President Biden's 2021 Executive Orders Part 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Biden's 2021 Executive Orders Part 2

 

President Biden’s Executive Orders and Policies - By Bruce Wayne Henion February 6, 2021

 

President Biden’s success is our nation’s success, so not opposing Biden’s Polices, while would be helpful to our President, will not be seen by all as helpful to our country, when speaking out about Biden’s Executive Orders or change in direction environmentally, energy industry, immigration, justice and social impact for generations to come. So, not everyone will come onboard supporting Biden’s agenda.

 

I’m as balanced as anyone can be I think where it comes to seeing both sides to issues.

 

Our country is facing many hurdles to come, especially in determining what to do about Global Warming, followed by ocean warming, melting of the ice caps, resulting in oceans rising, causing mass flooding might suggest public work projects building canals and flood gates throughout America might be necessary to hold back the ocean as not to flood say the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

 

Re joining Paris climate accord was elected by President Biden to set the exxample, a process that will take 30 days will allow Countries that have not seen the economic growth other countries have experienced, will now, with billions from America dished out by the United Nations as a pollution penalty, will be able to grow their economies, during which time, pollutions will escalate, as more folks can buy vehicles. By than, hopefully all vehicles will be electrical.

 

Hopefully China, Russia and Indian will pay their fair share. The U. S. Department of Energy under Trump has advanced Renewable Energy Technologies from 2016 (Obama/Biden) to 2019 by at least 4% growth during which time the U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide fell by 2.8% in 2019, slightly below 2017 levels. The U. S. is only 15% of all counties polluting. Frankly, the U. S. is ahead of the standards sought after. Will rejoining kill 400,000 jobs?;

 

Lifting folks out of poverty in other countries from billions to be allocated to the United Nations is a great thing to do, provide it doesn’t strain a countries resource. i.e., budget or normally, the national debt, but in the case of the U. S., no longer an issue the amount owed or number of treasury bonds the feds must buy. So printing money continues I see, trillions already spent and another 4 trillion to come;

 

Due to Hurricanes huge destructive paths, you would think every home insured would have a clause that allows for a container dropped off for a person to load up their valuables, preceding a storm, the container picked up and shipped to huge parking lots out side flood and storm estimated reach. Ships pulling into port days ahead, loading up boats and containers, specifically used for preemptive salvage of valuable assets preceding a storm;

 

John Kerry’s 9-year illumination of a 12 year old prediction in regards to our environment by scientist is rather alarming, suggesting our country must do 15% of world wide pollution reduction (2,8% reduction of global warming gases in 2019 was reported for the U. S. emissions of gases, better than what was called for, but will there be accountability among all countries doing equal efforts and cost based on percentage of world wide pollutions, that must include plastic particles polluting the Atlantic Ocean and plastic in the Pacific Ocean or by now maybe both in both oceans.

 

So I truly get it, our environment is in trouble, so the best way to tackle global warming is to give the United Nations billions, to give other countries money for all kinds of different purposes, in addition to billions of funding from the last covid-19 stimulus plan and or annual defense bill that recently gave foreign countries, so as to help other countries help their citizens achieve the American Dream abroad, help a country strengthen their armed Forces buying Russia made weapons, planes, tanks, etc., like in the case of Egypt to have been allotted 1.4 billion or $134 million to Burma helping who or fund abortion over seas from our congress?;

 

Immigration Reform that encourages illegal immigration over legal, halting deportation in favor of catch and release policies, welfare services that include food stamps, health and medical care and treatment and free college to halting boarder wall construction, due to not having a Guest Work Program, as an international wage of $15.00 an hour would give Americans the incentive it’s hoped to work in the fields like, cloths, furniture and product manufactures and construction, home and business maintenance and cleaning, health aides, caregivers and other occupations that if an American can’t be located then a foreigner in the Guest Work Program can be solicited by a U. S. Employer. This will squelch the notion that foreigners will take U. S. Jobs and all services and taxes would be paid by a Guest Worker, netting around $10.00 an hour;

 

School subjects to be taught to children and teenagers in our public schools under attack to gender equality, that now allows our nations youth to decide whether their a girl or boy in regards to playing girl sports (so a boy with male organs who may have breast or not, long hair or not and be very beautiful or not, favoring female emotions, sharing showers, subjecting our nations youth to digest this difference of human behavior and existence, for what seems to be many lady boys or she males, transsexual, transvestites, cross dressers, bisexuals, homosexuals, Lesbians, both female and male, same sex relationships and various combinations of persons uniting in common interest, etc. through out the world, demands everyone to recognize the diversity of human species);

 

Social Security, Medicare, Medicare, Prescription Drugs cost and pandemic usage of opium laced drugs;

 

Poverty, Welfare and Jobs are concerns everyone faces and we need unity in Congress to deliver solutions to keep Americans off welfare, reopen the economy and set in motion these green jobs, that you would hope happens very soon, through the federal government choosing which companies will receive billions competing with China, to build solar panels, lithium batteries, electric vehicles, wind mills for projected off shore and inland wind mill farms and other renewable energy technologies that are suppose to reduce our 94% fossil fuel consumption for transportation;

 

As an historian, I referee you to Milton Friedman, an economist who explains What is Wrong with the Welfare State?;

 

Trumps policies lifted 5 million people off welfare before covid-19 adversely affected our economy, yet Seventeen out of every 10,000 people in the United States were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2019 during HUD's Annual Point-in-Time Count. These 567,715 people represent a cross-section of America and

 

Over 150 million Americans had jobs before covid-19 adversely affected our economy. U.S. employers added 49,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department said, dashing hopes that the New Year would bring immediate relief.

 

Anemic Jobs Report Reaffirms Pandemic’s Grip on Economy - By Sydney Ember and Ben Casselman - Feb. 5, 2021

 

With a gain of 49,000 jobs in January, and with few of those in the private sector, the labor market offers little relief to the nearly 10 million Americans who are unemployed.

 

153 million jobs in February 2020

 

The American economic recovery showed new signs of stalling on Friday as government data underscored the pandemic’s brutal damage to the job market.

U.S. employers added 49,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department said, dashing hopes that the new year would bring immediate relief. The private sector added just 6,000 jobs, barely enough to register against the millions of positions lost during the pandemic.

 

The weak showing was tallied amid a fresh effort in Washington to provide a big infusion of aid to foster a recovery and the data will almost certainly bolster the Democrats’ argument for a robust stimulus package.

 

“It’s very clear our economy is still in trouble,” President Biden said of the latest reading on the labor market.

 

Looking to strengthen the recovery, Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats have been pressing for a $1.9 trillion relief measure. By approving budget resolutions in both chambers, Congress cleared the way on Friday to pursue final passage of the package on party-line votes, if needed, within weeks.

Some Republicans have asserted that a smaller package would suffice, and others have said it is too soon for another round of aid.

 

But far from showing a job market on the mend, the report on Friday provided evidence of a metastasizing crisis. The limited January gains followed an outright setback in December, when the economy lost 227,000 jobs, the first net decline since April and a bigger drop than had been initially reported.

And while the December losses were concentrated in a few pandemic-exposed sectors, the weakness in January was broad-based. Manufacturers, retailers and transportation companies all cut jobs, indicating that the economic damage is spreading.

 

The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent, from 6.7 percent. But the decline came partly because hundreds of thousands of people left the labor force, a sign that the downturn could leave lasting scars. A year earlier, the unemployment rate had been 3.5 percent, a 50-year low. The economy still has nearly 10 million fewer jobs than it did before the pandemic.

 

“There’s very little to celebrate in this report,” said Julia Pollak, a labor economist for the employment site ZipRecruiter. “Almost every measure that I was hoping would point in the right direction disappointed.”

 

Still, in returning to growth, even if marginal, the economy avoided a second consecutive month of job losses, a prospect that some economists had feared given the one-two punch of rising coronavirus cases and waning federal aid. Both those forces are now reversing: Coronavirus cases are falling in much of the country, and the $900 billion relief package passed by Congress in December is bringing a measure of help to households and businesses.

 

Indeed, despite the grim start to the new year, many forecasters predict that the economy will strengthen from here on. In addition to the December stimulus, the vaccination push, though slower than hoped, is paving the way for wider reopenings even as coronavirus mutations around the world make the rollout more urgent.

