GOP Lawmakers Decry Joe Biden's Executive Orders in Swift Bipartisan Split

Republican lawmakers have rebuked President Joe Biden's raft of executive actions in his first day as commander-in-chief, a swift sign of partisan divisions continuing despite calls for unity.

Biden signed numerous orders on Wednesday, aimed at points such as tackling the COVID-19 crisis, climate change and racial equity. He also set about revoking multiple orders made by his predecessor Donald Trump.

While this has been welcomed by Democrats, their Republican counterparts have expressed reservations over Biden's actions.

"On day one, Biden has set the tone for what is to come in his administration: legislating by executive orders, championing massive spending bills, and supporting far-left priorities that reverse years of economic growth and job creation," Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) said in a statement, adding this came despite Biden "promising to work for unity."

Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) expressed similar sentiments, suggesting Biden's actions "cater to the left."

"President Biden's inaugural address focused heavily on unity, bringing the nation together after the division we've experienced," Cammack said.

"The new EOs he just signed, however, cater to the Left, ignoring the steps necessary to move America forward."

Cammack and Steil have both taken issue with Biden's decision to block the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Canada-U.S. oil pipeline.

Cammack also criticized re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement, reversing Trump's decision to pull out of it.

Steil also mentioned the support for giving 11 million undocumented migrants a path to citizenship.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also picked up on this point.

In a statement, he said: "The Biden plan to offer citizenship to more than 11 million illegal immigrants who have, for years, knowingly broken our laws is the wrong policy at the wrong time."

He said that Republicans will highlight flaws in Biden's immigration plans "in the days and weeks ahead."

Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R- WY) also criticized the orders, pointing to the climate accord, Keystone XL pipeline and points on immigration.

"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," Cheney said in a statement.

"Meanwhile, blocking funding for important border security enhancements, including the continued construction of the wall, lays the foundation for increased illegal immigration.

"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."

Biden's actions were described as "misguided" by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)

"President Biden's misguided day-one priorities are beyond concerning for those of us who have worked to strengthen border security, promote innovation, and work toward American energy independence," he said on Twitter.

Biden's campaign announced on Wednesday his intention to reverse many actions of the prior administration and other executive actions he would lay out.

Newsweek has contacted the White House and the lawmakers mentioned for comment.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) arrives during Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th President of the United States at the US Capitol in Washington on January 20, 2021. He has criticized some of President Biden's initial actions. Win McNamee/AFP via Getty Images

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