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Part of me is super worried that even if the Senate Parliamentary does let the 15$ in that Manchin will resist and threaten his vote to take it out knowing that we need everyone Democrat to go the route of conciliation 

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Part of me is super worried that even if the Senate Parliamentary does let the 15$ in that Manchin will resist and threaten his vote to take it out knowing that we need everyone Democrat to go the route of conciliation 

Yeah I feel ya. I believe there are some (not many) Republicans who support the minimum wage increase but not in the reconcilation bill

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-senator-propose-minimum-wage-hike-coupled-immigration-enforcement-n1258015

Manchin is likely gonna tank Neera Tanden's nom to OMB so maybe he's picking a fight there and not on the stimulus? hopefully at least....

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1 minute ago, WildAmerican said:

Yeah I feel ya. I believe there are some (not many) Republicans who support the minimum wage increase but not in the reconcilation bill

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/gop-senator-propose-minimum-wage-hike-coupled-immigration-enforcement-n1258015

Manchin is likely gonna tank Neera Tanden's nom to OMB so maybe he's picking a fight there and not on the stimulus? hopefully at least....


I hope you’re right!!! Maybe he’s playing hardball here so that he can keep riding this Bipartisan schtick that he likes to play and vote yes when push comes to shove on COVID relief 

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I hope you’re right!!! Maybe he’s playing hardball here so that he can keep riding this Bipartisan schtick that he likes to play and vote yes when push comes to shove on COVID relief 

He can really do whatever he wants tho, bc he's not up for re-election till '24 and there's no way he'd win as a Dem in a Presidential year in WV with high turnout, so it's for all intents and purposes his last term in congress.

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Details of 17 Executive Orders Signed by Biden on First Day in Office:

COVID-19 response 

1) Start a "100 Days Masking Challenge," calling for a nationwide face mask and social distancing mandate in federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. 

2) Restructure federal government coordination to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden White House is bringing back an Obama-era position called the "Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense," which was organized with additional staff within the National Security Council after the 2014 Ebola epidemic. This directorate office was dispersed into other roles during the Trump administration, but Biden and his campaign advisers argued the move decreased the preparedness of the federal government for the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden will also formally implement a "response coordinator" who will report to the president on vaccine, testing and personal protective equipment production, supply, and distribution. Biden has appointed Jeff Zients, who has been overseeing Biden's COVID-19 team for the presidential transition.  

3) Rejoin the World Health Organization (WHO), which the Trump administration was in the process of leaving. Biden is also looking to reestablish the U.S. as an active leader at the WHO. 
 

Financial relief for Americans

4) Extend eviction and foreclosure moratoriums. Biden will call on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to re-implement and extend the already defunct moratorium until at least March 31. The new president will also call on the Departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs to extend the foreclosure moratoriums for their federally backed mortgages. "These emergency measures are important," Mr. Biden's top economic adviser Brian Deese said on the call with reporters, "There are more than 11 million mortgages guaranteed by the VA, Department of Agriculture and HUD that would be extended."   
 

5) Continue "pause" on student loan payments until September 30. The Biden advisers continue to assert Biden still supports his campaign pledge to cancel $10,000 of student loans, but this will take time as it has to go through Congress.  
 

Environment 

6) Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris climate negotiations took place under the Obama administration and were led by incoming climate change czar John Kerry when he was  secretary of state. This will take 30 days to go into effect.  

7) End Keystone XL pipeline and revoke oil and gas development at national wildlife monuments. To do this, Biden's climate adviser Gina McCarthy explained the Biden administration will discard or redo more than 100 "harmful" presidential proclamations, memoranda or permits signed by the Trump administration that the new administration views as detrimental to the environment. Other changes include directing agencies to "consider revising vehicle fuel economic and emissions standards" and placing federal working groups to deal with greenhouse gases, according to an outline of the executive orders.

Human rights 

8) Actions to advance racial equity through the federal government. Incoming Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice explained President Biden wants every federal agency to review equity in their programs and actions. For example, with this executive action the Office of Management and Budget will analyze if federal money is equitably distributed in communities of color and other places of need, the outline of the executive action said. Rice also said Trump's "harmful" 1776 Commission, the 18-member board he formulated in September, will be stopped. The commission's goal was to study the president's concern that the American education system was taking a too liberal approach to American history.  
 

9) Count non-citizens in U.S. Census again.  This reverses President Trump's order in July 2020 to not count undocumented Americans, which would affect federal allocation of money and federal representation. 

10) Strengthen workplace discrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At agencies, this broadens the federal protections against sex discrimination to include LGBTQ Americans.