 

“It is a positive sign that we got over those speed bumps and the wheels haven’t completely come off the car,” said Nick Bunker, head of research for the job site Indeed.

 

For Hand & Stone, a national chain of massage studios and facial spas, the winter resurgence of the pandemic was a setback after a monthslong process of reopening. California and other states reimposed restrictions that shut down many spas entirely and forced others to cut back services. And the loss of foot traffic cut back on gift card sales, usually a big source of business during the holidays.

 

“Reticence to go out and engage in the economy and be in stores was a huge negative,” said Todd Leff, the company’s chief executive. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/05/business/economy/january-2021-jobs-report.html

 

Jobs, whether they be gas and oil, coal or renewable energy technologies industry, all Americans and guests share the need to work, to survive, while those with disability, social security income, veterans pensions, retirement or pension income mostly falls short, leaving many needing food stamps and as many benefits from governments as available, so reopening the economy while combating covid-19 will be necessary, a huge task when the cost of jobs in the oil industry as high as 10,000 U. S. Union Jobs with the closure of the Keystone XL Pipeline (10,000 union jobs lost) and in addition suspension of federal leases for oil and natural gas as result of Executive Orders will do away with 18,228 union oil jobs annually. Keep in mind that oil traveling in pipes reduces transporting cost and green house gases as fuel is not needed in trucks, trains or ships. Canada may ship to other countries through out the world, making America less energy independent. 10,000 boarder wall constructions terminated a long with the project, is at the front of issues to Americans:

 

Fact Sheet: President-elect Biden’s Day One Executive Actions Deliver Relief for Families Across America Amid Converging Crises - January 20, 2021

 

Actions Address the COVID-19 Pandemic, Provide Economic Relief, Tackle Climate Change, and Advance Racial Equity

 

Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity. President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/20/fact-sheet-president-elect-bidens-day-one-executive-actions-deliver-relief-for-families-across-america-amid-converging-crises

 

President Biden's Executive Actions: Focus on Diversity and Equity - Debo Adegbile, Rebecca Cooper, Tania Faransso, Brenda Lee, Peggy Otum - February 1, 2021

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Introduction

 

Hours after his inauguration on January 20, 2021, President Biden signed 17 executive actions covering a wide range of issues, including several focused on discrimination and racial justice, immigration, and environmental justice. Broadly speaking, and as summarized more fully below, the Biden Administration’s executive orders, memorandums and proclamations have revoked a range of Trump Administration orders and policies and underscore the new Administration’s intention to prioritize a comprehensive set of policies intended to enhance diversity and equity. One executive order, for example, directs all agency heads to affirmatively advance racial equity, while another embraces an expanded interpretation of Title VII that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

President Biden’s executive actions reflect an unprecedented effort by a presidential administration to address diversity and equity comprehensively, across multiple policy initiatives, agencies and departments. While most of this first set of executive actions are aimed at federal agency conduct, their pervasive focus on diversity and equity represents a sea change that will not only impact the federal government but also lay the groundwork for an anticipated emphasis—including through government enforcement—on the private sector’s efforts to comply with relevant laws and regulations. https://www.wilmerhale.com/en/insights/client-alerts/20210122-president-bidens-executive-actions-focus-on-diversity-and-equity

 

Here are the executive actions Biden has signed so far - By Kate Sullivan, Christopher Hickey, Curt Merrill, Richard J. Chang, Janie Boschma and Sean O’Key, CNN - Updated February 2, 2021

 

President Joe Biden has signed a flurry of executive orders, actions and memorandums aimed at rapidly addressing the coronavirus pandemic and dismantling many of former President Donald Trump’s policies.

 

The executive actions Biden has taken in the first days of his administration include halting funding for the construction of Trump’s border wall, reversing Trump’s travel ban targeting largely Muslim countries, imposing a mask mandate on federal property, ramping up vaccination supplies and requiring international travelers to provide proof of negative Covid-19 tests prior to traveling to the US. https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2021/politics/biden-executive-orders/index.html

 

CHANGING THE COURSE OF THE COVID PANDEMIC AND PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH

Date

Topic

Reversal

Summary

Comments

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch a “100 Days Masking Challenge” and Leading by Example in the Federal Government - asking the American people to do their part — their patriotic duty — and mask up for 100 days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that masks “are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of the disease.” President-elect Biden is also doing his part by issuing an Executive Order today requiring masks and physical distancing in all federal buildings, on all federal lands, and by federal employees and contractors. He is also asking the Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control to engage with state, local, Tribal, and territorial officials to implement masking, physical distancing, and other CDC public measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

No issues. Being safe to protect yourself and others is reasonable.

Jan 20

Coronavirus

 

Yes

 

Re-Engage with the World Health Organization (WHO) to Make Americans and the World Safer - Action to cease the previous Administration’s process of withdrawing from the WHO — an entity that is critical to coordinating the international response to COVID-19, advancing preparedness for future epidemics and pandemics, and improving the health of all people. The Biden-Harris Administration — with Dr. Tony Fauci as Head of Delegation — will participate in the WHO Executive Board meeting that is ongoing this week. Dr. Fauci will deliver remarks as Head of Delegation to the Executive Board on January 21. Once the United States resumes its engagement with the WHO, the Biden-Harris Administration will work with the WHO and our partners to strengthen and reform the organization, support the COVID-19 health and humanitarian response, and advance global health and health security.

Hopefully they won’t lie to us anymore and tell us how great a job China did stopping the spread of coid-19 when they allowed open flights to countries out side China.

Jan 20

Coronavirus

No

Structure Our Federal Government to Coordinate a Unified National Response -The federal government must act swiftly and aggressively to combat COVID-19. Executive Order creating the position of COVID-19 Response Coordinator, who will report directly to the President and be responsible for coordinating all elements of the COVID-19 response across government, including managing efforts to produce, supply, and distribute personal protective equipment, vaccines, and tests. In addition, this Executive Order restores the NSC Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to focus on domestic and global biological threats, play a critical role in stopping the COVID-19 pandemic, and prevent future biological catastrophes.

No Issues

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE, CREATING GOOD UNION JOBS, AND ADVANCING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change - The instrument will be deposited with the United Nations today, and the United States will officially become a Party again 30 days later. The United States will be back in position to exercise global leadership in advancing the objectives of the Agreement. 

 

 

 

Hopefully China, Russia and Indian will pay their fair share. The U. S. Department of Energy under Trump has advanced Renewable Energy Technologies from 2016 (Obama/Biden) to 2019 by at least 4% growth during which time the U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide fell by 2.8% in 2019, slightly below 2017 levels. The U. S. is only 15% of all counties polluting. Frankly, the U. S. is ahead of the standards sought after. Will it kill 400,000 jobs?

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Cancels the Keystone XL pipeline and directs agencies to review and reverse more than 100 Trump actions on the environment

 

 

 

Keep in mind that oil traveling in pipes reduces transporting cost and green house gases as fuel is not needed in trucks, trains or ships. Canada may ship to other countries through out the world, making America less energy independent. 10,000 to 18,228 jobs lost annually.

Roll Back President Trump’s Environmental Actions in Order to Protect Public Health and the Environment and Restore Science - An Executive Order that takes critical first steps to address the climate crisis, create good union jobs, and advance environmental justice, while reversing the previous administration’s harmful policies. Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis: President Biden signed an executive order that outlines a series of climate goals and directs federal agencies to review all regulations, orders and guidance promulgated, issued or adopted during the Trump Administration and consider revising or rescinding those that conflict with the outlined goals. The order’s enumerated goals include ensuring access to clean air and water; holding polluters accountable, including those who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities; reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and prioritizing both environmental justice and the creation of well-paying union jobs necessary to deliver these goals. The order jumpstarts swift, initial action to tackle the climate crisis by:

 

· Directing all executive departments and agencies to immediately review and take appropriate action to address federal regulations and other executive actions taken during the last four years that were harmful to public health, damaging to the environment, unsupported by the best available science, or otherwise not in the national interest, including agency actions identified on the attached list;

· Directing agencies to consider revising vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards, methane emissions standards, and appliance and building efficiency standards to ensure that such standards cut pollution, save consumers money, and create good union jobs;

· Directing the Department of Interior to protect our nation’s treasures by reviewing the boundaries and conditions of the Grand Staircase-Escalante, Bears Ears, Northeast Canyons, and Seamounts Marine National Monuments and placing a temporary moratorium on all oil and natural gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;

· Re-establishing the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) and directing the issuance of an interim social cost of GHG schedule to ensure that agencies account for the full costs of GHG emissions, including climate risk, environmental justice and intergenerational equity; and

· Revoking, revising, or replacing additional Executive Orders, Presidential Proclamations, Memoranda, and Permits signed over the past 4 years that do not serve the U.S. national interest, including revoking the Presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL pipeline.

