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Biden signed more executive actions on day one than Trump, Obama, and Bush combined

U.S. President Joe Biden waves as he departs after the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC, U.S. January 20, 2021.
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A big day for Joe Biden’s right hand.
  • Amanda Shendruk
By Amanda Shendruk

Visual journalist

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Joe Biden isn’t wasting time. On his first day in office, the newly inaugurated US president signed 17 executive actions. It’s not unprecedented for world leaders to get to work on day one, but the number of directives on Biden’s desk is much higher than usual. It took his recent predecessors weeks to sign 17 executive orders. Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton signed four executive orders or memos on their first day—combined.

Biden’s executive orders vs Trump, Obama, Bush, and Clinton

The orders are wide ranging, including directives to reverse the “Muslim travel ban,” rejoining the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Agreement, stopping construction on the border wall, and ending the Keystone XL pipeline. Many were clearly aimed at overturning Trump’s decisions.

All of Joe Biden’s day-one executive actions

  • Calls to Congress to extend Covid-19 aid, and requests to various departments to extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums and pause payments for federal loans.
  • An executive order with the aim of “embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions.” This order will also disband the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission.

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