Biden is reversing the order that cities like Portland and Seattle are “anarchist” havens – an order that had blocked them from federal funds.
President Joe Biden officially revoked a series of presidential orders from his predecessor on Wednesday, including one that sought to cut funding to several American cities that former President Donald Trump considered “anarchist” havens.
Since taking office last month, Biden has revoked dozens of Trump’s orders and issued dozens more as he sought to target fundamental aspects of Trump’s legacy and promote aspects of Trump’s legacy. its own program without going through Congress.
The latest list of revocations targeted a set 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 city governments that allow “lawlessness, violence and destruction in American cities” during his re-election campaign, which was heavily based on a message of “law and order. order â.
The memorandum followed riots over anti-police protests and racism against the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. The US Department of Justice has identified New York, Seattle and Portland, Oregon 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.
These cities, especially Portland, have seen constant protests that have turned violent at times. The Trump administration has also been criticized for sending troops to “kidnap” protesters.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, who trained with Trump online, tweeted that her city “no longer has to deal with the madness of a president who rules through Twitter or political threats.” Instead of trying to withhold all of Seattle’s federal funding, [Biden] offered support to cities to help our residents and small businesses â.
Seattle no longer has to deal with the madness of a president who rules through Twitter or political threats. Instead of trying to withhold all of Seattle’s federal funding, @POTUS Biden offered support to cities to help our residents and small businesses to #BuildBackBetter pic.twitter.com/rjqJBSTXOR
– Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) February 24, 2021
Biden also revoked other controversial ordinances, including Trump’s “Promote Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture” measure, which claimed America’s ancestors “wanted public buildings to inspire the American people and encourage civic virtue.”
The memorandum added that architects should take inspiration from âAmerica’s beloved iconic buildingsâ such as the White House, the United States Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Treasury Department and the Lincoln Memorial.
An order issued by Trump in the final days of his presidency – titled “Ensuring democratic accountability in agency rule-making” and calling for limiting the ability of federal agency employees to make regulatory decisions – was also quashed.
Biden quashed an order that called on government agency heads to review social protection programs – such as food stamps, Medicaid and housing assistance – and increase work requirements for some beneficiaries , and one that prevented many green card applicants from entering the United States.