the House floor, swinging like … strange fruit. We would’ve been swinging from those railings.”

@TheRevAl @MSNBC The nation, GA & South have made a lot of progress but the attempted coup showed how far we still… https://t.co/ywhQve6OUl
— Rep. Hank Johnson (@Rep. Hank Johnson)1610233016.0

“[There were] somewhere between 30 and 40 [members of Congress inside the room]. They could’ve had their pick of who they wanted to make an example of. And they came to the Capitol to do business, and the business that they were about was to lynch some people,” he added. “They talk about Mike Pence, they talk about Nancy Pelosi, but you and I know, Reverend Al, that one of us would’ve been hanging with them.”

Both Johnson and Sharpton noted that a noose and gallows had been erected outside the Capitol on the day of riots; however, it was not immediately clear if the structure was intended to be anything other than a protest prop. Some rioters also carried Confederate flags inside the Capitol after breaching security.

In the wake of the riot, Johnson has joined calls from several fellow Democratic lawmakers for President Trump to be removed from office either by impeachment or invocation of the 25th Amendment.

Author: Phil Shiver

Source: The Blaze: Democratic congressman: I have ‘no doubt’ Capitol rioters would’ve ‘lynched’ black lawmakers if not stopped by police

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