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Comparing the Pace of President Trump's
Executive Orders & Memoranda to Other Recent Presidents

1. How does President Trump's pace of executive orders within just days of taking office compare to his predecessors? (see graph below)

His written orders include documents titled "Executive Order," Memorandum, and Proclamation.

Trump Executive Orders

2. Is the content or subject matter of Trump's executive orders thus far markedly different than those issued in the early days of previous administrations?

Typically a President's initial orders are intended to immediately make good on campaign promises and commitments. As a result, these include specific acts repudiating the prior administration's policies. In that respect, Trump is very much in the normal stream.

However, often campaign commitments cannot be fulfilled by executive action (e.g., to change taxes, permanently cut spending, increase the size of the military, enact a new system of regulation of financial institutions). An aggressive legislative program would be needed.

Several of President Trump's orders request reports or analysis from agencies that presumably will later be reflected in legislation. Arguably President Trump is talking a very expansive view of the discretion available to him; certainly he takes a very strong rhetorical stance.

3. Does this White House's roll out seem different, especially with respect to border security and entry of foreigners? . . .
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Executive Order 1885—To Establish a Permanent Organization for the Operation and Government of the Panama Canal
January 27, 1914
By Virtue of the authority vested in me, I hereby enact the following order, creating a permanent organization for the Panama Canal, under the Act of Congress "To provide for the opening, maintenance, protection and operation of the Panama Canal and the sanitation and government of the Canal Zone," approved August 24, 1912.

Section 1. The organization for the completion, maintenance, operation, government and sanitation of the Panama Canal and its adjuncts and the government of the Canal Zone shall consist of the following departments, offices and agencies, and such others as may be established by the Governor of the Panama Canal on the Isthmus or elsewhere with the approval of the President, all to be under the direction of the Governor, subject to the supervision of the Secretary of War.

DEPARTMENT OF OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE

There shall be a Department of Operation and Maintenance under the immediate supervision and direction of the Governor of the Pa ...412-319-7946

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