President Biden signs flurry of executive orders on 1st day

On his first day, President Joe Biden signed multiple executive orders, including rejoining the Paris Climate agreement, and reversing former President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
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Transcript for President Biden signs flurry of executive orders on 1st day
Now on those just sign executive actions we bring an ABC senior Washington reporter Devin Dwyer. Thanks so much for joining us DeVon president Biden is. We don't roll back a child administration's policies as quickly as possible walk us or when he canning can implement right away without congressional approval. Well Lindsey many of the things that Joseph Biden signed today are pure reversals of executive actions that Donald Trump talks that think about it. As the pendulum swinging the flip of the switch things like. Putting the US back in a Paris climate accord or re directing all federal agencies to begin diversity training again pretty simple directives but very powerful impact low moves. That they had better the exact opposite of what Donald Trump did. Several of the orders Joseph Biden signed today created new government positions in the executive branch to oversee Covert response. One order extends up financial relief to millions of Americans with evictions. And student loan debt these orders do carry the force of law but they're not. Actually laws these are taken them like rules. Our policies. That can be easily changed him put in place the mask mandate is one of those. It was a requirement by many airlines to Wear a mask in the sky now it's federal law to do that based on what he signed today. And one of the more controversial moves was he rescinded a federal permit. Cup for the pipe Keystone Pipeline. But at major gas pipeline from Canada that's something that's getting a lot of praise from environmentalists tonight Lindsay but some blowback. From the energy industry. I'm now things like creating a public option that pathway to citizenship we've been hearing about for eleven million undocumented immigrants even canceling the contracts. For constructing the border wall with Mexico those are things that Joseph Biden cannot do on his own. He does need congressional approval for those things and. As we've discussed here recently it's going to be a tough. Uphill climb with such a narrowly divided congress. And president Biden begins his administration would just one confirmed cabinet member of the Director of National Intelligence is at a significant achievement. In not terribly significant although obviously most presidents had multiple cabin and officials confirmed. On their first day Joseph Biden got his just under the nick. Time here he saw her Afro Haines officially the first woman to lead in the US intelligence community eighteen federal agencies of former CIA deputy. A herself an impressive figure. She promises to brief the country on the threats annually released a report on Jamal could show geese killing. That but did some of those other key national security posts are on filled the secretary of defense CIA director secretary of state. So the senate needs to get to work and Joseph Biden. Has to make got his first order of business in addition to commitments and seven Dwyer our thanks to you on a busy Wednesday.

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