Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT-05) released the following statement after President Biden announced a number of executive actions on his first day in office, including several that would repeal the Muslim Ban, preserve and fortify DACA, rejoin the World Health Organization and the Paris Climate Accord, stop border wall construction, terminate the Keystone XL Pipeline, and rollback attacks on the Arctic Refuge. President Biden’s first actions in office also included efforts to address the COVID-19 pandemic, advance racial equity, extend the eviction and foreclosure moratorium, prevent discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and extend the pause on student loans during the pandemic.

“Today President Biden made good on several of his campaign promises, chief among them to help American families – from rescinding xenophobic immigration policies to helping to protect the environment for generations to come,” said Congresswoman Hayes. “Two major issues prioritized by my constituents in Connecticut’s Fifth are immigration and the environment – and that is exactly what some of President Biden’s first actions aim to tackle, ending uncertainty and anxiety for many.

“The President also made meaningful efforts to increase equity for all Americans, during a time of unprecedented economic and public health insecurity, uncertainty, and suffering. This country is hurting from converging crises and demands immediate action from our leaders to heal divides and restore our national faith.

“These first steps are reflective of American values, fulfilling our moral obligations to our neighbors and helping to create the promise of a more just and hopeful nation. This first day is indicative of the Biden Administration’s mission to go to work for the American people and unify the entire country.”


Rep. Jahana Hayes has been a public school teacher in Connecticut for more than 15 years and was recognized in 2016 as the National Teacher of the Year.

Rep. Hayes sits on the Committees on Education & Labor and Agriculture and proudly represents Connecticut’s 5th District.