Biden’s early executive actions range in their focus, touching on immigration, racial justice, transgender rights, coronavirus, climate change, and health. There’s the reversal of Trump’s decision to remove the US from the World Health Organization, a directive to preserve the DACA program, a repeal of the so-called Muslim ban, and a slew of orders aimed at tackling the climate crisis. At least 13 executive orders and memos directly undo work from the previous administration.

One action in particular continues a game of policy ping-pong established by his predecessors—the Memorandum on Protecting Women’s Health at Home and Abroad. This memo repeals the “Mexico City Policy,” a Reagan-era rule banning US funding for global organizations that provide abortion services. The last five presidents have either reinstated (Bush, Trump) or repealed (Clinton, Obama, Biden) this directive.

To see what else America’s recent presidents have accomplished in their first days, here are the first memos, proclamations, and executive orders of the past five US leaders.

Biden’s early executive actions

As of today (Jan. 31), Biden has ordered 39 presidential actions, far more than his recent predecessors. In fact, the American Presidency Project points out the number is greater than any US president taking office following a change in party, starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt. It has taken others leaders seven or eight weeks to reach the same number of actions.

Trump’s early executive actions

By the end of January 2017, Trump had signed 18 presidential memos or executive orders, and issued two proclamations.

Obama’s early executive actions

Barack Obama tied with Donald Trump in their total number of presidential memos, executive orders, or proclamations. Both signed 20 actions; Trump had more presidential memos, Obama had more executive orders.

Bush’s early executive actions

Compared with his successors, George W. Bush ordered very few early executive actions before the end of January 2001—only four, and a single proclamation.

Clinton’s early executive actions

By the end of January 1993, Bill Clinton had enacted seven presidential memos and signed a mere two executive orders. He also made two proclamations.

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