Joe Biden isn’t wasting any time as the new President of the United States. He’s already rolled back several Trump-era policies and has plans to tackle other rules Democrats have railed against.
This has resulted in a flurry of executive orders, many of which were signed in Biden’s first few days in office. And now, after just his first week, he’s set a new White House record.
And it isn’t the sort of record Republicans and Conservatives will appreciate.
None of Biden’s 45 predecessors passed down as many executive edicts in their first week, which throws more fuel on the Republican vs. Democrat fire.
For years, right-wing politicians and citizens have accused liberal lawmakers of being authoritarian, and silencing those who vote Red. And any presidential order does feel quite authoritarian.
Now, Biden doesn’t just throw down a few — he throws down dozens.
President Joe Biden has issued more executive orders in his first week in office — not yet complete, as of this writing — than any of his 45 predecessors.
As of January 25, 2021, Biden has ‘issued 33 executive orders, actions, proclamations, memoranda and agency directives,’ according to CNN. Twenty-one of these, according to the White House website, are executive orders.
In comparison, President Trump signed 4 orders in his first week, Obama signed 5 in 2009, and President George W. Bush didn’t sign any during his first week in 2001. Clinton signed only one.
This means Biden isn’t merely ahead of the curve: he’s smashing these historical trends.
The American Presidency Project at the University of California Santa Barbara has confirmed that no President in America’s history has thrown down so many orders and proclamations in the first week.
And so many executive actions might seem strange.
Previous presidents have defended using executive orders when the opposing party holds the majority in either the House or Senate. But of course, Democrats control both Congress houses now.
So it doesn’t seem like Biden would have many obstacles. And yet, the orders just keep coming.
Many will view this as a big negative:
They’ll see it as a massive expansion of power for the presidency, which is ironic, considering Democrats constantly accused Trump of overusing his power.
Then Biden turns around and tops Trump in his first week. What will the voters think now?
- President Joe Biden has set a new record for “orders, proclamations, memoranda and agency directives” in his first week: 33.
- It’s more than any President in American history, and sets a new trend for enhanced presidential power.
- Ironically, Democrats accused Trump of flexing too much executive muscle. Now Biden appears to be doing exactly that, right out of the gate.