Immigration 

11) Defend "Dreamers" program for undocumented young Americans. In this executive order, calls on Congress to grant permanent status and a path to citizenship to Dreamers — almost a million undocumented young people who were brought to the country as children and shielded from deportation by President Obama. The Trump administration challenged the law but the Supreme Court upheld it. 

12) End so-called "Muslim travel ban”, which in 2017 restricted travel and immigration to the U.S. from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, before adding Eritrea, Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, and Tanzania in 2020. The State Department is also instructed to restart visa applications for these countries.  
 

13) Change Trump's arrest priorities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This executive order will repeal the changes Mr. Trump made in the first week of his presidency in 2017 to make interior immigration enforcement much stricter. Few specifics were listed in the outline of the executive order, but the incoming Biden White House team stated the Department of Homeland Security, in partnership with other agencies, will "set civil immigration enforcement policies that best protect the American people and are in line with our values and priorities." 

14) Stop border wall construction. Biden will end the national emergency declaration cited by the Trump administration to divert money to the building of the southern wall.  

15) Keep protections for a group of Liberians in the country. Liberians who have been in the United States for many years will be able to remain longer. Their "deferred enforcement departure" will be extended an additional year, until June 30, 2022. President Trump briefly considered ending this deferment before ultimately extending the program.

Regulation 

16) Freezing last-minute Trump administration regulatory actions. Technically, White House chief of staff Ron Klain will be charged with carrying out this out, and a presidential memo will formally state the regulations to be frozen. 

Ethics 

17) Formulate Executive Branch ethics doctrine. Biden wants every executive branch appointee to sign an ethics pledge. The pledge also demands federal employees promise "to uphold the independence of the Department of Justice," the executive order outline states. 

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2nd Day - 10 Executive Signings Related to the COVID pandemic

Masks

Hours after being sworn in as the 46th president on Wednesday, Biden signed more than a dozen executive actions in the Oval Office, including one requiring masks on federal property.

The president said Thursday he will also call on governors, local health officials, mayors and business leaders to encourage mask wearing and social distancing.

Travel

Biden is also requiring masks on public transportation, including trains, buses and aircraft. International travelers will need to present a negative Covid-19 test before entering the U.S. and will have to quarantine upon arrival. The executive order also directs other agencies to expand public health measures for domestic travel and cross-border land and sea travel.

Supply Chain

Biden also directed agencies to use the Defense Production Act to compel companies to make supplies needed to combat the pandemic. That could include protective equipment like masks as well as supplies needed for Covid-19 tests and to administer vaccines. The Trump administration invoked the act last year to get U.S. manufacturers to make ventilators and other supplies.

The executive order, called "A Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain," also directs "the development of a new Pandemic Supply Chain Resilience Strategy" in an effort to bolster domestic manufacturing of critical supplies.

State and Local Support

The administration is also seeking to accelerate the rollout of vaccines by providing more funding to local and state officials, creating more vaccination sites and launching a national public education campaign. The plan says the administration will also "surge the health care workforce to support the vaccination effort," which could include waiving some licensing requirements, for example.

Biden previously announced that his administration will aim to administer 100 million vaccine shots in its first 100 days. Jeff Zients, Biden's coordinator for the Covid response, said on a conference call Wednesday evening that that's just the beginning.

Biden will direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to set up 100 community vaccination centers in the next month as part of that effort. Similar to the Trump administration, Biden's plan will also encourage states to move quickly to expand the groups eligible to receive the vaccine.

COVID Response Office

To bolster trust in the government's response, the White House is establishing a "COVID-19 Response Office," charged with coordinating the pandemic response across federal agencies and establishing clear lines of communication down to local officials. The federal government will also conduct regular, expert-led briefings, the plan says.

Data Collection

Biden signed another executive order directing the response office and all federal agencies to improve federal data collection and sharing. It directs the CDC to publish a dashboard showing Covid-19 cases at the county level, "so that Americans can gauge the level of transmission in their own communities to make their own informed choices," the plan says.

New Treatments

Even as the vaccination effort gains speed, the plan calls for continued research into treatments for Covid, especially antivirals like Gilead's remdesivir. Through an executive order called "Improving and Expanding Access to Care and Treatment for COVID-19," Biden established a new drug discovery and development program that emphasizes diversity in clinical trials.

That order also expanded programs designed to support patients recovering from Covid-19, the plan says, and increased the health-care workforce capacity.

Testing

In addition to new drugs, Biden's plan also places a renewed emphasis on more testing. The president established a new pandemic testing board to discover new kinds of effective and rapid tests and scale them up quickly.

