President Joe Biden just issued more executive orders in his first week in office — not yet complete, as of this writing — than any of his 45 predecessors.
Biden signs a stack of executive orders on Day 1
As of January 25, 2021, Biden has “issued 33 executive orders, actions, proclamations, memoranda and agency directives,” according to CNN. Twenty-one of these, according to the White House website, are executive orders.
President Donald Trump signed four in his first week in 2017; President Barack Obama signed five in 2009; President George W. Bush signed none in his first week in 2001; and President Bill Clinton signed one in 1993.
The historical norm for most presidents appears to be no more than a few executive orders, if any, in the first week. The American Presidency Project at the University of California Santa Barbara confirms that no other president has issued as many as Biden — not even Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose energetic first 100 days set a new standard for activity.
Past presidents have defended the aggressive use of executive orders when the opposing party controls one or both houses of Congress. But in this case, Biden’s Democratic Party controls both the House and the Senate, leaving few obstacles.
Earlier this month, while previewing Biden’s first days in office, incoming Chief of Staff Ron Klain told reporters that the new president’s planned executive orders would be “a restoration of an appropriate, constitutional role for the President.”
Instead, Biden’s slew of executive orders appear to mark a massive, historic expansion of the power of the presidency.
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Sleepy Joe doesn’t even know what he’s signing!
During an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that one way Democrats can make up for the large amount of judges that were confirmed by the Senate Republican majority would be for Democrats to add seats at the district and circuit court levels.
Host Rachel Maddow asked, “For decades, there will be — essentially, the judiciary will be stacked with conservatives. How do you try to make up some of that ground?”
Schumer first responded that Democrats can fill judicial vacancies with 51 votes.
He continued, “Second, traditionally, we have increased the number in the lower and circuit courts. I have in the city of Buffalo a huge — they don’t have enough judges. There’s this long line before you can get to court. Because they don’t have enough. So, we could expand those.”
After Maddow cut in to ask if Schumer was referring to both district and circuit courts, Schumer responded that he was. Schumer then discussed the Supreme Court and stated that he will wait on the commission that President Joe Biden has put together on expanding the Supreme Court.