President Joe Biden signs an executive order for transgender people for military service in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, USA on January 25, 2021 when he meets with new Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.
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President Joe Biden will outline his race justice agenda and sign executive measures on Tuesday. This is the latest in a comprehensive first week flex of the presidential powers.
These measures include a mandate for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote fair housing policies, an administrative official told NBC News.
Biden’s actions will also oppose racism and xenophobia, including the kind directed against Asian Americans after the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, NBC reported.
According to his press schedule, Biden will speak in the State Dining Room of the White House at 2 p.m. Vice President Kamala Harris will also attend the event.
The President’s speech and signatures will be preceded by a press conference at 12:30 p.m., at which domestic affairs adviser Susan Rice is due to appear alongside the White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
“America never kept its basic promise of equality for all, but we never stopped trying,” Biden said Tuesday morning in a tweet from the president’s official Twitter account.
“Today I will take action to promote racial justice and bring us closer to the more perfect union we have always been looking for.”
The White House said in a separate tweet that the new measures will “promote racial justice and support communities of color and other underserved communities.”
Biden put questions of racial justice at the center of his winning campaign against former President Donald Trump. Shortly after he took office, Biden signed an executive order setting his government’s focus on social justice and repealing some of his predecessor’s policies.
In particular, the January 20 action overturned Trump’s September order to restrict federal entrepreneurs’ ability to deliver training on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Biden also ended the Trump administration’s “1776 Commission” which, in the final days of Trump’s tenure, produced a report that was extremely critical of progressive ideologies.
Biden’s command charged the Rice-headed Home Affairs Council with coordinating “efforts to embed principles, strategies, and approaches of justice throughout the federal government.”
“This includes efforts to remove and provide equal access to systemic barriers to opportunity and benefit, identify communities that have been underserved by the federal government, and develop strategies to advance equity for those communities,” it said in this regulation.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for additional details on Tuesday’s executive action.
Biden is expected to return to the state dining room at 4:45 p.m. to speak about his government’s efforts to contain the Covid pandemic.