Biden signs 12 executive actions hours after being sworn in

The new president did not waste time before signing executive orders addressing the coronavirus pandemic, the economic crisis and the climate crisis, among others.
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Thanks very much. George, president Biden is hitting the ground running as he begins his first full day in that office already signing more than a dozen executive orders on the same day he was sworn in. Our senior white house correspondent Mary Bruce is live now in Washington with what's next for the new administration. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, robin. Well, that flurry of executive orders will continue today. Biden taking steps to tackle this pandemic including establishing a covid testing board, developing guidelines to safely re-open schools and taking steps to try to overcome the disproportionate impact of this pandemic on people of color. He wasted no time getting to work yesterday signing an order to mandate masks on all federal lands and taking steps to undo some of president trump's most controversial moves by rejoining the Paris climate accord and undoing that so-called Muslim travel ban. Now, the new president can do a lot on his own but that big plan of his, that big ticket item, that nearly $2 trillion stimulus bill to provide some relief from this pandemic, that is going to take congressional action and will test his promise to unite a divided Washington, robin. Mary, there's something that president Biden said that really caught the attention of many when he said he will not tolerate, he will not put up one moment anyone on his staff being disrespectful. Reporter: Yeah, he is sending that message loud and clear telling his white house staff and appointees and I quote, point blank, if you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to anyone, I promise you, I will fire you on the spot. President Biden, robin, is not messing around adding that decency has been lacking over the last four years in the white house and reminded his staff, quote you work for the people. I work for the people. Robin. A reminder, all right. Thank you, Mary.

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