Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive orders in his first hours as president on Wednesday, the first salvos in a coming legislative and regulatory crusade to erase Donald Trump’s legacy from federal law and advance his own agenda.
While many of Biden’s first policy moves are expected reversals of Trump policies, others go further, and his team has signaled that many more actions will be announced in the days ahead. Together, they lay out what the top priorities of his administration will be: ending a pandemic that has killed more than 400,000 Americans, rescuing an economy battered by Covid-19, and taking steps Democrats have long demanded on immigration, the environment and racial justice.
Yet Biden has also stressed repeatedly that he would rather work with both parties in Congress to accomplish his policy goals rather than act unilaterally, and he has so far avoided many of the steps progressive groups and lawmakers want him to take, including canceling student debt and overriding the patents of drugs developed with public funds.
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