ADVANCING RACIAL EQUITY & SUPPORTING UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES

 

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rescinds the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, directs agencies to review their actions to ensure racial equity. Equity agenda is grounded in advancing racial justice and building back better for communities who have been underserved, including people of color and Americans with disabilities, LGBTQ+ Americans, religious minorities, and rural and urban communities facing persistent poverty. Everyone across America benefits when we take deliberate steps to become a more just society. Analysis suggests that closing racial gaps in wages, housing credit, lending opportunities, and access to higher education would amount to an additional $5 trillion in gross domestic product in the American economy over the next 5 years, and create millions of new jobs. We are a nation founded on principles of equality and it is in the interest of everyone across the country that the government be intentional in ensuring that its policies reach all of us in an equitable way. By advancing such equity, the federal government can build pathways so that everyone across America has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Where is the evidence that America is a racist country at the level Biden speaks of?  The Executive Order will define equity as the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; LGBTQ+ persons; people with disabilities; religious minorities, persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

 

Jan 20

 

Equity

 

No

Prevents workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

No Issues

 

Discrimination/Racial Justice

 

· Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation: This executive order reinforces the Supreme Court’s recent holding in Bostock v. Clayton County that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 extends to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order commits to fully enforcing Title VII, Title IX, the Fair Housing Act, Section 412 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and other laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, and to extending the coverage of those laws to discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. The order instructs each agency head to consider revising or rescinding agency actions that may be inconsistent with this policy.

· Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government: This executive order revokes President Trump’s Executive Order 13950, which restricted diversity and inclusion training by federal agencies and contractors, and Executive Order 13958, which established the 1776 Commission, an advisory committee formed to promote “patriotic education” in public schools regarding the history of the American founding. The order further commits the federal government to affirmatively advance “equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity.” The order emphasizes the Administration’s commitment to embedding equity throughout the federal government and directs the Domestic Policy Council to coordinate those efforts. The order directs each federal agency to undertake a review of agency equity, including whether underserved communities face systemic barriers to accessing benefits and opportunities in federal programs, and to deliver a report to the White House within 200 days. Within a year, each agency must also develop an action plan to address identified barriers. The order also establishes a “Data Working Group” that will study methods to measure and assess federal equity and diversity efforts and encourages agencies to consult with members of historically underrepresented communities.

 

PRESIDENT BIDEN EXECUTIVE ACTIONS SUPPORT AND PROTECT WORKERS

 

The presidents executive actions will protect workers from COVID-19, including by ensuring that federal employees and contractors wear masks and follow other CDC guidelines, setting an example for employers around the country.

 

They will provide relief to American workers who have lost their jobs or had their hours or wages slashed through no fault of their own, by extending the pause on student debt and the eviction and foreclosure moratorium.

 

They will help spur the growth of American manufacturing and supply chains, competitiveness of our industries, and creation of good union jobs by directing agencies to consider revising vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards, methane emissions standards, and appliance and building efficiency standards.

 

And, they’ll take steps to prevent workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, and revoke President Trump’s damaging executive order which limited critical diversity and inclusion training in the workplace.

 

Launch a Whole-of-Government Initiative to Advance Racial Equity 

 

The president signed an Executive Order beginning the work of embedding equity across federal policymaking and rooting out systemic racism and other barriers to opportunity from federal programs and institutions. The Executive Order will define equity as the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other persons of color; LGBTQ+ persons; people with disabilities; religious minorities, persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality. The president will:

 

· Establish that advancing equity for all — including people of color and others who have been historically underserved and marginalized — is the responsibility of the whole of our government;

· Direct every federal agency to undertake a baseline review of the state of equity within their agency and deliver an action plan within 200 days to address unequal barriers to opportunity in agency policies and programs;

· Launch a new equitable data working group to ensure that federal data reflects the diversity of America;

· Task the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with working to more equitably allocate federal resources to empower and invest in communities of color and other underserved communities;

· Improve the delivery of government benefits and services to ensure that families of all backgrounds across the country can access opportunity, for example by reducing language access barriers;

· Study new methods that federal agencies can use to assess whether proposed policies advance equity;

· Direct agencies to engage with communities who have been historically underrepresented, underserved, and harmed by federal policies.

 

President-elect Biden has asked Ambassador Susan Rice, as Domestic Policy Advisor, to lead a robust interagency process to hold the federal government accountable for advancing equity for families across America.

 

In this Executive Order, the president-elect will also rescind the Trump Administration’s 1776 Commission, which has sought to erase America’s history of racial injustice. And, he will revoke President Trump’s damaging executive order limiting the ability of federal government agencies, contractors and even some grantees from implementing important and needed diversity and inclusion training. Additional actions in the coming weeks will restore and reinvigorate the federal government’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

 

Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

 

All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation. The Biden-Harris Administration will prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. To begin this work, President Biden will sign an Executive Order that builds on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County (2020) and ensures that the federal government interprets Title VII of the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. This Order will also direct agencies to take all lawful steps to make sure that federal anti-discrimination statutes that cover sex discrimination prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, protecting the rights of LGBTQ+ persons.

 

PRESIDENT BIDEN EXECUTIVE ACTIONS ADVANCE RACIAL EQUITY 

 

President Biden’s executive actions to restore equal treatment under the law for people across America and to direct a whole-of-government approach to racial justice redirects the federal government to treat Americans fairly. These sweeping actions deliver on the president’s commitments to equity and task agencies with taking immediate steps to redress injustices.

 

The COVID-19 crisis has claimed more than 400,000 American lives — but for Black and Brown Americans, it’s a mass casualty event. Because of structural racism, people of color are contracting COVID-19 at higher rates and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates. President Biden’s executive orders to change the course of the virus, including establishing a coordinated national response and implementing a mask mandate on federal property, will help slow the spread of the virus in communities of color.

 

moratoriums for federally guaranteed mortgages will provide relief to the families of color that face higher risks of eviction and housing loss.

The president has also directed all executive departments and agencies to review actions taken over the last four years and revise those policies that run counter to his commitment to environmental justice, including undoing the harmful rollbacks of clean air and clean water protection that disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color.

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Census

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census: This executive order revokes Executive Order 13880 and the Presidential Memorandum of July 21, 2020, which set out the Trump Administration’s policy to exclude noncitizens from the census and apportionment of congressional representatives. Biden will ensure that the Census Bureau has time to complete an accurate population count for each state. He will then present to Congress an apportionment that is fair and accurate so federal resources are efficiently and fairly distributed for the next decade.

This would be necessary due to pathway to citizenship of an estimated 9 to 11 million illegal aliens in the U. S. or is it 20 million?

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Created in 2012 by the Secretary of Homeland Security under President Obama, DACA deferred the removal of certain undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. Under the program, eligible immigrants who passed a background check were granted temporary work permits. The Trump Administration attempted to terminate DACA, but the Supreme Court intervened to prevent that effort. President Biden signed a presidential memorandum directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, to take all actions “to preserve and fortify DACA.”

No Issues. Congress should have provided pathway to citizenship when Obama was President and created a U. S. Guest Workers Program. Trump failed to do so as well and now, well, will Biden?

Preserve and Fortify Protections for Dreamers - In 2012, the Obama-Biden administration adopted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to provide temporary relief from deportation on a case-by-case basis to Dreamers, young people who were brought to this country as children. Since then, more than 700,000 young people have applied for this relief and met rigorous requirements and background checks. Many are serving our country in the armed services or as essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic. The Trump administration has tried to terminate DACA since 2017, but the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that effort and required reconsideration of that decision. The program continues, accepting new applications and renewing DACA for those who qualify under the 2012 requirements. But those opposed to DACA continue to challenge the program, threatening its continuance. The president is committed to preserving and fortifying DACA. Today, he will sign a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, to take all appropriate actions under the law to achieve that goal. The Presidential Memorandum will also call on Congress to enact legislation providing permanent status and a path to citizenship for people who came to this country as children and have lived, worked, and contributed to our country for many years.

