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. Conservatives are often critical of executive orders for how they bypass the 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 Presidency, Ronald Reagan issued only 381 executive orders. [2].


  1. National Archives
  2. National Archives