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Biden uses kindergarten-style ‘theme days’ to roll out sea of exec orders

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President Joe Biden’s flurry of executive actions taken during his first day in office was apparently just a warm-up: He plans to issue several more, and each day will take on a new “theme,” according to a Monday report.

This week, according to The Hill, Biden plans to focus on a range of issues as a means of rapidly imposing his policies on the country while dismantling those of former President Donald Trump via a series of daily “themes.”

But the bizarre roll-out appears to have all the trappings of a grade-school level weekly schedule.

Monday: ‘Buy American’ Day

On Monday, the president is expected to sign an order that instructs federal agencies to bolster requirements to obtain goods and services from American workers and businesses.

During his campaign, Biden said he wanted to invest $400 billion during his initial term in products made by American companies and workers. Also, he promised “to tighten loopholes and waivers that allowed federal agencies to buy products produced overseas, and to crack down on false advertising surrounding products that claimed to be made in the United States,” the outlet reported.

During his first months in office, Trump also signed a “buy American” order which also sought to increase American workers’ wages and limit the influx of certain visa-holders.

Tuesday: ‘Equity’ Day

Tuesday’s theme is “equity,” in which Biden plans to sign a series of orders related to “racial equity,” which critics note is not the same as ‘equality.’

Those orders are likely to include the establishment of a police commission and reinstatement of an Obama-era rule limiting the transfer of military surplus equipment to local law enforcement agencies. The equity orders will also include instructions to the Justice Department to improve conditions in prisons and move toward eliminating the use of private incarceration facilities.

Other orders under “equity day” will instruct federal agencies to boost engagement with Native American tribes, for Housing and Urban Development to promote housing equality, and a disavowing of discrimination against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Wednesday: ‘Climate’ Day

On Wednesday, the administration will announce a U.S.-hosted leadership summit that will take place on Earth Day. In addition, Biden plans to sign an order that will “combat climate change domestically and elevates climate change as a national security priority,” though it will not contain specifics, according to the outlet.

Also, an order reestablishing the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will be signed along with a memo “urging agencies to make decisions based on available science and evidence,” The Hill reported.

Thursday: ‘Health Care’ Day

Biden is expected to focus on “health care” Thursday, in which he will fulfill a pledge to his left-wing base and rescind the so-called Mexico City policy banning the use of taxpayer funds to foreign groups that promote or provide abortion services.

Biden will also order an examination of his predecessor’s changes to family planning guidelines under Title X, “which required family planning providers participating in the program to stop providing or promoting abortions to remain eligible for funding,” noted The Hill.

He is also expected to sign an order strengthening Medicaid and launching an open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. During the Trump administration, Congress passed a major tax reform bill that also included rescinding Obamacare’s individual mandate.

Friday: ‘Immigration’ Day

Finally, on Friday, under the theme of “immigration” Biden will add to some actions taken during his first day in office including an order that relates to regional migration and processing at the border. That directive is expected to rescind Trump’s policies regarding asylum while calling for new strategies to deal with the root causes of migration in Central America.

“Biden will also sign an order establishing a task force to reunify migrant families separated during the Trump administration,” The Hill added.

The president will also instruct appropriate agencies to conduct an immediate review of the public charge rule “and other actions to remove barriers and restore trust in the legal immigration system including improving the naturalization process,” according to the White House.

Biden may also sign an order outlining measures guiding the implementation of the Refugee Admission Program, though that one may be changed or scrapped altogether.

Jon Dougherty

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