The federal government will also provide guidance to schools, businesses and other congregate settings on how to best use widespread testing to slow the spread of the virus and cut off chains of transmission, according to the plan.

Reopening Schools & Businesses

Safely reopening schools and businesses is a key component of the plan. Biden signed an order on Thursday that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on school reopenings and the spread of Covid, allowing for more scientific research into the risk of putting kids back in schools.

The new plan also calls on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to take on a larger role, setting clear guidance to employers on safe workplace practices and enforcement.

Equity

And Biden, through another order, also established a "COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force" to ensure vaccines, treatments, masks and other resources reach everyone, including harder hit communities of color that have suffered from disproportionately high death rates in the U.S.

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3rd Day - 2 Executive Orders Signed by President Biden

Helping families in need

The first of Friday's executive orders calls for the Department of Agriculture to consider enhancing Pandemic-EBT benefits by 15%, which would give a family with three children more than $100 in additional support every two months. The program, part of the relief packages Congress passed last March, provides funds to low-income families whose children's schools have closed to replace the free or reduced-price meals they would have received.

Also, the order directs the department to consider allowing states to boost food stamp benefits for about 12 million Americans who did not benefit from an earlier increase in emergency allotments included in the congressional relief packages. The order would bump up benefits for a family of four by 15% to 20% per month.

And the President is asking the agency to look into revising its Thrifty Food Plan, which is the basis for determining food stamp benefits, to better reflect the current cost of a healthy basic diet. The calculation was established in the 1970s, and advocates say it makes unrealistic assumptions about food affordability and availability, as well as about the time families have to shop and prepare meals.

In addition, Biden will ask the Treasury Department to consider taking a series of actions to reach the estimated 8 million people who may miss out on their stimulus payments because they don't normally file taxes.

And the executive order directs the Department of Labor to consider clarifying that unemployed Americans can refuse to take jobs they fear will jeopardize their health and still qualify for unemployment benefits.

$15 wages as a Federal Baseline

Biden's second executive order is geared toward improving the jobs of federal workers and contractors, which was among the President's campaign commitments. It sets the stage for requiring contractors to pay a $15 hourly minimum wage and to provide emergency paid leave by the end of Biden's first 100 days. It also directs agencies to determine which federal workers are earning less than that minimum and develop recommendations to promote bringing them up to $15 an hour.

The President included a call to raise the national hourly minimum wage to $15 as part of the $1.9 trillion relief package he outlined last week before taking office. It is currently $7.25 an hour.

The order will also revoke three executive orders signed by then-President Donald Trump in 2018 that made it easier to terminate federal employees and weaken their labor unions. The measures have been the subject of litigation and arbitration. 

Biden's action directs agencies to bargain over permissible, non-mandatory subjects in contract negotiations.

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4th Day Biden Executive Orders

Repeal of the Transgender Ban in the Military

Today, President Biden repealed the ban of openly transgender men and women from serving in the military. Essentially this EO states that all qualified American who are able to serve their country in uniform are able to do so without issue. Please see the below link for more details...

“Therefore, it shall be the policy of the United States to ensure that all transgender individuals who wish to serve in the United States military and can meet the appropriate standards shall be able to do so openly and free from discrimination”

The EO also states...that they will go through records to find people who were discharged and work to reinstate them immediately....

“.....identify and examine the records of service members who have been involuntarily separated, discharged, or denied reenlistment or continuation of service on the basis of gender identity or under circumstances relating to their gender identity;”

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/25/executive-order-on-enabling-all-qualified-americans-to-serve-their-country-in-uniform/

Buy America First 

The order aims to increase domestic manufacturing by harnessing the purchasing power of the federal government and closing loopholes for companies taking business overseas. What Biden will sign Monday is an order, which will increase how much of a product must be made in the US for it to qualify as made in America. Trump’s directives encouraged new grant and loan recipients to use iron, steel, aluminum, cement and other manufactured products produced in the US, but did not mandate it.

Currently, a patchwork of federal rules requires that a portion of government spending on things like infrastructure, vehicles and other equipment is restricted to goods that are made in the United States. But there are loopholes depending on the material, the amount of the purchase, and what qualifies as American made. 

Biden's executive order will change how domestic content is defined and measured for qualifying products as well as increase the required threshold. It will also create a senior position at the Office of Management and Budget to oversee the process by which contractors can apply for waivers from the Buy American rules, with the goal of reducing the number of waivers granted. 

The administration will also create a public website that will post all waiver requests and direct agencies to proactively connect with small American manufacturers that are often left out of the process.

