Executive Order (United States)

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The United States of America government has three branches, the executive, legislative and judicial branches, which each have their authority and limitations spelled out in its founding documents, particularly, the United States Constitution.[1] The President of the United States responsibilities include implementing laws passed by the United States Congress. In addition a President can issue executive orders.

A President's executive orders are similar to the royal proclamations of Monarchies.[1] They differ from the laws passed by Congress, in that they are issued without any sign of debate.

As of 2022 Presidents have issued more than 13,000 executive orders, since the office of President was created.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 What is an Executive Order?, Insights on Law and Society, American Bar Association, Fall 2016.