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POTUS Joe Biden Hit The Ground Running, Busy Doing The People’s Work On Inauguration Day

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 21, 2021

On his Inauguration Day, following taking the Oath of Office, President Biden kept his campaign promise, signed at least 15 Executive Orders and other executive directives, all designed to protect American citizens from abuses of various types, to bring America back into accord with its international neighbors, and to begin strengthening the weaknesses created by the previous failed administration.

The first three Executive Orders were signed on camera from a room adjoining the Oval Office for such purposes.

1.) MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
SUBJECT: Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/reinstating-deferred-enforced-departure-for-liberians/

2.) Pausing Federal Student Loan Payments
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/20/pausing-federal-student-loan-payments/

3.) 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
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-termination-of-emergency-with-respect-to-southern-border-of-united-states-and-redirection-of-funds-diverted-to-border-wall-construction/

4.) Executive Order on Ethic Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-ethic-commitments-by-executive-branch-personnel/

5.) Modernizing Regulatory Review
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/modernizing-regulatory-review/

6.) Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-preventing-and-combating-discrimination-on-basis-of-gender-identity-or-sexual-orientation/

9.) Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-public-health-and-environment-and-restoring-science-to-tackle-climate-crisis/

10.) Executive Order on Ensuring a Lawful and Accurate Enumeration and Apportionment Pursuant to the Decennial Census
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-ensuring-a-lawful-and-accurate-enumeration-and-apportionment-pursuant-to-decennial-census/

11.) Executive Order on Revocation of Certain Executive Orders Concerning Federal Regulation
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-revocation-of-certain-executive-orders-concerning-federal-regulation/

12.) Executive Order on the Revision of Civil Immigration Enforcement Policies and Priorities
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-the-revision-of-civil-immigration-enforcement-policies-and-priorities/

13.) Letter to His Excellency António Guterres
January 20, 2021
“… a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The United States intends to remain a member of the World Health Organization.”
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/20/letter-his-excellency-antonio-guterres/

14.) Executive Order on Organizing and Mobilizing the United States Government to Provide a Unified and Effective Response to Combat COVID-19 and to Provide United States Leadership on Global Health and Security
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-organizing-and-mobilizing-united-states-government-to-provide-unified-and-effective-response-to-combat-covid-19-and-to-provide-united-states-leadership-on-global-health-and-security/

15.) Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-the-federal-workforce-and-requiring-mask-wearing/

16.) Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/proclamation-ending-discriminatory-bans-on-entry-to-the-united-states/

17.) Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-advancing-racial-equity-and-support-for-underserved-communities-through-the-federal-government/

18.) President Joe Biden Announces Acting Federal Agency Leadership
January 20, 2021
“The following individuals will serve in acting capacities across the Biden-Harris administration until permanent leadership can be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.”
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/20/president-joe-biden-announces-acting-federal-agency-leadership/

19.) Paris Climate Agreement
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/01/20/paris-climate-agreement/

20.) Regulatory Freeze Pending Review
January 20, 2021
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/regulatory-freeze-pending-review/


In addition to signing Executive Orders, Executive actions and directives shortly after taking the Oath of Office, President Biden has also taken immediate personnel action against three of the most egregiously pernicious appointees of the former President, and immediately requested their resignation.

Gone are:

• Michael Pack –

Confirmed by the Senate on June 4, 2020 to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media, contrary to Public Law, he turned that internationally-respected agency, and its subsidiaries, into a propaganda outlet for the former administration, in addition to wasting at least $2 million tax dollars at the rate of $500/hour paying a legal firm with which he had connections, to investigate employees and compile a dossier upon executives, which became his basis for firing them. Pack purged the agency of numerous respected professionals, reporters, and others whom he thought were not sufficiently devoted to the President, frequently spoke ill of all of the employees to organizations outside of the Federal government, and was universally disliked by everyone within the agencies and subsidiary organizations. His sycophantic, petty personnel and organizational decisions were exclusively tactics and strategies designed to appease and characterize the once-and-former President, and to place the President’s policies in a positive light, even if it was not true. One of his last examples of such pettiness was when he demoted Voice Of America reporter Patsy Widakuswara, assigned to the White House, after she asked a question of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he was walking out the door of a VOA-sponsored event at which he was the featured guest. In his short term as the agency’s CEO, an investigation by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel found a “substantial likelihood” that he had violated Federal law and had engaged in “gross mismanagement.” Pack submitted his resignation two hours after POTUS Biden was inaugurated, and protested his departure in that letter.
See: https://knpr.org/npr/2021-01/defined-scandal-voice-america-ceo-resigns-bidens-request

See also: https://www.washingtonian.com/2021/01/12/a-voa-reporter-was-demoted-after-asking-about-trumps-defeat-the-white-house-correspondents-association-condemned-the-move/

See also: https://www.voanews.com/press-freedom/lawsuit-calls-immediate-relief-usagm-ceos-actions

See also: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/533790-voa-reporter-demoted-after-asking-pompeo-if-he-regrets-saying-that

See also: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/02/941673587/substantial-likelihood-of-wrongdoing-by-voa-parent-agency-government-watchdog-sa

 

• Kathleen Kraninger

Confirmed by the Senate December 11, 2018 as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she was previously Associate Program Director in the White House Office of Management and Budget, and had no previous experience in consumer protection. Once confirmed, she immediately began to undermine the agency’s role as a consumer watchdog and defender against the abuses by the financial sector. She refused to enforce a Federal law that protected Military Service Members against a broad range of predatory lending practices, and her decision eliminated Federal support to military families who were defrauded by unscrupulous lenders. She also eliminated a landmark rule restricting predatory payday lending, and pressured staff to downplay any resulting harm done to consumers by her actions. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, with millions of Americans out of work, she also approved a rule that allowed debt collectors to harass Americans with limitless texts and emails demanding repayment.
See: https://www.pymnts.com/news/cfpb/2021/biden-asks-consumer-protection-chief-kraninger-to-step-down/

See also: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/payday-consumer-financial-protection-bureau.html

See also: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/06/senate-confirms-kraninger-cfpb-1006095

See also: https://www.fltimes.com/news/nation/consumer-confidential-1-fines-from-consumer-agency-were-common-under-trump-thats-about-to-change/article_812a4101-2a2d-56c1-9e62-32c42fb81056.html

 

• Peter Robb –

Confirmed by the Senate as General Counsel to the National Labor Relations Board in 2017 for a 4-year term, Robb was a lapdog for Big Business and corporations against the interests of employees, despite the title, description, and purpose of his role in the agency. The NLRB was created in order to enforce Federal laws guaranteeing employees the right to organize, form a union, to bargain collectively, seek redress of grievances in the workplace, improve pay, and working conditions. Only minutes after the new President had taken the Oath of Office, his administration notified Robb that he had until 5PM Eastern Standard Time to resign, or be fired. He refused, and was fired. In his refusal letter, he threatened the President, writing that “the removal of a General Counsel would set an unfortunate precedent for the labor relations of this country that will permanently undermine the structure and thus the proper functioning of the NLRB and the NLRA.”

See: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/biden-moves-to-oust-top-labor-board-attorney-robb

See also: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-peter-robb-nlrb-unions_n_6000a47cc5b62c0057bb6301

See also: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/01/biden-michael-pack-kathleen-kraninger-peter-robb.html

See also: https://www.theroot.com/biden-is-already-draining-the-swamp-fires-3-of-trump-s-1846099998

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