United States: the power of Executive Orders

Following the elections in Georgia, the Democrats have a very small majority in Congress. To facilitate governance, the new administration is likely to continue to govern using Executive Orders (EOs). Their use has grown over time, and they have become a full-fledged instrument of governance.

An EO is a written statement that the President issues and signs to “direct or instruct the actions of executive agencies or government officials, or to set policies for the executive branch to follow”. An EO has the same force as a law passed by Congress (unless it conflicts with an existing federal law).

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