How President Biden Addresses the Nation’s Problems in the First 100 Days: President Biden and his Unilateral Directives - Going Forward While Looking Backward



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Independent Research under Honors College Faculty mentor Dr. Michelle BelcoThere is often a flurry of executive activity in the first 100 days of a new administration, especially when the incoming president is of the opposite party. In his efforts to establish a new administration, President Biden’s unilateral directives range from revoking the executive actions of the prior president, to making institutional changes, and to addressing the nation’s immediate problems. This study compiles the presidential directives – executive orders, proclamations, memorandum, determinations - of President Biden during his first 100 days and provides an overview of the issues that absorb his attention during the first days in office. Second, we analyze the content of Executive Order 14000—Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers, to reveal how President Biden uses his newly gained authority and power to direct agencies to address the impact of the pandemic on educational institutions. Lastly, we analyze the content of Proclamation 10142—Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Southern Border of the United States and Redirection of Funds Diverted to Border Wall Construction, and explain how President Biden’s proclamation was carried out.