What is an executive order? | IN 60 SECONDS


Under the United States Constitution, Congress makes the laws and the president enforces the laws. The law provides authority for the president and the agencies of the government to compel individuals, corporations, and others to take – or not to take – certain acts. For example, a law authorizes the president to collect taxes through the Internal Revenue Service. Neither the president nor the IRS can collect taxes, or do anything else, without a supporting law from Congress. However, the laws leave the IRS and other agencies with discretion on HOW they enforce the law. An executive order is the president’s written direction to the agencies of the government about how he wants them to act when they enforce the law. For example, President Trump issued an executive order directing all agencies to eliminate two regulations for every regulation they issue. As long as the order is consistent with the Constitution and the law, the president can use an executive order to tell the IRS and others HOW he wants them to do what Congress has authorized. Are executive orders by President Trump a good idea? Let us know in your comments, and also let us know what other topics you want AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Thank you for this video, too often I see people who have no fucking idea what an executive order is, they just think it's legislating autocratically.

  2. Hates on Obama's executive orders, praises Trump's executive order. Be consistent, executive orders are either a way of cheaply circumventing the Democratic process or they aren't. For the record, I have loved Trump's Executive Orders but that does not change my opinion on executive orders as a whole.

  3. Can you cover how this court case is going and what will happen if it is successful in blocking his EO. Can't Trump just create a new EO over and over that is a little bit different so they have to go through the process again and again?

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