Biden’s first few weeks bring change to the nation


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Jack Credit, Contributing Writer

With America’s new shift in presidential powers, many things are bound to change. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is a Democrat who is serving as the 46th President of the United States, with his running mate, Kamala Devi Harris. She is the nation’s first female — and first person of color — to be Vice President. On Biden’s first day alone, he signed more than a dozen executive orders, most of them reversals of Former President Donald Trump’s prior decisions. Other orders focused on the environment, Covid-19 and the wellbeing of the American people. 

Some of these reversals include signing an order to rejoin the Paris climate accords, rejoining the World Health Organization, reopening an office that reports data about Covid that Trump had previously shut down and revoking the permit that Trump gave out for the Keystone XL pipeline. This eight billion dollar pipeline would take various fossil fuels from Canada and bring them to the United States for widespread usage. This action would have major repercussions on the climate and surrounding ecosystem. These decisions show that Biden will prioritize to help the health of the world and his people in regards to disease. The newfound President later signed a order that reverses Trump’s transgender military ban. This order is a massive step toward equality for the LGBTQ+ community. Furthermore, he banned workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers. 

Trump’s 1776 Commission has since been terminated. The purpose this was created to serve was to teach a more right leaning, white washed history. This would promote a false narrative about the bleaker part of American history. Biden then signed a reversal to Trump’s “Muslim ban.” This was made to forbid people from countries with a large Muslim community from entering the United States. On the subject of racial discrimination and injustice, the President and his subordinates are most likely planning something that will advance racial equity and try to abolish the racial wage gap. Effectively raising wages for people of color and others who have been discriminated against throughout American history. This is great, as it is time to make policies that benefit all of America, not just a percentage of people.

Joe Biden has already brought immense amounts of change to our nation, and plans for more soon. Whether this is a good or bad thing is for the person to decide, but regardless, things promise to be vastly different than the last four years.