President Joe Biden’s planned signing of a pair of executive
orders on Friday will boost the number of such directives to more than 30, in
an early burst of activity from the new commander-in-chief.
Biden is planning to take executive action to provide stopgap financial relief to Americans while Congress considers his $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package, as the Associated Press reports. The two orders would increase food aid, protect those on unemployment and clear a path for federal workers and contractors to get a $15 hourly minimum wage, as AP says.
With the new signings, Biden will have put through 32 executive orders or memorandums, proclamations and other actions.
Among the executive orders he has signed are those that
would revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, require masks on federal
property, and fill supply shortfalls in the fight against COVID-19 by using the
Defense Production Act.
Biden is scheduled to speak about his economic plans and
sign the new orders at the White House on Friday afternoon.