In October Joe Biden said to George Stephanopolous “I have this strange notion, we are a democracy … if you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.”
.@JoeBiden in October: “I have this strange notion, we are a democracy … if you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” pic.twitter.com/7UotJCXSm3
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 26, 2021
Yet in the first 9 days of his presidency he has signed more than three dozen executive orders, actions and directives. Biden officials told Fox News that the moves are “previews” of the agenda items the president will push in Congress as Republicans push back against the record-making flurry of orders.
Beginning just hours after he took the oath of office last Wednesday, Biden ignored his own claims regarding a dictator relying on executive orders by immediately taking 17 executive actions—ranging from reversing former President Trump’s policies to restoring Obama-era programs, the coronavirus pandemic and more. If Biden knew he would be, in his own words, acting as a dictator, why did he go ahead with doing it?
Since then, Biden has taken nearly two dozen additional actions— focused on environmental regulations, climate, immigration policies, racial justice, healthcare and more.
Biden, by the end of his ninth day at the White House, had signed 40 executive orders, actions, and presidential memorandum — a record.
Biden has taken heat from critics over his early reliance on executive action, with Republicans saying it betrays his vow to work with Congress on to build a consensus on issues.
Biden’s moves have reversed a number of Trump policies. Many, such as ending the Keystone Pipeline, have already cost the U.S. good paying jobs.
Others will increase government spending; rejoining the World Health Organization; rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and more.
And some bring back unequal policies such as reversing the ban on special accommodations given to some transgender military members.