Jan 20

Immigration

 

Yes

 

Reverse the Muslim Ban - Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States: This proclamation ends the Trump Administration’s “Muslim ban” by repealing Executive Order 13870 and Proclamations 9645, 9723 and 9983, which restricted entry into the United States from certain majority-Muslim countries. The prprocloclamation instructs the Secretary of State to direct all embassies and consulates to resume visa processing for applicants in the affected countries and to develop a proposal within 45 days to remedy the harms caused by the bans, particularly for individuals stuck in the waiver process or whose immigrant visas were denied. Within 120 days, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, must provide the President with a report on current screening and vetting procedures for those seeking immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States, information-sharing practices by foreign governments, and recommendations on how to improve upon both. an end to the Muslim Ban, a policy rooted in religious animus and xenophobia. It repeals Proclamations 9645 and 9983, which restrict entry into the United States from primarily Muslim and African countries, and instructs the State Department to restart visa processing for affected countries and to swiftly develop a proposal to restore fairness and remedy the harms caused by the bans, especially for individuals stuck in the waiver process and those who had immigrant visas denied. This is an important step in providing relief to individuals and families harmed by this Trump Administration policy that is inconsistent with American values. The Executive Action also provides for the strengthening of screening and vetting for travelers by enhancing information sharing with foreign governments and capacity building with our partners, and directs reviews of other Trump Administration “extreme vetting” practices.

During covid-19 makes no since, especially since Biden claimed Trump didn’t close international flights soon enough due to covid-19, yet when Trump did restrict flights internationally, Biden and others told us Trump was responsible for more deaths as a result of not closing international flights soon enough. Where Biden misleads is on the relative speed of the U.S. compared with others. The U.S. travel restriction came shortly after the WHO declared a public health emergency and around the same time as other nations, experts said. For perspective, the U.S. measure went into effect after Italy on Jan. 31 suspended all flights to and from China, but it happened before South Korea’s entry restriction that started Feb. 4. WHO Director-General’s statement on IHR Emergency Committee on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Jan. 30, 2020. Biden’s statement that Trump’s travel restriction was slower than 45 other countries is partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context. We rate it Half True. So why would Biden during covid-19 lift these restrictions but not Mexico? During covid-19 you would think international flights from, the middle east, Europe, south east Asia, China; the world would remain closed to international visitors. Furthermore, how will verify folks past activities?

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities: President Biden signed an executive order revoking Executive Order 13768, a Trump Executive Order that directed harsh and extreme immigration enforcement, which expanded initiatives to find and deport unauthorized immigrants, including by withholding federal funding for “sanctuary cities.” This revocation will allow the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to set civil immigration enforcement policies that best protect the American people and are in line with our values and priorities.

That 100-day no deportation executive order will give anyone that can make it to America entrance awaiting a hearing date. Would they be illegible for a pathway to citizenship or anyone else that seeks asylum? I would support a Guest Workers Program, five year enrollment and ten year resident card while to apply for U. S. Citizenship begins in the third year. Texas sues Biden’s government due to agreement with Home Land Security’ Federal Judge issues order halting policy not to deport, curt trial ahead.

Jan 20

Immigration

 

Yes

 

 

Stop Border Wall Construction - Bipartisan majorities in Congress refused in 2019 to fund President Trump’s plans for a massive wall along our southern border, even after he shut down the government over this issue. By proclamation, President Biden declared an immediate termination of the national emergency declaration that was used as a pretext to justify some of the funding diversions for the wall. The proclamation directs an immediate pause in wall construction projects to allow a close review of the legality of the funding and contracting methods used, and to determine the best way to redirect funds that were diverted by the prior Administration to fund wall construction. Proclamation on the Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction: This proclamation terminates President Trump’s Proclamation 9844, which declared a national emergency at the southern border and was used to justify funding construction of a border wall. President Biden’s proclamation directs the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security to assess the legality of funding the wall and consequences of ceasing construction. The proclamation also asks both Secretaries, in coordination with heads of other agencies and executive departments, to develop a plan to redirect funds diverted to fund the wall’s construction within 60 days.

The Army Corps of Engineers, on the other hand, estimates that if the new administration stops wall construction as soon as Biden is sworn into office, the government would save $2.6 billion, according to The Washington Post. As of Jan. 21, 2021 — Biden's first full day in office — there should be $3.3 billion in unused border wall funds, and the Army Corps estimates that construction contract termination costs will be approximately $700 million. As part of the $1.4 trillion 2021 omnibus bill passed this week, Congress has allotted nearly $1.4 billion for border wall construction, according to The Hill.  Loss of 10,500 jobs and what to do with 270,000 tons of steal. Law Suits, cost as high as 700 million. Americans and guests less safe and in some areas where animal migration can no longer cross the boarder and or Indian Lands where petitions could make it to Biden, if approved could be removed possibly. Will the Mexican President keep their 27,000 soldiers on the boarder? If so, and if the troops watched areas where the fence will not be built, would give Americans more security than not having a fence. Increasing boarder guards has not been stated so the boarder traffic illegally may increase.

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians Presidential Memorandum - to extend until June 30, 2022 the long-standing Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) designation for Liberians who have been in the United States for many years. Liberians with DED will also have their work authorization extended. This PM also directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure that Citizen Immigration Services facilitates ease of application and timely adjudication for Liberians applying for residency by the Liberian Relief and Fairness Act.

No issues but why not care givers.

ENSURING GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ethics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Branch Personnel Ethics Executive Order -Requires executive branch appointees to sign an ethics pledge barring them from acting in personal interest to restore and maintain public trust in government, and ensure that we are a government for the people. The president-elect is ordering every appointee in the executive branch to sign an ethics pledge. The ethics pledge and related ethics rules in the Executive Order are designed to ensure that executive branch employees act in the interest of the American people and not for personal gain. And, the pledge commits federal employees to uphold the independence of the Department of Justice.

No Issues

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regulatory Process Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum - Regulations are an important tool for the federal government to address the crises facing the nation. Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review and undoes Trump’s regulatory approval process.

 

Hopefully the process is fair and equitable, not imposing more stifling regulations on free speech, businesses and allowing censorship by social media that has there license though the Defense Bill the Senate vetoed recently when Trump objected to twitter and facebook as not being publishers.

Regulatory Process Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum - The Trump Administration unnecessarily hamstrung this critical tool by creating arbitrary obstacles to regulatory action. Today, the president-elect will issue a Presidential Memorandum withdrawing the Trump Administration’s regulatory process executive orders to remove those needless obstacles to regulating in the public’s interest. And, the president-elect will direct the Director of the OMB to develop recommendations for improving and modernizing regulatory review. These recommendations will create a process to advance regulations that promote public health and safety, economic growth, social welfare, racial justice, environmental stewardship, human dignity, equity, and the interests of future generations. Today, the White House Chief of Staff will also issue a regulatory freeze memo that will pause any new regulations from moving forward and give the incoming Administration an opportunity to review any regulations that the Trump Administration tried to finalize in its last days. The memo directs all agencies to confer with the Director of OMB before renewing any regulatory activity. This action will allow the Biden Administration to prevent any detrimental so-called “midnight regulations” from taking effect, while ensuring that urgent measures in the public’s interest can proceed.

PROVIDING ECONOMIC RELIEF AND SUPPORT TO WORKING FAMILIES

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Economy

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Extend Student Loan Pause - Currently, borrowers owe over $1.5 trillion in federal student loans. Borrowers of all ages are often faced with a tough tradeoff between making their student loan payments, investing in their long-term financial future, or paying their bills. The pandemic has only increased the economic hardship of the millions of Americans who have student debt. The president-elect is asking the Department of Education to consider immediately extending the pause on interest and principal payments for direct federal loans until at least September 30, 2021.

