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President Joe Biden is delivering remarks and signing executive actions regarding his racial equity plan.
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Pres. Biden is delivering remarks and signing executive actions regarding his racial equity plan. Some of the plan's actions include increased collaboration between federal agencies and Native American communities, halting any renewal of the Justice Department’s contracts with private prisons, and taking steps to combat xenophobia and racism surrounding Asian Americans and COVID-19. Biden is also expected to create a police oversight commission and call on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to ‘mitigate racial bias in housing, and to affirmatively advance our nation’s fair housing laws.’ These new actions are in addition to the order he signed moments after being sworn into office on Wednesday, which state that the federal government must ‘pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.’

Moments ago, Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice, who will oversee the implementation of these actions, said that Americans are living in ‘desperate’ times. ‘All Americans need urgent federal action to meet this moment,’ Rice told the White House press corps. ‘Building a more equitable economy is essential if Americans are going to compete and thrive in the 21st Century.’

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