Joe Biden‘s first 100 days as President of the United States are en route to making history for the number of executive orders he’s signed to immediately undo some of the work of the Trump administration as well as progressively advance agendas the latter left ignored.
Having already addressed issues related to LGBT rights, immigration, and more, Biden took to press Tuesday (January 26) to unveil a multi-faceted plan aimed to promote racial equality.
Biden announced the signing of four executive orders to improve race relations in America – a number of which impact the Department of Housing and Justice Department.
Highlights of executive actions include:
- Department of Housing and Urban Development must “take steps necessary to redress racially discriminatory federal housing policies that have contributed to wealth inequality for generations.”
- Justice Department’s use of private prisons to end
- Recommitment of the federal government to Tribal sovereignty
- Take phased steps to combat discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – a condition that’s only worsened due to stigmas associated with the global health crisis
Economists estimate $5 trillion could be added to the economy over the next 5 years if the racial gaps in income and opportunity close, a notion Biden supports and has declared all federal agencies and White House offices would be tasked with doing the same.
“For too long we’ve allowed a narrow, cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester,” Biden said during his address to the press (seen above). “I believe we all rise or fall together. Advancing equity is a critical part of healing and restoring unity in our nation.”