No Issues

Jan 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Economy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extend Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums - The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an almost unprecedented housing affordability crisis. Today, 1 in 5 renters and 1 in 10 homeowners with a mortgage are behind on payments. President-elect Biden is asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to consider immediately extending the federal eviction moratorium until at least March 31, 2021, while calling on Congress to provide much needed rental assistance and extend it further. And, he will ask the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, to consider extending foreclosure moratoriums for federally guaranteed mortgages and continuing applications for forbearance for federally guaranteed mortgages until at least March 31, 2021. On Tuesday, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) extended its foreclosure and eviction moratoriums until February 28, 2021. The president-elect will call on the agency to consider extending the foreclosure moratorium further and continue forbearance applications for all loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

No Issues

On January 21, 2021, President Biden signed a slate of executive orders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, including orders to ensure equity in the government’s response to the pandemic and to address the impact of COVID-19 on educational outcomes along racial and socioeconomic lines.

 

In addition, following President Biden’s inauguration, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that she had extended the federal moratorium on residential evictions until at least March 31, 2021, noting that the COVID-19 pandemic has “triggered a housing affordability crisis that disproportionately affects some communities.” The Department of Agriculture announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans through the same date. And the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs announced that it would extend its foreclosure and eviction moratorium on single-family mortgages issued by the Federal Housing Administration or guaranteed by the Office of Native American Programs through March 21, 2021. It is expected that President Biden will also request:

 

· that Congress provide rental assistance and extend the foreclosure moratorium beyond the CDC’s current order;

· that the Departments of Veterans Affairs consider extending foreclosure moratoriums for federally guaranteed mortgages and continuing applications for forbearance for federally guaranteed mortgages until at least March 31, 2021; and

· that the Federal Housing Finance Agency extend the foreclosure moratorium past February 21, 2021, and continue forbearance applications for all loans guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

 

President Biden’s staff has indicated that additional executive actions will be forthcoming on advancing equity; supporting communities of color and other underserved communities; expanding access to health care, including for low-income women and women of color; and reuniting families separated at the border. It is expected that the President will issue additional administrative actions related to economic relief on Friday, January 22, and related to racial equity issues on Tuesday, January 26.

 

Related Posts

· Applicability of the Biden Administration’s Regulatory Freeze to Independent Agencies

· President Biden’s Memorandum on Housing Discrimination

· COVID-19: The Biden Administration's National Strategy and Plans for the Defense Production Act

· Biden Rescinds Executive Order Restricting Diversity Training for Federal Contractors

Biden Administration Begins Comprehensive Review of Trump-Era Environmental Rules

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/president-biden-s-executive-actions-5613277

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

Accelerates manufacturing and delivery of supplies for vaccination, testing and Personal Protective Equipment

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

Directs FEMA to expand reimbursement to states to fully cover the cost for National Guard personnel and emergency supplies

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

No

 

 

Establishes the Pandemic Testing Board to expand US coronavirus testing capacity

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

Establishes a preclinical program to boost development of therapeutics in response to pandemic threats

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

Enhances the nation’s collection, production, sharing and analysis of coronavirus data

No Issues

Jan 21

 

Coronavirus

 

No

 

Directs FEMA to create federally-supported community vaccination centers

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directs the Department of Education and HHS to provide guidance for safely reopening and operating schools, childcare providers and institutions of higher education

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to release clear guidance on Covid-19, decide whether to establish emergency temporary standards, and directs OSHA to enforce worker health and safety requirements

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Requires mask wearing in airports and on certain modes of transportation, including many trains, airplanes, maritime vessels and intercity buses. International travelers must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test prior to coming to the US

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

Creates the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force to help ensure an equitable pandemic response and recovery

No Issues

Jan 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A presidential directive to restore America’s leadership, support the international pandemic response effort, promote resilience for future threats and advance global health security and the Global Health Security Agenda

No Issues

Jan 22

 

 

 

 

 

Economy

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Restores collective bargaining power and worker protections for federal workers, and lays the foundation for $15 minimum wage

No Issues

Jan 22

 

 

 

Economy

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

Calls for assistance to those who are struggling to buy food, missed out on stimulus checks or are unemployed

No Issues

Jan 25

 

 

 

 

Economy

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

Strengthens Buy American rules by closing loopholes and reducing waivers granted on federal purchases of domestic goods

No Issues

Jan 25

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Reinstates Covid-19 travel restrictions for individuals traveling to the United States from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa

No Issues

Jan 25

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

Reverses the Trump administration’s ban on transgender Americans joining the military

Sex behavior hopefully doesn’t increase sexual violations among crew members.

Jan 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directs the Department of Housing and Urban Development to review the Trump administration’s regulatory actions for their effects on fair housing and to then “take steps necessary” to comply with the Fair Housing Act

No Issues

Jan 26

 

 

Equity

 

 

No

 

 

Directs the attorney general not to renew federal contracts with private prisons

No Issues

Jan 26

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

Recommits federal agencies to “engage in regular, robust and meaningful consultation with Tribal governments”

No Issues

Jan 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acknowledges the rise in discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the past year, directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider issuing guidance on best practices to improve “cultural competency, language access and sensitivity toward AAPIs” in the federal government’s Covid-19 response, and directs the Department of Justice to partner with AAPI communities to prevent hate crimes and harassment

No Issues

Jan 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elevates climate change as an essential element of US foreign policy and national security and kicks off development of a new emissions reduction target, which will be announced by April 22

No Issues

Jan 27

 

 

 

 

 

Environment

 

 

 

 

 

No

 

 

 

 

 

Charges the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy with responsibility for ensuring scientific integrity across federal agencies

No Issues

Feb 2

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

Revokes Trump’s order justifying separating families at the border and creates a task force that recommends steps to Biden to reunite separated families

No Issues

Feb 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aims to address economic and political causes of migration, works with organizations to provide protection to asylum seekers and ensures Central American asylum seekers have legal access to the United States. Rescinds Trump administration policies and guidelines and also initiates a review of policies “that have effectively closed the U.S. border to asylum seekers”

No Issues

Feb 2

 

 

 

Immigration

 

 

 

Yes

 

 

 

Rescinds Trump’s memo requiring immigrants to repay the government if they receive public benefits. Elevates the role of the executive branch in promoting immigrant integration and inclusion, including reestablishing a Task Force on New Americans. Requires agencies to review immigration regulations and policies

Assumes illegal aliens are not working or earning enough living on the street in America now. Americas must pay for public health services.

Feb. 4

 Immigration

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Rebuild U.S. refugee resettlement program

 

Feb. 4

 Equity

 Yes

Expand protection of LGBTQ people around the world

 Around the World, Wow.

Feb. 11

 

 Yes

Prevent Myanmar military from accessing property

 Biden threatens sanctions on Myanmar after military coup - AP, Matthew Lee - Mon, February 1, 2021, 9:57 AM WASHINGTON (AP) — “The United States removed sanctions on Burma over the past decade based on progress toward democracy,” Biden said in a statement. “The reversal of that progress will necessitate an immediate review of our sanction laws and authorities, followed by appropriate action. The United States will stand up for democracy wherever it is under attack.” Myanmar has been a Western democracy promotion project for decades and had been a symbol of some success. But over the past several years, there have been growing concerns about its backsliding into authoritarianism. $134 million to Burma helped who?

Feb. 14

 

Yes

 

Reestablish the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to coordinate providing community services in partnership with federal, state and local governments and with other private organizations

 No Issues

Feb. 17

 

 Yes

Rescind a Trump order creating industry-led apprenticeship programs

 It was working.

Feb. 24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes

Revokes a series of seven Trump administration actions that had eased regulatory requirements, as well as actions that called for withholding funding from cities for allowing protests in support of Black Lives Matter, that imposed stricter work requirements to be eligible for federal welfare and that promoted “beautiful federal civic architecture”

Black Lives Matter, A Movement  President Biden claims, so violence, property damage, killings and mob violence is  acceptable by Democrats encouraged and bailed out, promoting insurrection

Feb. 24

 

Yes

Revokes a Trump-era proclamation that limited legal immigration during the Covid-19 pandemic

No Issues

Feb. 24

 

No

Launches a 100-day review of US supply chains for pharmaceuticals, critical minerals, semiconductors and large-capacity batteries, directing agencies to identify opportunities to secure and invest in those supply chains. It also calls for a year-long review into six sectors: Defense, public health and biological preparedness, information and communications technology, energy, transportation, and agricultural commodities and food preparation

 No Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief report that illustrates as a nation, our energy demand reflects Renewable energy accounted for 17% during 2019, up from between 12.2% of the total energy or 10.22 Q BTU to 14.94% of the domestically produced electricity in 2016 in the United States.

