(NewsBroadcast.com) – The President of the United States has the authority to issue executive orders which carry the force of federal law. Congress plays no role in creating them. According to the American Bar Association, every president has signed at least one executive order; as of January 25, 2021, a total of 13,731 had been enforced.
Executive orders frequently create more than their fair share of controversy, since presidents often use them to bypass the will of Congress on contentious issues like business regulations and gun control.
A few executive orders stand out from the rest due to their historical significance.
President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship on May 28, 2020. Section 230 of the Federal Communications Decency Act provides legal protections for internet companies and other interactive computer services to promote free and open discussion regarding politics, cultural development, and the like.
However, as President Trump’s order explained, internet companies began censoring the free exchange of ideas, exhibiting political bias along the way. His executive order sought to limit the protections afforded to big-tech companies by Section 230.
As Forbes reported, President Joe Biden has been “highly active against tech companies like Facebook” and is expected to continue to press Trump’s policies regarding online censorship.
President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order Establishing the Office of Homeland Security and the Homeland Security Council on October 8, 2001. His order was a direct response to the September 11, 2001, attack on the United States by a group of militants associated with the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda.
The organization and operation of the Homeland Security Council were further detailed by a follow-up directive issued by President Bush on October 29, 2001, and codified by the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
That act merged 22 federal agencies into a single department. As of 2021, the Secretary of Homeland Security is a cabinet-level position, and the department has more than 240,000 employees performing various duties to keep America safe.
Most executive orders are fairly routine and come and go with little fanfare or permanent effect. However, as you can see from the two examples above, some of them have a lasting major impact on the history of the United States.
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