Rep. Ilhan Omar Statement on Biden’s Executive Actions

January 21, 2021
Press Release

MINNEAPOLIS—Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued the following statement on President Joe Biden’s executive actions in his first two days of office. 

“It is a new day for America. After months of engagement and conversations with the progressive movement, Joe Biden took bold action immediately on some of the greatest threats facing our country, including:

  • Expanding testing, administering vaccines, advancing racial equity, and ensuring production of PPE to combat the coronavirus
  • Ending Donald Trump’s hateful Muslim ban
  • Protecting DREAMers who came to this country as children
  • Reinstating Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians 
  • An 100 day deportation moratorium
  • Reentering the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit
  • A moratorium on oil and natural gas leases
  • Reinstating vehicle emissions standards
  • A mask mandate on all federal property
  • Rejoining the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • An interagency fight to root out systemic racism
  • Extension of the federal eviction moratorium and federally guaranteed mortgages
  • A pause on student loan payments
  • A freeze on new regulations put in place by Donald Trump

“Together, these will improve the lives of countless Minnesotans and many more around the world. The Administration’s reinstatement of DED is a lifeline for many Liberians in the 5th district who would face deportation without it. The decision to end the Muslim ban means countless families across our district and country will be able to be reunited with loved ones abroad. 

“This is just the beginning. There is still much work to do. As I have laid out, I am hopeful President Biden will fully cancel student debt, lower drug prices, raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, crack down on COVID-19 safety violations and prioritize strong anti-monopoly protections through executive action—and look forward to working with the Administration toward those goals. 

“As the President said during his inauguration speech, ‘It’s time for boldness, for there is so much to do… we will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era.’

“Together, we will meet this moment.”