Obama issues 'executive orders by another name'


WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued a form of executive action known as the presidential memorandum more often than any other president in history — using it to take unilateral action even as he has signed fewer executive orders.

When these two forms of directives are taken together, Obama is on track to take more high-level executive actions than any president since Harry Truman battled the “Do Nothing Congress” almost seven decades ago, according to a USA TODAY review of presidential documents.

Obama has issued executive orders to give federal employees the day after Christmas off, to impose economic sanctions and to determine how national secrets are classified. He’s used presidential memoranda to make policy on gun control, immigration and labor regulations. Tuesday, he used a memorandum to declare Bristol Bay, Alaska, off-limits to oil and gas exploration.

Like executive orders, presidential memoranda don’t require action by Congress. They have the same force of law as executive orders and often have consequences just as far-reaching. And some of the most significant actions of the Obama presidency have come not by executive order but by presidential memoranda.



Okay, this article mentions how executive orders and executive memorandum are the same. How are they different? This article implies they are essentially the same. That can’t be, right? :hmmm:


However it is, the underlining facts here is that President Obama has actually had more of these unilateral actions, executive and memorandum more than any President since Harry Truman.


I understand executive orders or memoranda to be legitimate when used to implement and enforce duly adopted law. They are not legitimate if contrary to or a substitute for our constitutional legal processes.


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