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President Biden. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

President Biden will sign executive orders Monday establishing a Gender Policy Council and directing the Department of Education to review the federal law Title IX, according to administration officials.

Why it matters: The Biden administration is signaling its priorities to advance gender equity and equality as women, particularly women of color, have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Biden will also sign an executive order directing the Department of Education to review controversial Title IX provisions enacted under former President Trump, which provided those accused of sexual assault or harassment on college campuses with more protections.

Driving the news: The executive order to establish the Council designates a special assistant to the president and senior advisor on gender-based violence on the council staff, and the council will also have two special assistants to the president on gender policy.

  • Per administration officials, the office will focus on combating systemic bias and discrimination, including sexual harassment.

Zoom in: As women in the U.S. and around the world face exacerbated inequalities due to the pandemic, the council will also focus on increasing economic security and opportunity addressing barriers to women’s participation in workforce.

  • It will also have a global bent, promoting the need for women's participation conflict resolution and global health, among other issues.
  • The formation of the Gender Policy Council follows a similar office formed during the Obama administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls, which was disbanded when President Trump assumed office in 2017.
  • While it is similar in mission to the office formed under Obama, administration officials told reporters the name change is intentional to reflect that gender discrimination can happen to people of all genders.

Context: President Biden has long championed women's rights, sponsoring the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) during his time as a senator, which was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton.

  • Biden often called for VAWA's reauthorization on the campaign trail after it expired in 2019. It likely faces an uphill battle in the Democrats' narrow Senate majority.

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Pelosi's back-to-school math problem

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may need votes from an unlikely source — the Republican Party — if she hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by next Monday, as she's promised Democratic centrists.

Why it matters: With at least 20 progressives threatening to vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, centrist members are banking on more than 10 Republicans to approve the bill.

By the numbers: Haitian emigration

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Data: CBP; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The number of Haitians crossing the U.S.-Mexico border had been rising even before their country's president was assassinated in July and the island was struck by an earthquake a month later.

Why it matters: A spike during the past few weeks — leaving thousands waiting in a makeshift camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas — has prompted a crackdown and deportations by the Biden administration.

Biden's communication headaches

President Biden stands with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in June. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson told reporters on his way to the U.N. General Assembly on Sunday night he didn't believe it was likely that the U.S. would agree to lift its ban on vaccinated foreign travelers this week. Hours later, the White House did exactly that.

Why it matters: For the second time in less than a week, a major U.S. foreign policy decision by the Biden administration appears to have caught one of its closest allies by surprise. And neither was the first time, either.