President Joe Biden officially revoked a series of presidential decrees and memoranda signed by Donald Trump on Wednesday, including one that sought to cut funding to several cities the 45th president considered to be “anarchist” havens and another requiring buildings federals are designed in a classic aesthetic. .
Since taking office last month, Biden has revoked dozens of Trump’s orders and issued dozens more as he sought to target core aspects of Trump’s legacy and promote the aspect. of its own program without going through Congress.
The latest list of revocations targeted a bunch of issues, including a few that Trump signed off in his final months in office.
Trump issued a memorandum in September that sought to identify municipal governments that allow “lawlessness, violence and destruction in American cities.” The memorandum followed riots over anti-police protests and racism against the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The Justice Department has identified New York, Portland, Oregon and Seattle as three cities that could see their federal funding slashed.
Those cities in turn have filed a lawsuit to invalidate the designation and fight the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal dollars.
Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes welcomed Biden’s dismissal, saying he was “happy that this nonsense has been lifted from the bridges.”
Trump in his “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture” intoned that America’s ancestors “wanted public buildings to inspire the American people and encourage civic virtue.” The United States Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Treasury Department and the Lincoln Memorial for inspiration.
Another suspended order was a Trump issued in the last days of his presidency, dubbed “Ensuring democratic accountability in agency rule-making.”
Biden also revoked a 2018 order that called on government agency heads to review social assistance programs – such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance – and to strengthen demands for work for some beneficiaries.
Associated Press writer Gene Johnson in Seattle contributed to this report.
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