One thing is very clear. If you look at history all US Presidents have used Executive Orders to get there way quite routinely. According to UC Santa Barbara Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted 3,721. To be honest, I had to double check that stat after reading it from the first source to make sure it wasn’t a typo. Another site listed it as 3,728. The point remains Roosevelt holds the record. In more recent times the numbers of EO’s are smaller averaging less than 300 per president since Ronald Reagan. And the tit for tat of one party’s president reversing orders from the other party’s is astonishing. You can love the orders or hate them usually depending on what president you support. But there’s a hidden issue to all this EO slinging that no one realizes, instability. The United States is built on our system of laws being put in place by our legislatures. When a president skirts this process with an executive order, we the people lose the stability provided by the rule of law. Comments like this one by Barrack Obama made relating to using EO’s in 2014, “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,”…Gee, kind of makes you feel all warm inside doesn’t it, not. As history as shown us his kind of help isn’t really wanted by all Americans. But I digress, we the people should encourage our legislators to do their job. This back and forth with EO’s will only further the division in the US amongst its citizens. I’ve linked to two articles showing EO’s that have been overturned by other EO’s. Bear in mind the tone of the writings is a bit slanted. However, the text is accurate.
Sept. 5: Trump rescinds the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Aug. 29: Trump reversed a rule requiring large companies to report worker pay by race and gender in order to decrease the wage gap through greater pay transparency. (Chicago Tribune)
Aug. 28: Trump reversed an order banning the transfer of some surplus military equipment to police departments.
Aug. 25: Trump signed an order banning transgender troops to serve in the US military, reversing Obama-era reforms.
Aug. 15: Trump rescinded a flood-risk rule in response to climate change. The rule was intended to insure safer placement of roads, bridges and other infrastructure out of new areas prone to flooding because of sea level rise and increased precipitation. Trump reversed the rule to speed up the approval process for projects.
July 3: The Trump administration contested a Obama administration rule qualifying more people to get overtime pay by doubling the minimum salary a worker must make to qualify for a management exemption to $47,000. (Los Angeles Times)
June 16: Trump outlined a hard-line policy on Cuba, in direct opposition to Obama’s efforts to foster friendlier relations with the communist government of President Raul Castro. (Washington Post)
June 1: Trump ‘quits’ the Paris Climate Treaty, adopted by Obama in an executive order last year. (New York Times)
May 14: Senate voted to repeal Obama-era regulation that restricted drug-testing for job seekers receiving unemployment benefits. (Politico)
April 28: Trump signed an executive order aimed at expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, Atlantic, and possibly Pacific Ocean, scrapping another facet of Obama’s environmental legacy. (Washington Post)
April 27: Trump directed the Interior Department to reconsider safety regulations for offshore drilling put in place after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The executive order was intended to roll back Obama administration attempts to ban drilling off the southeastern Atlantic and Alaskan coasts. (New York Times)
April 26: Trump signed an executive order giving the Interior Department the power to whittle down or abolish some national monuments, which would effectively reverse Obama’s creation and expansion of national monuments during his term of office.(NPR)
April 13: Trump revokes an Obama administration rule protecting funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide legal abortions. (NPR)
March 28: Trump rescinded Obama’s clean energy plans, which put a cap on greenhouse gas emissions by power plants. (New York Times)
March 27: Trump rescinded Obama’s 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces meant to apply 14 labor and civil rights laws to federal contractors, who now will no longer have to provide documentation of their workplace practices. (Forbes)
March 27: Trump signed bills overturning two Obama-era education regulations, including required programs training new teachers and the Every Student Succeeds Act intended to hold schools accountable for student performance.(Washington Post)
Feb. 28: Trump rolled back Obama’s Clean Water Rule, intended to increase the scope of waterways regulated for pollutants.(Washington Post)
Feb. 23: The Trump administration withdrew protection for transgender students to use the bathrooms and facilities corresponding to their gender identity. (CNN)
Jan. 23: Trump withdrew from the trans-pacific Partnership, a trade deal between the US and countries on the Pacific Rim. (Washington Post)
Jan. 20: Trump signed his first executive order seeking prompt repeal of the Affordable Care Act – which to date has not happened. (New York Times)
Biden plans immediate flurry of executive orders to reverse Trump policies
…“He will rejoin the Paris climate accords, according to those close to his campaign and commitments he has made in recent months, and he will reverse President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization. He will repeal the ban on almost all travel from some Muslim-majority countries, and he will reinstate the program allowing “dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain in the country, according to people familiar with his plans.”…