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As of the afternoon of his seventh day in office, President Joe Biden has signed no less than 40 executive orders, actions, memoranda, and proclamations, despite previous statement that excessive use of Executive Orders is what dictators do. Executive actions, memoranda, and proclamations are recognized more as symbolic efforts, while Executive Orders (which make up the grand majority of these 40 documents) are legally binding and are published in the Federal Registrar.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 26, 2021
- Memorandum freezing approval of rules passed in final days of Trump presidency
- Executive order rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate change
- Executive order to promote racial equity
- Proclamation ending ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries
- Executive order requiring mask-wearing on federal property
- Executive order coordinating a government-wide Covid-19 response
- Executive order revising immigration enforcement policies
- Executive order undoing regulatory restrictions on federal agencies
- Executive order incorporating undocumented immigrants into census
- Executive order refocusing on the climate crisis and canceling the Keystone XL permit
- Executive order banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation
- Memorandum revamping regulatory review
- Executive order mandating ethics pledge for government appointees
- Proclamation pulling funds from border wall
- Executive order pausing federal student loan payments
- Memorandum reinstating deferred enforced departure for Liberians
- Memorandum strengthening Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Executive order promoting Covid-19 safety in domestic and international travel
- Executive order expanding access to Covid-19 treatments
- Executive order promoting data-driven response to Covid-19
- Memorandum supporting states’ use of National Guard in Covid-19 response
- Executive order strengthening public health supply chain
- Executive order establishing the Covid-19 Health Equity Task Force
- Executive order supporting the reopening and continuing operation of schools
- Executive order promoting workplace safety amid the pandemic
- Executive order establishing a Covid-19 pandemic testing board
- Executive order expanding food assistance programs
- Executive order assisting veterans with debt
- Executive order guaranteeing unemployment insurance for workers who refuse work due to Covid-19
- Executive order establishing “benefit delivery teams”
- Executive order facilitating delivery of stimulus payments
- Executive order to address Covid-19 economic relief
- Executive order empowering federal workers and contractors
- Executive order reversing transgender military ban
- Proclamation reinstating Covid-19 travel restrictions
- Executive order promoting ‘Buy American’ agenda
- Executive order calling for evaluation of Trump’s housing policies
- Executive order to end reliance on private prisons
- Executive order reaffirming commitment to tribal sovereignty
- Executive order denouncing anti-Asian discrimination and xenophobia
Whew! That’s a whole heck of a lot of executive action, and the number is changing by the day as new actions and orders are announced to the public. Which is really interesting considering then-candidate Joe Biden explained to ABC before the election that a president cannot simply legislate by Executive Order because that makes them a dictator.
Biden just before the election: “You can’t govern by Executive order unless you’re a dictator.”
Biden day 6 = 37 Executive orders. pic.twitter.com/8SUzEpjhit
— Rob (@_ROB_29) January 26, 2021
So if the excessive use of Executive Orders indicates dictatorship, who holds the records for the greatest number of Executive Orders signed in the first day and week in office
That’s right folks. Joe Biden now holds the record, many times over, for the number of Executive Orders signed in his first day and full week in office.
Here are the stats from recent history.
Reagan issued only one executive order during the month of January of 1981.
H.W. Bush likewise issued but one executive order during the month of January of 1989.
Clinton was the most recent president to sign an executive order on his first day in office, and it was just one. He signed a total of two during the month of January, 1993. Conversely, Biden signed 11, not including executive memorandums, actions, and proclamations, in just the first day.
W. Bush issued just two executive orders in the month of January, 2001.
Obama issued eight in the month of January 2009, five of those in his first week.
And Trump, the supposed dictator, so-called Hitler reincarnate, signed a grand total of 4 Executive Orders in the month of January 2017. Literally a fraction of the number signed by Joe Biden thus far.
But it has become abundantly clear that things said during his presidential campaign are of no consequence to now President Joe Biden. Those were just promises and statements designed to get him elected. Now that he’s in office, it apparently no longer matters what he said in the past.