With projected renewable energy to rise in the years to come, by 2026 renewable energy could easily be 25% of the domestically produced electricity in 2016 in the United States, while reducing green gases.

 

Exploitation of renewable energy technologies has it's limitations, i.e., you can't produce towering sections of tube steal post for wind mills over night, nor construct 10,000's of wind mills in a short time frame, following 9-year construction periods for 2,500 MW to 3,000 MW Off Shore Wind Mill Farms. The U. S. Department of Energy under Trump has advanced Renewable Energy Technologies from 2016 (Obama/Biden) to 2019 by at least 4% growth during which time the U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide fell by 2.8% in 2019, slightly below 2017 levels. Very impressive, but as impressive, are President Trump’s business/corporation tax reduction and deregulation made it possible for the principles of a free market to strive in our free enterprise system. Our government didn't have to force charges on the energy industries a pollutant tax in order to bankrupt an energy plant using, coal, oil, nuclear energy or natural gas. The U. S. is only 15% of all counties polluting.

 

“It’s a monumental task of transforming the U. S. Energy Fossil Fuels industry into less exploitation in favor of renewable energy technologies has huge obstacles because Petroleum provides about 91% of the transportation sector's energy consumption, but less than 1% of the electric power sector's primary energy use” (Ref. Energy Explained). https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/us-energy-facts).

 

Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 

“Grreenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere over the last 150 years.1 The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in the United States is from burning fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation.

 

EPA tracks total U.S. emissions by publishing the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks. This annual report estimates the total national greenhouse gas emissions and removals associated with human activities across the United States.

 

The primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States are:

 

· Transportation (28.2 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions) – The transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation primarily come from burning fossil fuel for our cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes. Over 90 percent of the fuel used for transportation is petroleum based, which includes primarily gasoline and diesel.2

· Electricity production (26.9 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions) – Electricity production generates the second largest share of greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 63 percent of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.3

· Industry (22.0 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions) – Greenhouse gas emissions from industry primarily come from burning fossil fuels for energy, as well as greenhouse gas emissions from certain chemical reactions necessary to produce goods from raw materials.

· Commercial and Residential (12.3 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions) – Greenhouse gas emissions from businesses and homes arise primarily from fossil fuels burned for heat, the use of certain products that contain greenhouse gases, and the handling of waste.

· Agriculture (9.9 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions) – Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture come from livestock such as cows, agricultural soils, and rice production.

· Land Use and Forestry (11.6 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions) – Land areas can act as a sink (absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere) or a source of greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, since 1990, managed forests and other lands are a net sink, i.e. they have absorbed more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit.

 

Emissions and Trends

 

Since 1990, gross U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 3.7 percent. From year to year, emissions can rise and fall due to changes in the economy, the price of fuel, and other factors. In 2018, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions increased compared to 2017 levels. The increase in CO2 emissions from fossil fuel combustion was a result of multiple factors, including increased energy use due to greater heating and cooling needs due to a colder winter and hotter summer in 2018 compared to 2017” (Ref. EPA, U. S.). https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions

 

Total Emissions in 2018 = 6,677 Million Metric Tons of CO2 equivalent. Percentages may not add up to 100% due to independent rounding.

* Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry in the United States is a net sink and offsets approximately 12 percent of these greenhouse gas emissions, this emissions offset is not included in total above. All emission estimates from the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990–2018.

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks

 

References

1. IPCC (2007). Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Exit Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

2. IPCC (2007). Climate Change 2007: Mitigation. (PDF) (863 pp, 24MB) Exit Contribution of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [B. Metz, O.R. Davidson, P.R. Bosch, R. Dave, L.A. Meyer (eds)], Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.

U.S. Energy Information Administration (2019). Electricity Explained - Basics

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

 

About the Emissions Inventory

 

“EPA has prepared the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks since the early 1990s. This annual report provides a comprehensive accounting of total greenhouse gas emissions for all man-made sources in the United States. The gases covered by the Inventory include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, sulfur hexafluoride, and nitrogen trifluoride. The Inventory also calculates carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere by “sinks,” e.g., through the uptake of carbon and storage in forests, vegetation, and soils. https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-1990-2018

 

The national greenhouse gas inventory is submitted to the United Nations in accordance with the Framework Convention on Climate Change https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/transparency-and-reporting/reporting-and-review-under-the-convention/greenhouse-gas-inventories-annex-i-parties/reporting-requirements

 

In preparing the annual emissions inventory report, EPA collaborates with hundreds of experts representing more than a dozen U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, industry associations, consultants and environmental organizations. EPA also collects greenhouse gas emissions data from individual facilities and suppliers of certain fossil fuels and industrial gases through the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. https://www.epa.gov/ghgreporting

 

Overview of Greenhouse Gases and Sources of Emissions

 

Key findings from the 1990-2018 U.S. Inventory include:

 

In 2018, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,677 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, or 5,903 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents after accounting for sequestration from the land sector.

 

Nitrous Oxide - 7%

Fluorinated Gases - 33%%

Methane - 10$

Carbon - 81%

 

Emissions increased from 2017 to 2018 by 3.1 percent (after accounting for sequestration from the land sector). This increase was largely driven by an increase in emissions from fossil fuel combustion, which was a result of multiple factors, including more electricity use greater due to greater heating and cooling needs due to a colder winter and hotter summer in 2018 in comparison to 2017.

 

Greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 (after accounting for sequestration from the land sector) were 10.2 percent below 2005 levels.

 

Agriculture - 10%

Commercial & Residential - 12%

Transportation -p 28%

Industry - 22%

Electricity - 27%

 

The graphs to the right provide an overview of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States based on information from the Inventory. To learn more about each of these topics, click on the links below:

 

Data Highlights

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks-fast-facts-and-data-highlights

 

Overview of Greenhouse Gases

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/overview-greenhouse-gases

 

Sources of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/sources-greenhouse-gas-emissions

 

See the Data

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https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/inventory-us-greenhouse-gas-emissions-and-sinks

 

To Save American Jobs, Leave The Paris Agreement Now –By Tim Doescher and Stephen Moore - Mar 20th, 2017

https://www.heritage.org/jobs-and-labor/commentary/save-american-jobs-leave-the-paris-agreement-now

 

Republicans Claim Rejoining Paris Climate Accords Will Cost American Jobs, But Here’s What’s Really Happening - Forbes Staff - Sarah Hansen - Jan 21, 2021, 1:25am EST|

https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahhansen/2021/01/21/republicans-claim-rejoining-paris-climate-accords-will-cost-american-jobs-but-heres-whats-really-happening/?sh=71df045f4f57

 

Biden rejoins Paris climate pact. Environmental advocates hope the best is yet to come - By Denise Chow - Jan. 20, 2021, 3:17 PM PST

https://www.nbcnews.com/science/environment/biden-rejoins-paris-climate-pact-scientists-hope-best-yet-come-n1255070

The Trump Administration Rolled Back More Than 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List. - The New York Times

 

Over four years, the Trump administration dismantled major climate policies and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water, wildlife and toxic chemicals.

 

In all, a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts nearly 100 environmental rules officially reversed, revoked or otherwise rolled back under Mr. Trump. More than a dozen other potential rollbacks remained in progress by the end but were not finalized by the end of the administration’s term.

 

“This is a very aggressive attempt to rewrite our laws and reinterpret the meaning of environmental protections,” said Hana V. Vizcarra, a staff attorney at Harvard’s Environmental and Energy Law Program who has tracked the policy changes since 2018.

 

“This administration is leaving a truly unprecedented legacy.”

 

Rule reversals

Completed                    In progress                   Total                

Air pollution and emissions                  28                                   2                                     30

 

Drilling and extraction                          12                                   7                                     19

 

Infrastructure and planning                   14                                   0                                     14

 

Animals                                                   15                                   1                                     16

 

Water pollution                                      8                                     1                                     9

 

Toxic substances and safety                  9                                     1                                     10

 

Other                                                        12                                   2                                     14

 

All                                                            98                                   14                                   112

 

The bulk of the rollbacks identified by the Times were carried out by the Environmental Protection Agency, which weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks; removed protections from more than half the nation’s wetlands; and withdrew the legal justification for restricting mercury emissions from power plants.

