Watch live: President Joe Biden signs orders to promote racial equality, policing reforms

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Jan. 26 (UPI) -- President Joe Biden is planning to take executive action on Tuesday to address racial equality, police reform, prison reform, voting rights and public housing reform.

Biden said that the orders will encompass a "racial equity agenda."

The new president has long been expected to acknowledge ongoing inequality in the United States, which was highlighted last year following the police killings of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

"America has never lived up to its founding promise of equality for all, but we've never stopped trying," Biden tweeted Tuesday.

"Today, I'll take action to advance racial equity and push us closer to that more perfect union we've always strived to be."

Biden is expected to sign the orders and speak about the efforts at about 2 p.m. EST.

Susan Rice, head of Biden's domestic policy council, is expected to attend the event.

"Racial equity is not a silo in and of itself," adviser Cecilia Rouse said. "It is woven in all of these policy efforts."

One of the orders Tuesday will create a policing commission, which is something Biden promised during his campaign. Another will revive an Obama-era policy that bars the transfer of military equipment to local police departments, CNN reported.

Other actions will renounce discrimination toward Asian Americans and ask the Department of Housing and Urban Development to improve equitable housing.

Biden's equality efforts will almost certainly be a stark departure from the Trump administration's. Last September, former President Donald Trump ordered an end to diversity training programs in the federal government because he said it misrepresented American history.

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