Covid 19 Travel Restrictions

Reinstates Covid-19 restrictions for individuals traveling to the United States from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa

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5th Day - 4 Executive Orders Signed by Biden

Promote Fair Housing

One executive order ordered the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to look at the effects of Trump administration actions on housing. Any actions that “undermined fair housing policies and laws” will prompt the implementation of new requirements set by the Fair Housing Act.

Ending Private Prisons

Another order planned to end the use of private prisons. Specifically, it directed the federal government not to renew contracts with such companies.

Strengthen Relationship with Native American Tribes

A third order was concerned with “tribal sovereignty and consultation”, according to an administration handout. It will order the federal government to retain a dialogue with tribal governments.

Combating Xenophobia

The fourth Biden order on Tuesday was aimed at fighting xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific islanders. The order acknowledged the history of discrimination and harassment against those groups, and said the federal government would recognize “the harm that these actions have caused” and condemn xenophobic actions against those groups.

Biden also ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to weigh whether to issue guidance “to advance cultural competency” for these groups as part of the administration’s efforts to battle Covid-19. The executive order also directed the justice department to work with Asian American and Pacific island communities to fight harassment and hate crimes.

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6th Day - 2 Executive Orders and a Memorandum 

Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

This order seeks to cement the climate crisis at the center of US foreign policy and national security. Most notably, it directs the secretary of the interior to pause on entering into new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters. 

The order also:

1) Instructs Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to prepare a national intelligence estimate on the security implications of the climate crisis and directs all agencies to develop strategies for integrating climate considerations into their international work.

2) Establishes the National Climate Task Force, assembling leaders from across 21 federal agencies and departments.

3) Commits to environmental justice and new, clean infrastructure projects.

4) Kicks off development of emissions reduction target.

5) Establishes the special presidential envoy for climate on the National Security Council.

Establishing President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

This order reestablishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Moving forward, the council will advise Biden on policy that affects science, technology, and innovation.

Presidential Memorandum on Scientific Integrity

 This memorandum charges the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy with the responsibility of ensuring scientific integrity across federal agencies

Agencies that oversee, direct or fund research are tasked with designating a senior agency employee as chief science officer to ensure agency research programs are scientifically and technologically well founded.

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7th Day - 1 Executive Order & 1 Memorandum Signed By Biden

Memorandum - Increased Access to Reproductive Healthcare Home & Abroad

In a presidential memorandum, Biden called for the protection and expansion of access to comprehensive reproductive health care at home and abroad. The action rescinds the Trump-backed so-called Mexico City Policy, which prohibited international nonprofits that provide abortion services from receiving funding from the United States government. In addition to rescinding that “global gag rule”, under the memorandum, the Department of Health & Human Services is directed to “take immediate action to consider whether to rescind regulations under its Title X family planning program, otherwise known as the domestic gag rule” Under the Trump administration, Title X health care providers were barred from offering abortion counseling and restricted referrals for abortion care. The Guttmacher Institute says that ‘roughly one in every four Title X service sites left the network in 2019’ due to the rule, severely limiting access to health care for millions of patients.

Executive Order to Strengthen Medicaid and the ACA

Biden also signed an executive action to ‘strengthen Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.’ In part, the executive order directs the Department of Health & Human Services to open a ‘special enrollment period’ to give Americans the opportunity to secure health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act during the pandemic. The order also instructs federal agencies to review Trump-era policies that undermine health care protections for Americans.

‘I’m not initiating any new law,’ Biden told reporters. ‘This is going back to what the situation was prior to the president’s executive order.’

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10th Day - 3 Executive Orders Signed by President Biden

Creating a task force to reunify families 

During his presidential campaign, Biden pledged to set up a task force focused on identifying and reunifying families separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy. The administration's new task force stems from that promise.

The task force will be chaired by the Department of Homeland Security secretary and work across the US government, along with partners, to find parents separated from their children under the former administration. It was previously reported that first lady Jill Biden is expected to take an active role in the task force.

It will be charged with identifying all children separated from their parents or legal guardians on the southern border, facilitating and enabling the reunification of children with their families, and providing regular reports to the President, including one containing recommendations. 

The consequences of the "zero tolerance" policy which led to the separation of thousands of families are still felt today. Lawyers are unable to reach the parents of 611 children who had been split from their families by US border officials between 2017 and 2018, according to the latest court filing in an ongoing family separation case.

Addressing root causes of migration 

This executive order will focus on providing support to Central America to stem the flow of migrants to the US-Mexico border and provide other pathways to migrate to the US without journeying north.

The administration plans to provide aid to the region to support initiatives combating corruption and revive the Central American minors program that had been ended by Trump and allows certain at-risk youths to live in the US, according to a senior administration official. 