 

At the same time, the Interior Department worked to open up more land for oil and gas leasing by limiting wildlife protections and weakening environmental requirements for projects. The Department of Energy loosened efficiency standards for a wide range of products.

 

In justifying many of the rollbacks, the agencies said that previous administrations had overstepped their legal authority, imposing unnecessary and burdensome regulations that hurt business.

 

“We have fulfilled President Trump’s promises to provide certainty for states, tribes, and local governments,” a spokeswoman for the E.P.A. said in a statement to The Times, adding that it was “delivering on President Trump’s commitment to return the agency to its core mission: Providing cleaner air, water and land to the American people.”

 

But environmental groups and legal analysts said the rollbacks have not served that mission.

All told, the Trump administration’s deregulatory actions were estimated to significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade and lead to thousands of extra deaths from poor air quality each year.

 

Many of the rollbacks have been challenged in court by states, environmental groups and others, and some have already been struck down. In the final days of Mr. Trump’s term, a federal appeals court overturned a plan to relax Obama-era restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and natural gas-burning power plants, arguing that the agency misinterpreted its obligation under the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon pollution.

 

The Times identified nearly a dozen more rules that were initially reversed or suspended by the Trump administration but later reinstated, often following lawsuits and other challenges. They are summarized at the bottom of this page, and are not counted in our overall tally.

President-elect Biden is expected to undo several of the rollbacks through executive orders soon after assuming office on Jan. 20, including cancelling the permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and rejoining the Paris climate change agreement. The Democrat-controlled House and Senate could help nullify several more Trump-era rules through a once-obscure law that grants Congress the power to review regulations recently adopted by federal agencies. But other rules will be more difficult to change, requiring months — or even years — of work to repeal and replace.

 

Below, we have summarized each rule that was targeted for reversal.

 

Are there rollbacks we missed? Email climateteam@nytimes.com or tweet @nytclimate.

Sources: Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker; Columbia Law School’s Climate Deregulation Tracker; Brookings Institution; Federal Register; Environmental Protection Agency; Interior Department; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; White House.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/climate/trump-environment-rollbacks-list.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=7D864C85C09A80F45E344F5E2462

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Fact check: Biden said he plans to increase COVID-19 small business relief to people of color and women - Devon Link - USA TODAY

 

The claim: Biden admitted plans to discriminate against white men with COVID-19 economic relief

 

Throughout Joe Biden's presidential campaign and transition, he has promised to address the disproportionate economic damage the coronavirus pandemic has had on minority communities.

 

After he discussed prioritizing aid to small businesses owned by people of color and women at an event Jan. 8, conservative critics are using a 30-second clip from a roughly 25-minute speech to accuse Biden of discriminating against white men. 

 

“Listen to this clip where Joe Biden is openly recommending racial discrimination,” far-right podcast host Dan Bongino said when introducing the clip.

 

“Our focus will be on small businesses on Main Street that aren’t wealthy and well-connected, that are facing real economic hardships through no fault of their own,” Biden says. “Our priority will be Black, Latino, Asian and Native American-owned small businesses, women-owned businesses, and finally having equal access to resources needed to reopen and rebuild. But we’re going to make a concerted effort to help small businesses in low-income communities in big cities, small towns and rural communities that have faced systematic barriers to relief.”

 

“Did I just hear Joe Biden say that they’re basically going to de-prioritize aid relief to white males who own businesses?” Bongino asked after showing the clip. “No, that’s exactly what he said.”

 

Bongino encouraged viewers to read an article titled “Biden Pushes Idea of Discriminating Based on Race, Sex in Stimulus Plan” on the conservative website Townhall.

 

Other conservative critics, such as former George W. Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and Fox News commentator Brit Hume, criticized Biden on Twitter for his remarks.

 

Bongino, whose video has more than 59,000 reactions and 16,000 comments, has not responded to USA TODAY’s request for comment.

USA TODAY has fact-checked another claim by Bongino contending that a Black Democrat had expressed racist views toward white people.

 

Longer video shows missing context 

 

Biden made the statement at an event at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was announcing Cabinet picks. 

 

C-SPAN video of Biden’s announcement shows he was discussing anticipated increased access to relief for businesses owned by people of color and women because they have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 economic hardship. 

 

The Biden-Harris transition team shared an 87-second clip of Biden’s remarks on Twitter Jan. 10.

 

“Think of the mom-and-pop owner with a couple of employees who can’t pick up the phone and call a banker, who doesn’t have a lawyer, an accountant, to help them through this complicated process, to know if they’re even qualified, or who simply didn’t know where this relief is available in the first place,” Biden continues in the longer video. 

 

He did not specifically explain how his plan would prioritize people of color or women.

 

On Jan. 14, Biden announced a $1.9 trillion spending package focused on quickening vaccine distribution and providing economic relief. His plan includes $15 billion in grants for small businesses.

 

Throughout his campaign, Biden has criticized  former President Donald Trump's economic response to the pandemic, which he claims “largely shut out minority business owners from COVID-19 recovery funds.”

 

On his campaign website he promised to “swiftly end the racial inequity in small business support by ensuring that minority-owned businesses get effective access to all of these tools, as well as access to technical assistance – such as accounting support and legal advice – so that they are not shut out of federal aid programs.”

 

USA TODAY contacted Biden’s transition team for comment and has yet to receive a response. 

 

COVID-19 has a disproportionate economic impact 

 

The pandemic has hit small businesses hard, and the damage has been even more devastating for businesses owned by people of color.

 

According to data from the National Bureau of Economic Research, African American businesses saw a 41% drop in business activity from February until April, Latino businesses saw a 32% drop, and Asian businesses dropped by 26%. Female-owned businesses saw a similarly disproportionate effect with a 25% decrease in business activity.

 

That is in contrast to a 17% decrease white business owners have faced.

 

A University of Michigan study found that in May 2020, less than 0.5% of Black business owners reported they had received COVID-19 aid from the government, compared with 9% of non-Black business owners. 

 

The researchers concluded that the disparity was likely a result of systemic barriers that prevented Black business owners from accessing relief.

 

Our rating: Missing context

 

We rate the claim that President-elect Joe Biden admitted plans to discriminate against white men in COVID-19 economic relief MISSING CONTEXT because it is misleading without additional information. Longer video of Biden's remarks shows he was discussing increasing aid to businesses owned by people of color and women because they have been disproportionately affected by the economic crisis. 

Our fact-check sources:

 

· C-SPAN, Jan. 8, "Biden Economic Team Nominations"

· USA TODAY, Jan. 14, "Biden introduces $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that includes $1,400 stimulus checks"

· Dan Bongino, Jan. 14, Facebook post

· Townhall, Jan. 11, "Biden Pushes Idea of Discriminating Based on Race, Sex in Stimulus Plan"

· Ari Fleischer, Jan. 12, tweet

· Brit Hume, Jan. 11, tweet

· USA TODAY, Dec. 29, 2020, "Fact check: Rev. Warnock sermon on 'whiteness' condemns racism, does not call for anti-white bigotry"

· USA TODAY, Jan. 8, 'Immediate relief': Biden introduces Cabinet secretaries with plea for Congress to move quickly on COVID relief"

· Biden-Harris Presidential Transition, Jan. 10, tweet

· Biden Harris Presidential Campaign, accessed Jan. 19, "THE BIDEN PLAN FOR AN EFFECTIVE RE-OPENING THAT JUMPSTARTS THE ECONOMY"

· National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2020, "THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS: THE FIRST THREE MONTHS AFTER SOCIAL-DISTANCING RESTRICTIONS"

· University of Michigan, Jan. 6, "Black business owners, entrepreneurs left out of small business coronavirus support"

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/01/19/fact-check-biden-didnt-say-he-would-discriminate-covid-relief/4213252001

Fact-check: Was Trump slow to halt travel from China? - By Miriam Valverde, PolitiFact.com - Posted Apr 13, 2020 at 6:02 PM

 

This piece was originally published on PolitiFact.com on April 13, 2020.

 

President Donald Trump routinely claims that he went against everyone’s wishes when he decided to restrict travel from China to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the United States. Because he did, and fast, thousands of lives were saved, Trump says.

 

But Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said Trump’s response wasn’t all that quick.

 

Biden told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on April 5 that Trump trailed dozens of other countries in issuing travel restrictions on China. (This was a week before Stephanopoulos confirmed he had COVID-19.)

