President Joe Biden will sign a pair of executive orders on Friday aimed at a $15 minimum wage for workers of federal contractors and expanding food assistance programs during the pandemic, and more top stories and politics.
Biden to sign a pair of orders on $15 minimum wage and expanding food assistance
President Joe Biden is expected to sign a pair of executive orders on Friday aimed at struggling American families, ABC reported.
One executive order calls for federal contractors to pay workers a $15 minimum wage, as well as provide paid emergency leave.
However, according to the White House, the minimum wage won’t go into effect immediately. Biden’s move is to direct the federal government “to start the work that would allow him to issue” an order “within the first 100 days” that would require federal contractors to pay at least $15 per hour, as well as provide paid emergency leave to workers.
Another Executive Order is aimed at expanding food assistance during the pandemic for tens of millions of Americans. The order will ask various agencies to increase federal food assistance programs, as well as assist families who qualify during the pandemic in receiving economic aid.
According to the White House, the order will ask the Department of Agriculture to expand food assistance by 15% for school children who are missing meals due to school closures, as well as increase emergency SNAP benefits to the lowest income homes in the country. Further, it will request that the agriculture department to increase the amount of benefits provided by the SNAP program in order to cover the cost of a healthy diet.
GOP Rep. Greene Files Articles of Impeachment Against President Joe Biden
Representative Marjorie Greene (R-GA) announced on Thursday that she has filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden. The impeachment articles were filed one day after he was sworn into office.
The text specifying the impeachable offenses within Greene’s articles of impeachment were not immediately available, The Hill reported. However, the outlet reported that Greene indicated the articles accuse abuse of power, centered around the time of Biden’s vice presidency, at which time he allowed his son Hunter, to serve on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
“President Joe Biden is unfit to hold the office of the presidency,” Greene said in a statement. “His pattern of abuse of power as President Obama’s Vice President is lengthy and disturbing. President Biden has demonstrated that he will do whatever it takes to bail out his son, Hunter, and line his family’s pockets with cash from corrupt foreign energy companies.”
Biden signs 17 executive orders, some lauded, others controversial and drawing criticism
President Joe Biden has kept his word on his promise to take immediate action on reversing some of the policies put in place by former President Donald Trump. On his first day in office, Biden signed 17 executive orders.
Among the notable steps taken by Biden are: rejoining the Paris climate accord, terminating border wall construction, ending the travel ban from Muslim countries, re-engaging with the World Health Organization (WHO), extending eviction and foreclosure moratoriums and more.
In forthcoming actions, Biden plans on asking the Department of education to consider an immediate extension to pause interest and principal payments of federal student loans until September 30, 2021, Fox reported.
However, some orders also created controversy, drawing criticism from both US allies and women.
Canada calls Keystone XL decision, “disappointing, deeply disturbing”
“While we welcome the President’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney threatened legal action earlier in the week over reports that Biden intended to stop work on the $8 billion project, and after the executive order killed the project, Kenney said he was “deeply disturbed” by Biden’s decision.
Women’s rights groups say new law will eviscerate women’s sports
Another controversial executive order issued by Biden extends existing federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ persons, NBC reported. However, the controversy has arisen as following the law to the letter would demand that schools include transgender athletes and girls’ sports. In part, the order states: “Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or school sports…All persons should receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
Women’s rights groups complained that the order will eviscerate women’s sports. Last year 17 states introduced bills to restrict athletes’ participation in sports to be based on the gender assigned at birth, but so far it has become law and only one state, Idaho, Fox reported.