Executive Order

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An executive order is an action which does not require the approval of the Congress, by the President. It cannot contradict or override any law, but can direct agencies in the executive branch in accordance with law. For example, only the President can issue an Executive Order for a budget sequester, by law. Conservatives are often critical of executive orders for how they bypass the United States Constitutional process for enacting new laws.

The proposed executive order on abortion to which Bart Stupak agreed on March 21, 2010, and which is riddled with loopholes, is available here. A criticism is available here.

As of the end of 2012, Barack Obama had issued 144 executive orders. [1]. During his two term Presidency, Ronald Reagan issued 381 executive orders. [2].

See Also


  1. National Archives
  2. National Archives
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