November 17, 2020

Biden Plans to Overturn Trump's Executive Orders

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

Biden has announced his plan to overturn some of President Trump’s executive orders, should he be elected. Although results are yet to be finalized, Biden and his team have stated plans to repeal much of Trump’s work on immigration and foreign policy. His advisors have stated that he will need to use strong executive power to overturn Trump’s actions, since Republicans have maintained control of the Senate. 

The Background:

Democratic nominee Joe Biden has stated his intent to reverse Trump's executive orders, according to the New York Post. Biden has stated that he will repeal the existing ban on immigration from many Muslim-run countries, reinstate the “Dreamers” program, and rejoin the Paris Climate Accords. 

Biden also plans to rejoin the World Health Organization, months after President Trump stated his intent to withdraw from the WHO in 2021. The Washington Post reports that Biden is assembling a Coronavirus task force with the intent to find new tactics for handling the pandemic. 

In addition to plans to reverse many of Trump’s existing executive orders, Vox writes that Biden has stated his plan to overturn the ban on transgender military members. The Washington Post writes that Biden may resort to selecting “acting heads” of executive departments, should Congress delay or refuse to approve of his nominees. 

Notable Quotes:

“The policy team, the transition policy teams, are focusing now very much on executive power. … I expect that to be freely used in a Biden administration at this point, if the Senate becomes a roadblock.” - Biden advisor, The Washington Post.


Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama

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