Homeland Security will also be directed to review the Trump-era policy that requires non-Mexican migrants to stay in Mexico until their immigration court date in the United States. The policy, informally known as "Remain in Mexico," has left thousands of asylum seekers waiting in dangerous and deplorable conditions on the border.

The order will also call for a series of actions to restore the asylum system, which was drastically changed over the last four years and made it exceedingly difficult for migrants to be granted asylum in the US.

Reviewing the legal immigration system 

This executive order seeks to promote immigrant integration and inclusion, according to the White House, and re-establish a Task Force on New Americans.

Like the other executive orders, it also seeks to reverse Trump-era policies that targeted low-income immigrants, including calling for a review of the public charge rule which makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers.

The order also kicks off a review of the naturalization process to streamline it and make it more accessible, according to a senior administration official.

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12th Day - Presidential Memorandum on LGBTQ+ Rights on a Worldwide Scale

President Joe Biden will announce a presidential memorandum on Thursday protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people worldwide.

“It reflects his deep commitment to these issues both here in the United States and everywhere around the world. The United States will speak out and act on behalf of these rights as we go,” Sullivan told reporters at a White House press briefing.

While a presidential memorandum is largely symbolic, Biden campaigned on a pledge to pass LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act in the first 100 days of his administration and to make LGBTQ rights a top priority. 

His campaign pledge included protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, ensuring fair treatment in the justice system and advancing LGBTQ rights globally.

Biden has already issued an executive order that extends existing federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said Biden “stands by” his pledge to sign the Equality Act in his first 100 days but noted that Congress would need to take action to pass a bill first.

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23rd Day (2/11/2021) - 1 Executive Order Signed by President Biden

Sanction of Myanmar

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Wednesday he had approved an executive order for new sanctions on those responsible for the military coup in Myanmar and he repeated demands for the generals to give up power and free civilian leaders.

Biden said the order enabled his administration “to immediately sanction the military leaders who directed the coup, their business interests as well as close family members.”

Washington would identify the first round of targets this week and was taking steps to prevent the generals in Myanmar, also known as Burma, having access to $1 billion in Myanmar government funds held in the United States.

“We’re also going to impose strong exports controls. We’re freezing U.S. assets that benefit the Burmese government, while maintaining our support for health care, civil society groups, and other areas that benefit the people of Burma directly,” Biden said at the White House.

“We’ll be ready to impose additional measures, and we’ll continue to work with our international partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts.”

The Feb. 1 coup and detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi presents Biden him with his first major international crisis, and a test of his dual pledges to re-center human rights in foreign policy and work more closely with allies.

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26th Day (2/14/2021) - 1 Executive Order Signed by President Biden

Re-establishing White House faith office

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Sunday (Feb. 14) reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, undoing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to reshape an agency that went largely unstaffed for most of his tenure.

In a statement accompanying the announcement of the executive order, Biden echoed his recent remarks to the National Prayer Breakfast, bemoaning widespread physical and economic suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic, racism and climate change. He added that those struggling “are fellow Americans” and are deserving of aid.

Besides fighting the pandemic, the office will focus its efforts on helping disadvantaged communities, advancing global humanitarian work, strengthening pluralism and protecting “cherished guarantees of church-state separation and freedom for people of all faiths and none.”

 

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30th Day (2/18/21)  - 1 Executive Order Signed by Biden

Industry Led Apprenticeships

President Biden has revoked an executive order issued by his predecessor that expanded apprenticeship programs in an “industry-led” model, instead announcing plans to expand the Labor Department’s registered apprenticeship programs favored by organized labor.

The Trump administration created “industry recognized apprenticeships.” The idea was that the Department of Labor would bring together trade and labor groups to design and certify high-quality apprenticeships appropriate for each industry, emphasizing that each industry could define its industry needs and appropriate apprenticeship programs, rather than managing apprenticeships from Washington, as then-Labor Secretary Alex Acosta explained during the American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition in 2017.

Biden explained that IRAPS “threaten to undermine registered apprenticeship programs,” saying they have “fewer quality standards than registered apprenticeship programs – for example, they fail to require the wage progression that reflects increasing apprentice skills and they lack the standardized training rigor that ensures employers know they are hiring a worker with high-quality training.”

In addition to rescinding Executive Order 13801, which spurred the creation of these programs, Biden also asked the Department of Labor to consider a new rulemaking to reverse these programs and to immediately slow support for industry recognized apprenticeship programs by pausing approval of new Standards Recognition Entities and ending new funding for existing Standards Recognition Entities.

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