President Elect Joe Biden, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris speak at an election night event after the race was called by major news networks at a drive in event in Wilmington, Delaware, November 7, 2020. Also pictured are spouses Dr. Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff and their families. Photo: David Lienemann // Biden For President

WASHINGTON, D.C —On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a number of executive orders, revoking many that former President Trump implemented during his time in office. Congresswoman Liz Cheney released a statement following the orders. 

The executive orders, signed by President Biden on Jan. 20, include, halting work on the border wall, rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, re-blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, and an order to prevent and combat discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Biden signed a total of seventeen executive orders, memorandums, and directives to agencies. 

In a statement released by her office, Cheney said, “Today’s inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris marks an important moment for us to come together as Americans to combat the unprecedented crises we face. The Executive Orders President Biden signed today, unfortunately, don’t move us in that direction. Rejoining the deeply flawed Paris Climate Accord and blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline will eliminate jobs, increase the cost of energy, and embolden our adversaries. Meanwhile, blocking funding for important border security enhancements, including the continued construction of the wall, lays the foundation for increased illegal immigration.” 

Cheney is facing criticism from the Republican Party following her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump on charges of inciting violence at the capitol on Jan. 6. A violent group of insurrectionists, who support Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud, stormed the U.S Capitol ahead of lawmakers certifying the electoral college votes.

“We face significant challenges that require bipartisan responses. Today’s Executive Orders reverse important policies and impose significant economic cost that will imperil our recovery,” said Cheney.  

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.