 

“He indicated that I complimented him on dealing with China. Well, you know, 45 nations had already moved to keep, block China’s personnel from being able to come to the United States before the president moved,” Biden said. “It’s about pace. It’s about the urgency. And I don’t think there’s been enough of it, urgency.”

 

PolitiFact decided to put Biden’s claim on the Truth-O-Meter. Taken literally, Biden’s statement that 45 countries blocked Chinese personnel from “being able to come to the United States” doesn’t make sense — the countries were dealing with travel from China into their own countries, of course. Biden’s campaign did not provide an on-the-record clarification.

 

Based on the context of the interview, Biden’s point was that 45 nations imposed restrictions on travel from China before the United States’ own restriction, therefore the United States was slow on this front. We found that the United States acted around the same time as did many other countries. It wasn’t the first to restrict travel from China, but it wasn’t the last, either.

 

Timeline of restrictions on travel from China

 

Sources

Joe Biden interview on ABC This Week, April 5, 2020

 

World Health Organization, Updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak, Feb. 29, 2020; WHO Director-General’s statement on IHR Emergency Committee on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Jan. 30, 2020; Pneumonia of unknown cause – China, Jan. 5, 2020;

 

ThinkGlobalHealth.org, Travel Restrictions on China due to COVID-19

 

WhiteHouse.gov, Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Jan. 31, 2020

Cato Institute, Travel Restrictions and the Spread of COVID-19 – What Does the Research Say?, March 23, 2020

Email interview, Samantha Kiernan, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, April 9, 2020

Email interview, Alex Nowrasteh, director of immigration studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, April 9, 2020

South Korea travel restriction announcement, Feb. 2, 2020

Italian Civil Authority, suspension of flights to and from China, Jan. 31, 2020

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus, was first detected in Wuhan, China, and was reported by Chinese authorities to the World Health Organization on Dec. 31, 2019.

On Jan. 30, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern over the coronavirus outbreak.

On Jan. 31, the Trump administration announced the United States would temporarily ban the admission of people who were in China 14 days prior to their attempted travel to the United States. The restriction took effect Feb. 2, and it exempted U.S. citizens, green card holders, and certain other people.

 

What was the rest of the world considering? We consulted Think Global Health, an initiative of the U.S.-based Council on Foreign Relations that is tracking travel restrictions on China due to COVID-19.

 

By the group’s count, Biden is correct about 45 nations restricting travel from China before the United States. That number covers variations of travel restrictions in effect up to and including Feb. 1.

 

Think Global Health’s tracker includes partial or total land border closures, suspension of flights to and from China, visa restrictions, such as a pause on visa-on-arrival programs, and entry restrictions (similar to what the United States implemented).

 

“While the United States was not one of the first countries to impose restrictions against travel from China, nor was it late to do so relative to the actions of others,” said Samantha Kiernan, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. “Rather, the United States acted around the same time that many other countries did.”

 

The Marshall Islands is among nations that had travel restrictions on China even before the World Health Organization’s Jan. 30 declaration. After the declaration, many countries, including the United States, announced their own travel restrictions.

 

For perspective, the U.S. measure went into effect after Italy on Jan. 31 suspended all flights to and from China, but it happened before South Korea’s entry restriction that started Feb. 4.

 

There are many ways to slice the numbers on travel restrictions, said Alex Nowrasteh, director of immigration studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. In a March 23 blog post, Nowrasteh estimated that at least 36 other countries imposed travel restrictions on people coming from China around the same time as the United States.

 

“Some countries, for instance, began forcing Chinese nationals to get a visa around this time whereas before they were allowed visa-free entry,” Nowrasteh said. “That’s an additional travel restriction, but a less onerous one than that imposed by President Trump.”

 

Nowrasteh agreed that the United States’ restriction wasn’t far behind from others.

 

“There are many points on which to criticize the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19, but they were not slow in instituting a travel ban on China,” Nowrasteh said. “The real question is whether that restriction worked and there is little evidence to suggest that it did.”

 

Global health specialists told Kaiser Health News that there is little to no evidence that Trump’s restrictions restrained COVID-19, because they came too late and didn’t have the follow-up necessary to make a real dent.

 

Research suggests that well-implemented travel restrictions can buy time, but that time has to be used effectively — to ramp up emergency preparedness and bolster activities like testing and isolating people who may have been exposed.

 

As late as Feb. 29, the WHO advised against travel or trade restrictions related to COVID-19 outbreaks, saying: “Travel bans to affected areas or denial of entry to passengers coming from affected areas are usually not effective in preventing the importation of cases but may have a significant economic and social impact.”

 

Our ruling

 

Biden claimed that “45 nations had already moved” to enforce travel restrictions with China “before the president moved.”

 

The extent of travel restrictions vary — from the suspension of visa programs to entry denial. According to one tracker of travel restrictions, Biden’s 45 figure checks out. Other research shows that the number is around 36.

 

Where Biden misleads is on the relative speed of the U.S. compared with others. The U.S. travel restriction came shortly after the WHO declared a public health emergency and around the same time as other nations, experts said.

 

Biden’s statement that Trump’s travel restriction was slower than 45 other countries is partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context. We rate it Half True.

https://www.statesman.com/news/20200413/fact-check-was-trump-slow-to-halt-travel-from-china

Biden sends open borders bill to Congress on first day in office: Can’t wait to swear in millions of new Democratic voters - JD Heyes - January 21, 2021

 

(Natural News) Since the days of Barack Obama, the Democratic Marxism Party has been steadily and “fundamentally transforming” America away from its founding principles of freedom, individual liberty, and constitutionalism. But we got a reprieve when Donald Trump was elected in 2016. Right away, from his inaugural speech, the … [Read More...]

 

Biden gets right to work dismantling the Trump legacy using executive orders to destroy the economy, reopen borders and make America weak again - by: JD Heyes - Thursday, January 21, 2021

(Natural News) Joe Biden told a small crowd at his inauguration Wednesday he wanted to ‘unify’ the country. Biden is used to speaking to small crowds; he couldn’t draw flies to a manure festival when he barely campaigned for president last fall. And his running mate, Kamala Harris, was so unpopular even Biden got more black support than … [Read More...]

U.S. Guest Workers Program Ideas and Proposals

 

Temporary amnesty for an estimated 800,000 children in America who were brought here illegally or whom over stayed there visa limitations at no fault of there own while residing in the U.S., was granted by President Obama, a two year temporary postponement of deportation.

 

Mit Romney says he’s looking for real INS Reform. I heard mention a G U.S. Work Guest Program.

 

For years Trump never explored the benefits of a U.S. Work Guest Program.

 

President Biden has a n8 year pathway to citizenship for 11 million folks in the U. S. with out going through legal immigration or stayed longer than their travel permit, etc.

 

Cool. It’s about time to address a reasonable solution allowing illegal aliens a path to legal employment opportunities in the U.S.

 

President Obama leading the democrat party once had democrats with both houses of government, yet no immigration reform ever became a reality.

 

I could easily build a U.S. Work Guest Program provided congress was behind the mission.

 

Before people give out their personal information, in essence reporting on themselves, they must be guaranteed entrance into a U.S. Work Guest Program or other pathway, provided there not a criminal or fugitive from the law.

Joe Biden halts border wall building after Donald Trump's final surge - By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press - Thursday, January 21, 2021 2:30PM

https://abc7news.com/what-executive-order-was-signed-today-border-wall-jobs-lost-construction-joe-biden-orders/9882444

 

Biden halts US-Mexico border wall construction - By Kim Slowey - Jan. 21 2021, 6:17 a.m. PST - Published Dec. 23, 2020

https://www.constructiondive.com/news/canceling-border-wall-contracts-could-force-thousands-to-lose-construction/592597

 

Jobs Created by Building Trump’s Big, Beautiful Border Wall - By David Luther - Aug. 4, 2017

https://www.zippia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/trump-wall-huge.jpg

IBEW Wages Lost: $1.8 Billion in U.S. Military Construction - International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - November 2019

http://www.ibew.org/articles/19ElectricalWorker/EW1911/ConstructionDeferrals.1119.html

Correction: An earlier version of this chart mislabeled Biden's order rescinding the 1776 commission. It is a reversal of a Trump policy.

Source: Biden transition team—Graphic: Christopher Hickey, CNN

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/20/politics/executive-actions-biden/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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