Saturday marks President Donald Trump’s first 100 days, and he entered office with an aggressive agenda pledging action on everything from reforming immigration to renegotiating trade deals.
While many of his promises will require congressional action, the president has moved forward with a number of his proposals through executive orders.
Trump has already signed 30, including ones covering immigration, crime reduction and public safety, during his first 100 days. That is the most any president has signed since World War II.
According to the White House, “he has done more to stop the Government from interfering in the lives of Americans in his first 100 days than any other President in history.”
What is an executive order?
Executive orders are legally binding directives issued by the president to federal administrative agencies. There have been 13,788 executive orders signed, with every president except William Henry Harrison using them while in office. Perhaps the most famous executive order was Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
How many executive orders did President Barack Obama sign in his first 100 days?
Obama issued 19 executive orders in this first 100 days of his presidency, including several that reversed orders signed by former President George W. Bush.
How many executive orders did President George W. Bush issue in his first 100 days?
Bush signed 11 executive orders in his first 100 days in office.
What executive orders has Trump signed so far?
1. Minimizing the economic burden of the patient protection and Affordable Care Act pending repeal
2. Expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects
It would streamline environmental reviews related to infrastructure projects. Read the full text of the order.
3. Enhancing public safety in the interior of the United States
4. Border security and immigration enforcement improvements
This order directs federal agencies to secure the United States’ southern border, including taking steps to begin the planning for Trump’s “border wall.” Read the full text of the order.
5. Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States
The order invokes the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, saying it is aimed at preventing another such strike in the U.S. It bars people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for three months: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Read the full text of the order.
6. Ethics commitments by executive branch appointees
The order bars executive brand appointees from lobbying for five years after they leave their position. Read the full text of the order.
7. Reducing regulation and controlling regulatory costs
It makes the Executive Branch get rid of two regulations for every new one that is put into effect, arguing it will reduce a major burden on small businesses in America. Read the full text of the order.
8. Core principles for regulation the United States financial system
This order encompasses Trump’s “America First” campaign pledge, along with establishing an anti-bailout policy for his administration. Read the full text of the order.
9. Task force on crime reduction and public safety
It would create a task force that aims to reduce violent crime. Read the full text of the order.
10. Preventing violence against federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers
It allows Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice to develop a plan to prevent violence against police officers. Read the full text of the order.
11. Enforcing federal law with respect to transnational criminal organizations and preventing international trafficking
It would “break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth” by directing the FBI and other federal agencies to make targeting drug trafficking a top priority. Read the full text of the executive order.
12. Providing an order of succession within the Department of Justice
13. Increasing funding and providing improvements for historically black colleges and universities
Trump’s order moves the office dedicated to supporting the schools from the U.S. Department of Education to the White House. The order also proposes increasing the role of the private-sector, including private foundations, in improving infrastructure and technology at HBCUs, and it pledges to increase their ability to apply for federal grants. Read the full text of the executive order.
14. Restoring the rule of law, federalism, and economic growth
This order mandates a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution.
15. Initiative to promote excellence and innovation at historically black colleges and universities
The initiative will allow schools to work with agencies, private-sector employers, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase to reduce funding and the quality of HBCUs. Read the full text of the executive order.
16. Revised: Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States
Like the original directive issued in late January, the new order bars travelers from some predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. Iraq – a major ally in the fight against the Islamic State -- has been dropped from the original list of seven nations. Further, the nation’s refugee resettlement program will be halted for 120 days. Read the full text of the executive order.
17. A comprehensive plan for reorganizing the executive branch
This order directs the Office of Management and Budget to come up with a plan to improve efficiency in the federal government by reorganizing and reducing the number of federal agencies. Read the full text of the executive order.
18. The revocation of federal contracting executive orders
This order revokes three executive orders issued by Obama. Two of the revoked orders dealt with education, including teacher performance assessments and identifying and improving failing schools. The third rule nullified had required federal land managers to consider climate change in proposals to develop public lands. Read the full text of the executive order.
19. Promoting energy independence and economic growth
This order revokes a number of Obama-era regulations that addressed climate change and energy production. The executive order ends a moratorium on federal coal leases that Obama ordered in January 2016, along with many other regulations that were intended to reduce the country’s contribution to climate change. Read the full text of the executive order.
20. Combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis
This order will work to combat drug abuse, addiction, and overdose, including opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose. Read the full text of the executive order.
21. Regarding the omnibus report on significant trade deficits
It’s aimed at cracking down on trade abuses. Officials will have 90 days to produce a country-by-country, product-by-product report that will serve as the basis of future decision-making by the administration on trade-related issues. Read the full text of the order.
22. Revision: Providing an order of succession within the Department of Justice
This order sets a line of success for the Attorney General position, and comes after Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Read the full text of the order.
23. Establishing enforcement of antidumping and countervailing duties and Violations of Trade and Customs Laws
This order will focus on increasing the collection of anti-dumping and countervailing duties. Read the full text of the executive order.
24. An order on buy American and hire American
The order asks that the government propose new rules and changes that will stop what he calls abuses in a visa program used by U.S. technology companies.
25. Identifying and reducing tax regulatory burdens
This will commission a review of the nation's tax regulations.
26. Promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America
The order will direct the new agriculture secretary to identify and eliminate what the president says are unnecessary regulations that hurt farmers and rural communities.
27. Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act
It directs Trump’s interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands.
28. Enforcing statutory prohibitions on federal control of education
It gives the education secretary 300 days to identify areas where Washington has overstepped its legal authority in education, and modify and repeal regulations and guidance from the department.
29. Improving accountability and whistleblower protection at the department of veterans affairs
The order is meant to improve accountability and protect whistleblowers.
30. Implementing an America-first offshore energy strategy
This order will direct Trump’s interior secretary to review an Obama-era plan that dictates which locations are open to offshore drilling, with the goal of the new administration to expand operations.
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