Biden’s first 100 days


President Joe Biden signing a series of executive orders

The first 100 days of a president’s term can define the rest of their presidency. Since President Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, he has signed more than 28 executive orders and other documents dealing with a wide number of issues including immigration, climate change, economic relief, and especially the coronavirus pandemic.

According to CNN, one of the first orders that Biden signed was a 100 day mask challenge, encouraging all citizens to wear a mask for 100 days, as well as requiring masks and distancing in all federal buildings. Another order requires the wearing of masks on intercity buses, trains, and airplanes. Other orders have moved to provide more funding for PPE manufacturing, make testing and vaccines more accessible, and to make information about the pandemic more accessible.

Climate change is another issue that Biden has been focused on in his first days, repealing many Trump-era programs. America will rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, which aims to slow the effects of climate change. Of the nearly 200 countries, America was the only country to withdraw, but the new order from Biden changes that.

Biden has also canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and directed agencies to review actions taken by the Trump administration.

While most of Biden’s new executive orders have not been a reversal of a Trump action, they are among the most telling. The Biden-administration promises to move in a very different direction than their predecessors. Biden has reversed policy on allowing transgender people into the military, immigration bans on the Middle East, the withdrawl from the World Health Organization, and other issues. They have also laid the foundation for the $15 minimum wage.

“I’m actually really happy with the executive orders that I have heard about, like rejoining the Paris Agreement? I think it’s really helpful,” says senior Brooke Johnson.

Whether or not someone agrees with Biden, and there are certainly many on both sides, it is undeniable that the next four years will be pivotal for the future of this country. With everything that Biden has already pushed for in less than a month, the country is in for some big changes.

According to NPR, he has already signed the most executive orders in his first month of any president besides Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As president Joe Biden said in his inaugural address, “Politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire, destroying everything in its path. Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war.