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All of President Biden’s key executive orders — in one chart Published: Feb. 5, 2021 at 12:15 p.m. ET
By

Victor Reklaitis and Robert Schroeder

New president also deploys memorandums, proclamations, other executive actions
Joe Biden is making use of executive orders, memorandums and more. Getty Images

President Joe Biden has made aggressive use of executive orders since being sworn in on Jan. 20, acting without Congress on issues across the spectrum even as he calls on lawmakers to work with him on giving more aid to Americans hurt by the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is making use of executive orders that affect health care XLV, +0.18%, the energy sector XLE, +0.85%, prison stocks and other areas.

Below is a table showing orders that he signed on his first day in office, as well as other executive actions that have followed.

Key Biden executive actions
Subject Type of action Date

Re-engage with World Health Organization End withdrawal process
Create position of COVID-19 response coordinator Executive order
Rejoin Paris climate agreement Sign an "instrument"
Revoke permit for Keystone XL pipeline, pause energy leasing in ANWR Executive order
Ask agencies to extend eviction/foreclosure moratoriums Request
Ask Education Dept. to extend student-loan pause Request
Launch an initiative to advance racial equity, end "1776 Commission" Executive order
Revoke order that aims to exclude undocumented immigrants from census Executive order
Preserve/fortify DACA, which helps "Dreamers" Memorandum
Require masks/distancing on all federal property and by federal workers Executive order
Reverse travel ban targeting primarily Muslim countries Executive order
Stop construction of border wall Proclamation
Combat discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity Executive order
Require ethics pledge for executive-branch personnel Executive order
Modernize and improve regulatory review Memorandum
End "harsh and extreme immigration enforcement" Executive order
Extend protection from deportation for Liberians in U.S. Memorandum
Revoke certain executive orders concerning federal regulation Executive order
Freeze any new or pending regulations Memorandum
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Fill supply shortfalls in fight vs. COVID-19 with Defense Production Act, other measures Executive order
Increase FEMA reimbursement to states for National Guard, PPE Memorandum 
Establish “COVID-19 Pandemic Testing Board,” expand testing Executive order
Bolster access to COVID-19 treatments and clinical care Executive order
Improve collection/analysis of COVID-related data Executive order

Mount vaccination campaign amid goals such as 100 million shots in 100 days Directives
Provide guidance on safely reopening schools Executive order
OSHA guidance for keeping workers safe from COVID-19 Executive order
Require face masks at airports, other modes of transportation Executive order
Establish a “COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force” Executive order

Support international response to COVID-19, “restore U.S. global leadership” Directive
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Ask agencies to boost food aid, improve delivery of stimulus checks Executive order
Restore collective bargaining power for federal workers Executive order

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Repeal ban on transgender people serving openly in U.S. military Executive order 
Tighten ‘Buy American’ rules in government procurement Executive order

Reinstate coronavirus travel restrictions on Brazil, most of Europe Proclamation
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End the Justice Department’s use of private prisons Executive order 
Directs HUD to address discriminatory housing practices Memorandum
Combat racism against Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders Memorandum

Directs agencies to engage in consultations with tribal governments Memorandum
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Pause new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands/waters, elevate climate change as national-security, foreign-policy priority Executive order
Re-establish President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Executive order

Directs agencies to make decisions on best available science, evidence Memorandum
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Reopen Obamacare marketplaces, lower recent barriers to joining Medicaid Executive order
Lift certain restrictions on abortion funding Memorandum
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Keep aluminum tariffs on U.A.E., scrapping Trump administration’s exemption Proclamation
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Begin ending “Remain in Mexico” program, “restore” U.S. asylum system Executive order
Start roll back of “public charge rule” (which imposes a wealth test on would-be immigrants), review other recent barriers to legal immigration Executive order
Create task force to reunite migrant families separated at the border Executive order

Retroactively reimburse states fully for FEMA-eligible costs tied to COVID Memorandum
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Rebuild U.S. refugee resettlement program Executive order
Expand protection of LGBTQ people around the world Memorandum

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Source: Biden administration
As Biden signs orders, Congress is moving ahead by laying the groundwork to pass his $1.9 trillion relief plan without Republican votes.



U.S. stocks DJIA, +0.30% SPX, +0.39% were gaining Friday even as the latest employment data showed a disappointing gain of 49,000 jobs in January, with the rally coming a day after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq COMP, +0.57% closed at records.

This is an updated version of a report first published on Jan. 21, 2021.



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